Optimist North American Championships 2013
Shawn Harvey crowned American Champion
Today a seventh and final race was sailed to complete the 2013 Optimist North American Championships in extremely light 5 - 6 knot conditions out on the Great Sound. Argentina’s Dante’s Cittadini continued his consistent romp, scoring a 3rd place to win the regatta by comfortable margin of 12 points over Singapore sailor Samuel Neo. Neo steadily rose through the ranks throughout the event to equal his 2nd place finish at the 2012 Optinam in Mexico last year. Martina Pisani from Argentina took the 3rd overall position and the top female spot.
American Shawn Harvey was sitting in 2nd place overall prior to the last race but his 21st place in the final race dropped him down to 4th overall. However, as the highest placing sailor from North America, Harvey is officially the North American Champion. Ceci Wollmann from Bermuda was the top North American Girl and 9th overall.
Celebrations after a day of team racing © Capizzano
USA Team 2 and Singapore emerged as eventual winners in the Optinam team racing event after many hard fought battles on the flat waters of Hamilton Harbour on Sunday. The one-day regatta was staged on two short courses separating the North American countries (NA Championship) from the non North American countries (Nations Cup), racing for two different trophies. Over 50 races were sailed.
Yesterday saw near perfect conditions 8-12 knos of breeze, with clear skies and a warm 85º. After two races, Shawn Harvey (USA) has an early lead from Dante Cittadini (ARG). Martina Pisani (ARG) is first girl.
Fleet racing continues today with team racing planned for Sunday just off the Fairmont Hamilton Princess dock providing a great vantage point for spectators.