8th , 15th ,22nd,29th OCTOBER

Dear Parents 
The RIYC has been fortunate to secure Douglas Elmes as its Autumn Head coach for the Optimists.
Douglas has sailed at a very high level internationally with some of the best youth sailors in the world. At youth level he sailed on the international circuit in both optimists and 420s. This included participation at an Optimist world championship, two 420 worlds and the ISAF Youth Worlds in the 420 class.
1st at the Irish National and Open Championships, 
3rd at the British Optimist National and Open Championships, 
1st at the Bermuda Junior Gold Cup *
23rd place finish twice at the 2015 and 2016 420 class World Championships 
Bronze medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds.

Douglas and his partner have now moved on to Olympic aspirations, and are currently training in the 49er FX class awaiting transition into the full rig 49er.

This Autumn the RIYC’s Junior Section’s aim is to focus on Regatta /Junior Silver Sailors.
I have copied below the outline approach that Douglas has prepared:
‘’I would like to set out a BACK TO BASICS approach with the kids with the primary goal being to make the sailors more comfortable, confident and competent in the boat.    
The training plan will focus on boat-handling and boat-speed. Each day I will set out 3 skills and no more for the sailors to learn. This rudimentary plan will make sure the kids hone these skills and become very confident in their execution and performance of the tasks. At the end of the day I will implement these newly found skills into racing. Week by week their skill base will strengthen and the kids will become more and more confident in their Optimist.‘’

Although Douglas will not be here on the 15th October he will appoint an alternative coach.

The cost of the course is €80 for the 4 weeks per child. The Oppie Winter parking rate from 15th September to the 30th March is €74.84 or €30 for the 4 weeks of the course.
Oppie charter rate of €40 for course of 4 weeks (there is a limited supply of charter Opptimists available, they will be allocated on a first booked basis)

Use the booking form here to secure your place.


Looking forward to seeing you all feel free to ring me if you have any queries

Charlotte Norwood (0872475372)