2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships

3 months 1 week ago

The 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships hosted at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron have concluded with 261 sailors competing over 3 fleets and 5 days of racing, the event was a huge success and a huge thank you to our sponsors Gill Australia and XSP for their support along with RQYS for hosting such a great event.  

Events like these do not happen without the volunteer’s so a special thank you to all the race committee, on water judges, measurers, parents and the RQYS members who donated their time to ensure that the sailors were provided with a world class event.

2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships will shortly be underway ...

3 months 4 weeks ago

The Optimist class is the largest class in Australia  and the annual National regatta - the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships - will shortly be underway at the host club  the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron,  Manly between 2nd-10th January 2018.    

This event is the largest single class regatta in Australia, this year attracting 257 sailors from every State in Australia and 14 visiting International sailors from 6 countries.  

AUS Opti sailors make final preparations for the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships

5 months 1 week ago

Its that time of the year again  … AUS Opti sailors are madly training, fine tuning their skills and checking their boats & equipment before packing up to head to the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Championships.  The event being held this year in Queensland at the Royal Qld Yacht Squadron on Moreton Bay starting with Teams racing on 3rd January 2018. 

Annabelle Davies returns to Opti's ?

7 months 3 weeks ago

 as AOST Assistant Coach supporting Team Head Coach, Grant Alderson - both are heading to Hong Kong for the 2017 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship.  Annabelle will work alongside Grant to support the 10 competitors from AUS.  Annabelle comes with an extensive background in Opti's having competed for many years in Australia and in several overseas regattas - a highlight was winning the Optimist Nationals in 2013.    Annabelle has moved into 29ers, achieving success winning the 29er Female World title in 2016 and 2017.    The 2017 Asians Team will be looking forward

2017 North American Opti Championship Coaches Report

9 months 3 weeks ago


The Aussie team at the North American Optimist Championships in Toronto Canada was well represented by Jamie Bougher, Linus Talacko, Quinn Auricht, Finn McMahon, Lachlan Grogan and Olivia Williams who all made an impressive sight at the opening ceremony where the team marched with their boxing kangaroos as mascots.

Gill OptiAUS 2018 - EOI for Charter boats & Chandlery

11 months 4 hours ago

OptiAUS works in association with a Host club to conduct an Australian & Open Championship each year.  The “Gill OptiAUS 2018”  Championships event will be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Manly Queensland between 3rd -10th January.   

The OptiAUS Committee are looking to work with a suitable operator to provide charter boats & chandlery service to both interstate and international visitors participating in the event.

2017 Gill OptiAUS Nationals review

11 months 3 weeks ago

With over 260 sailors from nine countries, the 2017 Gill Australian and Open Optimist Championships held at Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia was a huge success. The strong international fleet of 33 sailors from Europe, Asia, the Pacific, New Zealand and America made this one of most competitive fleets seen in Australia and has really lifted the international profile of Optimist sailing in the region.  In the Open Fleet international sailors took the honours with Malaysian and Singapore taking out the first three places.

2018 OptiAUS Nationals

11 months 3 weeks ago

OptiAUS are pleased to announce that the 2018 Gill OptiAUS Nationals will be held at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron from 3rd to 10th January.   RQYS is located in Brisbanes SE bayside area of Manly, and is home to one of Queenslands oldest and most prestigious recreational sailing & cruising clubs.  RQYS hosts many State, National and International regattas and has an active Youth sailing programme from beginners to elite sailors.  The location & facilities at this venue will ensure that our National event is well hosted, and our community will enjoy their time at the event ove

VIDEO - 2017 GILL Australian and Open Optimist Nationals

1 year 2 months ago

The 2017 GILL Australian & Open International Optimimist Championship was a fantastic event with many International sailors coming to Australia to join our fleet for world class fleet racing experience. 

The Optimist class is the largest pathway class in Australia and continues to grow due to its fantastic Club, State and National training and racing opportunities.

The Optimist Nationals creates a fantastic holiday experience where children can enjoy their sailing with extensive après sail entertainment in a festival atmosphere.

OptiAUS invitation to Host 2018 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships

1 year 2 months ago

***EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - to submit by 12FEB17 ***.

Announcing the 2017 OptiAUS Representative Teams

1 year 2 months ago

It is with great pleasure OptiAUS would like to announce our representative teams (*) for 2017.   Congratulations to you all and we wish you all the best in your upcoming events.


AOST - Worlds Team:

Jack Ferguson

Quinn Auricht

Fletcher Walters

Alexi Wigglesworth

Mina Ferguson


AOST - Asians Team:

Ben Hinks

Daniel Links

Jonas Barrett

Toby Coote

Molly Alderson

Harry Higgins

Mia Lovelady

Bella Green

Andrew Dempsey

Finley Scade


Special guest at Presentations of 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships

1 year 3 months ago

CARRIE SMITH - 470 Rio Olympian

Carrie Smith first steered a sailboat at just two years old, and then took up sailing at age 6.  She started in the Sabre and other junior categories before moving onto the 420 and then the 470.  One of her main domestic rivals in the 420 class, Jaime Ryan, was alongside her as the pair made their Olympic debut in the women’s 470 event in Rio where they finished 13th.

2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships

1 year 3 months ago

The final 2 days of racing is underway at Largs Bay Sailing Club - 263 Opti's are lined up on 3 race areas and the cooler breeze is welcome after the recent hot weather.    The Open fleet have been split into Gold/Silver and include 33 talented sailors from 8 countries, the largest overseas contingent of this calibre.  Current standings in Open are M. Bin Ali MAS152 in 1st place with 7 nett points, followed by M.


1 year 4 months ago

Review the new selection criteria for 2017 and find out about the new AOGS 

XSP Chandlery at Nationals

1 year 4 months ago

XSP as the official charter boat supplier at the 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships - will be providing chandlery at the event site.   Some of the equipment available include:

2017 IODA Events for AOST

1 year 6 months ago

OptiAUS are pleased to announce the dates & locations for the 2017 IODA events for the Australian Optimist Sailing Team (AOST).

2017 Nationals - Official charter boat supplier appointed

1 year 8 months ago


AIODA, the Australian International Optimist Dinghy Association (AIODA) has appointed XSP as the Official Charter boat supplier for the 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Championships being held at the Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia between 2nd and 9th January 2017.

Regatta and pre-regatta charter information and bookings can now be made via the event website www.optimist.org.au

NOW OPEN - 2017 Gill Australian & Open Optimist Nationals Entry

1 year 8 months ago

Opti sailors can now register via the OptiAUS website to compete in the largest single youth class event of the year, this year held in South Australia at the Largs Bay Sailing Club from 2nd to 9th January.

PRESS RELEASE - Notice of Race - 2017 GILL Australian & Open Optimist Nationals

1 year 8 months ago

The Australian International Optimist Dinghy Association (OptiAUS) and Largs Bay Sailing Club (LBSC) are proud to announce that the NOTICE OF RACE for the 2017 GILL Australian & Open Optimist Championships is now available.

AOST - North American Championships Antigua

1 year 9 months ago

The 2016 NAM's regatta has ended and the Aussie sailors have done themselves and their team proud. With everyone racing in Silver fleet the boys continued to improve, which they demonstrated in the final race with Fletch 3rd, Michael 4th, and Jonas 6th. Final overall results in Silver Fleet had Michael 2nd, Fletcher 26th, Jonas 27th and Jamie 30th. Highlight of the event was certainly the Teams racing day where the boys went in seeded 10th and carved their way through the other teams to finish 2nd to Chile. A great photo here of them proudly collecting their silver medals on stage.

AOST North American Championships - Day 2 Coaches Report

1 year 9 months ago

Proud coach today, all the boys put in a solid effort and improved greatly on their individual focus points. Big mover today was Fletch Walters who got great starts to post an 18 and 11, while Michael and Jamie showed great tenacity to post good results also. Jonas Barrett bounced back from being identified in a general recall BFD start to post a great second race, excellent maturity and mental toughness! Looking forward to teams racing tomorrow and a swim in the pool this evening. Tom Brewer

AOST Worlds Team Report 2016

1 year 10 months ago

With the 2016 Optimist Class World Championship now finished, I have a few moments to breath.  Our young Aussies have had an outstanding week, despite some of the most testing conditions I have ever seen.  We have finished as the 12th nation which is a huge jump for the AUS Team. 4 Aussies have made the top 100 and Ryan has finished 17, our second best result ever and Archie 31st, another truly notable position. Lachie and Jack finished strongly in Silver fleet and Will close to the top in bronze.  All the sailors have shown great tenacity, never giving any less than their very best.

IODA Asian & Oceanian Optimist Championship 2016 Overall - Coaches Report & Results

1 year 10 months ago

"This week the Australian Optimist Class Sailors took another significant step up the World Rankings with an outstanding team performance at the 2016 Asian and Oceania Championship in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Strong, shifting off shore wind tested every sailors skill and stamina. High lights from our week of racing includes Raff Torre 7th overall and Oceania Champion, Rupert Hamilton 11th, Hamish Thorne 18th, Cole Tapper 20th, Alice Buchanan 21st and 1st Female Oceania, Lucy Alderson 23rd, Quinn Auricht 33rd, Ethan Galbraith 48th.

IODA Asian & Oceanian Optimist championship 2016 Team Racing - Coaches Report

1 year 10 months ago

IODA Asian & Oceanian Optimist championship 2016 Team Racing Coaches Report:

"Top 16 nations go into the teams racing. We had two teams. AUS 1, ranked 2nd behind SIN 1 and AUS 2, ranked 7th. It was unfortunate that our two teams had to face each other in the second round forcing a loss to AUS 2.

In the third round a couple of questionable calls in favour of the THA 1 gave them the narrowest win forcing AUS into the long road. There was confusion over who would face AUS 2 but after a delay they faced JPN 1, sailing to a solid win.

AOST & AODS Teams Announced

1 year 11 months ago

The AOST teams have now been confirmed for the 2016 IODA events in Portugal, Italy and Sri Lanka – congratulations to the competitors heading to these events - what an incredible journey you are about to embark upon.  A full list of the teams can be viewed here

PRESS RELEASE: New Partnership with Gill

1 year 11 months ago

The 2016 Committee of the Australian International Optimist Dinghy Association (AIODA) are pleased to announce that a new 3 year Principal Partner sponsorship agreement has been secured with Gill, a recognised brand amongst Optimist class sailors and a market leader in sailing merchandise.

AIODA announce this partnership with Gill for the 2017-2020 National Championships - the sponsorship agreement also offering naming rights of the event. The 2017 Nationals at Largs Bay Sailing Club in South Australia being the first event to be named as :

2015 IODA Qatar Asian and Oceania Optimist Championships

1 year 11 months ago

2015 IODA Asian & Oceanian Championships was an amazing event. 

Our Australian team did us proud with final Oceania results below (overall Asian/Oceania results in brackets) :

Archie Cropley 1st (9th overall), Bruce McKinnon 3rd (38th overall), Axel Fleet 4th (46th overall), Shannon Dalton 5th (49th overall), Tom Green 7th (53rd overall), Ashleigh Swadling 8th (57th overall), Aidan Gummow 9th (61st overall), Chelsea Higgins 12th (70th overall), Jackson Porter 13th (73rd overall) and Oliver Pabbruwe 19th (100th overall). 

AOST Asians Team prepares for Sri Lanka

1 year 11 months ago

The 10 team members of the Australian Optimist Sailing Team, 2 coaches and their support team are preparing to leave for the journey to Trincomalee in Sri Lanka -  the venue for the IODA Cinnamon  Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship 2016 between 28May – 6 June.