Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championship
Pwllheli Sailing Club
11/08/2012 - 17/08/2012

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2012 Optimist National Champion - Martin Wrigley

Huge congratulations to Martin Wrigley (Cardiff Bay YC) who claimed the Volvo Gill Optimist British National Champion title in Pwllheli.

Jenny Cropley (Royal Lymington YC) claimed Top British Girl, Arthur Brown (Royal Burnham) claimed the Junior Fleet title and Haydn Sewell (Royal Victoria YC) took the Regatta Fleet title. For further details see the Day 5 Press Release in the Event Bulletins menu.  

Lost something?

I have 4 bin bags of un-named lost property from Pwllheli!

It's all been washed and dried (!), but if you're missing something please could you contact me as soon as possible so we can arrange for it's collection/return, otherwise it will have to go to charity.

I have a selection of AquaFleeces, Boots, Buoyancy Aids, Caps/Visors, Gloves, Hiker Pads, Hoodies/Tops, Lycra Shorts, Measurement Equipment, Mid Layer Tops, Neck Warmers, Rash Vests, Socks, Spares Bag, Sunglasses, Tool Box, Towels, Trousers/Shorts, Watches, Waterproof Jackets, Wetsuits, Woolly/Warm Hats...

Please send an email with a description of your lost item to

Thanks, Sharon  

Mobile phone quick links

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 below.

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 and the third one takes you to the Nationals home page with all the information.

Need application for mobile then use  


This weekend some of Britain’s top up and coming young sailors are looking forward to an exciting week of racing at the annual Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships. Over 500 British and International competitors, including sailors from France, Finland, Dubai, Hong Kong and the USA will once again take to the shores of Pwllheli Sailing Club to battle it out for Championship titles ... [Click on title for full article]  (13/08/2012)

Hog Roast - Last Call for Bookings

Have you signed up for the Hog Roast on Sunday Evening?

We have now sent the final numbers for the Hog Roasts to the caterers. There are a LIMITED number of both FREE and Paid tickets available on the website.

There are some vegetarian tickets available too.

There will be a separate table for collecting your Hog Roast tickets and making payment (Cash or cheque only please) at Registration.

Regatta Fleet Parents

In order to ensure we have the most relevant and up to date contact information for your sailors at the Nationals, please could you download the Regatta Registration Form (in the right hand menu under Event Bulletins), complete and take it with you to registration. Thank You  (08/08/2012)

Camper Van Spaces Available

A couple of camper van spaces have become available at the sailing club for the week of the Nationals. So, if you'd like to be really close to the action please call the club on 01758 613343.


Head to the 2012 Volvo Gill Optimist National Championships in style!

As part of their support for the Volvo Gill Optimist National Championships, Volvo Car UK are offering one lucky Optimist family an XC90 for the event week.

The ultimate in all wheel drive luxury, the XC90 is incredibly spacious with seven handcrafted leather seats and plenty of room for all the family. Fitted with Volvo’s latest safety technology, including blind spot sensors the XC90 also has built in sat nav so motorway driving has never seemed so easy. Sporty and elegant it provides an exceptionally fun driving experience while looking good on the road.

The winner’s car will be delivered to their door complete with a full tank of fuel on Thursday 9th August ready to take their family to Pwllheli Sailing Club and will be collected on Monday 20th August.

To be in with a chance of winning your family an XC90 for the Nationals all you have to do is email with ‘XC90 Competition’ as the title and your name and address in the email.

Good luck!

Volvo Cars Sailing  

Accommodation Available

The following has become available to due to a family moving out of the class.
11 August for 7 nights:

Rhiwlas, Mynytho (10 min drive to Pwllheli)
3 bed sleeps up to 8
£700 for the week

Rhiwlas is a detached original Welsh granite cottage situated in the heart of the quiet picturesque village of Mynytho, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the popular resort of Abersoch. The cottage has been recently fully refurbished to a very high standard offering excellent family holiday accommodation. The cottage sleeps 6-8 people having 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and a top quality sofa bed in the lounge. Open plan lounge with dining area, family bathroom plus seperate shower room with wc on the ground floor, well equiped modern kitchen with dining area. Outside there is a raised decking area with table and chairs, a grassed lawned area and beyond a hard standing gravel area at the very rear of the garden.

For more information and to book go to:

Many thanks

Eija Brant
tel 07736 165351  

Regatta Fleet

There are still places in all fleets, so please go ahead and sign up.

After many years of running the regatta fleets at the Nationals, Fiona Baddeley has decided to step down. The regatta fleets are a phenomenal success and much of this is due to all the hard work Fiona has put in over the years. This year I am taking over the reins and looking forward to working with you all to make the 2012 Nationals another huge success.

Coaches and assistants: Fiona will continue to co-ordinate the coaching this year, and has already been in contact with many of those who are keen to be involved this year. We have already been contacted by a lot of potential assistants, but are still looking for more coaches. For those who are interested, please contact me at the email address below.

Ribs: Finding enough ribs for the regatta fleet is always a challenge. If you are thinking about bringing a rib to help out with regatta fleet this year, it would be helpful if you could let me know now – so I know how big a challenge I have...

Volunteers: As always, making the event a success relies on a large number of parents helping out. We are looking for a new regatta fleet beach master, as Michelle Gent has now taken over regional training. If anyone else would like to give me a hand with the preparation before the event, please get in touch. The roster for volunteering to help at the event will go up on the website in due course.

Gillian Schonrock 07789 424310  

Camper Van spaces filled

If you were intending to take a campervan to the Nationals this year but have not yet booked a space at Pwllheli Sailing Club I'm sorry to report that the spaces available have now been filled.
With just 40 spaces available this year the take up was very quick (just a week).
Apologies for any disappointment this may cause.

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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Main Senior Qualifier Series £180.00 £216.00
Main Junior Qualifier Series £180.00 £216.00
Regatta Racing Fleet £240.00 £288.00
Regatta Coach Fleet £240.00 £288.00
Regatta Min-Racers Fleet £300.00 £360.00

Late fee applies from 14 July


IOCA (UK) Website

Event Bulletins

Day 1 Press Release
Day 2 Press Release
Day 3 Press Release
Day 4 Press Release
Day 5 Press Release
Bulletin #1
Bulletin #2
Bulletin #3

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.

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 2012-01-22
These pages will take you through the IOCA(UK) online membership application.
Regatta Registration Form
Please could all Regatta Fleet Parents download, complete and bring the form to registration.

Venue Information

Weather forecast

Pwllheli Sailing Club website

NoR, MEIs, SSIs etc

Notice of Race - Main Championship Fleets
Notice of Race - amendment
Regatta Fleet NoR

Guide for Regatta Fleet Parents - Which Fleet?
Useful information to help parents decide which regatta fleet is appropriate for their sailor(s)
Regatta Fleet: What to bring
Suggested kit list, paperwork and awayday theme

MEIs 2009-2012
Supplementary Sailing Instructions
Regatta Fleet - SSIs

Provisional Schedule of Events


The Annual General Meeting of the International Optimist Class Association (UK) will be held at Pwllheli SC, on Tuesday 14th August 2012 at 1900.

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.

Marquee layout for measurement

23 June at Hayling Island SC, Hampshire
30 June - 1 July at Chanonry SC, Ross-shire
1 - 3 July at the Flanders Regatta, Belgium
6th August, Plas Menai, Caernarvon at 5.30pm
Other dates TBC

Optimist Painters
Click above for boat painter requirements.

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

Please note that Class Rule 4.2(a) requires that whistles shall be carried securely attached to the personal buoyancy device. Checks will me made during the event to ensure competitor compliance.

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

Measurer Course
Have you ever thought of supporting the Optimist class by becoming a class measurer? We are looking at the possibility of running a course during the week. If you may be interested or would like to know more please email David Baddeley at

Information for Overseas Competitors

Overseas Visitors Factsheet
Information from accomodation to RIB & Optimist Charter

Accommodation / local information

Follow the links for accommodation information
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:   07713 499225

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