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The Irish 'Oppie' Euro team in Italy this week include Alana Coakley RstGYC, Fiona Ferguson NYC, Leah Rickard NYC, Moss Simmington RstGYC, David White Team Coach, Hugh Turvey NYC and HYC, Michael Crosbie RCYC, Harry Tuomey RCYC and Conor Gorman NYC
Racing at the Optimist European Championships in Crotone in Southern Italy was postponed this morning again after a long postponement yesterday after which one race was sailed in 25–knots and large seas. The event opened last Friday. The conditions so far have…
Oppie Euro team depart: Mel McGinley team mum, Alana Coakley RstGYC, Fiona Ferguson NYC, Leah Rickard NYC, Moss Simmington RstGYC, David White Team Coach, Hugh Turvey NYC and HYC, Michael Crosbie RCYC, Harry Tuomey RCYC and (front row) Conor Gorman NYC
The Irish Optimist Sailing team comprising of five Dublin sailors and two from Royal Cork Yacht Club pictured yesterday at Dublin Airport on their way to Crotone in Southern Italy for the Optimist European Championships. The event starts on Friday…
The Optimist team race trophy. Scroll down for drone video
Eleven teams of four sailors each took part in the IODAI–organised Optimist event on Friday 1st July at Malahide Yacht Club. Royal Cork Yacht Club and Monkstown Bay Sailing Club were well represented with five teams. The sailors completed 25…
120 young sailors competed on the Broadmeadow Water at Malahide. See vid below.
The Optimist Ulster Championships, hosted by Malahide Yacht Club, saw 120 young sailors compete on the Broadmeadow Water in mixed conditions over two days, with the honours in the Gold Fleets at both Senior and Junior levels going to Royal…
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…
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…
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…

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