Swiss wins Optimist World Championship

Published on October 30th, 2014

San Isidro, Argentina (October 30, 2014) – After storms cancelled racing yesterday, light winds on the final day of the Optimist World Championship postponed the start for three hours. When the winds did build, there was only time for one race, which was won by Dmitry Lazdin (RUS). Taking the title was Nicolas Rolaz (SUI) by 22 points over Voravong Rachrattanaruk (THA), with Dimitris Papadimitriou (GRE) three points further back in third. Top North American was Ivan Shestopalov (USA) in 8th.

“I cannot describe what I feel,” Nicolas said. “It was much training and effort. It has been a long journey to Argentina, I didn’t imagine I could. This is my last year in Optimist because I am 15 years old but I will continue in other classes competing and why not, try to go to the Olympics.”

Fourteen year old Aina Colom (ESP) was the Women’s Champion, finishing fourth overall. “It was my first Optiworld and I did not imagine this at first, then as the tournament progressed I could get my goals and I did it. I hope to compete again in the optiworld next year.”

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