News and Information about the 2013 British Open and National Optimist Championships

2014 Volvo Gill Optimist
British National & Open Championships

Newsletter No. 2


Entry Countdown Begins

Just 10 days until entry for the 2014 National Championships closes on 30th June 2014!  Please note that the late payment fee is payable for all outstanding entry fees from 1st July.

Please enter and pay via the  2014 Nationals WebPage

After the closing date additional Newsletters will only be sent to those entered for the Championships (i.e. the email address used to make the Nationals entry). To ensure you receive additional information please update your mailchimp profile using the update subscription preferences at the bottom of this newsletter and select National Events: 2014 Nationals.

Please Enter NOW

Regatta Fleet Entry numbers have been increased, Junior and Senior Fleets are also filling up.

Enter / Pay Here



Many thanks to the companies who have already donated prizes for the Charity Raffle.  More details in the next newsletter. We are looking for further raffle prizes please contact

The Hoody Shop is OPEN

But the deadline for having your sailor's name included in the design is rapidly approaching - sailors must be entered and PAID by 23rd June.

Hoodies are available in a huge selection of colours in both Child and Adult Sizes. Rugby Shirts are also available in Adult, Ladies and Child sizes. Both items can be personalised.

Please note that the sizes do come up quite snug, please check the sizing on the website carefully.

Orders need to be placed BEFORE 10th July and all the garments will be delivered to WPNSA for collection at the event.



The Nationals is a huge event to plan and run.  We do expect ALL families to help in some capacity during the week.  There are a HUGE number of volunteers behind the scenes - safety, race management, event management, results.  In many cases these volunteers have been working on the event for months beforehand; are first on site/last to leave; are out on the water all day/all weekand often have other family members signed up for a role!


If you'd like to help out but would like more information please contact

Regatta Fleet Parents on the Water

If you would like to go out on the water, we would love to have you.  There are a mix of roles to fill, and many don't need any experience.  Please CLICK HERE to sign up.


We are looking for a sailor sibling/older teen to help out with a range of duties during the week.  Helping in the race office, with Regatta Fleet, sorting gifts/competitions etc.  This is a paid role - please contact if you are interested/

Charity Road Race

Valeria Sesto has kindly volunteered to organise a sponsored Road Race on the Thursday after sailing, in aid of the Andrew Simpson Foundation.  Further details will be posted on the Event page.


Want to know more about Measurement?

We need you to become an IOCA Measurer!

Maintenance Measurer Course - Wednesday 6th August
Ian Harris (IOCA Technical Officer) with Andy Felton and Steve Main will be running a Maintenance Measurers course at the Nationals.  The course will cover Foils, Spars, Sail Numbers, Paperwork and an introduction to Sail Measurement.  Places are limited.

Sail Measurement Course - Thirsday 7th August
Debbi Smith from the RYA will be running a Sail Measurement course.
Cost of the sail measurement course is £35
Payment should be made via the following goCardless link Pay Here

For more details please contact

Places are going fast and are limited so please sign up for either/both course/s by Signing up HERE as soon as possible.

Table Top Sale

After the success last year of the clothing stall for unclaimed kit, we are thinking of running a table top sale this year, so that parents can sell their unwanted kit.  We need some volunteers to run it.  If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on the Volunteer roster

RIBs to be Transported

Although someone has kindly come forward with an offer to transport the Feva ET RIB, we are unsure if the trailer will fit oppies. If there is anyone planning to travel by car with an oppie on the roof, and could tow the RIB, I would be really grateful. It needs collecting from Hedge End (SO30 2PA) on Saturday after 3pm, and returning to Hedge End or HISC at the end of the event
Please contact if you can help.

RIB Registration

If you are planning to bring a RIB to the Nationals you MUST contact the Event Safety Officer (Paul Thompson) for details regarding registration.

Coach Accommodation

We have somespare places available for coaches in Portland House (shared rooms).  If you are looking for accommodation for a coach, please contact


T-Shirt Design Competition

Some fantastic designs have been received,  We'll be deciding on the winner very shortly...but you'll have to wait and see the winning design at Registration!


Contact Sharon .uk
07713 499225

(Due to a few days annual leave - I will respond to all queries and update sailors' payment/entry status from 17th June)

Coming soon....

Please keep an eye on the Nationals Website as it will be updated with news and information on a regular basis in the run up to the event.
  • Reminders Dates and Info
  • Additional Event Info
  • Event Programme & Social events
  • Win a Volvo for the Nationals Competition
  • Competitions
  • Special Guests
  • Gifts and Giveaways

See you in Weymouth!

Regatta Fleet

If you would like to request a switch of fleet (between Regatta Fleets, or to Junior Main Fleet) up until 30th June
please contact Gillian Schonrock. 

The away day theme is “Vikings”, so please bring your outfit with you!

Seeking Creative Parents!
We are looking for help before the Nationals to make decorations to turn the Committee Boats into Viking galleys.  If you are able to help please contact Gillian Schonrock.
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