Qualifying continues at Optimist Worlds

Published on July 9th, 2019

English Harbour, Antigua (July 9, 2019) – Qualifying continues on day two of the 2019 Optimist World Championship, with the 255 sailors facing the local trade winds with strong gusts and punishing winds to complete two more races. Richard Schultheis from Malta continues his domination by winning both races to remain in the lead while Italy’s Marco Gradoni moved up to second today after winning both his heats. The top position girl finds Maria Perello (ESP) and Samara Walshe (USA) in 16th and 17th, respectively.

The first three days of racing sees sailors divided into four fleets for qualifying, with the top 60 sailors to be placed in the gold fleet and the remainder in silver, bronze, and emerald categories.

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The 2019 Optimist World Championship has attracted 255 sailors aged 11 to 15 years from 65 nations, beating the previous record of 62 nations set at the 2017 Optimist Worlds in Thailand. Racing is scheduled on July 8-15.


Source: Gemma Handy

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