• 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Optimist Teams 2018 – including costs

    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

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  • Important Notice to U12 Squad parents

    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!

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  • 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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  • IODAI TEAMS 2018

    IODAI TEAMS 2018 Each year we select a number of Teams to represent the 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.   WORLDS Venue:           Famagusta

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  • Eligibility for IODAI teams

    An optimist sailor is eligible to be on an IODAI Optimist Team, if they satisfy at least one of the following: Holds an Irish passport, or are born in Ireland (North or South) Have a parent or parents born in Ireland (North or South) Have a grandparent or grandparents born in Ireland (North or South) Have been

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  • Best of luck to the Irish Worlds Team in Thailand

    The Irish Worlds Team 2017 have arrived in Thailand to compete in the 2017 Optimist World Championship. The Team is comprised of Justin Lucas (RCYC & TBSC), Harry Twomey (RCYC & CHSC), Leah Rickard (NYC), Alana Coakley (RstGYC) and Charlie Cullen (NYC & RstGYC). The team will compete in this record breaking landmark world stage

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  • Team Gear presented to Europeans, IDT France and Under 12’s Teams

    At the weekend in Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club team gear was officially presented to three teams representing Ireland over the summer months.  We wish all the teams representing Ireland the very best of luck at their events. The Optimist Sailors on the Europeans team were presented with their gear by IODAI president Aidan

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  • Best of luck to IDT Team Poland!

    International Development Team – Poland 2017 departed from Dublin Airport yesterday to compete in the Dziwnów Cup. On the development Team is: Zoe Hall, Grace Fahy, Patrick Bruen, Jacques Murphy, Jamie Venner, Hugh O’Connor and Ben Graf. Team coach is Michal Gryglewski and Team parent is Ena Fahy The team will compete against 150+ sailors from

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