Allen Academy Optimist Award

For the past 2 years we have been supporting grass roots sailing by supplying an Ovington built Optimist to a budding young sailor and this year is no different. Nick Evans is quietly hoping he will be chosen again after such a successful year.

Since receiving the support of Allen, Nick this year’s winner, has finished 3rd British Junior overall at the UK Nationals and 9th overall whilst representing GBR at the Irish Nationals. This all comes after only one year in the zone squad. He is currently on track to make the 2017/18 national squad. Needless to say, he loves the boat, and credits it for his boat speed. Previously in 2016, Quinn Edmonds campaigned the boat successfully and finished 77th overall in the Optimist rankings. A 131 place improvement from 2015 when he ranked 208th. Quinn has since moved onto the RS Feva class and is continuing to receive support from Allen, Most recently he won the RS Feva South-West Zone Champs.

The sailor who is lucky enough to gain the support of Allen this year will be supplied with the Ovington Optimist that comes with brand new Allen hardware, 2 sets of North Sails, foils and spa’s.


If you would like to nominate a young sailor to race the Allen Optimist in 2018, please use the form below. Entries close on the 8th of December and the winner will be announced via Facebook


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3 thoughts on “Allen Academy Optimist Award

  1. The Allen Academy Optimist comes with several pairs of sails thanks to North Sails – The leading Optimist sail manufacturer. To find out about some of the work North has been doing for Opti sailors check out this link –

  2. Below is a short report about the Optimist Nationals from our Allen Academy Optimist sailor Nick Evans

    On the first day of the Nationals I experienced force 6 winds, loads of chop and an Ovington Opi full of Weymouth water! The second and third days were not so windy but still force 4-5 and very choppy. Then a storm came through and wind speeds of 50 knots were recorded on Portland Bill so racing was cancelled for days 4 & 5. This was disappointing but then we managed to fit in 3 races on the final day.

    Thank you so much for the new sail and boat. It is a RACE winning boat because some of my results included a 1st, 4th, couple of 5ths, a 6th and a 7th.

    I learnt a lot at Weymouth, especially about what I could do if I put my mind to it and not to be deterred by strong winds, as I came from 72nd on the first day to 8th overall by the end of the week, and 3rd British Junior boy. I’m looking forward to my next big event which is representing GBR in the junior team at the Irish Nationals next week.

    Thank you.
    GBR 6425

  3. Nominate a promising young sailor to race an Optimist in 2017 with support from Allen, Ovington and North Sails. The winning sailor will be announced at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on March 5th

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