January 19 2010
Martin Lowy from Sao Paulo is the new Brazilian Optimist Champion!!
After 15 races sailed in a wide range of wind, weather and current conditions during the 6 championship days at the Yacht Clube da Bahia, Martin's victory brings the title back to the state of Sao Paulo, after a year in the hands of 'carioca' sailor Caio Freitas (people leaving in Rio de Janeiro are called 'cariocas')
"It is a great feeling, the best in the world, a sensation of something fulfilled as expected, of sheer happiness. After this successful beginning of year, now I will focus on the next championships so that I can continue being at the top," said Lowy, who became the 14 sailor from Sao Paulo that in the 38 years of the Brazilian Championship has been awarded the major title.
Second overall and first female was Claudia Mazzaferro, also from Sao Paulo. "Today was very difficult, before today's races I was 4th overall and in the end I climbed to runner-up. I am very happy with my performance and I am going to fight for a good result at the next Optimist South Americans", declared Claudia.
Felipe Rondina and Mario Mazzaferro ended tied in points, both with two bullets and two seconds, but Felipe had three thirds that earned him a place in the podium.
Local sailors from Bahia had a superb last day on the water, with several good results. Among them, Juliana Duque won one race and finished in the top-ten in the other two, thus becoming second girl, 9th overall and winning a spot in the team that will represent Brazil at the next "Sudopti" in Uruguay this year.
January 14 2010
After a rainy morning and a 2 hour postponement due to lack of wind, the Brazilian National Team Racing Championship started in 6 knots of wind with 15 teams from 7 states. The Format of the event was the IODA traditional 16 team grid, where the team that loss two races is out. During the day the shifty winsd increased slowly to near 10 knots at the semi-final and final races.
The races were held very close to the shore, between the Bahia Marina entrance and the 4th Navy District pier, from where many spectators could watch closely the sailors' fight for victory.
After 29 races, Rio de Janeiro 1 and Brasília 1 went to the finals. Brasília won the first race, and Rio the second. After mark #4 of the third race in the N course, there was a tie in points but Brasília were winning because Rio had a sailor in 1st place. During the last leg, a great teamwork allowed Rio to get a winning combination of 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th, winning for the second consecutive year the Brazilian National Team Racing Championship. Congratulations to Breno Abduklech, Pedro Leão, Lucas Farina e Rodrigo Luz!!
At night, during the National Association meeting, Rio de Janeiro won the dispute to held the 2011 National Championship. For the Optimist sailors from all over the world who plan to be in RIO at 2016 Olympic Games, It will be a great chance to get to know the Olympic course area.
January 12 2010
RONDINA LEADS BRAZILIAN NATIONAL
After 2 days and 6 races sailed, Felipe Rondina, from Brasilia-DF leads the fleet of 155 sailors from 11 states, at the 38th Brazilian national championship. “It’s very good to start leading the championship, but I have to take care not to be too relaxed. The wind is good for me, but we have nine more races until the end.”
Yesterday Claudia Mazaferro (2009 North American female winner), was leading the fleet , one point ahead of Felipe. (2th, 3rd, 1st X 1st, 1st, 3rd). Today he was more consistent and took over the lead with a 5 point advantage, once the first discard came into effect.
While on the first day the wind had been shifty and of varied intensity, today it blowed steadily at 6/8 knots during the first two races and at 12/13 knots during the last one. The strong current, close to 2 knots sometimes, was a nightmare for the sailors and the Race Committee. Yesterday, many boats were OCS because of the current effect. Today most of them learned how to deal with it, and only 2 boats were OCS, with 5 out of 6 clear starts (exellent compared to yesterday's 1 out of 6).
January 8 2010
YACHT CLUBE DA BAHIA PREPARES TO HOST THE BIGGEST SAILING EVENT IN BAHIA IN RECENT YEARS.
Summer, sunny days, clear and warm water, strong and constant winds, a big sheltered bay and all the magic that only Bahia has. No scenery could be more favourable to the organisation of one of the most important national sailing competitions. From January 07 through 17, Yacht Clube da Bahia will be holding the 38th Brazilian Optimist Championship, gathering 160 sailors on the waters of the All Saints Bay.
The Optimist is the entry level of sailing competition, being intended to sailors between 07 and 15 years of age. It is responsible for revealing the latest international sailing talents and it is sailed worldwide. The best sailors in the country have confirmed their presence in Salvador and began to arrive for training and recognition of the race area. Bahians have also been prepared with dedication to the competition, when will compete with an eleven sailors team, the fifth largest in the country. "This is the result of work started five years ago and is now giving excellent results. The work being done in YCB is a work of professional management and is forming a strong base that will place our state as a major sailing force in the country. "Explained Alan Castro, Director of Sailing YCB.
The competition will comprise 15 races valid for the championship, and an open race for racing area recognition, soon after the opening ceremony. The YCB is preparing a large structure for the championship and will have a communication center to disseminate real-time news from the competition through the club's website (http://www.icb.com.br/) and the blog of the State of Bahia Federation of Water Sports - Fenebe (http://www.feneb.blogspot.com/ ) YCB partner of this action.
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Entries in the calendar
Mar 21, 2013 - OPTIMIST SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan 7, 2010 - 38th Brazilian National Championship
Aug 4, 2009 - IODA WORLD SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP
Host of a World or Continental Championship
South American Championship
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World or Continental Champion
South American Championship
2002 - ECU - Henrique Haddad
2001 - PER - Bernardo Luz
2000 - BRA - Gustavo Mascarenhas
1986 - BRA - Ricardo Tramujas
1985 - CHI - Ricardo Tramujas
1984 - URU - Alexandre Saldanha
1981 - URU - Carlos Wanderley
1980 - ARG - Carlos Wanderley
1976 - BRA - Eduardo Melchert
1974 - BRA - John King
2011 - CHI - Tiago Brito
Second at a World Championship
1995 - FIN - Frederico Rizzo
Third at a World Championship
1981 - IRL - Edson M Araujo
First Girl at a World or Continental
1999 - FRA - Roberta Borges
South American Championship
2000 - BRA - Andrea Borges
1999 - ARG - Roberta Borges
1998 - COL - Roberta Borges
1996 - ECU - Roberta Borges
1992 - URU - Martha Oyara Rocha
2009 - ECU - Isabele Caldeira
2010 - URU - Duque, Juliana
World Team Race Champion
1991 - GRE