IODAI Optimist Spring Training Week in Baltimore

28 February 2017
IODAI Optimist Spring Training Week in Baltimore

On Saturday 18th February, 10 HYC Optimist sailors and their families loaded up dinghies and warm clothes to head south for the annual IODAI Spring Training Week in Baltimore (19th-24th). The venue provided a safe, accessible location for 132 sailors and families.



A full calendar of events, both on and off the water, ensured everyone was kept active at all times. Bushes, The Waterfront and Caseys were the perfect venues for a relaxing evening after a busy day.

Despite the arrival of storm Doris mid-way through the week, sailors enjoyed many hours on the water with lots of heavy weather practice. Wind speeds ranged from Force 4 – 7. Instruction was provided by an enthusiastic group of local and foreign coaches. The event concluded on Friday 24th with Regatta Day. Four races were completed in a building breeze and HYC sailors were in the prizes in each of the three divisions.

Thomas, Luke and Johnny with their group


While sailors battled the conditions on the water, parents had a host of activities and various forums to attend, not least of which was the ladies' lunch at the Glebe Gardens.

Younger siblings were also catered for by Schull & Fitbones, with daily activities off the water, which seems to have been inspired by TV’s Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week. I’m glad I’m not six anymore!

Cian O'Neill enjoying Schull & Fitbones (Hell Week) No wet/dry suit for this guy!!



HYC sailors extend their congratulations and thanks to all involved in organising a fabulous week. In particular Baltimore SC, Mandy Kelly and Sara Lacy.

Baltimore provided the ideal platform to open the 2017 Optimist sailing season. HYC Spring training will commence on 11th March 2017 with 20 oppie sailors set to hit the water.

Upcoming events for the optimist fleet include:

UK Spring Championships Torquay YC 25th-26th March
Brassed Off Cup  HYC    14th April
Trials     Ballyholme YC 20th-23rd April  
Munsters  Kinsale YC  13th-14th May


     Cillian, Oisín and Des having a warm soup and sambo

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