Optimist World Championship – Second day


Optimist Worlds 2021, Bhanubandh from Thailand leads the ranking

Second day of racing in Riva del Garda for the Optimist World Championship, event that recalled the best 260 sailors in the world, representing 58 nations, to the starting line set up by Fraglia Vela Riva. Once again, the pace of operations is dictated by a warm Ora wind from the south, well spread with peaks up to 15 knots.

The Race Committee, thanks also to the support of marks and jury boats geopositioned via electric engines, was able to masterfully manage today’s regattas, completing two races for each of the four fleets.

The ranking, after four races valid for qualifying purposes, is more open than ever and the subject of continuous and important upheavals: currently leading the ranking is the Thai Weka Bhanubandh, author of two victories in today’s regattas in the blue fleet. Behind him, the Brazilian Alex of Francesco Kuhl (today 5-2 in the green fleet) and the Lithuanian Erik Scheidt (winner of both races in the green fleet). Completing the top five are Gil Hackel (USA, 2-9 in the yellow fleet) and Kan Kachachuen (THA, 9-2 in the blue fleet).

The other winners of the regattas of the day were: Lomane Valade (FRA, winner of race 3 red fleet), Quan Adriano Cardi (ITA, winner of race 3 yellow fleet), Sviatoslav Madonich (UKR, winner of race 4 red fleet) and Alex Demurtas ( ITA, winner of race 4 yellow fleet).

The regattas will resume tomorrow at 1.00pm, for the third and final day of qualifying, which will be followed by two days of Team World Championship and then the final stages of the individual World Championship.

The 2021 Optimist World Championship is hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with FIV, IODA, AICO, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, North Lake Garda and Trentino.

All updates on the regattas are published on the Optimist World Championship 2021 social pages and on the microsite at this link.

At the time we are sending this press release, there are currently some protests under discussion that may affect the ranking. All the results are to be considered provisional.