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October 21, 2020 – For immediate release



USODA Announces Re-Launch of ODP2 Program


Dear Sailors and Parents,


The USNT is excited to announce the relaunch of the ODP2 for Optimist development level programming!


We know it’s been difficult times for all of us dealing with coronavirus. With local sailing programs reopening and regional regattas happening we want ODP2 to be an important part of getting Optimist sailors back on the water.


Of course, our top priority will be keeping all participants and supporters healthy and safe. ODP2 will have clear protocols and planning for each practice which will be carefully followed.


With National Program Director Justine O’Connor moving to US Sailing’s operational team, we are excited to announce that Scott Lindley will be leading our 2020-21 national efforts. Scott is already hard at work with our regional development coordinators on our 2021 schedule, which will include the very best coaching and opportunities for your sailors to make big gains in their Opti racing.


Registration and details will be up on the ODP2 pages at www.USODA.org soon. All sailors from the

2019-2020 ODP2 who choose to continue on the 2020-21 squad are welcome to participate. Additional sailors will have the opportunity to become part of ODP2 in the coming months – stay tuned for qualifying opportunities.


Our plan is to kick off the reopening of ODP2 with a national meeting at Southern Yacht Club just prior to the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl/Optimist Midwinter Championship.


We are excited and more focused than ever to raise the level of Optimist sailing in the USA. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you soon!



The mission of the United States Optimist Development Program (ODP2) is:

  • To develop Team Trials Qualified sailors into top-level Optimist sailors by providing regionally based, high-level practice opportunities with top Optimist coaches;
  • To enhance sailors’ development through intensive regional practices and national meetings, providing detailed feedback and ongoing dialogue from coaches;
  • To develop and prepare sailors for a future invitation to the US National Team;
  • To create pathways for sailors to bridge to other classes of youth racing and US development programs for the Olympic Classes;
  • To prepare sailors to be well versed in the fundamentals of sailboats, seamanship and competition.

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USODA is the National class organization for Optimist sailing in the United States. 


The United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) has helped grow interest in sailing and would like you to join us in developing lifelong sailors.

Our mission is simple:

USODA will support and sustain junior sailors, their families, and junior sailing programs with leadership, information, and organization which facilitates the growth of Optimist sailing at all levels. We will accomplish this while promoting fun, safety, self-reliance, and good sportsmanship.


USODA is a 501(c)(3) educational organization, able to receive tax deductible contributions from individuals. Its interest is in promoting a boat, the International Optimist Dinghy (IOD), and promoting sailing across the United States. 

The USODA is the US member of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA). This association coordinates rules and standards for the Optimist as a strict One Design class. IODA is a member of World Sailing. US Sailing oversees sailing in the USA.


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