It all starts here . . .

Is there a single greater thing you can teach an 8, 9, or 10-year old than to sail solo? Name me another activity that teaches geometry, mechanics, and physics while showing a small child that the mind always matters more than brute strength, and that size and gender are irrelevant to success. A sport where the playing field of wind and water mutates with every race to remind them that nature is ever-dynamic – yet enforces rules of right-of-way, sportsmanship, and marine safety. Lessons that train them to assemble complex sails and rigging, wash their own clothes, and not panic when capsizing. Lessons that teach them to trust their judgment, take responsibility for their decisions and not to blame anyone/anything else other than themselves. A lifestyle that begins with a love for the water, and ends with a wizard-like ability to read its secret language of waves, clouds, currents and the predictable movement of a boat. Sailing is a way of seeing the world without a digital screen.

Wesley Hsu – Thailand

News from Palma

Nicola and Sean Sadler competed in the Balearic Optimist Championship this past weekend. The top 75 ranked sailors in the Balearic Islands get invited to compete. The top 15 finishers go through to the Spanish Nationals.

Nicola finished 2nd (1st girl U16) and Sean 8th (1st Boy U13). Awesome results!

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African Optimist Championships 2021 – Alexandria Egypt

The IODA Executive Committee has approved the bid from EGY to host the 2021 African Championship.  Unfortunately, TAN withdrew as the host a few months ago due to COVID 19.

The 2021 African Championship will now take place at the Montazah Water Sports, in Alexandria, Egypt from September 3 to 10th.

This Championship has been hosted 3 times at the same venue, the last in 2017, whereby 49 sailors from 10 countries from Africa and the region took part.

The event is in the capable hands of Abdelhamid Morsi, who was the Chair of the Organizing Committee at the 2017 Championship and who is back in the same role in 2021. He has the experience and commitment to ensure that the event will be a success.

Due to the late approval of the venue, the Event Microsite and NOR are currently being worked on by the Regatta Committee.

Keep an eye on the IODA Website, Facebook and/or Instagram for any news or announcements.

Looking forward to seeing our Optimist sailors in Alexandria, EGY in September!

Optimist Worlds 2021 – Riva del Garda

After a year of forced stop and the postponement of the Optimist World Championship due to the pandemic, Riva del Garda is confirmed as location of the 2021 edition of the Optimist Worlds. The hosting venue, Fraglia Vela Riva, together with all the members of the organizing committee, are ready to reorganize the event that will bring in the water the best young sailors of the World, from June 30th to July  10th, 2021.

The highlight event of the Optimist season returns to Riva del Garda after eight years: in 2013, in fact, the athlete from Singapore Loh Jia Yi, born in 1998, became World Champion on Lake Garda in a fleet of 259 young sailors.

The event of Riva del Garda will be determine who will follow in the golden books the three-times World Champion Marco Gradoni, athlete from the Tognazzi Marine Village, already winner of the World Title in Pattaya (2017), Limassol (2018) and Antigua (2019), becoming the first to complete a enterprise of the kind.

The new global situation places the organizers in front of new challenges, but there is no lack of enthusiasm in the words of the President of Fraglia Vela Riva, Alfredo Vivaldelli: “As Fraglia Vela Riva we are very happy that IODA and the Turkish Sailing Federation, assignee of the 2021 World Championship, have worked together to ensure that this prestigious event, which as we know was scheduled for 2020, could actually take place on Garda Lake. As Organizing Committee we are aware of the importance of the event and of the difficulties that the well-known health emergency brings with it, but we are equally aware that we have the human resources, the experience and the structures necessary to guarantee everyone fun and competitive spirit in a safe and secure environment”.

The event will start on June 30th, 2021, and will end on the 10th  of July, including qualifications, team races and finals.

The 2021 Optimist World Championship is organized by Fraglia Vela Riva, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, Garda Trentino and AICO – Italian Optimist Class Association.

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