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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
IODA is delighted to announce three more recipients of development grants.
The latest Caribbean island to join the Optimist club is St. Kitts. Their first six Optimists have been imported
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
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:
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.
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.