2016 Qingdao International Optimist Sailing Camp and Regatta

4 - 11 August 2016

Expressions of Interest Sought

New Zealand has previously sent a team to this regatta in 2012 and again in 2014. The experience gained from those regattas would suggest that, whilst it was a fantastic experience, it would be perhaps best viewed as an opportunity to experience a different sailing location and culture and use it as a means to build familiarity in traveling internationally to a regatta.

The team is limited to 6 sailors and 2 adults. It is suggested, unless a parent is traveling, it may not suit the younger sailors as the conditions were full of new experiences. The regatta is not available at this stage to any sailor who has been selected to represent NZIODA in 2016 (Worlds, NAMS, Euros, Asians and New Caledonia Development Team).

Expressions of interest are sought by 10th of June 2016 to be considered for selection. If more than 6 sailors apply final selection will be based off the 2016 National Ranking List.

Details of the regatta as provided by Qingdao Yachting Association are below.

Please email davidclarke@zebracrossing.co.nz or phone 027 539 0094 by the 10th of June if you are interested in attending.

Qingdao International Optimist Sailing Camp & Regatta 2016 will be held from 4th - 11th August 2016.

We cordially invite you and your Optimist sailors and coaches to join us this summer.

The Organizing Authority has got great support from Qingdao municipal government.

Following are some Q&A for the regatta for your reference.

1. How many sailors from each team can participate?

For each team, there could be 1-2 team leaders, coaches or guardians and 6 sailors.

2.Entry fee for Optimist sailors and coaches

No entry fee.

3. Cost for competition boats

Free, OA will provide Optimist sailing boats (without sails, foils, spars, fittings and running rigging).

4. Cost for coach support boat

Organizing Committee may help teams to rent a coach boat from a local sailing club.

5. Cost for accommodation and meals

For the team from the country or region which has signed a sailing exchange and cooperation agreement with Qingdao: Free accommodation, meals, local transportation will be provided by the Organizing Authority.

Other teams shall cover all costs by themselves.

6. What about the insurance?

For the insurance, if you have, you should provide the original copy ; if you don’t have, you can buy it at registration site. It may cost approximately ¥100 RMB for each member of your team.

7. Is there an NOR available?

We have the draft NOR now and the official one is being processed.