Northern Region

Regional Chairman

Peter Rautenbach
Phone: 082 416 1335

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Optimist Class AGM 2020 – Agenda & Zoom Link

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

Dear Members

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.


083 626 7597

Download Minutes 2019 AGM


  • 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:

  • President
  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Regional reps introduced

Regional reports – NR, KZN, EC, WC


  • 2021 IODA World Championships
  • 2021 IODA African Championships


2021 Optimist Class Membership Fee’s

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

Shellee Nel
083 626 7597

Amendment to the Selection process

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


Download Optimist Class Selection Criteria

Download 2021 Selection Ranking

Optimist Report Northern Region

After NR provincials that was held at Aeolians on the 5th and 6th of September the question was whereto from here for the Optimists. We just came out of a hard lockdown and not many events were available on the NR calendar to schedule the NR GP Series. It was decided that something had to be done and it ended up that the Optimist will have an inaugural summer series of 3 regattas as part of the yearly GP series. This had to be done before the school exams that is scheduled to begin in November.  Regattas that the Optimists were to participate in were the Club championships at TYC, the Instruman Dingy Champs at WYAC and an event at the Vaal Dam. This was scheduled to be 3 regattas within 4 weeks of October.

GP1 Summer Series TYC


We started with a 2-hour clinic in the morning focusing on the sailors with new sails. Shellee put the sailors through their paces in a moderate breeze.


In the first race Adrian Rautenbach didn’t figure of 8 out a sausage course and got a DSQ. Robbie Clark came in first followed by Ayden O’Hara, Xavier Assis and Rowan Chidley. The rest of the day Adrian got 2 first places and a second. Rowan got a first place and two second places followed by Robbie in third and Ayden in fourth.

Four races were completed but with the weather building later in the afternoon to between 8 and 15 knots the younger sailors put in a great effort but eventually had to retire.

On day 2 with the wind between 8 and 17 knots it was a soldier’s course when Rohan got firsts Adrian seconds Robbie thirds and Ayden fourths. 3 Races were completed before the storm clouds started threatening.

Overall results: Rowan Chidley Adrian Rautenbach Robbie Clark and Ayden O’Hara

GP2 Summer Series WYAC

Day 1 saw typical Highveld weather with very little winds. In the late afternoon the weather started building and 2 races were completed before thunderstorms started threatening. Adrian Rautenbach won both races followed by Ayden O’Hara and Robbie Clark. Max Malan and Xavier Assis were fighting it out for fourth and fifth.

Great fun was had in the evening with some fun prices, braai and the sailors having fun with a toy see saw standing in as an Oppie!

Day 2 saw light winds and gusts that changed 180°. Thanks to the bridge officer the Oppies had an early start and managed to get 3 races in. Ayden and Robbie had steady races in second and third, with Xavier and Max challenging. Adrian made good use of the gusts upfront.

Overall results: Adrian Rautenbach, Ayden O’Hara, Robbie Clark, Xavier Assis and Max Malan

Well done to Rohan Chidley for achieving 2nd place in the WC provincials on this weekend.

GP2 Summer Series SYC

Of to the Vaal we went. Thanks to SYC for helping to organise a regatta within less than 2 weeks. Day 1 had winds between 12 and 18kts. Lena Holm won 3 of the 4 races and Ingrid Holm the other. Adrian Rautenbach had third places and Ayden O’Hara fourth.

Day 2 had winds between 22 and 28 kts. Due to the bridge dragging, boat breakages and a storm building up racing was cancelled.

Overall results: Lena Holm, Ingrid Holm, Adrian Rautenbach and Ayden O’Hara

GP Summer Series Overall Results

Adrian Rautenbach, Ayden O’Hara, Robbie Clark

Thank you to the sailors, parents, TYC, WYAC, SYC and race management to make this all possible.

The newcomers to the GP series picked up valuable experience and they are progressing well to continue progressing within the GP series.

Heartening is knowing that the NR sailing centres and clubs are putting every effort in to train 20 odd more Oppie sailors that will feed into GP series in the future.

High Performance Training Camp – December

Oppies in Northern Region.

The Optimist class will be holding a High Performance training camp at Aeolians from the 5th to the 8th of December. The camp will focus on advanced training for the Optimist sailors prior to the Youth Nationals at Theewaters Kloof a week later. The coaching will be done by an international coach. The camp will be partially subsidised by the NR Optimist Class and therefore any optimist sailor intending to go to the nationals is welcome. The cost per sailor is approx. R3000.

Contact Pieter Rautenbach to book you spot.