Because we are dealing with young sailors with a wide range of abilities, Optimist events require a particularly high level of organisation by both IODAI and the host club. Apart from good race and event management, safety is of paramount importance and therefore it is essential that there is adequate time before the start of
The Optimist Team Racing, Vice President Trophy 2017 has been announced to take place in Howth Yacht Club on 17 June 2017. The Notice of Race of the Optimist Team Racing event the Vice Presidents Trophy 2017 is in the process of being finalised and should be available within the next few days.   However, Clubs are being invited to send their
First stop this summer is the Munsters in KYC on the Wild Atlantic Way!
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Munsters in Kinsale Yacht Club this weekend for the first regional event of the year.  What better place to start our summer of Oppi sailing than at the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way? We have over 140 sailors registered for the event with over 40 in
Registration for Trials 2017 close this Thursday IODAI Optimist Trials 2017 are now open for registration.  Please note only sailors who have met the qualification criteria (see below) for Trials already will be able to register. Trials dates:         April 20th to April 23rd 2017 Venue:              Ballyholme Yacht Club , Seacliff Road, Bangor, Down
Brassed Off Cup Regatta
Howth Yacht Club’s annual Brassed Off Cup is once again being held on the traditional day of Good Friday, 14th April. This fun Optimist dinghy event is a great opportunity for junior racers to dust off their gear and get sailing on the safe waters just north of Howth harbour. The event has been building into
Measurement for Trials
At Trials (and all Optimist events) to ensure that all equipment used by sailors conforms with class rules, there are measurement checks. It is your responsibility to make sure your boat, equipment and documentation is in order. Please note the following: Please make sure your boat, equipment including spars, foils and sail, are fully measured and
Important Note regarding Boat Insurance
Based on advice of our Insurance Company IODAI have changed our Insurance Policy for Optimist.  To participate in any IODAI event including Trials you will require the following Insurance Cover: For all events in Northern Ireland Adequate third party insurance, covering sailing in the waters of the UK and Ireland of at least Stg£3,000,000 For
Trials 2017 Open for Registration
IODAI Optimist Trials 2017 are now open for registration.  Please note only sailors who have met the qualification criteria (see below) for Trials already will be able to register. Trials dates:         April 20th to April 23rd 2017   Venue:              Ballyholme Yacht Club , Seacliff Road, Bangor, Down BT20 5HT, United Kingdom , Bangor
Interested in Hosting an Optimist Dinghy Event in 2018?
IODAI are asking all Optimist Dinghy Clubs to indicate if they would like to make an expression of interest to host an IODAI event in 2018. Hosting an IODAI event offers a manifold of benefits and opportunities to a host club and its members. If your club is interested in hosting an event for 2018
Happiness is ….. Schull & Fitbones!!!!
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 all about fun,

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