Nicola Sadler “Optimist of the Month” – November 2020

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.

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

Clinic

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.

Racing

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.

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 www.sailing.org.za “Whats on”.

Accommodation information is available from Fiona at admin@zyc.co.za

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

Regards

Shellee

083 626 7597

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.

OPTIMISTS WANTED

OPTIMISTS WANTED! We have numerous parents looking to buy boats for their children. Preferably in the Western Cape. Please contact me on 072 408 9431. Thank you. Axel Adelbert

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