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Optimist Coach opportunities  (25 August 2016 15:32)

The RYA is recruiting Optimist coaches.

2017 Volvo Gill Optimist British National & Open Championships
(9 August 2016 11:46)

The date of the Nationals next year is 29 July - 4 August 2017.

The event will be held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA)

IOCA (UK) 2016 AGM
(22 June 2016 14:48)

The IOCA(UK) AGM will take place on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 in Largs S.C. at 6.30pm. Any proposed resolutions in accordance with our bye-laws should be set to John Perham ( by 30th June 2016. Please note that nominations for committee roles do not need to be proposed before the AGM.

RYA Zone Squad Newsletter  (23 May 2016 11:06)

The May edition of the Zone Squad Newsletter from the RYA.

Sail Numbers - Update  (10 May 2016 11:18)

IODA has issued a notification on sail number and letter fonts (see earlier News item on this website).

In summary - Computer 8 numbers certified after 30/04/16 cannot be used at any IODA International Event.
From now on, to be completely confident that your sail will comply at any Optimist event, you should use the Bainbridge rounded letters and numbers which we have been told by the RYA are definitely compliant with the revised rule.

Of course there are other suppliers out there whose letters and numbers may well also be perfectly OK. Suppliers should contact RYA Technical for confirmation if there is any doubt.

Please see item in IOCA FAQs for more info and a click on the title to go the guidance document on fonts.

Computer 8s can still be applied to sails for use in IOCA (UK) events until 15/08/16 after which Measurers will no longer be able to certify them.

After 15/08/16 all existing Computer 8 letters and numbers will be grandfathered.

For anyone who is baffled by this change, it was necessary because 2s and 5s can all be easily confused when looked at on a backlit translucent sail and if combined with 8s and 1s the sail numbers can be extremely confusing - for example with Computer 8s 8212 = 5158 or 2512 = 5125. If you have ever worked on the finish boat taking numbers you might have experienced this as dozens of boats cross the line at the same time!

Ratchet Blocks - Clarification

Please note that Class Rules only allow use of one ratchet block. The ratchet block may only be attached to the floor of the hull.

Any queries on this please contact IOCA Technical -

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