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The Optimist To provide sailboat racing for young people at low cost and to co-ordinate youth workFrom between member countries These are the objectives of the International Optimist Dinghy Association. This yearbook is an attempt to record how the IODA is fulfilling its mission. to in over 100 countries
Let’s start at the Why sailing? What is your child going to do beginning this summer? Sit in his bedroom with his computer? Go for nice long walks? Help in the garden? Sailing has much to offer. Sadly man’s old enemy the water is often safer than what man has made of the streets. All sorts and sizes of people sail. You don’t have to be taller, stronger, thinner or, initially, even fitter than the average. Boys and girls have the same capability. Sailing brings families together. Boats need to be transported and kids cannot drive. So driving to regattas at weekends becomes a family activity. This is not an exclusive world. 40% of top sailors have parents who do not sail themselves. Why the Optimist? It looks funny, doesn’t it? But Clark Mills knew a thing or two about kids. It doesn’t tip over! Beginners easily learn to balance them- selves, the wind and the boat.Fifty six years ago in Clearwater, Florida a group of It can’t run away with you! Let out the only rope and the boatcitizens wanted to stop their children getting bored. So will just sit there. The more waterthey asked a local designer called Clark Mills to make a gets in, the less it moves. And itboat for kids to sail. The Optimist was born. won’t sink.Fifty six years later his design is still being sailed by hun - Being alone in the boat is thedreds of thousands of young people in over a hundred quickest way to learn. Imagine trying to learn to ride a bicyclecountries worldwide. on a tandem with daddy!Truly this is the boat in which the young people of the You quickly learn from your ownworld learn to sail. mistakes and gain that essential of sailing - and perhaps life - responsibility for yourwww.optiworld.org/ioda-intro.html own decisions.
The first thing you need toWhat about the boat? go sailing is a boat! All the same Unlike most sailboats the Optimist is a true one-design. The boats are all the same. If you want to race a boat where money or technology make a difference, look elsewhere. Every builder is regularly inspected to ensure that his hulls conform to tight tolerances and uses similar raw materials and building techniques. But this does not mean a monopoly or a cartel. Any boatbuilder can build after he has satisfied IODA that he is compe- tent to do so. Nearly forty builders in 25 countries haveYour first Optimist will probably be older than you are, approval,and possibly older than your parents! AccessoriesWhich is probably not true of your bicycle and certainly There is greater choice of spars and sails. The Optimist is usednot true of your computer. Optimists last for a very long for everything from teaching 8-time. A 12 year old boat was placed in the top 20 at the year olds to world-class racing by1999 Europeans and the Italian boat below celebrated its 15-year olds. This is reflected in22nd birthday this year. They never become obsolete. the equipment available. But by the time a sailors needsSo this is not a toy. When you want to change it you will top-level gear he or she will be addicted to their lifetime sport.find plenty of buyers. This is a growing market and youwill be unlucky if its value falls by $500 a year. Price? Prices vary according to marketsAnd when you want to buy a new Optimist there are over but in Europe a new hull ready tothirty builders, all with boats just as fast as each other. So sail with basic gear should notin most parts of the world you can buy as good as the best cost over 1,700 + sales taxes.from a builder near you. The “best of everything” as used at the Worlds, has a list price of around 2,500, but ex-charter boats used for only a few days are a lot cheaper and bulk purchase can reduce the price still further. Make it yourself For those with some practical ability it remains possible to build your own wooden Optimist.www.optiworld.org/ioda-technical.html
National Associations Over 100 Associations Worldwide there are over 100 national associations affiliated to IODA. It is they who ensure the health and growth of the local Class. Parents should not only join but should offer their skills in the service of these largely amateur bodies. Calendars Racing is most fun against sailors of your own level of ability. Normally this means taking part in “open” regattas organised by other clubs. National associations co-ordinate and publish a calendar of these events. Trials An important function of national associations is to conduct the trial races to select national teams. These are not just intended for those who expect to qualify and in many countries are attended by up to 200 sailors, sometimes selected from an even Many run great websites! bigger rank-list. In the northern hemisphere trials often start as soon as the weather allows - so you can see Optimists sailing while adults are still trying to find the paint-brush! Training All national associations organise training, and many co-ordinate a programme of training camps and courses. Measurement Certification by builders that their products conform to Class Rules has removed much of the bureaucracy of measurement. But boats and equipment still need to be checked and this is an important task of national associations. Either they or the Nationalwww.optiworld.org/ioda-members.html Sailing Association issue the sail number, essential before racing.
Racing Travel Boats have to be transported and kids can’t drive. So parents can become full-time weekend chauffeurs. A great idea is to alternate trips with another parent. Then you have at least two kids to look after which stops you getting obsessive about your own. And it is amazing what you will learn about your children and their friends three hours into a five hour car journey! Parents It is very natural to want to help your child, especially if you are a sailor yourself, and to watch and criticise his every move. It is also natural to question your daughter’s first boy-friend in great detail. We recommend that you don’t do either! Obsessive Optimist parents upset the sailing community: this is not a spectator sport and we are not used to screaming fromIt is a small step from sailing round a triangle to trying to the sidelines!do it faster than the next person. The RulesAnd it is a small step from racing in your own club to The rules of sailing are actuallysailing at a regatta along the bay. All you need is access to quite simple and are taught asa roof-rack or a trailer (and an adult who is willing to part of sailing. They should be enforced from the start.drive!) “If you look at competition at junior level you find that rules are often bent or forgotten with the excuse that they are only children. Just when do you expect them to learn manners or rules if not at this level” (HRH The Princess Royal Member, International Olympic Committee) A good way to learn more about the rules if you have a computer is by using a sailing simulator. Several are advertised on the internet.
Sailing for girls Together or separately? At Optimist age there is very little difference in the physical strength of boys and girls - indeed there is evidence that girls may be the stronger. A pragmatic view The Optimist world accepts the evidence as it is. Some girls are as good as or better than their brothers. In recent years we have had two female open world champions. So at the Worlds we race as one fleet, boys and girls together. But we also find that only around 15% of those selected on merit for their national teams are girls. So at the open European Championship we reserve three places for girls and they sail as a separate fleet. As a result nationally girls have two targets: qualify for the Worlds by getting into the topThere are many theories about young women and sport. five, or concentrate on being oneIn the Optimist girls have a choice. of the best three girls.All regattas are open to both boys and girls, including the Other culturesWorld Championship which has twice been won by a girl. It is often thought that sport forBut the Open European Championship has at least three girls faces extra problems in non- European societies. This is notplaces per country reserved for girls and at that event they the Optimist experience.race separately. Sailing for girls seems to be acceptable to all cultures and creeds and, wherever Optimist fleets start to develop, it is never long before the girls realise that this activity is far too much fun to allow themselves to be left out.
International travel Other parts of the world Parents rightly believe that experience of other countries and other cultures is a vital part of education. But it can be difficult to organise. Exchange visits and language schools are often disappointing, and we have all seen at holiday hotels and campsites bored kids just longing for some excitement and to meet new friends. International regattas At Optimist regattas you won’t find many bored kids. Immediately they have a common interest with the people of their own age from different parts of the world, and the excitement of using their existing skills in a new environment. Calendar You don’t have to travel abroad often and it is entirely possible to reach the top without doing so. But if you can there are literally hundreds of regattas worldwide to choose from, almost all of them welcoming foreign sailorsTravel sells sailing! of all levels of experience. At Easter thousands of youngYoung people today have many attractive choices sailors in the northern hemisphereand sailing will not keep them interested if it is con - head south to begin their sailingfined to little regattas with the same sailors in the year. In the summer those notlocal club. selected for championships can find a warm welcome at national events which are almost alwaysInternational travel has been the growth industry of open, such regattas as therecent years and in sailing this has led to the boom Flanders Youth Week, Carentecin sailing holidays in the sun. in Brittany, and the scores of summer regattas in the USA.The Optimist, with its international network, hasmade use of this trend to offer opportunities to the and it’s so easy If you can drive there, anyoung people of the world. Optimist fits easily on the roof of almost any car. And if you can’t there is a good chance of chartering or borrowing a boat when you get there - just like thewww.optiworld.org/ioda-03calendar.html one at home!
IODA championships All six continents With the creation of an IODA African Championship in 2001 the Optimist became the first boat class to organise, in addition toIn 2003 over 800 young sailors from its Worlds, a championship onaround 80 countries will represent their each continent, though the Oceanians is held only biennially.countries at IODA championships. Achievable goals Young people need goals. As local fleets develop IODA aims to keep the sailors interested by providing the achievable target of selection as part of a national team. Who has not dreamed of representing his or her country? Selection From the start of the first Optimist championships in the 60s and 70s teams to participate in them have been selected on the basis of trials held in the Optimist. . . . . of as many as possible But, almost from the foundation of the IODA European Championship in 1983, the Optimist Class took the unusual path of having different sailors selected for different championships. In this way most larger countries select at least thirteen sailors each year for national teams. The Championship Year in figures Memories To represent your country is an Event Sailors Countries unforgettable experience. Many of those who participate in our Worlds 221 50 championships may never aspire Europeans 283 44 to do so as adults. But they will S. Americans 163 15 always be able to look back N. Americans 122 13 and say: Africans 54 9 “I was an under-16 sailing Asians to be held in December international”. Oceanians to be held in 2004
World Championship The Worlds remains the ultimate goal of Optimist racersSailors from 82 countries have partici-pated in IODA World Championships While IODA has recently encour- aged the growth of continental and regional championships to facilitate sailors worldwide, the Worlds remains the focal point of the year. Each member country may send up to five sailors, who race in six divisions to reduce congestion on the start line. The best sixteen teams also compete in the IODA World Team-Racing Championship. The regatta has been held on five continents: 2001 in China, 2002 in the U.S.A. and 2003 in Spain. Our special millennium Worlds for 2000 in Spain attracted sailors from 59 countries, establishing a new world record for the most countries sailing the same boat in any event in the history of sailing. The 2003 Worlds attracted a “mere” 50 nations. 42 Years of the IODA Worlds Venues and nations participating 1962 G. Britain 3 1973 CANCELLED 1984 Canada 28 1995 Finland 41 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 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 1967 Austria 11 1978 France 25 1989 Japan 30 2000 Spain 59 1968 France 14 1979 Thailand 16 1990 Portugal 38 2001 China 44 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 1971 Germany 13 1982 Italy 30 1993 Spain 41 1972 Sweden 15 1983 Brasil 22 1994 Italy 39
IODA World Championship Miami Herald Trophy 1. Filip Matika Croatia (Team Aggregate Scores - 4 sailors, no discards) 2. Jesse Kirkland Bermuda 3. Sebastian Peri Brusa Argentina 1. Croatia 26. Mexico 4. Tomasz Januszewski Poland 2. Great Britain 27. Switzerland 5. Hannah Mills G. Britain 3. Argentina 28. Denmark 6. Joaquin Blanco Spain 4. Poland 29. Belgium 7. Ryutaro Kawai Japan 5. Italy 30. U.S.A. 8. Jason Spanomanolis Greece 6. Greece 31. Malaysia 9. Nicklas Dackhammar Sweden 7. Brasil 32. Canada10. Richard Mason G. Britain 8. Japan 33. Puerto Rico11. Marco Grael Brasil 9. Spain 34. Ireland12. Greg Carey G. Britain 10. Peru 35. South Africa13. Nik Pletikos Slovenia 11. New Zealand 36. Tunisia14. Albert Zahtila Croatia 12. France 37. Singapore15. Guney Cankaptan Turkey 13. Tahiti 38. Egypt16. John Giannopoulos Greece 14. Sweden 39. Australia17. Gijs Pelt Netherlands 15. Bermuda 40. Austria18. Tomás Agrimbau Argentina 16. Portugal 41. Korea19. Victoria Travascio Argentina 17. Netherlands 42. Guatemala (3*)20. Filip Kljenik Croatia 18. Ecuador 42. Russia (3*)Girls 19. Finland 44. Turkey (3*) 20. Slovenia 45. Barbados (2*) 1. Hannah Mills G. Britain 21. Chile 46. Trinidad (2*) 2. Victoria Travascio Argentina 22. Uruguay 47. Algeria (2*) 3. Alessandra Ferlich Italy 23. Germany 48. Morocco (2*) 4. Tania Zimmermann Peru 24. China 49. St. Lucia (2*) 5. Tine Mihelic Croatia 25. Norway 50. Venezuela (1*) 6. Claire Ferchaud France 7. Tina Mrak Slovenia * = incomplete teams 8. Saki Goto Japan 9. Arantza Gumuchio Chile10. Nathalie Zimmermann PeruIODA World Team Racing Championship 1. Argentina 5= Great Britain 2. Peru 5= Italy 3. Croatia 7= New Zealand 4. Japan 7= Poland
The Optimist World 101 countries are current members of IODA* Attended the IODA World Championship 2003 50 attended the 2003 Worlds Attended most recent IODA Continental Championship 76 attended the most recent continental championship Builds GRP Optimists 26 built GRP Optimists Received development help 2002/3 15 received development and training grants * Italics indicates that membership has lapsedNorth AmericaAntigua Europe AsiaBahamas Andorra Latvia BahrainBarbados Austria Lithuania Chin. TaipeiBermuda Belarus Malta ChinaBr. Virgin I. Belgium Moldova Hong KongCanada Bulgaria Monaco IndiaCuba Croatia Netherlands IndonesiaEl Salvador Cyprus Norway JapanG. Cayman Czech Rep. Poland KoreaGrenada Denmark Portugal KuwaitGuatemala Estonia Romania KyrghyzstanMexico Finland Russia MalaysiaNeth. Antilles France San Marino MyanmarNicaragua Germany Slovakia PakistanPuerto Rico Georgia Slovenia PhilippinesSt. Lucia Great Britain Spain QatarSt. Vincent Greece Sweden SingaporeTrinidad & T. Hungary Switzerland Sri LankaU.S.A. Iceland Turkey ThailandU.S. Virgin I. Ireland Ukraine U.A.E. Israel YugoslaviaSouth America Italy OceaniaArgentina Am. SamoaBrasil AustraliaColombia Africa Cook IslandsChile Algeria Seychelles FijiEcuador Angola S. Africa New ZealandParaguay Egypt Tanzania Papua N.G.Peru Kenya Tunisia SamoaUruguay Mauritius Uganda Solomon Is.Venezuela Morocco Zimbabwe Tahiti
15to help newer fleets Sailing for a wider world IODA has more than doubled the number of member nationalto get sailing associations over the last fifteen years and is committed to bringing the benefits of sailing to young people worldwide. It offers limited financial aid to “newer countries” in three areas. Coach-Training Courses For newer Optimist sailing countries and regions IODA subsidises the travel and fees of expert instructors to train local coaches. Recent coaching tours have been in Central America and theThese young people in El Salvador are waiting for spars, sails southern Caribbean.and buoyancy bags to arrive so that they can start sailing Free boats Countries seeking to start or enlarge Optimist fleets can apply for one free boat for every five bought. The boats may be bought from any approved builder and must be owned by an association, club or other ‘not for profit’ organisation. As a variation, countries which build batches of wood/epoxy Optimists can receivelike those above on last year’s course in Nicaragua. free spars and sails.The coach reports: Regional regattas “During the first 3 days we received the con- To encourage regional contacts tainer with the rigs and fittings together IODA offers free entry and/or with lifejackets. We had to put the fittings travel for countries to send to the 10 plywoods, and clean and arrange the their first sailors to continental place next to the lake. In the mornings we had from Managua kids from and regional regattas. the German, American, French and other schools. The afternoon was 12 kids from Funding Granada. We even had to teach them how to The work is funded by a share of swim before we could take them sailing. It is really nice to teach young kids how to the royalties on new boats and sail only for fun and not being afraid of the sails. The development and water, and giving them a chance to practice training account receives such a nice sport. Actually it was my very a fixed sum per sail sold best experience as an Optimist coach. These and boat built. 12 kids were afraid to get into the water when we met them, and after two weeks they were all sailing alone in the Optis.”
North America U.S.A. - bringing it back home Having invented the Optimist the U.S.A. almost ignored it! In the 70s only 300 boats were registered and in the 80s only 1,300. Then in 1990 things started to move, with over 11,000 boats registered since then The geographical spread has been equally phenomenal. In 1989 only seven states had serious fleets and national teams were Floridan; there are now Optimists in at least thirty states and the teams are far more representative. the Bermuda phenomenon This year’s North American results, coupled to a Worlds per- formance which included the silver medal, confirm the quality of the 75 boat Bermudan fleet. Until 1998 Optimists in BermudaIODA North American Championship “languished”. That year theyValle de Bravo, Mexico decided to enter the Worlds: their best sailor ranked 161st!Open N. American The rest is history. 1. Sean Bouchard Bermuda 1 2. Jesse Kirkland Bermuda 2 the Caribbean potential 3. Armando Zulian Argentina The potential in the Caribbean is 4. Elijah Simmons Bermuda 3 5. Marc Salvisberg Venezuela gradually being realised with 6. Masao Sasagawa Japan rapidly growing fleets and 7. Baepi Lacativa Brasil improving quality. Optimists 8. Yuya Isozaki Japan are now sailed in at least 9. Zeke Horrowitz U.S.A. 4 twelve countries and the southern10. Sam Williams U.S.A. 5 islands are beginning to rival11. Flavio MacKnight Brasil Puerto Rico and Martinique.12. Susannah Pyatt New Zealand13. Wataru Komiya Japan14. Diego Reyes Mexico 6 In Canada cold winters have not15. Eric Brockmann Mexico 7 helped spread Optimist sailing.16. Devin Laviano U.S.A. 8 But things may be starting to17. Guillermo Arce Peru change with a win at the 203 boat19. Andrew Lewis Trinidad 9 Atlantic Coast Championship.20. Carl Evans New Zealand Mexico, which started Optimist sailing in the late 80s, continuesGirls1. Susannah Pyatt New Zealand to grow and to2. Daniela Zimmermann Peru Team Racing produce quality sailors.3. Martine Grael Brasil 1. Bermuda 14. Amanda Johnson U.S.A. 1 2. Mexico 2 And see page 15 for the stir-5. Courtney Kuebel U.S.A. 2 3. Argentina rings in Central America6. Ann Haeger U.S.A. 3 4. U.S.A. 3 under the influence of Guatemala.
Europe The second home Europe was the second home of the Optimist when it was imported to Denmark and modified.XI European Championship - Boys For over twenty yearsOpen Euro Scandinavian sailors dominated, 1. Piotr Radowski Poland 1 winning fourteen of the first 2. Stjepan Cesic Croatia 2 twenty Worlds 1962-1982. But 3. Joaquín Blanco Spain 3 when GRP and mass-production 4. Michal Gryglewski Poland 4 arrived the rest of Europe became 5. Benjamin Borg Malta 5 competitive with fourteen 6. Artur Nowicki Poland 6 countries winning gold over the 7. Luca Dubbini Italy 7 next 20 years. 8. Lorenzo Carloia Italy 8 9. Guy Abadi Israel 9 Eastern Europe10. Shibuka Iitsuka Japan The changes in Eastern Europe11. Tim Saxton G. Britain 10 brought a big increase in12. Philip Wender Brasil international participation13. Wojciech Zemke Poland 11 and improving results.14. Josip Olujic Croatia 12 Croatia became the country to15. Luka Jakovcev Croatia 13 beat from the mid 90’s with16. Alan Bacic Croatia 14 hundreds of talented sailors17. Guilherme Lima Brasil along its long coastline and a18. George Rogis Greece 15 string of medals which is19. Dalibor Strbac Croatia 16 now being replicated in20. Patrick Follmann Germany 17 post-Optimist Classes. The belief that this could only be achieved by warm-winter countries is being challenged byVIII European Championship - Girls the recent emergence of PolandOpen Euro where again a big increase in 1. Bettina Bonelli Italy 1 participants is finding 2. Tajana Ganic Croatia 2 some talented sailors. 3. Marina Peñate Spain 3 4. Alessandra Ferlich Italy 4 The Easter migration 5. Susanne Baur Germany 5 A development of recent years 6. Tara Pacheco Spain 6 has been the Easter migration. 7. Enia Nincevic Croatia 7 Over 1,000 sailors from 25 8. .Maria Stanley G. Britain 8 countries participated this year 9. Rikst Dijkstra Netherlands 9 in the Garda Easter Meeting,10. Delfina Gainza Argentina Braassemermeer and, the11. Juliana Senfft Brasil most recent addition,12. Agueda Suria Spain 10 Portoroz in Slovenia.13. Jena Mai Hansen Denmark 1114. Karin Alksted Sweden 12 95% turnout at the Europeans15. Anais Gaboriau France 13 Thirty six of IODA’s 38 paid-up16. Marit Bouwmeester Netherlands 14 European members sent sailors17. Nina Stopar Croatia 15 to this year’s Europeans: 17818. Catherine Koutsovgera Greece 16 boys and 105 girls took part.19. Lina Stock Croatia 1720. Marta Klyszejko Poland 18
South America Ideal conditions With both Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro having strong sailing traditions, the Optimist arrived early in South America and the continental championship dates from 1973. Spreading the word Uruguay and Chile were not far behind and were followed by all the Latin American countries, who regularly attend the IODA South American Championship at Easter. There are even said to be Optimists up at 3000m on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Argentina and others Just as in Optimist terms the 70s belonged to Scandinavia, the 90s belonged to Argentina with five individual and four team-racing World golds plus a monopoly on theXXXI South American Championship South AmericanMontevideo, Uruguay championship.Open S. American To some extent this continues 1. Tomás Agrimbau Argentina 1 with their fourth successive team 2. Sebastian Peri Brusa Argentina 2 gold and two individual medals 3. Erik Brockmann Mexico in 2003. But Brasil is never far 4. Juan Pipkin Argentina 3 behind and Peru, world team- 5. Jesse Kirkland Bermuda racing champions for three 6. Victoria Travascio Argentina 4 successive years 1997-1999 7. Juan Pablo Cucalón Ecuador 5 can still challenge. 8. Juliana Senfft Brasil 6 9. Rafael Quintero Ecuador 7 Ecuador 200410. Marco Grael Brasil 8 The world championship will11. Edgar Diminich Ecuador 9 South America for the first time12. José M. Arigos Argentina 10 in twelve years and improving13. Matheus Dellagnelo Brasil 11 results from the hosts may cause14. José Reyes Mexico some surprises. Chile too had15. Martin Povoli Brasil 12 some good results at this year’sGirls worlds and qualified for the 1. Victoria Travascio Argentina 1 team-racing final for the first 2. Juliana Senfft Brasil 2 time ever. 3. Haruka Kamiya Japan 4. Tania Zimmermann Peru 3 5. Nathalie Zimmermann Peru 4Team Racing:1. Peru A 2. Argentina A 3. Argentina B
Asia Two promising years 2001 and 2002 shocked the Optimist world. Asian countries, apart from Japan and Thailand, only started to compete regularly at world level about ten years ago and their results had been modest. The shock of Qingdao In “home” waters and light winds at the 2001 Worlds, Asian sailors placed 2, 3 and 5 in the individual event, took silver in the team-racing and provided the best girl. Transferred half way round the world and in the moderate winds of Texas in 2002, they still produced four of the top 20, best girl again and bronze in the team-racing. In 2003 a whole first generationIODA Asian Championship - a history of sailors seems to have “aged out” and the teams ofWith no results to report from the 2003 championship which will China, Malaysia and Singaporebe held in December, we take the chance to record the were composed largely of veryhistory of the championship. young sailors. In the heavier Atlantic winds, results mayYear Venue Winner 1st Girl Team have disappointed.1990 Singapore Tan Wearn Haw SIN Ng Xuan Hui SIN SIN But we predict that they1991 China Ryan Tan MAS Ng Xuan Hui SIN MAS will be back!1992 Thailand Umiko Arakawa JPN Ng Xuan Hui SIN KOR Conversely the Japanese had an1993 Japan Tetsuya Matsunaga JPN Yuki Sanbu JPN JPN excellent Worlds with their best1994 Malaysia Ryan Tan MAS Yuki Sanbu JPN MAS ever results in both the individ- ual (7th) and team (4th) events1995 Malaysia Ryan Tan MAS Ayako Kamiya JPN JPN1996 Pakistan Jiang Linhua CHN Shen Xiaoying CHN PAK Asians in Mumbai1997 Korea Shiori Kondou JPN Shiori Kondou JPN KOR The 2003 Asians to be held in1998 China Shen Xiaoying CHN Shen Xiaoying CHN CHN December has provided the1999 Pakistan Andrew Yeow MAS Xu Lijia CHN CHN incentive for an Indian builder2000 Singapore Yasushi Kondo JPN Nurul Ain MAS JPN to start production, with 602001 U.A.Emirates Abdul Rahim MAS Yoko Kiuchi JPN SIN Optimists already ordered.2002 China Alvin Yeow MAS Lian Cuixian CHN SIN It is hoped that the relatively central venue will attract sailorsThis hot competition has been very good for the development of these from the newer memberslargely government-funded sailing programmes. Many countries in the Arabian Gulf.would share the expressed policy of Singapore Sailing: Among those who are expected are representatives of Sri Lanka“to win honours for Singapore and at the same time have them serve as role where IODA has subsidised a models for others to join in the sport of sailing.” new fleet of 17 boats this year.
Africa The African Championship The creation of an IODA African Championship, which stemmed directly from the invitations to “novice” countries to take part in the millennium Worlds in 2000, has been a resounding success. The first championship in Alexandria, Egypt in 2001 already attracted seven African countries: Algeria Egypt Morocco Seychelles South Africa Tunisia Zimbabwe Since then they have been joined by Kenya and Uganda. In 2005 the championship hasIODA African Championship been awarded to Kenya but willPort Elizabeth, South Africa in fact be held in Tanzania.Open African 1. Cam Cullman U.S.A. Upgraded equipment 2. Aaron Larkens South Africa 1 The championship has shown 3. Rudy McNeill South Africa 2 many of these countries what a 4. Brett Stirk South Africa 3 modern Optimist looks like and 5. Thomas Fink U.S.A. there has been a big investment 6. Morgan Wilson U.S.A. in new boats. As in Asia the gov- 7. Justin Onvlee South Africa 4 ernment funded programmes of 8. Alexander McClarty South Africa 5 North Africa can see a direct link 9. Sam Waterson South Africa 6 between national prestige and10. Eliza Richartz U.S.A. popular sport, whileGirls parents elsewhere see the 1. Morgan Wilson U.S.A. event as adding purpose Team Racing 2. Eliza Richartz U.S.A. to a leisure activity. 1. South Africa 1 3. Philippa Baer South Africa 1 2. Algeria 2 4. Dana Ramadan Egypt 2 3. U.S.A. Cultural diversity 5. Fatima Mahmoudi Algeria 3 4. Egypt 3 The cultural diversity of the continent was beautifully illustrated by the opening ceremony of this year ’s event where the water were blessed by both Islamic and Christian clergymen. And the sailors have rapidly found out that if you want something translated, ask an Egyptian!
Oceania A quiet year in paradise Because of the huge distances the IODA Oceanian Championship is held only every second year. The next event will be in New Caledonia in 2004. The 2002 championship was held in Samoa and attended by American Samoa Australia Cook Islands Fiji New Caledonia (FRA) New Zealand Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tahiti New Zealand undeterred With no continental event New Zealand decided to send their second team to the IODA North American Championship where Susannah Pyatt promptly took the open girls’ prize!Antarctica No, not seriously Bur it does give us the chance to draw attention to the new ICE Optimist, a sled fitted with Optimist spars and using, at least at novice level, Optimist sails. It looks great fun and we are told that most of this year’s successful Polish Optimist team are very into this form of sailing. IODA’s mission is “to provide sail- ing for young people at low cost”. No one said anything about the tem- perature of the water and we are happy to collaborate with the organisers. Contact: Chris Williams at: firstname.lastname@example.org
IODA President: René Kluin I.R.O. (NED) Vice-Presidents:IODA was founded in 1965 and became an ISAF (then David Booth (RSA)IYRU) International Class in 1973. Peter Barclay (PER) Mimi Santos (POR)To maintain the strict one-design principle it measures pro-totypes from each mould, conducts inspections, undertakesscrutineering at major championships, and maintains a net- Technical Comittee:work of International Measurers (I.M.s) Curly Morris I.M. (IRL) chairman Nuno Reis I.M. (POR)To ensure the quality of racing it provides top International Jens Juhl (DEN)Race Officers (I.R.O.s) for major championships and pub- Consultant:lishes guidelines for organising them. Luis Horta Moragas I.M. (ESP)Coordinating of national associations on each continent Regatta Committee:is largely the work of the vice-presidents. Michel Barbier I.R.O., I.J. (FRA) chairmaThe secretariat conducts all correspondence, maintains the Alen Kustic I.R.O. (CRO)website and publishes newsletters and this yearbook. Luis Ormaechea I.R.O., I.J. (ESP) Tom Hale (USA) Consultant: Tony Lockett I.R.O. (GBR) International Measurers: Jean-Luc Gauthier I.M. (FRA) Yoshihiro Ishibashi I.M. (JPN) 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) Ralph Sjöholm I.M. (FIN) Members of Honour: Viggo Jacobsen (President of Honou Lars Wallin Nigel Ringros Erik C. Hansen Al Chandler Jens Andersen Fred Kats Helen Mary Wilkes Ralph Sjöholm Norman Jenkins Secretariat: International Optimist Dinghy Association Balscadden View, Abbey St. Howth, Dublin, Ireland Secretary: Robert Wilkes Tel: +353-1-839 5587 Fax: +353-1-839 4528 www.optiworld.org e-mail: email@example.com
and finallyEveryone knows the OptimistIt’s those little urchins who demand the best of everything, spend their lives zooming aroundthe world, get stressed out and give up sailing the moment they can escape their parents.Well . . .Sailing needs themOne famous royal club wrote to us this year: “We have lost a generation of sailors” by nothaving Optimists. Kids today are being sold things at an early age. If we don’t sell themsailing early and keep selling it to them, they will be lost to the sport.the best of everythingParents will always buy the best they can afford for their kids. What the Optimist does is toensure that the price of the best doesn’t discourage the others. The very best of everythingwill not cost you more than 500 a year. And it will never be replaced by a newer model.zooming around the worldAgain we cannot prevent parents from taking their kids to regattas. But many of the bestOptimist sailors - like the Croatians, Spanish and French - with big fleets at home, nevertravel abroad except to one regatta a year. Check the results sheets: almost no one goes tomore than two foreign regattas a year.OK, so the Worlds may be far away. Everywhere is far away from half the world! But thereis a full range of continental championships and regional regattas.get stressed outNot if we can help it! What stresses kids in all sports is “making the team”. So we makethe teams as big as we possibly can and selected by each country. So if you are one of thebest 13 in any country you get on a team. In Scandinavia it’s the best 28, in the U.S.A. thebest 50 or more. Until your final year you can always aim for next year and by then youare probably ready to move to another boat anyway.give up sailingNo they don’t. The internet (see page 23) has enabled us to disprove this myth. School,social life, work may get in the way for a bit and they may not all sail elite Classes. Butvery few give up.The Optimist Class believes that, through decades of decisions made with only theinterests of sailors at heart, it has designed things to be as “child-friendly” as it gets.We hope this yearbook has shown how.