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).
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.
Courtesy Of Murray’s Bay Sailing Club (updated March 2016)
Are you new to the open fleet and are hearing about Opti ranking regattas, the National Rankings, selections for travelling teams, NAMs, Europeans, and Worlds. What is it all about? How does it all work?
The 'Green Fleet' is for the less experienced Optimist Class sailors, to encourage novices to attend their first Optimist regatta and to encourage their continued participation in Optimist racing. The emphasis is on fun and the objective of Green Fleet regattas is to offer younger siblings and less experienced sailors the opportunity to sail and participate without their feeling the need or burden to sail in the more competitive open fleet.
It is critically important for sailors to be learning at an accelerated rate from the ages of around 10/11 to the age of 17. This learning is reliant on the environment presented to the sailors being accurately challenging. Young people are naturally capable of adapting, they enjoy learning and experimenting. When young people are learning and growing their self esteem is high and they are happiest. Any periods of time at this stage where a sailor is in an environment that is not suitably challenging will lead them to be bored and possibly put them behind their peers. Both of these are key contributors to young people leaving sport.