2013 Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship
Rutland Sailing Club
12/10/2013 - 13/10/2013

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Racing updates


Payment for End of Seasons

Please ensure you ENTER the event BEFORE making a payment.

The preferred payment option for the 2013 End of Seasons is through GoCardless using the following link (CTRL+Click to follow the link):

2013 End of Seasons: 1 Sailor - Pay Here
2013 End of Seasons: 2 Sailors - Pay Here
2013 End of Seasons: 3 Sailors - Pay Here
2013 End of Seasons: 4 Sailors - Pay Here

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


Trophy Winners


Overall Winner "Crewsaver Trophy": William Hall

1 William Hall plus "Nick Thompson Shield" (1st Senior Boy)
2 Benno Marstaller
3 Oliver HIll
4 Alex Smallwood
5 Arthur Brown
6 Rhys Lewis plus "Grafham Water Shield" (1st Junior Boy)
7 Iago Davies
8 Ciaron Jones
9 Jamie Harris
10 Alex King

1 Vita Heathcote plus "Minster Trophy" (1st Girl), "ACE Boats Shield" (1st Junior Girl)
2 Milly Boyle plus "Bowmoor Trophy" (1st Senior Girl)
3 Julia Mellors
4 Pippa Cropley
5 Fenella Bennett
6 Hattie Moseley
7 Rosie Williamson
8 Charlotte Boyle
9 Lucy Mellors
10 Collette Bacon


1 Santiago Sesto-Crosby
2 Kristoff Jenkins
3 Drew Barnes

1 Anna Strover
2 Lucy Haworth
3 Jasmine Haity


"JIBA Trophy" - Milo Gill-Taylor
"The Green Sail" - Milo Gill-Taylo
"The OCRA Shield" - David LaBrouche
"Flensburg Trophy" - Vita Heathcote
"Volvo Musto Sailing Trophy" - Benno Marstaller
"Rex Jayne Memorial Trophy" - David Baddelely
"Midas Trophy" - Deryn May  

IOCA(UK) Development Squad Refinements for 2013-14

Please see the Development Squad webpage for more details regarding updated plans for the squad this winter.

Developme Squad Page  

Out with Lunches ... In with Priority Registration

Volunteer Lunches
As they were not really missed at the Nationals, we have decided not to provide lunches for any volunteers at the End of Seasons.

For those non-optimist-parent volunteers an allowance can be claimed for lunch on your expenses.

Priority Registration
However, following the success of Priority Registration at the Nationals it will be used again for the End of Seasons. Emails have been sent to all families qualifying for Priority Registration.

If you haven't had an email, then please don't try to join the priority queue, but wait patiently until a registration volunteer is available. If you really feel that you should be entitled then you could try sending an email to sailing@optimist.org.uk but be prepared for a polite refusal!

If you have any feedback regarding the removal of volunteer lunches or the introduction of Priority Queuing please send an email to admin@optimist.org.uk  

Volunteer Shortage

Just over 4 days until the 2013 End of Seasons and the Volunteer Rota has a few large gaps.

Sailors cannot go afloat until all have been registered and tallied, and whilst the mothership may not be the most glamorous of locations but it is very much appreciated by the Main Fleet sailors who are expected to be out on the water all day!

The Regatta Fleet committee boat is very short on help at the moment too. The only required skills are ability to write and maybe pull a few lightweight strings. Some sailing knowledge might be useful, but complete novices are also welcome and encouraged aboard!

Volunteering is often a great way to get close to the racing, it's als a fantastic opportunity to get to know the sailors and other parents, but above all it's fun!

Please take a look and see where you might be able to help out. Volunteer Here

Meetings at End of Seasons

Michelle Gent (IOCA Development Officer) will be holding a number of meetings during the End of Seasons weekend. For further details please contact development@optimist.org.uk


Flotilla Leader Meeting - After the fleets have launched (am)

Area Reps Meeting - After Lunch


New Parents Meeting - If this is your first IOCA event then Michelle would love to meet you! A short meeting will be held after the fleets have launched (am)

Location for all meetings tbc (either bar or training room)  

Last Call for Entries

Entry closes very soon!  (06/10/2013)

IBI Sailing

IBI Sailing will be attending the End of Seasons Championships at Rutland but will not be retailing equipment. However, they will be happy to bring pre-ordered chandlery items and sails to the event.

Please contact Charles Ainsworth Tel: 01243 513002  

Main Fleet Sailing Instructions

Main Fleet Sailing Instructions are now available .

Please download them (link on right hand side) and bring a copy with you to the event.

Individual copies for each sailor will NOT be available at the event.

Please take time to read through the sailing INstructions, paying particular attention to the following points:

SI 10 - Start - No U flag (but we may use the Z flag as in standard rule 26)

SI 13.4 - Penalty system - The jury could always protest boats for an incident that they observe, but they may now make a sound signal to draw attention to the fact that they have seen what they believe to be an infringement. They will not hail sail numbers.

SI 15.1 - Protests and requests for redress - New requirement to notify the race committee immediately after finishing - This is standard at Optimist world and continental events (and in some other classes).

SI 17.2 - Safety - Explicit that sailors are not to unzip drysuits when unaccompanied in their boats.

SI 17.7 - Safety - Rutland Belle

Gill Competition & Offers at the EoS

Gill, will be at the End of Seasons this weekend. Check out the details of their competition and great discounts:

* 25% off all Dinghy products online at gillmarine.com from now until the 31st October. To redeem the offer simply enter the code OPTI25. Gill Marine Online

* The Chandlery at Rutland, located next to the main office will be offering 20% off all Gill products during the event. Look out for vouchers in your registration packs.

* There will be a competition at the event to win Gill kit (look out for details on site)

Win a Volvo for the Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship

Volvo XC90

As part of their continued support of Optimist sailing, Volvo Car UK is offering you the chance to cruise your way to the Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship, Rutland Sailing Club, in style and comfort.

Simply go to Facebook.com/volvocarssailing or email volvosailing@intotheblue.biz for the chance to win one of three Volvo cars heading to Rutland.

The car will be delivered to the winnersí door, complete with a full tank of diesel, ahead of the event on Tuesday 8th October 2013 and collected on Tuesday 15th October.
Good Luck and see you all in Rutland!

Click on title for full advert  

Late Payment Deadline Extended

The late payment deadline for the End of Seasons has been extended to Sunday 6th October.

In order to aid planning we would request that entries are made as soon as possible.  

Volunteers Needed

The volunteer rota is now live for the End of Seasons. Please sign up for a duty as soon as possible.

There is a role for EVERYONE: on the water, off the water, with sailing experience or without, all day - both days or just a few hours at a time, whether you are a lone parent, have non-sailors, or this is your first event. Some of the roles are also suitable for non-sailing or older siblings. None of the roles are too onerous but all are absolutely essential for the smooth running of the event.

If you're new to IOCA events they are a great way to meet other parents and get to know the sailors, it's great to be involved and it's great fun! If you'd like details about any of the roles, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For those seasoned IOCA event attendees your expertise and continued support is greatly appreciated!

Please take a look and see where you might be able to help out. Volunteer Here

To all those who have already signed up or who are helping as part of the race management/safety/results teams - THANK YOU - we couldn't do it without you!  

Entry - Opening Soon

The Online entry for the End of Seasons will be live following a committee meeting this evening (12th September 2013). Apologies for the delay.

We would reccommend entering via Clubhouse (top right). Payment will need to be made via goCardless (Link will be available once entry is live).  


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Main £45.00 £65.00
Regatta £45.00 £65.00

Late fee applies from 7 October



Optimist sailors gear up for Volvo Gill Optimist End of Season Championship
Press release ahead of the End of Season Championships

NoR, SSIs etc

Notice Of Race

Main Fleet - Sailing Instructions
Please download, print and bring a copy to the event. Only a small number of copies will be available.

Regatta Fleet - Sailing Instructions


Helpful, unofficial, guides for sailors and parents especially those new to IOCA major events.
Sailor Simple Summary
Parent Simple Summary
Regatta Fleet Sailing Instructions - User Guide


Main Fleet - Measurement Checks at Registration
Regatta Fleet - Measurement Checks at Registration


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.


Updated Selection Policies and Selectors Notices are available through Members -> Publications on the front page of the IOCA website.

Squad Selection 2013-14
2013-14 Squad Selection Policy for Optimist National, Intermediate & Development Squads

2014 IOCA Easter Regatta Team Selection Policy
2014 IOCA Irish Nationals Team Selection Policy
2014 IOCA Naples Team Selection Policy
Notice from the Selection Committee
IOCA Selectors Notice_v7 - Updated 11 Oct 2013


Rutland SC - Welcome

Camping during the event will be available at Rutland Water Campsite which is opposite the club entrance.

This MUST be pre-booked directly with the campsite www.rutlandwatercampsite.co.uk

Any questions

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

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