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Congrats to Jules Start (2B) who competed in the Optimist Ulster championships on 10-11 September in Howth and came first place. Here he is pictured with his trophy together with his coach Tom Higgins - a well-known Gonzaga Alumni international sailor. Read more here.


Jules Start (2B) was selected to represent Ireland at the European Optimist Championships in Soderberg, Denmark 1-5 August and was the top Irish boat there. The picture shows Jules receiving the trophy in honour of this, presented by Mr Mark Hennessy, Vice Commodore, Royal St George Yacht Club and Ms Mary Hanafin, Councillor.


All Ireland Schools Team Racing Championships

Last weekend Gonzaga College SJ participated in the All Ireland Schools Team Racing Championships in Dun Laoghaire. Captained by Sixth Year Trevor Bolger, with Jacques Murphy and Archie Daly also at the helm over the two days, the Gonzaga team won every race sailed and were the overall winners of the event. This is the first time a school from Leinster has won this trophy and we are very proud of all the sailors on the team - from First to Sixth Year!


Trevor Bolger (C) (Helm 1)

Jacques Murphy (Helm 2)

Archie Daly (Helm 3)

Ethan Hunt (Crew 1)

Cathal O’Regan (Crew 2)

Jules Start (Crew 3)

Substitute: Oscar Malone

Read details about the event in this article from Afloat.


Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships

Congratulations to our sailing team who won the Leinster Schools Team Racing Championships in Dún Laoghaire at the weekend. The team members were:


Helm 1: Trevor Bolger

Helm 2: Jacques Murphy

Helm 3: Archie Daly

Crew 1: Ethan Hunt

Crew 2: Theo Madigan

Crew 3: Jules Start


The two subs were Oscar Malone and Cathal O'Regan.

See full report here.


Congratulations to Tom Higgins who has received one of the prestigious Ad Astra Eilte Sports Scholarships from UCD for sailing. Tom is part of the Irish Sailing Academy. For more details see here.  


Two Gonzaga teams were among the eight entries in the 2019 Leinster School Team Racing championship held in the Royal St George Yacht club on Saturday 23 March. In the qualifying rounds, each team raced all the other schools in a round robin series. Racing in light winds that were extremely testing for all competitors, Gonzaga B team performed well and narrowly missed qualification for the final rounds. Gonzaga A team saw off all but one of their opponents leaving them top of the table. 

However, the quarter final proved a greater challenge with Gonzaga facing a talented and very determined Loreto Stephen's Green who pushed them to three races before being defeated. In the other semifinal a young but well organised St Andrew’s team comfortably saw off Blackrock College to set up a tense final. However Gonzaga A were getting into their stride at this point and came through as 2019 Leinster schools champions.

All four teams who qualified for the semifinals will travel to the National Championships later in the year.


The winning Gonzaga team were:


Jack Fahy & Andrew Conan
Henry Higgins & Finn Cleary
Tom Higgins & Jacques Murphy


Well done to Finn Cleary, who represented Ireland this year at the RS Feva European Championships in Portland, Dorset in August. He and Tim Norwood came first in the Eastern, Midlands, third in the Irish Nationals and fourth in the Silver fleet at the Europeans.

And congratulations to Tom Higgins who finished seventh overall and second at U17 at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Kiel, and to Jack Fahy who finished 30th overall.



Congratulations to Jack Fahy, who won his most significant sailing event to date on Sunday 8th April. Jack won the laser radial class at the ISA youth nationals and with it comes a nomination to the world youth sailing event in Texas in July. Tom Higgins was second. More details here


Henry Start, Jeff McGovern and Mark Mulvey all took part in the RS Feva class World Youth Championships in Medemblik, Netherlands, in July. In a demanding 14 races over five days, Henry and partner Morgan Devine from Blackrock College had a strong performance to finish as the first placed Irish boat of the week and a top 45 finish. This was Henry’s second RS Feva Worlds competition. Jeff and Mark had a very good final day particularly and moved up a further 20 places to finish as the third placed Irish boat.


Loghlen Rickard is the Youth Laser Radial North American Champion following his performance in the North American Laser Championships in Vancouver, Canada. He also finished 24th out of 180 in the Laser Radial Youth European Championships in Gdynia, Poland, and 24th out of 283 in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Medemblik, Netherlands. Loghlen is also the Youth Leinster Laser Radial Champion following his 1st youth (2nd overall out of 41) performance in the Leinster Championships in Rush. 

Loghlen Rickard, Jack Fahy, Henry Start and Tom Higgins participated in in the ISA All-Ireland Junior Helmsman competition in Schull at the end of September. Each year, the best helms from each class of boat are invited to race in a two day event to determine the best junior helm in Ireland. Students from Gonzaga achieved the following results:

  • 3rd place & ISA Bronze Medal: Loghlen Rickard

  • 4th place: Ronan Walsh [with crew Tom Higgins]

  • 8th place: Jack Fahy

  • 14th place: Henry Start


The Danny McNelis Regatta took place on Friday 12th May in the INSS in Dun Laoghaire. More than 30 boys took part and everyone had a great day. The overall winner's were Henry Start’s team consisting of Henry as captain and Finn Cleary, Max Tempany, Euan O’Riordan, Spencer O’Connell and Michael Sullivan. They were presented with the trophy by Bríd and Niall McNelis. Thanks to everyone involved.


​​19.09.2016: Gonzaga wins All-Ireland Inter-Schools Sailing Championship

Two Gonzaga teams competed this weekend. Five sailors (Loghlen Rickard and Tom Higgins - Team A and Patrick Coyle, Henry Start and Jeff McGovern - Team B) represented the school in the mixed fleet event. This fleet is comprised of Lasers, Mirrors, 420s, Fevas and Toppers sailing a single course using the Portsmouth Yardstick handicapping system for scoring. After three races in light and shifty winds, Team A of Loghlen Rickard and Tom Higgins were victorious, winning the All Ireland Inter-Schools Sailing Championship (The Conor Nolan Memorial Trophy) for Gonzaga College SJ.

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