Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships
Largs Sailing Club
27/07/2013 - 02/08/2013

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STOP PRESS - Champions determined

Milo Gill-Taylor seals Senior championship with a win. Robbie King finishes second ahead of Albert Gelpi in third and first overseas boat. First senior girl is Hattie Rogers.

Vita Heathcote wins the Junior championship with Jamie Harris in second and Rlys Lewis in third. First overseas boat is Harry Bell.

The Regatta Racing fleet was won by Drew Gibbons.  
(02/08/2013)

Rain and strong wind doesn’t dampen sprits on penultimate day of the Volvo Gill Optimist Champs

The penultimate day of racing at the Volvo Gill Optimist British Open and National Championship and the young sailors battled the elements to compete in the heavy rain and strong winds. After yesterday’s light wind the race committee were determined to make the most of the stronger conditions and despite gusts of around 27 knots, both the ‘Senior’ and ‘Junior’ main fleets managed three races each over the course of the day.

The windy, gusty conditions caused some problems on the race course with a number of capsizes across the fleets in the first few races of the day but, the sailors remained upbeat enjoying the racing "the conditions today were a lot tougher than yesterday, which meant everyone had to hike out the whole race making your legs burn! But downwind was really fun because you got to go really fast!” Commented main 'Junior' fleet’s William Heathcote, 11, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club) whose sister Vita is leading the fleet.

Milo Gill-Taylor, 13, (Spinnaker Yacht Club) continues to lead the main ‘Senior’ fleet however, the gap between first and second place is close with fellow Optimist Worlds Team member, Robbie King,14, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club) just 13 points behind. Spain’s Albert Gelpi, 14, (Club Nautic El Balis) ended the day in third place while Hattie Rogers, 13, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club) remains the top girl in the fleet sitting in seventh place.

Vita Heathcote, 12, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club) remains on top of the main ‘Junior’ fleet with a 24 point lead while James Harris, 12, (Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club) sits in second and Rhys Lewis, 12, (Cardiff Bay Yacht Club) just two points behind in third place.

Despite the change in weather IOCA (UK) Chairman, Simon Rogers commented on a great day on the water "The day started pretty choppy with wind against tide but as it went on this moderated off a bit but was overall fairly challenging for the sailors with lots of capsizes across the fleets. All in all though the kids have done really well and had a great day and it's been a fantastic championship so far! "

After a 'Pirate' themed away day yesterday the regatta fleets were raring to go and two races were sailed. Going into the final day Drew Gibbons,10, (Redesmere Sailing Club) sits in first place and Oliver Evans, 10, (Royal Victoria, Yacht Club) second. Joshua Thomas, 10, (Burghfield) sits in third place while Molly Bowman, 10, (Aldeburgh) is the top girl in the fleet in tenth place.

Tomorrow is the last day of racing for all fleets and conditions are set to be similar. Racing is scheduled to resume at 11am and the event will see a maximum of 13 races for the Senior and Junior fleets.  
(02/08/2013)

Largs Sailing Club plagued by light wind on day three of the Volvo Gill Optimist Nationals

Largs delivered sunshine and light winds today [Wednesday 30th July] for the 302 sailors competing at the Volvo Gill Optimist British Open and National Championship. The lack of wind, around 5 knots, saw the main ‘Senior’ fleet manage two races while the main ‘Junior’ fleet just the one after their attempt of a second was abandoned.

"The conditions today were fairly light with shifty winds and it was very important to watch the cloud cover. But, the sailors have performed well so far, there’s been some great racing and lots of fun!" Robbins Burns, Scottish Optimist coach.

Half way into the event, Milo Gill-Taylor, 13, (Spinnaker Yacht Club) continues to dominate the main ‘Senior’ fleet with a 20 point lead over Spain’s Albert Gelpi, 14, (Club Nautic El Balis) "there have been really light winds this week but the conditions have still been difficult and challenging. It is a huge fleet and the start lines are very long but its been good, it’s cold but nice to race here in Largs, it is a lovely location although a bit of a trek from the South Coast!" commented the Optimist Worlds Team member.

Fellow Optimist Team GB member, Robbie King, 14, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club/ Warsach Sailing Club) had a great start to the day, winning the first race leaving him in third place over all and Hattie Rogers, 13, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club) remains the top girl in the fleet sitting in fourth place after winning the day’s second race.

Royal Lymington Yacht Club also have another sailor excelling in Largs, Vita Heathcote, 12, remains on top in the main ‘Junior’ fleet "Largs is a great location to race at and it is fun to sail here. It’s also nice to be here racing with lots of other sailors from different countries. The week has been very tiring so far but fun and challenging at the same time" Julia Mellers, 12, (Chichester Yacht Club) sits in second place and Rhys Lewis, 12, (Cardiff Bay Yacht Club) in third place.

The three regatta fleets; ‘Racing’, ‘Coaching’ and ‘Mini Racers’ enjoyed a break away from competing with a pirate themed ‘sail away’ day to ‘Treasure Island’.

The forecast for tomorrow is stronger, but along with the wind comes the rain. Racing is scheduled to resume at 11am and the event will see a maximum of 12 races for the Senior and Junior fleets.  
(01/08/2013)

Largs at it’s best on day two of the Volvo Gill Optimist British Open and National Championship

Sun, wind and more testing conditions on Scotland’s west coast at day two of the Volvo Gill Optimist British Open and National Championship. Once again all three races were completed for the ‘Senior’ and ‘Junior’ main fleets and the regatta ‘Racers’ managed two.



The day started with a light breeze but conditions became tricky towards the end meaning the sailors had to pull out all the tactics and knowledge learnt in the previous day’s racing. The sailors were also challenged with the infamous Largs tide, pushing them harder during racing 'today was really up and down, the conditions were patchy and challenging plus it was physically demanding because of the chop. But, it was still really enjoyable sailing!' Commented ‘Senior’ main fleet’s William Heritage,13,(Gurnard Sailing Club)

Double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson joined the young sailors back out on the water and was impressed with the talent of sailing across all the fleets “Scotland was at its best today, with wind and sun and by 10 am everywhere you looked there were little white sails, it’s a great sight to see.

“I am still so surprised by just how professional and talented the top end of the fleet is and that drive, enthusiasm and passion is evident throughout the 302 young sailors racing. It was another day of great racing and great fun, wish I was 30 years younger and 30kg lighter!”

After six races Milo Gill-Taylor, 13, (Spinnaker Yacht Club) still remains top of the main ‘Senior’ fleet, with a 17 point lead over Spain’s Alberto Gelpi, 13 (C Nàutic EL Balís). Fellow Optimist World team members, Benno Marstaller, 13, (Restronguet Sailing Club) and Robbie King, 14, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club / Warsash Sailng Club) sit respectively in third and fourth place.

In the main ‘Junior’ fleet, Optimist European Team member, Vita Heathcote, 12, (Royal Lymington Yacht Club) had another fantastic day on the water with two race wins seeing her move to the top of the fleet with a 21 point lead. Julia Mellers, 12, (Chichester Yacht Club) and Spain’s Arnau Gelpi, 11, (C Nàutic EL Balís) sit in second and third. 10 year-old Drew Gibbons from Redesmere Sailing Club is leading the Regatta ‘Racing’ fleet after winning the last race.

Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow (Wednesday 31st July) at 11am and the event will see a maximum of 12 races for the Senior and Junior fleets.  
(31/07/2013)

Volvo Gill Optimist British Open and National Championship sailors challenged on day one in Largs

Largs Sailing Club, known for its notoriously tricky, changing conditions lived up to it’s reputation today with over 300 sailors kept on their toes on the first day of racing at the Volvo Gill Optimist British Open and National Championship. The day started with rain and light wind, around 4 knots, gusting 8 at the club, located on Scotland’s west coast, and increased throughout the day.

Despite the testing conditions the two main fleets, split into ‘Senior’ and ‘Junior’, enjoyed three races each, however the conditions proved too challenging for the three Regatta fleets, ‘Racing’, ‘Coaching’ and ‘Mini Racers’ with their third race of the day cancelled due to the stronger forecasted wind.

‘There were really mixed conditions today, for our first three races in Largs. It went from really light winds, where we were all just sitting in our boats, to quickly changing to strong winds where you had to hike out. But, I had a good day and I am 11th overall going into day two and I am really looking forward to the week of racing and sailing the best I can.’ Commented ‘Junior’ fleet’s Hayden Swell, who claimed the highest ranked Junior sailor at the Volvo Gill Optimist Inland Championship in May.

The young sailors enjoyed a special visitor to kick-start the annual regatta; double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson. Shirley, originally from Dundee returned to Scotland to join the young sailors on the water, passing on all her tips and knowledge “this is my first visit to a Volvo Gill Optimist National Championship and I didn’t really know what to expect. However, I managed to get a glimpse of all the fleets racing today and they were all fantastic, it’s great to see so many young sailors on the water, at the same time, enjoying fun, but competitive racing.

The level of confidence and determination I saw from the sailors was truly amazing. It’s clear that they really know their stuff! I wish them the best of luck for the rest of the regatta.”

The afternoon offered a stronger tide and wind that were favored by many of the classes’ more experience sailors. In the ‘Senior’ fleet, 2013 Optimist Worlds team member, Milo Gill-Taylor, 13 (Spinnaker Yacht Club) who finished top of the ‘Junior fleet’ in 2012 had an impressive day placing three top three positions. Royal Lymington Yacht Club’s Hattie Rogers, 13, sits in second place overall, finishing within the top ten in all three races. Spain’s Albert Gelpi, 13, who finished 18th at the 2012 National Championship, sits in fourth after winning the second race.


In the ‘Junior’ fleet, Vita Heathcote, 12 (Royal Lymington Yacht Club), enjoyed the first win of the day and Spain’s Arnau Gelpi, 11, brother of Albert, enjoyed the two other race wins and sits in first place going into day two. Freddie Longsdale, 9, (Papercourt Sailing Club) sits at the top of the ‘Regatta Racing’ fleet.

Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow (Tuesday 30th July) at 11am and the sailors will again be joined by Shirley. The event will see a maximum of 12 races for the Senior and Junior fleets.  
(31/07/2013)

Volunteers Needed

We need lots of volunteers on and off the water at the Nationals. Please SIGN UP HERE - we'll be updating the list regularly.

With over 300 sailors now registered we need Volunteers to ensure that the event is a huge success. In fact, without a large number of volunteers the event cannot run at all.

There is a role for EVERYONE: on the water, off the water, with sailing experience or without, all day - every day or just a few hours at a time, whether you are a lone parent, have non-sailors, or this is your first event. Many of the roles are also suitable for non-sailing or older siblings.

It's a great way to meet other parents and get to know the sailors, it's great to be involved and it's great fun.

This year volunteers will be added to our Priority Queuing - a speedy trip through measurement and registration, there's also free poloshirts for some roles and all volunteers are invited to the THANK YOU party towards the end of the week. So why not sign up now - VOLUNTEER HERE

Due to the size of the event we do need each family to sign up for at least a couple of volunteer slots during the week.

If you would like to be involved, but not sure how, or would like more information about roles, please contact admin@optimist.org.uk  
(31/07/2013)

Class Trailers

6 Boat Trailer


The four class trailers are available for all members to use in order to help reduce travelling costs for our Major Championship Events.

They are capable of taking up to 6 boats and come supplied with lightboard and wheelclamp. There is also a large box for spars and foils.

For more information on availability please contact Michelle Gent
development@optimist.org.uk
07766 976979  
(31/07/2013)

Important Notice: Inverkip Chimney Demolition

Please note that the viewing of the Chimney demolition is NOT an IOCA organised activity.

The demolition is not planned until 10pm on Sunday evening and requires a reasonably long rib trip there and back. IOCA (UK) therefore, does not recommend that sailors attend.  
(30/07/2013)

Catering

Largs Sailing Club will be offering bacon rolls, lunches and a supper buffet each day in the Clubhouse. Food is also available at the Bosuns Table Cafe and Scotts restaurant.

More details available at registration  
(24/07/2013)

Volunteer Lunches

For the avoidance of doubt during the Nationals - Volunteers who are parents of sailors will NOT be provided with lunches.

Regatta Fleet Coaches & Assistants will receive lunch Sunday - Friday

Main Fleet & Largs Non-Parent Volunteers will receive lunch from Monday - Friday.

  
(22/07/2013)

Largs - Motorhomes/caravans arrival info

25 spaces - all booked months ago!

Marked spaces, but not allocated slots.

If the office is closed, there is a mobile phone number for the night watchman on the barrier.
  
(22/07/2013)

Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the International Optimist Class Association (UK) will be held at Largs SC, as part of the Optimist National Championships, on Tuesday 30th July 2013 at 19:00hrs. All attendees are invited to attend, only members of the Association may vote.

Agenda to Follow  
(29/06/2013)

Volvo Gill Stickers

It has come to our attention that someone is selling Volvo Gill Stickers on ebay. Please note that these stickers are available FREE of charge to competitors at events - there is no need to pay £5 + £3 postage!
  
(24/06/2013)

And the Winner of the FREE Entry Draw is......

(Drum roll......)

Abby Childerley aged 10 from Royal Southern YC
who wins FREE Entry to the 2013 Nationals in Largs!

Enter Now  
(13/06/2013)

Charter Boats

IBI Sailing Ltd are offering charter Optimists for the Nationals

Blueblue hull with Optimax Mk 4 spars, Optiparts epoxy racing epoxy foils, aluminium trolley and top cover. The package includes bailers, paddle, mast lock, mainsheet and all the other small items needed. Price: £395 inc VAT for the event. Insurance £20. Additional days charter are possible. Sails can be provided by arrangement and we can change the spars or foils should you have specific requirements.

A member of IBI Sailing staff will be on hand during the event.

IBI Sailing Ltd
Telephone 01243 513002
www.ibisailing.co.uk
email: sales@ibisailing.co.uk
  
(24/04/2013)

2013 Nationals - Main Fleet NOR - Amendment No.1

It has come to light that a number of sailors are intending to race in the RS Feva Worlds in Tuscany the week before the Optimist Nationals 2013.

Some have made travel arrangements assuming that the 2013 Optimist Nationals schedule would be the similar to 2012. They would be unable to attend races on Sunday.

IOCA(UK) has made the decision that for the 2013 Nationals
racing will start on the Monday. Please see the event website for updated documentation.
  
(15/03/2013)

Schedules


Please take time to read the NOR for both main and regatta fleets before entering the event. The documents contain important information regarding Sunday 28th July, the Main Fleet Racing Schedule and Regatta Fleet Initial Briefing times.  
(15/03/2013)

Location

The Google map below shows the location of Largs Sailing Club, which is our venue. 'A' is the club.

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(04/12/2012)


Clubhouse

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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Main Fleet - Senior £180.00 £216.00
Main Fleet - Junior £180.00 £216.00
Regatta Racing Fleet £240.00 £288.00
Regatta Coaching Fleet £240.00 £288.00
Regatta Mini Racers Fleet £300.00 £360.00

Late fee applies from 28 June

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Event Documents


Optimist Class Rules
Sailing & Social Activity Schedule
Times were correct at going to press - but are subject to change. Please check noticeboards and listen for announcements regarding additional activities and updates/changes to the published programme.

Important Notice: Inverkip Chimney Demolition

Please note that the viewing of the Chimney demolition is NOT an IOCA organised activity.

The demolition is not planned until 10pm on Sunday evening and requires a reasonably long rib trip there and back. IOCA (UK) therefore, does not recommend that sailors attend.

Main Fleet Documents


Notice of Race - Main - Original
4/3/2013 - Minor amendment

Notice of Race - Main - Amendment No.1


Notice of Race - Main - Amended


Main Fleet Sailing Instructions


RYA Prescriptions


Regatta Fleet Documents


Notice of Race - Regatta Fleets


Regatta Fleet Sailing Instructions


Regatta Fleet SI User Guide
A Regatta Fleet friendly guide to the Sailing Instructions.

Which Regatta Fleet?
This document is for those sailors who are not sure which fleet to enrol into at the Optimist National Championships. It does not form part of the Notice of Race and is just intended to be supplementary advice. Before reading this, you should read the entry conditions set out in the Notice of Race, to see which fleets you are eligible for.

Regatta Registration Form
Please could all Regatta Fleet Parents download, complete and bring the form to registration.
What to Bring
Checklist of things to bring to the Nationals....kitchen sink is optional!

Measurement & Technical


Measurement Procedures
Important information regarding measurement procedures for all fleets
Main Fleet Measurement Form
Please download, print and bring with you to registration
Regatta Fleet Measurement Form
Please download, print and bring with you to registration
Measurement Enforcement
Important information regarding the treatment of Class Rule Breaches at this event
Measurement Fixed Penalty Tariff
Reminder: Whistles
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.
Reminder: Optimist Painters
Reminder: Mainsheet Clips
List of UK Measurers
Measurer Course
Want to know more about measurement - why not sign up for a Measurer Course.

Andy Platt (IOCA Technical Officer) hoping to put on a Maintenance Measurers course at the Nationals. The course will cover Foils, Spars, Sail numbers, Paperwork and an introduction to Sail measurement. Places are limited.

Please contact technical@optimistsailing.org.uk or sign-up by clicking the title.

Volunteer Duties


Volunteer Rota
Rota is available Now.

We need lots of volunteers on and off the water to help make this event a success. Click above to sign up for a Volunteers duty at the event - we'll be updating the list regularly.

If you would like to be involved, but not sure how, or would like more information about roles, please contact admin@optimist.org.uk

Event Bulletins


Keep up to date with all the important announcements and news for this year's National Championships.

If you are not recieving the newsletters or require an additional family member to receive the information please subscribe here (Note: This mailing list is just for the 2013 Nationals)

Event Newsletter No.1
Event Newsletter No.2
Event Newsletter No.3

Social Activities


Welcome BBQ
Following the opening ceremony (Sunday), there will be a BBQ for all competitors, and their families. Tickets are now on sale here.
Activity Programme
Times were correct at going to press - but are subject to change. Please check noticeboards and listen for announcements regarding additional activities and updates/changes to the published programme.

IOCA (UK) AGM


The Annual General Meeting of the International Optimist Class Association (UK) will be held at Largs SC, on Tuesday xx August 2013 at 1900.
AGM Agenda
2013 AGM Agenda - please read in conjuction with the proposed amended constitution
Proposed Update to Constitution
IOCA UK Constitution - June 2013 - proposed
Area Realignment Proposal

Overseas Competitor Information


Charter Boats
Charter Boats are avialable from IBI Sailing

Blueblue hull with Optimax Mk 4 spars, Optiparts epoxy racing epoxy foils, aluminium trolley and top cover. The package includes bailers, paddle, mast lock, mainsheet and all the other small items needed. Price: £395 inc VAT for the event. Insurance £20. Additional days charter are possible. Sails can be provided by arrangement and we can change the spars or foils should you have specific requirements.

A member of IBI Sailing staff will be on hand during the event.

IBI Sailing Ltd
Telephone 01243 513002
www.ibisailing.co.uk
email: sales@ibisailing.co.uk

Third Party Insurance
If you need to "top up" your third party insurance please contact Noble Marine directly by phone to take the policy out, rather than via the Internet.

Noble Marine Insurance
T: +44 (0)1636 707606 (General Enquiries)
www.noblemarine.co.uk


Venue Information


Scottish Sailing Institute
The Scottish Sailing Institute are based at Largs SC, and provide a lot of event and (local) race management expertise. In 1999 The Royal Yachting Association chose Largs as it’s location for the Scottish "Centre of Excellence" and the Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) was created to promote Largs as a major championship venue and to coordinate large championship events and race training activity. All major (GBR and International) events are co-ordinated by their team.

Largs Sailing Club
Clubhouse

Our hosts for the Championships.

Aerial Photo
For those who haven't been there recently (or at all!), you can download a current aerial photo of the Largs site - the Google maps photo is from before the new ramp was built.

Accommodation


Camping - Kelburn Country Centre
Facilities for motorhome, caravan and tent camping with shower facilities (no hook-ups).

The cost is £15 per night for motorhomes/caravans and £10 per tent.

Please Contact the centre direct.

Kelburn Country Centre
FAIRLIE
KA29 0BE
Tel 01475 568685
Fax 01475 568121
www.kelburncountrycentre.com

Link to Local Largs Accommodation


2 x Twin Rooms Available
Due to a change in family circumstances two twin rooms have become available at the Foresters House B & B in Inverkip.

They were booked from Sunday 28th July for 5 nights so leaving Friday 2nd August.

Inverkip is about 15 mins from Largs and the Foresters is highly recommended on Trip Advisor. They serve excellent breakfasts and very importantly for sailors have a drying room!

If anyone is interested the email is forestershouse@msn.com

On site Camper / Caravan Parking
Update 9th April 2013 - Spaces at the Sailing Club are now FULL.

Coaching Opportunities



Deadline for Applications was 21st April 2013.
Fleet Lead Coach - Job Description
Fleet Coach - Job Description
Assistant Coach - Job Description

Any questions

Contact: Sharon Bullock
Email:    admin@optimist.org.uk
Tel No:   07713 499225



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