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MUSTO 2017 South Australian Optimist State Championships 22-23 April   Recently updated !

IODASA is proud to release the Notice of Race for the MUSTO 2017 South Australian Optimist State Championships to be held at Wallaroo. Details are:

  • Date: 22 – 23 April 2017
  • Location: Wallaroo Sailing Club, Wallaroo
  • Fleets: Open, Intermediate and Green
  • Entry fees – Open, Intermediate and Green Fleet $90. Click here for online entry
  •  NOR Click here

Notes:

  1. Special attention is drawn to item 3.6 in the NOR – All skippers shall be financial members of the IODASA or another state / national association recognised by IODA
  2. This year both the Green and Intermediate Fleets will sail on the same course, separate from the Open Fleet. This is aimed at providing a smoother transition from Green to Intermediate, and to enable the Intermediate Fleet to sail on a less challenging course located closer to the shore.

IODASA Pre-States Training Clinic – Wallaroo 19 – 21st April –  This clinic is aimed at developing sailors in the Green Fleet, Intermediate and Open sailors and provides a great opportunity for newer optimist sailors to obtain high level coaching and progress their sailing skills in preparation for the State Championships. Alex Zimmermann our head coach will conduct the program and sessions, with assistance from other coaches.
Costs –
$150 for the 3 days
or $70 per day

This represents excellent value when compared to the costs of similar clinics interstate.
Click here for online registration

Click here for Clinic and State Championship Flyer

Early registration will enable IODASA to book the required number of coaches. Please enter asap.

Volunteers and IODASA AGM The IODASA AGM will be held at BSYC on 6th April. Please consider the opportunity to contribute to the development and running of the Optimist Class in South Australia. The class can only continue to grow and improve with the support of volunteers working jointly with Australian Sailing, Clubs, Coaches and Sponsors.

Special thanks to our State Championship SponsorsMUSTO, the Sailing Shop, GoPsych, Binks Marine, Doyle Sails.
IODASA also acknowledges the support of ClubsSA


IODASA 2017-18 AGM Agenda   Recently updated !

Notification is hereby given of the Agenda for the IODASA Annual General Meeting.

Details are:

  • Date – Thursday 6th April 2017
  • Location – BSYC
  • Start Time – 7.00 pm
  • AGM_Agenda_2017

Note: A number of the existing committee have indicated their intention to not seek re-election. Please give seriouss consideration to serving a term on the Committee. The class association needs the support of both Committee Members and additional volunteers in order to plan and implement a range of events and activities as part of the Opti Calendar. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Association is encouraged to speak with an existing member should they have any queries

 Kind regards,
Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee

Fisher Peterson Tillett Regatta SIs and Registration

Sailing Instructions and Registration Form are available here

Please be aware that registration is on the day, in person, requiring each boat to pay the entry fee of $20 (cash only) and have the sailors receive their T-shirt.  It would be of great assistance if sailors could print off and pre-fill the registration form. Forms will be available at the registration desk otherwise.

There is a green fleet planned under the guidance of a Sailing School instructor, who will manage this fleet and coach.  Volunteers to assist on the day on the ASC RIBS/committee boats would be welcome.


IODASA AGM 2017-18

Notification is hereby given that the IODASA Annual General Meeting will be held on 6th April 2017 (venue TBA).

As per requirements set out on the Associations constitution, items for the agenda need to be in the hands of the Secretary at least twenty one (21) days prior to the AGM.  The agenda will be provided at least ten (10) days prior to the AGM.

Click here for the nomination form

Note: A number of the existing committee have indicated their intention to not seek re-election. Please give seriouss consideration to serving a term on the Committee. The class association needs the support of both Committee Members and additional volunteers in order to plan and implement a range of events and activities as part of the Opti Calendar. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Association is encouraged to speak with an existing member should they have any queries. Additional information on IODASA’s vision and priorities is available in the Associations Strategic Plan

 


50th Anniversary of the Fisher Peterson Tillett Regatta 12th March 2017

The 50th Anniversary of the Fisher Peterson Tillett Regatta will be held this coming Sunday 12th March at Adelaide Sailing Club, featuring the Opti Cup for Optimists

  • Registration and entry from 8.30 am
  • Briefing 9.30 am
  • 1st warning signal 10.30 am
  • Entry Fee $20 per boat including free T-Shirt

Special kids meal deals from 5.30 pm, followed by presentation and Free birthday cake at 6.30 pm

Click here for additional information including a history of the regatta.

Great to get as many Opti sailors attending as possible to help make the 50th anniversary a huge success. The regatta also provides a great opportunity for sailors to refine their race skills prior to the SA State Youths to be held at LBSC on 25-26 March. Click here for general information on the Youths.


Upcoming Clinics and Regatta’s

Hi All,

Just a quick update to advise you of a number of Opti related activities from IODASA and Australian Sailing (SA) planned for the coming months.

Details and links to online entry systems are below:

  • Optimist Clinic at Goolwa Aquatic Centre
  • SA State Youth Championships at Largs Bay Sailing Club
  • Optimist Clinic at Wallaroo (pre-State Titles)
    • Dates: 19-21 April 2017 (3 days)
    • Cost: $150 for 3 days or $70 per day
    • Online Entry
  • SA Optimist State Titles at Wallaroo

Note: Additional information will be available in the near future. In the meantime if you have any queries please get in touch with your IODASA committee club representative or the IODASA Secretary.

For those interested a number of other States have their state titles in the coming months. Selected info below:

  • Western Australian Opti States: Hillarys Yacht Club 4 – 6 March 2017
  • Victorian Opti States: Geelong Yacht Club 11-13 March 2017
  • NSW Opti States: Lake Macquarie 25-26 March 2017
  • QLD Opti States: Royal Queensland Yacht Sqadron 29-30 April 2017

Kind regards,

IODASA Committee


Reminder: 2017 Gill AIODA Nationals Welcome Night

Its now very close to the start of the nationals! Final preparations are almost in place.

For those not aware, the caterers for the welcome and presentation dinners will be booked this Friday 23rd December.

This only have two more days for last minute meal tickets. If you haven’t already booked please jump online asap and purchase any additional tickets for parents, friends, coaches, etc.

https://optimist.org.au/shop


Coaching Reports: ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne

State Squad – Alex Zimmermann

Our South Australian Optimist sailors enjoyed a great regatta showing great performances across the broad range of conditions we experienced on the waters of St Kilda.

‘‘I saw my State Squad sailors working bloody hard in pretty rough conditions back in Adelaide and it was pleasing to see them all enjoying themselves whilst racing in our first big regatta against the very top sailors of the country. We’ve picked up great lessons from this event and as a team we can’t wait for our next couple of weeks of training leading up to Nationals in our hometown’’ – said Australian Sailing SA State Coach – Alex Zimmermann

Quinn Auricht sailed consistently throughout the regatta taking two bullets and placing within the top 3’s in another three races. He went into the fourth and final day of racing sitting on equal first, fought hard during the three final races, but narrowly missed on silver by one point. The ability to handle the pressure of being in the top 3 throughout the whole regatta was impressive.

Alexi Wigglesworth performance improved after each race throughout the regatta to finish showing some great sailing winning the final race in great fashion and positioning in 5th place overall.

Jonas Barrett had a solid performance considering the very tough week that he had after a painful injury while training that kept him out of the water for a week. He delivered a particular solid performance on the third day of racing winning a race and having one of the lowest scores average of the day. Jonas couldn’t quite find his best form on the last day, but successfully managed to place in the top 10 standings overall.

Ben Hinks showed nice consistency on the majority of the races but unfortunately a couple starts played against him on a few high-scoring races that in the end narrowly took him out of the top 10 standings. Ben finished on a respectable 11th and is going back home with great lessons and ready to continue to improve on a couple of key areas.

Harry Higgins had a tough start of the regatta, describing himself as being ‘rusty’ from big fleet competition, but finished on a very positive note improving day after day. He launched into the final day of racing showing great speed and making accurate tactical decisions. Harry, once again, made a big jump in the standings and finished a respectable 17th.

Collectively, the above results saw the SA team (Alex’s Amigo’s) place second in the Nations Cup behind NSW. Again a credible achievement by the group.


Other Sailors – Dave Higgins

SA Sailors at Sail Melbourne: 6 Development Squad Sailors (Jack Higgins, Myles Wilson, Taryn Sanderson, Tom Gordon. Ruby Pike, Austin Higgins), Cater Baker from the SA team, James Wilson from ASC, Lachy Roe from Brighton and Darcy Conry from Largs Bay journeyed to Melbourne to test themselves against many of the best optimist sailors in Australia (and even some international competitors) at Sail Melbourne World Cup. Conditions over the 5 days were challenging to say the least with wind strengths ranging anywhere from 2 to 20 + knots and many directional changes. In addition the swell was from every and any direction. These conditions certainly tested the fleets. The results were very pleasing and reinforced that in SA we are definitely on the right track. Taryn Sanderson made the Gold fleet cut of 45 with Myles Wilson and Aussie Higgins just missing out. Taryn showed he could match it with those in Gold fleet and will only improve from the experience. Myles showed consistency in Silver and should have won 2 of the 3 races, however, due to his consistency he managed to take out the Silver title anyway. Aussie finished 4th in Silver, just missing the podium, but was the first under 10. Carter was 11th in Silver but was very impressive with 3 top 10 places in the regatta. Special mention to Darcy Conry who had a great regatta and finished a credible 4th in intermediate. All other sailors had their individual moments and will be must better off with the experience.


Reminder: IODASA Pre-Nationals Coaching Clinic 20 – 22 December 2016, LBSC

A quick reminder for those interested in attending the IODASA Pre-Nationals Coaching Clinic to be held at LBSC between 20 and 22 December 2016. This clinic is highly recommended for all sailors competing in the nationals and for those just interested in improving their skills and having some fun on the water. As mentioned previously we are very fortunate to have two of the best internationally recognised optimist coaches in Fernando Alegre and Alex Zimmermann present and coaching across all levels of the fleet at various times throughout this clinic.

Registration costs are $150 for three days, or $70 per day for individual days.  To register follow the link
Click here to enter via the on-line entry system

Note: Sailors included in the South Aust State Team, Development Squad and Training Group do not need to enter this clinic as their program fees cover their respective training sessions during this week. Details for their program will be provided to them from Australian Sailing.


IODASA Pre-Nationals Coaching Clinic 20 – 22 Dec 2016

IODASA is pleased to announce that the traditional Pre-Nationals Coaching Clinic is on again this year. With the help of Australian Sailing’s SA Office we have been able to arrange a very impressive program.

The training clinic is open to all optimist sailors of all sailing abilities to be held at Largs Bay Sailing Club during the first week of school holidays,  December 20 – 22,  from 9.30am  to 4.30 pm each day.

We are delighted to announce that 2 of the best internationally recognised optimist coaches, Fernando Alegre and Alex Zimmermann will be present and coaching across all levels of the fleet at various times throughout this event. This should be one of the best opportunities for optimist class specific coaching seen in SA this year.  Whether your aim is to build your confidence, jump to a higher racing fleet level, or find that something else to improve your sailing at the nationals; this is a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the wonderful facilities and waters at Largs Bay Sailing Club (host of the 2017 Gill Australian and Open Optimist Nationals).

Registration costs are $150 for three days, or $70 per day for individual days.  To register follow the link

Click here to enter via the on-line entry system

For an overview of Fernando’s experience and achievements Click here

Note: Sailors included in the South Aust State Team, Development Squad and Training Group do not enter this clinic as their program fees cover their respective training sessions during this week. Details for their program will be provided to them from Australian Sailing.


IODASA-Aust/Sailing Coaching Clinics 3-5 Oct 2016 Port Lincoln

Just a reminder to sign up for the IODASA/Australian Sailing Opti Coaching Clinics in Port Lincoln following  Round 1 of 2016 YSA Tri-series.

Entries will only be open til Friday 30th Sept 2016 and places are limited, so get in asap.

Additional information is as follows:

Monday 3rd Oct
Open Fleet and higher end Intermediate fleet sailors
$50 for the day per person.
Coach: SA State Coach Alex Zimmermann
Tues & Wed 4-5th Oct
Green and Intermediate fleet sailors
$50 for two days per person
Coach: Alex Z and assistant coaches
Register HERE


IODASA Welcomes Alex Zimmermann to SA

IODASA welcomes Alex Zimmermann to South Australia and we very much appreciate the opportunity to work with him to improve the overall Opti program focussing on high performance, coaching capacity and participation from entry level through to AOST and beyond. Alex has already been very active in improving the SA optimist program for the 2016-17 season with Opti sailors really valuing his guidance.

Alex we hope your time in South Australia is both enjoyable and rewarding and look forward to the journey ahead.

Click here to view the Australian Sailing News Release