International Optimist Class Association
(UK) – known as “IOCA”


Optimist Inland Championships – Saturday & Sunday 13 & 14 May 2017

2 days of sailing at Grafham Water Sailing Club, UK.
Donald Forbes is kindly heading up a trip for our young sailors.
All optimist sailors are invited and the trip will take place from Thursday 11th with a late ferry departure and return on the following Monday.
please get in touch if you would like your sailor to go to this National Ranking event. There is currently space avaible on a towed stacker and we would like to confirm places to get most competitive rates.


Club Contacts:

Angela Raimbault Tel: 857987  or David Cadin  cadins@me.com

Winter squad training dates, which are shared with the laser training are;

Sunday 6th November

Sunday 20th November

Sunday 4th December

Sunday 18th December

Sunday 8th January

Sunday 22nd January

Sunday 5th February

Sunday 19th February

Sunday 5th March

Sunday 19th March

For the race coaching for our Optimist & Topper fleets we need plenty of volunteers to man safety boats & shore cover. As the saying goes “many hands make light work” so the more volunteers we have the more we can spread the load so if you can spare some time on a Sunday morning please send an email to Martin Speller, Jamie Mulholland  & David Cadin with the help you can provide so we can get a rota set up.
The format will be a briefing at 09:30 in the clubhouse then straight out on the water for some exercises followed by a couple of races counting towards a winter ladder for each class. To speed up the launching process all sailors must be changed & boats ready to be taken down slip prior to the briefing. We aim to finish up at about 13:00
The cost is £5.00 per session to cover fuel & light refreshments.

To help with the organisation we would like to members to sign up now for the winter training & then let us know one week in advance of the training date if you can’t make it. For optimist and topper fleet please advise David Cadin email address:-  cadins@me.com.

About IOCA  (International Optimist Class Association)

The Object of the Association is to govern and promote the sailing and racing of Optimist dinghies in the UK and to encourage and facilitate training of young people to sail and race.

While membership is required to take part in any UK events, it is also encouraged even if you’re not sure about competing.  All new members will get a welcome pack and an IOCA Training log book. Please support IOCA!!

Membership is only £15 per family, and then £10 per sailor.  Join here.
Click here to view the IOCA calendar, and have a browse through the web-site which

provides lots of valuable information.


RYA Zone Squads

Regional coaching for talented young sailors, aged 12 and under, who are looking to develop their racing skills.  These squads deliver a comprehensive range of coaching, training, off-water workshops and competition guidance to around 350 selected sailors, alongside each sailor’s individual club training programme.

The Squad provides six intensive weekends of training at various locations in the south of England. Qualification is based upon three indicator events, held in September:
–    An Indicator event
–    South Zone Championships
–    Open Training
(Our experience is that sailors also need to sail in the Main fleet at the End of Seasons in October) Current 2014/15 SCSC sailors are:
Finn Rogers

RYA Junior Squads (National & Intermediate)

A subsidised world class national training programme for Britain’s top Junior sailors.  This programme aims to give young sailors the best start in their careers to enable progression through the junior classes and into the Youth Programme.  UK Junior and Intermediate squad sailors are encouraged to consider themselves as sports people, attending appropriate international competitions and develop robust routines within their training and racing to provide the perfect foundation for Youth and Olympic sailing.   The Squad provides one full week and then four intensive weekends of residential and non-residential training sessions at various locations in the UK. Qualification is based up a sailor’s national ranking

IOCA Development Squad

The International Optimist Class Association (UK), which oversees all optimist sailors in the UK, puts on a Development Squad for sailors who are at least 13 years. They are traditionally sailors who have been committed, taken part in the Zone squads, perhaps started sailing at a later age and have not yet managed to make a RYA Junior Squad.  These sailors have potential and with this squad they are given the opportunity to develop their skills to either go further in the class or move on to other classes.

The Squad provides one full week and then four intensive week-ends of residential and non-residential training sessions at various locations in the UK.

Qualification is based upon:
–    Aged 13 or over
–    National ranking




Optimist Preparation
How to rig an Optimist
ioca optimist mainsheet hooks v1
ioca optimist painters v3
Optimist Class rules

Competitive Multiclass Dinghy Racing