Change to the Traveller Series

The HISC Open is Main Fleet only.   There will not be a Regatta Fleet this year (this is a correction on what was previously advertised for the Traveller Series).  The Notice of Series for the Traveller Series has been updated to reflect the change.

Entry to the Main Fleet will be restricted to sailors who have sailed in Main Fleet at an IOCA Major Event.  Sailing will be in the bay.

You can find out more details here.

The Open is the third event of the Rooster® Southern Traveller Series.

Final session at Spinnaker winter training

After two years , this weekend was Ian Cole’s last session running the IOCA South , Pre Zone Winter Training At Spinnaker Sailing Club near Ringwood for 50 plus young sailors from 7- 11 years.

Ian wanted to really up the standard of everything this year and then finish at the end with something special for the kids to remember – to go out on a high, on his last season in optimists as his kids transition upwards into lasers.

He felt it was just a nice way to say thankyou to Gillian Schonrock (a sailing super hero), to IOCA UK and the optimist fleet for all of the help and support he had received over the years.

Getting the prizes sponsored by Rooster® was a big result and he had loads of really great prizes , enough to cover all 7 flights in our training fleet and then getting Olympic sailor, Saskia Clark MBE on board who not only brought her medals for the kids to actually wear but also brought a bag full of genuine British Sailing Rio Olympic gear to give away to the kids in a raffle was really, really special.

Saskia had a great time laughing with the kids and is a true sailing rock star. She stayed right to the end of the afternoon for photographs and selfies and autographed almost every child’s IOCA medal for them.  We’ve never seen so many happy kids.

Burghfield SC Winter Open is a windy success

On Thursday storm Doris brought destruction, travel chaos and stress for open meeting organisers across the country. Saturday brought 125 sailors to Burghfield, where, thankfully, the conditions were the best that most of the kids who’ve been sailing throughout the winter had experienced for months.

PRO Ian Bullock running the main fleet demonstrated his knowledge of both Burghfield and the Optimist class, managing to fit Inner/Outer loop trapezoid courses around the islands in the difficult conditions. Squalls, lulls and the usual Burghfield shifts combined to provide challenging conditions for the sailors. Unsurprisingly, the most experienced dominated with some very consistent sailing. James Foster and Barty Gray allocated to the same flight battled each other around time and time again, with one of them winning every race in which their flight competed. In a dominating performance, the pair frequently had a commanding lead ahead of the rest of the fleet. James, winning the 6th and final race, won the event by a point.

There were a number of other notable performances – Megan Farrer and James Barrett, both zone squad members, sailed superb series to upset the established order. Megan won a race in some of the toughest conditions of the day, a very impressive feat from a young sailor. The final race was won by Finian Morris, another young competitor. He sailed a very mature and tactical race to hold off some of the established top sailors. Perhaps he really was concentrating when he crewed his uncle Barney to second at the Bloody Mary this year.

The Regatta fleet bravely weathered the blustery conditions to complete six races over a trapezoid course under the careful race management of Burghfield’s Douglas Calder. Cameron and Findlay Bignold-Kyles from Royal Lymington battled with Gwen Sargent from Emsworth who finally took to the series from Cameron, with Findlay in third and Sabine Potter from Warsash a close fourth.

The high number of Regatta fleet entries allowed the event organisers to create a third Coached Regatta Fleet for less experienced racers. This fleet under the experienced helm of David Baddeley was supported by junior members in a more sheltered corner of the lake allowing a successful series of seven short races to take place. Close racing ensued supported by visiting coaches where the series stayed open with seven sailors scoring top three results. Eddie Dorsett from Parkstone emerged the winner from fellow club member Max Bromilow with Henry Camm from Warsash in third.

Many thanks to Rooster® for sponsoring the Optimist Southern Traveller Series, and providing some great prizes for the event.

View Yachts and Yachting article here.

Main Fleet Results
Regatta Fleet Results
Coached Regatta Fleet Results

IOCA South Head Coach role

IOCA South runs one of the largest junior winter coaching programs in the UK. We plan to expand our current training to 2 locations in 2017/18, providing training for 70-80 optimist sailors over 6 days between October and March.
We are looking for an experienced Head Coach, to design and lead a programme, which provides good quality coaching for the sailors, as well as a structured training programme for the coaches.  The role includes 3 days for designing and preparing the programme, and 8 days of coaching.

Click here for further details.

IOCA South winter training expands to Bosham

IOCA South winter training has expanded to a second location – at Bosham Sailing Club.

The course takes place over five full days over the winter period from November through to March.  The aim is develop and improve the sailors boat skills, experience and confidence such that they can rapidly progress through the IOCA Regatta, Transition and Main fleets the following Spring.

Click here for more details.

A fine ending to the 2016 Rooster Southern Traveller Series

20160917_145252_800wide70 sailors met up at Spinnaker Sailing Club for the final event in the 2016 Rooster® Southern Traveller Series.  With over 50 sailors entered, this was the largest entry Spinnaker had ever had for a Regatta Fleet.

A mid-strength breeze enabled the Club to put on 4 good races for each fleet, with a break for lunch.  Congratulations to Ella Lightbody, who won Regatta Fleet, and Kieran Young, who won Main Fleet.

Following the Open prize-giving, the 2016 Rooster® Southern Traveller Series winners were announced.  A big congratulations to Ella Lightbody for winning the Regatta Fleet series, with Samuel Griffiths in second, and Gabriella Burlton in third.  Well done also to Oliver Evans, the winner of the Main Fleet series, with James Foster in second and Kieran Young in third.


Many thanks to Rooster® for some super prizes, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

John Merricks Sailing Trust grant

The John Merricks Sailing Trust seeks to help young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals and was set up in the memory of leading Olympic sailor and 1996 Olympic silver medallist John Merricks.
The Trust is offering to donate an Optimist to a South Zone sailor, giving them two years of exclusive use of the boat, after which the boat will be returned to the sailor’s original club.
Applications must be made by 5pm Thursday 22nd September.

Click here for further details.