Sunfish World Championship 2016

Published on November 27th, 2016

In a fleet of 63 competitors from 17 different countries, Alonso Collantes of Peru won the Sunfish World Championship held November 22-27 in Cartagena, Colombia. The South American sailors dominated the competition, taking eight of top ten positions, with US sailors David Mendelblatt and Eduardo Cordero in third and ninth, respectively. The top female champion was Caterina Romero of Peru in fourth overall with a total of seven women aged 16 to 72 years competing.

Collantes mastered the variety of conditions, which experienced swells of 10-15 foot, to build a 40 point lead in victory. “These same conditions are in Lima,” he reports. During the summer months, Collantes sails about four times every week. In the winter, he sails every weekend.

The 2017 Sunfish Youth and World Championships will be held at the Brant Beach Yacht Club in Brant Beach, NJ, in late August. Also, the 2018 event will be held at the Carolina Yacht Club in Wilmington, NC. The 2019 Sunfish Worlds will be in Bonaire, and the 2020 Worlds are scheduled for Martinique.

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Source: Vicki Palmer

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