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Optimist Winners with Mary Wilkes at Howth Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club hosted the Optimist Team racing Vice President's Cup last weekend. On the water there were lots of smiles, buckets of team spirit and great selfless tactical moves. The races were so effectively run (well done Richard Kissane…
 There was quite a swell outside the harbour which provided a testing beat for the fleets
Unseasonal weather provided very challenging conditions for the 145 entrants in The Davy Munster Optimist Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club. Sailors travelled from as far away as Dublin and Galway for the event. Six races were planned over Saturday and…
Optimist sailors will gather in Howth on Good Friday
Howth Yacht Club’s annual 'Brassed Off' Cup for Optimist Sailors wil be held on the traditional day of Good Friday, 14th April. This fun Optimist dinghy event is designed as a great opportunity for junior racers to dust off their…
Foiling Optimist dinghy takes to the air in Sweden
Not content with hydrofoiling Moths, Laser dinghies or Mini Transat keelboats, the flying craze hits junior sailing with the news that Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden have figured out how to foil an Optimist dinghy. Seldén has provided the blocks taking Opti…
Optimist training in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this month
Five Irish Optimist sailors were in the top five of the UK's Spring Championships last weekend. IOCA UK and The Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosted IOCA UK's first championship of the year in Torquay. 119 sailors competed in the main…
IOCA UK will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Optimist, first designed in 1947
IOCA UK announces it will host a Champion of Champions Race at its 2017 British Nationals in celebration of 70 years of the Optimist Dinghy. To be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, this invitation only event…
140 Optimist sailors from 8 – 15 yrs will be in West Cork
The traditional Optimist Baltimore Spring Training Week event, one of the top International sailing clinics in Europe, takes place next week.  Baltimore Week is Ireland’s largest sailing camp and this year has seen over 140 Optimist sailors from 8 – 15…
Optimist racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The 2017 National Championships will be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club
The Irish Optimist class has published its 2017 calendar highlighting the youth boat's national championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club as the season's penultimate fixture from August 17 to 20.  February kicks off the season with the Baltimore Sailing…
Team Vol​vo's Ala​in Sign ​helping ​to inspi​re the n​ext gene​ration
Nearly 200 Optimist sailors took to Rutland Water last weekend for the final IOCA UK ranking event of 2016, the Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship at Rutland Sailing Club. Members of the British Sailing Team, having just returned…
Royal Cork Admiral John Roche presents the overall Munster  trophy to Tom Higgins
Royal St. George Yacht Club Optimist sailor Tom Higgins continued his successful season at last weekend's Munster Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club. The Dublin Bay youth sailor finished the six race series on 14 points, three–points clear of the…
Tom Higgins of the Royal St. George Yacht Club
Counting four race wins in a ten race series, recently crowned British open Optimist Champion Tom Higgins of the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire added the Irish title in Lough Derg YC on Friday. With a scoreline…
Oppys jockey for position in Monday's racing
#Optimist - Results from Day 2 of the 2016 Optimist National and Open Championships on Lough Derg on Tuesday 16 August: Senior Division, Gold Fleet1st: Harry Twomey (RCYC and Crookhaven YC) – 21 pts; 2nd: Tom Higgins (RStGYC) – 23…
Action from Day 1 of the Oppy Open and Nationals on Lough Derg yesterday
#Optimist - Results from Day 1 of the 2016 Optimist National and Open Championships on Lough Derg, comprising Races 1, 2 and 3 on Monday 15 August: Senior Division, Gold Fleet1st: Harry Twomey (Royal Cork Yacht Club and Crookhaven YC)…
The Optimist Irish Championships opened at Lough Derg Yacht Club today
Lough Derg Yacht Club in County Tipperary plays host to two hundred and eight sailors from ten countries in this week's five-day, ten-race Optimist National and Open Championships. Today's opening ceremony took place at Dromineer. Led by pipers from the…
Royal St. George's Tom Higgins was the winner of the British Optimist Open Title
Tom Higgins of the Royal St. George Yacht Club was the winner of the British Optimist Open Championships with a huge margin of 24–points in a fleet of 89 boats at Largs in Scotland at the weekend. The Dun Laoghaire…
Optimist sailors will  contest ten races during the five-day event at Lough Derg Yacht Club
205 sailors have registered for the Irish National Optimist and Open Championship at Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer, Co.Tipperary from Monday 15th to Friday 19th August 2016. One hundred and fifty five (155) will sail in the Main Fleet and…

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