AHOoptimist is the Member of IODA that represents Optimist sailing in the AHO area (St. Maarten and Curacao)

Please contact the new board

  • Hans van der Gulik, president

  • Liesbeth Halbertsma, secretary general

  • Jesse Berenos, treasurer

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Participation in 2011 OPTINAM and 2011 OPTIWORLDSIf you want to participate in the OPTINAM 2011, 29 June to 7 July 2011, in Los Angelos, USA and/or the Optimist Worlds 2011, 28 December 2011 to 8 January 2012, in Napier, New Zealand you must send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a C.C. to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 21 February 2011 with your name and eventname.Ard van Aanholt qualifies for ISAF Youth WorldsDennis van den Berg, en Ard and Just van Aanholt participated in the DYR in Workum, Netherlands for one spot at the prestigious ISAF Youth Worlds that will be held in August in Turkey. Ard won the challenge by a margin of two points to Dennis. The last race was decisive as both sailors were tied on points. Just van Aanholt qualifies for Youth Olympic GamesAfter a very close competition Just finished 2 points ahead of Kevin van Otterdijk. Eugene Hendrikx finished just behind his two friends.AHO qualifier for Youth Olympic GamesIn Cannes, Frankrijk worden van 6 tot 11 april de Wereld Kampioenschappen Byte gehouden. De ranking op WK Byte, is bepalend voor wie de Nederlandse Antillen met zeilen gaat vertegenwoordigen op de eerste Youth Olympics, die in augustus in Singapore worden gehouden. De Curacaose deelnemers zijn Eugène Hendrikx, Kevin van Otterdijk en Just van Aanholt. For results visit: http://www.yachtclubdecannes.com/cms/img/CuteUploads/ch_monde_byte_10_g.htm#GRP_2    Optisur 2010 in Punta del Este on its wayLouis Hendrikx 54, Odile van Aanholt 60, Deion van Rooijen 77, Rhone Findlay 119 and Jorden van Rooijen 132, and represented AHO at the Optisur 2010 from March 25 to April 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay.For DAILY REPORTS from the Country Rep Marjolein van Aanholt visit:www.ysna.info/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=90For PICTURES visit: www.capizzano.com/sudopti2010For RESULTS visit: http://www.sudamericano2010.com.uy/tabla_resultados.html Event website: www.sudamericano2010.com.uy

AHO qualified for Youth Olympic Games

Eugene Hendrikx excelled at the he Youth Olympic Games qualifier in the Cayman Islands by finishing 2nd overall, behind Ian Barrows (ISV). Kevin van Otterdijk sailed a solid series finishin 4th. Just van Aanholt finished 9th, also within the first 4 countries. The Byte Worlds in Cannes, France (6-11 April) is the AHO qualifier as only one sailor can represent AHO at the YOG in August in Singapore. For more info and results visit: www.bytechamps.org/pages/home.asp?EventID=23

Youth Olympic Games Qualifier in Cayman Islands


The Youth Olympic Games qualifier for the North American Countries will be held in the Cayman Islands. Only four countries can gain a spot for the first Youth Olympic Games in August in Singapore. Eugene Hendrikx, Kevin van Otterdijk and Just van Aanholt wil try to win one of those spots for our country. For more info and  results visit: www.bytechamps.org/pages/home.asp?EventID=18#

ISAF Youth Worlds Qualifier for Laser Radial Boys


The Dutch Youth Regatta ( www.dutchyouthregatta.org ) that will be held from 13-16 May in Workum, The Netherlands, will be the qualifier for the Boys singlehanded Laser Radial Class. The ISAF Youth Worlds will be held from 8-17 July 2010 in Turkey.

AHO TEAM for Optisur 2010 and Optinam 2010 announced


The folowing Optimist sailors will represent the Netherlands Antilles at the Optisur 2010 that will be held from March 25 to April 4 in Punta del Este, Uruguay ( www.sudamericano2010.com.uy )

  • Louis Hendrikx
  • Deion van Rooijen
  • Jorden van Rooijen
  • Odile van Aanholt
  • Rhone Findlay

The following Optimist sailors qualified for the Optinam 2010 that will be held from June 26 to July 4 in Kingston, Canada ( www.optiworld.org/events.php )

  • Louis Hendrikx
  • Deion van Rooijen
  • Jarrik Bijsterbosch
  • Jorden van Rooijen
  • Odile van Aanholt
  • Milou Bijsterbosch
  • Rhone Findlay
  • Kevin Maas
  • Kyra Maas

Curacao Youth Championships 2010


The annual Curacao Youth Championships are coming up.

Top-Clinic: 24-27 Jan. // Championships: 29-31 Jan.

Visit the website for more info en entry: www.cyc2010.org


Restricted Optimist Championships 2010



We are getting prepared for the Restricted Optimist events in 2010. Those are:
Optinam: http://www.optiworld.org/calendarSpecific.php?keyname=10NAM
Optiworlds: http://www.optiworld.org/calendarSpecific.php?keyname=10WORLDS

You have to send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including your name and event, when you want to participate in a restricted event.

The deadlines to inform us are:

Optisur 2010:   8 December 2009

Optinam 2010: 31 December 2009

Optiworlds:     to be announced

The first 'Country Entry' deadline for Optisur (amount of sailors only) is coming up very soon.


Klein Curacao Challenge widely covered



The Klein Curacao Challenge was a great success and has been widely covered, locally and internationally. Also the website of the World body of Optisailing IODA and the National Olympic Committee of the Netherlands Antilles published nice pictures and covered the story.

IODA story ..... NAOC story .....



Ennia Banco di Caribe Optinam 2009 Team sails Klein Curacao Challenge

The nine kids that qualified for the Optinam 2009 will be challenging the rough seas between Klein Curacao and Curacao. They will most probably need more than four hours to sail the more than 30 kilometer stretch and will need to survive high seas and gusty winds. On Saturday 13th they will leave Klein Curacao at 11:00 and are expected to arrive at the Lions Dive Hotel at around 15:00 (depending on windstrength).

The kids sail The Challenge for many reasons.

Read more .....



AHO jeugdzeilers in Ecuador weer succesvol

Een 1e plaats bij de jeugd tot en met twaalf jaar, een 3e plaats bij de meisjes, een 3e plaats in de Nationscup en 5 zeilers in de top vijftig. Het Antilliaanse jeugdzeilen heeft zich tijdens de South American Optimist Championships in Salinas, Ecuador weer van de goede kant laten zien.

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AHO Optimist team in Ecuador for South Americans

Seven of our kids are representing the Netherlands Antilles in Salinas Ecuador. The wind will most probably be lighter than we usually have on Curacao. That will be quite challenging.

The Opening Ceremony took place on April 3rd and official Racing starts on April 5th.

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AHO Optimist team voor OPTINAM 2009 geselecteerd



Op het Spaanse Water vond de selectie plaats voor het AHO OPTINAM 2009 TEAM.

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Most youth sailing events are open events which means that parents can enter their children directly. Examples are St.Thomas Scotia Bank regatta, Orange Bowl in Miami, Sneekweek, Splash Worlds and many more. Some youth events are restricted. Examples are Optimist Worlds, Optimist Regional Championships and ISAF Youth Worlds. Only YSNA is authorized by IODA and NASAF to enter participants in these events. The amount of places allocated to each country is limited. Read more ......






The first 'Country Entry' deadline for Optisur (amount of sailors only) is coming up very soonKlein Curacao Challenge widely covered CYC 2009 WILL NOT TAKE PLACE

The Optinam 2008 was a great success. It has been a wonderful experience for all parties involved (participants, sponsors, volunteers etc.) On the other hand  read more ......

Philipine van Aanholt, Girls World Champion Splash 2008

In Tavira, Portugal is Philipine de eerste Curacaose jeugdzeiler geworden die met een officiele ISAF Wereldtitel naar huis is gegaan. Read more ......

YSNA proud organiser of the OPTINAM 2008
YSNA is proud to be the organiser of the Optinam 2008 (North American Optimist Championships). More than 200 top youth sailors will represent around 25 countries from 5 continents.



Minister of Sports Omayra Leeflang whishes all 2008 AHO teams good luck and good sportsmanship




15 May 2008:          OPTINAM TEAM AHO COMPLETED TO 15




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