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.


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 - Trinco Blu, Trincomalee (Earlier Chaaya Blu). Official accommodation will be available from 14:00hrs May 28th until 11:00hrs June 5th. 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 May 28th and the last official meal will be breakfast on June 5th.

Opening & closing ceremonies

The Opening Ceremony will be held at Trinco Blu Hotel at 3.30 pm on 29th May & the Closing Ceremony will be held on 4th June at the same venue.

Entry guidelines

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Event schedule

For the detailed event schedule click here.


For entertainment details click here.