This progress had already included participation in the "South East European Optimist Championship" which is held annually on Lake Palic in Serbia and last year attracted 71 sailors from 8 countries.
IODA immediately agreed a "6 for 5" grant towards the purchase of 12 new Optimists and builder Far East Shanghai, one of several which generously help in IODA's development work, offered to supply at ex-factory cost. Six months later the Federation had obtained the necessary local sponsorship and it is hoped to deliver the boats early in the new year.
Armenia follows Albania, Costa Rica, Iran, Mozambique and Sudan in joining IODA recently and is the 22nd national Optimist fleet to have been created or radically regenerated in the last ten years.
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