B'Meer report, by Scotty Levie (IRL1462)
Braassemermeer 2012 was a great success. This was my second time going to this event, second time round it exceeded my expectations yet again. The Magic Marine Easter Regatta has been held in Lake Braassemermeer every year for the last 27 years. Every year the sailing is only a fraction of the trip and the experience is priceless. It tests your commitment to sailing...
Have you ever had to wake up at 3.30 am just to go sailing? Our flight was at 6am Tuesday, some from Cork, some from Dublin. The boats were kindly brought over by ferry by the Fagans and the O'Sullivans. We all met up at the club. Everyone was still half asleep unloading the boats. There were flags flying high outside the clubhouse of all the teams that had entered along with the Irish tricolour.
One of the great memories of the trip is the cruiser that we hired for the 7 days that we were in Holland. The main reason we hired the cruiser was for transportation along the canal and from the club to our hotel. The cruiser also acted as our changing room, every morning on our way to the club we would use this time to get changed and briefed by our coaches Thomas and Katie. The cruiser was also a big bonus for the parents and they were able to view the racing from the comfort of the warm cruiser.
The journey along the canals to our hotel was around 20 minutes long. The hotel was beside a big bird park. Every morning there was a buffet breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel. Before and after dinner, and the odd time in the morning, we spent our time in the playground. The playground was like no ordinary Irish playground, NO, this playground featured a big part of the trip. Until 6 o'clock in the evening the Bumper Karts were open. Ronan and I had great fun pushing the girls and some of the lads into the corner of the Bumper Karts. In the playground there was a big zipline that went over a pond! Dougie decided to practice his "Kilkenny Dance" over the pond and he fell in, but he wasn't the only casualty of the pond, Cliodhna was not so lucky either.
Dinner in the hotel was pretty good, except for the last day when it was amazing.On the last day we were allowed to eat in the Buffet in the restaurant of the Bird Park. It was one of the nicest dinners I had probably even had in my life.
The sailing had huge ups and downs, but 'ah well life goes on, cheese on toast'. It was very tough competition. On the last day we got split into Gold, Silver and Bronze.
We had 8 sailors in Gold, 3 in Silver, and 5 in Bronze. MÃ cheal at 9 years of age made the Silver, I think that is a huge achievement. He could still be in Oppies by the time Iâ€™m 21!
I'd like to say a big thank you to the coaches Thomas Chaix and Katie Tingle. They were a fantastic help to us all. I'd also like to thank all the parents, especially Alacoque for organising everything, Last but not least could I thank the Elmes for putting up with me for the great week in Braassemermeer.
Scott Levie is 14 years old and sails in Lough Derg Yacht Club and Kinsale Yacht Club. Also sailing in Braassemermeer were: Ronan Cournane, Cliodhna ni Suilleabhain, and Micheal O'Suilleabhain, KYC, Daniel Raymond and Peter Fagan, NYC, Colin O'Sullivan MYC, Douglas Elmes, Harry Durcan, Johnny Durcan, Anna Kelly, Adam Darcy and Harry Whitaker, RCYC, Ciaran Finnegan, WHSC, Alacoque Daly and Eoghan O'Buachalla, TBSC.
Curradinghy-TCS optimist summer program
We are right in the middle of the trials and as usual, unnecessary stress is rising amongst parents and our young sailors and for 3 weeks the opti world in Ireland becomes all about the teams... Of course, not getting the coveted green life jacket is not the end of your season and many option to represent proudly Ireland and your club are offered throughout a summer that can be amazing.
CurraDinghy Sailing is once more teaming up with Thomas Chaix Sailing's team of coaches to propose an exciting package including clinics, training and support at chosen quality events, including the UK open nationals in Pwhelli. The TCS-Curradinghy teams are OPEN to all and many international visitors to our shores have already confirmed interest.
Events covered are The U11 fleet at the French nationals, All fleet at the Irish Nationals and all Fleet at the UK nationals (please note that you have to qualify through the trials to race in the over 11 fleet at the french event and that the U12 squad will sail at the UK nationals)
Coaching and support ratio are kept low to optimize learning experience for each sailor. Last year was very successful and all sailors from Ireland eventually joined up the coaching support in Pwhelli. The multinational team (with sailors from India, France, USA, Hong Kong, Bermuda and Ireland) had great fun and learnt a lot! The support cost of just the UK nationals this year is 190EUR.
Overall, cost depends on what you want to attend, so dont hesitate to drop me an email or look on the clinic links.
Youth nationals in Dun Laoghaire
great results from the Bcademy, ex bcademy and TCS coached sailors in DunLaoghaire! Congratulation to Finn (bcademy 2012), Sophie (bcademy 2010), Paddy and Grattan who will represent Ireland this summer at the ISAF youth worlds.