2014 IOCA (UK) Optimist Winter Championships
Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
22/11/2014 - 23/11/2014

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Flight Colours & Race Management Meeting Schedule

List of initial flight colours for the qualifying series & the Race Management Meeting Schedule have been published in the documents section on the right hand side of the webpage.


Volunteers Needed

With just a few days until the Winter Championships in Cardiff, there are still a large number of spaces on the Volunteer Rota!

Critical roles for the weekend are Committee/Finish Boat Assistants (new parents welcome!), Launch/Recovery helpers for both slipways.

Any help with the other roles would also be greatly appreciated.

Please volunteer - it will make the weekend run much more smoothly for sailors and parents alike!

Volunteer Here

Most roles require no experience, just a willingness to help out for a couple of hours over the weekend. But, if you'd like any additional information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

We are aware that there have been some issues with access to the website over the last week. If the website is unavailable, please try again later or drop admin@optimist.org.uk a note with your offer of help.

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

IBI Sailing

IBI Sailing will be attending the Winter Championships at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club on 22/23 November 2014. They will be bringing a selection of Optimist equipment but if there is anything specific please contact Charles Ainsworth Tel: 01243 513002 / charles@ibisailing.co.uk so they can bring it with them.


There will be no on site parking for non members, parking will be available in the overflow car park alongside the club, please beware this car park can be muddy.

Ribs will be launched by CBYC staff up till 20.00 Friday and on Saturday morning, rib trailers will be stowed on site.

Boat trailers will not be allowed on site, there will be an area close to the club main gate were you will need to unload your boat and walk it in to the club grounds.

Camper vans - as many as possible will be accommodated on the club site, you will need to purchase a gate card @5 from the club bar, those camper vans that can't be accommodated on site will be positioned as close as possible in the overflow car park.  


Packed lunches will be available for non parent volunteers only. For all other volunteers a packed lunch can be provided by CBYC for 4 a head but this must be ordered in advance by contacting the club on 029 2066 6627. The bar will only be serving bacon/sausage sandwiches in the morning and will not open for lunch until 12.00pm.  (14/11/2014)

Weekend Catering

SATURDAY - The Quarterdeck Bar is open from 12:00 to 23:00
Breakfast is available from 9:00 to 10:30
Lunch and Bar snacks are available from 12:00 to 15:00
Steak Night is from 18:00 to 21:00

SUNDAY - The Quarterdeck Bar is open from 12:00 to 22:00
Breakfast is available from 9:00 to 10:30
Sunday Lunch and Bar snacks are available from 12:00 to 15:00

Sailors will be provided with pasta after they come off the water on the Saturday.

Sailors will be fed in the downstairs bar area from the hot plate, the upstairs bar area is strictly for dry gear so please make sure sailors in wet gear do not come upstairs.

All the parents are welcome to watch the rugby on Saturday afternoon in the upstairs bar area.  

Change to Notice of Race

The NOR for the Winter Championships has been re-issued with the following changes:

1. Due to the limited number of entries, the Transition fleet has been removed.
2. In order to make best use of the available sailing area at Cardiff, the schedule has been changed to allow a greater number of shorter races.
3. To allow both starts of the last race to be completed, the last signal time is now based on the orange flag rather than the warning signal.

If you have entered and any of these changes affect your decision to attend, please contact admin@optimist.org.uk for a refund.

Rib Drivers and Crew

You need not own a rib to be involved on the water. CBYC have kindly made six RIBS available to IOCA for this event. If you'd like to drive one of these RIBS in the safety fleet and have a passed your PB2, then please complete your details here

This is also an opportunity to crew one of these available RIBS, if you're interested please also complete your details here. Deadline to complete the form is 16th November, with roles being allocated by 20th November.  


Due to the Wales v New Zealand rugby match taking place on the Saturday, accommodation is limited in the city centre.

Recommend looking just outside Cardiff in Barry or Bridgend, the following are about a 20 minute drive:

Travelodge Cardiff M4
Travelodge Cardiff Airport
Premierinn Cardiff Airport
Holiday Express Cardiff Airport
Premierinn Bridgend M4

Motorhome Bookings

There are a limited number of space for motorhomes. These should be booked directly with the club on 029 2066 6627  (07/10/2014)


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Qualifier Series £45.00 £65.00

Late fee applies from 15 November


NoR, SSIs etc

Notice Of Race - Issue 2
Issue 2 - 3 Nov 2014
Main Fleet - Sailing Instructions
Version 3 (Uploaded 16/11/2014) - corrected event title in document.

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

Flight Colour Lists for the Qualifying Series.

Flight colour ribbons will be available near the Official Notice Board.
Event Race Management Schedule


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.


IOCA Safety List
This is the email list we use to communicate to all members interested in RIB fleet information for IOCA(UK). Please click on above link and then click "+Join Group" if you are interested in how we run the RIB fleet during events.
RIB Allocation Sheet
This is the where to register your RIB, if you would like to bring one to the event. If you do not have a RIB and want to get on the water, please sign up here also for crew spots.

Uniquely we also have RIBs provided by CBYC some of which are not manned, so please sign up to drive those (PB2 required).
Rib Charter / Policy
Our RIB charter explains how we balance parental access to the racing with the needs for roles to be fulfilled to run the event. Please read.


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

2015 IOCA Irish Nationals Team Selection Policy
2014-15 Invitational Training Selection Guidelines


Venue Details
Cardiff Bay Yacht Club
The Club House
Ferry Road
Cardiff CF11 0JL

Tel: (0)29 2066 6627


Motorhome Bookings
There are a limited number of space for motorhomes. These should be booked directly with the club on 029 2066 6627

Any questions

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

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