|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!