News ASAF Signs a Four-Year Partnership Agreement with IODA

ASAF Signs a Four-Year Partnership Agreement with IODA

The Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) and the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) are pleased to announce a four-year partnership agreement that provides benefits to the rapidly growing fleet of Optimist sailors and coaches across Asia. 

ASAF and IODA strongly believe in the importance of having a globally-respected workforce of coaches with an established and consistent curriculum as a key factor for the athlete development.

The IODA Clinics for Coaches are intended to provide basic training for participants of all levels through courses led by an expert nominated jointly by the ASAF and IODA. By offering technical training and promoting best practices, coaches will develop their skills and support successful performances in the sport.

With this initiative, ASAF offers to its 35 affiliated Member National Associations (MNA), the opportunity to successfully develop the Optimist sailing in their countries.

Through a five to ten day intense programme, which shall be organised before each of the ASAF Youth Sailing Cups and the IODA Asian and Oceanian Championships, the sailors and coaches will work on development of skills both on and off the water under the watchful eyes of a world class Expert Coach to be appointed jointly by ASAF and IODA. Alongside traditional sailing skills and coaching techniques, they will also be provided training tips, rules sessions and more to enable the coaches and young sailors to become better all-round competitors.

We’re really excited about what this partnership will offer for Optimist sailors and coaches in Asia,” said Dr Malav Shroff, President of the ASAF. “The ASAF is constantly seeking new ways to support the young sailors interested in progressing in the sport, and we believe that this partnership fits in line with our goals. The young sailors and coaches will greatly benefit from knowledge and information that the experts will bring in under this agreement.”

Kevin Whitcraft, President IODA, said “We are excited about this partnership because it introduces the young Optimist sailors and coaches to the importance of correct training as they progress in the sport. As young sailors become involved, and want to learn, it is important that they have access to best guidance and mentorship in order to continue their progression. This partnership provides benefits to Optimist sailors who are in the beginning stages of their education. We are pleased to be a part of that process and wish them smooth sailing.”

ASAF and IODA look forward to aligning on various strategies that will result in further development of the Optimist class in Asia.