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2016 Frostbite Regatta Reminder   Recently updated !

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

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

2016 AGM Agenda

As per IODASA Constitution Item 7.3 please use link below to access the AGM agenda.
Under Item 7.3 the agenda shall be provided to all full members at least ten (10) days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

AGM Agenda 2016

Rebecca Wigglesworth
IODASA Secretary
Phone: 0423 181 617 Email: rebecca@optisa.org.au

Notice to IODASA Members

As per item 5.7.2 of the IODASA Constitution this post is to formally notify all members of a proposal to nominate Andrew Short for Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his service to the Association covering technical, capacity building and administration areas.
As per item 5.7.3 of the Constitution this proposal will be put as a motion at the at IODASA AGM to be held Largs Bay Sailing Club on Saturday, 2nd April at 5pm

Members wishing to vote on this motion can do in person at the AGM or by postal or proxy vote (submitted to the IODASA Secretary Phone: 0423 181 617 Email: rebecca@optisa.org.au).

Kind regards,
Chris Auricht
IODASA President

Notice of 2016 AGM

Notice of the 2016 Annual General Meeting

The International Optimist Dinghy Association of South Australia (IODASA) is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Largs Bay Sailing Club on Saturday, 2nd April at 5pm and all members are welcome to attend.

Related documents can be found here:

Agenda: As per the constitution the agenda shall be provided to all full members at least ten (10) days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

Kind regards,
Bec Wigglesworth
Secretary, IODASA

IODASA Feb 2016 Update

Hi Opti Sailors,

The 2015/16 season continues to role along at a rapid pace. This message is to provide a quick heads-up on what’s been happening, or is about to happen.

2016 AOST/AODS – In cooperation with Yachting Australia, Teams for the Worlds, Asians, Europeans and North Americans along with the AODS are basically finalised. At this stage 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

Both Chelsea Higgins and Finn Sanderson declined their offers for a position on the 2016 AOST program and instead will be focussing their attention on 420’s. (Good luck guys – we wish you well and have really appreciated having you in the Opti Class. Thanks also to both of you for acting as State Team Leaders for the 2016 Nationals).
IODASA and the SA Opti Community congratulate all of the above sailors on their selection/offers and wish them the best of luck with their up-coming program and international regatta’s. It is a huge honour to wear the Australian Coat of Arms while representing Australia, along with their State and Clubs in an international event and we’re sure they’ll all do us proud.

AOST/AODS Camp – Largs Bay Sailing Club will be hosting the AOST and AODS camp between 8 – 11 April 2016

2016 National Feedback Survey – In order to gauge success and receive information for improving future events AIODA is currently undertaking a survey of 2016 Nationals. This survey is open to anyone that is interested in participating and can be accessed here:
The survey closes on 17th March 2016

2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships –  the hosting agreement between AIODA and Largs Bay Sailing Club has been agreed in principle and will be finalised in the coming days. This provides a formal basis for planning and the many tasks that need to be arranged to make sure the event is successful. More information on this topic will be provided in the future.

AGM – According to the IODASA Constitution, the AGM is to be held in April each year. Official notification will be provided to the SA Opti Community in the near future, however the date proposed is Saturday 2nd April.

Capacity Building & Scholarships – IODASA is currently working with YSA to develop a program which provides an opportunity for sailors to apply for a scholarship under the capacity building element of the State Government Grant. It is hoped that more details on the program and application process will be available in the near future.

2016 OptiGirls Program – The proposed date for the OptiGirls program has been postponed due to the availability of suitable candidates to run the event on the dates proposed. Both Bruce Konings and Colin Gordon are actively working to sure up plans for this event which is now planned to be carried out in April.

Review of 2015-2016 Program – IODASA in close cooperation with YA have agreed on a framework to review the 2015-16 season. This will involve an on-line survey and information sessions to ensure sailors and their families are involved in the process.

National Coach – For those not aware Rob Brewer (NSW) has been appointed by AIODA as the National Opti Coach. IODASA and YSA will be drawing on Rob’s experience both in reviewing the 2015-16 season and in planning for the 2015-16 program.

Down Under Sail – Harry Fisher and the Down Under Sail team are looking at producing a new sailing publication. We’re sure they would appreciate any stories or photos clubs or individuals wish to provide. For those interested Harry can be contacted at

Port River Sailing Club – Discussions are continuing with YSA and Port River Sailing Club to provide boats and support in order to get an Opti Fleet going. Over the coming month or so this will involve providing them with some of the YSA wooden opti’s and some technical support and guidance.

Upcoming Events – Click on the links below for more information on up-coming Opti events. All three events are great occasions and we’re sure the organisers would very much appreciate seeing new Opti sailors attending. Get in touch with your club rep or IODASA if you want more information.

That’s about all our news for the moment.

Happy Sailing. Regards,

Chris Auricht
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee

Upcoming Opti Events, Feb – April

Hi Opti Sailors,

Just a quick message to let you know that there are a number of events coming up in the near future where Opti’s are included

Largs Bay Sailing Club will also be hosting the AOST and AODS groups between 8-11 April.

As a quick heads up you may be asked to participate in a number of surveys in the near future – IODASA and YSA are currently developing a framework to review the 2015-16 season and plan for the 2016-17 season, while AIODA is putting out surveys to capture feedback from those sailors who attended the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne and the 2016 Australian & Open Optimist Nationals are Georges River. Results of these will be used to help develop improved events and activities for the future.

Hope you have a great weekend.


Chris Auricht
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee

2016 SA State and Open Championships Regatta

Hi Opti Sailors,
The weather gods were on our side over the weekend with Largs Bay producing some excellent sailing conditions on both days of the SA Opti States. A big thank you to Largs Bay Sailing Club for hosting such a great event – we’ve had nothing but favourable comments with many happy children. Special mention to the on-land and on-water race officers, jury and support crews along with the many volunteers who all contributed their part to make the weekend a success.

A big thank you is also extended to our sponsors: MUSTO,(Event Major Sponsor) along with  The Sailing Shop, Binks Marine, OziOpti, Doyle Stratis Australia and GoPsych. The range of prizes was simple awesome.

Thanks also to the number of interstate sailors who made the trip from WA and QLD. We very much appreciated you travelling to South Australia and hope you had an enjoyable time.

Results: Actual results are available from the links below with photos and a video of Sunday afternoons water bomb session on the IODASA Facebook site

A quick summary follows:

South Australian State Champion – Ben Hinks. Congratulations Ben – great achievement

South Australian Female State Champion – Ella Konings – great to see Ella continuing her fine form.
2nd SA – Jonas Barrett – excellent sailing Jonas
3rd SA – Quinn Auricht
4th SA – Harry Higgins
5th SA – Alexi Wigglesworth

Other significant achievements:
2nd SA Female – Madi Pike
3rd SA Female – Rubi Pike
1st Traveller – Ashleigh Swadling (2nd place open championship, 1st Girl)
2nd Traveller – Axel Fleet (4th place open championship)

Age Group Awards:
1st Under 11 – Taran Sanderson
1st Under 10 – Carter Baker
1st Under 9 – Austin Higgins

Intermediate State Champion – Tom Chambers
2nd Intermediate – Will Howard
3rd Intermediate – Izaak Hart
4th Intermediate – Isaac Konings
5th Intermediate & First Female Intermediate – Alicia Gaffney – also recipient of Doyle Sail

Green Fleet State Champion – Darcy Conry
2nd Green Fleet – Will McAskill
3rd Green Fleet – Scott Horn
4th Green Fleet – Archie Campion
5th Green Fleet – Fraser Baker
First Female Green Fleet – Kara Jenkins (6th place).

The above results demonstrate the continued success of the Optimist Class in South Australia with strong representation from both country and metropolitan clubs. To this end we are very grateful to the support of YSA and the State Government to assist in developing and funding activities focussed on high performance, capacity building, increased participation and gender.


Chris Auricht
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee