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2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships

The 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships will be held at Largs Bay Sailing Club 2 – 9 January 2017. Information is now available on nationals website http://www.optimist.org.au/nationals

2016 AOST South Australian Sailors Stories

South Australia had three sailors representing Australia in recent International Regatta’s as part of the 2016 Australian Optimist Sailing Team.

You can read reports of their experiences using the links below (in order of event date):

You’ll note that all three sailors had a very enjoyable time, made lots of new friends, experienced different cultures, and learnt how competitive sailing is on the international stage.

Overall IODASA and the South Australian Optimist Community can be very proud of what these sailors have achieved. We’re sure they will all grow and benefit from the experiences.

IODASA encourages all sailors to read the above stories and when they get a chance to have a chat with Quinn, Jonas and Ben about there experiences.

2016 Spring Coaching Clinic Dates

The IODASA Committee is currently working hard with Australian Sailing to put together a high quality training and regatta program for the 2016-2017 season.

For many sailors this kicks off with the Spring Coaching Clinic, which caters for all levels from Green though to Intermediate and Open.

The aim of the Spring Coaching Clinic is for children to be coached by qualified coaches and instructors, and to improve their sailing skills and gain confidence in their sailing for the up-coming sailing season.

Special emphasis will be placed on Green and Intermediate sailors, however all children will be classed according to their sailing skills and experience by the coaches and IODASA Committee. With the 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships being held at Largs Bay Sailing Club between 2 – 9  January 2017 there is a great opportunity for all SA sailors to increase their skill level and prepare themselves for a home nationals.

An itemised program along with costings and an online entry system will be released next week, however to assist in planning you can lock in the following dates.

Date: 10th – 11th  September, 2016

Location: Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club

Stand-by for more details and a full August update from IODASA.
Happy Sailing,
Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee

Binks Marine – North Sails Optimist Super Winter Deal

Hi All,

For those that are considering upgrading or replacing their Opti Sail prior to the summer season, Binks Marine (a long term supporter of the Opti Class in South Australia) currently have a Super Winter Special Deal going.

Click here for details

On other matters IODASA can report that the Committee held its most recent meeting last Friday evening. An update of this along with details for the upcoming seasons program including clinics, regatta’s and selection criteria for 2017/18 Squads will be provided in the near future.

Happy Sailing,

Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee

Rankings from 2015-16 Season

IODASA is pleased to announce that the rankings from the 2015-16 season are now available. Click here These rankings are used to inform the selection of squads for the 2016-17 season.

It should also be mentioned that with the transition from state based associations into the new Australian Sailing paradigm there is an increased emphasis on national standards etc. Consistent with this policy the Yachting South Australia Board have taken leadership and control of squad and team selections for the 2016-17 season. Places are offered on merit according to the selection document available here

Additional information on ranking regatta’s and the full 2016-17 training calendar will be available in the near future.

Happy Sailing,

Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee


June 2016 Update

Hi Opti Sailors,

Trust you are all surviving in the colder weather! No doubt you are all looking forward to the Goolwa Frostbite this long weekend. The IODASA committee has been busy with Frostbite preparations and this years event looks certain to maintain the standards set in previous years, with hoodies, prizes, great racing and a range of meals planned. We’re also going to be using a new scoring package which means you’ll be able to access results via the web and your mobile phone etc. Emma Short has emailed all entrants with details on how to access. If not details are here:


With over 40 entered in the Green Fleet, we understand that this will be the first regatta for a number of sailors. To this end, we have given special attention to make sure there is both sufficient coaching and water cover support on the water, but also briefing and information sessions on land. If parents or sailors have any queries please ask any IODASA committee member. We want to make sure this is an enjoyable experience for you.

Word is that there are 70 Opti’s entered plus a swag of other fleets participating this year including Lasers, 420’s, Cadets, Bytes, BICs and possibly Sabres and Finns. Should be a great spectacle with so many boats on the water.

2015-16 Ranking: The results of the 2015-16 season rankings are currently being finalised and will be available in the near future. These form the basis of the selection process for the State Team, State Squad and Development Squad. In this respect IODASA is in close contact with Yachting South Australia and aims to finalise selections, offers and the regatta and coaching program in the coming weeks.

2017 Nationals:

Optimist_2017_LogoIODASA has been working in close cooperation with Largs Bay Sailing Club and AIODA to support planning for the 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships, to be held at Largs between 2 and 9 January 2017. A large amount of information is already available on the nationals web site at http://www.optimist.org.au/nationals
This promises to be a great event with special attention given to Green Fleet sailors.

AOST/AODS Sailors: The first of the AOST International Regatta’s was recently completed with Australia coming 3rd overall in the 2016 IODA Asian & Oceanian Optimist Championship in Sri Lanka. Australia also took out first place in the Oceania Teams racing, with Raff Torre from WA the Oceania Champion, and Alice Buchanan Tas Female Oceania Champion. Quinn Auricht from South Australia was 33rd overall – a great effort considering the strong shifty wind conditions throughout the regatta. This regatta is ranked 2nd by behind the worlds and with a number of countries having their worlds teams participating Rob Brewer Australian Head Coach was very pleased with the outcome. Rob’s report is available at http://www.optimist.org.au/news/ioda-asian-oceanian-optimist-championship-2016-overall-coaches-report-results

Other South Australian Optimist Sailors that will be representing Australia in the coming months include Ben Hinks who is heading off to Italy for the Europeans in July, and Jonas Barrett who is heading to Antigua for the North American Championship also in July.  The  South Australian AODS group (Alexi Wigglesworth, Harry Higgins, Ruby Pike and Taran Sanderson) are heading to QLD Youth Week in July, prior to New Caledonia in October. We wish these guys all the best and hope they enjoy their experiences.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you all at Goolwa for the Frost Bite.

Happy Sailing,

Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee


2016 Frostbite Regatta Reminder

Reminder Notice

IODASA would like to remind sailors and families that there is less than one week to go to get your regatta entry and order in for a Hoodie.

The last day to order a Hoodie is Sunday 22nd May. Entries after this date won’t receive a Hoodie.

For additional information, online entry, notice of race, sailing instructions and flier etc click here  
Chris Auricht
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee

2016 Frostbite Regatta

IODASA is pleased to announce that the popular Frostbite is being held at Goolwa on the waters of the Murray River adjacent to Goolwa, on the long weekend 11-12th June 2016. Click here to download/view flier

Additional information

Who should attend: This regatta is suitable to sailors of all ability levels, with the green fleet being fully coached by experienced instructors. Optimists may be available for charter on request – see NOR

Entry: This years entry is $70 per person which includes the traditional super cool Frostbite Hoodie. To obtain your hoodies entries need to be received by 2100 hours (SA time) on 22nd May 2016. Late entries will be received after this date, however a hoodie won’t be provided. Additional hoodies may be purchased for $45 (up until 22nd May) using the on-line entry system.

The on-line entry system is available click-here  This link also contains the relevant Guardian Consent Form etc

Current entry list

Meals: Various meals will be available over the weekend including lunches (on Saturday and Sunday) at GRYC, Saturday dinner (build a burger at GAC), and Egg & Bacon Brecky on Sunday morning at GRYC.

Who else is attending: This year it is likely we’ll also be sharing the venue with an increased number of Laser’s and 420’s, and possibly BICs and Cadets. Additional information on logistics for rigging areas etc will be provided in the near future.

Additional Information: Further information related to the event is available using the following links:

Notice of Race (NOR)

Sailing Instructions (SIs)

Sponsors: We are pleased to announce that this year’s event is once again proudly sponsored by Binks Marine 942947Binks-Marine_slideand Extreme Board Riders. Extreme widget
Many thanks to Sandy and Greg for their continued support.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Frostbite.
Happy Sailing.

Chris Auricht
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee

Class Rules – Amendment effective January 1, 2016 and Identification on Sails

International Optimist Class Association – Amendment effective January 1, 2016

Class Notices
A number of amendments to the Class Rules have been approved to be effective from 1 January 2016.
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Identification on Sails
According to RRS G 1.2 (a) and the released World Sailing Q&A L007, the numbers of the square computer -8 style format on Sails are not meeting RRS Appendix G requirements for legibility.
Please review the amended version of the of the notice from the IODA Technical Committee. See link below.
All members and measurers need to be aware of these changes and when they are to take effect.
For IODA events from 2016 onwards, except the 2016 Optimist African Championship, sails with square computer-8 style numbers and/or national letters from an unacceptable format as stated in this note, will not be accepted if certified after April, 30th 2016.
For all other events from 2016 onwards, except the 2016 Optimist African Championship, sails with square computer-8 style numbers and/or national letters from an unacceptable format as stated in this note, will not be accepted if certified after August, 15th 2016.
Sails with those sail numbers and/or national letters, certified before the respective deadlines, will be grandfathered.
Kind regards,
IODASA Committee

2016 Musto SA Youth State Championships and March-April Update

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,

Chris Auricht
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee


Largs Bay Sailing Club Polar Bear Series

Dates for the Largs Bay Sailing Club Polar Bear Series have recently been released. Details are:

  • Round 1 – 16th April
  • Round 2 – 21st May
  • Round 3 – 18th June
  • Round 4 – 16th July
  • Round 5 – 20th August

Nomination fee is $5 for youth sailors and start time is 1 pm for each round. Parents also welcome to sail ($10 nomination fee).
Click here for the poster or visit LBSC for additional details

Also remember State Youths this weekend – it’s not too late to enter and IODASA AGM on Saturday Evening.

Kind regards,
Chris Auricht on behalf IODASA Committee