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


2016-17 Opti Coaching Clinic and Regatta Program

Consistent with the goals and objectives of the IODASA Strategic Plan 2015-19 to increase participation and the Opti spatial footprint in South Australia; build coaching capacity; and, provide high performance and pathway programs, IODASA has been working closely with Australian Sailing to put together a comprehensive regatta and training/clinic program for the 2016-17 sailing season. The following is a summary of sailing activities for the 2016-17.

  • 19 Aug 2016: State and Development Squad Induction Evening
  • 20-21 Aug: State and Development Squad Coaching, Adelaide Sailing Club
  • 10-11 Sep: State, Development and Training Group, plus IODASA Green, Intermediate and Open Spring Clinic, Goolwa
  • 24-25 Sep: State Squad Coaching, Adelaide Sailing Club
  • 1-2 Oct: Tri-series Round 1 Port Lincoln Enter here
  • 3 Oct: IODASA Port Lincoln Coaching Clinic with Alex Z (Advanced Intermediate and Open) Enter here
  • 4-5 Oct: IODASA Port Lincoln Coaching Clinic with Alex Z (Green and Intermediate) Enter here
  • 9 – 16 Oct: AODS New Caledonia Trip
  • 12 – 13 Oct: Development Squad, LBSC
  • 29-30 Oct: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 5 – 6 Nov: Tri-series Round 2, BSYC
  • 12-13 Nov: State Squad, BSYC
  • 19-20 Nov: Development Squad, BSYC
  • 26-27 Nov: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 3-4 Dec: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 4 – 11 Dec: ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne (Open and Intermediate Fleets) Enter here
  • 17-18 Dec: Tri-series Round 3, ASC
  • 19-23 Dec: State and Development Squad Pre-Nats Clinic, LBSC
  • 19-21 Dec: Opti Training Group, LBSC
  • 19-21 Dec: IODASA (Open, Intermediate and Green) Coaching Clinic, LBSC
  • 2 – 9 Jan 2017: 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Nationals, LBSC Enter here
  • 25 – 26 Mar 2017: SA State Youths, LBSC
  • 22-23 Apr 2017: Opti SA States, Wallaroo

Further to the above, additional weekly metropolitan club sessions have been scheduled to commence in October 2016 at LBSC, ASC an BSYC. Additional details are currently being developed by each respective club and Australian Sailing. It is anticipated that clubs will provide information when available.

Additional IODASA Coaching Clinics – to cater for regional areas are planned as follows:

  • 18-19 Feb 2017: Port Vincent
  • 4-5 Mar 2017: Goolwa, GAC
  • 19-21 Apr 2017: Wallaroo

Note: the above program may be subject to change in which case prior notification will be provided. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact any IODASA Committee member.

Happy Sailing,

Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee


2016 Spring Clinic Dinner @ GAC

IODASA traditionally has a Saturday evening dinner on the weekend of the Spring Clinic. This years event will be held at GAC with a BBQ  at the club ($10 per person plus $1.50 ice-creams for the kids).

The program for the evening includes an introduction of Alex Zimmermann (SA State Performance Program Coach & Aust Sailing Performance Pathway Officer), an introduction of the state Opti Squad, Development Squad and Training Group plus an outline of the 2016-17 regatta and clinic program.

Click here for poster


2016 Port Lincoln Tri-series and Opti Clinic Port Lincoln

The 2016 YSA Tri-series consists of 3 x 2 day regatta’s for Junior and Youth Classes. Round 1 of the Tri-series kicks off in Port Lincoln on the long weekend of 1st-2nd October 2016 with Green, Intermediate and Open Fleets available for Optis. Coaching will also be available for Green Fleet. Additional information including Notice of Race, On-line entry and current entry list is available on the YSA website. Click here

Optimist Coaching Clinic – IODASA in association with Australian Sailing are pleased to announce that a coaching clinic will be held in Port Lincoln between Mon 3rd – Wed 5th Oct. The program is as follows:

Monday 3rd Oct 
Open Fleet and higher end Intermediate fleet sailors
$50 for the day per person. (All participants need to register to take part)
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


2016 Spring Clinic Program

The aim of the Spring Coaching Clinic is for children to be coached by high quality coaches and instructors, and to improve their sailing skills and gain confidence in their sailing for the up-coming 2016-2017 sailing season.

All children will be classed according to their sailing skills and experience by the coaches and IODASA Committee.

An itemised program of events includes:

  • A Chicken Kebabs and Salad at GAC on Saturday evening 10th
  • Introduction of Alex Zimmermann (SA State Performance Program Coach & Australian Sailing Performance Pathway Officer).
  • Introduction of State the State Squad, Development Squad and Training Group along with an outline of the 2016-17 clinic and regatta program.
  • Raffle – including new sail donated by The Sailing Shop

A copy of the full program can be downloaded Click here for program

For those who have not registered – there’s still time to enter.

register_nowFor more information about the Optimist Spring Coaching Clinic, please contact Rebecca Wigglesworth

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Note: Port Lincoln Tri_Series: The YSA Youth Tri Series consists of 3 x 2 day Regattas for all Junior and Youth Classes with multiple short course racing. Plans have been finalised for Round 1 of the Tri-series Regatta to be held in Port Lincoln over the October long weekend. For the Opti’s this will be followed by training clinic with Alex Zimmermann for intermediate and open sailors on 3rd October and green to intermediate on 4-5 October. Additional details and on-line bookings for the clinics to be available shortly.

Happy Sailing,
Chris Auricht IODASA President on behalf of IODASA Committee

2016-17 Membership Renewals

Membership of IODASA includes membership of the National and International Optimist Associations.
Annual membership is due from the 1st of July each year. Membership covers 1 child & one adult.
Sailors must be an Association member to participate in events such as the annual Frostbite Regatta, Gulf of St Vincent Regatta, Spring Training Clinic, State Championships and National Championship.

Membership Fees:
First Child $60
Second & Subsequent siblings $50 each.

The IODASA Committee has been working very closely with Australian Sailing to develop a comprehensive training and regatta calendar. Full details of this will be available shortly with information for the Port Lincoln Tri-series IODASA Training Clinic planned for 3-5 October released in the coming days. Discounts apply for IODASA members when attending certain clinics etc so is good to become a member and register/renew early in the season.

LINK TO ONLINE MEMBERSHIP FORM (Click here)

IODASA Committee


2016 Spring Clinic Update

The IODASA Committee has been working hard to put together a high quality Spring Coaching Clinic tailored to all levels of sailing. The clinic is open to all levels of sailing from Open to Intermediate and Green Sailors.
Note: all State Squad, Development Squad and Training Group Sailors will also be at Goolwa as part of their 2016-17 State Sailing Program and will train in their respective squads. They do not need to enter Spring Clinic.

The aim of the Spring Coaching Clinic is for children to be coached by qualified coaches, instructors assistants, and to improve their sailing skills and gain confidence in their sailing for the up-coming 2016-2017 sailing season. With the 2017 Gill Australian and Open Optimist Nationals being held at Largs Bay Sailing Club between 2-9 January 2017 IODASA is extra keen to get as many Opti Sailors on the water as possible and this is an ideal time for sailors to start their preparations for the nationals.

All children will be classed according to their sailing skills and experience by the coaches and IODASA Committee.

An itemised program of events will be released in the coming days, once meal arrangements etc have been finalised. We can however mention that the plan is to have meals available via the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club and/or Goolwa Aquatic Club. An egg and bacon brekkie is planned for Sunday morning.

Date: 10-11th  September 2016

Location: Goolwa

Cost: $85.- per sailor for 2016-17 IODASA Members or $160.- for non-IODASA Members

Please note – IODASA membership is $60.-  for the first child with second and subsequent siblings $50 each, so the incentive is to renew/join IODASA prior to registering for the event. (A link to 2015-16 membership is also given below).

To enter online for the 2016 Optimist Spring Clinic, please follow the link below.  The cut-off date for registration is Thursday 8th September after which a late fee will apply. We realise this timeframe is quite short, however this arrangement is necessary to enable the coaches and committee to organise draft allocations for coaching groups.

Register Here

The above link also incorporates Guardian Consent and Code of Conduct Forms to participate in the clinic. Please note that to participate in the Spring Coaching Clinic you are encouraged to be a current 2016-17 financial IODASA member.
Please use the following link to renew your membership.   (Click here)

For more information about the Optimist Spring Coaching Clinic, please contact Rebecca Wigglesworth.