NZIODA Committee 2021/2022

The NZIODA Committee is made up of 9 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 nzoptimist@gmail.com. Our current Committee Members are:

Anatole Perry – President

Anatole is the NZIODA President and is a member of the RNZYS, and supports the RAYC Academy where his son trains from in Opti Open Fleet

He is passionate about sailing, and has been sailing since starting in Opti’s himself.  Anatole sailed Frostbite and Starlings as a youth from Wakatere BC, and Javelins as a senior. 

He has raced as crew for various keelboat teams, and owned and skippered several keelboats to good results.  Currently the family has a Classic boat, and get away on “Korara” when time allows.

Anatole is keen to ensure that upcoming sailors have fun in this important class as they learn and progress on in the sport.  Ensuring all sailors are given the opportunity to engage and develop is important.

The Optimist is where it all begins, and developing a love of sailing, and meeting life long friends starts here.

Phil Porteous – Treasurer

Phil is the NZIODA Treasurer and 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. 

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.

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 overseas the Coaches Pathway and is a passionate and talented past Opti sailor, an enthusiastic coach and is currently the youth and events manager for Yachting New Zealand. He is focused on helping the committee with sailor retention and enjoyment. Sam has a small 26ft keelboat and a WASZP that doesn’t get used enough!

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

Michel is a General Committee Member.  He started sailing at 13 in Australia on keel boats, and sons Sebastian and Lucas are also keen sailors and following in the family tradition. Michel has lived in New Zealand for seven years, is passionate about grassroots development and spends much of his spare time supporting junior sailing at Napier Sailing Club.

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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