Baltimore 2018 Update


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Baltimore 2018 Update

Baltimore Training Week 2018   The IODAI Baltimore training week took place during the mid-term week with 13 families from the NYC attending. Out of over 100 sailors aged between 7 and 14 there were twenty sailors from the NYC. The NYC group was the largest participating club with sailors in all fleets. The sailors had 5 days of sailing with mixed conditions at times very windy with the Thursday session being cancelled and the Regatta on Friday being reduced to one race.

During the week the children also attended a lecture on the rules given by Gordon Davies an International ISAF Judge.

International and Irish coaches provided a full range of training, from first time Regatta fleet level through to Transition and to Main Fleets both Junior and Senior with a Regatta on the last day. In the Senior Main Fleet Hugh Turvey came 1st Place.

As the other fleets did not finish their first races due to the weather, prizes were given for the races sailed by the sailors during the week.

Prizes were also given throughout the Fleets to sailors who had shown great perseverance and focus, amongst those sailors who received prizes were Rachel Flood in Senior Fleet, Adelaide Jullo in Junior Fleet, James Hall in Transition Fleet and Grace Gavin in Regatta Fleet.

Jack Hall also received a prize for his assistance during the week with the Regatta Fleet.

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. Helping out with making sailors lunches, doing slip duty, rescue on the water or safety checking of boats and organizing the social activities meant that parents had an opportunity to get to know each other just as well as the sailors did.

A special thank you to Barry and Aileen Dempsey and Gary and Anne Marie O’Sullivan for bringing down the NYC Ribs. Many thanks also to all the NYC parents who manned the ribs during the week.

The social activity kicked off for the NYC with a dinner in Caseys on the Sunday night which comprised of 25 Parents and 26 children both Sailors and non-sailors and a big thank you to Caseys for accommodating us it was a great evening with special birthday celebrations and a delicious homemade chocolate birthday cake to finish a great dinner . There was a Movie night and Disco night for the sailors, not to be left out on the Disco night the NYC parents had another dinner. On Valentine’s day what better way to celebrate than a lovely lunch in the Glebe restaurant  in Baltimore and the NYC Ladies were well represented there for the annual Ladies Lunch.

There was Schull and Fitbones for the non-sailors which included a trip to Sherkin Island and a hike in Lough Hyne.

The IODAI Forum took place in Bushes where parents were able to raise any queries they had in relation to the Optimist Class. Ross Killian attended as the IS representative on the IODAI committee and spoke about the class in terms of its place in the “Pathway”, further discussions  continued in Bushes following the meeting.

A big thank you to the IODAI Baltimore Committee Mandy Kelly, Kristina O’Regan, Gordon Kelly, Sinead Turvey, Ruth O’Neill, Cara Moriarty and Ruth Mac Sweeney, whose Trojan work ensured a thoroughly enjoyable week was had by all.

Thanks to all the parents and supporters who made Baltimore 2018 such a success and especially our sailors who in addition to sun, wind and rain also had the added experience of sailing in hailstones and sleet this year, but this did not in any way effect their enjoyment of the week.

Planning has already started for Baltimore 2019.


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