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 www.yasl.info
We sincerely hope you consider taking part in the 2016 IODA Asian Championships in Sri Lanka from 28th May to 5th June 2016.