2018 Volvo Gill Optimist Spring Championships
Royal Lymington Yacht Club
10/03/2018 - 11/03/2018

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Racing updates


Parent & Sailor Social

Don't forget - all invited to the Spring Championships Parent & Sailor Social

Come along to Lymington Town Sailing Club (just across from Royal Lymington Yacht Club) after sailing on Saturday for a drink to kick off an exciting 2018.
Sailor giveaways and raffle, collect your "hot off the press" Optimist Annual 2018, hear what's happening in 2018 and welcome our IOCA first timers in regatta and main fleet.
Drinks will be served at approx 5.30pm depending upon when sailors are ashore.  

Solent Tides this weekend

Have a look at this site to see what the tides are doing this weekend in the sailing area.  (08/03/2018)

Scout Hut parking and Camping

There is parking and camping available at the Scout Hut in Lymington.

Please note that this facility is not available until Saturday morning.  

Springs Event Information from RLynYC

Please read this information from RLymYC before you arrive.

There is information on car parking, dinghy park, RIB berthing, catering and more.....  

Sign up to join the Springs Event Team

Sign up to join the Event Team.

There are 140 volunteer duty slots, Sat & Sun to be filled to support the operation of the IOCA (UK) Spring 18.

Volunteers are mainly parent and there are also non-parent volunteers in the Event Team - Race Officers and Jury.

If you are a new parent to the class, please select an duty that you would like to take on at future events and work with the parent signed up to this duty to find out more.

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

RIB and RIB Volunteer Sign-up sheets

Both forms are now live and can be found under documents on the righthand side of the webpage page under the RIB Fleet heading.  (06/03/2018)

IBI Racing Dinghies

We are pleased to advise Charles Ainsworth from IBI Racing Dinghies will be available at this weekend's Spring Championships for any chandlery items required. Charles can also bring along any pre-ordered items; please call IBI on 01243 513002.  (06/03/2018)

Update 2 - 22 Feb 2018

We spoke yesterday with our local partners in Lymington and talked through the capacity issues for the event.

As a result of the support from both the Harbour Master and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, we have been able to increase the number of entries. We have used these places to clear the existing waiting list and any unpaid entries across both fleets.

In addition and separately, there was a recognition that a number of key volunteers locally had missed out on entries, and their support of the event was critical - without them some of the mitigating factors that enabled the increase in entries would be at risk - and so a small number of additional spaces have been made available to them.

It is encouraging the event has proved so popular, and this has led to pressure on the entries. Inevitably some people will have missed out and will be disappointed - we are very sorry about this and will review each and every event to ensure entries can go as smoothly as possible"  

Update 1 - 15 Feb 2018

The meeting to decide if the numbers of the Main and or Regatta Fleets can be increased is now scheduled to take place on Wednesday 21 Feb 18.

This is a change to a date previously published.


Springs 18 entry

The entry in both the Main and Regatta Fleet have reached the maximum number of entries. The online entry has been closed and no additional entries are being added.

The class is working with Royal Lymington Yacht Club and other agencies to investigate if the number of sailors in the fleets can be increased. For reasons beyond the control of the class there will not be a decision on increasing fleets, before Wednesday 21 Feb 18, at the earliest.

As soon as a decision has been reached an update will be published on this page.


RLynYC Visitor and Sailing information

Useful information from RlynYC for visitors.  (08/02/2018)

Accommodation at near Lymington

Looking for accommodation for the Springs 18 at Lymington.
Have a look at this list.

Please note that these are no campervan or caravan pitch available at RLYC. Search on New Forest Tourist Office for campsites.  

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club

The Spring Championships 2018 are being held at Royal Lymington Yacht Club.  (06/02/2018)

Springs 18 Race Office

The IOCA (UK) Race Office at LYC will be open from Friday 09 March.



Berthon will offer parking for motorhomes for the Optimist Spring Championships at 20 per night inc VAT, to include electricity and luxury hot showers. Please book by e mail at marina@berthon.co.uk or by phone 01590 647405. Very easy walk to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club next door.  (22/02/2018)


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
Main Fleet £50.00 £60.00
Regatta Fleet £50.00 £60.00

Late fee applies from 27 February




Rib Sign Up Sheet
This is 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 then please sign up on the Rib Volunteer Sheet.
Rib Volunteer Sign Up Sheet
This is where to register if you do not have a RIB and want to get on the water.


Event Programme
Download and save or print a copy.



Major Event Instructions
The Major Event Instructions are used for all for all IOCA (UK) major events.

Notice of Race
NOR for Spring Championships.

Download and print a copy and bring to the event with you.

Supplementary Sailing Instructions
SSIs for the Spring Championships. Please download, print and bring a copy to the Springs.

Main Fleet Flights
Registration will be by flight colour.




Irish Team 2018 Selection Policy
IOCA (UK) - Irish Nationals Team Selection Policy 2018.

Any questions

Contact: IOCA Administrator & Events Manager
Email:    admin@optimist.org.uk
Tel No:   07713 499225

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