Viggo JACOBSEN, president of the Optimist Class for it's first eighteen years from 1965 to 1982, celebrates on 13 February his ninetieth birthday in his home club of Aarhus, Denmark.
When founded IODA had just just seven members countries on two continents: by the time Viggo retired in 1982 its had 44 on all six continents and 30 nations at its Worlds!
In that period he had overseen such daring innovations as the introduction of toe-straps, metal spars and, critical for the Class, competitive fibreglass hulls. Throughout he was aided as Class secretary by his wife Edith who sadly died in 2002.
More happily Viggo is a great-grandfather of Charlotte who has already been taken travelling "to visit some of our Optimist friends."
Full history of the Optimist Class is available on the class website at the address below.