South Island Championship 2015

March 14th - 16th

Nelson Yacht Club is proud to be hosting the 2015 Optimist South Island Championships. This is a three day regatta for the Optimist Open fleet and a two day regatta for the Optimist Green fleet. The Optimist Open Fleet regatta is an NZIODA ranking regatta.

Entries are now open on and we look forward to welcoming our South Island neighbors and sailors and families from around New Zealand to our club.


III.Bodrum International Optimist Regetta

3-8 March 2015

We are very pleased to announce III.Bodrum International Optimist Regatta (TYF-BIOR) the date of 3-8 March 2015 in Bodrum Sailing Club. The Regatta is part of IODA 2015 Calendar and Turkish Sailing Federation 2015 Calendar. This year BIOR will be the TURKISH NATIONALS. All Turkish Optimist Sailors will take part the regatta.

We have special conditions for foreign teams:


Registrations open for 2015 Toyota NZ Optimist National Championships

2nd - 7th April 2015

The Worser Bay Boating Club, in association with the New Zealand Optimist Dinghy Association and Toyota New Zealand, is proud to announce that the 2015 Toyota NZ Optimist National Championships will take place in Wellington from Thursday second to Tuesday 7th April 2015.

Planning is well underway, with a team of organisers putting in place all the preparations required to make sure sailors and visitors to Wellington have a great event.


Sir Peter Blake Torbay Regatta

6th - 7th December 2014

Last Chance to Register

Just a reminder that online registrations for this years regatta close tonight.  This early closing is to allow time to process the huge number of entries. Late entries are at the discretion of the race committee and will incur a penalty fee.

If you know friends who may not have entered yet make sure you remind them of the early closing.


2012 Interislander Optimist Challenge

The 2012 Interislander Optimist Challenge combined with the two day South Island Optimist Champs was the biggest single fleet regatta outside of the Optimist Nationals held in the South Island.

91 entries in the Open fleet and 33 in the Green fleet, three days of great racing on the sparkling waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Breeze of up to 18 knots on the first day, up to 15 knots on the 2nd and the last day was one for the light wind specialists, 5-7 knots. Most sailors agreed that there was a good balance of conditions for everyone.  

2012 Worlds Update

NZL Yachting Trust Optimist Dinghy Worlds Team 2012:

It’s hot and humid in the Dominican Republic and Day 2 of the Championship is over.  Hopefully they will all be tucked up in bed having a good rest for tomorrows racing!  If you are mad keen to watch the racing live, tune into the tracking from 4.30am ….that’s 12.30pm the day before in Dom Rep! They are 16 hours behind NZ.      

2012 Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta

Six sailors and coach Aaron Hume-Merry (with manager Kimberly Rees) were recently on a twelve day trip in China where they attended the ‘Double Star Cup’ 2012 Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta.

Sailors are Charlotte Porter, Chelsea Rees, (coach Aaron Hume-Merry) Kate Stewart, Oscar Gunn, Daniel Wilks, and Emma French.