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Issue 2: February 2013

From the Committee

Chairman’s Update


The New Season is here! After a long winter of seemingly never ending rain and snow the weather has suddenly improved, the sun is out and the wind is perfect for our National, Intermediate and Development half term squads.

So with Spring in the air it is time to plan our sailing calendars for the year and start to sign up for the IOCA major events. The Spring Championships is the first on the list and the entry forms are up on the website. This year we have decided after many years absence to hold the Springs at Dabchicks Sailing Club and West Mersea Yacht Club who are jointly hosting this event. Both clubs have been really enthusiastic to host the event and have made a real effort to make us all welcome and I encourage everybody to sign up as soon as possible. This event will give our sailors new challenges and will be a fantastic way to start the new season.

On the International stage we have had unprecedented success. When I last wrote in December, David LaBrouche had just won Vigo and not to be out done, Max Clapp then went on to win the Orange Bowl in Miami at Christmas. I have just heard in the last few hours that David LaBrouche has done it again and won Palamos! For those of you not aware of these events these are major International events which each have over 300 sailors and most importantly to me and the class, have never been won by GBR sailors. David and Max, many congratulations and I am sure you will inspire many others with these exceptional results!!

Our Regional programme is also going great guns and Michelle Gent and Clare Hall have had a very busy winter, both from a training perspective but also in the office. The new updated Log Book is currently being printed (by a former Optimist parent, thank you to the Sparks) and contains a lot more information on training and guidelines on how to get started and useful tips for flotillas. This scheme has waivered in recent years and we have totally revamped it and see it as the IOCA pathway for all our budding sailors. The new addition will be available at the RYA Dinghy Show.

The all new Annual IOCA Handbook is also going to be available for the RYA Dinghy Show and many thanks to the Regional team and Kristine Host-Verbraak for all the hard work that has gone in to it. I hope you find it enjoyable and informative to read!

The Dinghy Show is also upon us and like last year we are going to have our own stand plus an Optimist on the RYA stand.  This is only our second year to have a dedicated IOCA stand and if it is anything like last year will be hugely successful, great fun and I strongly recommend a visit to Alexandra Palace in North London, 2-3 March.  Please let your friends know about it as it is the perfect place to introduce new sailors and families to the class.  We are on stand E10.  Additionally, we also need volunteers to man the stand and this is a perfect opportunity for sailors and parents to let others know why they enjoy the Oppie Class so much! Please sign up HERE.
 
Membership follows on nicely from the Dinghy Show and is the essential ingredient for the future success of the class.  Please may I ask all 2012 members to firstly renew their memberships for this year and secondly if everyone could try and find just one new member that would be amazing.  This might be your best friend at school or someone at your local sailing club, but regardless it will make your sailing experience even more fun.  Over the next 2-3 months as the weather warms up is the perfect opportunity to start sailing Optimists and a big push for new members is very important for the classes future development.
 
As ever your committee have worked tirelessly over the winter and Oliver Schonrock and his team have organised some truly fantastic events circuit of major events, supported with many local and regional regattas.  We have done our best to keep entry fees the same as last year for the major events and we are actively planning and investing for the future.  Looking at the results at the top of the fleet on the International stage, the development of many new flotillas and growing membership, the stage is set for a very positive start to the season.
 
Good luck and have a fun and action packed season!!

Simon Rogers, IOCA (UK) Chairman
Membership Matters
If you have not already done so, please renew your 2013 IOCA Membership using the button above

Dates for Your Diary

Buttons below take you straight to the event website (opens new window)
2013 Spring Championships ENTER HERE
Our hosts for the 2013 Spring Championships will be West Mersea Yacht Club & Dabchicks Sailing Club.  Please take a look at their special event webpages for additional information about the event including important travel information and accommodation details.
Girls Open Training ......... 16/17 March 2013
Inland Championships ..... 18/19 May 2013
Register Interest for a Campervan Pitch at the Inlands
National Championships .... 27 Jul - 2 Aug 2013
Book a Caravan/Campervan Pitch at the Nationals
2-3 March 2013, Alexandra Palace
IOCA (UK) will be on Stand E10 and will also have an Optimist on the RYA Junior & Youth Stand.

If you are thinking of visiting the show please volunteer for an hour to help out.  Free entry tickets are available to volunteers.

Volunteer Rota - Sign Up
Want to find out more about the class? 
Interested in helping on the committee or one of the sub-committees?
We'd love to here from you!

Current vacancies:
Treasurer, Training Officer-Teams
Welcome to IOCA
Noé Peckham, Kira Slater, James Brosnan-Wren, Anton & Alex Haiser, Emma & Charles Handley, Alexandra Paton, Hannah Scott, Toby & Matthew Banbrook, Harry Fox, Freya Hocking, Ben Russell, Oliver Lovell, Ruben Stokroos, Benjamin Hosken, Daniel & Thomas Crook, Charlotte Beardsell, Chloe & Lauren Branton, Archie Dodd, Tatiana Dickinson, Luke Stewart, William Pank, Edward Coady, James & Rory Gifford, Alex & Rhiannon Day, Aimee & Kieran Bray, Emily Schonrock, Jonathan Latham, Julia & Kuba Staite, John O’shaughnessy, Drew Gibbons, Jack Tucker, Oscar & Sebastian Shilling, Ella Lance, Christopher Collins, Henry Kerr, Becky Cropley, Bethan Taylor, Tierney Johnson-Springham, Emily Charlton, Annabelle Hammett, James Robinson, Rosie Bowman, Katie Bryant, David Calder, Connie Stevens, Sarah Allin, Adam Grimwood, Oscar Leach, Freya Sewell, Ella & Harry Phelps, Luke Beuvink, Sophie Bradley, Liam Whelan, Robert Mawdsley, Rosie Beveridge, Jonny Harvey
Wanted: Regatta Fleet PRO (Inlands)

I hope you will all join me in thanking Stuart Childerley for all the hard work he has put in as Regatta Fleet PRO.  He gave us a fantastic Nationals in challenging conditions, giving all the sailors a chance to learn crucial racing skills, whilst having fun at the same time. Sadly we are losing him to the "oooseless" main fleet, so we are now looking for a new Regatta Fleet PRO for the 2013 Inlands at Grafham Water SC.
 
Do you know someone who might be interested?  They could be a current Oppie parent, or perhaps a past Oppie parent.  Ideally we would like to find someone who is an RYA Regional Race Officer or above, with a strong sailing background. 
Please ask any interested potential PROs to get in touch with me for more details.

Gillian Schonrock
gillian@schonrocks.com
Spring is in the Air

Welcome to West Mersea from Saskia Clark


A big welcome to everyone to Mersea Island for the Optimist Spring Championships. It's exciting to have such a big event hosted by my home clubs and hopefully some of our huge local fleet will get out and take the chance to race against some of the country's finest!
I grew up sailing an Optimist from Dabchicks Sailing Club and remember thinking at the time that I was from the big wide sea and didn't enjoy going 'inland' very much to the flat water. Now that I've got a bit more experience I realise that Mersea is a very tricky place to sail, lots of tide, shifty and patchy with some waves so it'll be a challenging venue of you all and definitely worth asking a few questions around the boat park to get some local knowledge.

So I hope you have a great weekend on 'the Tropical Isle' (that's Mersea if you're a local!) and hopefully I will see you there!

Wise Words from Jerry Hill


Welcome to West Mersea, and hope you all have a good time. I spent many years as a kid sailing in the Blackwater in Mirrors, Toppers and 420's and for sure, like Saskia says, I also didn't really have much of a clue what was going on! I since returned and have done 3 pretty successful championships in 1720's and SB3's (now SB20's) where despite being touted as a local expert, that was a bit of a con really!
 
The first thing you will notice in West Mersea is how different it looks from the shore between high and low tide - that certainly shocked Glenn Bourke when I sailed with him here! Well all that water has to go somewhere, and this needs to be top of your research. Find out the high water times, write them down and then take a look at a chart of the main sailing areas. There is a deep water channel that is at its deepest closer to the Bradwell shore, whilst on the Mersea beach side there is a very gentle slope that is quite shallow all the way to the middle of the river.  What you will need to think about is how this channel effects your race course, and where you need to position yourself to benefit most. There are beacons, and marks that will help you work out where you are, (e.g. the Nass Beacon marks the end of a shallow water spit) so make sure that if you are with the tide, get into the deepest water where the tide will help you the most, and the opposite when going against the tide. In general, if you work the tide better than most this will be an important component in your success.  
 
Final top tips:
  • Don't park your car where there are no other cars - the locals take great delight in watching the tide envelop visitors cars
  • Same goes for your launching trolley - take it all the way back to the top of the dinghy park, or it may have floated off on your return!
Enjoy!
Girls Open Training

Questions to the coaches

1) Best Optimist Memory?
A: Residential sailing weekends, a whole weekend of sailing without my parents & sharing a room on Saturday with my friends.

2) Greatest Optimist Achievement
C: 2nd Girl at the Optimist Nationals 2001.

3) What are your coaching Qualifications?
C: Race Coach Level 3 & Senior Instructor.
A: Race Coach Level 2 & Dinghy Instructor

For more details and to enter click HERE

International Success

Max Clapp wins
the Orange Bowl Regatta


Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami
(December 2012)


After spending Christmas in Naples Florida Mom, Dad, Sally, Emma, Sam and I left for Miami in our rental Dodge van. We made the journey on Boxing Day, 1 day before the actual event started. I had already done 3 days of training with LISOT (the team I was sailing with for the event). We arrived early and I got into my board shorts and rash top (all you have to wear in Florida even in winter!) fast enough not to be late out for a final day of training before the event.
The regatta itself started on the 27th of December. The wind was very light and shifty and we only managed to get one race in... Robbie had a very strong start coming 2nd and Toby Bennet smashed all expectations scoring a 17th! That day I got a bullet after battling with the American Ivan who scored 7th at Worlds. Day 2 had much better breeze and we managed to get 4 races in! I had a consistent day putting me on top as I kept everything in the top 5. Robbie got a 4th in race three. Day 3 was forecast to be 13 knots but we were all disappointed when we arrived out on the water and there was no wind. However a sea breeze soon kicked in and we managed to get another 4 in. I got 3 bullets and a 41 where the wind died and breeze came from the right, Chase Cooper (a great sailor from Bermuda) and I could only watch... However I was still ahead going into the last day. We got out there finally getting the wind we expected... 15 knots but quite shifty and very up and down. The racing was hard and it was important to keep a cool head. The two races ended with a battle between me and Wiley Rogers, a great American sailor who went to the Worlds, which he won in the first race and I won in the second. I scored 2-1 and was champion!!! After crossing the line I went first to Dad and then to my coach for the regatta, Pepe.

The social side of the event was great and on behalf of team GB I'd like to thank Coral Reef Yacht Club for putting on yet another great event this year.

Max Clapp.

More details and full results.

David Labrouche wins Palamos


Palamos, Spain (February 2013)

David Labrouche has won XXIV International Vila De Palamos Optimist Trophy in Spain where he competed against 470 sailors from 23 countries.

Up to 25 knots of wind on Friday,the first day of racing, saw David score two 1st's and a 2nd. On  Saturday the wind died completely and racing was canceled. In very light conditions on the third and final day David came 7th in the final race to claim an out right win.

More details and full results.
News and Reviews
Back in October 2012, Andy Platt collected over a dozen used Optimist sails to send out to the National Sailing Academy in Antigua.   The National Sailing Academy offers the opportunity for Antiguan school children to learn swimming and sailing free of charge.

"This is a thank you note with little sunshine from Antigua to the Opti Club in UK.

Thank you very much for the donation of the sails for Antigua Yacht Club young sailors program. The sails will be in good use and are very much appreciated by the youth. 
 
Thank you again
Young sailors of Antigua"

The Australian Optimist Nationals


Having booked our regular trip back to Tasmania to visit our Aussie family, we discovered that the Australian Optimist Nationals were going to be held in Hobart at the Sandy Bay Sailing Club in the second week of January. As this is the club that my Dad learned to sail from it was too tempting and we extended our holiday by a week so that I could compete. My Mum and Dad then set about persuading the Mellers family to join us, which wasn’t that hard as they were due to be in Melbourne around that time. We set off for Australia on December 15th, merrily agreeing to meet up with the Mellers at the Fry family beach house on the Tasman peninsula just a few days before the Nationals were due to start. However, we didn’t bank on the bush fires and ended up all being cut off at the house for 3 days without power and, for a day, without running water, in 42 degrees of heat. Once we knew we were not at direct risk from the fires, we had to set about coping with the heat, lack of food and loss of power. We spent hours each day fishing for flathead and crayfish (see picture) (luckily we had a gas barbecue so could heat food and water).

John Mellers also persuaded us to try a bush fridge (wet towel hung from a tree – see picture) which kept milk cold – and beer & wine for the Mums & Dads!  We were eventually rescued by boat on the day of registration for the Nationals but were allowed to register the next day which was a relief!

SBSC is a great place.  It is a children only sailing club, running Optimists, Cadets, Lasers and 420s and has been running since just after the Second World War.  Immediately before the Oppie Nationals they ran the Cadet Nationals and the Cadet Worlds, so we were met by a very well run, if exhausted, committee of Mums and Dads.  The welcome was amazing.  They start all their events with a parade of the states or nations competing

We had not expected this, so had to rig up a hasty union jack on a pole (Lucy Mellers’ towel!). Out of the 193 competitors there were 4 from the UK and 2 from New Zealand; the rest were all Australian. The 4th member of the UK squad was Finlay Dickinson, who has been sailing around the world with his family for the past 3 years and who heard of the event whilst in New Zealand and persuaded his parents to change their route so that he could compete – he keeps his Oppie on the foredeck of the boat!

The organisation was really impressive – especially the bacon & egg breakfasts and the fantastic hot sausages waiting for the sailors at the end of the day! The Aussie competitors were really friendly and the facilities were fantastic. I especially liked the marquee for keeping masts & sails in so you didn’t have to de-rig every day! They also held spot prize events on some of the days, giving out medals for the first 3 sailors in each race in each of the Open and Regatta fleets and then running a Sponsors’ prize draw for everyone, so that by the end of the week we had all received a prize (2 baseball caps and an Optimist key ring between us!). These were held on the front lawn of the club which also had a mobile bar, so the parents were very happy to stand around chatting whilst we all waited for the prizes.

The races themselves were very challenging. Tasmania is always a difficult place to sail and to add to this they have been experiencing very unusual summer weather. There was a constant struggle between too much and too little wind. Most of the time the wind was strong with many races being sailed in 25+ knots with regular gusts over 40 knots. The sailors from Western Australia in particular did well, as they regularly sail in such conditions, but the overall event was won by a New Zealander.

Lucy Mellers did amazingly well in the conditions and eventually came 36th, with some impressive top 10 and top 20 results in her score. She came 9th amongst the female competitors which was fantastic! Julia, Finlay and I found the conditions a little more trying and we ended up mid-fleet. Julia was 58th overall and fantastically was the 13th female competitor and the 11th in the under 12 category, I was 65th overall and the 15th in the under 12 category and Finlay was 81st. Finlay is only 9 years old and was first in the under 10 category which is really impressive!

We discovered that sailing abroad in unfamiliar waters and with different rules is real education. The Australian organisation operates a time limit for the end of races. On the first day this was 15 minutes, which ended up with a lot of sailors getting DNF, so they extended the time to 20 minutes because of the unusual conditions. All of us except Lucy got at least one DNF because of the time limit, which was something we were not used to and which taught us a lot about how challenging it can be to sail somewhere new and unfamiliar. We were also the victims of races being pulled when we were doing really well, which taught us a strong lesson in overcoming disappointment and focusing on the next race. There were also 420 and Laser regattas going on in the Derwent River out of the Royal Tasmanian Yacht Club, so finding our spot to race was a challenge for the race committee and this was also a new experience; we sometimes had to sail a long way just to get to the start and ended up in challenging current and tidal conditions as a result. At the end of the regatta there was a closing ceremony and the 6 international competitors were given a mini Optimist sail with a message from SBSC thanking each of us for competing in their event – a really lovely memento of a fantastic week of sailing and friendship.

We all loved our time with SBSC and are already planning to return to compete again in Perth in Western Australia in 2015 (Dad says it’s too expensive to do it every year!). It would be great to have a larger GBR contingent next time if anyone else is interested.

Arthur Fry
(with a little help from Fiona Fry)

Whilst most of us were getting ready for Christmas Benno, George, MIlo & Robbie were competing at the 62 Trofeo Ciutat de Palma.  Details from the Event and Full Results.

Sun & Wind for the First Open Meeting of 2013


The first sunny and relatively warm day of the year greeted sailors to the Burghfield Sailing Club Optimist Open. The wind appeared on cue at the start of the race to give a steady 10 knot breeze throughout the day. This proved perfect conditions for beginners and experienced alike.

The event was organised by David Baddeley who has run it for a number of years and the Race Officer was Ian Bullock who likewise has been volunteering his expertise for our great benefit. The Regatta Fleet race was run by Frazer Woodley assisted by Patrick Gannon. The fleet was coached around the course by Robert Baddley and Louise Hughes both of them accomplished Oppie sailors.

The main fleet totalled 36 and the first three results were:
1st Max Clapp (Royal Southern YC)
2nd Milo Gill-Taylor (Spinnaker YC)
3rd Robbie King (Warsash SC)

We awarded a prize to the top Burghfield sailor- Douglas Calder who came 19th

The top three of the eight strong regatta Fleet sailors were:
1st Keelin Greene (Papercourt SC)
2nd Theo Gumbley (Wierwood SC)
3rd David Calder (Burghfield SC)

All contenders can pride themselves that they competed, in the main fleet, by some of the best sailors in the country and it was also the first experience of racing for some of the sailors in the regatta fleet.

We very much look forward to welcoming all the sailors back to race again next year.

Fleets and Flotillas

Optimists on the River


At the Cam Sailing Club based on the River Cam at Waterbeach just north of Cambridge we have a thriving Optimist Fleet.
 
During the last sailing season we saw over 20 young sailors compete at some point with great support from their parents.
 
As you can see it can get quite busy on the river.
 
Rob Allin, Flotilla Leader
 

New Race Training Initiative in North Wales


IOCA has teamed up with two sailing clubs in North Wales to offer race training to intermediate and advanced optimist sailors in lead-up to key national events in the 2013 optimist racing calendar.

Llyn Brenig and Pwllheli Sailing Clubs are the trail-blazers of this new IOCA initiative.  Throughout the 2013 season, these clubs are extending the training available for IOCA competitors in North Wales and neighbouring regions, beyond the traditional winter open-race training season.  Eight training days are being offered in a series of four race camps between April and October. 

The initiative aims to further develop the racing skills amongst optimist sailors within the region and to encourage increased participation in National racing events.  By bringing together young sailors across the region, IOCA hopes to develop a strong optimist fleet which races regularly at North Wales’ clubs, to further inspire the next generation of OnBoard sailors to join in club racing.  The long-term plan is to roll­-out the pilot scheme across North Wales with four clubs offering intermediate and advanced race training for optimist sailors as part of the programme by the end of 2014.

Kate Williams, head coach for the North Wales Regional Optimist squad when asked about the initiative, said “I am very aware that there is a post-winter void in training in the spring/summer.  This would be an excellent opportunity to get a group of sailors together of a similar standard with two great coaches to consolidate the winter training.”

The race training camps for 2013 are being headed up by Sarah Williams and Ben Cobley; Optimist racing coaches, with a wealth of experience teaching optimist squad sailors.  They bring with them, over 20 years’ experience of optimist racing, having themselves competed at optimist championships to a high level in their youth.

Training will be offered in two ability groups to cater for each fleet of IOCA competitor.  An intermediate group will train regatta fleet sailors relatively new to racing, whilst an advanced group aims to offer main fleet competitors more advanced race tactics and starting techniques. 

The syllabus has been carefully compiled in conjunction with Kate Williams, to complement the winter squad training programme.   Bookings are already being taken and early bookings indicate that the scheme has already been very successful in attracting a significant number of regional and zone squad sailors and experienced club racers, looking to gain high-quality race training on both lake and open-sea waters prior to IOCA’s Inlands, Nationals and End of Seasons
Championship events.

The syllabus for the intermediate group has been devised to provide sailors who are new to club racing and the open competition circuit, improved boat-handling skills, knowledge of race rules and racing confidence to successfully compete in a variety of different waters, and subsequently improve their results at their home club racing series as well as at regional and national events.
The training camps are open to any optimist sailors who have completed an RYA Start Racing course or equivalent training, and are being offered to sailors wishing to benefit from additional racing instruction spanning the summer season. For further details regarding dates and course fees please contact the IOCA North Wales Area Rep, Justine Wolgram.  
Coaching Corner

Update - Clare Hall, IOCA Regional Coach Manager

 
This winter is a busy one across the regions with winter training now happening in every region across England. It is great to see the regional training running with increased numbers, especially in the North East where down to a few dedicated families optimist sailing has really taken off. I am planning to check into all the regions winter training as if I haven’t seen you already I look forward to seeing you enjoying your optimist sailing.
The North East
I had the pleasure of running the first 2 weekends of their winter training, at Kielder & Derwent. Both clubs were really welcoming and the sailors really keen to learn & get out on the water, even in the cold temperatures. The weekends were spent on boat handling, starting & upwind boat speed.  Watch out optimist sailors further south - these sailors are going to be hot on your heels.    
The South
At the beginning of December I visited the Southern area on a light wind and foggy day. The sailors spent the morning mostly ashore doing fun activities including games and a bit of theory. Some sailors even got to compete in a sprit paddle race. Once the breeze filled in the sailors were all out on the water for some training with a quick snack break before two races. The day was a great success and fantastically organised and ran by Izzy Gill-Taylor and her team of coaches. 
The South West
On the 27th January I visited the IOCA south west open training at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club. It was a cold and windy Sunday and the plan was for the sailors to put the skills they have learnt into practice on the race course with 2
races before lunch and two after lunch. The two races before lunch went well and all the sailors came off the water for a hot lunch of spaghetti bolognaise in the warm club house. They then had a quick debrief of the mornings racing from Elsa. After a few rig adjustments they headed back out onto the water for the afternoons racing.
The first race of the afternoon was started in winds of 20-25 knots and all the sailors did were doing well until a rain squall came through 60+knts. Most of the fleet ended up upside down and all sailors were plucked from their boats and dropped ashore until the breeze died down.  All the sailors then helped recover their boats. Great fun was had by all, and they can now go back to their clubs and tell their friends that they sailed in 60knts!!!!

Making Decisions - Alan Williams National Coach 


What Sort of Day is it Today ?

We all know that there is much more to sailboat racing than being good at tacking and sailing your boat fast in a straight line. Unless you know what sort of day it is you might just sail fast the wrong way. Read on to think about what sort of day you are sailing in.

There are 3 main ideas about what sort of day it is, these are;
  • Pressure and Shift
  • Gain Feature
  • What You See is What You Get
Let's take a look at each one:

Pressure and Shift

Top Tips
  • Wait until you are in the pressure before you tack
  • Tack when the wind goes below the average
Question
  • If the is at its most left where might you consider starting?

Gain Feature

Need to work toward the gain feature.
Top Tips
  • Usually most sailors can work  out if there is a gain feature, the problem is getting towards it.
  • Even if you have to sail in dirty air, it can be better than having to tack off and sail away from the gain feature.
Question
  • Think about where you need to start to use a gain feature its not always the biased end of the line is it?
     

What You See is What You Get

Top Tips
  • You have to sail your own race as everyone can be in different wind
  • Minimise the risk - don't approach laylines too early & keep leverage small (don't seperate from the fleet too much)
  • Be flexible and adaptable in your decision making
Question
  • What do we mean when we say ‘Bank your gains’ when sailing upwind in random conditions?
    Think about where you need to start to use a gain feature its not always the biased end of the line is it?
     

Decision Making - ‘I know’ not ‘I think’
 

When you are making decisions while sailing upwind try to work on ‘I know’ not ‘I think’- in other words base your decisions on FACTS.

Sophie’s Upwind Decision Making

Sophie one of our top 470 sailors and ex worlds oppy sailor works with us quite a lot on the girls training.  I discussed  her upwind tactics one afternoon and the diagram below is Sophie’s upwind decision making tree which you might find useful.

Have fun and get out and practice.
Alan Williams, National coach
Tips and Tricks

Wind Indicator


Tie a thin sail tie around these two points with a bowline. Tight enough that it will not slip off and loose enough that it will still work.

Now you will not lose the red top!

If you have any more optimist questions that you would like answered in the next Op e-news then EMAILthem to Clare Hall the IOCA regional coaching manager.


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Issue 3 : April 2013

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