Here we let the Optimist class do a little boasting:
Sally Burnett, Secretary
International Optimist Dinghy Association
64 countries at IODA Continentals this month
The last two weeks has seen the IODA Continental Championships in North America, Europe and Africa all coinciding.
192 sailors from 22 countries were at the North Americans in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, 247 sailors from 41 countries were in Piran, Slovenia for the Europeans and 51 sailors from 9 countries are currently racing at the Africans in Richards Bay, South Africa. Only 5 countries have entered teams for more than one championship so a total of 490 sailors from 64 countries have been competing in IODA Continental Championships since the beginning of July.
The optimist class continues to be one of the largest and most active international classes in the world. It is the only dinghy recognised by ISAF exclusively for under 16s.
North Americans: http://optinam2009.org/
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