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Launching Optimist dinghies at Skerries in North Dublin
Craftinsure will be supporting the Irish Optimist dinghy class again this year. IODAI president, Alexander Walsh, says "IODAI are delighted to welcome Craftinsure as sponsors again for 2021". The partnership has now passed its 10th anniversary. Craftinsure director, Rod Daniel,…
Baltimore spring training is cancelled for this year, but the IODAI is looking at an alternative event
The Irish Optimist calendar will look a little different for 2021 due to continued disruption amid the coronavirus pandemic. The first casualty of the present restrictions is the spring training week in Baltimore. However, the International Optimist Dinghy Associaton of…
Some 113 junior sailors from a dozen nations, including Ireland, took part in the 2019 IOR
Registration is now open for the 28th annual International Optimist Regatta (IOR), TOTE Maritime Clinic and TOTE Team Race will take place from 14-20 June at the St Thomas Yacht Club in the US Virgin Islands. Clinic and regatta director…
The Irish Optimist Trials will be staged by the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May
The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host the IODAI Optimist dinghy Trials on the May Bank Holiday  Weekend, 1st – 3rd May 2021. The trials event is a great opportunity for younger sailors to compete…
The Irish Optimist Association AGM will take place online on December 21st
The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association (IODAI) Annual General Meeting originally scheduled for Sutton Dinghy Club this Sunday has been rescheduled and will now take place at 20:30 on Monday the 21st December by Zoom online webinar. Members wishing to attend…
Pyewacket winner - Ben O’Shaughnessy
The highlight of Royal Cork Yacht Club's junior sailing laying up supper conducted by Zoom at the weekend was the presentation of the Club's Pyewacket Trophy to the junior sailor who best represented the RCYC in 2020. Ben O’Shaughnessy was awarded…
James Dwyer Matthews of RCYC takes a spin in a 49er with Chris Bateman of Monkstown Bay
Despite Royal Cork Yacht Club's Seafra Guilfoyle's super efforts at the sharp end of Ryan Seaton's 49er campaign for Tokyo 2021 next year, there's been little in the way of Olympic skiff sailing going on in Guilfoyle's home port for…
Oppie fleet winner Sarah Donald receives first prize at the resumed annual CSS regatta Oppie class contest from commodore Dave Cahill
In spite of fresh westerly conditions, the Optimist fleet in Spiddal, Co Galway completed its series of races yesterday for last weekend’s club’s annual regatta. The Optimist class had been unable to begin their first race at the Cumann Seoltóireachta…
Great sailing conditions for the Optimist Burns Trophy at Crosshaven. See photo slideshow below
After eight races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the host club's Alana Twomey continues to lead the club's Optimist Burns Trophy main fleet in Cork Harbour. JP Curtin continues in second place in the 26-boat fleet, three points behind…
Optimists racing in RCYC Burns Trophy. See slideshow below
After four races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist Dinghy Class Burns Trophy Alana Twomey leads the 24-boat main fleet in the month-long series. Lying second overall is JP Curtin with third place taken by Oisin Pierse.  RCYC's Burns Trophy is…
Dinghies racing in the Coolmore race on the Owenabue River at Crosshaven. Scroll down for photos
The Coolmore Race is an old Cork Harbour yacht race that has been brought back to life by Royal Cork Yacht Club after many years. After a day of torrential rain, the downpour stopped and sadly the wind died with…
Regatta Fleet fun at Crosshaven. Generally children in the regatta fleet are between 8-11yrs. Scroll down for a slideshow of photos from Royal Cork at the weekend
Last weekend's AIB Optimist National Dinghy Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club featured a 36-boat Regatta Fleet that features an introduction to sailing and welcomes children from 8-15yrs. The fleet is designed to give children coaching and confidence in a fun…
Irish Optimist Champion 2020 Johnny Flynn of Howth with his prizes at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for a prizegiving slideshow
Howth Yacht Club teen Johnny Flynn overtook local ace and regatta leader Ben O'Shaughnessy to clinch the AIB sponsored Optimist Nationals by a single point at Royal Cork Yacht Club today.  After four days of racing on the Curlane Bank and…
The 79-main boat fleet sailed again on day three of the championships on the Harbour's Curlane Bank in light winds. Scroll down for slideshow
After seven races sailed in light and tricky conditions in Cork Harbour, local Optimist dinghy ace Ben O'Shaughnessy of Royal Cork Yacht Club continues to lead the AIB sponsored National Championships overall.  The 79-main boat fleet sailed again on day three…
Racing is underway at the 2020 Optimist Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club. See slideshow below
Ben O'Shaughnessy of the host club leads the AIB Optimist Dinghy Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club after one race sailed in light conditions in Cork Harbour today with a number of postponements to the day's proceedings. O'Shaughnessy leads Howth's Cillian…
Excitement Builds for Optimist Dinghy Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Excitement is building in the Royal Cork Yacht Club for this week’s AIB Optimist dinghy Nationals 2020 in Cork Harbour. It will be the first time the Irish Optimist fleet will compete this year due to COVID and participant numbers…

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