2015 Volvo Gill Optimist British National & Open Championships
Pwllheli Sailing Club
25/07/2015 - 31/07/2015

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Racing updates


Amendment to NORs

We have posted an amendment to the NORs, changing the opening time of registration to 3pm on the Saturday. The registration and measurement process for all fleets has been posted - see section on right hand side.  (08/07/2015)

Gill Kit Trials

Gill Kit Trials
Want to try out some new kit? Visit Gill in the Event Hall on Saturday 25th July 3-5pm.  

Interested in mark laying?

We will be running some mark laying training on the Lay Day (Wednesday), for anyone who would like to learn to mark lay, or brush up their skills.
There will be a sign-up list on the Notice Boards.  

Table Top Sale

Tuesday 28th July
We will be running a table top sale on Tuesday afternoon - 5 a table, with proceeds going to the John Merrick Trust, so remember to bring your second hand sailing clothes/kit along to sell
In addition, we will sell off all the lost property collected but not claimed during the year.  

Buddy system extended

Buddy system extended
The Buddy System is for sailors competing in Main Fleet and not already connected to a RIB in the safety fleet. Sailors will be allocated a RIB that they can visit between races, deposit their lunch and receive moral support while they are on the water.

We are extending the buddy system to all sailors in Main Fleet, who are not already supported by a RIB/coach boat. Priority will be given to sailors who are sailing in Main Fleet for the first time.

Click on title to sign up.  

Venue Handbook

Information from Plas Heli about the venue and local facilities. Click on title to open.  (10/07/2015)

Volunteer Lunches

Volunteer Lunches
Lunches will be provided for all non-parent volunteers, plus all parent volunteers in race management who attend the Race Management meetings. There is no need to pre-sign up.  

RIB Insurance Declaration needed

There is a new requirement this year for RIB helms to sign an insurance declaration. Click on the title for details, plus information on launching, recovery etc.  (08/07/2015)


The Galley at the Academy will be open for breakfast from 08.00 - 10.00, lunch from 12.00
- 14.00 and evening meals from 18.00 - 21.30 with a quality menu and daily specials.
BBQs and Lamb Roast will be available on certain evenings. Additionally the clubroom will
serve soft drinks, ice creams and snacks throughout the day from 10.00 to 17.00

SIte Map

Site map details have now been added to the 'Event Booklet' section (Right hand column)
Additional information will be added to this section soon.

Buddy System in Main Fleet

We will be trialling a Buddy System for sailors competing in the Main Fleet for the first time and not already connected to a RIB in the safety fleet. Sailors can visit this rib between races, deposit their lunch, and receive moral support while they are on the water. The system will be subject to availability.  (19/06/2015)


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Senior Fleet £195.00 £234.00
Junior Fleet £195.00 £234.00
Transition Fleet £225.00 £270.00
Regatta Coaching Fleet £260.00 £312.00
Mini Racers £310.00 £372.00

Late fee applies from 1 July



Volunteer For a Duty
Details of the Volunteer roster have now been extracted for the Event, so please don't sign up online. We will have details of the remaining 55 unfilled slots at Registration, for which we would warmly welcome volunteers. Please sign up there.

Volunteer Duty Info
A basic guide to all the volunteer roles. We do expect ALL families to help out during the week. There really is something for everyone!

Event Documents

Event Programme
Probably the most useful document on this page!

Main Fleet Documents

Notice of Race - Main Fleet
Posted 11/05/15

Amendment to NOR - Main Fleet

Main Fleet Sailing Instructions
Please download, print and bring a copy with you to the event

Senior Fleet Flighting
please check this for your flight colour for the FIRST. Flight colours for subsequent days will be posted on the official notice board.
Junior Fleet Flighting
please check this for your flight colour for the FIRST. Flight colours for subsequent days will be posted on the official notice board.
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.

Transition/Regatta Fleet Documents

Regatta Fleet Co-ordinator
Fiona Baddeley

Notice of Race - Transition/Regatta Fleets
Posted 11/05/2015

Amendment to NOR - Transition/Regatta Fleets
Regatta & Transition Fleet Sailing Instructions
Regatta / Transition Fleet Welcome Letter
Regatta Fleet Pre-Event Check Form
Please download, print and complete. See Registration process document above for details.

Registration and Measurement

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.
Registration Process - All fleets
Registration procedures for all fleets.

Regatta Fleet Pre-Event Check Form
Please download, print and complete. See Registration process document above for details.

The Event Booklet

Lots of important information about the event. Please take time to read through all the documents

This year all the pages from the Event Booklet will only be available online, for download and printing as required

Chairmans Welcome
Venue Handbook
Contains important site access information

Site Plan
We need to be able to launch by fleet.
Country/region/club teams and families will not be able to have sailors from different fleets in the same area.

No road trailers in the dinghy park area at any time for any reason!
Tide Chart
Previous National Championship Winners


Rib Policy: Main Fleets
Important information for anyone bringing a RIB/Coach Boat to the Nationals.

Rib Registration: Main Fleets
Please read the RIB policy above, before registering your RIB.

Transition/Regatta Fleet RIBs
Please contact Victor Brellisford at victorbrellisford@me.com if you can bring a RIB to support these fleets.
RIB Expenses Policy
RIBs at the Event
Information about registering your RIB at the event, launching, recovery etc.

3rd Party Insurance

Noble Marine Insurance

If you require 3rd Party Insurance for the event please contact our insurance partners Noble Marine directly via the Noble Marine Website to complete the on line proposal form.

The premium is 26.50 GBP for the event for a third party indemnity of 5,000,000, with no refunds being applicable for termination of the policy. When payment has been made on line, sailors will be able to print off their own policy.

Event Newsletters

2015 Nationals Newsletter No. 6
2015 Nationals Regatta / transition Fleet newsletter
2015 Nationals Newsletter No. 5
2015 Nationals International Newsletter 2
2015 Nationals Newsletter No. 4
2015 Nationals Newsletter No. 3
2015 Nationals Newsletter No. 2
2015 Nationals Newsletter No. 1
2015 Nationals Newsletter International Sailors

International Visitors

International Visitors Fact Sheet


Firmhelm Marine -Pwllheli Marine Centre 01758 612251,event side of river open 7 days, 8am to 7pm
Partington Marine -The Outer Harbour, 01758 612808, on other side of river, open 7 days
JKA sails Sailmaker - Outer Harbour, 01758 613266

Any questions

Contact: IOCA Sailing Committee
Email:    sailing@optimist.org.uk

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