Regatta Fleet position statement 2013
IODAI Position Statement on the Regatta Fleet
IODAI welcomes children 8-15yrs to the regatta fleet who are relatively new to sailing and racing. This fleet is designed to give
child coaching and confidence in a fun atmosphere at an IODAI event with an emphasis on training & development. It is NOT a racing fleet but a fleet where children
improve their basic optimist skills without the pressures of a competitive environment.
1. To enable your child to experience coaching with an IODAI Optimist specific coach.
2. To teach children who can sail, the additional skills & drills they need to eventually sail in
3. To give sailors an experience of sailing at a regional event.
4. To give sailors an experience of sailing outside home waters in a non competitive
before joining the main fleet.
5. To give an introduction to racing.
What to expect in the 2013 Season:
At the IODAI Spring training in Baltimore, the 4 regional championships, the Nationals, Crosbie Cup & End of seasons, regatta fleet children will train on & off the
water in the mornings with coaches. In the afternoon, weather dependant, the regatta fleet will have some short racing supported by the coaches.
To encourage sailors who wish to participate in more serious racing, children are recommended to develop their racing skills at local regattas and through their club
racing or by joining the main fleet.
Where possible a head & deputy Optimist specific coach will coordinate the coaching of this fleet aided by the required number of club coaches. The
Fleet is managed by a member of the IODAI committee. In this way local club coaches can benefit from working alongside experienced coaches. Coaching will be skills based
including some of the following: Body Position/ How to hold the
tiller / Follow the leader / Mark Rounding / Tacking / Gybing / Double Tacks / Bias / Starting line / Hiking / rigging / depowering the sail/ bailing while sailing / 360 turn / sailing backwards.
Merit badges / medals will be awarded to regatta fleet participants. In addition token prizes will be awarded to best U 11 / U 10 / U 9,
sailor & best local sailor. Fun prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the head instructor. A sailor can only win one of the above category prizes twice in the season then it will
to the next applicable sailor.
The success of the regatta fleet relies on a low coach: sailor ratio 1:6 where possible, but ideally no greater than 1:8. In the interest of
these ratios parents will need to enter events as early as possible. Late entries cannot be accepted for the regatta fleet.
There will be a short daily briefing each morning for the regatta fleet outlining what the days plans are based on the expected forecast. This
usually be after the main fleet briefing or sometimes held after the main fleet launch.
Guidelines for parents:
- Children MUST be able to sail a triangle course competently in light to medium airs and
possibly be sailing in club races before joining the regatta fleet. The head coach may at his discretion request a regatta fleet sailor to remain ashore if he suspects that the child has little or
sailing experience. Obviously this step will want to be avoided at all costs so parents should not enter their children into Regatta fleet
the necessary skills.
- Regatta fleet is a coaching facility but not a Teach Your Child to sail facility. Children should have already completed “learn to sail” courses before joining this fleet or be clearly able to sail a triangle as above.
- Sailors in this fleet will always come ashore for lunch.
- If racing does go ahead in the afternoon, only those coaches associated with the
fleet are allowed coach the fleet during the race. Parents and support boats must stay outside the race course at all times similarly to the main fleet parents. The head coach may ask for
parental help with extra recue support or some coaching for those sailors at the back who may be having difficulty getting around the
- During adverse weather conditions the regatta fleet may be cancelled. Alternatively the
Regatta Fleet may be split into groups at the sole discretion of the Head Coach to enable more competent sailors to sail in more difficult conditions while less able sailors stay ashore.
- Parents or a nominated adult must be available at all times at the club for regatta fleet
sailors who come ashore, children ashore are the parent’s responsibility not the coaches.
- Where possible, regatta fleet sailors may be taken out to watch the main fleet sailing if
conditions do not allow them to sail.
- Regatta fleet sailors do not require a measurement certificate for their optimist but will
need one as they move up to the main fleet.
- Regatta fleet sailors must pass the safety check before being allowed afloat. Please familiarise yourself with the equipment they need. Items commonly missing are 2 bailers tied in, paddle tied in, whistle attached to life
jacket, mast lock.
- Regatta fleet sailors are strongly recommended to purchase a proper mast lock to
the mast rather than relying on rope to tie it in.
- Please note that regatta fleet sailors do not get a ranking. This has implications if they wish to be considered for the trials, for squads and for the group that you are assigned to in the February training week (Schull).
- On moving to the main fleet, all regatta fleet parents should read the moving to
fleet article linked from the menu on the right hand side.