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Optimists racing in Villamoura. See video below that includes top Irish sailor Tom Higgins
After three races sailed, Royal St. George's Tom Higgins is best of a five boat Irish team at this week's 2016 Optimist World Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal. A massive fleet of 255–boats are competing. Provisional results put Higgins (who is interviewed…
Wind Returns at Foynes Yacht Club on Day Two of Optimist Connaughts
Day 2 of the Optimist Connaught Championships at Foynes Yacht Club saw much better wind and the Main Fleet getting 3 Championship races successfully completed. The day’s racing kicked off at 11.05am with suitable conditions but a fairly light breeze…
Optimist sailors prepare for the Connaughts at Foynes
Following an onshore briefing at 11am, a fleet of 118 Optimists headed on to the water for Day 1 of the Optimist Connaught Championships 2016 at Foynes Yacht Club. Lack of wind and very poor visibility due to constant heavy…
Optimist Connacht Champs at Foynes Yacht Club Open for Entries
The Cois Sionna Credit Union Connachts are open for entries now. The event takes place in Foynes Yacht Club on June 11th and 12th. Regular Entry Fee is €60 and the closing date is Friday 27th May. (Late Entry Fee:…
Optimist dinghy competitors return to Dun Laoghaire Harbour after today's Leinster Championship conclusion at the Royal St. George YC
A combined fleet of 148 Optimist dinghies racing in Senior, Junior and Regatta fleets competed for Leinster Championships honours at the Royal St. George Yacht Club at the weekend. Senior honours in a 48–boat fleet went to 15–year–old Harry Bell of…
Kinsale Yacht Culb's Micheal O'Suileabhain from Kinsale Yacht Club on the podium in Holland
Team CH Marine member Micheal O'Suileabhain from Kinsale Yacht Club finished second overall at the Optimist Braassemermeer Easter Regatta in Holland yesterday. According to the IODAI, the series was cut short with the arrival of storm 'Katie'. It meant the series was completed…
See the full video of the Optimist training in Baltimore below
It may have had a breezy conclusion but last Monday and Tuesday were amazing days in Baltimore for the IODAI Optimist training week with sunshine, light winds and as this drone footage shows beautiful West Cork boating scenery.  
West Cork is fully afloat this week with junior sailors from all over Ireland including some from Wales writes Claire Bateman. With the schools on mid term break it was once again time for the annual trek west for the…
The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) will hold its spring training week at Baltimore sailing Club in West Cork over the February 2016 Mid-term break. This is Ireland’s largest sailing camp and generally caters for up to 160 sailors from…

#oppy sailors launch at #hyc

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Day two of the Optimist Leinster championship at Howth Yacht Club dawned with a lot less wind than the previous one, posing difficulties for sailors and race officers alike. Launching was slightly delayed as the optimistic sailors waited for the…
Howth Yacht Club hosts the final day of the Leinster Optimist Championships this morning with in excess of 150 entries. Saturday dawned bright and if not sunny, exceedingly pleasant. The wind was from the north approx 12 knots and the there…

Last day - 2015 Opti World Championship Poland

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After eight days of light or no winds the biggest ever Optimist World Dinghy Championships concluded in Poland.  58 nations and 275 competitors raced over nine days but it was Singapore who came out on top with three Gold medals and…
Irish Optimist Team Flies Out To World Champs in Poland
#optimist – The Irish Optimist team flew out to Dziwnow, Poland yesterday for the Optimist dinghy world championships. The event runs from 26th August to 4th September and will include team racing as well as individual racing. The team are…
Optimist Sailor Conor Gorman Sails Well on Final Day to Win Junior Championship
#optimistnationals – I was delighted to win the Junior Optimist Nationals in Skerries, County Dublin last weekend writes Conor Gorman (aged12) . When I saw the forecast, I was happy that the winds were going to be light, which are…
Skerries' Own Peter Fagan Wins Under–16 Optimist Title
#optimist – After a serious hiccup in the first of today's (Sunday's) senior fleet races when he finished way down the fleet, Skerries' own Peter Fagan redeemed himself with a top ten finish in the final race of the Leaseplan…

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