The season ahead...

02 September 2011

Season 2011-2012 is shaping up to be a big one for the Optimist class.

It kicks off with QLD Youth Championships in Yeppoon from 23rd-25th September followed by the NSW Youth Championships at Illawara from 1st-3rd October, the Pittwater Spring Cup (NSW) from 7th-9th October and QIODA Regatta River Championships (QLD) on 30th October.

The Optis will be racing in the 3 major international regattas on the east coast during November – Sail Sydney (1st-4th November), Sail Melbourne (6th-12th November) and Sail Brisbane (16th-19th November).

Nationals this season will be held at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly from 14th-21st January 2012 directly following the IODA Worlds in Napier, NZ.

After Nationals the fun continues with the ever-popular Lidgett Trophy at Davies Bay, VIC on 18th&19th February and then the state championships begin.

In 2012 the WA Championships will be held at Hillarys YC from 3rd-5th March, the Victorian Championships will be at Sorrento from 10th-12th March and the NSW Championships will be held at Middle Harbour YC on 31st March & 1st April.

Australian Opti sailors have been invited to many great international regattas that will be taking place over the next 12 months. The NZ North Island Championships are being held in October, the New Caledonia Nationals in December, 2011 IODA Worlds and Pre-Worlds Regattas in NZ over New Year, the IODA European Championships in July 2012 in Italy and the 2012 IODA Worlds in the Dominican Republic in July 2012.

Each of these events promises to be an excellent opportunity for our Aussie sailors to get some international experience, race against world-class sailors and have a whole lot of fun. The OziOpti team looks forward to seeing you out on the water this summer!

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