The Optimist Class has been growing steadily for many years now. With such growth the need for all competitors to sail not only fair competitions but also on equal terms in every place of the world has become imperative. As in the majority of sailing events worldwide, this equality of terms has been achieved by “standardization”.

It is with this objective in mind that IODA has begun setting forth policies to make sure that the Class’ events follow certain standards:

  • Standard Notices of Races and Sailing Instructions with similar procedures for every IODA event
  • Similar format of races
  • Coherent criteria in Race Management Procedures and decisions taken.
  • Coherent criteria when judging protests.
  • Standard measurement procedures and coherent criteria when applying the Class Rules.