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  • Helen-Mary Wilkes receives Gold Award from World Sailing.

    Vice Presidents Cup Winners 2015

    IODAI would like to congratulate Helen-Mary Wilkes who has received the Gold Award from World Sailing. Mary is a longtime member of IODAI and IODA being past president from 1989 to 1998. Helen-Mary Wilkes has been a great friend to Optimist Sailing in Ireland and has also honoured us in presenting the Trophy for the

  • Important Note regarding Boat Insurance


    Based on advice of our Insurance Company IODAI have changed our Insurance Policy for Optimist.  To participate in any IODAI event including Trials you will require the following Insurance Cover: For all events in Northern Ireland Adequate third party insurance, covering sailing in the waters of the UK and Ireland of at least Stg£3,000,000 For

  • Trials 2017 Open for Registration


    IODAI Optimist Trials 2017 are now open for registration.  Please note only sailors who have met the qualification criteria (see below) for Trials already will be able to register. Trials dates:         April 20th to April 23rd 2017   Venue:              Ballyholme Yacht Club , Seacliff Road, Bangor, Down BT20 5HT, United Kingdom , Bangor

  • Interested in Hosting an Optimist Dinghy Event in 2018?


    IODAI are asking all Optimist Dinghy Clubs to indicate if they would like to make an expression of interest to host an IODAI event in 2018. Hosting an IODAI event offers a manifold of benefits and opportunities to a host club and its members. If your club is interested in hosting an event for 2018

  • A shout out from Annalise Murphy for our Oppi Sailors!


    Sailors, check out this great interview with Olympic Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy, a former Optimist Sailor in the Journal.ie http://www.the42.ie/annalise-murphy-rio-tokyo-2020-support-her-sport-3275992-Mar2017/?utm_source=shortlink She gave a shout out to our fantastic Spring Training Week in Baltimore and is keeping a close eye on all our amazing Optimist sailors.  Annalise is very impressed to see you all out training,

  • Opportunity to Sail Europeans Race Area


    The hosts of the 2017 Optimist European Championships, Yacht Club Port Bourgas are hosting an official test evet at the end of April. They are offering sailors the opportunity to test the race area of the 2017 Optimist European Championship during this official Test Event – Regatta Port Bourgas 2017 – Bourgas Sailing Week. The dates

  • Change to Training dates for IDT – Poland Team

    INTERNATIONAL DELVEOPMENT SQUAD – POLAND Event:         Polish Trials Coach:         Michael Gryglewski Dates:         Dept Dublin 30/05 at 1425 and Return Dublin 05/06 at 1255   Accommodation in a hotel near the event Team of 7 sailors of which at least 2 are from the same sex after those traveling to the Worlds, Europeans and IDT France at

  • British Optimist Nationals 2017, Now Open


      Please see the below notice from our friends in the British Optimist Association. We are delighted to invite you and your sailors to REGISTER AND JOIN US at the 2017 Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships. 2017 sees the Optimist class heading back to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in

  • T’was the night before Baltimore….


    ‘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

  • Baltimore, Lunch Forms & Time Table


    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

  • 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

  • Reminder for Volunteers for Baltimore


    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

  • 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.

  • Baltimore Movie and Disco Nights & House Available


    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

  • 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  

  • Baltimore Optimist Ladies Lunch


    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Baltimore – Kayaking Moonlight Experience and more …


    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

  • Registration for Baltimore closes this Monday!


    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

  • 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

  • RCYC team head to Monaco for Optimist Team Race Event


    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

  • 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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Helen-Mary Wilkes receives Gold Award from World Sailing.

IODAI would like to congratulate Helen-Mary Wilkes who has received the Gold Award from World Sailing.

Mary is a longtime member of IODAI and IODA being past president from 1989 to 1998. Helen-Mary Wilkes has been a great friend to Optimist Sailing in Ireland and has also honoured us in presenting the Trophy for the Team Racing Vice-Presidents Cup in 2015.

Congratulations to Helen-Mary.


Congratulation to Mrs. Optimist Helen-Mary Wilkes has received the Gold Award from World Sailing. With great dedication she has worked for the Optimist Class as President of the class from 1989-1998 and together with her husband Robert Wilkes she has dedicated more than 40 years to the class and still counting :-) Congratulations to Helen-Mary - very well deserved recognition!

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The Irish contingent at the British Optimist Spring Championships were the largest with 28 boats. They did us proud over the weekend, in trying conditions. We took a trophy home, courtesy of Luke Turvey who topped the U12 results (20th overall). We also had many excellent results with 12 Irish boats featuring in the top 30 and 2 in the top 10, Justin Lucas (8th) and Killian O'Regan (9th).

Check out the below footage from the weekend.


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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