Stormy Conditions for First Day of Finals - Oppie World Championships 2014

The first two races have been held for the 2014 Optimist World Championship finals.
The day brought very strong winds with an average of 20 to 25 knots of wind and gusts up to 30 knots. Sea was very rough making the racing very tough for these young sailors. 
Naturally these conditions favoured the older, heavier and more experienced of the fleet and overall placings changed dramatically.
Jake Satariano found the conditions very tough to cope with being so young and light weight, but nevertheless he was up for the challenge and, although was unable to obtain a good result, learnt a lot and gained valuable experience coping with the challenging conditions and high level of competition. Jake's overall standing at present is 55th.

The official video clip of the day gives you a good idea how tough the racing was and how capable these young sailors are.

Over results as they stand after the first two races of the finals are:
1st Nicolas Rolaz from Switzerland
2nd Dimitris Papadimitriou from Greece
3rd Gustavo Abdulklech from Brazil

Pics below were taken after the storm down at the marina and taken by Magda Resano

Jake thanks RLR YACHTING and DE-VERE GROUP their support
Sponsors of this event are:
Banca Galicia, Telecom Personal, Parradoy Insurance, Riotecna,, Pinturas SteelCote, Bourke Advertising & Production,
Dole, Avene, Gramix, ENARD, Municipalidad de San Isidro,
Prefectura Naval Argentina, Secretaria de Deportes de Nacion,
Asociacion de Optimist Argentina, Federacion Argentina de Yachting