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Irish Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) will hold its spring training week at Baltimore sailing Club
in West Cork over the February 2016 Mid-term break. This is Ireland’s largest sailing camp and generally
caters for up to 160 sailors from 8 to 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.
The Baltimore event is considered to be one of the top International clinics in Europe.

The event is organised by IODAI which is comprised of volunteers, which 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
assisted by Sara Lacy 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. 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.

For more info on this event please see here. Baltimore 2016 Press Release.pdf
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