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Craftinsure 2023 LEADERBOARD

Topper Fleet 2023 Summary from Kinsale Yacht Club

by Dorothy Matthews 1 Dec 2023 20:17 GMT
Kinsale YC in County Cork, Ireland © David Branigan / www.oceansport.ie

In 2023, the KYC topper fleet experienced a year of outstanding sailing. Despite occasional disruptions from the typical Irish weather, the sailors maintained enthusiastic.

The season commenced with the Frostbites in February. Baring the cold weather, Caoimhe Corkery took the lead with an impressive series of consecutive bullets. Later in the year she showcased her skills in the Topper World Championships where she secured an impressive result.

Following the Frostbites, we resumed Sunday sailing in May and June, taking advantage of the favourable weather until we had to clear the dinghy park in preparation for the Sovereigns Cup.

The hunt for boats continued and resulted in new sailors joining the fleet. We are always happy to see new faces and see sailors move from one club fleet to another as they develop in their sailing careers. This year we welcomed some Optimist sailors who had grown out of their boats and joined us in the Toppers, as well as others who are new to the sport. Likewise some topper sailors have moved into other boats including 420s where they will harvest their skills and progress further.

Throughout the year Sunday Sessions were run. This allowed the sailors to improve their skills and preparing them for next level of coaching on the Summer Sailing Course. The high demand for the course reflects the enthusiasm of our young sailors, who not only continue to learn but also have an excellent time! After completing the courses, they showcased their skills at the Kinsale At Home Regatta before returning to Sunday sailing.

Special appreciation goes to our class captain, Chris Baker, our coaches, Dorothy Matthews and Emer Heery, as well as the parents and volunteers who contributed to the success of the Sunday sessions. The season kicks off again at the end of January, with the frostbites. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

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