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30
Aug
2008
Olympics

EX-OPTIMISTS AT THE 2008 OLYMPICS

85% of the skippers of the medal-winning Olympic boats in Qingdao were former Optimist sailors.

And 67% had participated in IODA world and continental championships.

26
Jul
2008
IODA Events

IODA World Sailing Championship

This has been one of the great Optimist championships.

Four races in lighter winds and eleven in heavier was an excellent test of all-round skills. The race committee,

03
Jul
2008
Development

THREE MORE GRANTS AWARDED

IODA is delighted to announce three more recipients of development grants.

St. Kitts

The latest Caribbean island to join the Optimist club is St. Kitts. Their first six Optimists have been imported

06
Mar
2008
Development

PAST PROJECTS

Following assistance toward the purchase of eighteen Optimists by clubs in Bulgaria in 2006/7, the latest project is to help to revive and develop sailing in Serbia and neighbouring countries. Following the successful

02
Sep
2007
Development

COURSE FOR COACHES IN SERBIA

An IODA Instructor-Training Course was held in conjunction with the Sailing Federation of Serbia on 6-16 August.

The course, for basic-level coaches, was attended by 17 coaches from eight clubs - only three of them current parents. Given by Matevz Ravnikar from Slovenia it covered:

10
Aug
2007
Technical

TOP BOATS

Every parent wants the best for his children and almost every boatbuilder wants to beleive that his boats are faster. But the Optimist Class is dedicated to making sure that all Optimists are the same speed and that its championships are a test of the driver not the vehicle.

30
Aug
2004
Olympics

EX-OPTIMISTS SHINE IN THE 2004 OLYMPICS

74%of the skippers of the medal winning boats at the 2004 Olympics were former Optimist sailors.

And 80% of these had sailed in IODA World or continental championships.

This is more than double the percentage four years ago in Sydney.

04
Aug
2000
Olympics

FORMER OPTIMISTS AT THE 2000 OLYMPICS

At least 50% of all dinghy helms at the Sydney Olympics were former Optimist sailors.

at least70% of these sailed in Optimist world and continental championships.

04
Aug
2000
Olympics

FORMER MEDALLISTS

1996 former Optimist Olympic medallists were:

10
Nov
1998
Technical

CHEAPER AND MORE ONE DESIGN

A 5–year exercise by the International Optimist Association (IODA) has resulted in a price reduction averaging around 25% and a return to strict one–design principles.