Every year IODAI send several teams to different international events. The goal of sending sailors to these events is threefold:

  • to enhance their sailing skills and gain experience & competence in competing in international events 
  • to develop their independence and resilience in a safe, controlled environment
  • to build lasting friendships with their fellow teammates and competitors which hopefully will help them stay involved in the sport for life

The actual events selected are subject to change but typically include:

  • One team of 5 sailors going to the World Championships
  • One team of 7 sailors going to the European Championships (max 4 of one gender)
  • Two international development teams (IDT) going to appropriate events in neighbouring countries (nb, will reduce to one team in 2020)
  • One team of Under 12 sailors going to the British Nationals (nb, will be capped at 12 sailors from 2020)

Qualification criteria apply. Worlds, Euro and IDT team places are determined from sailors’ finishing positions at IODAI’s National Trials. Team & squad news will be posted below.

Ireland can also get invited to compete in the European Team Racing Championships in Lake Ledro in Italy. This invite is dependent on the performance of the Irish team at the previous year’s European [fleet racing] Championships. The team will be selected on a merit basis, usually from the results of the Vice President’s Cup.

The cost of participating in these teams is borne by the sailor.

In addition to the above, Irish Sailing has previously run a National Performance Optimist Squad. The purpose of the Squad was to develop high potential sailors through exposure to top coaching and international competition. Whilst their own funding for this has proven to be fickle it and has resulted in the programme being withdrawn, it is hoped that a replacement programme will be developed in association with external sponsors. It is expected that eligible Members take part in such training programmes in addition to any privately run programmes that they may be part of.

  • National Training Week 2022 LDYC – entry open

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  • Under 12 and Development Squad Training Weekend @ LRYC

    The weekend of the 7/8th May saw our Under 12 and Development Squad sailors come together to take to the waters of Lough Ree with a very warm welcome from LRYC. This was the first of a number of training weekends organised by IODAI. The weekend was a great opportunity for the sailors to get

  • Team Selection 2022

    Update as at 20.00, 27th April 2022. Please find enclosed the Updated team places, based on take up of allocated places, current published results, and in line with the IODAI policy. Click here for link to teams 2022. Click here for link to policy. Following invites issued to sailors after the Youth Nationals, by the

  • Irish Sailing Youth Nationals

    Thursday 21st April to Sunday 24th April 2022 at Ballyholme Yacht Club Incorporating IODAI Trials and Team Selection. Entry fee for the event is collected by IODAI, click here. IODAI has paid 65 early bird entry fees at £130 STG, on behalf of its members until the 4th of April 2022. Please ensure your sailor has the

  • Opportunity to join the IODAI Development Squad 2021

    IODAI is committed to training and development and has renewed a scheme designed for our SILVER & BRONZE  Junior fleet sailors, all are welcome to apply,  Additional information on the link below; Click here for document. The criteria for applications are as follows; SQUAD CONSISTING OF APPROX 12 SAILORS PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO JUNIOR

  • Upgrades to Gold & Silver following Nationals 2021

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  • Expression of interest in team selection Worlds & Europeans

    1. IODAI are seeking expressions of interest from members regarding participation in the Worlds and the Europeans (subject to Government travel restrictions), by registering on our events page here. https://www.members.iodai.com/events 2. IODAI confirms that a team selection will be from those members who have expressed an interest. 3. We would ask Members to only register

  • 2020 Teams

    Although no team was able to compete at an international event this year, we want to congratulate our Irish Sailors for the hard work they put in qualifying for a 2020 team! Representing all corners of Ireland, here below the complete list of qualifying sailors: Well done sailors!

  • Under 12 Squad – 2019/2020

    2020 is about to conclude with just one Official event sailed in the summer which means that one of IODAI most important team did not get its opportunity to carry the flag abroad. The U12 squad 2020 was composed by 12 of our future talents and we certainly had a good chance to shine once

  • 2020 Teams & Squads update at Nationals

    Despite these unprecedented times IODAI will identify five teams based on overall National results. These achievements will allow sailors to recognise their progress in line with previous years. “Team selection” will be made from sailors 1 to 80, regardless of Senior or Junior Fleets, in line with a trials format from previous years, due to

  • Invite for Irish team to attend UAE regatta

    IODAI has received an invite for a team of five sailors to attend the Abu Dhabi Open Regatta (14th to 19th October). The event consists of three days of a training clinic and a two day regatta. The organisers will cover the costs of accommodation (half board), event entry, Oppie charter, rib charter and fuel.

  • Under 12 Squad travel to 2019 British Nationals in Weymouth

    IODAI’s Under 12 Squad travelled to Weymouth for the British Optimist Nationals. This year’s squad comprised of eleven sailors, Seth Walker, Ellen Bruen, Ava Ennis, Ciara McMahon, Caoilinn McDonnell, Riona McMorrow Moriarty, Glenda Gallagher, Oisin Kelly, William Walsh, Des Turvey and Cillian Twomey. They joined a fleet of 118 other sailors in the Junior Fleet.


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