2017 Volvo Gill Optimist British National & Open Championships
Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy
29/07/2017 - 04/08/2017

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RIB Sign-Up Sheet

Sign up on this sheet if your are;

bring a RIB to the Nationals
want to be a RIB crew for the event

International Coaches need to sign up on their RIB on this sheet.

Click on the title for further information.  

Notice 6

Intentions for the - main fleet  (04/08/2017)

Regatta Fleet Feedback

Please take a few minutes to complete the feedback so that we can make the next event even better.


Regatta Fleet intentions - Thursday 3 Aug

The forecast remains challenging for tomorrow and so we are planning on the assumption there will be no racing.

Instead, we will offer a mixture of shore based and on the water activity for all regatta fleet sailors.

Coaching / mini racer fleet - rib trip to Castle Cove beach (within the harbour)
Racing fleet - shore based training exercises

Reverse of the morning

Lunch will be at WPNSA.

The rib ride to Castle Cove has been discussed in full with the joint organising authorities. We will be taking additional ribs (freed up by splitting the activity) to ensure the ratio is 8:1 or better.

Bow Stickers
We will be checking bow stickers in the morning to ensure they are the latest versions. This is part of the sailing instructions and does help our relationship with the class sponsors

Main Fleet
Decisions about main fleet will be made in the morning so please refer to the current schedule.

Nationals Event team


Notice 4 Wednesday 2 Aug 2017

Gold and Silver fleets

The gold and silver fleet lists are under RESULTS on the left of this webpage.  (31/07/2017)

Flight Lists - Monday

Junior Fleet
Red Flight
White Flight

Senior Fleet
Yellow Flight
Blue Flight  

Arriving early for the Nationals 17

If you are planning to arrive before Friday 28 July 17 with a boat you need to contact WPNSA to make arrangements.

Sailing from WPNSA before the event including on Friday 28 July 17 is possible. Before going afloat, all you need to do is to go to the WPNSA Office to let then know that you are going afloat and to pay Portland Port hardour dues.  

WPNSA Arrival Information

Information from the venue on what to do when arriving at WPNSA.  (25/07/2017)

Looking forward to seeing you in July 2017

Scroll down this page for International payments, event hoodies, RIB Sign-up sheet and Event Team Sign-up sheet and lots more......  

Accommodation required for Nats 17

Family of 6 people looking for accommodation for the Nats 17. Contact sigridbeckmann@gmail.com  (25/07/2017)

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)

Nationals 17 - Newsletter

All the latest information on the Nationals 17.  (13/07/2017)

Event Team Sign-Up Sheet

The Nationals 17 needs volunteers ashore and on the water to manage and run the event.

Sign up to be a member of the Nationals 17 Event Team. All parents are welcome to sign-up.

To make corrections and changes contact John - admin@optimist.org.uk  

Race Office

The Race Office will be open at WPNSA from 9.00am on Wednesday 26 July.


Champion of Champions Race at the British Nationals

List of Champions 1961 - 2016

How many names to you recognise on this list?  (24/05/2017)

Tourist information

Find out about Dorset and the surrounding area and find accommodation.  (01/11/2016)

Venue information

The 2017 Volvo Gill British National & Open Championships are being held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Dorset, England.  (01/11/2016)

International sailor entry fee payments

Payments for international sailors can be made through PayPal using the IOCA international payment page, click on the title to go to this page.

Multiple sailors can be paid for in one payment but each fleet must be paid separately.  

IOCA (UK) 2017 AGM

The IOCA(UK) AGM will take place on Thursday 3rd August 2017 WPNSA at 6.30pm.

Members who wish to place a matter for discussion at the AGM should notify the Secretary in writing at least one month in advance of the General Meeting. Correspondence to be sent to

Please note that nominations for committee roles do not need to be proposed before the AGM.  

Road trailer parking

There will be parking for road trailers at WPNSA for the period of the Nationals 17.

Details of the location will be published closer the the event.  

Camper and Caravans at WPNSA

Book a camper and caravan pitch directly with WPNSA.  (28/02/2017)


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Senior Qualifier Series £195.00 £235.00
Junior Qualifier Series £195.00 £235.00
Regatta Racing £260.00 £310.00
Regatta Coaching £260.00 £310.00
Mini Racers £310.00 £375.00

Late fee applies from 20 June



Be a sponsor
Please join us as a sponsor at the 2017 Volvo Gill Optimist British National and Open Championships.

There are many opportunities to showcase your brand at the British Nationals from individual and company sponsorships from 25 up to event partner levels and sponsorship in-kind.

Benefits include your logo and link on the Nationals 2017 webpage, logo on event banners and competitor shirts, adverts in the programme and goodie bag inclusion.

Please see the attachments for further information or email: marketing@optimist.org.uk
Sponsor benefits
Find out the benefits your organisation will gain from being a sponsor.

Platinum sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Event Programme

Main Fleet Event Programme
Probably the most useful document on this page!
Regatta Fleet 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 2017.

RIB Sign-up sheet
Sign up on this sheet if your are;

bring a RIB to the Nationals
want to be a RIB crew for the event

International Coaches need to sign up on their RIB on this sheet.

Click on the title for further information.
IOCA (UK) Safety Fleet email and sign-up
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 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.
Prohibited area for non-official vessels
Interpretation of SI22 relating to the prohibited area for non-official vessels (i.e. support boats).

Main Fleet Documents

Notice of Race - Main Fleet
Download and print or save a copy of the NOR.
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 DAY. 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 DAY. Flight colours for subsequent days will be posted on the official notice board.

Regatta Fleets Documents

Notice of Race - Regatta Fleets
Regatta Fleet Sailing Instructions
Download and print a copy of the Sailing Instruction and bring them with you.
Which Regatta Fleet?
This information will assist you in selecting the right Regatta Fleet for you.
Under 8 Policy
Information on sailors who are under 8 years of age wanting to enter the Nationals 17.
Snap, Shackle and strop
Essential reading for Regatta Fleet sailors on how to prepare your Optimist for the Nationals 17.

Trophy & Prize List

Trophy & Award List


Main Fleet Measurement Information
Regatta Fleets Measurement
Measurement for Regatta Fleets at the Nationals 17 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).
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.

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.
Venue Information


Dream Cottages
Contact Dream Cottages for cottage accommodation in Weymouth and Portland.
This information on accommodation has been put together by the venue - WPNSA.
Campers and Caravans
There are camper and caravan pitches available at the venue - WPNSA.

Booking should be made directly with the WPNSA.
Visit Dorset
This is an link for accommodation located close to the event venue - WPNSA.

Charter Boats and RIB Charter

Racing Dinghies
IBI Sailing

IBI Sailing Ltd are offering charter Optimists for the Nationals 2017.

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 Insurance 25 extra.

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 2017:

Winner 3D star or McLaughlin Pro complete (except sail)

- Optimax Mk4 or BlackGold medium,
- foils
- trolley, topcover, foil bag,
- bailers, praddle, mastlock, mainsheet.

Please contact Sailcenter for the possibilities.


Xtremity Rib Charter
Xtremity Rib Charter for the British Nationals 2017.

Click the title for information.

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 28.00 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) 2017 AGM

Report - Treasurer

Any questions

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

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