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  • 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

  • Munsters Regatta Fleet Now Full


    Please note that the Regatta Fleet for the Munsters is now full. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list for the event please email: jasonburns@outlook.ie   For more information on Regatta Fleet Please see http://iodai.com/documents/ and the document named: IODAI Position Statement on the Regatta Fleet 2016

  • Munster Championship details

    Munsters logo

    The Optimist Munster Championships will take place over the weekend of September 10th & 11th in the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in Crosshaven, Co.Cork. For full details of the Munsters,  please click here http://www.royalcork.com/event/optimist-munster-championship/

  • Munsters Early Entry Discount extended!

    The early entry discount of €60 for the Munsters, has been extended to the final closing date of this Friday 2nd September at 10pm. The Munster’s will take place over the weekend of September 10th & 11th in the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in Crosshaven, Co.Cork. So don’t miss out on all the fun of

  • Munsters deal for first time IODAI Members


    The Munster’s will take place over the weekend of September 10th & 11th in the Royal Cork Yacht Club, in Crosshaven, Co.Cork You can enter now via the events page.   New to IODAI events? The Munsters are the last International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) regional event of 2016. We have had a

  • Problems registering for the Munsters?

    IODAI have updated our website and as part of this process members have to reset your password when registering for the Munsters. If you are having troubling registering for the Munsters please email us on iodaiwebmaster@gmail.com and we will address your query promptly.

  • Ranking after 4 Events in 2016


    Here are the rankings after 4 of the 5 events in 2016. 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 non-Irish sailors) Senior Fleet: Top 40

  • Only 5 days left to enter the Munsters!

    The Munster Optimist Championships 2016 are taking place in the Royal Cork Yacht Club over the weekend of September 10th and 11th. Early entry discount of €60, if you enter by 10pm on Wednesday August 31st Late entry fee of €120 applies if you enter after August 31st. Final closing date for the Munsters is


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

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