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  • T’was the night before Baltimore….

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    ‘Twas the night before Baltimore, when all thro’ the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The bags were packed and put by the door with care, In hopes that tomorrow soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of Oppies and Sails danced in

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  • Baltimore, Lunch Forms & Time Table

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    4 days to Baltimore!  We hope everyone in your house is excited about coming to Baltimore.  Preparations are well underway in Baltimore and we in IODAI are looking forward to another fantastic week of Optimist Sailing in West Cork.   Baltimore Timetable See the attached Timetable of Events for the week.  This outlines everything you

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  • Car looking full going to Baltimore? Do your shop online & have one less thing to pack!

      Coming to Baltimore this weekend?  Why not make life a little less stressful and order your groceries online and have them delivered to the house you are staying in Baltimore. Fields of Skibbereen www.fieldsofskibbereen.ie have everything you would need for the week and will deliver to your door in Baltimore. Fields have won many accolades

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  • Reminder for Volunteers for Baltimore

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    Coming to Baltimore 2017?  You need to Volunteer! Special Notice for all Parents who have sailors coming to Baltimore 2017. IODAI is a voluntary organisation and it needs the help of all Parents to help run the Baltimore Training Week. There are lots of ways you can get involved and make Baltimore week the fantastic experience that

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  • Bodrum Optimist Sailing Event

    Bodrum Optimist Sailing have sent an invitation to IODAI Optimist sailors to attend an event in Bodrum in March. Please see below for details.   Bodrum International Optimist Regatta (BIOR)   It is a great pleasure to announce the Bodrum International Optimist Regatta (BIOR) Dates:               8-12 March 2017 Location:         Bodrum Sailing Club.

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  • Baltimore Movie and Disco Nights & House Available

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    Baltimore Spring training week is less than 2 weeks away!   It promises to be a great week of fun for all the family.  There is lots happening including two great nights planned in Caseys for the sailors. Movie Night Every year the Baltimore Movie Night  is a big attraction for our sailors.  The movie

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  • Laser & Topper Icicles 25th & 26th February

    The Laser & Topper Icicles are taking place on 25th & 26th February in Baltimore.  Any families who are doing the Baltimore Optimist Spring Training Week and have older siblings in Toppers & Lasers might want to consider staying on for this wonderful event. See below for Notice of Race and Entry form. Entry Form entry-form-for-laser-and-topper-icicles-2017  

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  • Baltimore Optimist Ladies Lunch

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    Baltimore Optimist Ladies Lunch at THE GLEBE GARDENS on Wednesday 22nd February.  Book early and look forward to a delicious three-course meal in the fabulous Glebe Gardens, Baltimore. Limited availability, so please reserve your place. To reserve your place, please email your name and mobile number to lubliner@hotmail.co.uk. To secure your reservation, full payment will be taken

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  • IODAI TEAMS 2017

    Each year we select a number of Teams to represent the Optimist Class at International sailing events. These teams are selected based on ranking following Trials (which is an invitation only event) in April 2017. Please see below details of the teams IODAI will be supporting this year.   EUROPEANS Venue:          YC Port Bourgas

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  • Next Stop Baltimore…so be prepared!

    Baltimore Spring Training week is just 3 weeks away. You have only 2 weekends left to dust off the boats after the winter break and check they are ready for the start of another great year of Optimist sailing.  Please think ahead and check your gear over the next couple of weekends. Safety Check List Below please

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  • Notice to those interested in traveling to the Optimist Worlds 2017

    11th to 21st July 2017 Royal Varuna Yacht Club,  Thailand     IODAI and ISA recommend that the top Optimist sailors following Trials 2017 represent Ireland at the Optimist Europeans.     Any sailor out of the top 8 (up to a maximum of 5 sailors) at Trials may choose to go to Worlds. IODAI will enter all participating

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  • Baltimore – Kayaking Moonlight Experience and more …

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    IODAI have teamed up with Atlantic Sea Kayaking again this year for the Baltimore Spring Training Week. Some of the quotes from parents who tired the Kayaking last year include: “Amazing” “Stunning night sky” “Not to be missed” This year Atlantic Sea Kayaking are offering 3 different Kayaking experiences.   Moonlight/Starlight Experience Wednesday 22nd February

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  • Registration for Baltimore closes this Monday!

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    Don’t forget to register for the Baltimore Spring Training Week 2017 taking place Sunday 19th February to Friday 24th February 2017, Registration closes this Monday February 16th, don’t be disappointed and make sure you enter your sailor today! The Baltimore Spring Training Week event is considered to be one of the top International sailing clinics in

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  • Policy on IODAI Events Entry Fees

    When entering IODAI events please note the following are the policies in relation to entry fees (including Baltimore). Events can only be entered by paid up members of IODAI (or the equivalent national association) The entry must be made and the fee paid through the Paypal facility on the IODAI website. Refunds can only be

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  • RCYC team head to Monaco for Optimist Team Race Event

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    The Royal Cork Yacht Club is one of 16 teams from 11 countries invited to compete in the annual Monaco Optimist Team Race event. An original match race format for teams of four Optimist sailors it brings to the fore not just the sailors technical prowess, but tactics and above all team-work. We wish the

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  • Timetable of Events for Baltimore Week 2017.

      REGISTRATION Saturday  4.00pm – 6.00pm Sunday   10.00 am-11am   DAILY ROUTINE  Sunday:      Rigged/Changed and Ready at 1pm Monday to Friday:  Rigged /Changed and Ready for 9.30am Wednesday:  Half Day – finishing 12.30-1pm Wednesday:  4-5 pm – Rules Talk with Gordan Davies Also Friday is Regatta Day – Briefing 9.30am   LUNCH

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  • Registered for Baltimore 2017… you need to Volunteer

    Special Notice for all Parents who have registered sailors for Baltimore 2017. IODAI is a voluntary organisation and it needs the help of all Parents to help run the Baltimore Training Week. There are lots of ways you can get involved and make Baltimore week the fantastic experience that it is. EACH CHILD ATTENDING NEEDS A

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  • Only 1 week left to enter Baltimore 2017!

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    The first big event of the 2017 Optimist Sailing calendar year is Baltimore Spring Training Week. Baltimore week is a fantastic week of sailing for all Optimist sailors of all levels of ability. There will be a range of national and international coaches on hand to help kick off the 2017 sailing year. It takes

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  • 12 Days until Baltimore Closes!!

    Happy New Year to all!  2017 promises to be a fun filled, exciting year for our Optimist Sailors. The first big event of the year is Baltimore Spring Training Week. Baltimore week is a fantastic week of sailing for all Optimist sailors of all levels of ability. It takes place during the February mid-term break

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  • Santa arrives in a few hours and Baltimore entries close in 23 days!!

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    The closing date to enter Baltimore Spring Training Week is January 16th! Early entry is advised to avail of the early bird offer. The early entry fee is €200 per child (available until 16th January). Late Entry Fee is €300 up until 23rd January. Entries are closed on 23rd January and no further entries will be accommodated. The Baltimore

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  • Happy Christmas and an Optimist New Year!

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    Happy Christmas to all the Irish Optimist sailors & parents and to all the families that visited Ireland in 2016 to sail with us. As 2016 closes we in IODAI are looking forward to 2017 and have a full calendar of events scheduled around the country for you to participate in.  First up is the

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  • Happiness is ….. Schull & Fitbones!!!!

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    Schull & Fitbones is a really big part of Baltimore Spring Training Week,  for our very special non sailing siblings. Schull & Fitbones provides activities for those 5 years and upwards who are not yet sailing. They do Playground games, Sherkin Island trip and an Adventure Challenge in Lough Hyne Woods. It’s all about fun,

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  • Baltimore Spring Training Week – Regatta Fleet to Main Fleet too big a jump?  

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    If your child is ready to move out of Regatta Fleet but is not quite sure he/she is ready for the Main Fleet, then Transition Fleet is your option. Transition Fleet available at Baltimore is a wonderful opportunity to help your sailor make the leap from Regatta fleet to Main fleet. If you have already

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  • Enter Today for Baltimore Spring Training Week

    We are delighted to have CH Marine on board as one of our main sponsors this year supporting IODAI at the Baltimore Spring Training Week. We urge you to ENTER TODAY.  This year we might have to cap numbers as this is dependant on the availability of coaches and ribs. ENTER TODAY to avoid disappointment

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Upcoming Events

 
Criteria: Open to all members   Closing Date :  Monday 16th January. Entry Fee is €200 per child. Late Entry Fee of €300  up until the 23rd January. Closed after this and no further entries accommodated.

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Annual Membership

 
Annual Membership for 2017 will be open from November 15th 2016. This is when registration for Baltimore will also open.

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Day four at Spring Training Week - first of the fleets launching. Thanks to Pierce CH Marine for the footage. ...

Launching has commenced for senior fleet for oppy training week. A few anxious sailors this morning but they are heading out for another great day on the water!

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Ladies Lunch tomorrow Wednesday 22nd February in Glebe Gardens at one o'clock. ...

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Latest Buy & Sell

 
Optimist IRL 459 for sale. Complete with spars, sails, trolly, cover (torn). Suitable for beginner. Available Glenageary, Co Dublin. €425 Contact: Tom Galvin Email Address: tom@usnireland.ie Phone Number: 0879692814
We are selling our daughters nicely appointed Far East optimist. It has sailed all the major events this year and is in good condition. It comes with N1 foils, a mast, and a Blackgold sprit. The sail is an Ulman and is in reasonable condition. Other items included are: Optimist trailer (collapsable), bailers, paddle, mast
Good sail wanted for 35kg sailor Contact: Roger Conan   Email Address: rfconan@indigo.ie Phone Number: 087-8108565