IOCA has been provided with a unique and amazing opportunity to take part in an academy of team racing at the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover on the 9th June (9am to 6.30pm). We are looking to select 8 teams of 4 sailors with each team having two boys and two girls and the teams will be a mixture of squad and non squad sailors. 16 of the sailors will come from Wales and we are are working with colleagues locally to ensure this happens.

Competitors will experience a welcome ceremony, a VO65 boat tour, the team racing competition, and a prize giving / BBQ.

Boats, lunch, and BBQ will be provided by the organisers.

If you would like to sail in this special event please send an expression of interest by email stating your full name, whether you are Welsh or from another UK Country, your current sailing Age, which Squad you sailed with this winter, and your gender to Chair of Selectors at selector@optimist.org.uk by midnight on 22nd April 2018. Applications received by that deadline will be sorted by Junior/Senior, Welsh/Others, National or Intermediate Squad/not in those squads. Names will then be drawn from a hat based on those categories, the aim being to have teams of fairly equal ability. All sailors who apply will be told if their names were drawn by Wednesday 25th April.

   

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