2016 Volvo Gill Optimist British National & Open Championships
Largs Sailing Club
30/07/2016 - 05/08/2016

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The Race Office for the Nationals 2016 is opened on Thursday 28 July.

the after sailing BBQ tickets for Tuesday 2 Aug are on sale from the Race Office at 6.00 each.  

Deliveries to WPNSA for Nats 17

If you are having a parcel delivered to WPNSA for collection at the Nationals the parcel must be addressed with your name c/o Optimist Nationals and please email reception@wpnsa.org.uk beforehand as they do not accept parcels they are not expecting for people they do not know.  (17/07/2017)

Ceilidh - Tuesday 2 August

Get your dancing shoes on.

Ceilidh dancing to the Ceilidh Band - Reelie Jiggered.

After the BBQ at 6.30pm  

BBQ on Tuesday 2 August

There is a BBQ at the sailing club on Tuesday from 5.00pm.

Tickets are on sale from the Race Office from Thursday 28 July.

Tickets 6.00 each.  

Largs Sailing Club - Catering

The sailing club will be providing catering throughout the week.

Click on the title for more information.  

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will involve all sailors to parade from the anchors to the marquee with Scottish Optimist pipers.

Everyone please feel free to bring your national flag to wave during the parade.  

Event Booklet

This booklet has everything that you need to know for your arrival and while you are at the event.

Download and bring a copy of the booklet with you.  

Entry closed on 4 July

The entry for the Nationals 2016 closed on Monday 4 July at 17.00

Please note that the late payment fees start on the 6 July.  

New Volvo Gill boat Stickers

Volvo Gill have a new boat sticker which has a different font. There will be a new boat stickers available from Thursday 28 July from the Race Office. The new boat sticker has to be on boats competing in the Nationals 16

Probably best to remove the old stickers at home.

The new Volvo Gill stickers were used for the first time at the Inlands in May this year.


IOCA (UK) 2016 AGM

The IOCA(UK) AGM will take place on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 in Largs S.C. at 6.30pm. Any proposed resolutions in accordance with our bye-laws should be set to John Perham (admin@optimist.org.uk) by 30th June 2016. Please note that nominations for committee roles do not need to be proposed before the AGM.  (22/06/2016)

Late payment - 6 July

The late payment fees will be payable from 6 July.

Please contact John Perham admin@optimist.org.uk for help and assistance with making payments.  

International Sailors Entry fee

The payment of entry fees for International sailors is by PayPal. Click on the title for the payment link.


Find out more about Largs

Welcome to Largs.

The Largsonline website has information on Accommodation, Things to do, Photo Gallery and lots more.


RIB Sign-up sheet

The RIB Sign-up sheets for the Main-Junior & Senior, Regatta Racing, Coached and Mini Fleets are now open on the right under RIB Fleet Information.


Volunteer for a duty at the Nationals 2016

The Nationals 2016 Planning and Delivery Team, led by Jelle Stokroos have been hard at work and now are building the Event Team for parents and family.

To join the Event Team click on the title to see the full sign-up sheet.

To express interest in taking on any role for the Nationals 2017 in Weymouth and Portland, Planning and Delivery Team, contact admin@optimist.org.uk IOCA (UK) is recruiting at this time for the Nationals 17 Team to encourage anyone interested to work with the Team in Largs to gain valuable knowledge and experience.

To make changes and transfers on the sign-up sheet, please contact John Perham admin@optimist.org.uk


RYA supports the Nationals 2016

To find out more click on the title.  (23/05/2016)

Optimist National & British Open Championships

Great racing with race officer Peter Saxton on Scotland's stunning west coast.

Main Fleet Race Course

The sailors in Main Fleet, Junior and Senior will race on the same course.

Nationals Event Coordinators

Jelle Stokroos is the Event Coordinator for the National & Open Championships 2016.


Venue information

The National & Open Championships are being held at Largs Sailing Club.  (05/04/2016)

Booking Campers and Caravans

Follow the link to a booking form for caravans and camper vans on the Largs Yacht Haven site.

The form is on the Scottish Sailing Institute Site which is of general interest.

The booking form is below the picture.  

Accommodation finder 1

This accommodation finder has been put together by the Scottish Sailing Institute for major sailing events.  (05/04/2016)

Accommodation finder 2

Have a look at the Visit Scotland website which has an accommodation finder and lots of information on Scotland.  (05/04/2016)


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Main Fleet - Senior £195.00 £234.00
Main Fleet - Junior £195.00 £234.00
Regatta Racing Fleet £260.00 £312.00
Regatta Coaching Fleet £260.00 £312.00
Mini Racers £310.00 £372.00

Late fee applies from 6 July



Duty Sign-Up Sheet
Be part of the Nationals 2016 Event Team to support the Main Fleet and Regatta Fleet sailors on-shore and on the water.

Volunteer Duty Infomation
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 Programme

Event Programme
Probably the most useful document on this page!

RIB Fleet Information

RIB/Coach Boat Policy
Important information for anyone bringing a RIB/Coach Boat to the British Nationals 2016.

RIB Sign-up sheet - Main Fleets
The sheet for the Main (Junior and Senior) can be accessed by clicking on the title.
RIB Sign-up sheet - Regatta and Mini Fleets
The sheet for the Regatta (Racing & Coaching) & Mini Racers fleets can be accessed by clicking on the title.
RIB Expenses Policy
This document sets out the policy for claiming expenses when individuals provide their own or club
owned RIBs for use as part of the IOCA (UK) Safety Fleet at Major Events and/or for coaching use at
Squad or Team Training or when they collect, deliver and return the class-owned RIBs.
Event Organiser advice on mileage limits

Main Fleet Documents

Notice of Race - Main Fleet
Posted 29 July 2016

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

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

Regatta Fleets Documents

Notice of Race - Regatta Fleets
Updated on 31 May 2016

Regatta Fleet Sailing Instructions
Download and print a copy of the Sailing Instruction and bring them with you.
Regatta Fleet - What to Bring
This is a very useful checklist of what you will need to bring with you to the Nationals.


Measurement information
Graded Penalty System
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.
Regatta Fleets Measurement
Measurement for Regatta Fleets at the Nationals 16 will focus on the safety of the boat (see Snap, Shackle & Strop document) and checking buoyancy aid/ whistle. Registration and Measurement documentation will not be required for Regatta Fleet boats (though it is good practice to bring them if you have them).

The Event Booklet

Event Booklet
This booklet has all the information you need for you arrival and while you are at the event.

Download a copy and bring it with you.


Charter Boats

Racing Dinghies
IBI Sailing

IBI Sailing Ltd are offering charter Optimists for the Nationals 2016.

Blueblue Optimists. Complete (except sail) with Optimax Mk4 spars, Optiparts racing epoxy foils, trolley, foil bag, bailers, praddle, mastlock, mainsheet. Boats will be available at the Pre-Nationals Clinic.

Prices: 475.00 which included hire of Optimist for the pre event training 26 - 28 July 16 (paid for separately, see information on Pre Event Training) and for the Nationals from 29 July - 5 August 2016, Insurance 25 extra.

Payment: 50% deposit required by May 1st, full payment by June 15th.

Click on the title to go to the IBI wedsite.

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

Sailcenter is offering charter Optis for the UK Nationals 2016.

Winner 3D star or McLaughlin Pro. Complete (except sail) with Optimax Mk4 or BlackGold medium, foils, trolley, topcover, foil bag, bailers, praddle, mastlock, mainsheet. Price will be 475,- EURO. Please contact Sailcenter for the possibilities.

Sailcenter is offering charter RIBs/Coachboats for the UK Nationals 2016. Please contact Sailcenter for the possibilities.


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 27.38 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.

IOCA (UK) 2016 AGM


The Annual General Meeting of the International Optimist Class Association (UK) will be held Largs Sailing Club, as part of the Optimist National Championships.

IOCA (UK) Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 3th July at 18:00hrs

All event attendees are invited to attend, only members of the Association may vote.
Report - Chair
Report - Treasurer


British Youth Sailing Team Selection Policy
Trofeo Internacional Optimist Trophy, 27th - 29 January 2017

Any questions

Contact: John.Perham
Email:    Admin@optimist.org.uk

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