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Monday 1 September 2014

Young sailors get advanced training

Published 05/03/2014 | 05:36

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THE young members of Tralee Bay Sailing Club got a chance to enjoy a few days training with some of Ireland and Europe's most experienced sailors in Baltimore recently.

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THE young members of Tralee Bay Sailing Club got a chance to enjoy a few days training with some of Ireland and Europe's most experienced sailors in Baltimore recently.

Over the school mid term break, 10 of the club's younger members, accompanied by the club's newly appointed Commodore well-known Tralee vet Richie Hurley, travelled to Baltimore to take part in the International Optimist Dinghy Association's spring Sail Training programme.

The young sailors spent a few days in Baltimore doing advanced training with experienced Optomist instructors from across Ireland and Europe ahead of the Munster Optimist Dinghy Championships, which will be hosted by Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit next September.

Those championships, which will be one of the largest events hosted by the club for several years, will see over 100 young sailors, aged between nine and 14 and from across the entire country, descend on Fenit for three days of competitive racing in Tralee bay.

Tralee Bay Sailing Club's Mike O'Neill said the special training session on Cork should help give the young Tralee and Fenit sailors an extra edge when the championship rolls around.

"Going to Baltimore for the sail training was a great opportunity for them. We have a great crop of talented young kids in the club at the moment and the few days in Baltimore was a good opportunity for them to get a bit of a leg up and pick up some new skills ahead of the championship," he said.

Kerryman

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