World Champion Rok Verderber from Slovenia
Pic taken from Championship website
|Malta sailors Craig Farrugia Vella, Katryna Esposito and Michael Amadori|
The 2015 Optimist World Championships came to an end last week. Unfortunately the event was plagued with a lack of wind making it very difficult to actually complete a lot of the races.
Competition was, obviously, very tough with the best sailors from each nation competing for the coveted prize.
None of our Maltese sailors managed to make it in to the Gold fleet, but Michael Amadori and Craig Farrugia Vella qualified for the Silver fleet. Michael Amadori achieved some very good results and came in 5th overall in the Silver fleet also managing a 1st placing in one of the final races together with a 6th and 11th placing earlier on in the event. Craig came in 21st overall within the Silver fleet. His best races being a 7th and two 15th placings. Katryna qualified in the Bronze fleet and came 5th overall in the female Bronze category. Her best placings were an 11th, 21st and 28th place.
This will be the last opportunity to race in the Optimist World Championships for both Michael and Katryna as they will now be old enough to start racing in the Laser class.
It has been an eventful year for this young team. They have had many exciting and privileged experiences leading up to the Worlds. Something that will remain with them for the rest of their lives and a very important part of their young sailing careers.
The next big event for all our Maltese young sailors and Malta itself is the Euromed Championships which attracts a large number of Optimist and young Laser sailors from various parts of the world. Entries exceed 100 + and the event will be taking place between the 19th and 21st December of this year.