Regatta Fleet nationals 2011 HYC


The 2011 regatta fleet national championships have just been completed in HYC in super weather conditions. A mixture of light winds, sunshine and then rain & wind enabled the fleet to complete 12 races. As the week progressed & the ability of the sailors progressed the races became longer & more challenging.

The 49 sailors were grouped according to ability & age & friendships. Each day they were assigned to a different instructor. Katie Malcolm the IODAI Head Instructor created a session plan covering 7 different topics. The skills that she wanted the sailors to learn included Tacking / Boat handling skills / Starts / downwind sailing….. The sailors rotated through the topics & completed 45 mins onshore / classroom work on their daily topic before launching. On the water they then practiced what they learnt for 90 minutes before having a lunch break. Racing occurred in the afternoons.

The race officer also managed to complete a re-run of the Leinsters & Connaught championships which had been blown out earlier in the season.

All children completed the week with no drop outs. Many prizes were awarded and everybody went home happy having completed a fantastic weeks sailing.

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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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