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NZIODA look to give sailors enough ROPE

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There's no doubt there's a lot of equipment in sailing and many of us have spare parts sitting around unused that others would benefit from.

The New Zealand International Optimist Dinghy Association (NZIODA) have endorsed a new sustainability initiative from IODA, called ROPE (Recycled Optimist Parts & Equipment).

ROPE encourages Opti sailors worldwide to recycle and reuse Optimist parts and equipment by sharing with their peers when and wherever possible.

It was launched at the 2021 North American Championship in Mexico in May and NZIODA will encourage sailors attending IODA regatta to bring extra equipment to these events so it can be given to local sailing schools or schools, clubs and countries in dire need.

"However, NZIODA believe this initiative can be rolled out nationally with collections at both of our ranking regattas to help deserving clubs both here in New Zealand and overseas," they said on their website. "So in the meantime, start to explore the garage and start to collect your pre-loved equipment and we will be in touch prior to the NZIODA ranking regattas to let you know drop off areas.

"Remember, schools and clubs globally are in dire need of this equipment, so let’s work together to give it a second life and ensure everything is put to great use. All donations will help young Opti sailors and open up opportunities to get more people out on the water."

Any sailing equipment in good condition is suitable, including sails, foils, spars, bailers, lines and hardware like wind indicators and blocks. The initiative, however, does not include clothing.