May 29th - 2021 Optimist North Americans Official Arrival Day.
June 1st - 2021 IODA AGM Registration Opens.
June 20th - 2021 Optimist Europeans Official Arrival Day.
June 30th - 2021 Optimist World Championship Official Arrival Day.
July 2nd - Deadline for Official Registration, Nominations, Proxy Votes and payment of 2021 Subscription Dues.
July 7th - 2021 IODA AGM
The 2021 Optimist Class Rules
are available here.
The 2021 Handbook
that contains the IODA Articles and Championship Conditions
is available here
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IODA would like to announce that we have signed a partnership agreement with Harken Derm, to promote sun safety with our Members and sailors.
Sailor health and environmental health are important values for the Optimist Class. We believe that education and awareness to sun safety is an important key message for Optimist sailors who spend long hours out in the sun on the water.
Harken Derm, a company based out of Wisconsin, USA has developed a premium mineral sunscreen called Ultimate Shield, that is formulated to work in the harsh sailing environment and is targeted towards the global sailing community.
Its 100% mineral UV filter composition makes it environmentally safe for ocean health, while physically protecting the skin against sun damage. The chemical formulations of many sunscreens have been shown to damage coral reefs and certain chemical UV filters are absorbed to the bloodstream.
The family of sunscreen and after-sun care products have been developed by dermatologist Dr. Edit Olasz Harken MD, PhD, an expert in the benefits of mineral sunscreen products for both health and safety and an internationally known high-risk skin cancer specialist.
Dr. Harken confirms that “sun care and the prevention of skin cancer starts at a young age” which is supported by the data that 5 or more sunburns can almost double the risk of melanoma. We believe that education and awareness to sun safety is an important key message that can save lives and it will resonate with the young Optimist sailors and their families around the globe.”
Edit Harken adds,” also as important is the awareness of the damaging effect that the chemical-based sunscreens have on reef environments and our ocean health. We are excited about partnering with the International Optimist Class and to work together to deliver education and awareness programs on sun safety and ocean health to young sailors around the globe.”
Kevin Whitcraft, IODA President comments, “we are thrilled to be working with Harken Derm as a partner with the Optimist Class”. Harken Derm is launching their product into three key markets in 2021 – East Coast USA, Florida & the Caribbean, and Spain. This strategy aligns perfectly with our North American Championship in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico: the European Championship is Cadiz, Spain and our World Championship in Lake Garda, Italy."
“Our goal is to partner with an organization that aligns with the values of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) that together, will increase the reach of both organizations through collaborating on education awareness, and the promotion of the sport of sailing. Sailor health and environmental health are important values for the Optimist Class.”
IODA and Harken Derm will collaborate on several social media programs over the coming year. IODA will be selling the Ultimate Shield Sunscreen and Daily Skin Repair at the North American, European and World Championships to help support the Optimist Class.
IODA is launching a new sustainability initiative called ROPE - Recycled Optimist Parts & Equipment.
IODA aims to promote sustainability and social responsibility with its ROPE Program by engaging the sailors worldwide to recycle and reuse Optimist Parts and Equipment by sharing with their peers all around the world.
The idea is to encourage our sailors to bring extra equipment to IODA Championships so it can be collected, catalogued and distributed to local sailing schools in need as well as to specific schools, clubs, and countries that are in dire need of this equipment, giving it a second life and good use.
We are launching the program at the North American Championship in Riveria Nayarit, Mexico, taking place May 29th to June 5th.
We will be reaching out to countries participating and asking their sailors to bring with them extra equipment such as: Sails, foils, spars, bailers, oars, lines, hardware like wind indicators, blocks, etc. all in good condition. Unfortunately, it does not involve clothing.
This equipment can easily fit with the equipment that the sailors already travel with to the events. Some sailors have extra equipment at home that they have outgrown, some will sail their last event, some just have extra Opti parts and equipment at home.
A Collection Center will be set up at the venue and supervised by a designated person at the event.
Sigrid Beckmann, VP of the Americas who was involved in the development of the program commented, “We are very excited about launching this new sustainability program with our members and sailors. This is part of a continued effort by IODA to move the Optimist Class towards becoming green where sustainability, the circular economy and the respect for the planet resources are critical to the future.”
Beckman continues, “We look forward to extending this program to all our IODA Championships whereby the participants give gently used Opti parts and equipment to sailing programs in need as part of the legacy that we leave behind after the hosting on an IODA Championship.”
IODA is looking forward to scaling The ROPE Program in the future and working with our members, sailors, builders, suppliers and partners to develop this program globally.
The 2021 IODA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place at 7:00UTC+2 on Wednesday, July 7th in Rival del Garda, Italy.
The Agenda and Proposals to amend the Articles, Championship Conditions and Class Rules as per Article 16 an 17 can be found here.
The 2021 AGM will be an in-person meeting. If you are unable to send an Official Representative to the meeting, please use the Proxy Form that gives your vote to another Member. A Member can only hold one proxy as per Article 13 f) 3).
Official Representative Registration for the 2021 AGM will be online and will open on Tuesday, June 1st. Instructions for registration will be sent out prior to that date.
In accordance with Articles 13(h), the deadline to register the Official Representative, Proxies, Substitutes and Observers is 1700 Friday, July 2nd, 4 days prior to the opening of the AGM.
In accordance with Article 3 b), a Member who has not paid their annual subscription by 4 days prior to the opening of the Annual General Meeting cannot vote, submit, or hold a proxy for another member. The deadline to pay the 2021 Subscription Dues is 1700hrs, Friday, July 2nd.
Nominations for candidates for the Executive, Technical and Regatta Committees, must be made by a Member in writing and seconded by another Member in writing and with the approval of the nominees, and shall be received by the Secretariat no later than 4 days prior to the opening of the Annual General Meeting. The deadline for nominations is 1700, Friday, July 2nd. Nominations shall include an appropriate resume. Please send nominations to AGM@optiworld.org.
Bid presentations to host the 2023 Optimist World Championship and Continental Championships will be a series of online webinars. The schedule for the presentations will be confirmed soon.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Annual General Meeting in July!
The bid deadline to host a 2023 IODA Championship closed on May 1st.
We have received a number of excellent bids to host the 2023 IODA World and Continental Championships - a milestone year in which the Optimist Dinghy will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary of becoming an International Class.
We would like to thank our Members who have submitted a bid to host one of our Championships. We appreciate your support and interest in hosting an IODA Event.
2023 World Championship Bids:
- Yeosu, Korea
- Al Mussanah Sports City, Oman
- St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
- Jadralni Klub “Pirat” Portoroz, Slovenia
- Club de Vela Ballena Alegre, Sant Pere Pescador, Costa Brava, Spain
2023 European Championship
- Nautical Club Thessaloniki, Kalamaria, Greece
- Clube de Vela Viana do Castelo, Portugal
- St. Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Petersburg, Russia
- Jadralni Klub “Pirat” Portoroz, Slovenia
- Cesme - Izmir, Turkey
2023 European Team Racing Championship
2023 Asian & Oceanian Championship
- Colombo or Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
- Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2023 South American Championship
2023 North American Championship
2023 African Championship
We will be presenting the bids to our Members in a series of webinars in the week of June 7th. Once the webinar schedule is finalized it will be sent to our Members and Official Country Representatives.
The bids will be voted on and selected by the Members during the 2021 IODA AGM on July 7, 2021.
The first IODA Championship in 2021 is about to start. The Optimist North American Championship (NAMS) is just days away from officially welcoming all 113 sailors plus coaches and team leaders from 12 countries to Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, May 29 to June 5th.
Follow the live feed and all of the exciting news and get the updated results from the Event Microsite
The NAMS Facebook Page that will cover more stories
can be found here.
You can also follow the action on your mobile phone using the 2021 Optimist North American Championship Mobile APP. Just download the IODA APP for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.
Final preparations are underway for the 2021 Optimist European Championship taking place in El Puerto Santa Maria, ESP from June 20 to 27th.
To date 275 sailors from 38 countries have registered making it one of the largest European Championships in recent years.
To find out information on transport to and from the airport, coach boat regulations and the accommodation at the event, check out the Microsite here.
The Mobile App will be launched in a few weeks.
The 2021 Optimist World Championship will be taking place in Riva del Garda, ITA from June 30th to July 10th.
To date, 264 sailors have registered from 58 countries. An excellent turnout considering the restrictions on travel due to COVID.
Check out the Event Microsite
information on the event venue and location here
The Mobile APP will be launched in a few weeks.
The 2021 European Team Racing Championship is taking place in Lago di Ledro from August 24 to 29th.
The microsite has been launched and is available here.
The NOR will be posted in the next few weeks.
To all European Members, the list of 16 qualified teams
can be found here
The 2021 Asian & Oceanian Championships is taking at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in Pattaya, THA from November 6 to 13th, host of the 2017 Optimist World Championship.
The Event Microsite has been launched and can be found here.
It will be populated with information shortly. The NOR is being finalized and will be published in due course.
Keep an eye out in the IODA Website and Facebook for any announcements regarding the NOR and when online Registration opens.
We will soon be reporting updates on the 2021 SAMS taking place in Mar del Plata, ARG from Nov 6th and 13th, as well as the 2021 African Championships in Alexandria, EGY from September 3rd to 10th.
Keep an eye out for any announcements on the IODA Website and Facebook on these two events.