The CH Marine Irish Optimist National and Open Championships are upon us. The event kicks off today, Wednesday 13th August, in Royal Cork Yacht Club with registration between 3pm and 7pm.

This is a truly international event with over 190 Sailors from all over Ireland, UK, India, Bermuda, Italy and Spain competing for the title of Irish National Champion.

The festivities begin with the Opening Ceremony at 6pm (sailors gather at 5.30pm) today where sporting legend Doug Howlett will officially open the event along with Admiral Pat Lyons, Rear Admiral Celine McGrath, IODAI President Aidan Staunton and representatives from our Principal Sponsor, CH Marine. There will be some treats and entertainment for the sailors, a complimentary drink for the parents and the entire evening promises to be a fun filled family occasion.

In tandem with the Opening Ceremony will be the National 18 Invitational Series where Oppie parents will have a series of races on the river before returning to shore for prize giving at 8.30pm.

The real action begins on Thursday when the racing starts and runs until Sunday. There will be daily prize for each days racing and overall prize giving on Sunday.  Regatta Fleet entries will enjoy coaching in the mornings and some races in the afternoons.

The event is action packed, click on the “event info” tab on for further details.

There will be a varied menu on offer for the duration of the event. Each evening there will be a wide selection of food available with prices starting at €12. Kid’s prices start at €6. In the event that you buy three meal tickets, we are offering you a meal deal of three meals for €30. Menus include beef and prawn stir-fry accompanied by a wide selection of delicious salads, BBQ’s which include RCYC's famous 7 oz steak burgers, chicken curry, beef lasagne, fish cakes and fish and chips and Pig on the Spit. If you have any special dietary or other requirements, please call Anthony on (086) 803 57 83. You can also email Anthony on

Entry to the event is now closed so the very best of luck to all of the sailors competing.
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