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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 (admin@optimist.org.uk) by 30th June 2016. Please note that nominations for committee roles do not need to be proposed before the AGM.




Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series - Discount Tickets  (24 May 2016 12:36)

The Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series Portsmouth 22 – 24 July 2016. It’s all about high speed action on the water as the world’s best sailors compete on the fastest boats reaching speeds of over 40mph. Join the action! www.lvacwsportsmouth.com

Please find discount ticket by clicking on the title. If you go to purchase you will need to use the special password.

Password: OPTIMIST2016

This is a limited offer for 1 month and will runs out once 100 tickets are purchased.




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

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




29er Newcomer Training - Rutland 2/3 July
(23 May 2016 11:00)

The 29er Class is holding a Newcomers Training weekend at Rutland SC on 2/3 July. The training is open to all class newcomers or those considering joining the class and less experienced 29er sailors. The weekend is heavily subsidised by the class and entry is just £50 per boat - half the normal cost of training. You will need your own boat.

The weekend will be run by the top coaches who regularly work with the class. Pete Perera runs the class open training program, is a former 49er and 29er sailor, a junior world champion and has degree in Sport and Coach Development. Joining Pete will be Niall Myant, former Feva National Class Coach + 49er sailor, and Will Alloway, former 29er National Champion and current 49er sailor.

It is also being run alongside an RYA T1 Squad weekend providing a chance for newcomers learn about the T1 program and meet coaches James Ellis and Stevie Wilson.

Register for the weekend at www.29er.org.uk and look to the left of the screen and select Newcomer Training T1 at Rutland.

For more information contact Steve Norbury, 29er Training Officer at training@29ersailing.org.uk.

Suzie Hammett
29er Marketing Officer




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 - technical@optimist.org.uk


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