Most Optimist sailors start their sailing journey with a course run by parents at their local club or through a regional programme around the country. Some may also attend courses that are organising during the school holidays. You will find details of all the Optimist flotillas on here Optimist flotillas. As you get more racing experience, going to open meetings in your area can be a wonderful experience.
Regional Training can be anything from prezone training to race training as a sailor develops. The IOCA regions are as follows: Scotland, Wales, North East, North West, Midlands, East, Thames Valley, London & South East, South and South West.
Each region has its own representative who is a volunteer (usually a parent but not always) and is supported by the IOCA Training and Development Coordinator. The regional representative will often organise area championships and put together a winter training programme. We are also looking at introducing inter-regional regattas or training to encourage sailors to familiarise themselves with competing against people they may not necessarily know before entering a large class championship. Different ability levels are catered for and we encourage you to speak to your local regional representative details can be found on Regions & Flotillas
IOCA (UK) are actively producing an Open Training programme for sailors in addition to the training that is being provided on a regional level and those who have gained places in a squad. Open training is put on to allow our sailors access to the training opportunities that they deserve through the year.
The training events will take on different styles and some will be specific to a certain demographic of sailor. Typical training opportunities include Junior and Senior Training (non squad), Sea and Inland Training, Senior and Junior Fleet Training, Big Fleet Racing, and Introduction to Racing. In 2018 IOCA (UK) introduced Transition Training for our sailors who are looking to move to the next your class such as 29er, 420, RS Feva, Laser 4.7, Nacra 15, Techno Windsurf etc.. We want to be able to introduce our sailors and allow them the experience of sailing them before they leave the class and have to make a choice, sometimes withouth having had an opportunity to try the boat previously.
Invitational Training is offered to a group of sailors who have reached a predetermined selection criteria at a named event. Sailors will be advised of the selection criteria in advance.