IODA Asian OPTIMIST Championship 2012

We are pleased to inform you that the Yachting Association of Sri Lanka has successfully bid for the INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST DINGHY ASSOCIATION ASIAN CHAMIONSHIPS (IODA), 2012. The Optimist is the most popular youth class (15 years and under) sailing dinghy, of which some 200,000 have been manufactured to date & sailed.

The 2012 Asian Championships will be held in Trincomalee from 2nd - 10th June, sailing off the beach in the vicinity of the Chaaya Blu Hotel.

Optimists are designed for kids. They can handle them without danger, fear or back-strain. It is quite simply, the boat in which the young people of the world learn to sail. It is also the fastest growing single handed boat.

As you are aware, a total of 50 boats competed in the 2005 Enterprise Worlds & another 48 boats in 2010 GP-14 Worlds Regatta hosted by the Yachting Association of Sri Lanka, which were very successful completed events.

It is expected that the IODA Asian 2012 Sri Lanka event will attract close to 120 boats, from all the Asian countries, Oceania & Middle East. We expect at least fourteen entries from Sri Lanka and each of the other participating countries will be eligible to enter a maximum of seven entries.

We have established a web page for the Sri Lanka event, which can be viewed at

We sincerely hope you consider taking part in the 2012 IODA Asian Championships in Sri Lanka from 2nd - 10th June.


The logo theme

The Logo/Mascot for the IODA Asian Championship depicts a child Sailor in an Optimist Boat while the ripples below, symbolizes the colours of the Sri Lankan National Flag.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation arrangements for both competitors and team officials will be at 4-star hotel - Chaaya Blu, Trincomalee. Official accommodation will be available from 14:00 June 2nd until 11:00 June 10th. All meals will be provided during this period. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel and packed lunches will be delivered on the racing days. The first official meal will be dinner on June 2nd and the last official meal will be breakfast on June 10th.

Opening & closing ceremonies

The Opening Ceremony will be held at Chaaya Blu Hotel at 3.30 pm on 3rd June & the Closing Ceremony will be held on 9th June at the same venue.

Entry guidelines

The Preliminary Entry Form and a payment of 50% of the total required fees should be received by the Organizing Committee no later than February 22nd, 2012.
The Second Entry Form and a payment of 50% of the total required fees should be received by the Organizing Committee no later than April 23rd, 2012.

The Final Entry Form should be returned to the Organizing Committee as soon as the members of the delegation are defined but not later than May 23rd, 2012.

Event schedule

For the detailed event schedule click here.


For entertainment details click here.