Attached details of the proposed winter squads format for 2018/19. We have worked with the RYA on this and have, I believe, got to a good place in terms of balancing what is needed from the RYA alongside ensuring that we consider what is for the good of the Class. The new structure is detailed…

If you enjoy teaching the rule of racing as much as you do enforcing them, if you are committed to developing the confidence and sense of fair play in junior sailors, and if you want to build you experience within a large, internationally recognised fleet then please send a CV with a brief note explaining…

Work has been undertaken by the Committee to create a new 5 year plan that sets out the strategic direction of the Class over the next 5 years. This is key to ensure the future of the Class and to meet the changing environment that we are working in. The Committee plan to meet at…

IOCA (UK) plans to roll out an extended program of training for optimist sailors in the UK, and is looking to recruit an additional part-time employee, to work with the Class Training Officer to develop and execute the new training program. IOCA (UK) Development & Training Co-ordinator – Role Description Any interested parties should email…

The latest edition of the IODA Class Rules is now available on line. The new rules apply with immediate effect. There have been some minor changes/clarifications: 1. Mainsheet blocks may have a maximum of 2 sheaves 2. A compass may now also include a timing device, but this may be overridden by the Organising Authority…

Interested in becoming an Optimist Measurer? The RYA has announced some dates when they are running World Sailing Sail Measurement Courses which you need to become an IOCA Measurer. These courses are good for both new measurers and existing Measurers who are renewing their qualification. Course length is one day. See dates below: Carsington Sailing…

The Yachts and Yachting Awards 2017 are open for voting and will remain open until Monday 11 December. It is a close run thing in each of the categories so please do vote. Optimist sailors and the Optimist class are nominated in three award categories. Achievement of the year award – Optimists Round IOW Event…

If so, you are invited to sail the qualifier events for the 2018 Laser 4.7 Europeans and World Championship! Our fleet will give many 12-17 year old sailors the opportunity to sail in one or both of these amazing Championships in 2018. In 2017 we had 27 GBR sailors competed in the European Championship and…

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