Coaches Selected for 2021 Summer & Fall International Teams


IODA Optimist World Championship
Coach - Pepe Bettini
Team Leader - Fernando (Happy) Alegre


IODA Optimist European Championship
Coach - Edgar Diminich
Team Leader - Lior Lavie


IODA Optimist North American Championship
Coaches - Omari Scott, Atlantic Brugman, Juan Carlos Romero
Team Leader - MacKenzie McGuckin


IODA South American Championship
Coaches - Mike Dowd, Santiago (Tino) Galan
Team Leader - Sebastian Peri Brusa


IODA Asian & Oceanian Championship
Coach - Diunieski (Koky) Gutierrez
Team Leader - Marek Valasek


Topsport Vlaanderen Nieuwpoortweek Regatta
Coaches - Christian Noe, Martin Borrallo


Irish Nationals
Senior Coaches - Arthur Blodgett, Jack Barton
Junior Coach - Scott Lindley


French Nationals (Girls Event)
Coach - Morgan Collins

On behalf of the International Committee we would like to thank all of the coaches who applied for a 2021 summer & fall international team. This years selection process has been the most competitive ever, 34 coaches applied for nineteen positions, a 8% chance of being selected to a position, making the competition fierce and our task difficult.

The process of selecting coaches includes review of objective and subjective materials, discussions as a committee, and a tally vote system. In truth, it is usually difficult for us to point to obvious weaknesses, when so many of you have demonstrated real achievement and promise. In our selections we strived for a balance of coaching experiences, a cohesion of the coaches & team leaders, development for both the sailors and coaches, as well as, regatta management, event strategy, and performance strategy needed for the teams.For those coaches who were not selected, we hope that you will understand the decisions as a reflection only of the extraordinary talent represented in the applicant pool, not a judgement about your own abilities. All 34 coaches are fully capable of adding value to our USA teams. Thus, we will be sharing your names to the USNT and ODP2 programs. Please apply again, as we look forward to you coaching a USA Team in the near future.

International Committee:
Allison Pine, Chair
Chris Hamilton
Kristin Doble
Jane Walshe
Blake MacDiarmid
Cambrey Rogers
MaryEllen Cundey
Kelly Alfortish

2021 Summer and Fall International Events and Travel Dates

IODA Optimist World Championship
Riva del Garda, Italy 
June 30 - July 10, 2021 
Travel Dates: June 23 & July 11


IODA Optimist European Championship
Cadiz, Spain 
June 20 - 27, 2021
Travel Dates: June 17 & 27


IODA Optimist North American Championship
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
May 29 - June 5, 2021
Travel Dates: May 26 & June 5


IODA South American Championship
Mar del Plata, Argentina
November 6 - 13, 2021
Travel Dates (tentative): November 4 & 13


IODA Asian & Oceanian Championship
Royal Varuna Yacht Club, Thailand
November 6 - 13, 2021
Travel Dates (tentative): November 3 & 13


Topsport Vlaanderen Nieuwpoortweek Regatta
Flanders, Belgium
July 3 - 7, 2021
Travel Dates: June 29 & July 8


Irish Nationals
Lough Derg Yacht Club, Ireland
August 19 - 22, 2021
Travel Dates: August 15 & 23


French Nationals (Girls Event)
TBD, France
Dates: TBD

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