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.
This Sailor exchange program is now in its 5th year and forms a unique offering to all our VIODA members. Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to travel to Qingdao as a team of 6 sailors with one coach and a manager. A guests of the Chinese Yachting Association you will be offered complementary training camp, regatta, accommodation, and meals.
You will be responsible for your flights to and from China, visas, travel insurance and spending money. This experience would best suit Intermediate and Open Fleet sailors with an accompanying parent. Ask any past VIODA exchange families and they will all agree this is one of the highlights of your time in the junior fleet.
Qingdao Exchange Tour Details:
Dates: 9th - 17th August 2017 (approx.)
Sailors: Six (6) current financial member of VIODA
Coach: One (1) Australian Sailing Qualified Coach with current VIODA endorsement.
Manager: One (1) Parent Team Manager
The VIODA You Tube Channel links to a number of past videos to give you an insight into the experience.
* 2015 VIODA Tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76xcfiZjmEA
* 2014 VIODA Tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyxo2QZ7-4w
* 2013 VIODA Tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGy9VxxDp0U
NOTE: By accepting your position you will be also offering a Chinese sailor to billet at your home as part of Sail Melbourne reciprocal arrangement. This has been a fabulous way to share our cultures with other sailors.
If you would like to express an interest in participating please email us ASAP at vioda [at] vioda.org.au as the 6 places typically fill quickly.
VIODA President on behalf of the VIODA Committee