After a gap of over two years due to the COVID pandemic, Ireland’s biggest youth regatta is back with a bang - the Investwise Irish Sailing Youth National Championships will take place at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, 28-31 October 2021.


The Youth National Championships are unique - not only is it the biggest youth event held in Ireland, it’s the only time that different youth classes come together to compete, gain valuable experience on the water, hear from Irish Sailing coaches, and, along with their families, learn more about the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway. 


Young sailors from across Ireland will compete across four different classes: 420, Topper, ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7) and ILCA 6 (Laser Radial). These are the classes that have been identified as the best to facilitate progression through the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway. Although normally part of the event, this year due to COVID safety measures, Irish Sailing and the IODAI (Irish Optimist class) decided to organise a separate training week. The IODAI National Training Week is part of an overall plan to kick-start the junior pathway and as such is being supported by Irish Sailing. This year’s training week is in Malahide; future editions will rotate nationally. The remaining four classes will be joined for the first time by the 29er class who are in discussions with Irish Sailing about becoming a full Performance Pathway class.


In addition to the racing programme there are three exciting evening talks open to all participants and their families. We encourage ALL young sailors to attend these talks (within COVID guidelines), even if not competing.


  • Thursday 28 October:    Overview of the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway Programme and Race Course debrief with Sean Evans, Irish Sailing Academy Coach
  • Friday 29 October:          Olympians Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove along with 49er teammates Johnny Durcan and Seáfra Guilfoyle will run a debrief session after being on the water to watch the racing followed by a Q&A session
  • Saturday 30 October:     James O’Callaghan (Irish Sailing Performance Director) and Olympic Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy discuss her journey on the Performance Pathway.


Irish Sailing Youth National Championships
28-31 October 2021

Royal Cork Yacht Club

Open to 29ers, 420s, Toppers, ILCA 4, ILCA 6.



Early Bird fee available till Monday 4th October

On Tuesday 5th October the entry fees go from
€120 to €200 for toppers & ILCA4,

€160 to €240 for 29er, 420 and ILCA6

NB: Entry closing date is 18th Oct



  • 2021 Youth Nationals ENTRY ... HERE
  • 2021 Youth Nationals NOR ... HERE
  • 2021 Youth Nationals SIs ... HERE 



  • Support boat info here
  • Accommodation here
  • Things to do in the area here

NB: Arrival date for the event is Wednesday 27th October @ 1200 unless prior arrangements with the club are made.


This is a "Clean Regattas" event with a set of environmental standards we will be working to adhere to throughout the event. We ask you to please ..

  • No Single Use Plastics - bring your bottle and use the refill station
  • Use reusable lunch bags please
  • No plastic straws 
  • Avail of the composting and recycling bins

As a venue and event management team we will also do all we can to reduce our impact on the environment during the event.

Talks and Speakers



Speakers will be joining us each evening to give inspiring and informative talks to the sailors, family and friends. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Full details of time and location within the club will follow soon.

Please keep an eye on here for any new speakers, changes and updates on venue.




With every sailor there are at least 2 spectators coming along to enjoy the event. 

Crosshaven is a small village and has a great Centra for supplies, a couple of brilliant pubs and coffee bistro. Loads of info here

If you want to watch the sailing then up at Campden Fort is a great spot - bring your binoculars, unless you are a 29er or 420 spectator then you can wait for the spinnakers to go up.

Find out more about the fort here There is plenty of parking and a lovely walk down to the beaches at the entrance to Cork Harbour too - great for dog walking.


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