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Irish Optimist Sailing Dinghy News & Regatta Results
Optimist sailors in Ireland have found a new and exciting way to stave off boredom during winter training. The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association (IODAI) recently created the IODAI Sprint Series, which aims to give young sailors more opportunities to race…
Irish Optimist sailors are preparing for the IODAI Sprint Series 2024
Young sailors from all over Ireland are getting ready to compete in the highly anticipated Irish Optimist Dinghy Association (IODAI) Sprint Series 2024 and Youth Sailing National Championships. The Sprint Series, is billed as 'one of the most exciting events…
Optimist dinghy racing returns to Cork Harbour in January 2024
The Optimists Spring Series will begin at the Royal Cork Yacht Club on Saturday week, January 20. The IODAI describes the series as “a support to club winter training programs by giving sailors access to competition through the colder months.…
The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association Sprint Series 2024 is aimed at Gold and Silver fleet sailors preparing for the Youth Sailing National Championships in April and seeking a competitive edge
The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association (IODAI) has announced the much-anticipated Sprint Series 2024, an exciting addition to the Optimist 2024 sailing calendar. The series is aimed at Gold and Silver fleet sailors who are preparing for the Youth Sailing National…
The domestic growth of the Optimist fleet in 2023 was particularly evident, as Neil Spain (HYC, Events Officer, explained with references to the various events across the country, including Royal Cork's National Training Week (above)
It has been a busy year for the Irish Optimist Fleet, the largest and youngest class in the country, and its class association, the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI), held its AGM on Tuesday, the 28th of November,…
The start of 'La Solitaire Optimist' at Royal Cork's National Optimist Training Week
We were promised a storm! The only storm that materialised was the arrival of 130 Optimist sailors and their families in Crosshaven for the Annual National Training Week, as Afloat reports here. After two days of training, dodging big gusts…
Some of the 130 Optimist sailors at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven for the IODAI's Optimist Dinghy 2023 National Training Week
The 130 Optimist sailors and their parents who descended on the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven last week were full of trepidation, with storm Ciaran potentially leading to no sailing. As it happened, all four days of IODAI NTW…
Over 120 Optimist dinghies are expected for the IODAI National Training Week at Royal Cork from November 1-4
The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour will be the centre for fun and learning at the IODAI Optimist National Training Week from the 1st to the 4th of November. Over 120 boats are signed up at…
Lough Ree Yacht Club was the perfect venue for the massive fleet of 172 Optimist sailors
The last IODAI Regional Championship of the year saw a massive fleet of 172 Optimist sailors descend on the midlands club of Lough Ree last weekend to compete in the Connaught Championships. After a busy summer, it was fitting to…
Four Optimist sailors are competing in Schull's Junior Champions Cup later this month
Four of Ireland’s top Optimists sailors will be getting ready to sail in the Junior Champions Cup to be held in Schull, West Cork, on September 23rd and 24th. Harry Dunne (HYC), Gemma Brady (NYC/LDYC), Max O’Hare (RStGYC) were nominated based…
Harry Dunne of Howth is the Irish Optimist 2023 champion
In progressing through each phase of a sailing career, the received wisdom is that you should tick off each staging post while you’re ahead. Harry Dunne of Howth was registered with a Departure Lounge “Optimist Age” of 15 going into…
Optimist dinghy sailors prepare to race at the National Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club
On Monday, as the international squads arrived at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland, the IODAI Development Squad - who are the newest sailors in the Main Fleet - took to the water with Head Coach Adam…
The Optimist Irish National Championships fleet launch at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
Howth Yacht Club's Harry Dunne has a four-point margin at the top of the Optimist Irish National Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. Gemma Brady of the National Yacht Club and Lough Derg lies second on ten, with Charlotte Crosbie from…
Racing gets underway at the Irish Optimist dinghy National Championship at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
On Thursday, 116 young sailors participated in the Optimist Optimist Irish and Open National Championships, competing in Junior, Senior, and Regatta fleets at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. Despite challenging weather conditions, with the wind gradually increasing throughout the…
Optimist dinghies ready to launch at Ballyholme Yacht Club for a Team Racing Championships on Belfast Lough
It’s been several years since the Optimist dinghy fleet has participated in team racing, and this year the association undertook to re-introduce the format into the fleet. With the National Championships happening later in the week in Ballyholme Yacht Club…
The Irish team that stood out in the British National Championships opening ceremony, proudly waving their green flags and sporting their team gear at Weymouth
Weymouth, the site of the 2012 Olympic games, played host to the British Optimist Nationals 2023, a major sailing event that saw 267 competitors from across the globe gather to race. The sailors hailed from countries such as the USA,…