Sunfish North American Championship 2018

Published on August 4th, 2018

Simon Gomez Ortiz of Colombia, who had just won the 2018 Sunfish Youth North American Championship, continued his winning ways by topping the 69-boat fleet to win the 2018 Sunfish North Americans held August 2-4 on Lake Michigan in Waukegan, IL.

Conditions varied throughout the event from light and shifty winds to moderate conditions with a variety of sea conditions. Throughout the 9-race, 1-throwout regatta Ortiz showed good consistency gathering a total of only 46 points. The top three were rounded out by Annie Haeger (52 pts) of the US and Hector Guzman (62 pts) of Mexico.

This year’s regatta brought sailors from 9 different countries and 16 US states to the US Midwest in part because it is part of the country qualifying process for the 2019 Pan American Games. As a result of the regatta Colombia, USA and Mexico were qualified to the 2019 Pam Ams Games which will be held in Peru.

Other trophy winners for the regatta included Eric Oetgin of Georgia as top Master (over 40 yrs) and Mark Kastel of Wisconsin as top Grand Master (over 60 yrs).

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