The Optimist World The Optimist To provide sailboat racing for young people at low costNorth America Europe Asia andAnguilla l Austria l l China l l lBahamas l Belarus l Chin. Taipei l to co-ordinate youth workBarbados l Belgium l l Hong Kong l From between member countriesBermuda l l Bulgaria l l l India l lBr. Virgin I. Croatia l l Indonesia l These are the objectives of theCanada l l Cyprus Japan l l International Optimist DinghyCuba Czech Rep. l l l Korea l Association.Dominican R. l l l Denmark l l l KuwaitEl Salvador l Estonia l l l Malaysia l l This yearbook is an attempt toG. Cayman Finland l l l Myanmar l record how the IODA isGrenada l France l l l Pakistan l fulfilling its mission.Guatemala l Germany l l Qatar l lMexico l l Georgia Singapore l l lNet. Antilles l l l Great Britain l l l Sri Lanka l lNicaragua Greece l l l Thailand lPuerto Rico l l Hungary l l l U.A.EmiratesSt. Lucia IcelandSt. Vincent l l Ireland l l l AfricaTrinidad & T. l l Israel l Algeria lU.S.A. l l l Italy l l l AngolaU.S. Virgin I. Latvia Egypt l l l Lithuania l l Kenya l toSouth America Malta l Mauritius l lArgentina l l l Monaco lBrasil l l l Netherlands l l l MoroccoColombia l Norway l l SeychellesChile l l Poland l l l S. Africa l lEcuador l l Portugal l l l Tanzania l lParaguay l Russia l l TunisiaPeru l l San Marino Uganda lUruguay l l Serbia/M. l l l ZimbabweVenezuela l l l Slovakia l l Slovenia l l l Oceania Spain l l l Australia l l Sweden l l l Cook Islands l Switzerland l l Fiji Turkey l l New Zealand l l Ukraine l Papua NG Samoa l l Members 105 Solomon Is. l in over 110 countries Tahiti l l l Attended 2005 IODA World Sailing Championship 52 Vanuatu l Attended most recent IODA Continental Championship 80 l l Built GRP Optimists 2004/5 23 l Received IODA training & development grants 2004/5 16
2 3 A little history Clark Mills Fifty eight years ago in Clearwater Florida a group of citizens wanted to stop local children getting bored and asked boatbuilder Clark Mills to make a boat for kids to sail. The Optimist was born. International Following the spread of the Optimist to Europe, initially through Axel Damsgaard of Denmark, the first international regatta was held in England in 1962 with sailors from Denmark, Sweden and 1947 - the original Optimist the host nation. Beginning a trend that was to develop beyond anyone’s dreams, the silver medallist Peter Due was to win an Olympic medal 18 years later. IODA The International Optimist Dinghy Association was formed just three years later in 1965 in Finland with seven national members including the U.S.A. Viggo Jacobsen of Denmark was the first of only five presidents who have headed the Class since. 1973 - already in Argentina International Class In 1973 IODA was recognised by the International Yacht Racing Union (now the ISAF). Fourteen countries on four continents supported the application. Strict One-Design By 1992 the Optimist was drifting away from its one-design principle. Three years of hard work developed a tight specification which could be built to exactly the same standard by any competent GRP boat builder. 1996 - one of the earliest strict one-designs
4 5 Highlights of 2005 Great conditions Winds for most of our major championships in 2005 were some of the best in recent years. After a generally disappointing Easter, the venues in Tobago, Gdynia, Silvaplana and Dar es Salaam all produced at least some days perfect for sailing Tina won Tina Lutz from the Chiemsee in Bavaria became only the third girl to win gold in the 43 year history of our Worlds. She is also only the second German to win a medal and led her team-mates to the Miami Herald team aggregate prize by a margin of nearly 50%. North Americans in the Caribbean The IODA North American Championship, held for the first time in the Caribbean on the beautiful island of Tobago was an outstanding success. Numbers were over 50% higher than 2004 and seven Caribbean countries participated. Africans in Tanzania Our African championship is one of the most difficult to organise but Dar es Salaam Yacht Club put on a tremendous show with participants from seven African countries. Growth in Regattas Not only were new records set at our championships, ‘unofficial’ regattas such as the Dubai Inter- national, Portoroz Easter and the Malta Euromed continue to grow. Booming sales After record 2004 sales of over 4,000 boats, 2005 is also looking good.
6 7 Strict one-design Racing is the core activity of the Optimist Class Racing for young people at low cost All Optimists are built to the Learning to sail is obviously same specification. Any boat- Make of hull used to qualify builder can build after he has the first step but in most Racing starts almost as soon by sailors at the Worlds. satisfied IODA that he is countries this can be safely left as a novice learns to sail. No one builder had more than to clubs and sailing schools competent to do so, leading 16% of the market and 40% of under the direction of National to keen competition. sailors had used a hull produced Sailing Associations. Linking Nearly forty builders in 22 in their own country. schools and clubs can be an countries on five continents important step. have approval. Class Rules Club racing: where it starts The new one-design rudder Tight Class Rules control the It is a small step from sailing Great yacht clubs foster introduced in 2005 specification of hull round a triangle to trying to do Optimist racing. Daggerboards were also and equipment. it faster than the next person. RCN Gran Canaria - home of standardised. In 2005 these were extended to Good instructors will ensure Olympic champions the rudder and daggerboard. that this step is taken under Greater freedom is allowed on carefully controlled conditions. choice of sails but these too are Club racing is at the heart of tightly controlled. sailing: strong clubs usually produce the best sailors. Measurement Sail measurement at the All boats and equipment are National Regattas North Americans. Racing against sailors from National competition is certified to comply with the 190 sails in three days! other clubs is the next step. usually co-ordinated by the rules by independent National Optimist Associations national Optimist inspectors. co-ordinate calendars, organise associations. This is reinforced at major selection trials and usually the events by re-inspection by national championship. IODA’s team of International Measurers. International Regattas The chance to sail - and meet - Transport Costs Charter reduces the cost of with people of your own age While the Optimist is easily international competition. from different parts of the Reloading some of the 110 hulls transported, there is International competition often no need. world is a major attraction. attracts thousands of sailors supplied by Winner for the With travel ever cheaper and Worlds. Identical specification world- a year. wide means that competitive charter boats widely available, FV Riva del Garda hosts the thousands participate in foreign boats can be chartered at all biggest regattas at all levels. IODA championships and many major events. IODA Championships The great incentive is the Subsidised Events chance to represent your At IODA championships the country at the IODA World or entry fee covers all accommo- Entry to IODA champion- dation and meals as well as continental championships. Qualifying for IODA’s world ships is heavily subsidised racing as a fixed package. Since in general each sailor is and continental champi- Nivea, sponsors of the 2005 The generosity of sponsors and only permitted to participate in onships is a major incentive. European Championship. the effect of big regattas on the one or two such events, some 700-800 young people get this local tourist industry mean that unforgettable experience each the costs of these events is year. heavily subsidised.
8 9 Christmas More regattas needed Garda Meeting Some regattas Trofeo Ciutat de Palma Palma de Mallorca, Spain 4-7 Dec. Qualification trials are the big incentive for Optimist sailors. But it is Italy 24-27 March 586 sailors from 21 countries 268 sailors from 8 countries great if as many as possible can qualify for something. 1. Martino Tortarolo ITA No Grand Prix! 1. Lukasz Przybtek POL 2. Federico Macari ITA Unlike later sailing and indeed many other sports at this age, there is no As both the number and size of national Optimist fleets has grown and as 2. Wojtek Zemke POL 3. Fabian Kaske GER ranklist, Grand Prix or circuit in the Optimist Class. travel gets cheaper, there is an increasing need for more big well- 3. Kacper Staniul POL 4. Tina Lutz GER organised regattas particularly in the long holidays. National associations 5. Kacper Staniul POL Many parents (and even more schoolteachers!) would not accept that you 4. Marino Tortarolo ITA can then make up third, fourth or whatever teams to give even more have to go to a certain event on a certain date. Most sailors who do compete 5. Thijs Groot NED sailors the chance of competing abroad. Portoroz abroad do so during the Easter and Christmas holidays. Slovenia 9-11 Apr. Malta Euromed Many of these events are more like ‘winter breaks” with groups of families Malta 17-20 Dec. 342 sailors from 10 countries teaming up to take their children on an alternative to a skiing holiday. Club 86 sailors from 11 countries 1. Jacek Sierzputowski POL coaches too enjoy a not-too-serious working holiday in the sun. 1. Henrik Grim SWE Flanders Youth 2. Mateusz Kolata POL 2. Benjie Borg MLT 3. Andraz Gulic SLO Nor is it necessary to compete at frequent international events in order to do Regatta - we 3. Lorenzo Piccioni ITA 4. Marios Petrogonas GRE well. need more like 4. William Camilleri MLT 5. Vassilis Tsokaras GRE it 5. Nicolas Wallin SWE Optispring XL Capital Invitational Netherlands 17-18 Apr. Bermuda 19-22 Dec. 159 sailors from 5 countries 73 sailors from 13 countries 1. Magnus Kældsø DEN 1. Filip Matika CRO 2. Maarten Dagelet NED Bahamas group - 2. Oliver Riihiluoma BER 3. Dirk Bennen NED 3. Kacper Zieminski POL 4. Christian Andersen DEN first outing to the 4. Theofanis Kavas GRE 5. Mathieu Willemart BEL Orange Bowl 5. Sean Bouchard BER IODA cannot (and does not want to!) dictate who goes where but organis- ers are warmly invited to send details of truly international events, prefer- Other Orange Bowl ably with charter boats available, for inclusion on the IODA Calendar at Dubai International Miami, USA 26-30 Dec. www.optiworld.org/ioda-06calendar.html U.A.Emirates 23-30 Jan. 284 sailors from 11 countries 75 sailors from 14 countries 1. Oliver Riihiluoma BER 1. Karin Alkstedt SWE 2. Arantza Gumuchio CHI Team Racing Events 2. Carl Strombeck SWE 3. Sean Moynahan USA 3. Jes Lyhne Bonde DEN Team Racing is hugely popular in the Optimist and is included in all 4. Gonzalo Picco PER 4. Adam Johansson SWE 5. Austen Anderson USA continental championships except the European. 5. Jacob Lundqvist SWE Instead in Europe three European events have developed, each with Meeting Int. del Mediterraneo different entry criteria. In 2005 the Poles won all three! Schoelcher International San Remo, Italy 28-30 Dec. Earliest is the Trofeo Marco Rizzotti in the Venice lagoon in May. Martinique 5-9 Feb. 67 sailors from 3 countries Open to regional and national teams, the 2005 event attracted eight countries. 75 sailors from 7 countries Spring sunshine on 1. Paolo Cattaneo ITA Result: 1. Poland 2. Italy 3. Germany 4. Lombardy 1. Matthew Scott TRI Lake Garda 2. Manu Deceuninck FRA 2. Vincent Berthez FRA 3. Sophiam Bouvet FRA 3. Yvann Thelier FRA 4. Aymeric Arthaud FRA Unique is the GrandOptical Champions Cup in Valle di Ledro, Italy. 4. Alexander Zimmermann PER 5. Adrian Gremaud SUI 5. Valentin Lemarchand FRA Trofeo Campobasso Scotiabank Caribbean International Naples, Italy 4-6 Jan. U.S.Virgin Islands 16-19 June 127 sailors from 12 countries 75 sailors from 7 countries 1. Federica Wetzl ITA 1. Ian Liberty USA 2. Giovanni Magliulo ITA 2. Suzy Reynolds USA 3. Leo Dubbini ITA 3. Haley Powell BER 4. Federico Cattaneo ITA 4. Ivan Aponte PUR 5. Luca Paolillo ITA 5. Alec Anderson IVB This event is open only to the champion club teams of European coun- tries which run national inter-club team racing championships. Fourteen Malta Euromed: Easter such teams entered in 2005 and results were: Flanders Youth Regatta charter easily Magic Marine, Braassemermeer Nieuwpoort, Belgium 2-6 July 1. Mos Ilawa (POL) 2. Hjuviks Y.C. (SWE) 3. N.C. Piraeus (GRE) 71 sailors from 7 countries available Netherlands 25-28 March 269 sailors from 11 countries The sponsorship contract for this event has been renewed for four years. 1. Rufina Tan Hong Mui MAS 1. Afrodite Kyranakou GRE 2. Fazani bin Yahaya MAS 2. Jacob Lundqvist SWE Finally in October Berlin hosts the Opti Team Cup. 2005 results are not 3. Hermann Tomasgaard SWE 3. Carl Strombeck SWE yet available but the 2004 event saw 16 teams from 14 countries. 4. Guus Disselhorst NED 4. Philip Sparks GBR Result: 1. Poland 2. Italy 3. Sweden 4. Russia 5. Nina Keijzer NED 5. Matthew Rainback GBR
10 11 All six continents 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2004 IODA championships With the creation of an IODA African Championship in 2001 In 2005 over 850 young sailors from 80 countries will have the Optimist became the first boat represented their countries at IODA championships. class to organise, in addition to its Worlds, a championship on each continent, though the Oceanians is held only biennially. Behind the figures The 2005 Worlds saw a new “normal Worlds” record of 52 countries entered. The absolute record remains with the 59 at the Millennium Worlds of 2000 which gave free entry to many teams. At the Europeans team size has been reduced to seven sailors per European team but a record The Championship Year in figures and ten years ago 33 of IODA’s 37 European members attended Event Sailors Countries Sailors Countries The North Americans, in the Caribbean for the first time, had Worlds 241 52 186 41 numbers up 50% from 2004, Europeans 232 41 254 38 boosted by seven N. Americans 183 18 151 9 Caribbean countries. S. Americans 172 15 134 10 The Africans, again in the virgin Asians 102* 14* 68 10 territory of Tanzania, attracted Africans 60 10 None eight African teams. Oceanians Held in even years None Record participation is expected 850+ 80 650+ 54 at the Asians in November. * Forecast And the South Americans Note: A small number of sailors attend more than one championship, esp- recorded a “full house” of all cially those who attend the South Americans at Easter, and therefore the members on that continent. total number of sailors is less than the total of those at each event. 43 Years of the IODA Worlds - venues and nations participating 60 1962 G. Britain 3 1973 Cancelled 1984 Canada 28 1995 Finland 41 50 1963 Sweden 4 1974 Switzerland 20 1985 Finland 32 1996 S. Africa 39 1964 Denmark 8 1975 Denmark 23 1986 Spain 29 1997 N. Ireland 41 40 1965 Finland 9 1976 Turkey 19 1987 Holland 29 1998 Portugal 44 1966 U.S.A. 6 1977 Yugoslavia 22 1988 France 32 1999 Martinique 47 30 1967 Austria 11 1978 France 25 1989 Japan 30 2000 Spain 59 1968 France 14 1979 Thailand 16 1990 Portugal 38 2001 China 44 20 1969 G. Britain 15 1980 Portugal 24 1991 Greece 39 2002 U.S.A. 45 1970 Spain 14 1981 Ireland 24 1992 Argentina 29 2003 Spain 50 10 1971 Germany 13 1982 Italy 30 1993 Spain 41 2004 Ecuador 50 1972 Sweden 15 1983 Brasil 22 1994 Italy 39 2005 Switzerland 52
12 World Championship While IODA has recently encour- aged the growth of continental Images of the Worlds Silvaplana, Switzerland 25 July - 6 August and regional championships to facilitate sailors worldwide, the Worlds remains the focal point of the year. IODA World Championship Each member country may send 1. Tina Lutz Germany up to five sailors, who race in six 2. Matthew Scott Trinidad & Tobago divisions to reduce congestion on 3. Wu Jianan China 4. Philipp Autenrieth Germany the start line. 5. Nicklas Dackhammar Sweden 6. Jorge Martinez Doreste Spain The best sixteen teams also com- 7. Julian Autenrieth Germany pete in the IODA World Team- 8. Daniela Zimmermann Peru Racing Championship. 9. Jakob Bosic Slovenia 10. Sean Bouchard Bermuda 11. Jacek Sierzputowski Poland Miami Herald Trophy 12. Vasilis Patoutsoglou Greece (Team Aggregate Scores - 4 sailors, no discards) 13. Karin Alkstedt Sweden 14. Carl Evans New Zealand 1. Germany 19. Ecuador 37. Canada 15. Jovina Choo Singapore 2. Sweden 20. Spain 38. Puerto Rico 16. Paolo Cattaneo Italy 3. Peru 21. Denmark 39. Latvia 17. Ben Saxton Great Britain 4. China 22. Slovenia 40. Hungary 18. Ronyon Oliveira Brasil 5. Greece 23. Argentina 41. Czech Rep. 19. Alexis Katsios Greece 6. N. Zealand 24. Japan 42. U.S.V.I. 20. Anthony Alkins Trinidad & Tobago 7. Italy 25. Austria 43. Serbia/M Girls 8. Croatia 26. Netherlands 44. Tahiti 1. Tina Lutz Germany 9. Malaysia 27. Uruguay 45. Slovakia 2. Daniela Zimmermann Peru 10. Poland 28. Finland 46. Dominican R 3. Karin Alkstedt Sweden 11. Singapore 29. Chile 47. Bulgaria 4. Jovina Choo Singapore 12. Brasil 30. Mexico 48. N. Antilles* 5. Rufina Tan Hong Mui Malaysia 13. Bermuda 31. Portugal 49. Qatar* 6. Stephanie Zimmermann Peru 14. France 32. Turkey 50. Venezuela* 7. Ariana Villena Ecuador 15. G. Britain 33. Belgium 51. Estonia* 8. Enia Nincevic Croatia 16. Trinidad 34. S. Africa 52. Australia* 9. Kim Pletikos Slovenia 17. U.S.A. 35. Switzerland 10. Federica Wetzl Italy * Incomplete team 18. Norway 36. Ireland IODA World Team Racing Championship 1. Argentina 5= Great Britain 2. Malaysia 5= Sweden 3. New Zealand 7= Denmark 4. Italy 7= Peru SUI 1. ITA ITA USA 16. SUI ITA NZL USA 9. DEN DEN NZL 8. USA ARG NZL DEN DEN CHN 5. CHN ARG NZL POL 12. ARG ARG POL 13. NZL NZL GBR 4. POL NZL ARG 3 ITA SWE 3. SWE MAS 1 ITA SWE 14. MAS MAS SWE CRO 11. CRO PER TRI 6. PER SWE MAS PER 7. GBR PER 2 BRA 10. BRA GBR GBR 15. TRI GBR GER TRI 2. GER
One-Design Different sailorsThe rainbow table below explains why the Optimist succeeds in its objective of providing truly inter-national competitive sailing.• there is no need to take your own boat In most sailing, even at Olympic level, boats are not supplied. At all major Optimist championships and an increasing number of lesser events, charter boats are easily available. And they are just as fast as any other Optimist. So if its cheaper to bring your own, do so. If not, don’t worry.• there is no faster make of boat It is the sailor who wins, not the boat. Optimists from twelve different builders were used by those 41 sailors below who brought their own boats. What boats do well depends on what countries currently have the best sailors. Osis boats are not better for girls (!), Scandinavian girls did well this year and sailed locally built Osis boats. Older boats are competitive: GER 10961 and GER 11601, in 4th and 7th place at the Worlds, are five and six years old respectively.• you can probably buy from a builder near you 61% of those who brought their own boats had bought them from a builder in their own or an immediately neigh- bouring country Hulls Used by the Top 20 Sailors at the 2005 IODA World and European Championships Worlds Europeans Boys Europeans Girls 1 GER 11601 Nordest DEN 7954 Winner USA12812 Charter** 2 TRI 1006 Charter* BRA 3036 Charter** SWE 4014 Osis 3 CHN 551 Charter* ESP 822 Charter** ESP 1274 Charter** 4 GER 10961 Nordest GRE 2992 Charter** ITA 6804 Nordest 5 SWE 4116 Finessa BER 1189 Charter** DEN 7800 Osis 6 ESP 769 Charter* ITA 6718 Nordest BER 1128 Charter** 7 GER 11601 Nordest CRO 900 Winner ITA 6855 Winner 8 PER 286 Charter* RUS 6 Finessa GRE 623 Finessa 9 SLO 378 Morgan PER 280 Charter** GER 11613 Ziba 10 BER 1008 Charter* NED 2597 Nordest SWE 4023 Osis 11 POL 1114 Ziba SWE 4011 Osis GRE 1495 Charter** 12 GRE 1526 Finessa FRA 1621 Winner CRO 943 Nautivela 13 SWE 4065 OS Båtar ESP 998 Charter** NED 2509 Van Wettum 14 NZL 3958 Charter* MLT 103 Charter** NED 2645 Van Wettum 15 SIN 3111 Charter* DEN 7830 Opti-X PRC SWE 4070 OS Båtar 16 ITA 6789 Nautivela GRE 252 Nordest GER 11336 Ziba 17 GBR 5452 Nautivela FRA 1521 Erplast FRA ITA 6701 Nautivela 18 BRA 3255 Rio Tecna ESP 1112 Charter** IRL 1153 Charter** 19 GRE 2386 Ziba ITA 6427 Faccenda CRO 911 Nautivela 20 TRI 1014 Charter* CRO 858 Winner GRE 1527 Finessa *=Winner **= Sport-Sails CenterThis didn’t happen by chance.Just ten years ago 72% of all Worlds sailors used just two makes of boat. For the history see www.optiworld.org/ioda-technical.html#ccheapAnd this year four International Measurers measured sample hulls from every manufacturer represented.
17Development & training Sailors at the Worlds Much nonsense is talked about the ideal weight Every year IODA collects information about the sailors who qual- for the Optimist and the age atSailing for a wider world ify, this year from 52 countries, to participate in the World which sailors should leave“Co-ordination of youth activity” includes extending sailing. IODA has more than doubled the number of mem- Championship. the Class.ber national associations over the last fifteen years and is committed to bringing the benefits of sailing to young Agepeople worldwide. It offers limited financial aid to “newer countries” in three areas. Sailors are eligible up to and including the year of their 15th birthday. An ideal weight?Free boats - the “6 for 5” scheme With a summer event this means that the old- In most Olympic Classes there is est sailors are between 14.1/2 and 15.1/5,Countries seeking to start or enlarge Optimist fleets can apply for one an ideal weight for the boat shown here as “15”.free boat for every five bought. sailed and those who do not 14.1/2-15.1/2 38%The boats may be bought from any approved builder and are owned by an 13.1/2-14.1/2 32% conform to the weight forassociation, club or other ‘not for profit’ organisation. They must be avail- 12.1/2-13.1/2 17% a specific boat do not sail it.able to the children of non-sailors. 11.1/2-12.1/2 9% This is not true of the Optimist.As a variation, countries which build batches of wood/epoxy Optimists can 10.1/2-11.1/2 4% The reason is unclear but everyreceive free spars, sails and fittings. In the last twelve months beneficiaries One of the youngest group, Kim Pletikos (SLO) year the weight span of the tophave included the Bahamas, Bulgaria, Serbia & Montenegro and, for wood- came a very creditable 39th and 9th girl! 10 is at least 10kg, a differenceen boats, Vanuatu. Serbia & Montenegro of more than 25%.Over the last four years more than 180 Optimists in twenty countries have Weightbeen acquired under this scheme. The Optimist must be the least weight-sensitive dinghy in existence, the top 10 sailors varying from 37 to 51kg. Team Racing World Champions Argentina averaged 53.4 kg. Weight of Sailors (kg) Vanuatu Bahamas - we only subsidised the first 18!Coach-Training Courses SailorFor newer Optimist sailing countries and regions IODA subsidises the traveland fees of expert instructors to train local coaches. Top 10The most recent courses have been held in Grenada and Anguilla. Teamrace winnersParticipation in regional regattas GirlsTo encourage regional contacts IODA offers free entry and/or travel for Grenada Tina’s victory shows why we do do not run a separate championship for Time to leave?countries to send their sailors to their first continental or regional regattas. female sailors! This year 42 girls sailed, 17% of the total fleet, and in 35 The Optimist Class does not seekAt least as important as the experience for the sailors are the contacts made of the 52 countries at least one girl qualified for the national team.by their leaders to exchange information and assistance. to hold on to sailors who have rl s outgrown it. s re ed tIn the last twelve months grants have been made to Mauritius to attend the t ils t o u A ? The Top Ten h h saren d e st ge W vio g g Teenagers do not grow at a P rt gAfricans, St. Vincent to attend the North Americans in Tobago, Samoa the ei ei A a a W H similar rate each year but in POceanians and, exceptionally, to Sri Lanka to boost morale after the tsunami. Tina Lutz GER 15 168 47 Y 6 1 “spurts” - one or more years in which they grow 10 cm or more.What happens later? Matthew Schoener Scott TRI 15 152 42 N 13 1 For example Matthew ScottThere is always a question over the long-term effect of development projects. Wu Jianan CHN 13 160 48 N 13 1 gained 12cm in the year: if TinaOf the twenty countries which have received “6 for 5” grants in the past four Phillip Autenrieth GER 15 160 45 N 5 1 had done the same she wouldyears, fifteen have already started to participate in international regattas. Nicklas Dackhammar SWE 15 153 48 Y 7 2 have become 1m77 and nearlyNot everyone will progress, as have done Trinidad & Tobago, from “devel- Jorge Martinez Doreste ESP 14 165 51 Y! 7 1 the tallest sailor present!oping” to world class in a very few years. Julian Autenrieth GER 13 155 37 N 10 0 Young people differ in growthBut if, for example, the South Pacific can produce world class rugby players, Daniela Zimmermann PER 13 153 42 Y 7 1 patterns and these differenceswhy not sailors? Mauritius Jakob Bozic SLO 13 157 42 Y 7 1 should be respected. More details at www.optiworld.org/ioda-develop.html Sean Bouchard BER 15 158 48 Y 8 2
18 19 Europe Popular venues Asia Asians in October With the Worlds back on The IODA Asian Championship 89% turnout as Worlds returns to Europe mainland Europe for the first Silver and bronze at the Worlds will take place in Thailand time in five years, 34 of IODA’s starting 26th October. XXIII European Championship - Boys 38 European member countries Results will be available at took part in either www.jsst.org/ Open Euro the Worlds or the Europeans. 1. Jess Lyhne Bonde Denmark 1 The rise of Asia 2. Diego Montautti Brasil In the Optimist Class no sailor 3. Diego Botin L’Echever Spain 2 It is hard to imagine that just 4. Akiklas Drougas Greece 3 may attend both events, eleven years ago Asia was 5. Joshua Greenslade Bermuda 25 countries sent different teams represented at our Worlds by just 6. Francesco Falcatelli Italy 4 to both events, 8 - mostly the seven sailors, five of them 7. Ante Botica Croatia 5 smaller nations - only to the from Japan. 8. Yan Chekh Russia 6 Europeans and one only 9. Matías Rengifo Peru A big shock came in 2001 when 10. Hansebas Meijer Netherlands 7 to the Worlds. the IODA Worlds was held in 11. Jacob Lundqvist Sweden 8 Qingdao, chosen while we were 12. Gabriel Skoczek France 9 European Championship there as the venue for the sailing 13. Cristian Argueso Spain 10 Despite a reduction in team size of the 2008 Olympics. 14. Karl Cremona Malta 11 15. Jeppe Dybkjcer Ditlev Denmark 12 to seven sailors per nation for Asian sailors placed 2, 3 16. Alexandros Hoholis Greece 13 European countries and four for and 5, included the top girl and 17. Moinet Nemo France 14 non-Europeans, 139 boys and 93 took silver in 18. José Manuel Ruiz Sanchez Spain 15 girls from 41 countries competed the team racing. 19. Filipo Ricceri Italy 16 in a brilliantly staged event Asians at the Worlds Winds were light and there was 20. Marco Peresa Croatia 17 Individual Top 10 in Gdynia, Poland. much talk of a lottery. 2001 2. Zhu Ye China Sponsors were NIVEA But in 2002 Asia still had two 3. Abdul Rahim Malaysia whose ongoing support sailors in the top ten, first girl 4. Teo Wee Chin Singapore has had a huge impact on Best Girl: Xu Lijia China and bronze in the team event. Polish sailing. XV IODA Asian And since then they have always 2002 6. Xu Lijia China Championship 2003 7. Ryutaro Kawai Japan had at least one sailor in the top South Pattaya, Thailand 2004 1. Wei Ni China ten and a team in the top four. 26Oct - 6 Nov. 2005 2005 3. Wu Jianan China For a similar shock in the ISAF Entry list Team Medals World Youth Championship this China 7 2001 2. Japan year see page 27. XX European Championship - Girls Chinese Taipei 5 2002 3. China Open Euro Hong Long 3 2003 4. Japan Who next? India 7 2004 4. China 1. Emily Dellenbaugh U.S.A. 2005 2. Malaysia If the “big four” can improve so Indonesia 2 2. Emma Oljelund Sweden 1 dramatically who will be next? 3. Elia Borrego Spain 2 Japan 7 Even novices Sri Lanka won 4. Camilla Marino Italy 3 Korea 7 Malaysia 7 bronze in the recent ASEAN 5. Frederikke Linde Denmark 4 6. Eleanor Gardner Bermuda Myanmar 7 championships. 7. Giulia Angolini Italy 5 New Zealand 7 8. Amalia Chaldeou Greece 6 Pakistan 7 Asian Games in the Gulf 9. Svenja Weger Germany 7 Qatar 2 2006 will see the Asian Games, 10. Hanna Dahlborg Sweden 8 Singapore 7 11. Maria Voulgaraki Greece 9 the multi-sport mini- Sri Lanka 7 Olympics, in Qatar. 12. Matea Senkic Croatia 10 Thailand 20 13. Sanne Crum Netherlands 11 Just maybe one of the four 14. Annemiek Bekkering Netherlands 12 TOTAL 102 Optimist fleets in the Gulf will be 15. Elinor Larsson Sweden 13 inspired by 16. Karoline Pepin Germany 14 17. Ludovica Misso Italy 15 home waters. 18. Diana Kissane Ireland 16 Remember Qingdao 2001! 19. Antea Kordic Croatia 17 20. Dimitra Pagida Greece 18
20 21 North America Tobago South America Rising standards The decision to hold the IODA As in Asia standards in countries First Championship in the Caribbean North American Championship which were relatively late to in the Caribbean for the adopt the Optimist have risen to first time ever was an match the more traditional outstanding success. leaders. 183 sailors from 18 countries took part in a superbly In the Optimist world the 90s organised event on the belonged to Argentina beautiful island of Tobago. with five individual and four team-racing World golds Trinidad: the new Bermuda? plus a virtual monopoly on the Trinidad, with three sailors in the South American top ten at this event and championship. the silver medallist at the Worlds are rapidly establishing But first Peru and more recently themselves as the fourth Ecuador have steadily improved “great power” on the North standards and now form part of American Optimist scene. the “big four” whose sailors can They are following a pattern. be expected to be among the In the mid-1990s Mexico medals. for the first time challenged U.S.A. Brasil of course has the strongest domination. At the sailing tradition in the region, beginning of the new decade inspired by the Graels and Bermuda joined the elite. Robert Scheidt. Now Trinidad is making it a IODA North American Championship four-way contest. Open N.Am. XXXII South American Championship 1. Alexander Zimmermann Peru The legacy San Isidro, Argentina March 2005 2. Alexandre Alencastro Brasil Ninety of the Open S.Am. 3. Colin Smith U.S.A. 1 charter boats 1. Diego Reyes Mexico 4. Anthony Alkins Trinidad 2 from the event 2. Alex Zimmermann Peru 1 5. Matthew Scott Trinidad 3 will remain in 3. Alberto Fernandini Peru 2 6. José Manuel Arigos Argentina 4. Alex Torres Peru 3 the country and 7. Elijah Simmons Bermuda 4 5. Maria José Cucalon Ecuador 4 8. Sean Moynahan U.S.A. 5 with the help of 6. Rufina Tan Hong Mui Malaysia 9. James Pottharst U.S.A. 6 very generous 7. Faizani Bin Yahaya Malaysia 10. James Leighton Trinidad 7 tax-breaks a 8. Sean Bouchard Bermuda 11. Gaston Bisio Argentina number of local 9. Francisco Sucari Argentina 5 12. Will Haeger U.S.A. 8 10. Joshua Greenslade Bermuda centres are being 13. Victor Diaz de Leon Venezuela 11. Tomas Dietrich Argentina 6 14. Mattis Naud Guadeloupe (FRA) 9 established. 12. Ariana Villena Ecuador 7 15. Diego Reyes Mexico 10 13. Daniela Zimmermann Peru 8 and yet wider 14. Luciano Gambaro Argentina 9 Girls: growth 15. José Arigos Argentina 10 1. Anne Haeger U.S.A. 1 Optimist fleets are now estab- Girls: Uruguay 2006 2. Eliza Richartz U.S.A. 2 1. Maria José Cucalon Ecuador 1 The 2006 IODA Worlds has been 3. Haley Powell Bermuda 3 lished in fifteen of the island 2. Rufina Tan Hong Mui Malaysia awarded to Uruguay (after nations of the Caribbean, and 3. Faizani Bin Yahaya Malaysia new fleets are growing in 4. Ariana Villena Ecuador 2 Christmas) and it will be interest- Team Racing: ing to see how the South 1. Peru Central America. 5. Daniela Zimmermann Peru 3 Next year’s championship in Team Racing: Americans fare when competing 2. Bermuda 1 3. Mexico 2 Puerto Rico will provide a further 1. Peru 1 3. Ecuador for once at the height of their 4. Trinidad 3 incentive. 2. Peru 2 own season.
22 23 Oceania Four aspects Africa Fourth African Oceania is not only the geo- Championship Diverse activity graphically largest of the conti- Newer fleets improve nents but the most diverse in In a continent with two very dis- terms of Optimist activity. tinct groups - north and south - it was great to have a fairly central New Zealand After decades as the last home of competitive wooden boats New Zealand has only recently applied its great sailing tradition to the Optimist. 2004 was their annus mirabilis with 2nd and 4th individual and the Miami Herald Trophy for best team at the Worlds. This year they had to be content with bronze in the team racing and 6th place in Miami. Australia Real progress is being made in expanding the Optimist from its traditional base in Western Australia. Queensland has recently formed the latest of four state associations. venue, and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania Les français provided some great The Oceanian Championship in racing. French New Caledonia produced no less than three teams of IV African Championship East Africa French nationals, Tahiti, the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania August 2005 The fleets developed in Wallis & Futuna Islands and the Kenya, Tanzania and Open Afr. Uganda over the last hosts. Winner Corentin Guegan 1. Kristian Kirketerp Denmark V IODA Oceanian Championship had been 10th in the 2004 three years have rapidly 2. Lærke Lokdam Denmark improved and can now Noumea, New Caledonia December 2004 Worlds. 3. Ahmed Ragab Egypt 1 finish ahead of what were Open 4. Stephanie Nissen Denmark 5. Wassim Ziani Algeria 2 admittedly the second and third 1. Corentin Guegan New Caledonia (FRA) South Pacific 6. Amine Midoum Algeria 3 South African teams. 2. Thomas Saunders New Zealand Vanuatu joined IODA this year as 7. Kaare Kirketerp Denmark 3. Felix Denavacelle New Caledonia (FRA) 4. Luke Deegan New Zealand the seventh IODA mem- 8. Lars Fjord Garvey Uganda 4 First time for Mauritius 5. Maaxime Mazard New Caledonia (FRA) ber from the vast ocean. 9. Dylan Emmett South Africa 5 It was a particular pleasure to see 6. Nicolas Poree New Caledonia (FRA) The 2006 Oceanians are 10. Salomon Pedersen Tanzania 6 sailors from Mauritius who have 7. Matthew Jones New Zealand 11. Stefano Marcia South Africa 7 scheduled for the Cook recently introduced Optimists. 8. Etienne Lepen New Caledonia (FRA) 12. Claire Walker South Africa 8 Islands and 13. Marina Behrend Denmark This Indian Ocean island has a 9. Malo Leseigneur New Caledonia (FRA) great tradition of racing their 10. Sam Marshall New Zealand it is hoped that as many 14. Michael Crosland South Africa 9 as possible of them will 15. Sam Hancock South Africa 10 traditional pirogues and it is hoped Girls: to find other African countries in make the huge effort Girls: 1. Alexis Dubuc New Caledonia (FRA) which such traditions can be 2. Belinda Kerl Australia required to attend. 1. Lærke Lokdam Denmark 2. Stephanie Nissen Denmark reinforced by starting sailing 3. Coralie Simoni New Caledonia (FRA) 3. Claire Walker South Africa 1 at a young age. Team Racing: 4. Marina Behrend Denmark 1. New Zealand 1 3. New Zealand 2 5. Emma Walker South Africa 2 2. New Caledonia (FRA) 1 6. Ashleigh Crosland South Africa 3
24 25 Sailing for girls Together or separately? There are many theories about women and sport. At Optimist age there is very little difference in the physical strength of boys and girls. A pragmatic view The Optimist world accepts the evidence as it is. Some girls are as good as or better than their brothers. Tina just proved it! So at the Worlds we race as one fleet, boys and girls together. But we also find that only around 15-20% of those selected on merit for their national Worlds teams are girls. So at most continental championships we reserve places for them. As a result nationally girls have two targets: qualify for the Worlds by getting into the top five, or concentrate on being one of the best girls to go to a 28 continental championship. Other cultures It is often thought that sport for girls faces extra problems in non-European societies. This is not the Optimist experience. Sailing for girls seems to be acceptable to all cultures and creeds and wherever Optimist fleets start to develop the girls soon realise that this activity is far too much fun to allow themselves to be left out.
26 27 After the Optimist A lifetime sport Sailing is a lifetime sport where Following the concentration last year on the Olympic perfor- those aged 8 to 80 are practising mance of former Optimist sailors (who made up over 60% of all the same skills. One of the tasks skippers and 74% of skipper medallists) this year we look at the of the Optimist Class is to immediate post-Optimist experience. provide the sailors of the future. All Sailors In the annual Skipper 70-80% continue to sail 420/470 37% Questionnaire at our A 2004 report to the ISAF 29er 7% Worlds we ask what established that at least two 420/470 Laser 35% boat the sailors intend thirds of the thousands of Europe 8% to sail next. Optimist sailors who reach Laser Byte 4% The answers show a national championship level each Others 9% big difference bet- year continue to sail ween European sailors competitively after the Optimist. and those from the rest Europeans of the world. 420/470 48% In Europe 60% of ex- Not just the Olympics 29er 10% Optimists intend to Ever since the link between the Laser 24% sail two-hander boats. Optimist and the Olympics was Laser 420/470 The 420 or 470 was established in the 1990s Europe 14% Byte 0% specified by sailors pressures on successful from 17 of the 26 Optimist graduates Others 5% countries represented has increased. with the 29er named But while half the Olympians mostly by Norway and may be former Optimist Rest of the World Finland. internationals, less than 420/470 25% Outside Europe the 5% of Optimist inter- 420/470 29er 4% Laser dominates, with Laser 48% nationals will in fact an increasing number become Olympians. Europe 1% of sailors naming the Byte 10% It may take 15 years or more to Laser 4.7 rig. But the 420 is reach Olympic level and the Others 13% also on the increase. financial rewards are not those of tennis or golf. Fortunately there is a lot more to ISAF World Youth Championship sailing, from team-racing to offshore. The success of Asian sailors at the 2005 championship mirrors closely their improved results in the Optimist from 2001. Wee Chin Teo (SIN), 5th in the Optimist Worlds of 2001 and 11th in 2002 , won the boys 420 ahead of Wataru Saito (JPN), while Xu Lijia (CHN), top Optimist girl in 2001 and 2002, narrowly missed gold in the Laser Radial. The boys single-handed event is sailed in full rig Lasers, whose target weight of 80 kg usually means that successful Under-19s will have left the Optimist early. But both silver medallist Jean Baptiste Bernaz and bronze Rutger van Schaardenburg attended Optimist Europeans. Lighter ex-Optimists are more comfortable with the 4.7 Laser rig, where 8 of the top 10 in their Worlds were ex-Optimist Worlds sailors, or the Radial where Croatian ex-Optimist stars dominated the Europeans.
28 IODA President: René Kluin I.R.O. (NED) 1965 - 2005 Vice-Presidents: The governing body is the Annual Meeting where each member David Booth (RSA) country has one vote. Peter Barclay (PER) The Executive Committee is composed of the president, three Mimi Santos (POR) vice-presidents - each from a different continent - and the chairs Technical Comittee: of the Regatta and Technical Committees. Chair: Curly Morris I.M. (IRL) In forty years IODA has had just five presidents and three secre- Nuno Reis I.M. (POR) taries. Paolo Luciani I.M. (ITA) Consultant: Luis Horta Moragas I.M. (ESP) Regatta Committee Chair: Luis Ormaechea I.R.O., I.J. (ESP) Ajay Balram I.J., I.U. (IND) Alen Kustic I.R.O. (CRO) Peter Valentino I.J. (MLT) Secretary: Amneris Cloos (ECU) International Measurers: Jean-Luc Gauthier I.M. (FRA) Ms. Hyo-Kyung Jang I.M. (KOR) Paolo Luciani I.M. (ITA) Luis Horta Moragas I.M. (ESP) Curly Morris I.M. (IRL) Nuno Reis I.M. (POR) Presidents of Honour: Viggo Jacobsen Helen Mary Wilkes Members of Honour: Lars Wallin Nigel Ringrose Erik C. Hansen Al Chandler Jens Andersen Fred Kats Ralph Sjöholm Norman Jenkins Michel Barbier www.optiworld.org Secretariat: International Optimist Dinghy Association Balscadden View, Abbey St. Photo credits: Howth, Dublin, Ireland Tim Wilkes http://www.timwilkes.com Secretary: Robert Wilkes Gregory Scott http://www.create3d.com Tel: +353-1-839 5587 Bill Miller http://eventphotocenter.com with thanks to them and all the amateur photographers whose pic- Fax: +353-1-839 4528 tures appear. e-mail: email@example.com