Teddy Nicolosi (ISV) North American Champion
Sunday, July 12
Final Results can be found here
After extremely windy days and challenging wave conditions throughout the entire regatta, the 2015 Seaboard Marine North American Championship is now concluded. The new North American Champion is Teddy Nicolosi (ISV) followed by Rocco Falcone (ANT), and Emma Cowles (USA). Emma Cowles was also the first place girl. One hundred and sixty two sailors from 23 countries competed for the North American title. Forty (or twenty five percent) of the competitors were girls.
Teddy Nicolosi of U.S. Virgin Islands in full concentration:
Emma Cowles of the USA is First Place Girl:
First place overall goes to Yi Nian Koh (SIN). second place to Teddy Nicolosi (ISV), and third place to Massimo Contessi (ARG).
Yi Nian Koh (SIN) surfing down a wave:
Saturday, July 11
Fleets for today can be found here
Results from the Team Racing Championship can be found here
Results from the Nations Cup 2015 can be found here
Thursday, July 9
Today was the team racing with the course set close to the shore enabling the spectators to enjoy the action. The wind was a steady 12-16 knots - perfect conditions. The North American Team Racing Championship was won by USA1 who beat ISV1 three wins to two. The Nations Cup was won by Singapore again in a close fought final against Argentina.
Full results here
Friday is a lay day with fleet racing continuing on Saturday.
Tuesday, July 7
Fleets for tomorrow can be found here
Results from Three races today can be found here
It was an early morning for the sailors today, with the coaches' meeting in the Dockyard at 0900. Delta flag was hoisted at 0945 and the competitors were instructed to launch in order of their fleets, causing them to arrive on course pretty much in their group and ready for the start.Racing started promptly at 1100.
Winds were between 12 - 20 knots and sailing conditions were spectacular. Some difficulty was had by the mark boat when the course was adjusted between race 1 and 2 (due to depth).
The first three sailors are tied in points: Yi Nian Koh and James Koh of Singapore are in first and second place with Benjamin Fuenzalida in third.
Teddy Nicolosi, of St Thomas leads the North Americans with fourth overall, and Carmen Cowles and her sister Emma are first and second North American girls. Rocco Falcone of the host nation is eighth overall.
Races scheduled to start again tomorrow at 1100.
Monday, July 6
Report from today's Practice Race:
This afternoon's conditions for the practice race did not disappoint. Winds were steady at 18 knots with 6-8 foot waves. The Race Committee set up at the entrance to English Harbour, and the tremendous depths of the waters made it a bit tricky to establish anchorage. As usual there were several starts offered to the competitors to let them try out their starting tactics and get used to the sequence that will be used in the fleet racing that starts tomorrow. There were 44 sailors OCS. Typically for the practice race not everyone chose to cross the finish line - there were 35 finishers.
Fleets for tomorrow's racing can be found here
Sunday, July 5
The Opening Ceremony Dazzles in Antigua
Earlier tonight on the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, the 2015 Seaboard Marine Optimist North American Championship really got started with the spectacular Opening Ceremony. Led by the Drum Corp of the Antigua Defense Force, the competitors started marching from the Antigua Yacht Club to Nelson's Dockyard. Along the way, members of sailing life in Antigua joined them, including representatives from the National Sailing Academy, the Marine Registration, and the Ministry of Sports,
The large group assembled at the back of the Cooper and Lumber Hotel, where the stage and seating were arranged, and the rest of the program unfolded. This historic area was settled in 1632 by intrepid explorers and it still very much reflects a spirit of seafaring ‘adventure’.
The teams were then officially presented one by one on the stage. A nice picture of the sailors from Chile – love the nautical stripes!
The program included an opportunity for officials to participate as well and speeches were given by the Chairman of the Antiguan Committee, the Commissioner of National Parks,and the Minister of Tourism. The IODA VP of the Americas, Jose Nigaglioni, is shown here giving the athletes a warm welcome to the Championship.
The islands of Antigua and Barbuda have a rich cultural and historical heritage, and this was certainly captured tonight in the music and dance of the various performers. The Shiva Dance Group, and Lacu Samuel and Asher Otto gave a taste of the rich culture of the island's music and dance, entertaining the audience between the speeches.
The performers even involved the sailors, inviting them onstage, and everyone had a magnificent experience of island hospitality with Tizzy singing "Antigua Nice", and the Mas troupes dancing down into the audience. The evening really just became a great big enjoyable party!
Everyone enjoyed BBQ and refreshments immediately following the stage presentation, and were treated to a big finale of spectacular fireworks.
Many more pictures taken by Matias Capizzano of these Opening Ceremonies can be seen here:
Saturday, July 4
Report from Antigua – Host to the Seaboard Marine 2015 North American Championship July 5 - 12
Teams have started to arrive in English Harbour, Antigua these past few days in preparation for the Seaboard Marine 2015 Optimist North American Championship. The relaxed pace of island life is quickly changing into one of cheerful activity as sailors from Bermuda, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, St. Lucia, Switzerland, US Virgin Islands, Canada and the USA pick up their charter boats and move through measurement.
Team Brazil getting ready to move into the Measurement area this morning:
Many sailors were also out on the water yesterday to test the conditions. A 20 knot breeze blew steadily in the morning, decreasing to 17 knots in the late afternoon, with big swells and white caps. Similar weather is forecast to continue for the duration of the regatta, promising a challenging event.
We would especially like to welcome TEAM BELIZE – this is the first time Belize has ever attended an IODA Championship:
Watch this space over the next few days for more updates on the racing and the regatta experience in beautiful and historic Antigua!
The North American Championships are set to commence in English Harbour, Antigua, 5th July.
The Notice of Race can be found here.