2014 Volvo Gill Optimist Inland Championships
Grafham Water SC
17/05/2014 - 18/05/2014

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Racing updates


Scheduled Time of Warning Signal for Sunday

In view of the weather forecast for Saturday, the the scheduled time of the first warning signal for Sunday has been changed to 10:00hrs.  (14/05/2014)

Please ensure you enter the event BEFORE making a payment.

Please also have your buoyancy test dates to hand prior to entering.


2014 Inlands - Payments

The preferred payment option for the Inlands is through gocardless using the following link (CTRL+Click to follow the link):

Inlands 2014 Payment - 1 Sailor (late payment fee applies)

For IOCA GoCardless offers the class cheap, fast and secure payment processing. GoCardless accesses the direct debit network through its sponsor RBS and is registered with the FSA as a small Payments Institution. For further information please visit www.gocardless.com. If you would prefer to pay by an alternative method (BACS/Cheque/Credit Card) please contact Sharon on 07713 499225 or admin@optimist.org.uk

Please note that payment will not generally be accepted at the event and payment can not be made over the telephone

Once you have made a payment, it may take a couple of days for the payment status of your entry to be updated.  

20% Off from Gill

20% off all fully priced items at gillmarine.com from 6th to 19th May 2014, simply enter OPI2014 at the checkout to take advantage.

We will also be running a competition in the main clubhouse over the weekend with a chance to win a Gill Race Watch worth £65.00.

IBI Sailing - Chandlery Items & Sails

IBI are taking orders for delivery of both small and large items to the event.

Please contact Charles Ainsworth directly.
charles@ibisailing.co.uk / 01243 513002  

Volvo Volunteer Required

Are you attending the Inlands, over 25 and will be onsite from Friday lunchtime?

If so, Volvo are looking for a volunteer to help put up some branding and position the display cars.

If you think you may be able to help, please send an email to admin@optimist.org.uk as soon as possible.

There's a Volvo Ocean Race Top available for the chosen volunteer!  

Entry - Buoyancy Test

In order to try and simplify registration, please could you add your buoyancy test date for each boat entered in the event. You will still need to bring your documentation with you, but hopefully once verified, the information will only need to be entered once a year.

The Buoyancy Test date must be on or after 19th MAY 2013. This applies to both main and regatta fleet boats.  

Win A Volvo for the Inlands

XC60 Red

As part of its continued support of British sailing, Volvo Car UK is offering Optimist families the chance to win a Volvo for a championship event this summer. Wherever you are heading this season, do it in comfort and style in one of the latest Volvo models.

To be in with a chance to win, simply Click Here and choose the event you are entered into.

Entry - A Cautionary Tale

For every venue we have to set a maximum number of sailors permitted to enter - sometimes this is based on safety cover, sometimes on venue restrictions, sometimes on shore facilities, usually it is a combination of factors.

Whilst we always endeavour to accept every entry request we receive, however late that might be, sometimes it is simply not possible. This was the unfortunate case at the recent Spring Championships, where the number of entries far exceeded the initial estimated entry limit, A significant number of those entry requests were made after the entry had closed, and after all the planning/event logistics were in place. As a result some sailors were unable to participate in the event.

If you are planning to attend the 2014 Inland Championships - Please enter and pay for your entry straight away. Entry is only confirmed once a payment is received. Late entries are at the sole dicretion of the organisers and a late payment fee will be applied.  

RIBs at Events

If you would like to bring a rib to an event please subscribe (by sending an email) to the IOCA Safety Yahoo Group:


so you can be notified of RIB self-sign-ups etc for IOCA major events.

If you are interested in, or considering, any of the following roles please contact me soonest:

Jury RIB driver at Selections [PRIORITY]
Marks Layer at Inlands and Nationals
Regatta Fleet Safety at Inlands

Anyone planning on brining a RIB to Selections, contact me asap. Coach/Support boats wishing to register as "Safety Reserve" will be IOCA flagged but not expensed [as this is a closed event], however IOCA will arrange and pay for your launching, berthing and recovery.

Please request the sign up link.

Paul Thompson
IOCA(UK) Safety Officer
M: 07771 560371

De-Shrimping Process

Those who were at the Inlands last year or regularly sail at GWSC will know all about the Killer Shrimp problem at the reservoir which means we must all abide with the club’s washdown procedure.

The Environment Agency has placed strict controls on GWSC which require each dinghy, sailor and RIB to be thoroughly washed down before they leave the site at the end of any sailing event.

GWSC are well practised at this routine and have created wash down points for both dinghies and RIBS – please cooperate with the volunteers who will be manning the washdowns and be patient! (Very, very patient if we don't have enough volunteers to help - please sign up on the volunteer rota!)



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Volunteer Rota

Volunteer for a Duty
We need all familoies to help out over the weekend - please sign up for a duty as soon as possible to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Volunteer Duty Info
A basic guide to all the volunteer roles. There really is something for everyone!

Event Documents

Notice of Race

Main Fleet Sailing Instructions
Please download, print and bring a copy with you to the event. (v3.0)

Draft Protocol - B3 Sailor
Please read the draft protocol which has been written in order to support a B3 visually impaired sailor in main fleet.

Main Fleet Tally No & Flight Colour List
As a reminder and for new sailors in the Main Fleet:

Tally Bands are either Orange (numbers 1 - 199) or White (numbers 200 onwards) and will be collected from the Tally Boards before going afloat.

Flight Ribbons are Yellow, Blue, Red or White and are flown from the peak of your sail to identify which colour group your boat has been assigned to.

Regatta Fleet Sailing Instructions
Please download, print and bring a copy with you to the event. (v2.2)

Regatta Fleet Tally Number List
As a reminder and for new sailors inthe Regatta Fleet:

Tally Bands are Blue (number 1 onwards) and will be collected from the Tally Boards before going afloat.

Regatta Fleet sailors do not need any ribbons for their sails.

Event Information

Schedule of Events
Coming Soon

Snap, Shackle and Strop
Essential reading for all Regatta Fleet & new sailors.

A simple guide to all the basic safety controls that you need to have in place before your child sails.

If in doubt just ask, we are here to help you.

Selection Policies

2014-15 IOCA (UK) Squad Selection Policy
Posted 13 May 2014

2014-15 Invitational Training Selection Guidelines

Venue Infiormation

Motorhome Bookings
There are a limited number of spaces on site for motorhomes (not caravans). These should be booked directly with the club on 01480 810478.

Tents and Trailer Tents
For Camping on site in tents or trailer tents please contact Heather at Grafham Water SC directly on 01480 810478

Viking Catering - Friday Evening Menu
The new caterers at Grafham SC, Viking, will be offering suppers at the club on Friday evening - please see attached menu
Viking Catering - Saturday Menu
Viking catering will be offering suppers at the club on Saturday Evening - please see attached menu and details about how to book.
Jonti - On site Chandlery
Optimist Inlands - Opening Times

Friday 9.30 am - 6.30 pm
Saturday 8.30 am - 6.30 pm
Sunday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Further details HERE

Killer Shrimp
Grafham is infested with killer shrimp (not known to eat Oppy sailors, but they will tickle bare legs if you stand in the shallows!).

Do not leave trolleys in the water.

All boats and trolleys will be washed down before they are allowed to leave site - please volunteer to help!

Simple Summaries

Simple Summary for Parents
Simple Summary for Sailors

Pwllheli International Clinic & Regatta


Looking for training and an event just before the Nationals? Want to expereince the venue for the 2015 European Championships? Entry for the Pwllheli Optimist International Clinic (22-25 July 2014) and International Regatta (26-27 July 2014) is now open Enter HERE

Any questions

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

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