Baltimore Spring Training Week 2018 – Open for Entries!


Baltimore Spring Training Week 2018 – Open for Entries!

The Baltimore Spring Training Week 2018 takes place from Sunday 11th February to Friday 16th February 2018, in the beautiful West Cork Village of Baltimore.

Registration for this top International Optimist Sailing Clinic is now open.  To avail of the early entry discount enter today. 

  • Early entry fee is €200.10 per child (available until 10 pm, 8th January 2018). 
  • Late Entry Fee is €300 up until 10pm, 15th January. 
  • Entries are closed 10pm,  15th January and no further entries will be accommodated.

You must be an IODAI member to enter. The IODAI membership fee of €60.01 can now also be paid on

*New for 2018*

IODAI membership discount for third child and subsequent children. 

If your family have three or more sailors, please pay your membership as normal and apply for your third and subsequent child discount to the IODAI treasurer.  To apply for your families discount you need to email by 16th January 2018 and we will refund you €30 for your third and subsequent children.

What is involved in Baltimore week

The week is very much a family-oriented event, with a programme of activities for children too young to sail, and events also organised for adults, such as the ‘How to Rig an Oppi’ class for novice parents! Schull & Fitbones provides activities for those 5 years and upwards who are not yet sailing. They do Baltimore Treasure Hunt and Playground games, Sherkin Island trip and an Adventure Challenge in Lough Hyne Woods .

Evening activities are also on offer, including the ever-popular cinema night and also a disco night. In addition the week finishes off with a one day regatta which helps sailors consolidate all they have learnt during the week & to put it into practice.

Who can attend the week?

The Baltimore Spring Training Week is open to all IODAI members. Being Ireland’s largest sailing camp, the week generally caters for up to 160 optimist sailors from 8 – 15 yrs old and is an event not to be missed if you have a child who sails an Optimist.

We particularly encourage sailors who have not attended an event outside their own club in the past, to consider coming to Baltimore, which is a non-competitive, fun week intended to build enthusiasm for sailing and to allow sailors from around the country to get to know each other.

15 Families from the NYC attended last year and thoroughly enjoyed the Event.

All hands on deck.

The event is organised by IODAI which is comprised of volunteers, who are the parents of sailors. It takes 25 to 30 volunteers per day to run the event efficiently and the overall event is managed by Mandy Kelly and Christina O’Regan both parents of sailors. Because everyone is a volunteer, Baltimore is an, ‘all hands on deck’ week, with parents encouraged to lend a hand with the work that goes into making it such a special event for our children. Helping out with making sailors lunches, doing slip duty, rescue on the water, or safety checking of boats, means that parents will get to know each other just as well as the sailors do.


More about Baltimore

The event is hosted by Baltimore Sailing Club, which is set in the beautiful harbour of Baltimore, West Cork. This is a tremendous family week as Baltimore has accommodation to suit everyone with a wide selection of Holiday Homes, Apartments, Bed & Breakfast and Casey’s Hotel.

IODAI Forum 2018

An IODAI forum takes place during the Baltimore week where all parents are invited to express their views or seek information on the running of the Optimist class.

You can register on the IODAI website at 

If you have any queries please contact Rebecca Hall