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Optinam 2014 Concludes Successfully

Published Jul 30, 2014, 11:44am -

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At the tenth and final race of the 2014 North American Optimist Sailing Championship (Optinam), all 175 young sailors returned to the shore to gather their equipment, change into their countries’ team uniforms and gathered in the Paradise Village Convention Center for the Awards ceremony.

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The regatta Chairperson, Linda Green, led the brief opening remarks along with representatives of the International Optimist Class Association and the Mexican Sailing Federation thanking the many sponsors, support personnel and, the young athletes themselves who made the regatta such a success.

Vallarta Yacht Club’s Director of Afloat activities and the regatta Scorer, Andy Barrow, presented a synopsis of the week’s races leading into each individual sailor’s name announced as they passed the podium to receive souvenir 2014 Optinam medals. Official regatta photos by Matias Cappizano of the action on the water flashed on the stage screen and the internationally popular song “Sailing” played in the background.

The 1-day special Team Racing competitors were the first to receive the colorful handcrafted Huichol Indian beaded Whale’s Tail trophies. Singapore won the Open Nations Cup with the USA being awarded the North American Cup.

Individual awards were presented to the top 15 contenders and to the top 5 Best Placed Females of the Open championship. The amazing girl, Jodie Lin, of Singapore led in both of these categories and was named the Female Champion of the Open Competition. The USA swept the 3 best placed of North America with Ivan Shestopalov being named the 2014 North American Champion.
The final results were: First place, Jodie Lin (Singapore) Second place, Ivan Shestopalov (USA), Third place, Benjamin Fuenzalida (Chile), Fourth Place, Ryan Kwok (Singapore) and Fifth place, Luke Arnone (USA). See all the results here.


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