What is IODA
IODA is the international body that groups national associations in charge of the regulation and development of the Optimist sailing in each country.
Why does IODA exist?
The object of the Class is to provide racing for young people at low cost.
The objects of the Association are:
Who are the members?
Member countries, the national Optimist association or national sailing association in each country. Voting is on the basis of one vote per country.
Who runs IODA?
The ultimate authority is the members in Annual General Meeting. They approve all changes to the Class Rules and Conditions and elect:
The Executive appoints the secretary.
Who do I contact?
The first point of contact is the IODA Secretariat. ALL communications with IODA should be copied to the secretariat.
What are the rules that govern the Association?
The rules that govern the Association, as well as the conditions for the organisation of IODA events are contained in the IODA Administrative Handbook.
"The Executive Committee shall consist of a President, three Vice- Presidents, the Chairman of the Technical Committee and the Chairman of the Regatta Committee. The President and Vice-Presidents shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting (Article 13) in alternate years..." (article 7 of the Articles of Association) See the requisites for the nominations here and the unofficial guidelines for candidates here.
The current members of the Executive Committee of IODA are:
PETER BARCLAY (PER)
Vice-President for the Americas
JOSE 'QUINO' NIGAGLIONI (PUR)
Vice-President for Europe
JUHANI SOINI (FIN)
Vice-President for Asia, Africa and Oceania
ABDUR REHMAN ARSHAD (QAT)
Chairman of the Race Committee
ALEN KUSTIC IRO (CRO)
Chairman of the Technical Committee
CURLY MORRIS IM (IRL)
"There shall be a Regatta Committee with up to four members to:
Members of the Regatta Committee shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting" (article 9 of the Articles of Association) See the requisites for the nominations here and the unofficial guidelines for candidates here.
The current members of the Regatta Committee are:
Chairman: ALEN KUSTIC IRO (CRO)
ILKER BAYINDIR IRO IJ (TUR)
AJAY BALRAM IJ IU (IND)
RICARDO NAVARRO IRO (BRA)
"There shall be a Technical Committee with a maximum of four members to:
Members of the Technical Committee shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting" (article 8 of the Articles of Association)See the requisites for the nominations here and the unofficial guidelines for candidates here.
The current members of the Technical Committee are:
Chairman: CURLY MORRIS IM (IRL)
PAOLO LUCIANI IM (ITA)
JEAN-LUC GAUTHIER IM (FRA)
JURGEN CLUYTMANS IM (BEL)
Prototype Measurer: NUNO REIS IM (POR)
Nominations for candidates for the Executive, Technical and Regatta Committees, made and seconded in writing by official representatives as above and with the approval of the nominees, shall be received by the Secretary before the AGM. (See the programme (PDF) for the exact date in the current year. Programme for 2010 to be published approximately in Septempber). They shall include an adequate curriculum vitae which will be distributed at session 1 of the AGM.
Unofficial Guidelines for Candidates for Committee Members of IODA
These guidelines are based on current practice and do not constitute regulations of IODA.
The main function of vice-presidents of IODA is to assist in the creation and implementation of policies consistent with the Objects of IODA as stated in Article 2 and Class Rule 1.1
They are elected by all members voting at the Annual Meeting but each vice-president must be principally resident in a different area (Europe; North or South America; Africa, Asia or Oceania).
Each vice-president is expected to attend:
The duties of the Technical Committee are as described in IODA Article 8. It is desirable that at least two of its members shall be ISAF International Measurers. Each member is expected to attend the measurement days of the IODA World Championship.
The duties of the Regatta Committee are as described in IODA Article 9. It is desirable that at least two of its members shall be ISAF International Race Officers or International Judges. Each member is expected to attend the racing days of the IODA World Championship.
If permitted by the general state of IODA finances, the president and all the above committee members receive entry fee and travel costs to the IODA World Championship, provided that they are not the country representative, team leader or coach of a team and are available to assist in organisation of the event. In addition vice-presidents receive entry fee and travel costs to one IODA Continental Championship.
For the MYM all Executive Committee members receive travel costs, hotel and meals. No expenses are paid in respect of partners but these may be accommodated at IODA championships by paying the fee paid by adult team officials.
All travel is reimbursed at the lowest available fare.
Optimist designed by Clark Mills in Clearwater, Florida
Optimist modified and introduced into Denmark by Axel Damsgaard.
Optimist introduced to England by Nigel Ringrose. Main dimensions standardised.
First World Championship (though it wasn't called that!) held in England. Denmark, Great Britain, West Germany and Sweden participate.
International Optimist Dinghy Association founded. First members were Austria, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and USA, followed shortly by Germany and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Viggo Jacobsen (DEN) first president, his wife Edith first secretary.
Worlds first held in the USA.
Fibreglass hulls permitted. They did not become competitive until 1975-6 and wooden boats were still seen at the Worlds until 1981.
International Optimist Dinghy Association recognised as an International Class by the International Yacht Racing Union. Issue of numbered building fee plaques begins. South American Optimist Championship created. Metal spars introduced. 20 nations at Worlds.
North American Optimist Championship created.
"Stitch & Glue" (now wood/epoxy) hull authorised. Girls prize at Worlds created.
Nigel Ringrose (GBR) becomes president. Independent secretariat established: Hanne Rix (DEN) becomes secretary. 30 nations at Worlds.
European Championship created. Team Racing introduced at Worlds. IODA Yearbook first published.
Al Chandler (THA) becomes president.
Girl wins Worlds for the first time. Girls also won in 1996 and 2005.
Direct judging introduced for team-racing.
Helen Mary Wilkes (IRL) becomes president. Optiworld newsletter first published.
Asian Championship created.
41 countries at Worlds.
Strict one-design hull introduced. See "Cheaper and more one-design - a history" Nesquik agree to sponsor IODA. Over the next three years they would contribute over US$500,000 to Optimist sailing. IODA website introduced.
IODA, helped by Nesquik, starts its coach-training programme. See develop.php
Secretariat moves to Dublin. Robert Wilkes becomes secretary. Oceanian Championship created.
René Kluin (NED) becomes president.
59 nations participate in Millennium Worlds. This remains a world record for any Class championship.
IODA starts its development programme. See develop.php African Championship created.
Foils made strictly one-design.
Peter Barclay (PER) becomes president.