Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Optimist World Championship 2007

Photos by Alejandro Cloos
A new record entry of 256 sailors for the IODA World Championship is reported by hosts the Y.C. Cagliari in Sardinia. 56 countries will be represented by up to five sailors per country.

A perfect day's racing was the unanimous verdict on the cloudless 20+ knots of the seas off Cagliari. All starts were perfectly clean with the only apparent OCS proving to be a late starter from a previous division!

Reigning world champion Julian Autenrieth (GER) opened the defence of his title in splendid style with two wins on day 1. At this very early stage Pierre Quiroga in second place is one of three French sailors in the top 20 and is followed by two Italians who qualified at this venue in similar winds. Five of the six continents represented have sailors in the top 20 and four in the top 10.

Lara Vadlau (AUT) is the slightly unexpected leader of the girls.

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