2021 IOCA (UK) Optimist Early Summer Championships
Grafham Water SC
22/05/2021 - 23/05/2021

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Racing updates


Regatta fleet event schedule

Main fleet event schedule

BBQ Payment

Please pay for BBQ tickets before the cutoff of 23:59 Thursday 20th May.

Click on "Tickets" and then you will be able to select the number of tickets you would like and pay for them by card or PayPal.

Once you have paid, you will receive tickets with the QR code to show when you collect your food.

There is a marquee - so no need to worry about the weather :-)  

Sailors - Please Read!

If you are a sailor please read the following document from our covid officer which explains how things will be different at the event.  (18/05/2021)

Parents - Please Read!

If you are a parent please read the following document from our covid officer which explains how things will be different at the event.  (18/05/2021)

Sign up for Duties!

As we know the event cannot run without you lovely people helping! Please sign up now, make new friends and have fun helping.  (13/05/2021)

Xtremity.net ready to deliver optimist parts to the event

Xtremity are sponsoring the event and can deliver pre-ordered parts, sails, foils even new boats to the event. Please phone 01329 663883 or visit https://www.xtremity.net  (12/05/2021)

On site accomodation at Grafham Water Centre (Click here)

The Grafham Water Centre (GWC), next door to the sailing club, will be hosting the Regatta fleet this year and has 38 family rooms they can offer along with camping and some space for campervans (no electric hook up). This will be available for Friday and Saturday nights on a bed and breakfast per person basis. The prices are as follows:

10 pppn camping and camper vans
25 pppn family room accommodation

The family rooms are basic but have great reviews so other .

To secure a booking please click the title link to complete the cognito form and GWC will call you to confirm and take payment.  

Venue Information Overview

The 2021 Early Summer Championships will be held at two neighbouring venues.

Grafham Water Sailing Club (GWSC) will host main fleet (max 150 sailors), while the neighbouring Grafham Water Centre (GWC) will host regatta fleet (max 50 sailors).

For families with children in both fleets, it will be possible to move between the two sites only via the main driveway entrances (which are next to each other). Movement between sites will be limited to only that which is necessary.

It is possible to book camping/campervans spaces at both sites. However, Grafham Water Centre (GWC) has far greater capacity and is also offering family rooms (see below).

Grafham Water Sailing Club - Venue Guidance

Guidance for those attending the Grafham Water Sailing Club site where Main Fleet will be launching from.  (19/05/2021)

Saturday Night Barbeque (Click Here)

Grafham Water Centre (GWC) next door to the sailing club are offering to put on a barbeque on the Saturday night for 10 pp, there is a marque if the weather is inclement. The barbeque will be available an hour or so after the last boat comes ashore so that it should be ready after you have packed the boat away and changed. If you would to book this please use the form below:  (01/05/2021)

Venue Information - Grafham Water Centre GWC - Regatta Fleet

GWC is an ideal venue for regatta level sailors with easy launching and close to shore racing in a scenic environment.
There will also be family rooms, camping and camper vans available to book through the centre.  

Venue information - Grafham Water Sailing Club GWSC - Main Fleet

The IOCA UK Early Summer Championships 2021 main fleet are being held at Grafham Water Sailing Club.
For those new to Grafham it is a great venue with a huge area of water capable of running multiple large racing courses at the same time. There is also scenic lakeside spots for campervans and camping.



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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Main Fleet £70.00 £85.00
Regatta Fleet £70.00 £85.00

Late fee applies from 17 May


Online Notice Board

Online Notice Board
Click on the link to access the online notice board for this event.

Class Membership

IOCA Membership
In order to participate in this event you must be a member of IOCA(UK). If you are not already a member, click on the title to take you to the online membership application.

Event Team Sign-up Sheet

Event Team Sign-up sheet
We need all families to help out over the weekend - please sign up for a duty as soon as possible to ensure the event runs smoothly.

There are Duties ashore and on-the-water.

To make changes and amendments to Event Team, Sign up sheet, contact admin@optimist.org.uk

Safety Fleet Sign-Up

Safety Fleet Sign Up
This is where to register your RIB, if you would like to bring one to the event. If you do not have a RIB and want to get on the water, please then please sign up on the Rib Volunteer Sheet.
RIB Crew Volunteer Sign Up Sheet
This is where to register if you do not have a RIB and want to get on the water as a RIB crew.

Event Documents

Notice of Race
Please read for details of entering the event.
Major Event Instructions (MEIs)
These are the same as the Sailing Instructions (SIs) and should be read together with the Supplementary Sailing Instructions (SSIs).
Main Fleet Flights
The main Fleet is divided into 4 Flights. Registration will be by Flights.


Event Information

Main Fleet Event programme
Download and print a copy of the timetable so you will know what is planned for the weekend and when you need to be ready.

Selection Policies

Team Selection Policy 2021
The Irish Junior Team will be Selected from the results of the Early Summer Champs, this document contains the applicable selection policy.
IOCA (UK) 2021 (Non Teams) Invitational Training Camp 1 Selection Policy
Selection policy for IOCA (UK) 2021 Invitational Training Camp 1
IOCA Invitational Training Flyer (12 May 2021)
Invitational Training 2021 Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet giving details for the Invitational Training Camp 1

GBR Team 2021 Information

2021 Teams Information V3
Updated information on the 2021 teams including the Junior Irish Team
Irish Team 2021 Fact Sheet

Venue Information

IOCA Early Summers 2021 - Main Fleet Venue Guidance
Questions to consider and guidance before attending your event at Grafham Water Sailing Club for sailors, parents and authorised guests

Guidance from Grafham Water Sailing club for when on their site (note - Main Fleet are sailing from Grafham Water Sailing Club and Regatta Fleet from Grafham Water Sailing Centre).


Xtremity.net free delivery of all optimist spares to event.
Xtremity are sponsoring the event and can delivery pre-ordered parts, sails, foils even new boats to the event. Please phone 01329 663883 or visit https://www.xtremity.net

Any questions

Contact: IOCA Administrator & Events Manager
Email:    admin@optimist.org.uk
Tel No:   07713499225

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