Photos by Seán A Laoire
The final day of the 2006 Optimist Trials produced very challenging conditions and some changes in fortune saw Tim O'Laoire move up to win a place on the World's team whilst Diana Kissane and Alan Ruigrok secured European team invites.
The first weekend produced some typical lake sailing on Lough Derg and left 11 year-old Jamie Aplin (RStGYC) as clear leader.
The consensus was that the second leg in Skerries would see the older and more experienced challengers climbing the leaderboard.
Saturday's three races were sailed in a force 2 - 3 northerly and ebbing spring tide that kicked up a short chop.
Jamie Aplin continued as before, winning two of the three races sailed to raise his tally to 6 victories from 12 starts.
HYC interest was on Diana Kissane and Tim O'Laoire, in 5th and 8th places after Lough Derg. Tim had the better day whilst Diana's score was blighted by an OCS.