NZIODA Committee 2021/2022

The NZIODA Committee is made up of 10 members who are elected, re-elected each year by members at the AGM. 

If you are interested in being part of the Committee please e mail Our current Committee Members are:

Anatole Perry – President

Anatole is the NZIODA President and his club is RAYC.

Vacant Position – Treasurer

Andrew Brown – Secretary

Andrew is the Secretary, has two children and is an Opti parent – one just beginning and another coming to the end of their Opti career. Andrew has been involved in the NZ Opti class for 20 years, as a coach, then in the industry and lately as a parent. This is his second time on NZIODA and passionate about the development of the class and supporting the regions.

John Bullot – Officials Pathway

John oversees the Officials Pathway. He 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. 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.

Phil Porteous – General Committee

Phil is an Opti Parent with two children currently learning and sailing Optis. Phil is passionate about seeing children entering the sport of yachting through the opti class and developing a love and respect for the water and all its delights.

A member of the Royal Akarana Yacht club in Auckland Phil is keen to ensure sailors of all levels have the ability to meet friends, enjoy regattas, learn life skills and compete to their best ability in an opti. 

Andy Stone – Asset Management

Andy oversees the Asset Management requirements of NZIODA and is from Kohimarama Yacht Club in Auckland. Andy has two children, Oli and Zoe, who are currently sailing optimists. He is an enthusiastic sailor himself, starting out in Optimist and transitioning to Starlings before moving onto cherubs, skiffs, 470 and multihulls. Andy is keen to promote the interests of the Optimist Sailors at all levels.

Sam Mackay – Coaches Pathway

Sam oversees the Coaches Pathway and is from Yachting New Zealand.

Noeline Soper – Sailor Pathway

Noeline oversees Sailor Pathway and has been an Opti parent for the last ten years, and has a long relationship with the Charteris Bay Yacht Club. Noeline and her family recently moved to Murrays Bay. She is passionate about children participating in sport and is keen to work with parents to ensure everyone involved has a great experience.

Michel de Vos – General Committee

Mel Ewart – General Committee & Green Fleet

Mel oversees the General Committee/Green Fleet and is from Queen Charlotte Yacht Club in Picton. Her family is relatively new to sailing but she is the proud mother of a Green Fleet Opti sailor and a development Starling sailor. Mel is keen to improve information and opportunities for sailors and families starting out in the Optimist fleet.

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