Welcome to the Midland Oppies

We are a friendly bunch of Optimist sailors and parents who belong to sailing clubs in the Midlands. We get together on a fairly regular basis for training and racing at various local clubs - the idea being that by sailing in a larger group than we find at our own clubs we get more chance to improve.

Enjoy sailing, come and join us.
Finley Moss wins Regatta Fleet at End of Seasons 2016

Finley Moss wins Regatta Fleet at End of Seasons 2016

with Brother William 3rd boy. In main fleet George was 47th, Oscar 89th, Millie 90th, Derin Can 93rd and Jacob 95th. Hazel was just outside the top 100! Well done to all midland sailors More

Jacob Felton wins Zone Champs 2016 with 5 bullets

Jacob Felton wins Zone Champs 2016 with 5 bullets

18 sailors took part. The other results were Scarlett Cawthorne 2nd/1st girl, Oscar Cawthorne 2nd boy, Millie Irish 2nd girl Derin Can Soyer 3rd boy and Hazel McDonnell 3rd girl More

A great turnout for Shustoke's first optimist open 2016

A great turnout for Shustoke's first optimist open 2016

Jacob Felton won by 1 point from Millie Irish, with Ralph Cawthorne 3rd More

George takes another win at Midland Champs 2016

George takes another win at Midland Champs 2016

Draycote welcomed us for their first open, with Jacob Felton taking 2nd and Charlotte Rockett 3rd More

4 midland sailors get invited to the Optimist Selection Trials 2016

4 midland sailors get invited to the Optimist Selection Trials 2016

Chloe Felton (51), Ellie Driver (61), Charlotte Rocket (74) and Rachael Cross (75) More

Large turnout at Banbury 2016

Large turnout at Banbury 2016

George Eames Matthews was highest placed Midland sailor, finishing 2nd More

It's goodbye from James

It's goodbye from James

Head coach James Murdock says a fond farewell to MOT/IOCA Midlands as he steps down from coaching April 2016. It's been a good 3 years with sailors learning lots. More

A successful finish to the winter training for 2016

A successful finish to the winter training for 2016

25 sailors took part in a weekend of training at Staunton April 2016. Regatta fleet do a spot of follow my leader whilst main fleet work on their starts in the background More

Team call up for midland sailor

Team call up for midland sailor

Midland sailor Chloe Felton gets a GBR team place at Braassemermeer. It was a windy event and she was joined by fellow midland sailors Ellie Driver, Charlotte Rockett and Jacob Felton who took part as open competitors More

The WOW factor!

The WOW factor!

A brilliant turnout of 26 sailors for the 3rd winter training session Jan 2016 More

A record turnout for the first of this year's winter training

A record turnout for the first of this year's winter training

A whopping 25 sailors came to Barnt Green and had smiles on their faces Oct 2015. A warm welcome to the new sailors More

11 Midland sailors take part in RYA Zone Champs 2015

11 Midland sailors take part in RYA Zone Champs 2015

Results for Midland sailors are Chloe Felton 1st, Hazel McDonnell 2nd, Jacob Felton 3rd and Millie Irish 4th with good performances from all sailors in very light wind conditions! More

Large turnout for Barnt Green Open and Midland Zone Indicator

Large turnout for Barnt Green Open and Midland Zone Indicator

Well done to Ellie Driver who won the event More

5 Midland sailors make it in the top 100 at the new Late Summer Champs, Draycote 2015

5 Midland sailors make it in the top 100 at the new Late Summer Champs, Draycote 2015

Chloe Felton (58), Ellie Driver (82), Jacob Felton (96), Katie Byne (97) and Rachael Cross (99) More

Chloe Felton is 1 of 25 British sailors to make it into Senior Gold Fleet at National 2015

Chloe Felton is 1 of 25 British sailors to make it into Senior Gold Fleet at National 2015

Meanwhile, Deryn Can Soyer and Hazel both have success in Regatta Fleet More

Chloe Felton crowned Midland Champion again July 2015

Chloe Felton crowned Midland Champion again July 2015

with Millie Irish winning the Junior trophy, Derin Can Soyer winning Regatta Fleet and Iris Singleton being awarded the Endeavor Trophy More

Midland Girl Power at Inlands 2015

Midland Girl Power at Inlands 2015

Hazel McDonnell gets 1st Girl (2nd overall) in Regatta Fleet, Chloe Felton finishes 44th in main fleet with Rachael Cross 48th, Ellie Driver 72nd and Charlotte Rocket 77th. Dan Wellbourn-Hesp was 41st. More

Chloe Felton wins the Banbury Open 2015

Chloe Felton wins the Banbury Open 2015

with Charlotte Rocket in 3rd More

Chloe Felton wins the first Grafham Easter Egg Regatta 2015

Chloe Felton wins the first Grafham Easter Egg Regatta 2015

Well done to her, and the other 7 midland sailors who took part. Hazel, Aimee, Tara and Kieran also got spot prizes More

Lots of fun and games at 2015 Grafham Easter Egg Regatta

Lots of fun and games at 2015 Grafham Easter Egg Regatta

It wasn't all about the racing! More

Springs 2015 was a blow-out

Springs 2015 was a blow-out

...and look where the MOT campervans are parked! More

Hazel McDonnell wins North Optimist trophy Mar 2015

Hazel McDonnell wins North Optimist trophy Mar 2015

MOT to become IOCA

MOT to become IOCA

It was decided that it was in the best interests of midland oppies to dissolve MOT and become IOCA Midlands March 2015 More

Windy at Staunton for the last of the winter training Mar 2015

Windy at Staunton for the last of the winter training Mar 2015

But they survived it. Well done! More

It's all about the starts...

It's all about the starts...

Great lane holding off the startline by the more experienced sailors at Barnt Green Open Training Feb 2015 More

Preparing for action at Barnt

Preparing for action at Barnt

Sailors getting ready to go at Barnt Green Open Training Feb 2015 More

Nice wind at Banbury Open Optimist Training Jan 2015

Nice wind at Banbury Open Optimist Training Jan 2015

The focus of the day was on pre race strategies and starting More

No capsizing for Little Miss Capsize - or anyone else!

No capsizing for Little Miss Capsize - or anyone else!

Near perfect sailing conditions at Banbury Open Training Jan 2015, just missing the sunshine! More

And something to keep the parents amused!

And something to keep the parents amused!

Learning how a sail works to help the youngsters rig better More

All wrapped up for winter sailing at Barnt Dec 2014

All wrapped up for winter sailing at Barnt Dec 2014

Putting into practice what they've learned! More

New faces from MOT in main fleet at Winters 2014

New faces from MOT in main fleet at Winters 2014

Light wind sailing at Staunton Nov 2014

Light wind sailing at Staunton Nov 2014

This session was all about getting the rig set up correctly and positioning to keep the boat flat in very light wind conditions, with 19 sailors taking part. More

Winter training off to a good start at Hollowell Oct 2014

Winter training off to a good start at Hollowell Oct 2014

with plenty of chance to practice that oppie skill of bail and sail! More

11 take part in the Barnt Green Open 2014

11 take part in the Barnt Green Open 2014

Drew Wright took 1st place, with Dottie Rocket 1st girl More

MOT sailor takes part in 2014 Eric Twiname Team Racing

MOT sailor takes part in 2014 Eric Twiname Team Racing

Well done to Ellie Driver and the other members of the Trearddur Bay team More

A frustrating End of Seasons but lots of new faces

A frustrating End of Seasons but lots of new faces

15 Midland sailors took part in a not very windy 2014 End of Seasons. Well done to Millie Irish on her 2nd girl in Transition Fleet and to all those who succesfully completed their first event! More

11 midland sailors take part in RYA Zone Champs 2014

11 midland sailors take part in RYA Zone Champs 2014

with MOT's Chloe Felton getting 1st girl (2nd overall) More

Sunshine and wind at the 2014 Nationals in Weymouth

Sunshine and wind at the 2014 Nationals in Weymouth

A number of MOT sailors enjoyed good sailing across all fleets More

Pwllheli International Regatta 2014

Pwllheli International Regatta 2014

2 midlands sailors get the benefit of coaching from Alan Williams and Vagelis at the Euros trial event in Pwllheli More

Happy faces at Midland Champs 2014

Happy faces at Midland Champs 2014

The overall winner was Chloe Felton with Millie Irish winning the junior trophy and Keiran Bray the regatta champion More

Fun and games at the IOCA Midland Champs BBQ 2014

Fun and games at the IOCA Midland Champs BBQ 2014

Where's the wind? Here it is! Staunton Open 2014

Where's the wind? Here it is! Staunton Open 2014

The wind finally came through for Chloe Felton to win overall, with Jacob Felton and Millie Irish battling for 2nd. Keiran Bray took the Regatta prize followed by Hazel McDonnell and Aimee Bray. More

Midland sailors sporting their new race bibs at Inlands 2014

Midland sailors sporting their new race bibs at Inlands 2014

Another good turn out for the Banbury Open 2014

Another good turn out for the Banbury Open 2014

Congratulations to 2014 winner Matt Beck, with MOT's Millie Irish winning the Regatta Fleet and Chloe Felton finishing 3rd overall More

6 Midland Sailors attend Springs 2014

6 Midland Sailors attend Springs 2014

Well done to Ellie Driver who finished 9th in Silver Fleet (3rd girl) More

A full weekend at Staunton Mar 2014

A full weekend at Staunton Mar 2014

And another windy day..... but Sunday brought some relief More

Midland sailors get involved at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014

Midland sailors get involved at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2014

Helping Alan Williams in the tactics talk More

Another successful training session

Another successful training session

and head coach James to be found in an oppie again! Banbury Feb 2014 More

12 brave the wind at Barnt Green Feb 1 2014

12 brave the wind at Barnt Green Feb 1 2014

and some survive all day! Well done to all those who got out on the water More

Preparing for action at Banbury Dec 2013

Preparing for action at Banbury Dec 2013

and the wind did bring some action! More

2 MOT sailors get into Gold Fleet at Winters

2 MOT sailors get into Gold Fleet at Winters

Well done to Rachael Cross and Chloe Felton, and to all MOT sailors who took part in 2013 More

18 attend winter training at Staunton Nov 2013

18 attend winter training at Staunton Nov 2013

Lots of fun had by all More

MOT welcomes new head coach

MOT welcomes new head coach

James Murdock joins the MOT team as head coach for 2013 More

First winter training for 2013/14 held at Barnt Green

First winter training for 2013/14 held at Barnt Green

All had fun and raring to go for the next one at Staunton Harold on 16th Nov 2013 More

2013 P&B Summer Series

2013 P&B Summer Series

Chloe Felton wins the P&B Summer Series with a clean sweep More

Midland Champs 2013

Midland Champs 2013

Sun, sea (well reservoir) and sailing for the Midland Champs! Fun for all with serious and silly races, and even some swimming involved. More

Staunton Harold Optimist Open

Staunton Harold Optimist Open

Good turnout from the home club for the 2013 Optimist Open. More

Banbury launches the Optimist Open in 2013

Banbury launches the Optimist Open in 2013

A big success with 38 entries More

Banbury Optimist Open

Banbury Optimist Open

Chloe Felton wins the 2013 Banbury Optimist Open More

MOT sailors finish 2012 with top 100 ranking

MOT sailors finish 2012 with top 100 ranking

Drew Wright and Chloe Felton finish joint 93rd over the year More

Martin Wrigley Nationals Champion 2012

Martin Wrigley Nationals Champion 2012

Martin Wrigley wins the Optimist Nationals 2012 at Pwllheli More

Ogston Training March 2012

Ogston Training March 2012

Another good day at Shustoke for the second winter training

Another good day at Shustoke for the second winter training

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