Notice is hereby given of the Optimist Class Association of South Africa
Annual General Meeting 2020
to be held via Zoom 22 February 2021 @ 6:30pm. Zoom Link
Proposals and nominations received by the 8th February 2021 will be tabled.
Nominations and Proposals for the Agenda
Please submit your Nominations for the following positions on the committee:
President, Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.
The deadline for these nominations and the items to be included in the Agenda is the 8th of February 2021.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.
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- Notice to convene the meeting
- Welcome and Apologies
- Confirmation of the minutes of the 2019 AGM – 2019 AGM Minutes
- Chairman’s Report
- Treasurer’s report
- 2020 World’s report
- 2020 European’s Report
- 2020 African’s report
Election of the 2021 Office bearer’s:
Regional reps introduced
Regional reports – NR, KZN, EC, WC
- 2021 IODA World Championships
- 2021 IODA African Championships
Good Morning Sailors and Parents
You will have received your Invoice for Class membership fees for the 2021 season. When making payment please reference your name and invoice number. This invoice is due before the 28th of February 2021 for you to eligible for the renewal fee of only R400. There after you will be removed from the Optimist Class membership database and will have to register with the class at the higher fee of R 500.
Only paid up members of the class are eligible to participate in Optimist Class events and Training clinics. Please pay your dues.
If any of your Optimist friends are not registered with the class. Ask them to do so and they will benefit from the First timer registration fee.
If your child has aged out or moved on to another class please reply to our mail notifying us of their resignation.
If you are in need of financial assistance to pay the class fees please bring it to your Regional Representative’s attention so that an alternative arrangement can be made.
Please don’t hesitate to call should you have any questions.
Stay Safe and Happy Sailing
Optimist Class South Africa
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Dear Optimist Parents and Sailors
The Optimist Class Exco have made an amendment to the current Selection policy to facilitate a selection process for the 2021 IODA events.
For the 2021 cycle the following will apply:
“Sailors who have participated in one provincial championship and the class national championship in the past 2 years will be eligible for selection”
“The team for the 2021 World championships will be selected from the current Selection Ranking Ladder as per the current selection document. The 2019 Class Nationals results will build the Selection Ranking ladder.”
“The Team for the African Championships will be selected from the Ranking Ladder as per the policy. The 2019 Class Nationals results will build the Selection Ranking ladder.”
2021 Selection Regatta
The 2021 Optimist Selection regatta will be held in conjunction with the 2021 WC Optimist Class Championships. Venue and Date to be advised.
Expression of interest for selection.
Sailors eligible for selection will be asked to complete the expression of interest. There after they will be required to pay the full deposit for participation by the deadline. Should any of the eligible sailors decline the next sailor on the ladder will be offered the place.
Deadline for the reply will be the 1st of February and the deadline for the deposit will be the 10th of February 2021.
Should you have any questions in this regard, Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Optimist Sailing SA Executive
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.
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.
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 www.sailing.org.za “Whats on”.
Accommodation information is available from Fiona at email@example.com
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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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.
Background photograph by Karen Slater