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  • Optimist Trials 2018, Venue Confirmed

    Optimist Trials 2018 The the venue for the 2018 Youth Pathway Nationals and the IODAI Optimist Trials has been confirmed by Irish Sailing. The event will take place from the 5th – 8th of April and will be jointly hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club and the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoighaire.

  • Baltimore early-bird deadline extended

    The deadline for availing of the early-bird discounted entry for Baltimore Spring Training Week has been extended to 10pm Friday the 12th January. This year sees the beginning of a revamping of the Baltimore Spring Camp with the goal of making it the premier Optimist training event in the Irish sailing calendar. A feature of this

  • SCHULL & FITBONES at Baltimore 2018 Activities for our non-sailing kids

    Schull & Fitbones is a really big part of Baltimore Spring Training Week for our very special non sailing siblings.  Schull & Fitbones provides activities for those 5 years and upwards who are not yet sailing. They do Playground games, Sherkin Island trip and an Adventure Challenge in Lough Hyne Woods.  It’s a wonderful fun

  • Happy Christmas and an Optimist New Year!

    Happy Christmas to all the Irish Optimist sailors & parents and to all the families that visited Ireland in 2017 to sail with us.  We in IODAI are looking forward to 2018 and have a full calendar of events scheduled around the country for you to participate in.  First up is the Spring Training Week

  • Baltimore Spring Training Camp Coaching Programme for all Optimist Sailor’s Levels

    Trying to pick what coaching session to enroll your sailor in? This year we have created a comprehensive coaching programme illustrating the efforts and the sailing way of thinking involved in each level. It also provides the training plan for the week. Click here to view the 2018 Baltimore Spring Camp Training Plan. Baltimore Spring Training

  • IODAI TEAMS 2018

    IODAI TEAMS 2018 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 2018.  Please see below details of the teams IODAI will be supporting this year.   WORLDS Venue:           Famagusta

  • Great weekend for Irish Optimist Sailing in Palma, Mallorca

    Last weekend a small team of 4 Irish Optimist Sailors participated in the Trofeo Ciutat de Palma, in Palma, Mallorca.  This year was the 67th year of the event. Team Ireland comprised of Alana Twomey, Emmet Lucas, Justin Lucas and Harry Twomey.  The team were coached by Dara O’Shea and Bocha. They sailed against some

  • Optimist New Year Clinic in Fenit

    After the successful First edition of the Dinghy New Year Clinic & Coached Regatta 2017, the Tralee Bay Maritime Centre will be running the 2018 New year clinic from January 2nd to January 6th. Open to all Optimist sailors, regatta, transition and main fleet alike, it is great opportunity to train, enjoy friends and have

  • Baltimore Spring Training Week 2018 – Open for Entries!

    The Baltimore Spring Training Week 2018 takes place from Sunday 11th February to Friday 16th February 2018, in the beautiful West Cork Village of Baltimore. Registration for this top International Optimist Sailing Clinic is now open.  To avail of the early entry discount enter today.  Early entry fee is €200.10 per child (available until 10 pm, 8th January

  • Team Ireland, Optimist Coach Opportunities for 2018

    The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) are seeking expressions of interest from coaches who would be interested in coaching the Irish Optimist Teams at the following International events in 2018:   UK Nationals 2018 – Under 12 squad Polish Nationals 2018 – IDT Poland Team French Nationals 2018 – IDT France Team Europeans

  • Optimist Baltimore Spring Training Week 2018

    Baltimore Spring Training Week 2018 takes place from Sunday 11th February to Friday 16th February 2018 and will open for registration on Wednesday November 15th. Registration for 2018 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

  • Irish Optimist Sailors Achieve Top Results in The Hague Optimist Cup 

    Last weekend, six Irish Optimist Sailors participated in the The Hague Optimist Cup 2017 in Scheveningen in the Netherlands. The event was the test event for the 2018 European Optimist Championships, Team Ireland, composed of Leah Rickard, Nathan van Steeberge, Johnny Flynn, Sam Ledoux, Clementine van Steenberge, and Rocco Wright, and coached by Thomas Chaix.  Team Ireland


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Annual Membership for 2018 will be open from November 15th 2017. This is when registration for Baltimore will also open.

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