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.

Schedule of Events


2nd - 10th June 2012
Trincomalee – Sri Lanka

Friday, June 1 Early Arrival and Measurement.
Saturday, June 2 Official Arrival Day.
Registration and Measurement.
Official accommodation available from 14:00.
Sunday, June 3 Registration and Measurement.
Team Leaders Meeting.
Practice Race.
Opening Ceremony.
Monday, June 4 IAC, Races.
Tuesday, June 5 IAC, Races.
Wednesday, June 6 TRAC, Races.
Thursday, June 7 Spare day.
Friday, June 8 IAC, Races.
Saturday, June 9 IAC, Races.
Closing Ceremony.
Sunday, June 10 Official Departure Day.