In 2013 in conjunction with ISAF Sailing World Cup, VIODA created a sailor exchange program to provide an international sailing experience for junior sailors. As invited as guests of the Chinese Yachting Association the opportunity exists to be able to attend the annual Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp and Regatta in China.
This Sailor exchange program is now in its 7th year and forms a unique offering to all our VIODA members. Qualifying sailors will be offered the opportunity to travel to Qingdao as a team of 6 sailors with one coach and a manager. As guests of the Chinese Yachting Association they will be offered complementary training camp, regatta, accommodation and meals.
The purpose of this program includes:
Further information: Sail Melbourne & VIODA fostering Australian-Chinese friendships.
Qualifying sailors will be responsible for flights to and from China, visas, travel insurance, incidental costs and coach fees. This experience is available for qualifying Intermediate sailors with an accompanying parent. Ask any past VIODA exchange families and they will all agree this is one of the highlights of their time in the junior fleet.
Qingdao Exchange Tour Details:
Dates: 2020 Tour has been cancelled due to COVID19
Sailors: Six (6) current financial members of VIODA
Coach: One (1) Australian Sailing Qualified Sailing Coach with current VIODA endorsement.
Manager: One (1) Parent Team Manager
NOTE: By accepting your position you will be also offering a Chinese sailor to billet at your home at a Melbourne regatta as part of a reciprocal arrangement. This has been a fabulous way to share our cultures with other sailors.
The VIODA YouTube Channel links to a number of past videos to give you an insight into the experience.
* 2019 Qingdao Training Camp & Regatta Promotional Video https://youtu.be/QWzZjirQCak
* 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
Past Victorian Qingdao Exchange Sailors
2020 Tour (cancelled due to COVID-19)