NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT 2017 SAMS
The sailing conditions of the 2017 Optimist South American Championships came in like a lion and out like a lamb.
The event started in torrential rain and stormy conditions that tested all 130 sailors from 11 nations. Five races were completed in the first two days of competition.
On day three of the championship, the 2017 South American Team Racing and Nations Cup were held in perfect conditions. Team ARG 3 was crowned the 2017 South American Team Racing Champions just beating out their teammates from ARG 1. Third place was followed up by PER 1.
In the Nations Cup, USA Team 1 beat out USA 3. ISV 1 won their match with BER to finish up third in the Nations Cup.
Unfortunately, the wind never came back for the final two days of fleet racing. Only one race was completed on the last day in the final series.
After 6 races, the 2017 South American Champion is Florencia Chiarella (PER) who took the top spot with 20 points just edging out Maximo Videla (ARG) by just 1 point. Maximo was on the top of the leaderboard heading into the final series. Although Florencia did not have her best final race, with a throw out, she had consistent top-7 finishes to put her on top of the podium.
Third and fourth place overall were Florencia’s teammates from PER, Stefano Viale with 24 points and Palona Susana Poggione with 26 points. The top 10 finishers are as follows:
- Florencia Chiarella (PER)
- Maximo Videla (ARG)
- Stefano Viale (PER)
- Paloma Susana Poggione (PER)
- Dante Parodi (CHI)
- Vanessa Lahrkamp (USA)
- Lucas Videla (ARG)
- Amparo Stupenengo Pefaur (ARG)
- Daven Subbiah (USA)
- Juan Diego Risso(URU)
The 2017 Optimist South American Championship was organized and hosted by the Yacht Club Ypacarai, in Encanacion, PAR.