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.
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
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.
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. ****
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.
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 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.
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 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).