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The International Optimist Dinghy Worlds at Howth in 1981, when the 130-strong fleet from 26 nations covered the sea so tightly that Lambay was almost invisible
When Howth Yacht Club hosted the 1981 Optimist Worlds, it was while the harbour was in the midst of a major redevelopment project writes W M Nixon. Yet young sailors from 26 nations provided a fleet of 130 boats, and…
Team Ireland in Antigua ahead of the competition
Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright scored a tremendous result for Ireland as he placed 10th in the Optimist Worlds in Antigua earlier this week. He was followed closely in the final standings by 13th-placed James Dwyer Matthews of the Royal…
Team Ireland bound for the Optimist Worlds in Antigua this week
The International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland (IODAI) shared a photo yesterday (Sunday 30 June) of the five-strong team headed to Antigua to represent Ireland at the 2019 World Championships later this week. Rocco Wright (Howth YC), James Dwyer Matthews (Royal…
Team Ireland: (from left to right) - Justin Lucas, Fiachra McDonnell-Geraghty, Archie Daly, Johnny Flynn, Jessica Riordan, Alanna Twomey, Clementine Van Steenberge
Seven young sailors were selected at the Optimist trials last April to represent Ireland at the Optimist Europeans in Crozon, Brittany writes Coach Thomas Chaix. The 2019 regatta had about 300 entries from 50 countries making it virtually a 'B Worlds'.…
Youth Sailing Titles Decided at Royal Cork Yacht Club
In Cork Harbour, five youth national sailing titles were decided at the four-day Irish Sailing Youth Championships hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven though Storm Hannah disrupted the event programme writes Bob Bateman. Ferguson victory in 420 In…
Optimist racing in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
The Optimist class at the Irish Sailing Youth Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club were the only class that got racing today thanks to the relative shelter of their race course on Cork Harbour's Curlane Bank. In the Trials fleet,…
Optimist sailors will gather in Howth on Good Friday
Howth Yacht Club’s annual Brassed Off Cup is once again being held on its traditional date of Good Friday, which falls this coming Friday 19 April. The Optimist dinghy event is a great opportunity for junior racers to dust off…
Justin Lucas of the Royal Cork and Tralee Bay Sailing Clubs
Optimist talent Justin Lucas scored three wins out of eight races on his way to a convincing victory at the Optimist Club Netherlands selection event last weekend. Last year’s Sailor of the Month for April, who sails out of the…
Optimist Association Seeks New Committee Volunteers
The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) is setting two volunteers to fill key positions in its committee. The roles of teams organiser and child safety officer do not require the volunteer to have any sailing experience or knowledge,…
James Dwyer-Matthews pictured in his home waters of Kinsale at the 2018 Irish Nationals
James Dwyer Matthews (15) of Kinsale and Luke Turvey (13) of Howth have led the charge for Ireland in the 155-boat International Optimist British Spring Opens at Lymington, with both on the podium at the finish yesterday evening – Matthews…
Optimists in action at the 2015 Crosbie Cup in Dunmore East
#Optimist - Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will host the IODAI Optimist Munster Championships 2019 in Dunmore East on the weekend of 20-21 July. Regatta, Junior and Senior fleets will race in the event which is open to all boats of…
It could well be Connemara, but it’s actually Howth Sound in late March, when the annual eight-race IceBreakers series gets under way
Howth Yacht Club will soon be hosting their annual IceBreaker Dinghy Series, kicking off this year on the 24th March, and running for four Sunday mornings with two races each morning writes Cormac Farrelly. It’s a great eight-race opportunity to…
Rocco Wright sailing in Palamós
It was a strong seventh-place finish overall for Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright at the International Palamós Optimist Trophy, which concluded yesterday (Sunday 17 February) on Spain’s Costa Brava. The youngster remained in medal contention among a 110-boat gold fleet…
Optimist spring training in Baltimore last year
#Optimist - Baltimore Sailing Club have started preparations for the annual invasion of Irish Optimist sailors for the week from next Sunday 17 February. The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland’s (IODAI) team of coaches are making plans for training both…
Howth’s Rocco Wright Second Heading Into Final Race Series For Torrevieja Trophy
Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright continues his outstanding run of form at the Trofeo Euromarina Optimist in Torrevieja, going into the penultimate day in second place overall. The winner of the Seaward Bell Trophy in last week’s HYC Achievers Awards…
Battle of the classes winners on the podium in Tralee Bay
The new year dinghy clinic organised by the Tralee Bay Maritime Centre is now in its third year and 2019's edition was a success with 30 boats attending. 16 Optimists including national champion Justin Lucas and Dublin ace Sam Ledoux…

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