Local Sporting Champion Government Grant

4 months 3 weeks ago

Junior Sailor Government Grant Available:

The Local Sporting Champions program provides financial assistance for coaches, officials and competitors aged 12-18 participating in state, national or international championships.  This program is available to assist travel expenses for Optimist sailors travelling to the 2019 Nationals this January.  

If successful, applicants will receive $500-$750 towards the cost of attending their championships.

2018/19 Victorian Optimist Calendar

4 months 3 weeks ago

Hi All, 

Please find below the link to the VIODA website with the updated dates for major regattas through until February 2019.  

We have added links to all event to enable you to find the NOR and entry details.   This page is updated throughout the season as details are released.  

VIODA Calendar: http://vioda.org.au/coaching

Fantastic start to the VIODA Winter Sailing Program

7 months 3 weeks ago

What a fantastic start to winter sailing at the lake.  So many new faces to see and some old Opti kids returning to their roots to share their knowledge.  Harrison was even sporting his old VOST jacket!   

Sunshine, kids, boats and a very handy cafe !!! 

Good Luck to Coach Sam Mackay

7 months 3 weeks ago

VIODA would like to wish our Head Coach Sam Mackay the best of luck on his northern hemisphere coaching season. 

Sam will be on a 3 month sabbatical to work with the Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis which is 40 minutes outside of Washington DC. This position will also include a tour to the US Nationals and other leading regattas in the USA. 

Congratulations to our Australian Optimist Team sailors for 2018

9 months 2 days ago

On behalf of the Victorian Optimist community we would like to congratulate the following Victorian sailors who have been selected for the 2018 Australian Optimist Teams.  Congratulations to the 10 Victorian sailors who form 25% of the Australian teams for 2018.  In a very competitive fleet of 135 Open fleet sailors, we are very proud to see our Victorian Optimist sailors enjoying success after all their training and dedication.

2018 NZ Nationals Report

9 months 1 week ago

The 2018 NZ Optimist Nationals were held at Queen Charlotte Yacht Club in Picton, New Zealand over the Easter break.  A team of 9 sailors from Victoria travelled to Picton to represent Australia.  The weather was fantastic with warm sunny days each day and many of us found we had packed for much colder weather.  Picton is on the picturesque waters of the Marlborough Sounds which was simply breathtaking and the pictures don't even start to capture the beauty of the region.  

Expression Of Interest: 2018 VIODA Sailor Exchange program to Qingdao, China.

9 months 1 week ago

VIODA is very excited to announce that we have been invited as guests of the Chinese Yachting Association to the 2018 Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp and Regatta.  We are seeking interested VIODA members who would like to enjoy their first international sailing experience.

Easter Fun at Westernport Yacht Club

9 months 3 weeks ago

During the Easter holidays Westernport Yacht Club (WYV) in Balnarring organised a fantastic 2 day training camp on the beautiful waters of Westernport Bay.   The focus was on practice, speed test and boat handling.  On Saturday they ran 5 short races which was also attended by a local Dolphin who decided to join in on the fun.  On the Sunday the kids joined in the club racing with a passage race to Merricks and back. 

Congratulations to our past Opti kids

10 months 1 week ago

Congratulations to all our transitioned Optimist sailors on their fantastic results over the March Long weekend in their new classes.



2nd place: Jack Ferguson & Ryan Littlechild (NSW)

3rd place: James Jackson & Chris Jackson

4th place: Linus Talacko & Lachie Grogan

(NOTE: 7 out of the top 10 boats have transitioned from the Optimist in the past 12-18 months)



1st place: Steven & Michael Case


International Cadet VICTORIAN STATES:

2018 Victorian State Championships Report

10 months 2 weeks ago

Congratulations to all the competitors in the 2018 Victorian Optimist State Championships!  We all enjoyed a wonderful weekend away on the Peninsula at a fantastic and welcoming host club. 

Sail Melbourne & VIODA fostering Australia-Chinese friendships

1 year 1 month ago

Sail Melbourne 2017 might be over but some of the memories and friendships made at this year’s regatta will last forever. This is especially true for the participants of the VIODA Qingdao Optimist Exchange Program, which brought a group of Chinese Optimist sailors down to Australia to participate at this year’s Sail Melbourne International regatta (29 November to 3 December 2017).

Sail Country 2017 Report

1 year 2 months ago

Sail Country Report 2017 — Sail Country has been another hugely successful event and little wonder why this event is one of the favourites on the sailing calendar. 

With many families choosing to camp on-site, this weekend offered great sailing, relaxation and a chance to catch up with sailing friends. It is fantastic to see so many of the parents getting active by sailing, running, bike riding, horse riding and checking out the local wineries. This really was a true destination event! 

REPORT: 2017 NSW Youth Championships

1 year 3 months ago

VIODA - 2017 NSW Youth Championship Report — What a great weekend for Victoria! First the Richmond Tigers, then Melbourne Storm and now the Victorian Optimist fleet. 

A delayed start on the final day to wait for breeze however the fleet was rewarded with yet another day of great racing on Lake Macquarie once the breeze filled in. 

Team Victoria once again had a good day on the water and 60% of the top 10 finishers in Open fleet were from the "BIG V". We also had some great results in Intermediate fleet and further depth in the Open fleet.

Day 2: 2017 NSW Youth Championships

1 year 3 months ago

Day 2 NSW Youths: Team Victoria have settled in nicely to the second day of this regatta. The wind has been quite shifty and our winter training on Albert Park Lake continues to reward us. 

With a further three races completed, many were able to consolidate their positions and enjoy a drop. All sailors have had a few successes to feel good about. 

Victoria currently have 5 sailors in top 10 places in Open fleet with more knocking at the door of a top 10 finish. Our Intermediate sailors are also having a great Regatta with Riley Cantwell in 5th place.

Day 1: 2017 NSW Youth Championships

1 year 3 months ago

First Day NSW Youths: The Victorian Team enjoyed a great day of racing on the beautiful waters of Lake Macquarie. VIODA have a large team of 20 sailors who have travelled north to represent our State from many clubs around Victoria. 

Currently we have 9 Victorians in the top 15 places which is a great start to the regatta. We also have a number of last years Green Fleet competing in the Intermediate Fleet and they are also having a great regatta. 


Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron announced as hosts of the 2018 Victorian Optimist State Championships

1 year 7 months ago

VIODA is excited to announce their partnership with Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS) to host the 2018 Victorian Optimist State Championships on the 10th-12th of March.  BYS has a long and proud history of actively supporting junior sailing. 

The Optimist community are looking forward to working with BYS and its members over the next 9 months to make this a key sailing regatta supporting kids in sport. 

Further event details to follow. 

Announcing 2017 VIODA Touring Team to Qingdao China.

1 year 8 months ago

VIODA is very proud to announce our team for the 2017 Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp and Regatta.  Once again we had a fantastic level of interest and we were able to quickly fill our team.  Please join us in congratulating our fellow athletes and we wish them well on their upcoming exciting tour to China in August.  


Congratulations to our VIODA Touring Team: 

* Matt Purnell

* Hugo Vandame

* Hope Withers

* Daniel Laverty

* Brooke Hutchison 

* Jack Italia

* Jarrod Jones

Team Coach:     Xavier Vandame

2017 VIODA China Exchange Tour

1 year 8 months ago

VIODA is very excited to announce that we have been invited as guests of the Chinese Yachting Association to the 2017 Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp and Regatta.  We are seeking interested VIODA members who would like to enjoy their first international sailing experience.

2017 Winter Training at Albert Park Lake

1 year 8 months ago

VIODA is pleased to announce our Term 2 Coaching Program. This year, after the success of the 2015/16 training program the Victorian fleet is joining forces at Albert Park Lake for Sunday afternoon sessions. This enables athletes who also particpate in school representative sports to still continue sailing during the winter months. 


***** Please note that the first three sessions are being held at RBYC. ****


1 year 8 months ago

VIODA Report from NZ Nationals — The 2017 Kiwi Opti Nationals were held at Napier Sailing Club over the Easter break. The weather just prior to the regatta was a bit challenging to say the least, with Cyclone Cook bringing torrential rain and ferocious wind gusts of up to 70 knots (no that’s not a typo!) as it passed through Napier on the day before the racing began. Because of the extreme weather, all the optis had to be tied down of filled with water overnight so they didn’t take off in the storm!

DAY 3 - 2017 GILL Optimist Victorian Championships

1 year 10 months ago

2017 GILL Optimist Victorian Championships Day 3

Day 3 was set to be a light one for the final day of racing in the 2017 Gill Optimist Victorian Championships, but the breeze slowly built to test the sailors in a rage of conditions from 5 knots in the first race, building to a great breeze of up to15 knots by the 3rd race, with the sun shining, making for some of the best conditions that Corio Bay has to offer.

DAY 2 - 2017 GILL Optimist Victorian Championships

1 year 10 months ago

2017 GILL Optimist Victorian Championships Day 2

Competitors were greeted with a stiff 20 knot North Easterly as the sun came up on day 2 of the 2017 Gill Optimist Victorian Championships, but with the forecast of a dying breeze, then rebuilding from the South west, that was exactly what happened.

DAY 1 - 2017 GILL Optimist Victorian Championships

1 year 10 months ago

Day one of the 2017 Gill Optimist Victorian Championships was a great day for the Optimist Sailors and Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Sailors were held ashore until the breeze built, firstly for the Green fleet to get underway, and then enough for the Open & Intermediate fleet shortly after.

Geelong Performance squad coach, Brian Case had nothing but compliments for the race management on the Open fleet course, in a fickle then building breeze.

PRESS RELEASE: New Partnership with Gill

2 years 8 months ago

The 2016 Committee of the Australian International Optimist Dinghy Association (AIODA) are pleased to announce that a new 3 year Principal Partner sponsorship agreement has been secured with Gill, a recognised brand amongst Optimist class sailors and a market leader in sailing merchandise.

AIODA announce this partnership with Gill for the 2017-2020 National Championships - the sponsorship agreement also offering naming rights of the event. The 2017 Nationals at Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia being the first event to be named as :

2015 IODA Qatar Asian and Oceania Optimist Championships

2 years 8 months ago

2015 IODA Asian & Oceanian Championships was an amazing event. 

Our Australian team did us proud with final Oceania results below (overall Asian/Oceania results in brackets) :

Archie Cropley 1st (9th overall), Bruce McKinnon 3rd (38th overall), Axel Fleet 4th (46th overall), Shannon Dalton 5th (49th overall), Tom Green 7th (53rd overall), Ashleigh Swadling 8th (57th overall), Aidan Gummow 9th (61st overall), Chelsea Higgins 12th (70th overall), Jackson Porter 13th (73rd overall) and Oliver Pabbruwe 19th (100th overall).