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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

  • Spanish Sailing Exchange Opportunity


    Two Spanish optimist sailors are looking to do an exchange with an Irish sailing family. An 11 year old boy from Las Palmas Gran Canaria.  He is looking to do the UK nationals, in return your child could do an international Oppie or Laser event in Gran Caria at any stage in next year.  He

  • IODAI Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

    IODAI Extraordinary General Meeting

  • New Year Optimist Clinic


    Tralee Bay Maritime Centre is launching their New Year Dinghy Clinic in Partnership with Dinghy Performance on 4th -8th January 2017. The optimist class groups will be led by International coaches John Karvaligkos and Fred Countinho Rato.  Both coaches are very familiar to the Irish fleet. This clinic is in fact a form of return as

  • Baltimore Spring Training Week 2017 Open for Entries!


      Registration for the IODAI Baltimore Spring Training Week 2017 (and 2017 annual IODAI membership) is now open. Baltimore is a wonderful opportunity for new and returning sailors to improve their skills during the weeklong training event. The early entry fee for Baltimore training is €200 for the week. Annual membership for 2017 is required

  • Optimist Baltimore Spring Training Week 2017


    Sunday 19th February to Friday 24th February 2017, open for registration next Tuesday November 15th Registration for 2017 Annual IODAI membership will also open on November 15th.   What is The Baltimore Spring Training Week? The Baltimore Spring Training Week event is considered to be one of the top International sailing clinics in Europe. It

  • Tom Higgins flies the flag in Bermuda!


    Tom Higgins of the Royal St. George Yacht Club represented Ireland last week at the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup 2016 in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC). Tom was one of 16 International Sailors invited, selected according to rankings, competing along with the Bermuda National Squad. Racing took place in brilliant sunshine, in the

  • Bring your Coaching Skills to West Cork for a Week!

    Baltimore 2016

    The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) are now recruiting National and International coaches for Baltimore 2017
. We are looking for highly motivated, top quality sailing instructors to coach our very enthusiastic sailors for a week in February. Positions are limited and will be allocated on previous coaching experience and ISA or equivalent qualifications. Must

  • ISA Junior Performance Seminars


    Applications Now Open for the ISA Junior Performance Seminars The first of the new ISA Junior Performance Seminars will take place in the Irish Institute of Sport on the weekend of the 29th and 30th of October. This is the first of 3 Winter seminars aimed at junior sailors of ALL classes born between 2001 and 2004 who

  • IODAI Events Calendar 2017


    The IODAI events calendar 2017 is now available online. Please click here to view the calendar or go to the Events section of the website. Updated IODAI Events list PDF

  • Thank You!


    Well done to all our Optimist sailors who sailed during the 2016 season. It has been a fantastic summer of sailing which has seen many sailors and their families pack up gear, boats, life jackets, dogs, tents, camper vans and the like to travel to the IODAI Regional events around Ireland in Baltimore, Dun Laoghaire,

  • 2017 Teams Announcement


    IODAI and ISA support and assist a number of Optimist teams every year in attending international events, these events have included the Optimist Worlds and Optimist Europeans. After a considerable review and discussion IODAI and ISA recommend that the top Optimist sailors following Trials 2017 represent Ireland at the Optimist Europeans. After qualification in Trials,

  • Remembering PK Kavanagh 


    The Optimist Class would like to express our sympathies with the family of our friend PK Kavanagh who sadly passed away over the weekend. Over the years PK has been a big part of the Optimist class traveling the circuit in Ireland and working hard for the class.  PK will always be remembered fondly and

  • Euromed 2016 Coaching & Regatta in Malta

    The Optimist ISA national squad will not be running this winter, so it is down to individuals, clubs and groups of clubs to run the traditional winter training for their most promising juniors. Euromed was the event the squad had retained in the last few years as a mid Winter warm weather regatta. It gave

  • Great opportunity to attend Greek Regatta

      An invitation has been extended to Irish Optimist sailors by John Kavarligos, one of the Greek coaches that have coached in Baltimore in recent years. The invitation is to attend a Regatta in his own home club of NCPF which is located 45 minutes from Athens airport. The event is held over three days. The

  • Final Rankings for 2016


    Here are the final rankings for 2016. Sailors who have qualified for 2017 trials are shown in bold. Senior Fleet Junior Fleet The following are the conditions to qualify for Trials: Sailor must compete in the Nationals + (at least) 2 Regionals Scoring is the sum of Nationals place + 2 best Regionals placing (excluding

  • ISA Performance to change tack


    LAUNCHING ISA Performance Pathway Seminar Series. In an exciting new initiative ISA PERFORMANCE today are announcing provisional details on a series of Performance Pathway Seminars. The seminars are replacing the ISA Optimist Squads and ISA Topper Squad which have traditionally run from October to March. The change of tack does not affect summer activities which

  • Bermuda National Championships Invitation

    Looking for somewhere to go during the colder sailing months or just another regatta? Bermuda is holding their National Championships, Nov 11-13, 2016.  Bermuda are lucky to be able to hold the regatta in Royal Naval Dockyard, the Home of the 35th America’s Cup! They offer warm water, fresh breezes and three days of good

  • Munsters Results

    We would like to apologise for the delay in posting the Final results for the Munsters. There has been a software issue and we are working to have it resolved as soon as possible. The results will be published as soon as this issue is resolved. We thank you for your patience.

  • Munsters 2016 – Results – RCYC


    Below please find links to the results. Results will be posted as soon as possible following each race. Senior Fleet Junior Fleet Regatta Fleet

  • SSI’s & important information in relation to the Munsters


    Supplementary Sailing Instructions Please follow the below link to see the Munsters Supplementary Sailing Instructions http://www.royalcork.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Munsters2016SSIs.pdf   Main fleet declarations and measurement The standard declaration of equipment used with the competitor’s boat must be completed for registration.  The IODAI measurement team would be grateful if you could bring along your registration book with all the relevant

  • Cheese & Wine Reception at the Munsters

    Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne

    The Royal Cork Yacht Club cordially invite all parents & guardians attending the Munsters to a complimentary Wine and Cheese reception in the RCYC bar in the Clubhouse in aid of the new Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat. The reception will take place on Saturday after racing, once the Fleets return to the Club. The reception will be a

  • Promotions following 2016 Nationals


    The following sailors have been promoted to Gold following their performance in the 2016 Nationals in Lough Derg: Kitty Flanagan Eoghan Turner Johnny Flynn Thomas O’Neill Simon Pritchard Congrats!

  • Looking for a warm weather winter Optimist clinic?


    SailCoach in Malta run by the well known Irish man Trevor Millar has 4 Optimist clinics coming up this side of Christmas. IODAI have used the Sailcoach international team both for Baltimore training week and for the ISA squad when they travel to Malta.  Without fail everyone who has ever been there will testify to the


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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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