Please select whether you would like to register your boat or sailor from the registration sub menus below or click here to register your sailor for the 2020/2021 season:

Boat Registration/Change of Ownership

How do I change my ownership or get a new boat registered with NZIODA and why is it important?

It is important to have your boat registered in the name of the current owner by the registrar at NZIODA (Kathie Elliott) for you to compete at Regional and National events.

In your Registration and Measurement Book there is a page provided for your name and address details.  For new boats on the front page, and on the reverse of the page for change of ownerships.

Fill in your details.  

Contact Kathie and send the book or bring it in to Sail One at 29 Leighton St, Grey Lynn, Auckland.

The cost to Register a new boat is $20 and to change the ownership $10 and this can be paid by cash, credit card or on-line.

Its also helpful to provide a self addressed envelope to return your book once it has been endorsed by NZIODA.  This book belongs to the boat and should be kept in a safe place.  It should be passed on to the next owner when you sell your boat. If you do not have a book with your boat Kathie can order you a replacement from IODA head office in Canada. The cost for this is approximately $100 and takes 2 – 3 weeks. 

Your book will be signed by the NZIODA Registrar indicating that your boat is now registered with NZIODA under the name provided and returned to you.


$20 to register a new boat and get a sail number and $10 for change of ownership. When you purchase a new Optimist the seller should provide you with a completed book that has your details and sail number. They may have paid the $20 for you. Please note that sail numbers are issued in sequence and cannot be requested.

The current NZIODA Registrar is Kathie Elliott at Sail One, 29 Leighton St, Grey Lynn, Auckland contact her on:    

Information on Registrations 2020/2021

The New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association (NZIODA) is the classes national governing body for ‘Opti ’ Sailing in New Zealand.  The International body is IODA and the Optimist is the largest one design class internationally.  The Opti provides introduction to a great fleet of friends, coaches, clubs and options to have fun in boats.

NZIODA is a parent volunteer committee that assists in collaboration between sailors, coaches, clubs, suppliers and regulatory bodies.  NZIODA offers a structure to ensure such a big fleet works together, help each other and enjoy the start of a lifetime of sailing and learning.  As we are such a big Opti fleet we benefit from a big bunch of sailings friends.

Membership of NZIODA offers a range of benefits:  These include:

  • Access to regular email newsletter updates from NZIODA addressing up-coming events, tips and hints to improve skills, and regatta reviews
  • Eligibility to participate in NZIODA led Optimist training programmes
  • Eligibility to compete in Opti qualified NZIODA Championships
  • Selection for NZ representation in overseas IODA convened regattas

Membership fees are applied to assist in funding the following:

  • Develop Sailor and Coaches Pathways to benefit of all New Zealand Opti sailors
  • Develop materials to clubs and provide assistance to club coaches in evolving their Opti programmes
  • Meeting costs associated with convening ranking regattas including Nationals as well as assisting with the provision of trophies and prizes
  • Meeting surplus costs associated with other special events
  • Administer the affairs of the Association including IODA entries in overseas regattas, compliance fees, insurance, website maintenance and class administrative costs

Please note:  NZIODA aims to bolster funds through securing sponsorship.  Our aim is to maintain reserves sufficient to aid in the ongoing development of the class in New Zealand.

Much of the hard work undertaken to create the opportunities provided by NZIODA is performed by a hard working committee who generously donate their time.

The membership year operates from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.

To register your sailors with NZIODA please enter your sailors details in the following registration site using the current season registration link.

Please note: Once you complete registration form you will receive an confirmation email with the payment details. Once you have paid there is a manual process to reconcile your payment with the registration record which will trigger a registration completed email. If this is delayed, please don’t be concerned as it can take some time to process.

Registration enacts your sign on/off identity necessary to enter any ranking events or camps. Annual subscription will allow the association to invest in maintaining country leading systems, amazing officials and continuing to enhance and improve the experience for all sailors, families and organisations involved in this fantastic class.

The 2020/21 season fees have been set at:


Learn to Race$0.00
Green Fleet$50.00
White Fleet$100.00
Open Fleet$100.00

Updated 24.08.20

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Current registered members can be found here.

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