Glenn overseas the Coaches Pathway and is from Worser Bay Boating Club in Wellington. Glenn has been an Opti sailing parent for the last 7 years with Luke his oldest and now Chloe. Glenn was the Race Coordinator for the 2015 and 2020 Opti Nationals at Worser Bay. He is a keen and committed 12ft skiff sailor.
From Wakatere Boating Club in Auckland. Gavin has had two children come through the Optimist over the past five years. An experienced sailor, Gavin has competed in Four Americas Cup and Two Volvo Ocean Races along with sailing the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the Star Class for New Zealand.
Today Gavin is working in the sailing industry on project management for race teams.
John is an International Judge and since 2008 has been NZIODA’s lead judge at all its Ranking Regattas. John has been a sailor since his teenage days starting in the P Class and moving early into keel boats. During John’s sailing judging career he has been a judge at many world championships, including two optimist world championships and has been chairman of the jury at five world championships. John is approachable and welcomes sailing rules questions from any sailor or parent.
From Murrays Bay Sailing Club, Bryce sailed Optimist and P Class when he was a child and enjoyed the friendships, competition and life skills that the sport of yachting brings. His wife, Tracey is also involved and can be found helping with results at the club. Currently we have 3 sailors, the youngest in Green Fleet, next in Open and the eldest beginning to try different classes of boat, including Waszps and 420s.
David currently has his third child sailing through the Optimist class. He is passionate about sailing as a means of developing life skills seeing the benefits to his own family through his children’s participation. He has a background as a keel boat sailor with blue water experience, particularly shorthanded. In a country where sailing opportunities are plentiful he is keen to see this entry class opened to all comers.
From Charteris Bay Yacht Club in Christchurch. Dan has two boys currently sailing Optimists, Will and Jonty. Dan grew up sailing Optimists, P Class, Starlings, then moved onto skiffs, foiling skiffs and then foiling moths.
Dan works in the marine industry as a Naval Architect.
From Nelson Yacht Club, Manu has been supporting his son on the New Zealand optimist scene for the last 5 years. Originally from Brittany in France, Manu has sailed optimist himself when young then most youth classes before becoming an instructor. Manu is well aware of the challenges regional and especially South Island sailors face and is keen to ensure that the optimist class in New Zealand remains inclusive of all.
From Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland. Andy has 2 children, Oli and Zoe sailing optimists.
An enthusiastic sailor himself, he started out in optimist and starlings before moving on to cherubs, skiffs, 470 and multihulls.
Andy is keen to promote the interests of optimist sailors at all levels