In just 10 weeks IODA received entries from 30 countries spanning 4 continents, demonstrating how truly global the Optimist class has become and their keen interest in the Volvo race. Many of the sailors in the current Volvo teams began racing in the Optimist class so it is particularly appropriate for IODA and Volvo to come together in running this competition.
Good starts and consistent scores did the trick for fifteen-year-old Axel Sly, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, who won the 17th annual Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, held out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 19 to 21.
After seven races in tricky wind conditions Malaysian sailors Mohamad Faizal B Norisah and Ahmad Latif Khan B Ali Sahri Khan took first and second respectively.
The Sentosa Open Championship ended on Saturday but teams from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore, stayed on to take part in the first edition of the Optimist Team Racing Championship.
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Over 80 junior sailors from throughout the Caribbean and World - plus coaches, families and friends - arrived on St. Thomas this week for the 2009 Sea Star Clinic, Sea Star Team Racing Championships and the Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta.
The Sentosa Optimist Open Championship, an international event in Singapore, has just started. A turnout of 234 sailors from seven countries and three continents - Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Greece and Singapore will make it an interesting and challenging regatta.
Seventeen teams from five continents (entry list) gathered in Venice for the 23rd edition of the Trofeo Marco Rizzotti, a team racing event organised each year by the Compagnia della Vela and of the Diporto Velico Veneziano. The sailors enjoyed excellent weather conditions: sunny skies, an 8 to 12 knot breeze and a long gentle Adriatic swell.