Volvo Gill Optimist British National
and Open Championship

Pwllheli Sailing Club
30/07/2011 - 05/08/2011

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50th Optimist National Champion Crowned at Pwllheli Sailing Club

The Wind Plays Ball on Penultimate Day of Volvo Gill Optimist National Championships

Optimist Sailors Show Their Strength on Day Three of Volvo Gill Optimist National Championships

Great Weather and Even Better Racing on the Second Day of the Volvo Gill Optimist Nationals

Light fickle winds on the first day

Follow the action at the Nationals

Want to follow the action from your mobile phone. (Low data volumes). Click on the above link and download the images (2-D barcode) containing the appropriate URL. If you do not already have a reader see bottom of document.

One link is to see the fleet status, i.e. are they afloat, are they racing etc. The other is to the Blog with running updates.

I have also included the direct links from the Inlands so you can see what it would look like on your phone with real data.  


Your help is required

In order to run such a large event, we are always reliant on your help. Click on the above link and you will see a list of tasks. Please volunteer for one or more sessions.  (31/07/2011)

Online entry - Staged payment option

As a Class we recognise that at times meeting the financial demands that sailing can bring will pose challenges. We have therefore decided to introduce an option for staged payments of entry fees. As you follow the entry process the entry system will enable you to opt for staged payments or payment in full. If you opt for staged payments you will be asked to make an initial payment of 25% of the entry fee with a further 25% due on the 1st April and the balance due on the 1st June, via 'Manage your Entry' on the event web site.

Please note that paying by instalments is not intended to facilitate the payment of a deposit, enabling a sailor to withdraw at a later stage and receive a refund of the entry fee paid to date.  

Try out a Laser 4.7, radial or RS Feva at the Nationals

If you'd like to try sailing one of these youth boats please use the link from this heading to sign up.

There will be sessions after racing on Sunday and Tuesday. Safety cover will be provided, but the sessions are of course weaher dependent on the day  

Optimist Maintenance Measurers Course

Simon Rogers will be running an Optimist maintenance measurers course at the Nationals on 2nd August and Andy Wilboe of the RYA will be conducting a Sail measurers course on 3rd August. This two day course will allow the candidates to become maintenance measurers for the class. Currently the Optimist class only has 17 measurers (34 last year) and we are very keen to recruit some new blood. If you are interested please sign up via the link in the heading above. The courses will start after the sailors launch in the mornng and will tie in with the various fleets as required. If you would like to know more about what is involved email Simon at, or call 07711 007 002.


Win the use of an XC90 for the duration of the nationals

Enter the Volvo Photo competition to be in with a chance to win the use of a fabulous XC90 for the duration of the Nationals  (11/07/2011)

Reception for Overseas Sailors and their Families

The event Committee would like to invite all overseas sailors and their families to join them for welcome drinks and a small buffet on the eve of the British National Championships - Saturday 30th July at 7pm in the Plas Menai Rooom at Pwllheli SC

Please click on the article header and sign up the no of sailors and adults that will join us on Saturday evening

Welcome Party and Hog Roast

Following on from Bulletin 1 here's the link to let us know that you'll be joining us for the welcome party and hog roast, following the opening ceremony and competitor briefing. Vegetarian option available for those that prefer it.

Please click on the article header and select the appropriate option where you can enter the number required of each option.


An opportunity to receive coached support at the Nationals

We have been made aware of the following......


The Midland Optimist Team, a friendly bunch of sailors and coaches are looking for up to 3 more sailors to join them for the Nationals. Support for the sailors takes the form of briefings and on the water coaching for the race days (Jun/Sen fleets) and/or pre event training for all. The emphasis under our head coach Chris Whitty is as ever on ensuring the children have a good experience at the event as much as on performance. Cost will be no more than 15 per day.

If you are interested in joining us please contact Phil Kilburn at

Motor Homes at Pwllheli Sailing Club

Please note the motor home park is now full for the Nationals. There arer no more spaces available  (02/05/2011)

50th Logo competition winner

The winning design for the logo to be used at the 50th Anniversary British Optimist National Championships was submitted by William Reed. Well done William, we look forward to seeing your winning design around Pwllheli later in the summer.  (26/04/2011)

Golden Jubilee Logo

We have just 1 week to go before the closing date for the competition to design a logo for the 50th IOCA Optimist Nationals at Pwllheli.

The prize is a fantastic top of the range Gill drysuit!

PLUS the chance to see your design on all the Championship literature, T shirts and even prizes

Your designs must be with Juliette Kemp - the Assistant Class Co-ordinator by 15 February, so get drawing, painting and creating.

The winning design will be announced at the Spring Championships on 26 March.

Please submit your designs to:

Juliette Kemp, Assistant Class Co-ordinator 18 Charborough Road, Broadstone, Poole, BH18 8NE

Or e-mail the finished design to:


Optimist Nationals popular as ever

125 entries in the first hour.  (20/04/2011)

Golden Jubilee at the Nationals

The Optimist Nationals at Pwllheli from 30 July to 5 August 2011 are the 50th IOCA Nationals to be held.

We are planning a number of events to celebrate this significant anniversary in our class history.

However first off we need a logo!

Please can you design a logo that we can use in our event literature, press releases, T shirts and prizes!

The prize is a top of the range Gill drysuit!

Submit your designs by 15 February 2011. The winning design will be announced at the Spring Championships on 26 March.

Please submit your designs to:

Juliette Kemp, Assistant Class Co-ordinator 18 Charborough Road, Broadstone, Poole, BH18 8NE

Or e-mail the finished design to:

Have fun! Juliette  


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Regatta Racing (Age 8 and above) £240.00 £288.00
Regatta Coaching (Age 8 and above) £240.00 £288.00
Mini Racing (Age 8 and 9 only) £300.00 £360.00

Late fee applies from 1 July


Optimist Homepage
Weather forecast

This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Helpers Duties

Volunteer for a duty
We need lots of volunteers on and off the water to help make this event a success. Click above to sign up for a helpers duty at the event.
Look at duty roster
Click above to look at the helpers duties for the event.
Shore Support Duties
The shore-side duties are described in the linked document. This is a general description - not specific to Pwllheli.

IOCA(UK) - Membership Application 2011
These pages will take you through the IOCA(UK) online membership application.

Online entry problems
If you have any problems with the online entry then please get in touch on 077898 67 156 or 01844 216 299 (home).
Jan Lasko (webmaster)

Event Bulletins

Bulletin No 1
Bulletin No 2
Bulletin No 3
Bulletin No 4

Venue Information

Pwllheli Sailing Club website

Pwllheli Site Plan


Main Fleet Dinghy Park Layout
Layout of dinghy compound for Juniors, Seniors and Overseas Teams. Regatta fleet will be in a separate compound
Beach Organisation Plan
Wind and tides

Nautical map

Nationals Factsheet

Sign up for an Activity

Select the Activity you'd like to sign up for:

  • Welcome Party and Hog Roast;

  • Overseas Competitors Reception.

  • NoR, MEIs, SSIs etc

    Notice of Race - Main Championship Fleets

    Notice of Race - Regatta Fleets

    Regatta Fleet Entry Guidelines
    Useful information to help parents decide which regatta fleet is appropriate for their sailor(s)

    MEIs 2009-2012

    Supplementary Sailing Instructions
    Senior and Junior Fleets are flighted and Regatta Fleets are not flighted.
    Main Fleet Scoring system
    A short explanation of how the main fleet scoring works
    Main Fleet - Qualifying Series Flight Group Starts
    Handy summary of start sequences
    Event Programme
    2011 Ranking - Nationals Points Factor


    IOCA (UK) AGM Notice
    The class associaation AGM will be held on Tuesday Evening. Please come along and see what is happening in your class.
    Chairman's Report

    Squad Selection

    IOCA Squads 2011-12 Selection Policy

    Quick Guide to New Ranking System

    Measurement and Technical

    Measurement Requirements
    Measurement requirements for all competitors. Please read this document before entering.

    Main Fleet Checklist
    Measurement form for main fleet competitors.

    Regatta Fleet Checklist
    Checklist for all regatta fleet (Racing / Coaching / Mini Racing fleet) competitors.

    Optimist Painters
    Click above for boat painter requirements.

    Mainsheet Clip
    This document describes the type of mainsheet clip to be used on the boat.

    Class Rules
    During the event any boat may be checked for compliance to class rules. A copy of the latest rules can be downloaded here.

    List of Measurers
    Click above to find an Optimist Measurer in the UK

    Information for Overseas Competitors

    Fact Sheet for Overseas Competitors
    Follow this link for useful information regarding boat charter, accomodation, transport etc
    Pinnell & Bax / Winner Charter Boat Package
    IBI Sailing Ltd Blueblue, Monsoon Charter Boat Package
    Curra Dinghy Charter Package

    Accommodation / local information

    Follow the links below for local accommodation
    Manns Holidays
    Shaws Holidays
    Stay in Wales
    just pop Pwllheli in as the area in which you wish to stay
    Serviced Accommodation
    Guest houses, hotels, and pubs in the surrounding area
    Enter Pwllheli in the search criteria

    Useful information for repairs and replacements from local companies

    Fact sheet of things to do when the children are not on the water

    Any questions

    Contact: IOCA(UK)
    Tel No:   07753 931360/01202 668158

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