NZIODA Clinics 2022/23

NZIODA in collaboration with clubs around New Zealand, NZIODA will run two clinics this season.

We will let you know when registrations are open.

The NZIODA South Island Clinic is hosted by South Island Yacht Clubs who are currently active in the Opti scene.  The current rotation is between Queen Charlotte Yacht Club and Charteris Bay Yacht Club.  Recent venues have included the QCYC in Picton, Wainui in Akaroa Harbour, and Mistletoe Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound. 

This year sees the event return to being hosted by Charteris Bay Yacht Club. It will be a non-residential Clinic sailed out of Charteris Bay itself, with plenty of options nearby for families who come from outside of Christchurch.  

The clinic will cater to all Opti sailors from those starting out in Green Fleet, dipping their toes into racing in the White Fleet, as well as for the more experienced Open Fleet sailors.
 
The goals of the clinic are:
  • For Opti sailors from around the South Island and wider NZ to come together for a unique enjoyable three days of sailing and off water activities.
  • To give sailors from different clubs and regions the opportunity to meet new people and make new friendships.
  • To provide South Islad Opti sailors access to some of our best optimist coaches in NZ.

Charteris Bay

Charteris Bay is located on Lyttleton Harbour and provides excellent waters to develop sailing and racing skills.  It is known for its reliable sea breezes, which provide great sailing conditions for much of the summer months.  As well as providing plenty of great destinations for an adventure sail, it has also been chosen to host Sail GP in March 2023. 

What will my Sailor Learn?

Sailors will work with a mixture of NZIODA and local coaches in small groups of approximately 6 sailors.

Some of the topics covered will be:

  • Becoming an independent Opti Sailor
  • Learning and improving sailing fitness
  • Destination sailing
  • Presentations on themes such as nutrition, tactics, strategy, rules
  • Key technique and boat handling skills
  • Set up and boat speed
  • Starting skills
  • Routines
  • Understanding the wind

Date:  18 to 20 December, 2022

Places: This clinic can only accommodate up to 30 sailors, so get in quick!  Priority will be given to sailors from the South Island.

Start and Finish times: The clinic will begin at 9am on Sunday 18 December and finish at approximately 4 pm on Tuesday 20 December 2022.

Cost: $300. This will include a 30% non-refundable deposit if the sailor cancels up to 10 days prior to the clinic.  Any refunds for cancellations received within 10 days of the clinic starting will be at NZIODA’s discretion.

Registration: Registrations will open 13 September, 2022 and close on Friday 18 November 2022.  Any entries received after this date will be at the discretion of NZIODA and will incur a late penalty fee of 30% of the registration cost.

Register HERE

Video from NZIODA South Island Clinic 2021
 

NZIODA initiated the annual North Island Training Camp programme a few years ago and this has been extended to all Optimist sailors in New Zealand to attend. 

The North Island Camp is held at Eastern Beach, Willow Park.  This camp has traditionally been run by KYC, MBSC and WBC (in a three year cycle) in conjunction with NZIODA.

This year we welcome Royal Akarana Yacht Club as hosts for the first time.  Sailors live-in at the camp for the duration of the four days with parentse pitching in to perform some of the camp duties.

Willow Park, Eastern Beaches, Auckland

This camp venue, straight across the road from the beach, is fully catered and facilities include dorms, dining, meeting hall and gymanasium.

Willow Park is an ideal location to learn and practice sailing skills.  This area presents quite varied conditions due to its land features which help sailors to develop wind reading skills.  

It is also a great location to explore some of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf for a destination sail. 

What will my Sailor Learn?

The camp is suitable for Green, White and Open fleet sailors and the focus is on sailor enjoyment through personal development and making friends.  Typically there are 8 to 10 coaches from around the country who have experience working with NZIODA’s overseas travelling and development teams.
 
This camp provides sailors from throughout New Zealand the chance to meet and learn from these experienced coaches who will work alongside club coaches with small groups of approximately 6 sailors with the following goals in mind:

  • To make new friends from around NZ
  • Becoming an independent Opti Sailor
  • Learning and improving sailing fitness
  • Destination sailing
  • Presentations on themes such as nutrition, tactics, strategy and rules
  • Set up and boat speed
  • Routines
  • Understanding the wind
  • Key technique and boat handling skills
  • Starting skills

Date:  10 to 13 January 2023
Start time 9.00 am on Tuesday 10 Jan and finishing on Friday 13 Jan at 4 pm.

Cost: $600.  This will include a 30% non-refundable deposit if the sailor cancels up to 10 days prior to the clinic.  Any refunds for cancellations received within 10 days of the clinic starting will be at NZIODA’s discretion. 

Registration:  Will open 16 September, 2022 and close on Friday 18 November 2022.  Any entries received after this date will be at the discretion of NZIODA and will incur a late penalty fee of 30% of the registration cost.

Register HERE

OWNZ Boats:  NZIODA have a number of boats that can be hired for this event for those travelling outside of the Auckland area.  Priority will be given to those sailors from the South Island.  Please note that these are popular so it is highly recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.

Video from NZIODA North Island Clinic 2020
Video from NZIODA North Island Clinic 2017

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