IODA Asian & Oceanian Optimist Championship 2016

We are pleased to inform you that the Yachting Association of Sri Lanka has successfully bid for the INTERNATIONAL OPTIMIST DINGHY ASSOCIATION ASIAN &OCEANIAN CHAMPIONSHIP (IODA), 2016. 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 2016 Asian & Oceanian Championships will be held in Trincomalee from 28th May to 5th June, sailing off the beach in the vicinity of the Cinnamon 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.

We are happy to mention that we were able to hold the IODA Asian 2012 at the same venue and the Foreign Country Representatives who were overwhelmed with the arrangements commented that this was one of the best organized IODA Event they had participated in recent history.

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 & Oceanian Championship 2016 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 2016 IODA Asian Championships in Sri Lanka from 28th May to 5th June 2016.



  • Competitors and team officials will be housed in 4-star hotel Trinco Blu (Earlier Chaaya Blu) Trincomalee. Official accommodation will be available from 1400 on 28th May 2016 until 1100 on June 5th 2016.
  • All three meals will be provided. 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 May 28th 2016 and the last official meal will be breakfast on June 5th 2016.
  • A damage deposit of EUR 100 per room may be charged by the hotel and will be refunded if no damage has occurred. The damage deposit and other extra charges will be paid directly to the hotel and may be paid cash or by credit card.
  • Special food can be provided if requested in advance. Please send any special request filling in the relevant field in the Second Entry Form.


  • Teams wishing to arrive before the official arrival date should contact the organisers in order to book accommodation. The daily fee per person per day will be USD 180 (full board).
  • Please make reservations before 15th February 2016 to guarantee availability.
  • Club facilities will be open from May 25th 2016.


  • It is possible to rent a support boat to be used before the Official Arrival day at USD 200 per boat per day excluding fuel. Reservation of such boats shall be made by filling in the relevant fields in the Support Boat Reservation Form and by transferring a sum equivalent to the total amount, which shall be received on or before February 15th 2016 to guarantee rate. Allocation of early arrival support boats will be made in order of arrival.
  • Late reservations and payments of pre-Championship support boats will incur a surcharge of 20%.


  • Charter boats will also be available before the Official Arrival Day at USD 65 per boat per day. Reservations of pre-Championship charter boats shall be made by filling in the relevant fields in the Charter Boat Reservation Form and transferring 100% of the fees, which shall be received on or before February 15th 2016.
  • Late reservations and payments of pre-Championship charter boats will incur a surcharge of 20%.


  • Transportation to and from Bandaranayaka International Airport will be provided at UAD 95 per person per way (Minimum 3 in a minibus). Transportation fees shall be paid for together with the second payment of entry fees before February 15th 2016.


  • Supporters shall make reservations through organizing Committee.


  • To enhance the friendship between the competitors and to make their stay in Sri Lanka more enjoyable, appropriate social events will be organised. Casual attire.


  • H.1. Each team is kindly requested to bring its own National Flag (100cm x 150cm) and the National Anthem recorded on CD.
  • H.2. There are no medical precautions that need to be taken entering Sri Lanka. However, please check.....


Daytime temperature

28 - 32°C

Water temperature

26 - 28°C

Prevailing wind direction

N - E

Wind speed

8 - 20 knots

Hours of good wind



1 – 2.5m


0.5 – 1.5 knots


  • Delegations shall contact a Sri Lankan Embassy or Consulate in their country to get the latest visa requirements.


  • There will be spectator boats available at USD 50 per person per day. Official members of the delegations will be charged a reduced fee of USD 25 per day.


  • Chandlery and repairs will be available at the shore venue.

Entry fees will be USD 700 per competitor and per adult. Accommodation and meals are included in the entry fee for the duration of the Championship (from the Official Arrival day to the Official Departure day inclusive).