IODA North American Optimist Championships reach half way mark

IODA North American Optimist Championships
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The 2013 International Optimist Dinghy Association North American Championship is at the half way mark with two days of fleet racing completed along with a successful day of team racing. 176 competitors from 19 nations have descended upon the tiny island from as far away as Japan and New Zealand. The competitors, coaches and team officials have enjoyed picture perfect 'Bermuda-ful' weather and winds out of the north from 8–16 knots.

Organizers the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) and hosts the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) kicked off the 39th running of the event with a parade of sail prior to the practice race. Teams sailed past the RBYC Commodore, the Deputy Governor, the US Consul General the Minister for Tourism, and other local dignitaries situated on the corner of the RBYC marina.

Current Optinam Leader - Dante Cittadini (ARG) - IODA North American Optimist Championships
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Later that evening the sailors paraded the streets of Hamilton from Albouy’s Point to Queen Elizabeth Park, led by the Bermuda Sea Cadets and the Bermuda Regiment Band. The Governor, His Excellency the Hon. George Ferguson, and other local dignitaries welcomed the competitors and wished them 'smooth sailing'. Optinam, as it is commonly called, was then declared officially 'open' by Quino Nigaglioni, IODA Vice President from Puerto Rico and the large crowd was entertained by Bermuda’s famous Gombey dancers as a finale.

After two days of fleet racing and six races, Argentina's Dante's Cittadini holds the top spot over the USA's Shawn Harvey. Ripley Shelley also from the USA sits in third place followed by Singapore’s Samuel Neo. Martina Pisani from Argentina rounds out the top five and is the leading female. Bermuda holds the sixth and seventh positions with Chase Cooper and Ceci Wollmann (second female) followed by Angasar Jordan from the USA. Luiza Cruz from Brazil is next in ninth place and the USA’s Luke Arnone is 10th.

The team racing event on Sunday was staged on two short courses in Hamilton Harbour. USA 2 (Shawn Harvey, Matt Logue, Ryan Hennessey, Louisa Nordstrom and Eduardo Mintzias) won the North American (NA) Team Racing championship defeating U.S. Virgin Island Team 3-2 in the final on Sunday while Singapore (Samuel Neo, Shyn Ee Phua, Jodie Lai, Isaac Tang, Serzen Gurung) defeated Argentina for the Nations Cup trophy (non NA countries).

Sailors will enjoy a well deserved day-off on Monday and fleet racing will continue on the Great Sound on Tuesday, finishing on Wednesday.

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1ARG3493Dante CittadiniMBlue4.01.03.0(14.0)
2USA17848Shawn HarveyMYellow1.01.06.0(29.0)
3USA5436Ripley ShelleyMRed1. OCS)
4SIN119Samuel NeoMRed2.0(24.0)
5ARG3198Martina PisaniFBlue1.08.06.0(24.0)
6BER1037Chase CooperMRed7.03.02.0(16.0)
7BER1029Ceci WollmannFBlue22.
8USA19824Ansgar JordanMYellow13.0(31.0)
9BRA3790Luiza CruzFYellow2.
10USA19781Luke ArnoneMRed(13.0)
11USA18578Ian MoranMYellow9.022.0(33.0)
12ISV925Scott McKenzieMBlue3.011.0(35.0)
13USA19452Henry BurnesMBlue14.04.0(23.0)
14ARG3276Carmela Berger MauretteFYellow8.0(60.0 OCS)
15BRA3480Breno KneippMBlue10.
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