Today is the Official Arrival Day of the 2019 Optimist North American Championship hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club, in Nassau, Bahamas. It has been a tumultuous few weeks leading up to this day for the Organizers of this Championship, as it was only a few short weeks ago that Hurricane Dorian devasted the northern islands of Abaco and Grand Bahamas.
164 sailors from 20 countries have been flocking to Nassau over the past few days in anticipation of the championship.
The Optimist Sailing Community has come together to initiate numerous fund raising activities to help sailors and families that were effected by the hurricane.
Sigrid Beckmann, VP Americas, summed it up perfectly in her Welcome address, “Life in all the islands has drastically changed forever, however, the spirit of our Bahamian friends remains strong. Let our international sailing family bring hope, kindness and optimism to our hospitable and warm friends.”
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