IODAI and ISA support and assist a number of Optimist teams every year in attending international events, these events have included the Optimist Worlds and Optimist Europeans. After a considerable review and discussion IODAI and ISA recommend that the top Optimist sailors following Trials 2017 represent Ireland at the Optimist Europeans. After qualification in Trials,
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
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
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.
The team representing Ireland at the 2016 Optimist Worlds are: Cathal O’Regan Harry Bell Micheal O’Suilleabhain Rory O’Sullivan Tom Higgins The team coach is Thomas Chaix and the Worlds are taking place in Vilamoura in Portugal, from June 27th to July 7th. Best of luck to all.
The team representing Ireland at the 2016 Optimist Europeans are: Alana Coakley Conor Gorman Fiona Ferguson Harry Twomey Hugh Turvey Leah Rickhard Michael Crosbie Moss Simington The team coach is David White and the Europeans are taking place in Crotone, Southern Italy, from July 15th to July 22nd. Best of luck to all.
Ella May, missing from the IDT France Group photo. The 2016 International Development Team, France is: Dylan McEvoy Ella May Justin Lucas Killian O Regan Luke Groarke Donagh Natasha Hemeryck Tim Norwood The team coach is Thomas Chaix and the team will be attending the French Nationals in Loctudy near Quimper in
Thirteen sailors qualified for the 2016, U12 squad with 11 taking up their places. The team will compete at the British Optimist National Championships 2016 to be held in Largs, Scotland this August. Team Coach is Thomas Chaix who will support the sailors at the event. Many squad members have sailing siblings who
This weekend the Royal Saint George Yacht Club is playing host to the Irish Teams training weekend. They are training in champagne sailing conditions, much to the delight of the team coaches Thomas Chaix and David White. The pictures show the Irish teams training in a soft seabreeze in Dun Laoghaire earlier today.
2013 Worlds Team – Johnny and Harry Durcan, (RCYC), Megan Parker and Alix Buckley (SSC) and James McCann (RCYC) will compete in the Optimist World Championships in Lake Garda in June. The European team (below) will compete at Balatonfoldvar in Hungary are Peter Fagan (SSC), Loghlen Rickard (NYC), Richard McGinley (RCYC), Rebecca O’Shaughnessy (RCYC),