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Sailing teaches kids confidence, independence, strategic thinking, teamwork and respect for the environment – the Optimist is a great class to get kids out on the water. Come on out, give it a try and join the South Australian Optimist sailing community!

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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


IODASA Pre-Nationals Coaching Clinic 20 – 22 Dec 2016   Recently updated !

IODASA is pleased to announce that the traditional Pre-Nationals Coaching Clinic is on again this year. With the help of Australian Sailing’s SA Office we have been able to arrange a very impressive program.

The training clinic is open to all optimist sailors of all sailing abilities to be held at Largs Bay Sailing Club during the first week of school holidays,  December 20 – 22,  from 9.30am  to 4.30 pm each day.

We are delighted to announce that 2 of the best internationally recognised optimist coaches, Fernando Alegre and Alex Zimmermann will be present and coaching across all levels of the fleet at various times throughout this event. This should be one of the best opportunities for optimist class specific coaching seen in SA this year.  Whether your aim is to build your confidence, jump to a higher racing fleet level, or find that something else to improve your sailing at the nationals; this is a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the wonderful facilities and waters at Largs Bay Sailing Club (host of the 2017 Gill Australian and Open Optimist Nationals).

Registration costs are $150 for three days, or $70 per day for individual days.  To register follow the link

Click here to enter via the on-line entry system

For an overview of Fernando’s experience and achievements Click here

Note: Sailors included in the South Aust State Team, Development Squad and Training Group do not enter this clinic as their program fees cover their respective training sessions during this week. Details for their program will be provided to them from Australian Sailing.


IODASA-Aust/Sailing Coaching Clinics 3-5 Oct 2016 Port Lincoln

Just a reminder to sign up for the IODASA/Australian Sailing Opti Coaching Clinics in Port Lincoln following  Round 1 of 2016 YSA Tri-series.

Entries will only be open til Friday 30th Sept 2016 and places are limited, so get in asap.

Additional information is as follows:

Monday 3rd Oct
Open Fleet and higher end Intermediate fleet sailors
$50 for the day per person.
Coach: SA State Coach Alex Zimmermann
Tues & Wed 4-5th Oct
Green and Intermediate fleet sailors
$50 for two days per person
Coach: Alex Z and assistant coaches
Register HERE


IODASA Welcomes Alex Zimmermann to SA

IODASA welcomes Alex Zimmermann to South Australia and we very much appreciate the opportunity to work with him to improve the overall Opti program focussing on high performance, coaching capacity and participation from entry level through to AOST and beyond. Alex has already been very active in improving the SA optimist program for the 2016-17 season with Opti sailors really valuing his guidance.

Alex we hope your time in South Australia is both enjoyable and rewarding and look forward to the journey ahead.

Click here to view the Australian Sailing News Release


2016-17 Opti Coaching Clinic and Regatta Program

Consistent with the goals and objectives of the IODASA Strategic Plan 2015-19 to increase participation and the Opti spatial footprint in South Australia; build coaching capacity; and, provide high performance and pathway programs, IODASA has been working closely with Australian Sailing to put together a comprehensive regatta and training/clinic program for the 2016-17 sailing season. The following is a summary of sailing activities for the 2016-17.

  • 19 Aug 2016: State and Development Squad Induction Evening
  • 20-21 Aug: State and Development Squad Coaching, Adelaide Sailing Club
  • 10-11 Sep: State, Development and Training Group, plus IODASA Green, Intermediate and Open Spring Clinic, Goolwa
  • 24-25 Sep: State Squad Coaching, Adelaide Sailing Club
  • 1-2 Oct: Tri-series Round 1 Port Lincoln Enter here
  • 3 Oct: IODASA Port Lincoln Coaching Clinic with Alex Z (Advanced Intermediate and Open) Enter here
  • 4-5 Oct: IODASA Port Lincoln Coaching Clinic with Alex Z (Green and Intermediate) Enter here
  • 9 – 16 Oct: AODS New Caledonia Trip
  • 12 – 13 Oct: Development Squad, LBSC
  • 29-30 Oct: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 5 – 6 Nov: Tri-series Round 2, BSYC
  • 12-13 Nov: State Squad, BSYC
  • 19-20 Nov: Development Squad, BSYC
  • 26-27 Nov: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 3-4 Dec: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 4 – 11 Dec: ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne (Open and Intermediate Fleets) Enter here
  • 17-18 Dec: Tri-series Round 3, ASC
  • 19-23 Dec: State and Development Squad Pre-Nats Clinic, LBSC
  • 19-21 Dec: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 19-21 Dec: IODASA (Open, Intermediate and Green) Coaching Clinic, LBSC
  • 2 – 9 Jan 2017: 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Nationals, LBSC Enter here
  • 25 – 26 Mar 2017: SA State Youths, LBSC
  • 22-23 Apr 2017: Opti SA States, Wallaroo

Further to the above, additional weekly metropolitan club sessions have been scheduled to commence in October 2016 at LBSC, ASC an BSYC. Additional details are currently being developed by each respective club and Australian Sailing. It is anticipated that clubs will provide information when available.

Additional IODASA Coaching Clinics – to cater for regional areas are planned as follows:

  • 18-19 Feb 2017: Port Vincent
  • 4-5 Mar 2017: Goolwa, GAC
  • 19-21 Apr 2017: Wallaroo

Note: the above program may be subject to change in which case prior notification will be provided. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact any IODASA Committee member.

Happy Sailing,

Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee


2016 Spring Clinic Dinner @ GAC

IODASA traditionally has a Saturday evening dinner on the weekend of the Spring Clinic. This years event will be held at GAC with a BBQ  at the club ($10 per person plus $1.50 ice-creams for the kids).

The program for the evening includes an introduction of Alex Zimmermann (SA State Performance Program Coach & Aust Sailing Performance Pathway Officer), an introduction of the state Opti Squad, Development Squad and Training Group plus an outline of the 2016-17 regatta and clinic program.

Click here for poster


2016 Port Lincoln Tri-series and Opti Clinic Port Lincoln

The 2016 YSA Tri-series consists of 3 x 2 day regatta’s for Junior and Youth Classes. Round 1 of the Tri-series kicks off in Port Lincoln on the long weekend of 1st-2nd October 2016 with Green, Intermediate and Open Fleets available for Optis. Coaching will also be available for Green Fleet. Additional information including Notice of Race, On-line entry and current entry list is available on the YSA website. Click here

Optimist Coaching Clinic – IODASA in association with Australian Sailing are pleased to announce that a coaching clinic will be held in Port Lincoln between Mon 3rd – Wed 5th Oct. The program is as follows:

Monday 3rd Oct 
Open Fleet and higher end Intermediate fleet sailors
$50 for the day per person. (All participants need to register to take part)
Coach: SA State Coach Alex Zimmermann

Tues & Wed 4-5th Oct 
Green and Intermediate fleet sailors
$50 for two days per person
Coach: Alex Z and assistant coaches

Register HERE


2016 Spring Clinic Program

The aim of the Spring Coaching Clinic is for children to be coached by high quality coaches and instructors, and to improve their sailing skills and gain confidence in their sailing for the up-coming 2016-2017 sailing season.

All children will be classed according to their sailing skills and experience by the coaches and IODASA Committee.

An itemised program of events includes:

  • A Chicken Kebabs and Salad at GAC on Saturday evening 10th
  • Introduction of Alex Zimmermann (SA State Performance Program Coach & Australian Sailing Performance Pathway Officer).
  • Introduction of State the State Squad, Development Squad and Training Group along with an outline of the 2016-17 clinic and regatta program.
  • Raffle – including new sail donated by The Sailing Shop

A copy of the full program can be downloaded Click here for program

For those who have not registered – there’s still time to enter.

register_nowFor more information about the Optimist Spring Coaching Clinic, please contact Rebecca Wigglesworth

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Note: Port Lincoln Tri_Series: The YSA Youth Tri Series consists of 3 x 2 day Regattas for all Junior and Youth Classes with multiple short course racing. Plans have been finalised for Round 1 of the Tri-series Regatta to be held in Port Lincoln over the October long weekend. For the Opti’s this will be followed by training clinic with Alex Zimmermann for intermediate and open sailors on 3rd October and green to intermediate on 4-5 October. Additional details and on-line bookings for the clinics to be available shortly.

Happy Sailing,
Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee

2016-17 Membership Renewals

Membership of IODASA includes membership of the National and International Optimist Associations.
Annual membership is due from the 1st of July each year. Membership covers 1 child & one adult.
Sailors must be an Association member to participate in events such as the annual Frostbite Regatta, Gulf of St Vincent Regatta, Spring Training Clinic, State Championships and National Championship.

Membership Fees:
First Child $60
Second & Subsequent siblings $50 each.

The IODASA Committee has been working very closely with Australian Sailing to develop a comprehensive training and regatta calendar. Full details of this will be available shortly with information for the Port Lincoln Tri-series IODASA Training Clinic planned for 3-5 October released in the coming days. Discounts apply for IODASA members when attending certain clinics etc so is good to become a member and register/renew early in the season.

LINK TO ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FORM (Click here)

IODASA Committee


2016 Spring Clinic Update

The IODASA Committee has been working hard to put together a high quality Spring Coaching Clinic tailored to all levels of sailing. The clinic is open to all levels of sailing from Open to Intermediate and Green Sailors.
Note: all State Squad, Development Squad and Training Group Sailors will also be at Goolwa as part of their 2016-17 State Sailing Program and will train in their respective squads. They do not need to enter Spring Clinic.

The aim of the Spring Coaching Clinic is for children to be coached by qualified coaches, instructors assistants, and to improve their sailing skills and gain confidence in their sailing for the up-coming 2016-2017 sailing season. With the 2017 Gill Australian and Open Optimist Nationals being held at Largs Bay Sailing Club between 2-9 January 2017 IODASA is extra keen to get as many Opti Sailors on the water as possible and this is an ideal time for sailors to start their preparations for the nationals.

All children will be classed according to their sailing skills and experience by the coaches and IODASA Committee.

An itemised program of events will be released in the coming days, once meal arrangements etc have been finalised. We can however mention that the plan is to have meals available via the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club and/or Goolwa Aquatic Club. An egg and bacon brekkie is planned for Sunday morning.

Date: 10-11th  September 2016

Location: Goolwa

Cost: $85.- per sailor for 2016-17 IODASA Members or $160.- for non-IODASA Members

Please note – IODASA membership is $60.-  for the first child with second and subsequent siblings $50 each, so the incentive is to renew/join IODASA prior to registering for the event. (A link to 2015-16 membership is also given below).

To enter online for the 2016 Optimist Spring Clinic, please follow the link below.  The cut-off date for registration is Thursday 8th September after which a late fee will apply. We realise this timeframe is quite short, however this arrangement is necessary to enable the coaches and committee to organise draft allocations for coaching groups.

Register Here

The above link also incorporates Guardian Consent and Code of Conduct Forms to participate in the clinic. Please note that to participate in the Spring Coaching Clinic you are encouraged to be a current 2016-17 financial IODASA member.
Please use the following link to renew your membership.   (Click here)

For more information about the Optimist Spring Coaching Clinic, please contact Rebecca Wigglesworth.


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