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10 February 2010, 10:00 am
El Salvador Optimist fleet restored after Hurricane Ida
Stil buried - the community house where the Optimist fleet used to be stored
The community house in Apulo where the optimist dinghies were once stored, still buried in many meters of mud.

International Optimist Dinghy Association News

Six replacement Optimists are this week being shipped to replace those destroyed last November by Hurricane Ida.
Due to the generosity of optimist builder Shanghai Far East and a "6 for 5" grant from the International Optimist Dinghy Association, the replacement boats will be supplied at less than ex-factory cost.

The Optimist fleet at Apulo on Lake Ilopango near San Salvador was completely destroyed by a mudslide which engulfed the community house where they were stored.

Limited funding to replace much of the equipment, has been provided to the FESAVELA (Salvador Sailing Federation) by the El Salvador National Sports Authority. That, combined with the Shanghai Far East and IODA subsidies, has been enough to provide six new GRP optimist boats.

Despite storage for the boats still being unavailable, the young sailors continue to train and although sailing has always been an important part of their lives, according to their coach Victoria Guidi, since the storms, they have really used it as a way to overcome the disaster.

To continue the motivation of the revived fleet, FESAVELA are now sending two skippers from San Agustin, to the IODA South American Championship in Uruguay at Easter. This has again been made possible by a Regional Regatta grant from IODA.

More information on IODA grants can be found on our website: http://www.optiworld.org/develop.php

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