Please note that the below are the dates of the actual regatta.  Teams will be leaving at least 7 to 10 days prior. 

 2023 IODA Championships 

  • 2023 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship – Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club, Abu Dhabi – 29th Oct to 5th November
 2024 IODA Championships
  • 2024 Optimist European Championship – Club Nautico Marina di Carrara, Italy – 29th June to 6th July
  • 2024 North American Championship – Puerto Rico – 13th to 20th July 
  • 2024 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship – Marve Sailing Club, Mumbia, India – 5th to 12th November
  • 2024 Optimist World Championship – Mar del Plata, Argentina – 5th to 15th December

 2025 IODA Championships

  • 2025 Optimist European Championship – Cesme Izmir, Turkey – 15th to June 22nd June.
  • 2025 Optimist Asian & Oceanian Championship – tbc
  • 2025 Optimist World Championship – Portoroz, Slovenia – 26th June to 7th July.

All experienced coaches heading off to IODA events will  need to have obtained their own liability insurance.

About IODA

IODA is the international body that groups national Optimist associations in charge of the regulation and development of the Optimist sailing in each country.

Why does IODA exist?

The object of the Class is to provide racing for young people at low cost.

The objects of the Association are:

a)  To administer the International Optimist Dinghy Class in accordance with World Sailing requirements, and to see that the Class Rules are observed.

b)  To promote the International Optimist Dinghy and the Class

c)  To establish Conditions for the Optimist World and Continental Championships and determine where they are to be held.

Keep up to date with all IODA Events and News HERE

Host an IODA event. Notes on Bidding

Ever considered hosting an IODA event? Here, you’ll find all the resources you need to kick-start the process to what will be a rewarding and prestigious accolade to log in your sailing club’s history.

There are so many long-term benefits to your sailing club that come from hosting, which is why the information below can help you kick-start the process.

Your free resources below include notes on bidding, the administrative requirements, mandatory guidelines, bid forms, handbooks and links to some previous championship sites.

Good luck! It’s an intensive but hugely rewarding experience.

Notes on Bidding for an IODA Championship

Important Documentation:

2023 IODA Handbook of Conditions for Championships

Bid Form March 2020 FINAL V3

Bid Guidelines for IODA Power Point Presentation

Please also refer to the IODA Website on Bids HERE


Recycled Optimist Parts and Equipment


The 2023 IODA Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on June 22nd at La Ballena Alegre, Costa Brava, Spain during the 2023 Optimist World Championship.
A total of 48 Countries were registered and we received 9 Proxy votes totaling a representation of 57 Members at the AGM. We also had 10 Observers officially registered to attend the meeting. 
The AGM started with IODA President, Kevin Whitcraft proposed Chair the meeting.
The first item of business was the approval of the 2022 AGM Minutes.
To view the 2022 AGM Minutes, go here.
IODA President, Kevin Whitcraft presented his report followed by the Vice President of Africa, Asia & Oceania, Ajay Narang; VP Americas, Sigrid Beckman; and then VP Europe, Carmen Casco presenting their reports on the global 2022 Optimist Class activities and initiatives in their region and the plans for IODA for the coming year.
To read the written President’s Report, go here.
To view the President’s Report presented at the AGM, including the IODA Coach Development Program report, go here.
To read the written VP Africa, Asia & Oceania’s Report, go here.
To view the VP Africa, Asia & Oceania’s Report presented at the AGM, go here.
To read the written VP America’s Report, go here.
To view the VP America’s Report presented at the AGM, including the ROPE Program report, go here.
To read the written VP Europe’s Report, go here.
To view the VP Europe’s Report presented at the AGM, go here.
The Technical Committee Chair, Olive Parker, reported on the technical class activities over the past year that included IODA Championship Measurement, measurement seminars, reviewing templates and class rules, plus information on the new equipment RFID tags, as well as the TC plans for the future.
To read the Technical Committee Chair’s Report go here.
To view the Technical Committee Chair’s Report presented at the AGM, go here.
This was followed by a report from the Regatta Committee Chair, Ricardo Navarro regarding the 2023 Championships, development of race officials and other capabilities in the delivery of IODA events, plus the creation of a history Microsite. This was Ricardo’s last report as Chair of the Regatta Committee as he is retiring from IODA after 12 years of service.
To read the Regatta Committee Chair’s Report go here.
To view the Regatta Committee Chair’s Report presented at the AGM, go here.
The President presented the 2022 Audited Financial Statements. IODA had strong Plaque and Sail Label sales, plus increased IODA Championship Fees and Member Subscription Dues resulting in a profit on the year. The 2022 Audited Financial Statements were approved by the Members.
To read the Finance Report go here.
There were no fee changes proposed for the Subscriptions Dues, Plaque Fees, or Championship Fees, so all are remaining the same for 2024.  The Members re-confirmed that the spar and foil label fees of $5 USD each will be introduced on January 1, 2024.
Article & Championship Proposals:
All 18 Executive Proposals were approved. Sixteen of them involved housekeeping changes to the Championship Conditions regarding # of North American team sizes at the South Americans, Perpetual Trophies, Officials, and Team Racing at our IODA Continental Championships.  
The remaining two Article Changes involved updating Article 5 clarifying the organizational structure and code of conduct.
To review the Executive Committee Proposals, go here.
Class Rule Changes:
All four Class Rule Changes were approved.  Although they have been approved by the Members at the AGM, the next step is for the changes to be approved by World Sailing. This process will take a few months. The Class Rule changes if approved will come into effect on January 1, 2024.
To review the Class Rule Changes, go here.
Member Proposals:
We received three Proposals from Members. ITA’s and ESP’s proposals were withdrawn. PUR’s proposal was approved.
To review the three Member Proposals, go here.
Election Results:
The following persons were elected by acclamation as Members of the Executive Committee.
  • Kevin Whitcraft, President
  • Carmen Casco, VP Europe
The following persons were elected by acclamation as Members of the Technical Committee
  • Olive Parker, (IRL)
  • Ale Williman, (URG)
The following persons were elected as Members of the Regatta Committee.
  • Miguel Amaral (POR), IRO
  • Andrez Perez (ESP), IJ
The final item of business was the approval of Beierholm, from Aalborg, Denmark as the auditor for the 2023 IODA Financial Statements.
At the conclusion of the AGM, Ricardo Navarro, was elected as an IODA Officer of Honour in recognition for his 12 years of exemplary service as a member and Chair of the Regatta Committee, and for his role and many years on the Executive Committee.
Ricardo received a beautiful Image Book created by award winning photographer Matias Capizzano with images from events throughout his 12 years at IODA. It was signed by many people far and wide who have worked with Ricardo over the years.
The Executive Committee would like to thank all our members for sending their representatives to attend the 2023 AGM or providing their Proxies if they were unable to attend.
The feedback, discussion and ideas expressed at the AGM were much appreciated and the Executive Committee has taken all the comments under advisement and will work towards finding solutions to issues of concern.
2024 AGM:
Next year, the AGM will be held during the 2024 Optimist World Championship being held in Mar del Plata, ARG, from December 5 to 15th. The tentative date for the 2024 AGM is December 12, 2024.
We hope as many members as possible will join at the 2024 AGM next year.  
50th Anniversary Video:
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of IODA, a special video was created by Matias Capizzano that captures the spirit of the class over the past 60 years of World Championships titled ‘Making Opti Memories for 50 Years’. Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to share!
50Th Anniversario IODA Worlds HD


Updated 13.09.23

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