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Mr Viggo Jacobsen, founder of IODA, turns 100 years young

by Jonas Døpping on 13 Feb 2014
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Viggo Jacobsen (the father of the Optimist Dinghy class) turns 100 on the 13th February 2014.

The first Danish optimist dinghies sailed in Vordingborg, Hvidovre, and Roskilde. The first regatta for optimist dinghies took place in Vordingborg on the 24th April 1954, this was the beginning of the optimist dinghy era in Europe.


With Mr Viggo Jacobsen at the helm, the development of this class was started. The class first spread to Norway, Great Britain, Sweden Germany, Rhodesia, Finland Austria, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and USA, and later to the rest of the world. In 1965, Mr Jacobsen took the initiative in founding IODA, the International Optimist Dinghy Association, of which Mr Jacobsen was the first president, and his wife was secretary.

Since then, there has only been progress. Mr Viggo Jacobsen was the originator not only of the world’s second largest class in sailing, but junior sailing internationally.

Today, the number of dinghies being built is about 3,500 a year. Optimist dinghies are found in more than 120 countries, and more than 200,000 optimist dinghies have been built.

The number of 200,000 optimist dinghies also means that far more than one million sailors have started their sailing careers or interest in sailing in an optimist dinghy, the dinghy whose worldwide success can be attributed to Mr Viggo Jacobsen, if any.

What Mr Jacobsen started in the sixties, really fascinated young sailors, young sailors who have later become Olympic medal winners, winners of Admirals America’s Cup or 'just' one of our many, many pleasure sailors.

To confirmed optimists, Mr Viggo Jacobsen will always be the first among equals.

Viggo Jacobsen will be celebrated at a reception in Aarhus Sailing Club (DEN) on the 13th February 2014 15:00-17:00 CET.

As a tribute to Viggo, Robert Wilkes, former Optimist class secretary, has released as a freely available document, the chapters of his historical history which relate to his great Sailing Aarhus
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