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,
IODASA President on behalf of the IODASA Committee