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13
Apr
2009
IODA Events

IODA South American Championship

The South American Championships have just ended, the winner decided on the final race. Arthur Fortune, from Guadeloupe – France was the leader going into the last race but he had to return home earlier than expected due to a last-minute change in his flight schedule and was not able to sail race 12.

11
Apr
2009
International Events

CHINESE OPTIMIST CHAMPIONSHIP

The Chinese National Optimist Championship 2009, held in Hainan Province, attracted 75 !! sailors representing 6 cities and 9 provinces (Hangzhou City, Guizhou City, Qingdao City, Shanghai City, Gansu Province, Ningbo Province, Fujian Province, Shandong Province, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, Zhejiang Province, Tibet Autonomous Region, Quanzhou City,

30
Mar
2009
Various

ZIMBABWE

Fully qualified Optimist tutor required for the annual Sailing School in Zimbabwe April 24th - 1st May 2009.

10
Mar
2009
Technical

EMERGENCY CLASS RULE CHANGE

The new CR 3.5.5.4, as amended by the AGM in July 2008 and effective since January 2009, restricted the length of the outhaul rope to 1m. The IODA Technical Committee have verified that for some standard manufactured booms, a rope of this length results in a very small amount of rope available for a sailor to trim the outhaul.

05
Mar
2009
International Events

MAJOR REGATTAS IN FEBRUARY SO FAR....!

The first half of the month saw more than 700 sailors from 49 countries attend five international regattas organised in different parts of the world: Qatar, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Spain and USA were hosts to sailors from 5 continents.

01
Mar
2009
Technical

NEW COURSE FOR TEAM RACING AND OTHERS...

In response to the demand of the IODA members in the recent championships, the Team Racing events of the class have been modified in an attempt to bring them closer to other major team racing events. These changes will in provide our sailors with experience that will be directly applicable in their adult sailing life.

31
Dec
2008
Various

Review of 2008

We welcome new members Iran and Senegal, increasing our membership to 106 countries (105). It was a pleasure to see new 2007 members Macedonia FYR and Montenegro attending the IODA Worlds in Turkey this year.

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