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Two Optimist National Championships - UK & Ireland, by Finian Morris

By Rooster Sailing 2nd October 2020

This summer I have competed in two Optimist National Championships in the UK and Ireland. The weather was not the best and the wind blew for almost every race, 18 out of 19 in total! Incredibly, I wore the same kit every day and was never hot, cold or uncomfortable. So I have worked out my perfect sailing wardrobe and it consists of;

The British National and Open Championships were excellently hosted for 370 sailors and their families by WPNSA. Sailing took place inside the harbour and conditions were breezy all week. Two days were blown off resulting in a series of ten races. I had a great first day and was lying 15th overall. Being small eventually took its toll and I finished the event lying 28th in the junior fleet. Not a bad result at all for my first nationals!

We headed home for a quick turn around before getting the ferry to Ireland where my Dad's family live. We had a great week on the west coast enjoying other water sports, kayaking, SUPing, skim boarding, gorge walking and cliff jumping! My mum loved the Rooster Aquafleece whilst kayaking on Killary harbour - she can't wait for me to grow out of it!

We headed to the wonderfully smart and traditional Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. I was doing the Irish Nationals as part of the British junior team, kindly supported by Volvo and the RYA. The team of 16 had a great week and learnt a huge amount from the excellent, professional coaches, Sarah McGovern and Gareth Viney. Before the event we had two days of coaching, one day it gusted 39 knots in Dublin Bay. Despite this we braved it and this stood us in great stead for what proved to be another windy week. The team of 16 ended a well organised, fun week with some excellent results. I was proud to finish 11th overall in the junior fleet and 1st under 12 year old still wearing my favourite combination of Rooster kit! Irish NAtionals2

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