Thailand wins 2014 Optimist World Team Racing title
Published on October 26th, 2014
San Isidro, Argentina (October 26, 2014) – After two intense days, the Thailand team got the finals with Singapore and won the 2014 Optimist World Team Racing Title.
Thirty-eight countries competed on this championship from yesterday. Sixteen teams were qualified to the second round and the grid for the final stage was defined. Singapore was the favorite team, winning three races and passed to finals. Thailand went to the finals to race against Singapore for the Optimist World Gold. They made the best of three races. The first one was in favor of the favorite team, Singapore. But the second and third were won by Thailand. This was the triumph of this team that have had their first Optimist World Gold three years ago. Finally, the first place is for Thailand, second for Singapore and third for Spain.
One of the team members expressed his happiness to be in Argentina: “We are very happy to stay here and we feel really welcome although we are far from home”. Their representative journalist, Nima Chandler told us that they were not going to come to the worlds because they didn’t have money to afford the airplane ticket, but one month before coming a sponsor supported them to participate on the Optimist Worlds. She also added they got used to the food very quickly; they brought a bag full of thai food but they didn’t eat anything.
Monday is the spare day, with sailors returning Tuesday to complete the racing for the individual World title.
Team Race Results: http://optiworlds2014.org/Resultados/Grid-16-OWCH2014final.pdf
Event website: http://www.optiworlds2014.org
Report by event media.