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.
The South American Championships have just ended, the winner decided on the final race. Arthur Fortune, from Guadeloupe – France was the leader going into the last race but he had to return home earlier than expected due to a last-minute change in his flight schedule and was not able to sail race 12.
The Chinese National Optimist Championship 2009, held in Hainan Province, attracted 75 !! sailors representing 6 cities and 9 provinces (Hangzhou City, Guizhou City, Qingdao City, Shanghai City, Gansu Province, Ningbo Province, Fujian Province, Shandong Province, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, Zhejiang Province, Tibet Autonomous Region, Quanzhou City,
Fully qualified Optimist tutor required for the annual Sailing School in Zimbabwe April 24th - 1st May 2009.
The new CR 220.127.116.11, as amended by the AGM in July 2008 and effective since January 2009, restricted the length of the outhaul rope to 1m. The IODA Technical Committee have verified that for some standard manufactured booms, a rope of this length results in a very small amount of rope available for a sailor to trim the outhaul.
The first half of the month saw more than 700 sailors from 49 countries attend five international regattas organised in different parts of the world: Qatar, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Spain and USA were hosts to sailors from 5 continents.
In response to the demand of the IODA members in the recent championships, the Team Racing events of the class have been modified in an attempt to bring them closer to other major team racing events. These changes will in provide our sailors with experience that will be directly applicable in their adult sailing life.
We welcome new members Iran and Senegal, increasing our membership to 106 countries (105). It was a pleasure to see new 2007 members Macedonia FYR and Montenegro attending the IODA Worlds in Turkey this year.