Tonight, the overall winner of the IODA Volvo art competition, Dan Poljsak, was awarded his prize at a ceremony held in front his fellow competitors at the IODA Europeans.
The excellent work of the race committee and great sailing conditions provided four excellent races, which allowed a second discard. At 1935 all the sailors have already returned the charter boats and are getting ready for the closing ceremony, which we expect will be a memorable party.
In just 10 weeks IODA received entries from 30 countries spanning 4 continents, demonstrating how truly global the Optimist class has become and their keen interest in the Volvo race. Many of the sailors in the current Volvo teams began racing in the Optimist class so it is particularly appropriate for IODA and Volvo to come together in running this competition.
Good starts and consistent scores did the trick for fifteen-year-old Axel Sly, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, who won the 17th annual Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, held out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, U.S. Virgin Islands, June 19 to 21.
After seven races in tricky wind conditions Malaysian sailors Mohamad Faizal B Norisah and Ahmad Latif Khan B Ali Sahri Khan took first and second respectively.
The Sentosa Open Championship ended on Saturday but teams from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore, stayed on to take part in the first edition of the Optimist Team Racing Championship.
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Over 80 junior sailors from throughout the Caribbean and World - plus coaches, families and friends - arrived on St. Thomas this week for the 2009 Sea Star Clinic, Sea Star Team Racing Championships and the Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta.