2021 Optimist Class Rules are Published

The 2021 International Optimist Class Rules are now published.  They come into effect January 1, 2021.

There were three class rule amendments from 2020 that were approved at the 2020 AGM and have now been approved by World Sailing.  The class rule amendments are indicated in red type. 

To view and download the Class Rules, go here

Optimist Europeans top 10 finish for South Africa

Nicola Sadler gets a top ten finish in the Optimist Europeans Girls fleet held in Potoroz, Slovenia.

The Optimist Europeans girl’s fleet consisting of 113 sailors sailed a qualifying series over 3 days. The qualifying series split the girls into 2 fleets. These fleets are re organized each day based on the day’s results.

After 6 races and a combined result the fleet was split into Gold and Silver groups for a 5 race final sailed over 2 days. Bringing the total duration of the regatta to 5 days.  Being late in the year the summer sea breezes were very weak and therefore all the races where in light to super light air. Ranging from 3 -8 knots.

Nicola sailed a relatively consistent event with a qualifying score line of 15, 4, 4, (33), 12, 8. As you can imagine it is easy to find yourself deep down the fleet in the shifty light air conditions.

The last two days in the finals predicated better conditions but going into the gold fleet split only 1 race was held in light air. Nicola finished 4th in this race. Closing the gap on the boats ahead on the score board.

With the second wave of Covid 19 shutting boarders the Slovenian authority’s advised that the last day of the regatta would not be allowed to be held.  Considering the situation the regatta organizers did a fantastic job of getting a great event in, which will keep momentum and enthusiasm going as we look forward to 2021.

We are very proud of Nicola’s result and her future prospects. We hope that having SA representation at this event combined with what’s looks like rejuvenated enthusiasm in the Optimist class in SA will lead to full team representation in the foreseeable future.

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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Italy Withdraws as Host of the 2020 World Championship

IODA has been informed by the Organizing Committee of the 2020 IODA World Championship that they are unable to host the 2020 IODA World Championship.

Riva del Garda was ready to make the Optimist sailor’s experience an unforgettable World Championship.

We are informed that “IODA Members who have officially registered and made payments for the event will be contacted shortly to start the refund process for entry fees, charter boats and support boats. The fees will be refunded in full, net of bank charges.”

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Technical Committee Notice to Members – Mast Collars

It has been drawn to the attention of the Technical Committee that there may be issues with some mast collars that allow too much movement, which is therefore a breach of class rules. This can be caused by general wear and tear whilst sailing, but we are also aware there could be an issue with some newer mast collars that need checking.

Whilst you are not able to go out and sail your boat, it is the time to do maintenance on your boat to get ready for when we can all go out sailing again. If you find movement, you may need to change the collars/sleeves before you attend the next IODA event.

Please refer to this document for more information.

Olive Parker, IODA Technical Committee Chair