News Sail in Wind Cup Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta 2017 Successfully Concludes
Sail in Wind Cup Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta 2017 Successfully Concludes
The Sail in Wind Cup Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta 2017 was successfully held from Aug 10-17 at Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center with the support of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) and Chinese Yachting Association.
There are four groups in the 8-day regatta, including Optimist Boys Gold, Optimist Boys Silver, Optimist Girls Gold, and Optimist Girls Silver. Over 300 campers, team leaders and coaches from 10 countries and regions, including Australia, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong (China), Macao (China), Chinese Taipei, and teams from domestic cities including Nanjing, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Rongcheng and sailing-featured schools of Qingdao took part in the event. On the evening of Aug 16, the Closing & Awarding Ceremony was held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. After 10 fierce races in five days, Zhi Hongxuan from China and Chalisa Krittanai from Thailand won the champions of Optimist Boys Gold and Optimist Girls Gold respectively. Jarrod Peter Jones from Australia and Noppassorn Khunboonjan from Thailand won the champions of Optimist Boys Silver and Optimist Girls Silver respectively.
As one of the core events of the 9th Qingdao International Sailing Week • Qingdao International Marine Festival 2017, this event is listed in the annual events of IODA. Recommended by IODA, Natalia was invited as the jury.
Besides the racing, the Organizing Committee organized all the young sailors to visit the Qingdao Polar Ocean World and a city tour to experience the beauty of the Sailing City of China. Natalia was invited to give a lecture on the latest sailing rules and cases to the young sailors and coaches. Dancing and singing performances with local characteristics were presented by young sailors from all countries and cities at the Closing & Awarding Ceremony, which has deepened the cultural communication among the sailors.
The Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta has been held for 8 consecutive years. To make this event more enjoyable and bring more fun for teenagers, the organizing committee has continuously optimized the schedule, which has expanded its influence and reputation each year. More and more teenagers from different countries and regions are coming for the event to enjoy the race with the international friends and learn about different cultures.
During the event, Qingdao has signed the Agreements on Young Sailors Exchange Program with Kiel of Germany, Western Cape of South Africa, ISSA, Singapore, Macao (China), and Zhuhai (China). Being international and teenager-oriented, Qingdao International Optimist Training Camp & Regatta has become a platform for sailing skill and cultural exchanges among international teenagers, as well as an important part of the name card of Sailing City of Qingdao. The reputation and influence of Qingdao has been rising by hosting the sailing camp and regatta, which has also promoted the development of tourism and sports industry in Qingdao.