Volvo Musto Optimist Inland Championship
Grafham Water Sailing Club
17/05/2008 - 18/05/2008

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David Grant wins Inland Championship on 15 points with two race wins ahead of Matthew Wallis on 23 points (also two race wins). Zoe Parkinson first girl in third (also two race wins) on tie break from Oliver Cooper (both on 26 points).

The regatta fleet was won by Ross Mackley with Milo Gill-Taylor in second. Third place and first girl was Emily King.   

Perfect conditions for the Volvo Musto Inland Championships 2008

Young sailors in the Volvo Musto Optimist Inland Championship experienced two days of perfect wind conditions on Grafham Water (17 – 18 May). A record 325 Optimist sailors headed out for the two days of racing dealing with sunshine, rain and a shifty cold 12-18 knot breeze.

This first day of racing saw grey skies, with variable winds and big shifts as showers passed through, all of which played a significant part in race positions with the experienced sailors in the flighted Main Fleet excelling. Tomas Pain (Cardiff Bay Yacht Club) and Zoe Parkinson (Guernsey Yacht Club) both on 9 points led the fleet.

The weather changed for the second day of racing with bright sunshine and gusts increasing to 18 knots; David Grant (Restronguet Sailing Club) used all his experience to take centre stage winning two out of three races and securing the Championship. Mathew Wallis (Spinnaker Yacht Club) fought his way up the leader board to finish second, whilst Zoe Parkinson lost ground in the first two races of the second day before winning the final race, eventually finishing tied on 26 points with Ollie Cooper (Wraysbury Lake Sailing Club), but taking third place on count-back.

Event Champion David Grant was quick to praise the organisers “This is my last IOCA (UK) event, the Optimist has been a fantastic starter boat in which to learn how to sail and I can now go on to Laser 4.7 racing full of confidence. I would like to thank Grafham Water Sailing Club for the brilliant facilities, my mum for continually taking me to sailing events and also all the IOCA (UK) event organisers, without their help fun weekends like this wouldn’t be possible”.

The Regatta Fleet of younger sailors competed brilliantly over the weekend with these younger less experienced sailors completing seven races. The leader after day one was Ross Mackley (Spinnaker Yacht Club) on 9 points, including two bullets (first places). Ross was closely followed by Jack Cox (Salterns Sailing Club) on 13 points. Ross continued his dominance over the fleet on the final day and won the event by a clear 12 points. At just eight years old Milo Gill-Taylor sailed superbly giving Spinnaker Yacht Club a first and second on the podium with Emily King (Norfolk Broads Yacht Club) finishing third overall.

The officials were impressed with how the sailors faired. Principal race officer, David Campbell-James, said. “I was really impressed with the Optimist class this weekend, the starts were good, and the racing was really competitive. I think all the sailors raced to an excellent standard”.

Ben Cooper Chairman of International Optimist Class Association UK (IOCA UK) was also very happy with the weekend: “We had brilliant weather for sailing, with up to 18knots of wind and a bit of sunshine, it’s fantastic that we have managed to get 6 races finished. I would like to thank all the IOCA (UK) volunteers, the race officers, and Grafham Water Sailing Club for again allowing us the use of their facilities.   

Day 2

0900 - 12 to 14 knots, sunshine. Plan to launch main fleet at 0945 for 3 races back to back. Should be a great days sailing

0945 - Main Fleet launched. Wind building slightly, NNE 15 to 18 knots

1010 - latest news from our man afloat on the pin end, 14knots gusting 18

1031 - race 4 under way, yellow and white flights. I FLag flying. Provisional reports are GBR5692 over, not returned.

1035 - Regatta Fleet Launched.

1040 - race 4 under way, red and blue flights. Again an I Flag start, provisional reports are one sailor over, GBR5699, but went round the end to re-join the start.

1045 - Regatta Fleet have started their 4th race

1100 - Regatta Fleet provisional results at Mark 4 - 1st GBR5780, 2nd GBR 2911, 3rd GBR5423

1115 - Main Fleet Race 4, first start (yellow and white). Provisonal results at finish, 1st GBR5605 Robert Dyer, 2nd 5815 Josh Voller, GBR5546 James Hutton-Penman

1150 - Main Fleet Race 5 underway (blue and white). I Flag start once again, one OCS, number not yet confirmed. Excellent start from Christian Townrow on the pin. Conditions are shifty

1155 - Regatta Fleet Race 4 provisional results 1st GBR5251 Isabelle Minks, 2nd GBR2911 Alex Smallwood, 3rd GBR 5459 Milo Gill-Taylor

1200 - Main fleet Race 5 first start (blue and white). GBR5649 OCS

1200 - Main Fleet Race 5 second start (yellow and red) started.

1225 - Main Fleet Race 5 second start (yellow and red) provisional leward mark roundings - 1st GBR5559 David Grant, 2nd GBR5781 Ross Stanley-Whyte, 3rd GBR5740 Annabel Vose

1245 - Regatta Fleet ashore for lunch

1245 -Main Fleet Race 5 first start (blue and white). Provisional results at finish. 1st GBR5683 Matt Wallis, 2nd GBR5678 Ollie Cooper, 3rd GBR5815 Josh Voller, 4th GBR5776 Sasha Bruml, 5th GBR5737 Callum Airlie

1250 - Main Fleet blue and white fights enjoying a short comfort break ashore before start of Race 6

1300 - Main Fleet Race 5 second start (red and yellow). Provisional results at finish 1st GBR5559 David Grant, 2nd GBR5781 Ross Stanley-Whyte, 3rd GBR5707 Jess Lavery, 4th GBR5805 Scott Wallis, 5th GBR5827 Harry Gozzett. Red and yellow flights returning ashore for short comfort break before start of Race 6.

1305 - Regatta Fleet Race 5 Provisional results. 1st GBR4779 Jacob Sidebottom, 2nd GBR5409 Jack Cox, 3rd GBR5001 Sam Crosby

1335 - Main Fleet Race 6 first start (blue and red) started. I Flag start one sailor over (GBR5763) but has gone round the end to re-start

1345 - Main Fleet Race 6 second start (yellow and white). All clear at start

1345 - Regatta Fleet afloat and in start sequence for Race 6.

1400 - Main Fleet Race 6 first start (red and blue). Provisional positions at leward mark. 1st GBR5790 Tomas Pain, 2nd GBR5693 Hannah Jones, 3rd GBR5626 , 4th GBR5596 Craig Dibb, 5th GBR5727

1430 - Main Fleet Race 6 first start (red and blue). Provisional results at finish. 1st GBR5791 David Pain, 2nd GBR5419 Katie Russell, 3rd GBR5814 Christian Townrow, 4th GBR5615 Charlie Warren, 5th GBR5596 Craig Dibb

1435 - Main Fleet First flight returning ashore

1440 Main Fleet second start (yellow and white). Provisional results at finish. 1st GBR5824 Zoe Parkinson, 2nd GBR5740 Annabel Vose, 3rd GBR5831 Dan Bullock

1445 All Main fleet sailors returning ashore after a great days sailing in bright sunshine and 14knots of breeze. Final overall results to follow shortly   

Day 1

16:30 All boat are ashore and final packing up for the night is taking place. The race three results are currently being processed and any queries being processed prior to posting of the overnight results.

16:05 Ross Macklay stamps his authority on regatta fleet with a second win. Tom Darling finishes in second and Catriona Maciver takes third. Sam Pearce moves up to second overall with a fourth.

15:50 Main fleet - 2 races posted. Third race in progress. Wind down to 9 mph ENE. Zoe Parkinson takes lead on 5 points with Matthew Wallis in second on 7points. Thomas Pain takes third on tie break from David Grant on 8 points.

13:25 Ross Macklay and Milo Gill-Taylor from Spinnaker take early lead in the Regatta fleet ahead of Sam Pearce from Burghfield. Results after Race 1 posted.

11:20 Regatta fleet just launching

10:40 Main fleet launches to 13 mph wind fromthe NE. Weather is overcast with drizzle.  

IOCA Girls Squad

New this year is the IOCA Girls' Squad which will be selected on the results of the Volvo Musto Optimist Inland Championship. For full details refer to the Selection Policy under information on the right hand side of this page.  (16/05/2008)

Registration Rota

Many thanks to those that volunteered to assist with registration. The rota is as follows.

Main Fleet

Kris Bird Mari Jones Gill Dando Jan Lamont David Scott Sam Potts Suzie Burywood

Regatta Fleet

Julie Crosby Candy Dodwell Julie Crosby  

Results - rota

The duty roster for the two days is listed below:


Main fleet
Lead results officers: David Thompson,Jacky Stagg
Assistants: Gill Dando,Roger Trapp

Regatta fleet
Paul Dolin, Kay Batten, Tina Grice

Lead Results officers: David Thompson, Jacky Stagg Assistants: Bill Rhodes, Susanana Sealles

Regatta fleet: Paul Dolin, Neil Wilson

Parents of James Scott

Please report to the race office ( the green hut next to the galley) approximately half an hour after the sailors go afloat.   

Online entry

This site will accept your online entries for the Volvo Musto Optimist Inland Championship. The system will only accept online entries from those sailors who have are current members of the class assocation (2008) (Any problems then contact us on

Once you have completed your entry and printed the entry form with the appropriate declarations -- please ensure that both the helm and a parent/guardian have signed it. Attach a cheque payable to IOCA(UK) or pay by credit card and send it to the class co-ordinator.  

Camping, campers, caravans and dogs at Grafham

ALL camper van spaces have now been booked. Two local campsites are The Old Manor at Grafham - 01480 810264 and Top End Farm at Little Staughton - 01234 376426.

Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Club grounds except for the visitor's car park.

If anyone wants to camp at the Inlands please can you contact GWSC (see link on right) and let them know what size tent you intend to take. Book early to avoid disappointment!

We regret that caravans are not permitted on site, due to planning restrictions.  


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Notice of Race
Supplementary Sailing Instructions (SSIs)
Posted 9th May 2008
Regatta Fleet Supplementary Sailing Instructions
Posted May 14th
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