NZ Teams

NZIODA Resource – Guide for Travelling and Representative Teams
NZIODA Resources – Team Leader
Team Leader Job Description
Team Leader Checklist for Registration
Team Leader Checklist for Race Day Pre Launch
Team Leader Checklist Returning to Land on Race Day
Team Leader Bag Checklist
NZIODA Resource – Country Manager
Country Manager Job Description
NZIODA Resource – Coach Boat
Spare Gear for Coach Boat Checklist
NZIODA Resources – Parent Checklists
Charter Boat Set Up
Daily Boat Set Up
NZIODA Resource – IODA Event Checklist
Equipment to Take if travelling to an IODA Event
NZIODA Resources – Other
Consent For International Travel and Medical Care
NZIODA Information Sheet Uniforms and Trader Goods for Events
NZIODA Overseas Packing List
Selection Criteria for NZ Optimist Sailing Team

Selection for 2021/2022 season is as follows:

Allocated Places
IODA WorldsTop 5 ranked sailors
IODA EuropeansNext 2 ranked boys and next 2 ranked girls the reason for this change is that the boys and the girls race separately.
IODA AsiansNext 7 ranked of 1 gender and next 3 ranked of the other gender.  Please note that selection for the IODA Asian & Oceanian Championship will be done after the Interislander Regatta in February 2022.
The criteria has also changed for Development Teams (Boys and Girls). 

There are two Boys Development Teams. One will be for 12 year olds and younger, the other will be an open age team. Each development team will be made up of six sailors.

Places will be offered from Nationals rankings ONLY.

Sailors who have not travelled overseas to represent New Zealand sailing optimists will be eligible.
Girls Development Team – Top Ranked 6 Girls
Boys Development Team No. 1 – 6 Sailors, 12 years of age and younger
Boys Development Team No. 2 – 6 Sailors, Open age
Renaissance Junior Gold Cup, BermudaTop Ranked Sailor – This regatta is also by invitation from the organisers who may stipulate other criteria 
Updated 14.01.22
Renaissance Junior Gold Cup, Bermuda

Please note that the Committee will determine whether it is feasible to attend due to COVID 19 as developments unfold.

Dates: 2021 Dates to be confirmed (typically 1st week in May)
Venue: Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Sailors:    1st Girl or 1st Boy ranked after NZIODA Nationals for the season 2020/2021 dependent upon criteria set by Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Coach: No coach
Manager: Parent of sailor
Updated 10.07.20

2021 marks the 19th year that Renaissance Reinsurance has sponsored the prestigious Junior Gold Cup in Bermuda.

Entry to the Renaissance Junior Gold Cup if by invitation from the regatta organisers.

This event is run in conjunction with the Argo Group Gold Cup professional World Match Racing Tour event, this mini “world cup” invitational brings some of the most accomplished youth sailors from around the world to Bermuda for a youth sailing event contested in International Optimist dinghies.

Renaissance Reinsurance provides in conjunction with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club provides coaching, charter boats and equipment for competing.  Sailors representing North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean attend.

Once in Bermuda local families host the young sailors.  The backdrop of the Argo Group Gold Cup match racing event running concurrently with the youth event provides the real bonus for all the kids entered in the regatta with the young sailors attending the dailThe Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup will conduct four fleet races per day on Great Sound.  The event is run by volunteers from RBYC and BODA.  The final day usually sees the championship sailed on Hamilton Harbour during the final rounds of the Argo Group Gold Cup if time and conditions allow.

NZ Optimist Sailors:

2021Will Leech – Qualified CBYCCBYC
2020Joe Leith – Qualified MBSCN/A
2019George Lee Rush WBC1st
2018Lucy Leith MBSC21st
2017George Lee Rush WBCtbc
2016Joshua Hyde WBC20th
2015Robbie McCutcheon WBC 12th
2014Jordan Stevenson WBC16th
2013Henry Haslett WBC26th
2012Leonard Tukahashi-Fry MBSC4th
2011Leonard Tukahashi-Fry MBSC11th
2010Olivia MacKay NSC3rd
2009No results found
2010Olivia MacKay NSC13th
Updated 10.07.20
Past NZ Optimist Sailing TeamsIODA Events


Riva del Garda, Italy
Will Leech Charteris Bay SC,
Joe Leith Murrays Bay SC,
William Mason Wakatere BC,
Cameron Brown Wakatere BC
Oli Stone Kohimarama YC
European Championship
Santa Maria, Spain
Jed Potbury Napier SC,
Blake McKinnon Murrrays Bay SC,
Nelsen Meacham
Tessa Clinton Wakatere BC
North America’s Team
Louis Quere RAYC ,
Mark Mains
Nicholas Wong

Toby Dunn Murrays Bay SC
Asian & Oceanian Team
Pattaya, Thailand
Ashton Cooke Kohimarama YC,
Ben Catton Chateris Bay SC,
Oliver Day Murrays Bay SC,
Ben Horne Murrays Bay SC,
Charlie Bridger Charteris Bay SC,
Hayden Chisholm Charteris Bay SC,
Nathan Soper Murrays Bay SC,
Chloe Turner Murrays Bay SC,
Bella Jenkins Kohimarama YC,
Jess Handley Murrays Bay SC
Updated 22.04.21


Sailors qualified but unable to attend due to COVID19

Joe Leith Murrays Bay SC,
Sean Kensington Kohimarama YC,
Noah Shirley Murrays Bay SC,
Jasper Camenzind Murrays Bay SC,
Noah Malpot Nelson YC

European Championship
Alex Norman Murrays Bay SC,
Will Leech Charteris Bay SC,
Louie Poletti Queen Charlotte YC,
Hermione Aris Murrays Bay SC
North America’s Team
Tom Rebbeck Wakatere BC,
Fred Burrage Kohimarama YC,
Valentine Kayrouz Wakatere BC,
Tom Pilkington Wakatere BC
Asian & Oceanian Team
Sri Lanka
Oli Stone Kohimarama YC,
Miro Luxford Charteris Bay SC,
Liam Richards Wakatere BC,
Winston Liesebach Wakatere BC,
Joshua Ferrissey Murrays Bay SC,
Ben Catton Charteris Bay SC,
Cameron Brown Wakatere BC,
Charlotte Palmer Charteris Bay SC,
Nicola Hume Murrays Bay SC,
Jessica Redpath Murrays Bay SC
Updated 22.04.21


English Harbour, Antigua
George Lee-Rush Wakatere BC,
Lucas Day Murrays Bay SC,
Harrison Loretz Wakatere BC,
Hugo McMullen Kohimarama YC,
Amelia Angus Kohimarama YC
European Championship
Crozon-Morgat, France
Noah Malpot Nelson YC ,
Noah Shirley Murrays Bay SC,
Rowan Kensington Kohimarama YC,
Vivian Webster-Chung Wakatere BC
North America’s Team
Nassau, Bahamas
Valentine Kayrouz Wakatere BC,
Jasper Camenzind Murrays Bay SC,
Tian Lo Kohimarama YC,
Louie Poletti Queen Charlotte YC
Asian & Oceanian Team
Alex Norman, Sean Kensington, Liam Richards, Joe Leith, Ashton Williamson, Ethan Fong, Fred Burrage, Hermione Aris, Isabelle Letcher, Charlotte Palmer
Mussanah Sport City, Oman
Updated 16.07.20


WorldsGeorge Lee-Rush, Joshua Hyde, Amelia Angus, Mason Mulcahy, Hugo McMullenFamagusta Nautical Club, Cyprus
European ChampionshipLucas Day, Robbie Wooldridge, George Pilkington, Naiomi FerrisseySheveningen, Netherlands
North America’s TeamNed Bacon, Lucy Leith, Noah Shirley, Stella BilgerSingapore
Asian & Oceanian TeamTom Pilkington, Harrison Loretz, Sean Sun, Nicholas Drummond, Jasper Camenzind, Noah Malpot, Hermione Aris, Katie Hadfield, Teaghan Denny, Isabelle Lecher, Zachary FongNgwe Saung YC & Resort, Myanmar
Updated 16.07.20


WorldsSeb Menzies, David Buchanan, Monty Alderson, Josh Gilmore, George Lee-RushRoyal Varuna Yacht Club Thailand
European ChampionshipMason Mulcahy, Josh Hyde, Thomas Mulcahy, Greta PilkingtonYacht Club Port Bourgas Bulgaria
North America’s TeamLizzie Shapland, Robbie Wooldridge, Brayden Hamilton, Nathan Vince, Luc GladwellRoyal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto. Canada
Asian & Oceanian TeamWilliam Beauchamp, Jordan Dakins, George Pilkington, Max Scott, Sean Sun, Freddy Wright, Ruby Baynes, Amelia Angus, Sydney Cunliffe, Carrington BradyRoyal Hong Kong Yacht Club. Hong Kong
Update 15.07.20


WorldsHenry Wilson, Campbell Stanton, Gavin Ninnes, David Buchanan, Seb MenziesPortugal
North America’s TeamThomas Mulcahy, Sophia Fyfe, Josh Schon, George Lee-Rush, Caleb Armit, Will HadfieldEnglish Harbour, Antigua
Asian & Oceanian TeamLuke Cashmore, Robbie McCutcheon, Brayden Hamilton, Ashton Guy, Greta Pilkington, Rebecca Morgan, Joel Kennedy, Harry Edwards, Emily Overend, Lachlan DillonTrincomalee, Sri Lanka
Updated 15.07.20


WorldsSebastian Lardies, Sam Bacon, Craig Keenan, William Shapland, Sam MorganPoland
European ChampionshipRobbie McCutcheon, Oliver Cowley, Pat Morgan, Ben Paterson, Alice HaslettItaly
North America’s TeamZachary Scheiwe, Albert Stanley, Josh Berry, Francesco KayrouzTBC
Asian & Oceanian TeamCampbell Stanton, Henry Wilson, Ben Nathan, Will Wright, Harry Corston, James Barnett, Ben Baynes, Nina Mannering, Emily Overend, Kaya TobinQatar
Updated 16.07.20


WorldsScott McKenzie, Sam BaconLewis AndersonJackson Keon, Kerensa JenningsArgentina
European ChampionshipSam Morgan, Jonathon Weston, Sebastian Lardies, Greta StewarIreland
North America’s TeamJordan Stevenson, Pat Morgan, William Shapland, Josh Armit, Craig Keenan, Xanthe CopelandMexico
Asian & Oceanian TeamAlbert Stanley, Robbie McCutcheon, Jack Tripe Joshua Berry, Campbell Stanton, Nina Mannering, Tess PatersonBahrain


WorldsNick Egnot-Johnson, Alastair GiffordHenry Haslett, Leonard Takahashi, Jackson KeonItaly


WorldsLeonard Takahashi, Tim Adair, Isaac McHardieWilliam McKenzie, Cameron MossDominican Republic


WorldsTaylor Burn, Naomi Mannering, Erica Dawson, Keith Inglis, Jack CollinsonBrazil
North America’s TeamJayvee Buchanan, Trent Rippey, Olivia McKay, Mahia PepperDom. Republic
European ChampionshipCharlotte Corston, Oscar Rorvik, Ryan Amlehn, Ben CaundleSlovenia
Asian & Oceanian TeamWilliam Linkhorn, Liam Banks, Liam Closey, Jamie Middleton, Ellie Copeland, Markus Somerville, Michael HaytonMalaysia


WorldsLogan Dunning Beck, Sam Mackay, Andrew McKenzie, Erica Dawson, Naomi ManneringTurkey
European ChampionshipJayvee Buchannan, Vicki Callinicos, Alex Munro, Henry WilkinsonLake Garda
North America’s TeamKeith Inglis, Olivia Mackay, Nicholas Gunn, Alex DyettCuracau
Asian & Oceanian TeamTaylor Burn, Jack Collinson, Alice Noyer, James Roberts, Charlotte Corston, Trent Rippey, Cole RippeyQatar


WorldsLogan Dunning-Beck, James Turner, Alexander Maloney, Chris Steele, Sam Mackay (Andrew McKenzie withdrew with an injury)Uruguary
North America’s TeamSam Mckenzie, Ashleigh Lamberg, Naomi Mannering, Tomer Simhony, Paul Hazard (Marcus Hansen withdrew)Mexico


Marcus Hansen,
Chris Steele,
Luca Hyatt-Brown,
Thomas Saunders,

Jamie Dawson
North America’s Team
Porto Rico
Alexandra Maloney Murrays Bay SC
Logan Dunning-Beck,
George Kool,
James Turner
NZIODA Girls Development Squad (GDS)

This started as a new initiative by NZIODA in approximately 2015 the GDS team and has gone from strength to strength.  Now in its 6th year the aim of this squad is to provide the top 10-12 girls ranked in the top 100 a chance to race and make friends with other female sailors around New Zealand and further afield.  The squad has proven to be one of NZIODA’s success tories in producing marked gains in skills and lasting relationships among sailors. There is a high percentage of Girls who have participated in GDS who go onto represent NZ at IODA events and are still strongly supported by NZIODA at seasons end, even when anticipating moving out of the class.

Currently the team now travels annually to Noumea for the Noumean Nationals in October. The team bases itself out of Casa del Sole.

Indicative cost for travel is around $5,000.00 to $6,000.

The team manager and coaches put together a programme of activities from the end of Nationals through to the team departing.

Alexis Heckler, Rose Dickey, Lucy Luxford, Tara Labat, Gemma Hebberd, Mali Lloyd, Vivienne Gubani, Isla Barker, Jade Pederson and Milly Limbrick.
Unable to attend due to Covid 19:
Hermione Aris Murrays Bay SC, Charlotte Palmer Charteris Bay YC, Nicola Hume Murrays Bay SC, Jessica Redpath Murrays Bay SC, Tessa Clinton Wakatere BC, Chloe Armstrong Worser Bay BC, Zoe Mains Glendowie BC, Hannah Williamson Wakatere BC, Kelly Su Kohimaramara / Royal Akarana YC, Katie Mulcahy Murrays Bay SC
Coaches: Xanthe Copeland & Olivia Christie
Katie Mulcahy, Freya Caisley, Jess Redpath, Chloe Armstrong, Eden Amos, Miya Prescott, Tessa Thornley, Frances Wright, Zoe Mains, Isabel Shannon
Hermione Aris, Lucy Leith, Izzy Lecher, Vivien Webster-Cheung, Teagan Denney, Niamh Shannon
Coach: Susannah Pyatt

Hermione Aris, Lucy Leith, Katie Hadfield, Grace Still, Teagan Denney, Stella Bilger
Coaches: Libby Porter & Alex Maloney

Greta Pilkington, Lizzie Shapland, Chloe Boyce, Sydney Cunliffe, Helena Sanderson, Annabel Limbrick, Ella Wilcox, Ruby Baynes, Sophia Higgott, Stella Bilger
Updated 15.07.20
NZIODA Development Squad

The team now travels annually to Noumea for the Noumean Championships  in October. The team bases itself out of Casa del Sole.

Indicative cost for travel is around $5,000.00 to $6,000.

The team manager and coaches put together a programme of activities from the end of Nationals through to the team departing.

12 Year Olds: Stavro Purdie Kohimarama YC, Arran Begic Torbay SC, Tony Li Kohimarama YC, Ruben Newton Wakatere BC, Arthur Rebbeck Wakatere BC
11 Year Olds: Callum Noyer Wakatere BC, Sebastian de Vos Napier SC, Jack Craddock Wakatere BC, Callum Hyde MSC, Luka Taylor Charteris Bay YC
12 Year Olds: Unable to attend due to Covid19: Moss Hopkins Queen Charlotte YC, Harry Shannon Wakatere BC, Leo Brown Royal Akarana YC, Hayden Chisholm Charteris Bay YC, Andrew Jensen Torbay SC – Coaches – Henry Gautry and Peter Soosalu
11 Year Olds: Unable to attend due to Covid19: Nelsen Meacham Wakatere BC, Louis Quere Royal Akarana YC, Ashton Cooke Kohimarama YC, Nathan Soper (Aged 9) Charteris Bay YC, Lucy Luxford Charteris Bay YC – Coaches – Henry Gautry and Peter Soosalu
12 Year Olds: Miro Luxford Charteris Bay YC, Sam Clarke Murrays Bay SC, Joshua Ferrissey Murrays Bay SC, Marcel van der Voot Kohimarama YC, Jed Potbury Napier SC
11 Year Olds: Ben Catton, Will Leech, Blake McKinnon, William Mason, Oli Stone
Joe Leith (1st U13) 4th overall, Sean Kensington (2nd U13) 5th overall, Cam Brown (3rd U13) 8th overall, Jack Parr, Tom Rebbeck, Louie Polletti, George  Cole Baker, Alex Norman, Karl Mashall, Danni Wooldridge
Lucas Day, Rowan Kensington, Noah Shirley, Naoimi Ferrisey, Robbie Woolridge, Jasper Camenzind, Alex Norman, Louie Poletti, River Hopkins, George Cole-Baker
Sean Sun, Suede Cowley, Wilbur Stanley, Luc Gladwell, Luke Armstrong, Robbie Woolridge, Lizzie Shapland, Amelia Angus, George Pilkington, Ned Bacon
Thomas Mulcahy, Mason Mulcahy, Josh Hyde, Nathan Vince, Suede Cowley, Luke Armstrong, Luke Cameron Smith, Monty Alderson, Tim Roper, Josh Schon
Updated 10.10.20


NZIODA are working with suppliers to provide an on-line service this coming season. Details will be posted once available.

All sailors need to be registered before 1st October 2021 for the upcoming season to qualify for representing NZ in one of the many teams.

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