Overview

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 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.

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 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 Whilst their own funding for this has proven to be fickle it and has resulted in the programme being withdrawn, it is hoped that a replacement programme will be developed in association with external sponsors.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.

  • Measurement at Trials

    With Trials now only a couple of weeks away, it is important that all sailors ensure that they have evidence that their equipment is fully compliant with class rules. At registration competitors will be required to produce the following: Boat registration certificate (in the name of the sailor or the sailor’s family) Boat and third

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  • Team Ireland Optimist Coach Opportunities for 2019

    The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) are seeking expressions of interest from coaches who would be interested in coaching the Irish Optimist Teams at the following International Events in 2019: Under 12 squad – UK Nationals International Development Team (IDT) #1 – likely to be in Flanders (Nieuport Week) International Development Team (IDT)

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  • 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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