The largest annual Optimist training event is held each year by IODAI during the February mid-term break. The last few years have seen record numbers of entries with 161 children participating.
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The event will take place in Baltimore Sailing Club from Saturday the 15th until Friday the 21st of February inclusive. IODAI have 16 coaches, both international and Irish, catering for all levels from those just starting out in the regatta fleet right up to those on the ISA Squad.

All the family will be catered for including mums and dads with a full social programme organised. Younger siblings can attend Fitbones and be fully entertained for three days while the sailors are on the water. If the weather turns there will be plenty of activities to alleviate hanging around, waiting for the right conditions. This year IODAI is introducing fitness screening facilitated by Sports Med Ireland which will include a lecture for parents. Sailing takes place from Sunday to Friday with a one day regatta on the final day.

The training camp has proven to be great way to improve skills and make new friends. IODAI has a new range of hoddies which will be on sale at the event.  This event is probably the biggest sail training event held in Ireland annually and its success depends on all the willing volunteers and the local support of Baltimore Sailing Club and the surrounding businesses.

Please contact Mandy Kelly at  or 08 68467129 if you have any queries.
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