Nicola Sadler flying the South African flag at the Optimist Europeans

The Optimist Europeans Racing starts Tuesday 20 October through to Saturday 24 October in Slovenia, Potoroz. There are 270 competitors 160 boys and 110 Girls. The fleets are split with the boys racing separately from the girls. Nicola is representing South Africa at the event. Nicola is being chaperoned by the Spanish team and coached by one of the Spanish national team coaches.

After winning the South African National championship at Theewaters in December last year Nicola has had the opportunity to compete at two Spanish International events, Torrevieja Optimist Trophy and the Palamos International regatta, finishing in the gold fleet in both. Following a shortened Balearic selection series Nicola then competed in the Spanish Championship where she finished 4th overall and first girl. As Nicola is a South African National and resident in Spain the next logical step was to enter her in the European Championship. With the complexities of travel and number of people allowed to accompany the sailor to the regattas we have teamed up with Spanish team to make this happen. We are looking forward to seeing how things develop during the week and I know Nicola feels very privileged to have this opportunity at this time.

Measurement today and practice day tomorrow in the lead up to Tuesday first days racing. The forecast looks light as expected building through the week.

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2020 Optimist Class Nationals

Good evening everyone,

I just wanted to give you some feedback on the current discussions and where we are at with finalising the Optimist Class National championships.

Summary of the discussion was whether or not to plan a class nationals. It was decided to go ahead.

The second item was when would be a good time. Proposed dates 4th – 10th January or later. The irregularity around school starting times  highlighted that sooner would be better than later.

The third was the venue. There is always the debate as to where. A venue that suits the novices may not deliver the event the Selection event needs and if we do commit to a novice friendly venue will we have the novice participation to justify it.

ZVYC have offered to host the event in the WC again for a second year. The Optimist class follows a rotation plan so that the cost and travel is not burdened on parents of only one region. So having a class nationals in WC for two consecutive years would not be possible.

The outcome of this discussion was that the parents that are already committed to the selection process would rather  have a quality event with adequate racing time and good conditions if they are going to do the spend and forfeit a larger number of participants that aren’t guaranteed.

So I have engaged with Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay to host the Optimist Class Nationals from the 4th -10th of January.

Feedback from the club is they would host our event at that time but they are awaiting authorisation from the Port Authority to go ahead.

The Class and the club are trying to get this finalised a soon as physically possible giving the parents sufficient time to arrange the necessary to attend.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions.