Thursday, August 20, 2015

All Set for the 2015 Optimist World Championships

Race Venue

Above and below sections of the Marina at the racing venue


Teams from 58 countries are now congregating in Dziwnow, Poland for the 2015 Optimist World Championships. It is estimated that there are around 200,000 Optimist sailors around the world and 300 of them will be competing for the top prize of the year.
The actual racing will take place in Pomorska Bay on the Baltic Sea. There is an alternative back up, in case of adverse sea conditions, at Kamienski Bay.

The event will run from the 25th August until the 5th September. The programme is as follows:

25th Aug                    Official arrival day
26th to 27th Aug        Registration and measurement
26th Aug                    Practice race. Team leaders meeting and Opening Ceremony
27th  to 29th Aug       Championship fleet races
30th &31st Aug         Team Racing Championship
31st Aug                     Invitational race: Optional race for teams that did not make it to the final stage of the team racing championship. Programme to be announced later.
1st Sept                      Spare day
2nd to 4th Sept           Championship fleet races
4th Sept                      Closing and Prize Giving Ceremony
5th Sept                      Official departure day

Malta are entering a three person team with Craig Farrugia Vella, Katryna Esposito and Michael Amadori. These three sailors have been training and competing hard, both locally and abroad, over the past months leading up to this event.
They are now back in Poland after a short rest back home. Accompanying them are coach Vagelis Atzemian, team leader and medical doctor Ivan Esposito and country rep Robert Farrugia Vella. Between now and the start of racing they will be familiarizing themselves more and more with the local conditions under the watchful eye of their coach.

As more news and photos gather I hope to keep an update as to what is going on.
Wishing them all the best of luck!





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