The Committee

Alt_Scott McKenzie 2013 North Island Champion1

The committee is elected each year by members at the AGM.  The AGM is currently held at the End of Seasons each year.  Following the constitution, it manages the affairs of the class on behalf of all members.


There is an elected position for each of the main roles e.g. sailing, technical, training, teams etc; a summary of each of the current roles is detailed here.  The committee operates by these elected members coming together at least six times per year, with the minutes being published. So the committee is not an “executive”, there are no reporting structures and almost all decisions are reached by consensus.

Committee Role Descriptions

Andy Felton


Appointed 2017

Victor Brellisford


Appointed 2018

Sarah Lonsdale

Training Officer

Appointed 2017

Appointed 2017

Louise Wilkinson

Teams Officer

Appointed 2017

Antony Gifford

Technical Officer
Appointed 2018

David Davies


Appointed 2018

Joanna Moss

Marketing Officer

Appointed 2018

Simon Evans

Appointed 2018

Andy Utting

Committee Member

Appointed 2017

Ruth Epstein

Committee Member
Appointed 2018

Mark Creasy

Committee Member
Appointed 2018

Appointed 2107
is a member at Trearddur Bay Sailing Club on Anglesey and is a keen “social” sailor! Sharon has 2 sons, one who has just transitioned from the Optimist to a 420 and a 10 year old who’s just starting his Optimist sailing journey. Before taking the role of IOCA Chair in August 2017 she had run the Sailing Training in Trearddur for over 150 sailors! As Chair Sharon is keen to focus on ensuring that the Class has a solid and strong foundation to enable it to deliver quality training, events and opportunities for all whilst developing a culture that fosters fun, enjoyment and healthy competition.

“IOCA is a group of parents coming together with a single aim; the sailors! We look forward to welcoming you to our family”

Victor Brellisford

Vice Chair
Appointed 2015

Victor is from Royal Corinthian YC in Burnham (home of the Corinthian Otters).  He has two enthusiastic sailing daughters one racing a 29er and the other a keen Optimist sailor.

He was on the Committee for three years as IOCA Technical Officer and coordinated the IOCA stand at RYA Dinghy Show for the past two years.

As Vice Chair he is now focussing on helping to implement IOCA’s 5 year plan.  He is a good place to start if you have any questions, ideas or comments to make about IOCA.


Victor says:

“IOCA thrives because parents work together.  If you volunteer – even just for a day – it’s amazing who you meet and it’s great fun to join the team.”

IOCA Announcements

Attached is a document that outlines what we know, what we are working on, some…

Open Training with Steve Irish now available for sailors from all regions. The dates are…

The IOCA UK office has reopened today 6 January.

The on line registration for the British Nationals is open. Register HERE  

The IOCA office will be closed from Thursday 13 December 2019 at 3.00pm and will…

Registration is now open for Event Support at the Lake Garda Optimist Regatta 2020. Register…

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