• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rory O’Sullivan takes the top prize at the Munsters!

    A great weekend of racing was had by all at the Davy Munster Optimist Munster Championships last weekend in Kinsale Yacht Club.  Over 140 sailors travelled from the four corners of Ireland for the first Regional event of 2017. Six races were planned over the two days and in challenging conditions Race Officer John Stollard

  • IODAI TEAMS 2017

    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 2017. Please see below details of the teams IODAI will be supporting this year.   EUROPEANS Venue:          YC Port Bourgas

  • 2017 Teams Announcement

    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,

  • European Team Report

    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

  • IDT France in Training in Northern France

    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

  • Europeans Team Arrive in Italy

    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.

  • Worlds Team 2016

      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.

  • Europeans Team 2016

    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.


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