TCS team massive success at the India International regatta 2012
Team TCS was composed by 8 lasers and 14 optimists. 22 sailors was avery large number(too large?) and had its limitations on delivery to the sailors. But after a few days of training in the TCS-TNSA clinic, the team got to business and achieved a superb result taking the 3 perpetuals of the regatta we were competing for!
In the laser 4.7 class, Paddy Crosbie ( IRL) won 4 races out of 7 taking the massive trophy home. In the Optimist, after 5 races, the team secured no less than 5 top 10 finished (1-2-6-7-10), two trophies ( first overall and first lady) and 5 medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) courtesy of Vishnu Sujeesh, Janaki Balachander, Citresh Tahta and Mahesh Balanchander.
Daily news and full reuslts of team on facebook updates
B-Cademy 2012-2013 further details & initial clinic
Initial document ( sept 2012)
Further info on the spring trip
The first clinic of the 2013 Bcademy class
RCYC, Seafra Guilfoyle, November 7th
ISA optimist squad news
The Irish national squad program started succesfully for both the core and the transition group. The Core group met in Dublin on the weekend of the 6-7 October for a shorebased weekend working on diaries, goal settings, nutrition, fitness and for an assessment of basic fitness and posture... A short session afloat was added.
During midterm, both squads were in action! the first one to hit the water was the transition group who sailed 420s for 3 days before the core group went out for 3 days dedicated to boat handling.
One more session before the KYC regatta and Palma!
End of Season regattas, RCYC
The optimist EOS (by J O'Sullivan)
Congratulations to Harry Durcan who took 1st place in the End of Seasons event in RCYC, taking home the Gorman Cup.
The event brought to a close a great week's sailing in Royal Cork, with RCYC open training led by coaches Soren Laugesen of Denmark and Argentina's Diego Blatt, both pictured. Also training in Crosshaven were both Core and Transition ISA squads with National coach Thomas Chaix.
The Crosshaven dinghy pen was a hive of activity with Laser and 420 groups also training and competing in their End of Seasons.
The week concluded on Saturday with the Optimist End of Seasons; an early start meant that the fleet raced a series of four races.
Top Senior Gold place went to Harry Durcan, with Johnny Durcan and Adam Darcy in second and third places. Junior Silver fleet was won by RCYC's Richard McGinley, followed by James McCann and Chris Bateman. Top three Junior Silver places went to Patrick Daly, Cathal O'Regan and Caoimhe Foster, with Senior Silver won by Brian Fox.
With 36 sailors competing in the event, it was a great end to the 2012 season, well done to all competitors. Results
The laser EOS (by M. whitaker)
Over 30 junior laser sailors from across the country converged on the RCYC last week for 'Laser Week'. The 3 day clinic featured Annalise Murphy and Prof O'Connell as lead coaches. Annalise coached from the water with the teenagers, who were all delighted when she capsized on video – it happens to the best of them!
The week finished with a 2 day regatta. Well done to RCYC's Nick Walsh who won in the Standard Rig. Erica Ruigrok from Rush who won for the 4.7s with RCYC's Thomas McGrath and Richard Thompson taking 2nd and 3rd respectively – well done lads. The Radial section saw brothers Cian and Patrick Cahill from RSG claiming first and second and their fellow Dublin sailor Aoife Hopkins of Howth Yacht Club taking 3rd place. A great week was had by all and thanks to Mark Whitaker and Nick Walsh for organising it.
For full results please click here: Laser Week Results.
The 420 Currabinny Cup
After a year off, the 420 Currabinny cup was once more sailed in Cork harbour as part of a "festival of dinghy sailing" on the 3rd and 4th of November alongside the optimist and laser End of Season. All boats were local, there was a bite in the air and the breeze was up on both days. Capsizes, fast pacing and spray in the face were at the menu for all teams!
Saturday was sailed on the bank in a Westerly. What a better start than getting Currabinny woods in the way of the windward displaying random shifts and crazy gusts. Peter McCann and Arann Walsh were on form dominating the day on speed but were caught making costly mistakes leaving the overnight lead to Harry Whitaker crewed by myself who ruthlessly took advantage of these mistakes.
Sunday was probably a bit windier but being northerly, the shifts had become more manageable and somehow it became easier to sail and speed became one of the main key for success. The first race was sailed in 14-15 kts and it provided a close battle between 3 boats with 4 changes of lead: After a smart windward layline (or a lucky shift!), Peter and Arann started their reach just ahead of Harry and Tom and Cliodhna Ni Suileabhean and Jil McGinley just 30 boats length adrift. The second beat was close but Harry managed to overtake and start the second run ahead with Peter hot on his eel... the 3rd beat started as a tight control from Harry over Peter. This benefitted Cliodhna who crossed the 2 boats by playing pressure better and started the run ahead. But it was not to be and the girls struggled to fly the spinnaker on the final reach allowing Harry to storm pass them just meters away from the finish. The wind picked up during the following race. Harry and Tom built a massive lead whilst behind it was carnage with capsizes and retirements. The final race saw a 5th win for the pair with Sophie Browne and Anna Kelly in 2nd.
Results: After 6 races