Campeonato europeo de Optimist Bulgaria. La argentina Donna Mazzucchelli, lidera entre las chicas.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Ioannis-Christos Mouzakis (GRE) and Donna Mazzucchelli (ARG), new leaders in the 2017 Optimist European Championship after the second day in Bourgas

The second day of qualifying races in the 2017 Optimist European Championship in Bourgas, Bulgaria, has closed with two additional races. It was a less windy day, with a slight delay in the start of the first race, but ended up with magnificent conditions (8-12 knots) offering very technical races that introduced new leaders in the Boys and Girls fleets.

In the Boys Fleet, Ioannis-Christos Mouzakis (GRE) is the new leader after the two races completed today for a total of 7 points. Ioannis-Christos had finishes of 2nd and 1st respectively and is now followed by yesterday’s leader Santiago Palkin (ARG) who had a 6th place and a 2nd place today to finish up with 10 points. Blake Wilson (AUS), who sailed well to get a 1st & 5th today, is third overall with the same total points score as Palkin. Only 8 points separate the top 6 competitors in the Boy’s Fleet.

Donna Mazzucchelli (ARG) is the new leader in the Girls Fleet. Mazzucchelli completed the two races today with 1st and 3rd place finishes for a total sum of 7 points. Cosima Schlueter (GER) is only 1 point behind Mazzucchelli after finishing with a 3rd and 2nd place today for a total of 8 points. 8 points back in 3rd place overall is Alsi Akbeniz (TUR) having finished 7th and 4th for a total of 16 points.

Tomorrow, August 3rd, is the third day of the qualifying series with two races scheduled for the Boy’s Yellow, Blue and Red Fleets and the Girl’s Yellow and Blue Fleets.

Resultados parciales chicos, click acá

Resultados parciales chicas, click acá

Mundial de Optimist Tailandia para el italiano Marco Gardoni. Dante Parodi de Chile, mejor sudamericano


María Perello y Marco Gardoni.

Marco Gardoni, nuevo campeón mundial.

La española María Perello, 23º en la general y primera entre las chicas

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New World Youth Sailing Champions Feted at End of Regatta
20 July 2017

Pattaya, Thailand – After a day of waiting for wind on the water, Italian sailor Marco Gardoni was hoisted, in his boat, onto the shoulders of his coach and supporters as the Italian flag waved above him, horns honked and a crowd cheered the newly anointed 2017 Optimist World Champion.

His return to shore marked the end of an emotional final day of the Optimist World Championship 2017. In the morning, one could see a mix of feelings on the faces of the 281 youth sailors from 62 countries, lining the beach, preparing to launch in listless conditions, hopeful of getting three more races on the scoreboard. Some were looking forward to a much deserved rest after an eight day competition. Others appeared excited to have one last chance at improving their standing overall. For the select few at the top of the fleet, however, there was a sense of anticipation, sheer determination to hold onto or improve their result, and hope that the last day of racing would be a great one.

The wind failed to show up for their date with destiny however. A planned start at 10.30am was delayed. At 11.30 am, there was only the faintest of breezes detectable on the start line. An hour later, it was near zero. For those at the top of the leaderboard, it was an impatient wait for wind on the water followed by a suspenseful wait for the clock to run out, sailing instructions putting a 3pm end to any new races on the last day of the regatta. The race committee cut that painful countdown short at near 2pm, abandoning all races and confirming the leaders of the pack as winners.

In turn, Malaysia’s Muhammad Fauzi Bin Kaman Shah won silver in the individual series, a step up from his bronze last year. Costa Rica’s Mic Sig Kos Mohr, who spent months training in Thailand, won bronze. Thai sailor Panwa Boonnak and Jedtavee Yongyuennarm finished 10th and 13th overall, an impressive feat in the huge fleet of 281 sailors.

In the Top Female category, Spain’s Maria Perello took gold. At just 12 years of age, she could prove a talent to watch with three more years in competitive Optimist racing. Thailand’s Palika Poonpat, a cousin of 2010 World Champion and two time Top Female Nopakkao Poonpat, took silver in the female ranks, and graduates out of the class this year. The USA’s Charlotte Leigh won bronze.

Her team also goes home with two additional trophies – the Nation Cup for overall best combined performance of team members, and the IODA Challenge Cup for team racing. In the team racing division, China took silver, with three members in the top ranks of the individual series despite only arriving on the first day of registration. Fifty-two other teams had arrived up to a week earlier to get accustomed to local conditions. Malaysia, frequent participants in Thai regattas, took bronze in the team racing division after several hard fought battles on the water.

The 2017 Optimist World Championship is organized by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club with the endorsement of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand under the International Optimist Dinghy Association. It is supported by strategic partners including Pattaya City, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. Co-sponsors include The Pizza Company, Apollo (Thailand), Thai Airways, and True Corporation

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Mundial de Optimist Tailandia, día 5. USA campeón por equipos.



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USA Only Just Retains Grasp on Team Racing World Title for Second Year

Pattaya, Thailand – Team USA beat Team China in a dramatic, hard-won, winner-takes-all ‘Sail Off’ in the team racing portion of the Optimist World Championship 2017, retaining its hold on the IODA Challenge Cup team racing trophy for the second year in a row..

In high winds of 13-18 knots, huge swell, and choppy seas, the Americans set off in the morning alongside 15 other teams, each determined to do their best on the final day of the team racing championship.

“It was going to be challenging. All the teams are excellent. We knew that going into the day,” said Justin Callahan, Team USA’s sailor spokesman and the only remaining member of last year’s winning team.

The day opened with a series of flights which ensured each of the top 16 teams had a chance to race twice before being eliminated if they lost twice. Team USA skillfully bested Ireland, Germany, Thailand, and Singapore in turn to earn the first assured place in the final Sail Off.

In contrast, the Chinese had to duel with six teams to secure their spot in the finals. Ironically, in their second race, they were beaten by the Malaysians, but, in the showdown for the second seat in the Sail Off, they found themselves up against Team Malaysia again, this time besting them and sending them to shore with bronze.

The final Sail Off was a best-of-three race series, the first race won by Team USA, the second by Team China. This made the third race a ‘must win’. As the race committee, described it, the deciding race was a “great race”, the winner unclear until the very end.

As Justin described it, “We were first, second and third at Mark 3 in the final race, but then things got a little messy”. After an incident with a Chinese sailor who pushed the limits of what is allowed in team racing, Justin found himself in sixth position. He managed to gain ground, and, as he put it “somehow, right at the finish, we pinned them back and finished first, second and third. It was a very close finish.”

On the water observers described a lot of shouting by sailors and whistle blowing by umpires as rules were broken and sailors called each other out, all part of the drama of team racing, in which competitors may push or hold their opponents back in what might otherwise be considered unsportsmanlike behavior.

Team USA had no complaints about the high intensity of the action on the water, however. As Justin said, “The umpiring was amazing. They were calling all the right calls. We got flags when we knew should have got flags.”

Asked what the team’s secret to success was, he did not hesitate. “Chemistry. Synergy on the team,” he said.

“Training. Training in team racing,” answered the team’s coach, Lior Lavie, who credited silver medalists Team China as excellent in the event.

“Their devotion to excellence in sailing,” added Paul Callahan, country representative, president of the US Optimist Dinghy Association, a two time Paralympian, and, most importantly today, proud father to Justin and his twin brother Mitchell, who both qualified for Team USA on their own merits.

Other members of the team – Stephan Baker, Liam O’Keefe, and Charlotte Leigh – were beaming ear to ear at the end of the day as well.

The team’s only issue now is how to get the large IODA Challenge Cup back to the USA, the box they carried it over in damaged. We trust event organizers will be able to find a replacement.

On Tuesday, the individual world championships series continues with fleets split into four based on their rankings after six earlier this week. The Americans can expect to do battle with the Chinese again in the coming days. Four members of Team USA and three of Team China are in the gold fleet.

The 2017 Optimist World Championship, which has a record-breaking 281 sailors from 62 countries participating, is organized by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club with the endorsement of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand under the International Optimist Dinghy Association. It is supported by strategic partners including Pattaya City, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. Co-sponsors include The Pizza Company, Apollo (Thailand), Thai Airways, and True Corporation.

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Mundial de Optimist Tailandia, día 4. Regatas por equipos.


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Exceptional Sailing Skills Demonstrated in First Team Racing Flights

16 JULY 2017

Optimist World Championship 2017 Team Racing, July 16, 2017

Pattaya, Thailand – High intensity battles took place on the waters off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club on Sunday, the world’s best youth sailing teams fighting to earn a chance at the highly coveted IODA Challenge team racing trophy.

After three days of individual world championship racing in the Optimist World Championship 2017, the regatta switched gears for the two day Team Racing World Championship. The event sees 48 teams facing off against each other in special selections. Each team races at least two times. Those who lose twice are eliminated. Sixteen go forward into the next series of flights on Monday, which will eventually see two teams left in the regatta who will race against each other three times, the trophy going to winner of the ‘sail off’.

Among the 16 finalists are last year’s team racing champions, the USA; five time trophy holders Singapore; and two time winners Thailand. Other Asians in the top 16 include China, Korea, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. The Europeans claimed seven spots with wins by France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and a runner up slot awarded to Ireland. South America’s Peru and Brazil also move into the final flights.

Each earned their places by showing exceptional seamanship in big swell, choppy waves, and shifty winds. Observers described the racing as exhilarating to watch. Starts were tight and most races short, as quick as five minutes start to finish. Teams did their job, some assigned to push and block their opponents, clearing the way for other team members to advance, and most performing penalties when flagged then getting back to the job at hand. Some pushed too hard and suffered for it. Others pulled through in impressive form, celebrating hard won success at the end of the day.

European champion, Mewes Wieduwild of Germany said, “The course was a little bit tricker than in the Europeans, but fair. There are very good teams at this level. My hope for tomorrow is stronger wind.”

Leonardo Mirow e Crespo, whose team members come from different regions of Brazil and only had one opportunity to train together before flying to Thailand, was proud to have made it to the top 16 after the longest race of the day.

“It was very difficult in our last race because of the current and light wind,” he said. “Singapore was the hardest to sail against because they are so good. I think they have the opportunity to practice a lot, unlike our team.”

Turkey’s coach Serkan Dalgaci believes coming early made a real difference in achieving a spot in the top 16. “We came five days before the regatta. It was very useful for us to learn about the current, wind, and local conditons.” The team’s hopes, according to team leader Serdar Cicek, is “to be world champions”.

Regardless of outcomes, however, sailors were seen smiling and getting to know each other between and after team races, the comraderie shown each other a hallmark of the sport of sailing.

Monday will see some dramatic action as teams enter the surf with one thing on their mind, winning. In the afternoon, a new IODA Challenge Team Racing champion will return to shore to be feted with flags and cheering crowds, a highlight of the world’s most prestigious youth regatta.

The 2017 Optimist World Championship is organized by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club with the endorsement of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand under the International Optimist Dinghy Association. It is supported by strategic partners including Pattaya City, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. Co-sponsors include The Pizza Company, Apollo (Thailand), Thai Airways, and True Corporation.

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Mundial de Optimist Tailandia, día 2.






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The 2nd day race was an impressive one to all sailors and to us all

14 JULY 2017

Pattaya, Thailand – A sunny, windy day greeted sailors on the second day of the Optimist World Championships 2017, setting the stage for a day of perfect racing conditions with a dramatic ending sure to remembered for years to come.

White caps offshore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club heralded winds of 15 to 18 knots that lasted through the day. As Local Race Officer Neil Dunkley put it, “Bigger wind sailors are going to have their day today.”

He also warned that the wind might soften at the end of the day, but, as the last fleet finished its second race, the wind suddenly gained strength, a freak storm rolling in with little warning, sending Optimists speeding over large waves in torrential rain on their way home.

At the host venue, it was all helping hands into the sea to assist sailors trying to return to shore, a reminder of the community spirit that sailing fosters. As Malta’s Andrea Schultheis put it, “That is sailing. Everyone understands the weather is the one thing you can’t control. Everything else has been great. With the storm, we just needed more hands, which we got.”

All fleets did finish their two scheduled races, which was what was most important to coaches and sailors alike going into the final day before fleet splits. Hopes were the stronger wind would overcome the difficult starting sequence seen on the first day of qualification trials when a strong current pushed many sailors over the line. Several fleets did experience general recalls on Friday, however, with 18 competitors black flagged on restarts. While such may have dashed the hopes of a few aspiring to make the gold fleet, it was a great day of sailing for others.

As Australian coach Rob Brewer said, “It was a beautiful racing day. It was perfect until the storm came. Then it got busy, but was a fun ride home.”

“It was awesome,” said Indian youth sailor Navyn Prabhakar, who was thrilled to fly home in five minutes instead of 20.

“It was a good racing day and it was fun coming home,” said Peru’s Florencia Chiarella.

“Everyone was helping,” said another sailor, appreciative of the volunteers who rushed to shore to assist in the torrential rain.

All sailors and boats were accounted for at the end of day. Only one set of spars was bent beyond use, replacements authorized.

Macau’s coach Tablate J-Monday described it as “a good experience”, proud his sailors managed to finish although at the back of their fleets.

China’s team leader Chen Chunxin said, “The storm is over. Now what were the results?”

Coaches from South Africa and New Zealand coaches were not flustered. “This is what we are used to,” said one of the wild weather at day end, which was followed by a spectacular sunset.

When results were released late Friday evening, it was clear stronger winds led to a shakeup at the top of the fleet, only four repeats on the leaderboard of the top ten from the first day of racing – Mic Sig Kos Mohr of Costa Rica, Marco Gradoni of Italy, Oliver Jacket of the Netherlands, and Haoze Fang of China.

One more day of qualifying races are scheduled before sailors will be split into gold, silver and bronze fleets based on rankings. At that time, the battle for the four trophies on offer will heat up at the world youth regatta, which sees a record-breaking 281 entries from 62 countries this year.

The 2017 Optimist World Championship is organized by the Royal Varuna Yacht Club with the endorsement of the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand under the International Optimist Dinghy Association. It is supported by strategic partners including Pattaya City, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau. Co-sponsors include The Pizza Company, Apollo (Thailand), Thai Airways, and True Corporation.

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Mundial de Optimist Tailandia, Argentina se prepara para el debut.


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EN TAILANDIA, DEL 11 AL 21 DE JULIO
Argentina debuta mañana en el Mundial de Optimist
(12 de julio de 2017)

Luego de la muy buena performance en el Campeonato Norteamericano en Toronto, el Optimist argentino va por más éxitos internacionales, dado que del 11 al 21 de julio se está desarrollando el Optimist World Championship en Pattaya, Tailandia.
La delegación nacional disfrutó hoy de la ceremonia de apertura del convocante campeonato, el cual reúne 281 barcos de 62 países. El jueves 13 de julio comienzan las regatas.

El Equipo Argentino de Optimist para este mundial está conformado por Máximo Videla (YCA), Santino Marcatelli (CRSN), Lucas Videla (YCO), Tomás Atchabahian Palau (YCO), Thiago Muzzio (CVB). Los competidores están acompañados por su entrenador, Juan Manuel Briones, y el Team Leader, Justo Cazeaux.

La FAY les desea el mayor de los éxitos a los chicos de Optimist y agradece el apoyo de los sponsors Galicia Éminent y Paradigma.