2019 Teams & Squads Update (updated 27.4.19 – IDT gender requirements)
NB – a correction has been made to the gender mix requirements for IDT#1 and IDT#2. It was previously stated that the maximum for a single gender was four. This was incorrect. The ratio will be the same as previous years, ie a maximum of five sailors of a single gender. The error has been
Measurement at Trials
With Trials now only a couple of weeks away, it is important that all sailors ensure that they have evidence that their equipment is fully compliant with class rules. At registration competitors will be required to produce the following: Boat registration certificate (in the name of the sailor or the sailor’s family) Boat and third
Brassed Off Cup – Good Friday, HYC
Howth Yacht Club’s annual Brassed Off Cup is being held on its traditional day of Good Friday, which falls on 19th April of this year. This fun Optimist dinghy event is a great opportunity for junior racers to dust off their gear and get out racing in Spring conditions on the safe waters just north
All Optimist boats racing in Snr and Jnr main fleet have to comply with Class Rules.  This ensures the fairness of sailing for all and also ensures that all boats comply with regulations and are safe for our sailors. There are measurers at most Optimist events and they are always at the IODAI Nationals.  They’re
The measurers are all willing to help out but certainly don’t want to be inundated the week before an event. If you need equipment measured please contact them as soon as possible. Unlike many other classes, no fees are involved in Optimist measurement but some gesture of appreciation for the time involved is suggested.
IODAI TOP 10 RACING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS Will Atkinson  Have something to eat and drink before every race. Stand up and have a look up the beat before every start. Start beside someone that you are faster than. Stay in the front row and accelerate slightly before everybody else. Keep your eyes in the boat
TOP 10 RACING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS Fionn Jenkinson GOAL SETTINGSet your goals and make a complete plan of all the sailing you are going to do for the year. FITNESS TRAININGMake out a physical training plan for the season (unless you are doing athletics, don’t have other sports as part of this plan). DIETEat and drink well before
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IODAI Position Statement on the Regatta Fleet IODAI welcomes children 8-15yrs to the regatta fleet who are relatively new to sailing and racing.  This fleet is designed to give your child coaching and confidence in a fun atmosphere at an IODAI event with an emphasis on training & development.  It is NOT a racing fleet but a fleet where

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