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2018 Toyota Optimist Nationals

2018 Toyota Optimist Nationals

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When:

  • Thu 29 Mar ’18, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Fri 30 Mar ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 31 Mar ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 1 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 2 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 3 Apr ’18, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where:

Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, Shelley Beach, Picton

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

QCYC Website

The Optimist Nationals is a big event. Well over 200 sailors participate in the Optimist Open Fleet, green Fleet and Team sailing events.

It is not very often a South Island club is chosen to host this event as most sailors hail from the Northern part of the North Island. But Picton's QCYC has won the right to organize the Nats in 2018. Sailors will launch there Optimists at Shelley Beach in large numbers and sail the waters of the inner and outer Harbour aroound Easter. Several of our own QCYC sailors will compete in all the racing.

It starts off with a parade through Picton on Thursday of all the participating Teams of NZ and a few other countries. The Teams racing is scheduled for the first day. This will take place in front off the club for everyone to see. This is exciting racing where the sailors will aim to force penalties on others to make their team win.

It's all about great boat handling ans strategy. The main event starts on Saturday. Two days of preliminary races and then 2 days of finals to select the best optimist sailors of the regatta and New Zealand. Some of these will have to opportunity to represent NZ in one of the teams going abroad.

It will be a busy Easter for Picton. Let's show the sailors, their family and support crews some awesome hospitality.

More news soon on: https://www.facebook.com/optinats/

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