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
Team Ireland Optimist Coach Opportunities for 2019
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 2019: Under 12 squad – UK Nationals International Development Team (IDT) #1 – likely to be in Flanders (Nieuport Week) International Development Team (IDT)
Irish Sailors dominate in the 2018 Optimist French Nationals
Fiachra McDonnell of NYC and the Irish IDT France Team won the Optimist French Nationals after a fantastic week of sailing against some of the best sailors in Europe in the 200 sailor event.  Fellow NYC and IDT Team France sailor Clementine van Steenberge won best girl at the event, at only 11 years of
Team Ireland arrive in the Hague
Team Ireland (Johnny, Leah, Eimer, Rocco, Sam, Emily and Nathan) and coach Thomas Chaix have arrived in The Hague for the 2018 Optimist European Championship’s. They started their final preparations for the 2018 Europeans with on the water training on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today (Thursday) is off the water due to high North Westerly winds
IDT Team Poland Report
This year 8 sailors qualified for IDT Team Poland after the Irish Trials which where held in April.   The IDT Team Program started with two training weekends in Ireland, one in RCYC Cork and the other in Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoighre, Co. Dublin.  During this time the team were focusing mainly on tactics as
Trials 2018
  Trials as always was a very tough event for all the sailors and parents, with some great sailing and resilience shown by the young sailors.  10 races, sailed over three days in challenging conditions, highlighted the quality of Irish Optimist sailing.  The Royal St George YC have to be complemented for their great organisation
Each year IODAI select a number of Teams to represent the Irish 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 attached the details of the teams IODAI will be supporting this year.  Please take note of the
Please note that a meeting will be held for all U12 Squad parents during Baltimore Week. Details of the meeting are below: IODAI U12’S TEAM 2018 Meeting : Thursday 15 February 2018 Time: 11 am Venue: Bushes Bar, Baltimore Looking forward to seeing you there!
IODAI Teams 2018
Each year IODAI select a number of Teams to represent the Irish 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. Please take note of the venue,
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