IOCA South Pre Nationals Training @ Hamble River SC – July 25th to 27th

17 keen Optimist racers joined coaches Sophie Holloway, Peter Baddeley and Sarah Jarman for three days of Pre Nationals training based out of Hamble River SC. As well as sailors from Warsash SC, HRSC and the Royal Southern YC we were pleased to welcome Theo Smith from Barnt Green who travelled down from the Midlands to join the fun.

The coaches kept the participants busy with a real variety of training exercises and some informal  racing. All the sailors enjoyed the training and are looking forward to putting their new skills to the test at the Nationals in Pwllheli starting next Sunday August 5th.

I spoke to a few of them about their favourite part of the training. See below, some answers may be upsetting to any Oppy parent who spends far too much time and money on keeping these racing machines in tip top condition……….

Evie (10) – I liked the Sprit racing where we lay over the front of the boat and used our Sprit as a paddle

Ella (11) – I liked the wet whistle game

Felix (8) – I liked doing press ups on the boat

Marcus (9) – I liked practicing my upwind sailing

Ffion (10) – I liked winning my first race

Kai (11) – I liked the racing best as I could practice what we’d been learning

Sabine (11) – I liked playing “Mark Mayhem”, we all sail downwind together and then all round the mark  at the same time

Thanks to Sarah, Peter and Sophie for the excellent coaching. Thanks also to Julian @ HRSC for letting us use their facilities. If you’d like to host some IOCA South training at your club please contact