RIYC Cadet Sailing News





2024 NEWS

⛵️⛵️⛵️ Summers here and we’ve loads to update you on so, please take a few mins to read this! Or Catch up with us on Instagram! @riycadets ⛵️⛵️⛵️

We’ve had a great start to the 2024 sailing season with a number of RIYCADETS graduating as Instructors, two weeks of Easter Camps and re-commencement of our Schools Sailing Program for Castlepark, Nord Anglia and St. Andrews led by our Spring Coach Iseult Hogan. 

Schools Sailing and Team Racing is an important addition to the Cadet calendar. We run sessions mid-week during the Summer and Autumn school term. A Taste of Sailing for novice sailors and Feva coaching to prepare sailors for the Schools Team Racing circuit which continues on into College years. These and other cadet initiatives have attracted over a dozen new ordinary members to the club who collectively have 35 plus children growing our Cadet Members cohort.

Feva Easterns were held in Greystones sailing club over the May bank holiday weekend supported by our new Feva Class Captain, Ailbhe O’Reilly. If you’d like Feva coaching at weekends please let us know. [email protected]

Summer Junior Section

We are delighted to welcome our new Senior Instructor, Abby Kinsella from Sutton Dinghy Club. Abby has been busy recruiting and planning the season ahead, which is now only a month or so away! 

It’s all about friends! We want to encourage our Cadets to be independent sailors and be able to hang out with their friends - on and off the water - for life! So, we have removed the booking surcharge for friends of members for up to 3 x weeks of sailing at RIYC this summer. 

Summer Booking form is LIVE on riyc.ie https://myclubaccount.co.uk/RIYC/SUSJ2024/SummerSailingCourse2024

Junior Regatta

📆 The RIYC Junior Regatta is Wednesday 24th July and we will host a boathouse boogie that night, so please save the date! 📅 We are looking for our 2024 Regatta sponsor, so if your company would like to support please contact Stephen Breen for our sponsorship proposal.

New Cadet and Family Room

We are absolutely delighted to share the #bestnewsever! Our dedicated and all year round Cadet and Family room is open to all members and their friends. It’s a contemporary vibe for the young and young at heart. We’d like to thank the club for both the recognition of our Cadets and this investment in their future as valued members of our club.

Inter-Club Friday Night Series - FNS

Starting Friday 10th May and running for six weeks. We couldn’t recommend this series enough to get kids back on the water and re-establish friendships with sailors on the waterfront. A great way to spend a Friday evening and it finishes off with a fabulous prize-giving and BBQ at NYC. Sign up quick! https://nyc.ie/calling-all-junior-sailors-across-the-waterfront-friday-night-junior-summer-racing-series-2024/

Deck and Dinghy Park

We’ve worked hard with the Boathouse team to clear the deck and dinghy park of all unused and broken boats. As part of the clean up we’ve been able to donate a Laser I, Laser II and 420 to Mullaghmore Sailing Club in Sligo. They are absolutely thrilled with the additions to their club fleet and we are happy to see boats that have served us so well enjoy a new lease of life in the West of Ireland. We are asking parents to kindly ensure that all dinghy trolleys have hard wheels as per club regulations. This helps us manage the deck in an efficient and safe manner.

Cadet Committee

So much happens behind the scenes to get our kids on the water each year. We owe a debt of gratitude to all our volunteers. Sincere thanks to our outgoing Committee members Ash Coffey, Sean Hooper and Jonnie Skerrit who have contributed so much over the last couple of years.

And I’m delighted to Welcome to Sarah Flannery, Jonnie O’Connor and Brian Mehigan to the Cadet Committee.

Thank you to Joe Conway our outgoing Rear Commodore Sailing who has been a great supporter of the many of the initiatives put forward by everyone!

Thank-you to our Parent Members

Thanks is also due to so many parents who support their kids in our famazing sport, particularly now with so much competition from other activities and Tik-Tok!

Our ask of our parents and guardians is to get involved as much as you can, volunteer, bring the kids, their friends (and their parents) to the club and continue to advocate for time on the water. Remember, It’s all about friends, so please do take advantage of the changes we have made to summer bookings!

As always, any ideas please reach out to any of the Cadet Committee [email protected] or WhatsApp https://chat.whatsapp.com/DdCinJ9Vla8LGZ6vYRsfeq

Cadet Committee 2024

Stephen Breen | Sarah Flannery | Richard Kidney | Caoimhe Lowe | Brian Mehigan | Jonnie O’Connor | Doug Smith

Melges 15 Winter Series in Cascais, by Tom Flannery
The Cascais winter series event is definitely one that needs to be done. It was my first time in Cascais and it was an amazing place to sail. I went over with my crew Lily Dwyer from the George. It was a very breezy event. We saw boat speeds up to 17 knots. The Melges 15 is an amazing boat for both young and old people as it has speeds that you would see in a skiff but has the stability and ease of sailing that you would find in an average dinghy such as a feva. The class here in Dublin Bay is growing hugely and I’d strongly recommend getting out for a blast.



Calling all Cadets! Easter sailing - Invite your friends! We’re going to mix it up. 1720’s, Fevas, Teras and Easter themed fun, egg hunts, quizzes and paddle board races! Two courses over 4 days 25-28th March and 2nd - 5th April, €180 including boat charter. Book here


Hi all, let me introduce myself as the new RIYC Feva class captain. 

I would really love to focus on encouraging more sailors to get  involved in Feva racing this year. My goal is to make Feva sailing and racing as enjoyable and accessible as possible, for all sailors, of any level. Especially those who are just moving into the Feva class or who want to get more involved in racing as a whole.

I would be grateful for any feedback from sailors or parents on expectations or suggestions for the coming year. The goal of this is to understand how the Feva class in the RIYC can be improved and give young sailors the opportunity to really enjoy the the class and the sport in general.

I look forward to talking with you all soon and hope to see you on the water and at the club. 

With very best regards,
Ailbhe O’Reilly


2023 NEWS

Cadet ‘Junior’ Room

We have a dedicated Cadet Room beside the Sail Loft formally known as the Wet-Bar. This area will be primarily for Junior Cadet Members, and we’ll be kitting it out as best we can. Thanks to Mark McGibney for supplying a new Foosball Table, and we’ll be setting up table tennis and a new outdoor area. Any ideas and support from members to make the best hang-out area on the waterfront! Thanks to the House Committee in particular Rear Commodore House, Winifred Kelliher and Davie Ryan.

Volunteers - We need YOU!

Please put your hand up, bring fresh ideas and help us run and organise Cadet events. Interested in joining Cadet Commitee, then please approach any of us.

Ideas? Keep them coming!

Your Cadet Committee encourages as many suggestions as possible for a summer filled with fun memories on and off the water. Please do get involved and send your ideas to [email protected]

RIYC Cadet Committee 2023 

Stephen Breen | Ash Coffey | Sean Hooper | Richard Kidney | Caoimhe Low | Jonnie Skerritt  | Doug Smith 

Calling all Cadets! 

Can you believe it, spring sailing is here! We've loads planned for Spring / Summer 2023, so read on and sign up! 

Easter Mid Term Sailing Camps

Start the season with one of our four-day camps. Focus is fun on the water and anyone doing Irish sailing levels let us know and we'll get you ready for summer 2023.

Feva Coaching in April

The RS Feva Class and Waterfront Clubs have come together to run coaching for our Feva Sailors in the run up to Feva Easterns. April 3-5th Sign up Here - https://form.jotform.com/230313816907353

Feva Eastern Championships

RIYC 6 & 7th May
The first RS FEVA event of the year is only 8 weeks away. Grab your place:
See the Notice of Race


Calling all Volunteers! Cadets, TY's, U25's, Parents!


To provide a fun and successful season for our cadet sailors - we’re urgently calling for volunteers to help run events and various cadet initiatives.

Feva Class Rep
We need a dedicated class rep for 2023/24 to take on the great progress made by Caoimhe.

Feva and Tera Nationals Championships - 22/25 June
Logistical support and drivers to get our sailors to Blessington for the Nationals. Potential to camp for the outdoorsy types.

RIYC Junior Regatta - July 26th Helpers for registration, shore support and certified RIB drivers.

Marketing and Cadet Comms
We need a digital/mobile savvy person to help communicate with Cadets and broader membership.

Cadet Sponsor
We are looking for a sponsor for the Junior Regatta. Over 120 sailors are expected on July 26th and this is a fun opportunity to support sailing and reach the next generation.

Don't be shy!
Please put your hand up if you can support any of the initiatives above.

Without enough participants and volunteers the events won’t be able to proceed, so please 🙏 jump in! 

Please reach out to Stephen Breen [email protected] or join our WhatsApp group.



Schools Team Racing

Schools Team Racing is organised and managed by the Schools Sailing Association of Ireland (SSAI).
Schools Team Racing has always been a popular event amongst students around the country. For those who go on to University, Team Racing is an active intervarsity activity. Schools Team Racing events take place at a regional and national level during the academic school year.

Leinster Provincials 2023

The Leinster School Provincials take place in the National Yacht Club on Sunday the 12th of March. (fall back date of 26th of March)
The National Schools Team Racing Championships will be held 29/30th April at a venue yet to be decided.
Notice of Race and Entry Form can be downloaded from the National Yacht Club at www.NYC.ie
If your cadet would like to take part in schools team racing and invite their friends then please contact Stephen Breen - [email protected]
For more information on team racing check out Irish Sailing website. https://www.sailing.ie/Racing/Team-Racing

Leinster Schools Events

26 October 2022: Shanahan Cup - INSS - Link to NOR HERE
12 March 2023: Leinster Schools Championships - venue tbc
19 March 2023: Leinster Schools Championships FALLBACK - venue tbc

Munster Schools Events

Marconi Cup - Glandore Harbour Yacht Club - date tbc
11 March 2023: Munster Schools Championships - venue tbc
26 March 2023: Munster Schools Championships FALLBACK - venue tbc

Connacht Schools Events

18 March 2023: Connacht Schools Championships - venue tbc
2 April 2023: Connacht Schools Championships - venue tbc

National Events

29 & 30 April 2023: S.S.A.I. National Championships - venue tbc
26 & 27 August 2023: Elmo Championships - Royal St. George Yacht Club 



Calling all RIYC Cadets (and Parents!) It's your chance to help us plan a great summer on the water.
Please take 3 mins to answer these questions and give your suggestions for summer 2023! 


Please feel free to send any suggestions to the Cadet Committee by email [email protected]

Mid-Term Sailing

Monday 13-17th February will kick off 2023 Cadet Sailing calendar - bring a friend and a pack lunch - with a few hours on and off the water this mid-term. Brush up on your boat handling skills on your own boat or a charter Feva or Tera’s. 
Time: 10:00 - 2pm 
Cost - €120.00 with own boat 
Cost with a CHARTER TERA or FEVA - €165.00


Cadets Annual Dinner and Awards dazzles from "Door to Dining Room" 

The Club Dining Room was buzzing last weekend with Cadets, Instructors and Cadet Commitee Members for the Annual Cadet Dinner and Awards. 

Dozens of Parents joined for supper and drinks in the Drawing Room and helped pump up the volume for an energetic prize-giving.

The Cadets received a wonderful welcome from Rear Commodore Sailing, Joe Conway and our outgoing Senior Instructor Hannah Leonard. 

"We are all delighted to celebrate an uninterrupted year on the water. Thanks to Hannah and her team for instilling the values of sailing; both adventure and performance on and off the water" said Stephen Breen, our Junior Organiser.

The prize-giving recognised Cadets who won the club silverware and those who participated at local and regional events. Importantly, there were prizes for those who went the extra mile to nurture and encourage a fun and inclusive environment. 


Best Kept Boat Robinson Cup Louis Kelly
Best Minor Shannon Costello Minors Cup Rupert Ward
Best Optimist Brian Keane Trophy Balthazar Roche
Best Feva Holloway Cup Mia Mai Hooper & Geneva Roque
Best Laser Mc Carthy Cup Dylan Leonard
Best overall double hander Bowers Kelly Trophy Tom Flannery & Sam Walsh
Best Male Commodores Cup Ryan Cronin
Best Female Lady Commodore Silver Plate Elsa Mooney
Most Promising Oppie The Breen Trophy Aveen Hanly
Order of Merit  Tyrrell Perpetual Trophy Holly Hooper
Best Female Saskia Tidey Trophy Holly Hooper


On behalf of all our Cadet Members, The Cadet Commitee would like to thank the entire Front of House and Catering team for such a special evening. The Dining Room, shining silverware, fabulous food, speedy service, warm welcome was fantastic! 

Until next year, fair winds!


What a Summer! The Junior Section hosted 300 Cadets and their friends over ten weeks with some of the best sailing weather in years! Highlights included our new Sailing Pavilion, 52 sailors for RS Feva Nationals, over 120 for our annual Junior Regatta, numerous adventures to Howth and camping trips to Dalkey Island. 
We introduced 57 new kids to sailing with our Castepark Schools Program and our Team Racers secured a gold fleet finish in the Elmo Cup. Awesome coaching was provided by Alec & Haemish Munro.

Thanks to our Senior Instructor, Hannah Leonard, and her team, particularly for supporting the Sailability Week organised by Patricia Judge.
Parents, please help us by booking ASAP so we can manage numbers.
The TY Sailing Members Program has run for a number of years now, very successfully between the Dun Laoghaire waterfront Clubs and has proved to be a great way to keep our teenagers involved in sailing, prepare them for instructing and build lifelong friendships.
More Info Here 

AUTUMN SAILING - Stretch out the summer! 
Join your friends at RIYC Saturdays from September 3rd to November 19th, choose either 6 or 12 weeks 1-4pm.  Have fun on the water and hang out with your friends, brush up on your sailing skills, theory, and general seamanship. Club boats will be provided during the deck clearance period.  

DBSC Combined Clubs Junior September Series
Fun racing in the Harbour for all levels. Sunday 4th - 25th September. Prize giving BBQ at NYC on Sunday 25th.
NOR Here 

RIYCADETS End of Season Social Saturday 17th September 
Gather your friends, parents, and instructors. Join us on deck and Wet Bar for an informal get together of food, fun, games, and spot prizes. Please pre-purchase tickets.
Time: 5-8pm
Price: €15 for kids' dinner and drinks.
Optional: Club Classics menu for Parents, see menu here 


  • Pre-Instructors Sunday 25th Sept, 9.30 - 4.30pm 
  • Instructors Course - Schools Mid-term
  • Reserve your spot - [email protected]

RIYC Cadets Dinner and Award
Save the date! The biggest night of the year! Dinner and prize giving in the Dining Room on Friday 11th November 7pm. Parents, please join in the Drawing Room for Club Classics menu or a drink at the Bar.
Schools Mid-Term Sailing
Four days of fun on the water. Tuesday 1st - Friday 4th November  

Feva Inter-Club Coaching - Three more Sundays in May (2-5pm) Coaching by Hannah Leonard. 

  • Have fun with other clubs
  • We’ll teach you how to have fun and go fast!

Read Feva story in Afloat  
Prepare for Irelands Feva Nationals at RIYC July 1-3. ENTER HERE   

Friday Night Summer Series 2022 The magical Friday night series is back.

  • Starts 6pm - Two races
  • Sailed in the Harbour
  • BBQ and prize giving on last Friday 

Open to all fleets, incl. Optimist, RS Feva, Topper, Laser, PYs, and 29er

Enter here https://form.jotform.com/221083119720346 
Results - https://www.halsail.com/Result/Club/3610 

SIGN UP for Big Boat Racing 2022 - Join our RIYC members for DBSC and ISORA racing. We’ll pair you with the right crew!

RIYC Cadets Under25’s 
Fill out this form to join one of two RIYC Cadets U25 teams and compete in:

  • Dun Laoghaire Cup
  • Wave Regatta, Howth
  • Waterfront Club Regattas 

Please contact any member of the Cadet Committee with any feedback, ideas or suggestions - [email protected] or https://www.instagram.com/riycadets

Cadet Merchandise
Here’s a sneak peek at our new merchandise, starting with hoodies; T-shirts, beanies and caps are next. You’ll be able to purchase on the Club store soon, so watch this space!

Please contact any member of the Cadet Committee with any feedback, ideas or suggestions - [email protected] or https://www.instagram.com/riycadets



2021 Annual Junior Dinner and Awards Roundup 
Our thanks to Rear Commodore Sailing, Joe Conway and our 2021 Senior Instructor Haemish Munro who presented the RIYC Cups and Trophies to our deserving winners. Well done to the runners-up and all our Junior Cadets for taking part! 

Six New Tera’s
Massive thanks to our Commodore, Flag Officers and all our members for the investment in six new Teras, one of which we showed off in the hallway over the weekend. 

RIYC Cadets Logo
We were delighted to launch our new RIYC Cadets logo thanks to Andrew Bradley and his team at  Bradley: The Brand Agency. https://bradleybrand.ie for such great design work. Next up, we’ll reveal our new merchandise - so watch this space!

Annual Cadet Awards Trophy Winners  - See photos here

Award Trophy Winner
Best Kept Boat Robinson Cup Izy Kidney
Best Minor Shannon Costello Minors Cup Curtis Culliton
Best Optimist Brian Keane Trophy Juliette Moir
Best Feva Holloway Cup Izy Kidney & Thomas MacLand
Best Laser McCarthy Cup Louis Kelly
Best Overall Double Hander Bowers Kelly Trophy Tom Flannery & Johnny O'Donnnell
Best Male Commodores Cup Gabriel Baral
Best Female Lady Commodore Silver Plate Geneva Roque
Most Promising Oppie The Breen Trophy Holly Hooper
Order of Merit Tyrrell Perpetual Trophy Brian Carroll
Best Female Saskia Tidey Trophy Sophie Kelly

The Tyrrell order of Merit 
Thank you to Michael and Therese Tyrrell for joining us and presenting the Tyrrell Perpetual Trophy awarded to sailors who participate in the most events over the season. Equal points go to sailors no matter where they finish, so it's not just about winning! Cadets participating in lots of local events (Fri night/Sept series) can beat a top racing sailor that is competing in national/international events.

Cadet of the year - Geneva Roque : First year sailing in a few years and after a few weeks, she began to really enjoy it and improved hugely throughout the summer.

Best Cadet swimmer and pier jumper - Adam Swan : Enjoys more than most jumping off the pontoon and usually the last out of the water!

Bravest Cadet Sailor - David Neligan : Sailing with Hamish and Maurice in strong winds, helping to right the Feva when we capsized and taking over helm during big waves. (loves jumping in the water also)

Best Total Wipeout (Craziest capsize) - Alex Swan : Over the summer, Alex has proven that capsizing - and recovery - is his thing.

Most improved Cadet - Luke Dunphy : moved from an Oppie to a Tera, and thrived in the wind conditions he was sent out in, confident in the boat on his own.

Cadet Volunteer of the year - Tom Flannery : Regularly volunteered to help the younger sailors when they are struggling in stronger wind conditions.

Instructor of the Year
Congratulations to Siofra Mooney who won the inaugural Instructor of the Year Award for her passion, commitment and warmth shown to all our Cadets.

Under25’s Team Open Day 
This Saturday, 2nd April at 2pm, we are holding an Under 25’s Open day to plan the 2022 racing season. We have 12 Senior Cadets signed up so far - if you want to compete in the Dun Laoghaire Cup, The Wave Regatta and Waterfront Club Regatta's please use this form. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJWDtdhoy8hqk6hyew_3eO3V1BeRC9Ol4upmAR_HPmxI5Q-Q/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Easter Junior Cadets Course 
Our easter sailing camp is filling up fast!  Sign up now to get back on the water and have fun. Cadets who want to be rated for their Irish Sailing levels can let Hannah know at the start of the week. Mon 11th – Thurs 14th April 1-5pm - Closing date for applications will be 4th April. Booking form here 

Summer Sailing Courses
Book now for ten weeks of summer sailing commencing Monday 7th June - Friday 13th August. Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Start Racing, Kites and Wires and Adventure. Booking form here 

ISORA Racing 2022 - First Race 23rd April 
A number of members including Joe Conway and David Townsend are looking for Cadets to join the first ISORA Race on Saturday 23rd April. Please email [email protected] or direct message on instagram. You can also sign up to https://mysail.team/ and search for RIYC boats looking for crew.

Please contact any member of the Cadet Committee with any feedback, ideas or suggestions - [email protected] or https://www.instagram.com/riycadets

RIYC Cadet Sailing & Social Committee
Stephen Breen | Ais Coffee | Laura Coleman | Caoimhe Donnelly | Richard Kidney | Hannah Leonard | Siofra Mooney | Jonnie Skerrit


Weekend Sailing 
Unfortunately, uptake for “weekend sailing” has been low and we have decided to postpone until after Easter unless, of course, we have enough new bookings in the meantime. Any feedback or suggestions to get cadets on the water at weekends, please send your ideas to [email protected] 
Easter Junior Cadets Course
We will run a four-day sailing camp (1-5pm) from Monday 11th – Thursday 14th April over the Easter holidays. The emphasis is simply to get back and have fun on the water. Cadets who want to be rated for their Irish Sailing levels can let Hannah know at the start of the week. Closing date for applications will be 4th April. 

Summer Sailing Courses
Ten weeks of summer sailing courses led by Hannah Leonard will commence Tuesday 7th June until Friday 13th August. To include Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Kites and Wires and Adventure.

Under 25’s - 1720
The Club has offered our Cadets the use of a 1720 for the season. The plan is to compete in the Dun Laoghaire Cup, The Wave Regatta and Waterfront Club regattas. If you are interested in joining the under 25 squad - please email [email protected] or direct message on Instagram.

ISORA Racing 2022 
RIYC member David Townsend is looking for Cadets to join his crew on Razmatazz, a fun and competitive Sigma 33 for the 2022 ISORA series, Wave Regatta, and maybe the Sigma 33 Nationals at the Bangor Regatta. For more details of Irish Sea Offshore Racing go to https://www.isora.org. If interested in joining the crew of Razmatazz please email [email protected] or direct message on Instagram 

2021 Annual Junior Cadet Dinner & Awards 
Tickets are selling out fast for our annual dinner on Friday 25th March in the Dining room. Loads of trophy's and spot prizes, we’ll reveal our new RIYC Cadets logo, Cadet merchandise and a few surprises! Parents, please join in Drawing Room for Club Classics menu or simply have a drink at the Bar.
• 7.00 pm - Cadets Dinner  in Dining Room (Dress Code – Smart, No Jeans) 
• 8.15 pm - Prizegiving and Awards 
• Tickets €20 - per Junior Cadet

Please keep sending feedback or contact any member of the Cadet Committee with ideas or suggestions - [email protected] 

RIYC Cadet Sailing & Social Committee
Stephen Breen | Ais Coffee | Laura Coleman | Caoimhe Donnelly | Richard Kidney | Hannah Leonard | Siofra Mooney | Jonnie Skerrit

As we prepare for the sailing season, The Cadet Committee would like to encourage all Parents to put your children forward for election as Junior Cadets, if they are not enrolled already. 

It’s a very simple process! Please click the link and complete attached application form which can be signed and returned in either soft or hard copy.


Junior Cadets are aged 8-18 years old and proposed by their parent, who must be a Club Member, they are elected by Committee and there is no fee for membership.

On turning 18yrs, a Junior Cadet may transfer to Cadet Membership with a proposer and seconder by writing to the Club Secretary.

Currently, we have 63 Junior Cadets ranging from 8-18 yrs, but we would like to reach all Members children who may not be enrolled as Junior Cadets, then they too can enjoy the benefits of being valued and recognised Member of RIYC.


Update 3rd March, 2022

RIYC Cadets take on the Mid-Term Weather Gods and...Win!
Our first ever February schools mid-term sailing camp sold out almost immediately.

Though the weather gods conspired against us, they were unable to dampen the spirits of our sailors. Our 20 sailors were a mix of all ages and experience and with some new sailors joining the crew. Instructors Hannah, Max, Hugo and Leonie ran shore-based activities for the three afternoons and the feeling was everyone had a great time, particularly buzzing around in the RIBs and tying instructors up in newly learnt knots! 
Thanks to Drazen for supplying the Hot Chocolate and to Mark McGibney and the Boathouse team for getting the boats ready so early in the season.

REMINDER - Cadet Weekend Sailing starts this weekend, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March. Emphasis will be fun on the water and refreshing what we learnt last summer. Our Instructors will be able to rate our sailors towards their Irish sailing levels as we progress through the spring and into summer.
Sailors should be in their sailing gear and ready to sail at 2pm each day and we’ll finish at 5pm. 
You can book the first seven weeks now and that gets you sailing until Easter. We’ll shortly open up another seven weeks to Summer. Please send any queries or feedback to [email protected]


Junior Cadets Annual Dinner and Awards 2021
It's lining up to be a great event on Friday 25th March for our annual Junior Cadet dinner. Also lots of parents are joining in the Drawing Room and Bar.

RIYC Cadets - 1720 Team
Thanks to the Club for providing a 1720 for our Cadets this season. Paddy Riordan and Laura Coleman are putting together a racing program to include the Dun Laoghaire Cup, DBSC and potentially events such as Cork Week (Europeans) and the Irish Nationals.
Those interested please join our RIYC Cadets 1720 WhatsApp group, 
https://chat.whatsapp.com/F7Y6hzMRFhK2OkGFhEIh3a or contact us via [email protected] 

Irish Sailing Youth National Championships
RIYC Cadets get your teams together and sign up for an exciting long weekend racing in Ballyholme Yacht Club, Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th April.
The very best youth & junior sailors from across Ireland will compete in the ILCA 6, 29er, 420, Topper 5.3 & ILCA 4 classes and making a welcome return for 2022, the Optimist class.
NOR - https://ballyholme.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2022-Youth-Nationals-NOR-FINAL-07_01_2022.pdf

Irish Sailing Youth Nationals Update 


Weekend Adventure Sailing - 12 to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. We’ll mix it up with 1720’s, Fevas and our new Teras! - Starting Saturday 5th March. Book here now!

February Mid-term break - The first mid-term camp for cadets took place from 21st to 23rd February. The camp was busy with 20 attendees. The weather unfortunately meant sailing was not possible so there were shore-based activities for the three afternoons. Everyone had a great time.

Overview by Stephen Breen

I'm delighted the Sailing Committee asked me to take on the role of ‘Junior Organiser’ at RIYC. Firstly, massive thanks to Siobhan Mooney, Sean O’Regan, Malcolm Moir and Gus Kelly for their tireless contribution to Junior Sailing over many, many years. 

Our focus for 2022 is to deliver on the valuable feedback from the Junior & Parent Member Survey 2021 and to build programs and activities that reflect the diversity of our Cadet Members aged between 8 and 29yrs. To start with, we have ‘rebranded’ from Junior Sailing Committee to;

RIYC Cadets
Sailing & Social Committee

In the 2021 survey, parents and junior members alike asked for a broader range of both on and off water activities throughout the year, increased opportunities for our Instructors and that our Cadet Members should have a greater say in curating activities at the Club. 

To deliver on Members feedback, we are organising into teams that will focus on three different age groups, (8-16yrs | 16-21yrs | 21-29yrs) each, of course, with their own different needs and wants. Finally, we will deliver on Cadet Sailing and Social activities throughout the year, not just the summer months. We call this;
RIYC Cadet Sailing 365

We’re delighted to welcome three RIYC Instructors and Cadet Members - Laura Coleman, Hannah Leonard and Siofra Mooney - to the RIYC Cadets Sailing & Social Committee. In addition, Hannah has recently taken on the role of RIYC Senior Instructor, you can contact her at [email protected]

This is the first time we’ve had our Senior Instructor on a Club Committee and additionally, I’m excited to welcome Ais Coffey, Jonny Skerritt and Richard Kidney to the team and grateful that Caoimhe Lowe is in her second year. We’ve reduced the average age of the Cadet Committee from 48yrs to 34yrs! The aim is to be under 30yrs by this time next year!

So, we’re off to an exciting start thanks to the foundational work of the previous Junior Committee, Flag Officers, Sailing Manager and Club Staff. Thank you!
RIYC Invests in largest fleet of RS Teras in Ireland 
The Club's commitment to Cadet sailing is demonstrated by the purchase of six brand new Teras bringing the total number to twelve now available for charter. The Tera is an exciting “single hander'' perfect to learn, race and have fun - for all sailing levels. With the largest fleet in Ireland, there is an opportunity to grow the Tera fleet in Dun Laoghaire and beyond and consider a National Championships. The Tera’s are a great addition to our fleet of eleven Fevas, four optimists, four 1720’s - don't forget we have SUPs for rent! 

RS Feva Irish National Championships 2022 - In case you missed it, RIYC will host the Feva Nationals from July 1st to 3rd - NOR soon!

RIYC Cadets nominated for Irish Sailing Youth Sailor of The Year! Congratulations to our very own Tim Norwood and Nathan van Steenberge for their nomination. A great testament to their skill, passion and an inspiration to Cadet sailors of all ages. https://www.sailing.ie/Events/Awards 

Cadet Winter Weekend Sailing - In October and November last year, we ran weekend courses for Cadets and now, with Hannah on-board, this will continue March through to end May when summer courses commence. We’ll re-start again in September through to the end of November. 

University and Intervarsity Sailing - The Club continues to support University Sailing by hosting UCD Fireflies over the Winter and we are looking at ways to ramp up our support to our Cadet members in Third level Education. Trinity and UCD are both hosting Alumni Team Racing and Dinner events in February, so sign up on Instagram.

Spring Calendar - SAVE THE DATES - booking forms to follow
  • February Mid-term break - The first mid-term camp for cadets took place from 21st to 23rd February. The camp was busy with 20 attendees. The weather unfortunately meant sailing was not possible so there were shore-based activities for the three afternoons. Everyone had a great time.
  • Weekend Adventure Sailing - 12-3pm every Saturday and Sunday. We’ll mix it up with 1720’s, Fevas and our new Teras! - Starting Saturday 5th March.
  • Schools Easter Holiday Adventure Sailing - Spring fun and adventure on-and-off the water - we’ll have all our charter boats ready to go. Exact details and dates to be confirmed - Watch this space!

Cadet Socials 
  • 2021 Junior Cadet Awards Dinner - Our annual dinner and awards for Cadets aged 8-18yrs will be hosted in the Dining Room on Friday 25th March. A light dinner and drinks will be available for parents in the Drawing Room, book here
  • Under 25’s Cadet BBQ - Tuesday 28th June - Sign up for DBSC Keelboat racing with a Cadet helm and then back to RIYC for BBQ.
  • Remember, if you have a party or special event such as a 21st Birthday, you are welcome to invite your friends and family to your club - [email protected] 

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RIYC Cadets - Sailing & Social Committee 

Stephen Breen | Ais Coffey | Laura Coleman | Richard Kidney | Hannah Leonard | Caoimhe Lowe | Siofra Mooney | Jonny Skerritt

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