2013 ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championship and Optimist Trials at Lough Derg Yacht Club

·     2013 ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championship and Optimist Trials at Lough Derg Yacht Club, April 4-7

·     190 boats participating – 100 volunteers assisting

·     600 visitors to the region

·     Estimated boost to local economy €100,000


Today – April 5

1.  Olympian Annalise Murphy to give a talk to the sailors following today’s sailing.

2.  Local and National Politicians visited the event this morning.

Pat Keller LDYC, John Tierney Hon Treasurer LDYC, Alan Kelly Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport, Cllr Seamus Morris, Denis Hassey Commodore LDYC, James O’Callaghan ISA, Noel Coonan T.D., David Meredith Vice Commodore LDYC, Michael Murray CEO NTLP, Michael O’Meara North Tipperary County Council Mayor, Cllr Jim Casey, Margaret Kennedy Hon Membership Secretary LDYC, Lucy Sanders Former Commodore LDYC, Sean Crowley NTLP


10am, Friday April 5, a crisp blue-skied Spring day, and over 100 Lough Derg Yacht club volunteers co-ordinate the launching 190 boats for the second day of the ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championships, and the Optimists Trials.  For the first time in a decade, these two sailing events are been held together at one club.


This morning the Commodore of Lough Derg Yacht Club, Denis Hassey welcomed local and national politicians to Dromineer, who, following his invitation, visited the club to see the activities first hand.  In his receiving speech, the Commodore said he was delighted with the energy and enthusiasm with which the club’s members volunteered to help out at this major event.


He said that ‘as most of the sailors competing are under 18 years, they are accompanied by parents and siblings, and, with the number of sailing coaches and judges here also, the event has brought a footfall of 600 visitors to the area’.


The Commodore stressed that the benefits of this influx of people to the locality are not only to sailing and to Dromineer, but also to the wider community and tourism to the region. He said that ‘all accommodation is booked out in the village and in Nenagh, and it is estimated that visitors will bring a spend to the area of over €100, 000 for the the four days of the Championship and furthermore, every year the club’s activities generates over a million euros for the local economy’.


The Commodore applauded the Yacht Club’s committees for their engagement with the community, and their commitment to encouraging local children to the sport of sailing through club sailing and the outreach Schools’ Sailing Programme.  ‘A programme which has to date’, he said, ‘introduced over one thousand children from Primary and Secondary Schools to sailing, including National sailing champion Eoin Keller and Alfie Wisdom’.


In conclusion, the Commodore reminded everyone that the Mirror Dinghy World Sailing Championships will take place at the club from July 27 to August 2, when an international fleet of sailors from mainland Europe, the Philipines, Australia and South Africa will be travelling to the lake to participate.  He noted that the South African team has already booked all rooms at Lough Derg House in the village.


Alan Kelly, Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport, thanked the Commodore and his committee for their invitation.  He said he was delighted to see the activity and congratulated the club fot its ‘success in hosting such a significant event and all such events in the past’, which he said ‘contributed significantly to the wider community’.


This is the first visit for the ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championships to Lough Derg and is, by all accounts, already an exciting championship with great races set by the PROs.


At 5.30pm today, following racing, sailors can look forward to a talk from Irish sailing Olympian Annalise Murphy

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