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1 July 2001, 04:56 pm
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Upcoming Optimist Championships

A hectic six-week period starting 30 June will see over 600 sailors from around sixty countries participating in the IODA Worlds and three of the six IODA continental championships.
The "season", dictated by northern hemisphere school holidays, includes:

IODA North American Championship (28 June - 5 July in Kingston, Canada). Entry is restricted to 30 sailors from USA and Canada, 15 from other American countries, but has neverthless attracted some 112 sailors from 10 countries.

IODA African Championship (30 June - 8 July in Alexandria, Egypt). The first ever African Optimist Championship will be contested by seven of IODA's nine African members (ALG, EGY, MAR, RSA, SEY, TUN, ZIM) plus UAE and Singapore, a magnificent response for a new event. Seychelles as a
first time participant is being sponsored by the IODA Special Projects fund.

IODA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (12 - 23 July in Qingdao, China).
Fears that the "remote" venue would reduce participation are proving without foundation. 46 nations will be the third highest entry in the history of the event and a massive increase on the 30 nation entry just twelve years ago when the Worlds was last in Asia. Eleven Asian nations
will send teams, several of them assisted by a $10,000 fund donated by the Chinese Yachting Association, and first time participants will include Sri Lanka.

IODA European Championship (1 - 8 August in Gran Canaria, Spain). Thirty four national teams are entered for the event, capped at 240 boats due to transport to the island of the mandatory charter boats. Uniquely some eighty girls sail as a separate fleet (at all other championships boys
and girls sail together.)

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