News IODA Joins Steering the Course Festival To Mark International Women's Day

IODA Joins Steering the Course Festival To Mark International Women's Day

Steering the Course is a Women's Sailing Festival organized by World Sailing.  We want to mark International Women's Day with a project that lasts all year long! 

IODA has signed up to be part of the Steering the Course Festival as it aligns with our mission to introduce girls to Optimist Sailing.  We will work with our Members to develop projects and programs that will engage girls not only into the Optimist but to sailing in general.    We also want to encourage girls after they leave the Optimist to continue on in the sport either as a competitor, a coach, a volunteer, or an official.  

Steering the Course is a week long festival that takes place two times in 2022 to match the spring time of both the northern and southern hemispheres.

  • Northern Hemisphere Festival - Friday May 20 to Sunday May 29th
  • Southern Hemisphere Festival - Friday September 30 to Sunday, October 9th

World Sailing is organizing a range of social activities such as inspirational talks and eSailing challenges for girls and women.   They will be promoting the activities through a range of social media channels.  

We look forward to working with World Sailing and our Members in developing programs and activities to help encourage girls to start sailing in the Optimist and to become part of our global sailing family. 

Happy International Women's day to all our Opti Girls, Opti Moms, Opti Coaches, Opti Members, and to the Women RO's,  IJ's, IU's & Event Organizers who make our Opti events possible!  You inspire us every day with your passion, dedication and hard work!