2021 Optimist World Championship at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda


2021 Optimist World Championship at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda – Day 2

by Optimist Worlds 2021 Riva del Garda Jul 3 11:34 PM PDT
June 30 – July 10, 2021

2021 Optimist World Championship, Day 2 © Matias Capizzano / www.capizzano.com

Second day of racing in Riva del Garda for the Optimist World Championship, an event that drew 260 of the world’s best young sailors, representing 58 nations, to the start line established by Fraglia Vela Riva. Once again, the pace of operations was dictated by a warm wind from South Ora, with peaks of up to 15 knots.

The Race Committee, also thanks to the support of branded boats and geo-positioned jury via electric motors, was able to masterfully manage the day’s regattas by running two races for each of the four fleets.

The classification, after four races valid for qualifying, is more open than ever and subject to continuous and significant upheavals: currently at the top of the classification is the Thai sailor Weka Bhanubandh, who had a perfect day in the blue fleet. Behind him are the Brazilian sailor Alex de Francesco Kuhl (5-2 in the green fleet) and the Lithuanian Erik Scheidt (winner of both races in the green fleet). The top 5 is completed by Gil Hackel (USA, 2-9 in the yellow fleet) and Kan Kachachuen (THA, 9-2 in the blue fleet).

The other winners of today’s races were: Lomane Valade (FRA, winner of race 3 red fleet), Quan Adriano Cardi (ITA, winner of race 3 yellow fleet), Sviatoslav Madonich (UKR, winner of race 4 red fleet) ) and Alex Demurtas (ITA, winner of race 4 yellow fleet).

The races will resume on Sunday at 1 p.m., for the third and final day of qualifying, which will be followed by two days of Team Racing, then the final stages of the individual World Championship.

The 2021 Optimist World Championship is organized by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with FIV, IODA, AICO, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, North Lake Garda and Trentino.

There are currently protests being discussed that could affect the ranking. All results should be considered provisional.

All racing updates are posted on the 2021 Optimist World Championship website at 2021worlds.optiworld.org