IOCA Optimist Winter Championship
Datchet Water Sailing Club
28/11/2009 - 29/11/2009

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Sunday 29th November only 26 shopping days to Christmas!

1000 - All a little calmer here this morning. Wind currently 12 knots from the south, the rain has stopped. The sailors have been re-flighted over night in to Gold and Silver. The fleet has launched and the PRO intends to go on time with the first race.

1019 - Sun attempting to break through. Windsor Castle looking splendid in the distance. Standard currently not flying over the round tower, but we're hoping Her Majesty may arrive back from Bermuda in time to present the prizes, though in her absence Duncan Truswell has kindly offered to step in.

1022 - The tide has come in over night!

1138 - RAce 4 completed for both Gold and Silver Fleets. Just about to go in to sequence for Race 5

1217 - Race 5 underway, large squal has come through the fleet, with thunder and lightning as well! Results will be available shortly following Race 4

1226 - Gold Fleet Results after Race 4 1st Scott Wallis, 2nd Josh Voller, 3rd Matthew Whitfield

1231 - Silver Fleet Results Race 4 1st Alistair Ireland, Oliver Guess, Josh Atherton   

Saturday 28th Nov


Well winter has certainly arrived with avengence here today. Currently we have clear blue skies and 22 knots WSW, white hirses across the while reservoir. It is biterley cold!

The fleet are currently launching. Not easy with a steep shelving concrete beach and a large shore dump

Current plan is to run 3 races

1047 - PRO about to go in to start sequence for Race 1,Flight 1, yellow and blue

1129 - Race 1 underway for both flights

1323 Race 2 complete, sailors taking a short comfort break before Race 3.

1334 - wind has eased a little - 17knots  

Credit card payments only

Due to the expected postal strike, we have made this event credit card only. The entry fee is 42.50 and 55.00 for any late payments.

Please enter as normal and once your credit card payment has been received your entry will be moved to MAIN-PAID.   

NoR and SSIs now posted

The event Notice of Race and Supplementary Sailing instructions are now available from the links on the right of this page.  (16/11/2009)

2010 Ranking and Team Selection Reminder

A reminder - this event does not form part of the 2009-2010 ranking process, nor is it part of the selection process for the 2010 Euros or World Team

It DOES form part of the selections for the 2010 Irish Nationals Team

Latest selection policies are available via the Publications/Downloads area of the IOCA main website.  

Useful Information

Arrival instructions, accomodation lists and a camping booking form are now all available from the links on the Information section of this site.
DWSC have plenty of space for campers etd. but you MUST pre-book.   

Winter Championships - Basics

A full Notice of Race will be published very shortly, but the key information is:
The event will be held 28th and 29th November at Datchet water sailing club.
There will be no Regatta Fleet.
The format will be a Qualifying Series on day 1, sailed in flights, and a Final Series on day 2, split into Gold, Silver and Bronze as numbers dictate.
This event will NOT count towards 2009 rankings, NOR will it form part of the World or European selection series

Entry Fee wil be 42.50 to be paid by Nov 18th
On line entry will open in the next couple of days.

Information on local accomodation, on site camping and arrival instructions will be posted on this site very shortly.

General Information

For those of you looking to plan travel and arrange accommodation I can confirm that the Winter Championships will be held at Datchet Water SC on the 28th/29th Nov 2009. I will let you all know when on line entry will open.

Regards, Fiona - 07753931360   


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
3. Qualifier round robin £42.50 £55.00

Late fee applies from 19 November


MEI's 2009-2012
IOCA(UK) Major Event Instructions are here
Please read in conjunction with the Event SSI's
Notice of Race
Available here
Supplementary Sailing Instructions
Available here- the SSI's should be read in conjunction with the MEI's 2009-2012

Datchet Arrival Instructions
Please read before you arrive - especially the arrival and exiting pieces!
Accomodation List
Listing of local hotels and other accomodation
Camping Booking Form
Anyone wanting to stay on site in campervans, caravans or tents MUST pre-book with the club using this form.
Please return to DWSC office.

Any questions

Contact: IOCA(UK)
Tel No:   01202 668 158

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