Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Opti Southeast Championship early entry deadline fast approaching

by Talbot Wilson on 29 Aug 2013
Over 200 optis are expected to hit the Pensacola YC line in the USODA Southeast Championship Sept 21-22. Official practice starts Friday Sept 20 and there are special tours of the new National Flight Academy as well. Talbot Wilson - Copyright
Registrations for Pensacola YC’s US Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Southeast Championship are coming in quickly now that the first early entry deadline is just a week away. The deadline for early entry at $90 is Sept fifth. From Sept sixth through Sept 13th a late fee of $25 applies. From then to the final entry deadline day, 1800 on Sept 17th, a very late fee of $50 will apply bringing the total to $140. Enter now and save.

Pensacola’s Southeast Championship is scheduled for Sept 21-22 with practice on Friday Sept. 20 and early check-in available Thursday afternoon. All qualified Opti sailors, not just sailors from the Southeast and not just sailors from the USA, are invited to come to beautiful NW Florida for great sailing. Pensacola Yacht Club is waiting with warm water, warm hospitality, lots of cool fun and plans for a fantastic regatta.

Championship registration is online at the USODA website

Entries are in from as far West as Houston and as far North as New Jersey and Ontario. Of Course, entries are in from all over the south, throughout Florida and up the East coast and from places in between like Atlanta. This USODA Southeast Championship is a Qualifier for Team Trials 2014.

Participants and their families may also register through the Pensacola Yacht Club web site for the special tours of the new National Flight Academy at NAS Pensacola. Go to http://www.pensacolayachtclub.org/USODA.aspx for details. To make reservations for the Flight Academy Tour please call Deon @ 850-433-8804 ext 101. Reservations and payment must be made by 3:00pm on Sept. fifth.

Two National Flight Academy tours are planned on Friday Sept. 20. First, in the morning from 8-10:30 (before the practice breeze builds on the bay) sailors will be able participate in a hands-on quick immersion experience of life on this virtual aircraft carrier and even try their hands at landing on the carrier’s flight deck (simulated, of course).

This includes interactive mission activities with the ipad board, flight similators, computer programs, and total mission experience. There is a $75 per student charge for this virtual carrier STEM experience. Parents may take their own tour to learn the theory and goals behind the weeklong immersion experience their children would have at the Academy.

During the second tour, Friday evening from 5:30-7PM, Opti sailors and families will be offered a free tour to experience the Ambition experience in a preview mode. This kid oriented tour focuses on the 'cool' factor and experiences at the facility. The morning‘s parent tour would be repeated. Transportation will be furnished from PYC.

There will also be a Green fleet and all young Opti sailors are encouraged to attend. The off-the-beach location at PYC is particularly Green Fleet friendly. Tom Coleman, Green Fleet PRO, is well known to Opti families and will be a great complement to PRO John Matthews who handles the Red, White and Blue Fleets.

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
Pantaenius – Smooth sailing is more than a favourable weather forecast
Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia As Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia, we get to see why they continue to grow their happy crew of customers. Sitting down with Pantaenius Australia’s MD, Jamie MacPhail, you immediately get a sense that the smooth sailing is a direct result of both their unique product and the marketplace’s willingness to embrace the better mousetrap
Posted on 27 Apr
100 days to Rio, are there potholes and bumps ahead?
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for most crews.
Posted on 26 Apr
Is George Lucas a sailor?
He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic, which has been instrumental in the making of many of the special effects that have made the digital world so impressive. Gone are the smears of Vaseline along the bottom edge of the clear filter to hide the trolley that was actually transporting Luke Skywalker’s Speeder, for instance.
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Can World Sailing learn from dear old Oz?
Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint Some time ago now, Sail-World proposed that ISAF had a really good opportunity at hand when it morphed into World Sailing (WS). Why just lay the drop sheets out and tape up the edges of the windows for a splash of paint, when you could bring out the jackhammers and do a proper reno??? A call was issued for 200,000 sets of goggles and earmuffs to be supplied and for the real work to be commenced.
Posted on 11 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
NaiadBakewell-White Yacht DesignT Clewring AC72