Optimist Squads

Rsz _1zones _2012_210 (1)As an RYA pathway boat, further training is available in the form of squads. The next level above IOCA Midlands training is zone training which is also regional training. It consists of 6 weekends of training over the winter months. This is fantastic training for Oppie sailors whether they want to be good club sailors or future Olympic champions! For midland sailors our squad is Midland Zone Squad.

For those sailors who achieve and aspire higher, there are 3 national squads: National, Intermediate and Development. The National Squad consists roughly of the top 24 eligible sailors, whilst the next 24 make up the Intermediate Squad. Development Squad is for older, experienced sailors (13+) who haven't been selected for National or Intermediate Squad. All of these squads are selected based on rankings from the 3 ranking events (Inlands, Late Summer Champs and End of Seasons).