• Announcing your 2019/20 NZIODA Team Coaches
    The NZIODA Committee are happy to announce the coaches for the 2019/20 travelling teams and development squads are;Optimist World Championship Sam MackayOptimist European Championship Kim BuchanonOptimist North American ChampionshipSusannah PyattOptimist Asian & Oceania ChampionshipWade Tresadern and Kerensa JenningsDevelopment SquadPeter Soosalu and Henry GautreyGirls Development Squad Olivia Christie and Xanthie Copeland … Read more
  • 2019/20 Rankings after North Island Championships
    Rankings after the first NZIODA ranking regatta held North Island Championships at New Plymouth. The best two ranking regattas to count towards the sailors overall ranking, making up 20% each ( 40% total) plus Nationals (60%). Full ranking calculations can be found here and team selection criteria can be found … Read more
  • 2019 North Island Optimist Championships – Recap.
    New Plymouth's reputation as New Zealand's premiere big wave open ocean sailing venue is well intact after the 2019 North Island Optimist Championships this past weekend. Big waves and at times good breeze meant the young intrepid sailors will be spinning yarns about the walls of water for years to come … Read more
  • TEAMS RACING – NZIODA travelling teams requirements
    Meeting the 2020 travelling team requirements the committee of NZIODA request aspiring sailors wishing to make a team this season to enter the MBSC Team Cup to be held at Lake Pupuke 23-24th November. This is the second iteration of this successful event held in the intimate space of the … Read more
  • North Island Champs – New Plymouth 8th – 10th Nov
    Less than two weeks to go before our first ranking regatta of the season kicks off under the mountain in New Plymouth. Time to get your entries in (enter here) and finalise your travel plans. Download or update the NZIODA app to access the latest information on what promises to … Read more
  • NZ Development Team 10-12 year old – Final day in Noumea
    Last race day in Noumea was again just beautiful. Moderate winds, kids in good spirits and 3 great races went ahead. Our top sailor was Will Leech, Charteris Bay, in 4th place overall, followed by Tom Rebbeck (7th) and Sam Clarke (8th). 3 Kiwi sailors in the top 10 was … Read more
  • Girls Trip a Huge Success in Noumea!
    We are all back in NZ now and can reflect on what a successful trip the NZIODA Girls Development Team had at the New Caledonian Nationals. Another 3 more days of racing took place after the first super windy day. Luckily the breezes settled and the remaining races took place … Read more
  • Race day 3 for NZ Development Team 10-12 year old
    Another successful day for our boys. Will Leech, once more, brought home a gun for our Kiwi Team. Sailed 5 races which left the boys very tired indeed. Conditions varied from light, to moderate throughout the day. Will Leech now leading the Kiwis in 6th place with Sam Clarke in … Read more
  • Race day 2 for the NZ Development Team 10-12 year olds
    Fantastic day in the 'office' for our boys yesterday with moderate winds and lots of sunshine once more. Managed 4 races but was a pretty long day on the water in the heat. Joshua Ferrissey and Will Leech brought home 2 guns! Sam Clarke is first Kiwi to date in … Read more
  • Day 6 in Noumea for Girls Development Team
    The last few days have been busy. We finished our training on Tuesday and attended the Opening Ceremony that evening at the CNC Yacht Club. It was a lovely evening, the Poi dance went well and we met all the other competitors. Yesterday (Wednesday) was our lay day and our … Read more
  • NZ Development Team 10-12 year olds update from Noumea
    Arrived in Noumea last Saturday and completed the 3 day training with light to moderate winds.Boys are having a blast alongside other international competitors and making friends.We all thoroughly enjoyed the opening ceremony, where we received a warm welcome from SRC and CNC sailing clubs.Boys did a rousing haka which … Read more
  • Girls Development Team in Noumea!
    The 10 sailors in the NZIODA Girls Development Team left Auckland yesterday. After a delay with our hire vans which had been sent to the wrong airport!!, we eventually made it to the local Junior Yacht Club SRC who are hosting the New Caledonian Optimist Nationals. Boat allocations, boat checks … Read more
  • It’s a Wrap
    The 2019 Asian and Oceanian Optimist Championships has finished on a high for Team NZ. Joe Leith finished 15th overall and 2nd Oceanian and Sean Kensington finished 27th missing out on 3rd Oceanian by 2 points. Alex Norman won the last race in silver fleet finishing 6th overall just in … Read more
  • Day 11 – First Day of Finals
    As soon as the storm abated we were sent out on the water. A nice blue sky developed with the usual 10-15knots onshore thermal wind. The sailors completed two races. Joe Leith scored an awesome 8th in gold fleet race one and combined with a 23 in race two was … Read more
  • Teams Racing Day Oman
    Yesterday was teams racing day and our team of sailors (Sean Kensington, Ashton Williamson, Liam Richards, Fred Burrage and Alex Norman) had a good day. First match against Oman 2 resulting in a win. Second match against overall favourites and eventual winners Thailand 1 proved to be a little more … Read more
  • NAMs Team – It’s a Wrap.
    > After two days of finals in shifty 10- 15 knot breezes the North American Championship ended on a high note around the Yacht club pool. Tian and Louie acquitted themselves well in a highly competitive gold fleet. Jasper just missed podium in Silver and Valentine ran up a string … Read more
  • NAMs Team – It’s a Wrap.
    After two days of finals in shifty 10- 15 knot breezes the North American Championship ended on a high note around the Yacht club pool. Tian and Louie acquitted themselves well in a highly competitive gold fleet. Jasper just missed podium in Silver and Valentine ran up a string of … Read more
  • Day 9 Oman
    Second day of qualification racing today. Another typical Omani day – no wind in the morning which makes rigging very hot. Sailors launch at 11am as the thermal wind begins to kick in. The three races were held in 8-14knots and pretty big waves. Today the racing got away without … Read more
  • Day 8 Oman
    First day of racing today and what a day!! Every wind speed from 2-18knots, a big swell, 1.5hr wait for the first race in yellow fleet, followed by several starts (2 under black flag) meant 2.5hr wait for blue fleet and another 3 starts for them before they were all … Read more
  • NAMs Team – 3 days of racing completed.
    Our team have now completed two days of qualifiers in 20 knots and today team racing close inshore in balmy light winds. As usual great event pictures can be found on Facebook taken by Matias Capizanno The qualifiers, raced well out in the bay, finished with mixed fortunes for our … Read more
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