Kwazulu Natal

Regional Chairman

Jerome McLoughlin
Phone: 082 775 1558

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Optimist Nationals 2020 – CANCELLED!

Dear Optimist parents and sailors.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, it has been decided to cancel the 2020 Optimist class national championships scheduled for the 4th-8th of January from Zululand Yacht Club in Richard’s Bay.

The class AGM will be held via Zoom in January. Please make sure your contact details with the class is up to date so you don’t miss any important communications.

Please keep your families safe. Regards Shellee and the Optimist Committee.

2020 Optimist Class National Championships

Dates: Monday 4 January to Friday 8 January 2021

Venue: Zululand Yacht Club

Notice of Race: Download

Sailing Instructions: Download


This event is open to Optimist sailors who are members of the Optimist Class Association.

If you have not registered with us before please follow the registration link.

Login with your SA Sailing login and password.

Entry fee is R800 per boat payable to the Optimist Class Association



Registration: 04/01/2021, from 08:00-09:00.

Equipment inspection and event measurement: Spot checks will be carried out on every boat throughout the event until each boat has had a measurement check

Dates of racing:

04/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55

05/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55

06/01/2021 Team Racing scheduled

07/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55

08/01/2021 Warning Signal of the first race will not be before 09:55


The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race is: 09:55

A maximum of 15 races are scheduled.

On the last scheduled day of racing no warning signal will be made after 12:00

Prize giving will be scheduled as soon after the last race as possible.

Camping accommodation can be arranged with ZYC.

Class National Championships 2020

The 2020 Optimist and Dabchick Class National Championships organising is going ahead in conjunction with Zululand Yacht Club, Richards Bay. 
The event dates will be the 4th of January to the 8th of January 2021. 
Entries will be online on the SA Sailing website “Whats on”.

Accommodation information is available from Fiona at

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



083 626 7597

Richard’s Bay Selections Regatta 2019 – Results & Prize Giving

The Optimist SA Squad recently held a 2 week high performance camp in Richards Bay with top international coach, Miguel Andrade from Viana Sailing in Portugal.

Miguel was a hit with the kids and parents, great progress was made by all. His attention to detail and the ‘little things’ was amazing. The camp focused on rigging and boat set up, upwind speed (incl tacking), downwind speed (incl gybing), mark roundings, starts, strategy, tactics and a brief session on team racing.

The overall theme across all disciplines was to minimize use of the rudder and control the boat with active mainsheet trim and co-ordinated body movements. A great deal of time was spent on video analysis to help the sailors to get into the best positions for the different points of sail and maneuvers. Other important takeaways included ‘no flapping’ the sail, adjustment of the sprit on the fly and sail and bail techniques.

Miguel placed a strong emphasis on fitness. Each day ended with a challenging fitness routine and his parting comment to the sailors on the last day was to work on their fitness.

There was a visible improvement in the kids sailing during the week and Miguel stressed that although we come from a small country sailing wise, our kids are no different to the best optimist sailors in the world. The difference is the work that is put in. To be the best there needs to be many hours of drilling and perfecting techniques, sacrificing other activities and learning to eliminate mistakes on the race course. The best sailors always start in the front row, they never luff / flap the sail, they don’t hit the lay lines too early and the adjust their sail set up at the windward and leeward marks.

The sailors are looking forward to testing their skills in the European Champs in June and African Champs in August. Thanks to Miguel Andrade, Zululand Yacht Club, Jeanne Stanley and Jeremy McLaughlin for making the camp happen.

Michael Kavanagh

Provisional Results

SAS KZN Grand Slam Series (Richards Bay) 2018 – Race Documents

SAS KZN Grand Slam Series (Richards Bay)
– SAS KZN Youth Regional Championships 2018
– SAS KZN Inter-Schools Championships 2018
– Optimist Sailing SA Team Selection

Download Notice of Race


Download Addendum to SAS KZN Grand Slam (Richards Bay) Notice of Race & Entry Form


Download Sailing Instructions


Download Entry Form

Training for Angola


Optimist Squad Training off Durban over the last 4 days. Perfect Angola type conditions, A special thanks to Shellee Nel for organising, Claire Walker for coaching (my ears are still ringing), and to all the Durban guys for helping make it happen. Roll on African Champs in Oct.

Cal Tomlinson

Background photograph by Karen Slater