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  • Tom Higgins wins Irish Optimist National & Open Senior Championship at Lough Derg.

    Tom Higgins, Royal St George Yacht Club, winner of Irish Optimist National & Open Senior Champion 2016  @ Irish Nationals 2016.  Photo by Gareth Craig (fotosail.com)

    With the full series of 10 races sailed over the four day event Tom Higgins of the Royal St. George Yacht Club beat Harry Twomey of the Royal Cork Yacht Club by one point to be the Irish Optimist National & Open Senior Champion 2016.   Tom’s win topped off a very successful summer which also

  • Entries Open for the Munsters

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    Entries are open for the last regional event of the year. What an amazing way to finish off a fun summer on the water and catch up with all the friends you have met at the events over the year before you hang up your sailing boots for the winter! The Munster’s will take place

  • Nationals 2016 – RESULTS – LDYC


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

  • LDYC Optimist Nationals Opening Ceremony

    LDYC is planning a colourful opening ceremony at the start of the Irish Optimist Nationals. 

  • The 2016 Annual General Meeting for IODAI on Monday, August 15th

    The 2016 Annual General Meeting for The Optimist Dinghy Sailing Association of Ireland Limited

  • European Team Report


    The Irish Optimist European Team competed in challenging (mostly 20-ish kts, 1m+ seas) conditions in sizzling hot Crotone, Italy. The young Irish team (12/13 year olds) all competing in their 1st major championship learned a lot and had a wonderful team experience led by Coach David White and Team super-Mum Mel McGinley. The standout star

  • Nationals closing date this Friday July 29th!

    REMINDER: Nationals closing date this Friday July 29th!



    Johnny Flynn, Howth Yacht Club triumphed with a convincing win coming 1st Overall

  • Crosbie Cup 2016 – Results – LRYC


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

  • IDT France in Training in Northern France


    The International Development Squad (IDT France) arrived in Loctudy, in France. The team of seven sailors, lead by Team Coach Thomas Chaix have commenced training in preparation for the French Nationals starting next Monday. We wish Dylan McEvoy, Ella May, Justin Lucas, Killian O Regan, Luke Groarke Donagh, Natasha Hemeryck and Tim Norwood the very

  • Crosbie Cup Weekend has arrived!

    The Crosbie Cup Weekend has arrived and there is great excitement in LRYC in Athlone.  We are looking forward to welcoming all our sailors to this weekends event.  Please see below the Notice of Race and other key times for this weekend. Looking forward to seeing you all later today and tomorrow, for a great

  • Europeans Team Arrive in Italy


    The Europeans team along with Coach David White and Team Mum, Mel McGinley arrived in Crotone in Southern Italy yesterday. They have a couple of days training at the venue before the Optimist Europeans officially open this Friday, with competitive sailing starting this Saturday. We wish them all the best of luck at the event.

  • Last chance to Enter the Crosbie Cup!


    Crosbie Cup, final entries close tomorrow July 13th  (no late entry penalty). There will be a Bring Your Own BBQ (BYOBBQ) on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm,  Salads & Baked Potato €5 for adults €2:50 for Children. Looking forward to seeing you there, for a great weekend of family fun both on and off the

  • Gold And Silver Explained


    The reason for the Silver/Gold split is to provide recognition and encouragement for Irish sailors who are new and/or improving but who may not be achieving top results yet. All sailors start out as Silver when entering the Main Fleet (regardless of Junior / Senior). Prizes are given to the top Silver finishers in both

  • Don’t forget to enter the Crosbie Cup!

    LYRC Crosbie Cup 2016

    “WARNING” Crosbie Cup at LRYC Athlone, only a week left before entries close! The Crosbie Cup promises to be a great weekend for sailors and their families. The event is open to the following: – All Regatta Fleet sailors – All Silver Senior sailors – All Silver Junior sailors The Crosbie Cup takes place from

  • upgrades to Gold fleet following 2016 Ulsters


    Congrats to the following sailors who have been upgraded to Gold following the 2016 Ulsters. Nathan van Steenberge Finn Walker Emily Riordan Jacques Murphy Jamie Venner James Dwyer Matthews

  • Ulsters 2016 – Results – MYC


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

  • A busy weekend ahead in MYC!


    IODAI are looking forward to a very busy weekend in Malahide Yacht Club this weekend. Friday will see MYC hosting the prestigious Vice Presidents Trophy. This is a team racing event and will see teams made up of 4 sailors per team battle it out for the coveted trophy. Last years event was won by

  • List of Accommodation for the Crosbie Cup

    For full details of accommodation for the Crosbie Cup which is being held in Lough Ree Yacht Club, Ballyglass, Coosan, Athlone, Co West Meath, please see the below link to the  Lough Ree Yacht Club website. http://www.lryc.ie/ClubInformation/Accommodation.aspx   Why not go camping! Also you might want to consider camping for the event. If you are interested

  • Vice Presidents Trophy, NOR & Registration


    The Optimist class Vice Presidents Trophy takes place next Friday, July 1st at Malahide Yacht Club. The teams will be racing on the Broadmeadows, competing against each for the Vice President’s Trophy with races umpired by national & international race umpires.   Link to registration on MYC website: http://www.myc.ie/event/iodai-2016-vice-presidents-cup/   Finding MYC: Malahide Yacht Club

  • Ulsters 2016, Notice of Race & SSI’s

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    The full details of the 2016 Ulster’s including NOR, Sailing Instructions and SSIs are now posted on the Malahide Yacht Club website. All details can be found by following this link: http://www.myc.ie/iodai-ulster-championship/ Important information about finding the club: Malahide Yacht Club is unique in the sailing world in that it has two separate clubhouses and

  • Important Notice Re Entry to Events


      A deadline is deadline! Parents, it is very important that you enter your sailors into events on time.  Deadlines are set so that host clubs have time to preplan their event in order that our sailors get the most out of each event. Events are about making friends and having fun on the water

  • Crosbie Cup Open for Entries


    The Crosbie Cup is now open for entries. This year it is taking place at Lough Ree Yacht Club, Ballyglass, Coosan, Athlone, Co Westmeath. The event is open to all Silver level sailors i.e.: – All Regatta Fleet sailors – All Main Fleet Silver Senior & Junior sailors There are two fleets in the Crosbie

  • Worlds Team Train in Vilamoura

    2016 World Team Training

    The Irish World team concluded the test event in Villamoura. 4 days of quality racing in the 69 boats fleet with sailors from MEX, USA, MLT, NOR, SLO, OMA, HUN, LAT, POR, GER, SUI, LCA, BEL, JPN & IRL. The event was aimed at settling our routines whilst getting a good idea on the conditions


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Annual Membership for 2016 is now open and available here: Annual Membership 2016

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Best of luck to the team heading to Ledro for the European Team Racing Championships. ...

Wishing our Irish/George team the best of luck in the 2016 Optimist European Team Racing Championship. Which will be held in Lago di Ledro in Italy this coming week 23rd to the 28th August. :-)

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