What is the minimum practice requirement?
In order to attend regattas or other events with the team, each sailor must be an active participant on the team. It is important that the coaches know each sailor well and that the team members develop a real sense of team spirit. Currently, each sailor needs to attend at least six days of practice within a reasonable amont of time leading up to an event.
When Should a Sailor Join Team Gnarly?
Most sailors who join Team Gnarly have completed at least two summers of training at their local yacht club, and are eager to continue sailing into the fall after their summer program ends. Fall weekend practices are the best entry point for new Team Gnarly sailors. The water is warm, winds are fair and boat traffic is reduced after Labor Day, making for ideal sailing conditions well into November. After attending a full set of fall practices, most sailors are ready to participate in their first regional or national Opti events.
What Regional and National Events Does Team Gnarly Support?
Team Gnarly supports USODA New Englands, USODA Atlantic Coasts, USODA Nationals, USODA Team Trials, USODA Midwinters (or other spring qualifier), Valentine's Day Regatta, Southeast and USODA Midwinter Team Races, and the Orange Bowl.
What is the USODA?
The United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) governs Optimist sailing on a national level and sends US Teams to IODA and other international Optimist events.
What is IODA?
The International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) governs Optimist sailing on an international level. USODA is a member of IODA.
What is Team Trials?
Team Trials is the only invitation-only event run by the USODA. The purpose of Team Trials is to select the US Team for the IODA World, IODA European and IODA North American Championships, as well as several other international events. It is also the primary qualifier for the US Optimist National Team (USNT) which is comprised of the top 45 sailors in the country.
How Do I Get Invited to Team Trials?
You can qualify to attend Team Trials by finishing in the top 25% of eligible competitors at any USODA regional regatta. You can also qualify by finishing in the top 50% of eligible competitors at USODA Nationals.
Is There any Other Way To Qualify for a US Team?
Yes. The US team for the IODA South American Championship, as well as several other international events, is selected based on results at the USODA Midwinter Championships (or some other open fall regatta).