Registration is required for all sailors entering the Optimist North Islands regatta. The fee is $50 per family to join NZIODA for the season. Here are the instructions:
3rd & 4th December 2016
The Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta is New Zealand's largest and most anticipated annual centre board regatta, and it is always held over the first full weekend of December. Sailed in the superb sailing waters off Torbay, Auckland it hosts the most commonly sailed centreboard dinghy classes. Each event has approximately 450 sailors, and as many as 60 support craft. This regatta is not just another regatta, it's truly unique on the sailing calendar. No other regatta comes close to the size, professionalism, and the experience offered here. It is a must do for any keen sailor.
The NZ Yachting Trust Optimist Worlds Team are almost all home again now and recovered from their jetlag. Traveling half way around the world to compete at this intensity is a big ask.
Flying straight through was going to be a 30 hour journey, so the team elected to stay a night in Honk Kong on the way, to start the clocks adjusting, and to unwind after the usual rush to leave. Hong Kong to Faro on its own was a long haul, with a 5 hour stop in Frankfurt.
2-9 January 2017
The 2017 GILL Australian and Open Championships will be held at Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia on the 2nd - 9th January 2017.
Please be aware that selection for the Worlds is now based on the top 5 ranked sailors at the conclusion of the Optimist Nationals regatta. This is a change that was made at the 2015 AGM (previously selection was based on the top 5 placings at the Nationals).
WAINUI CAMP, 17 December — 21st December 2015
The SI Optimist Clinic was held once again in Wainui for the 3rd year in a row and in my opinion has been the most successful to date.
At the AGM held at Worser Bay the NZIODA Committee have changed the class policy regarding the requirement to display the red flag when protesting in fleet races and decided that no protest flag will required.
The sailing instruction which deleted rule 61.1(a)(2) will no longer be used so that a red flag is no longer required to make a valid protest. However, the need to inform the race committee at the finish of an intention to protest and the sail number of the protested boat, remains.