Hi Opti Sailors,
The last event in the IODASA/ YSA ranking regatta calendar for 2015-16, being the 2016 Musto SA Youth State Championships took place at Largs Bay Sailing Club over the weekend. It was great to have sailors competing in Green, Intermediate and Open Fleets. Thanks to LBSC (and all their volunteers) for hosting the event and to MUSTO for being the main sponsor. Special mention to Raffael Torre (AOST Asians Team Member) from WA who made the effort to compete in the event. Thanks Raff it was great to have some interstate competition.
Good winds on Saturday provided for some great racing for the Open and Intermediate Fleets, but challenged the Green Fleet, while on Sunday the lighter winds and tricky conditions also provided excellent sailing opportunities.
Throughout the year SA Sailors have competed strongly in various state, national and international regatta’s reflecting on the high level of coaching and support they have received. The State Youths were no exception. A summary of results is:
Open Fleet –
- Jonas Barrett, BSYC 1st on 12 points
- Quinn Auricht, BSYC 2nd on 15 points
- Ben Hinks, BSYC 3rd on 23 points
- Raffael Torre RFBYC/FSC 4th also on 23 points
- Alexi Wiggleswoth, BSYC 5th, on 26 points, and
- Benjamin Newman, ASC 6th on 33 points
Intermediate Fleet –
- Will Howard, GAC 1st on 9 points
- James Wilson, ASC 2nd on 15 points
- Connor O’Brien, ASC 3rd on 16 points
- Ian Irwin, BSYC 4th
- Riley Feutrill, BSYC 5th and
- Lachlan Roe, BSYC 6th
Green Fleet –
- Albert Howard, GAC 1st on 11 points
- Fraser Bake, LBSC 2nd on 17 points
- Murphy Cowen, LBSC 3rd on 25 points
- Angus McDonald, ASC 4th and
- Archie Kretschmer, LBSC 5th
Well done to the above sailors and all those that competed. The experiences gained over the weekend should prove valuable as all sailors work to continue their way up the ranks. In this respect special mention is made to Benjamin Newman and Maxwell Brown for solid performances in Open Fleet.
For a full listing of Opti and other Youth Class results click here
A series of posts with photos etc are on the IODASA FaceBook Page. Additional Photos from the weekend taken by Harry from Down Under Sail are also available – click here
IODASA Committee News
IODASA held its AGM over the weekend and re-appointed the same Committee for the 2016-17 season. This should enable continuation and consolidation of the 2015-16 program into next year and maintain the relationship with YSA.
For those interested a copy of the Presidents report presented at the AGM is available here
As many are aware, IODASA is also currently working closely with YSA to conduct a review of the 2015-16 season and prepare plans for 2016-17 season. As per this year, such plans will cover grassroots to high performance, capacity building, increasing participation, gender, and sponsorship etc. IODASA would also like to announce that Andrew Short has been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Association. This is in recognition for his long term support to the Optimist Class in various roles covering national, state and club level. ‘Shorty’ has been a great advocate for the class over many years and continues to provide leadership and direction in his role as President of the YSA Youth Sailing Committee.
2016 FrostBite Regatta
Planning has commenced for the Frost Bite Regatta to be held over the June long weekend in Goolwa. This has proved to be a great fun regatta and IODASA is very pleased to announce that long standing event sponsors Binks Marine and Extreme Boardriders have once again stepped up to provide support. Thanks Sandy and Greg et al – your support is very much appreciated. More details on this event will be provided in the near future.
AOST and AODS Clinic
For those not aware the Australian Optimist Sailing Team and Development Squad will be at Largs Bay Sailing Club from Friday to Monday (8 – 11 April) for their national camp. This is a tune up for sailors prior to them departing for their respective international regatta’s. The following SA Sailors are involved:
- Ben Hinks – European Championship, Crotone, Italy, 15 – 22 July
- Quinn Auricht – Asian & Oceanian Championship, Sri Lanka, 28 May – 5 June
- Jonas Barrett – North American Championship, Antigua , 10 – 18th July
- Alexi Wigglesworth – AODS, New Caledonia, 9 – 16 October
- Harry Higgins – AODS, New Caledonia, 9 – 16 October
- Ruby Pike – AODS, New Caledonia, 9 – 16 October
- Taran Sanderson – AODS, New Caledonia, 9 – 16 October
It is interesting to note that SA sailors comprise 50% of the actual AODS group.
The above membership also demonstrates talent at the top end, plus a pool of high quality emerging talent within the Development Squad. This is considered a very commendable result for the 2015-16 season given the number and talent of sailors that left the SA Opti Ranks at the end of last season.
That’s about all the news for now.
Happy Sailing. Regards,
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee