South Island Optimist Coaching Clinic

17 – 21 December 2014

YMCA Wainui Park — Akaroa

Deadline for entries has been extended until the end of October.

The clinic is a four-day course and will be the premier coaching clinic for Open Opti sailors in the South Island this summer. Up to 30 spaces are available for financial members of NZIODA. Sailors must be able to independently rig, launch, and retrieve their own fiberglass Opti and have some racing experience at Open or Green Fleet level at a recent major regatta (e.g. Picton Interislander, Canterbury Age Groups, Nationals).

The main aim of the clinic is to improve the skills of all participants during four days of intensive training and activities. We will have some top New Zealand coaches performing the coaching duties.

The venue is the YMCA Wainui Park Camp on the western side of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. N.B. It is located on the opposite side of the harbour from Akaroa township.

Accommodation is in the lodge facility at the camp. All meals are supplied by Wainui Park staff. The lodge includes a dining room, kitchen, bunk rooms, toilets, showers etc.

For more information visit the Wainui website.

The cost is $350.00 per sailor.

Close-off date for entry is 10th September 2014. Acceptance will be advised by TBA. Upon acceptance you will be sent more information and a programme for the clinic.

Accommodation and Meals

The clinic will operate on a live-in basis for four nights. Participants will be accommodated in bunkrooms and will need to supply their own adequate sleeping gear (sleeping bag, pillow, blankets, etc). All meals will be provided.

Boats and Gear

As well as your own Optimist and beach trolley, we suggest bringing an extensive supply of spare parts; just the same as you would if you were attending a large, 4-day regatta. Full sailing gear, including hats & buoyancy aids, along with ample warm clothing and suitable footwear will also need to be supplied by you. As sailors will spend many hours afloat, consideration must be given to protective clothing for arms and legs (as well as faces). We suggest long thermals or rash suits. Please bring plenty of sun block.


Upon approval of your application, and providing the full fee has been paid, a copy of the programme will be forwarded to you as confirmation of your acceptance to the clinic. The clinic begins with a 5:30pm dinner on TBA and concludes at 1pm after lunch on Sun. Participants will not be allowed to leave the coaching clinic for any period during the four days, except with prior approval.


The clinic organisers do not accept any liability for loss or damage (material or personal) suffered during or arising at the clinic. It is the individual's responsibility, if so desired, to ensure they have adequate insurance cover for boats, equipment and personal effects.

NZIODA Membership

All sailors attending must be financial members of NZIODA.

Applications and Fees

Applications close 10th September 2014. Late enrolments will not be accepted after the closing date. The full fee is payable with application.

No refunds will be made for withdrawals unless in the case of a dire medical situation!

 Information and Registration Form