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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…
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…
Black Flags Flown At Skerries Optimist Nationals
#opti – A general recall in today's first race at the Leaseplan Irish Optimist National and Open Championships at Skerries Sailing Club led to black flags being brandished by Race Officer Liam Dineen with the result that a total of…
Malahide Yacht Club Sailor Leads Optimist Nationals At Skerries
#optinats – Malahide Yacht Club's Gemma McDowell leads the Leaseplan Irish Optimist National Championship at Skerries Sailing Club after two days of racing. The event continues until Sunday. McDowell faces stiff opposition from Howth's Harry Bell who is just one point…
200 Youth Sailors To Sail for Glory in Skerries At Optimist Nationals
#oppie – Skerries Sailing Club Junior Section will host the IODAI Leaseplan sponsored Optimist National Sailing Championships between August 13 and 16. Upwards of 200 young sailors are expected at the event. Over a four-day series of races plucky kids from every…
Tough Going at British Optimist Championships, Skerries Sailor Tops Irish in Pwllheli
#Young sailors have battled it out in seven races so far at the Volvo Gill Optimist Championships in Pwhelli - it's been a tough few days, with the weather being predominantly windy and wet, but the sun is now shining…
Irish Oppies Conclude Euro Campaign Today in Pwllheli
  #oppieeuros – Jamie McMahon, Ireland's sole gold fleet boys representative at the Optimist Europeans in Wales, lies 48th overall with the last race of the Championships to sail this morning. Although the Girls division winner has been announced with…
Ireland's McMahon, Levie & O'Beirne Make Gold Fleet at Optimist Europeans
#oppie – Ireland's Jamie McMahon is the top Irish boy at the Optimist Europeans in Wales after six qualifying races sailed and will be the sole Irish boy racing in the gold fleet today. The top Irish girl is Sarah…

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