One of the great things about attending international events is trading gear with all of the other competitors. It’s so awesome to trade T-shirts, rash guards, and life jackets with kids from other countries. My older brother and sister raced at IODA events too so not only did we get to meet sailors from all over we came home with team gear from Sweden, Norway, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia and Bermuda—and that’s just off the top of my head.
Some trading tips:
And, from the Parent Guide for IODA event teams:
- For the sailors, “Trader items” are important at the end of the IODA event. At international events, sailors will often trade shirts, hats, life jackets, jackets etc… with sailors from other countries. This is a tradition at IODA events and adds to the memorable experience. It is a fun for all sailors as they interact and make friends with kids from other countries. It is however, important for parents to establish clear guidelines with the sailor about what can/cannot be traded before the event, as once an item has been traded, it is almost impossible to have it returned.