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November 16, 2020

Important Information – 2021 Team Trials


As previously communicated, Team Trials in 2021 will be an open event, meaning USODA events prior to Team Trials are not qualifiers for the event.  It is important that everyone understands that ‘Open’ does not mean ‘Uncapped’.  In an effort to help Lakewood YC with their planning, and to maintain a high-quality Team Trials event, we are going to handle 2021 Team Trials registration a bit differently.  We are asking that anyone who intends to participate in 2021 Team Trials indicate that interest by registering online and paying a $5 non-refundable deposit.


Please note this is purely an indication of interest at this time, and only after invoices for the balance of the entry fee are issued and paid will online registration for the regatta be complete. 


Part of this online indication of interest registration will include collection of additional data:

  • Confirmation of Team Trial Readiness
  • Name of Coach
  • Was the sailor TTQ in 2020
  • T-Shirt Size
  • Interested/Not Interested in being considered for (preliminary list, subject to change):
    • IODA World, European, North American and Asian Championships*
    • Nieuwpoortweek Regatta*
    • Irish Nationals*
    • CORK (Girls only)*


*IMPORTANT:  Sailor selection for these events will be based off of the final results from the 2021 Team Trials.  Indicating your sailor is interested does not mean they will be selected.  If you are unsure if your sailor is interested, we recommend you select ‘Interested’, as you can always decline an invitation.  Alternatively, if you know your sailor is not interested in being considered for a spot on any of these teams, selecting ‘Not Interested’ will help speed up the selection process for the International Committee. 


If you have any questions, please reach out to our class Executive Director, Beth Danilek at usoda@usoda.org or 609-510-0798.

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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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