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Breaking News & Announcements

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USODA Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Elections - posted Jul 1, 2022

XXVII Ora Cup Team - posted Jun 23, 2022

Final Call for USODA Board of Directors Nominatons - posted Jun 22, 2022

TTQ Sailors - Mid America Champs - posted Jun 21, 2022

2022 Niewpoortweek Team! - posted May 31, 2022

2022-23 US National Team! - posted May 27, 2022

2022 IODA South Americans Team Announced! - Posted May 16, 2022

2022 IODA Europeans Team Announced! - Posted May 10, 2022

2022 IODA Worlds Team Announced! - Posted May 9, 2022




....older announcements can be found under the News section of our website


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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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