National Training Week – what to expect

IODAI in conjunction with Malahide Yacht Club will be hosting the Optimist National Training week 27-30th October.  The event will consist of 4 days packed full of coaching, racing, pathfinder events, fun afternoons and social activities. Sailors from all over Ireland are registering for the event and excitement is starting to build – Entry

The week has been put together to ensure that all aspects of Optimist sailing and racing are covered for all of our sailors.  During the week the IODAI U12 and Development squads will be announced providing a great opportunity for the squads to develop friendships and build a sense of team.  Those not involved will also be receiving excellent coaching from both International and regional coaches. There really will be superb coaching for all.

There are also plenty of opportunities during the week for sailors and their families to enjoy the more social side of the event.  Thursday night will see an evening for all at the Grand Hotel Malahide.  Dinner for parents will take place in the Matt Ryan bar and the adjoining function room will host our young sailor where they will be kept entertained in the ‘Games room’.  Dance mats, Retro arcade games and Giant Jenga are just some of the things on offer.  Tickets for dinner can be bought via the website – please buy your ticket before Monday 25th in order to facilitate orders. Dinner

Friday will see coaching continue for our sailors providing a chance for class captains from all clubs to meet up onshore before a parent’s information session.  The morning is designed to inform parents about life as an Oppi parent, providing support and guidance for those just starting out and advice given from those more seasoned.

The rest of the afternoon will consist of a fun afternoon where sailors and parents alike participate in fun on the water activities with the coveted ‘Parents Race’ in hot contention!  After a fun filled afternoon on the water St James’ Terrace Club House will host Paddy’s Pizza Pie where pizza can be purchased after the busy activities of the day.

Saturday will see a return to racing with the Halloween Regatta for all NTW entrants combined with the Crosbie Cup.  Sponsored by Dinghy Performance prizes include a new J Green sail and a set of Performance Foils.

Special thanks also to CH Marine for their sponsorship and the Grand Hotel for the use of their premises.

Training week hoodies will be available to purchase using the following link: Hoodie. After clicking on the link please click through the images for size guidance.  Orders should be made via ‘Click and Collect’ – all orders will then be sent to MYC for distribution at the start of the week.  All garments will be made to order – exchanges will not be available.  Please place your orders no later than Sunday 17th October (midnight).

The IODAI National training week is part of an overall plan to kick-start the junior pathway and as such is being supported by Irish Sailing.  Participants will get access to top coaching and sports science information used by Olympic sailors.

IODAI and Malahide Yacht Club look forward to welcoming you to the National Training Week.

Let the countdown begin!


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