Hernán Umpierre | 1st Overall

Stephan Baker | 2nd overall and 1st North American

Benjamín Fuenzalida | 3rd overall

Mia Nicolosi | 4th overall and first girl

Trophies... | Posted July 19th

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NOTICE BOARD

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NEWS

Jul 24

WINNERS' BIOGRAPHIES

The Championship drew to an end a week ago and before a final goodbye we thought it would be interesting to learn a bit about the winners careers as sailors. We asked them to send us a brief... (+)

Jul 19

PRIZES AND MORE PRIZES

The Closing Ceremony had nothing to envy the Opening, except for the announcement that Nelson's Dockyard had been included, that very day -Sunday, July 17th-, in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List.... (+)

Jul 18 - FINAL DAY OF RACES

Jul 16 - DAY 3 OF RACES

Jul 15 - TEAM RACING DAY

Jul 14 - DAY 2 OF RACES

Jul 12 - DAY 1 OF RACES

Jul 11 - OPENING CEREMONY

Jul 10 - REGISTRATION IS OVER

Jul 09 - A BIT OF HISTORY

Jul 08 - PREPARATIONS...

Jul 06 - LAY DAY ACTIVITIES

Jul 02 - YAO RETURNS AS EVENT SPONSOR

Jul 01 - PINEHILL EVENT SPONSOR

Jun 08 - CULTURAL PARADE

Mar 31 - SEABOARD MARINE ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR

Mar 02 - WELCOME AGAIN!!

MEDIA

PROGRAMME

    • July 7 to 9:
    • Early arrivals and registration
    • July 9:
    • Measurement
    • July 10:
    • Official Arrival Day
    •  
    • Registration & Measurement
    •  
    • Official Accommodation available from 14:00
    •  
    • Opening Ceremony
    • July 11:
    • Registration & Measurement
    •  
    • Team Leaders' meeting
    • July 12:
    • Races
    • July 13:
    • Races
    • July 14:
    • Team Racing
    • July 15:
    • Spare day
    • July 16:
    • Races
    • July 17:
    • Races
    •  
    • Closing Ceremony
    • July 18:
    • Official Departure day
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FEES

CHAMPIONSHIP DAYS

    • Entry fee sailors:
    • USD 700
    • Entry fee adults:
    • USD 800
    • Charter boats (per boat):
    • USD 500
    • Support boats (per coach):
    • USD 700

EARLY ARRIVAL

NOTE: The fees below are per day

    • Accommodation
      (per person / depends on the hotel - see here):
    • starting at USD 40 + 22.5% taxes
    • Charter boats (per boat):
    • USD 30
    • Support boats (per boat):
    • USD 100

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the payments are to be made to two different accounts: entry fees to the organisers, and charter fees to the boat provider

DEADLINES

MARCH 15

  • 50% entry fees
  • 50% charter boats (championship fees)
  • 50% support boats (championship fees)
  • 100% charter boats (early arrival fees)
  • 100% support boat (early arrival fees)
  • Preliminary entry form

MAY 1

  • 50% entry fees
  • 50% charter boats (championship fees)
  • 50% support boats (championship fees)
  • Second entry form

JUNE 1

  • Final entry form

CHECK IN AT THE HOTEL

  • 100% Early arrival accommodation

AT REGISTRATION

  • Damage deposits
  • Third party liability insurance

COUNTRIES REGISTERED

# COUNTRY SAILORS GIRLS (among the sailors) OFFICIALS
1 ANTIGUA 4 1 2
2 ARGENTINA 15 5 3
3 AUSTRALIA 4 0 3
4 BERMUDA 4 0 3
5 BRAZIL 20 6 3
6 BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 4 0 2
7 CANADA 9 4 3
8 CHILE 10 3 2
9 COLOMBIA 1 1 0
10 JAPAN 4 0 2
11 MEXICO 12 5 3
12 NEW ZEALAND 6 1 3
13 PERU 6 1 3
14 PUERTO RICO 6 0 3
15 ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 1 0 1
16 SWITZERLAND 4 1 1
17 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 4 0 2
18 URUGUAY 1 0 0
19 US VIRGIN ISLANDS 5 2 3
20 USA 24 7 4
TOTALS 144 37 (26%) 46

Click here for a full list of entered sailors and officials.

To enter: Please contact amneris.calle@gmail.com and ask for your login details to access the online entry area.

ELIGIBILITY

Who can participate?

  • The Championship is open to competitors sailing on boats of the Optimist class that fulfill the eligibility requirements stated in paragraphs 4.3 to 4.11 of the Notice of Race (NOR).
  • Sailors are only allowed to enter through their national associations. They cannot register personally.
  • The minimum allowance per North and South American country is 4 competitors.
  • Teams larger than 4 sailors shall have a minimum number of sailors of each gender, as in the table below.

Click here to show/hide the relevant paragraphs of the NOR

GENDER QUOTA

Total number of sailors in the team Minimum number of sailors of each gender
5 to 6 1
7 to 9 2
10 3
11 to 16 4
17 to 19 5
20 6
21 to 26 7
27 to 29 8
30 9

AUTHORITIES

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Event Manager: PAOLA VITTORIA

Accountant: CHRIS MARTIN

Event/Registration Office: NESIE GORE

Registration Manager / Race Office: AMNERIS CALLE

Paraphernalia and Sponsorship: SUSAN ATHILL

Facilities: STEVE SPANIS

Social Events: PADDY PRENDERGAST

Accommodation: LILLY BAVAY

Government Official: TANNY ROSE

Press: MARIA BLACKMAN

Catering: TERRY O' BRIEN

Photographer: MATIAS CAPIZZANO

INTERNATIONAL JURY

Lynne Beal (IJ - CAN)

Stephen Wrigley (IJ - USA)

Francisco Jáuregui (IJ - MEX)

Peter Johnson (IJ - GBR)

Pat Healy (IJ - USA)

Elliot Levy (IJ - VEN)

RACE COMMITTEE

IODA PRO: LUIS ORMAECHEA (IRO - ESP)

Principal Race Officer: CLARE CUPPLES

Race Management: KARL JAMES

MEASUREMENT

IODA Measurer: CONXA ONTIVEIROS (IM - ESP)

IODA Measurer Deputy: NICOLAS BENVENUTO (NM - ARG)

Local Measurer: PAUL ELDRIDGE

CHARTER & SUPPORT BOATS

The official CHARTER BOAT provider will be Mc Laughlin

Charter boats are not mandatory but, as stated in NOR 9.8:

Competitors are only allowed to compete in the championship in boats correctly registered in the country of the competitor or charter boats officially chartered for the championship through the Organising Committee.

Charter boats will be delivered:

WITH

  • Blocks,
  • Airbags,
  • Padded toe straps,
  • Racing spars,
  • Racing foils, and
  • Trolley

WITHOUT

  • Paddles,
  • Sails,
  • Bailers, and
  • Mainsheets (including the boom block)

FEES & PAYMENTS

  • Championship days (from July 10 to 17 inclusive): USD 500 per boat
  • Early arrival days (from July 7 to July 9): USD 30 per boat per day

Reservation of charter boats shall be made by submitting the Charter Boat Reservation Form and by transferring 50% of the charter fee on or before 15 March. The balance of fees shall be transferred on or before 1 May. Payment instructions are contained in the Charter Boat Reservations Form

Fees shall be free of bank commissions. Any bank fee will be charged to the competitors.

Late reservations and payments will incur a surcharge of 20% of the charter fee. Charter boat availability will not be guaranteed for reservations and/or payments made later than 1 May 2016.

In addition to the charter fee a damage deposit of USD 100 will be required on receipt of each boat, to be refunded if no damage has occurred.

SUPPORT BOATS will be provided by Mc Laughlin

FEATURES

  • Length: 4,80m
  • Engine: 4 stroke 40 or 50 HP
  • Steering: center consol with bench seat

Support boats will be delivered with:

  • portable 6 gallon fuel tank
  • Kill Switch lanyard

Coaches shall bring their own life jacket and VHF

FEES & PAYMENTS

  • Championship days: USD 1400 per boat (USD 700 per coach)
  • Early arrival days: USD 100 per boat

NOTES:

  • Fuel and other consumables shall be paid by the teams using the boat.
  • Late reservations and payments will incur a surcharge of 20% of the charter fee. Charter boat availability will not be guaranteed for reservations and/or payments made later than 15 March 2016.
  • In addition to the charter fee a damage deposit of USD 400 will be required on receipt of each boat, to be refunded if no damage has occurred.

ANTIGUA

THE COUNTRY

Antigua and Barbuda is a country encompassing its 2 namesake islands and several smaller islands. Positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, it's known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Antigua's English Harbour is a yachting hub and the site of historic Nelson's Dockyard, now part of a national park.

  • Capital: St. John's
  • Population: 89,985 (2013) World Bank
  • Official language: English

Further reading...

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Islands
Antigua

THE NAUTICAL VENUE

The boat park and race office will be located at Nelson's Dockyard, in English Harbour, 10 blocks from the Antigua Yacht Club and between 10 and 15 blocks from the official hotels.

The race area is about 10 minute sailing from the Dockyard. Click on the map and see the image below for further reference.

Nelsons Dockyard

WEATHER & SAILING CONDITIONS

Weather Saint John's
Daytime air temperature 90 F max
Water temperature 70 F
Prevailing wind direction Easterly
Wind speed 5 to 25 knots
Hours of good wind 8
Tide none
Current 1 - 2 knts NW

ACCOMMODATION

Sailors and officials will be housed in one of the following hotels. Parents, supporters and relatives should book their hotels on their own. We'll post a list of suggested hotels asap.

Accommodation costs are included in the entry fees from July 10 at 14:00 to July 18 at 11:00 (times depend on the check in / out times of each hotel)

Teams wishing to arrive before the official arrival date should contact the hotel directly in order to book accommodation. For early arrivals and late departures the daily room fees per person, minimum 3 people, are as stated below.

AYC MARINA RESORT

USD 55 + taxes (22,5%)

CATAMARAN

25% off their rack rates + taxes (22,5%)

OCEAN INN

USD 40 + taxes (22,5%)

Accommodation for Supporters

Supporters (people related to competitors but not part of the official delegation) shall make reservations for themselves. Please see below our suggestions (hotels and apartments) for a great stay in Antigua. Browse each hotel website and contact them direct to learn about special fees and promotions.

ADMIRALS INN

In the Dockyard, right before the boat park.

CATAMARAN MARINA

In Falmouth

COPPER & LUMBER

In the Dockyard

THE INN

Special rate USD 300 per night - incude breakfast,taxes & services

GALLEON BEACH

Very good summer rate

APARTMENTS

FALMOUTH APARTMENTS: one block from the Yacht Club, overlooking Falmouth Harbour, the apartments are fully equipped and have internet access. For inquiries write to: bbwongchoy@yahoo.com; dominique@paradiseproperties.com; anna@islandrental.com

MORE ABOUT ANTIGUA

photos by Matías Capizzano

Size

Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Mount Obama (1319 ft., 402 metres), formerly known as Boggy Peak, located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John's on Antigua.

Passports & Immigration

Most countries do not require a visa to enter Antigua & Barbuda but must have a valid passport with at least six months remaining before expiry. Visa waivers will be available for participants entering from countries requiring a visa. Please advise well in advance if you require a visa waiver. If you wish to apply for a visa, A visa application kit may be downloaded by clicking here (PDF – 395Kb).

For more information, click here to download a list of countries that do not require visa.

Health & vaccines

This is a hot country and it is summer so bring lots of sun cream and a hat. The Government have a mosquito control programme but they cannot get them all. Bring mosquito repellent.

Vaccines: No vaccinations are required unless the visitor is arriving from an endemic area. Please check this website for endemic areas. Please note that visitors from Argentina have reported being asked for the Yellow Fever proof of vaccination before being allowed to get on the plane flying to Antigua.

Tipping/Gratuities

Same as in the US; 10-15% depending on the service. Some restaurants & hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity. If in doubt, just ask. Give porters and bellhops US$ 1 per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.

Taxes

Antigua & Barbuda has a room tax of 12.5% and service charge of 10% (in lieu of tipping).

Electricity

Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages available

Appropriate Attire

Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants.

Time Zone

Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time. GMT -4.

Currency/Money

Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. The exchange rate is US$1.00 = EC$2.67. US currency, travelers cheques and VISA and Mastercard credit cards are welcome almost everywhere along with most debit cards. American Express is accepted in some but not many locations.

Banks

Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB), First Caribbean International Bank CIBC, Royal Bank of Canada, Antigua Commercial Bank, Scotia Bank, Caribbean Union Bank (For offshore banking - Global Bank of Commerce) Banking hours vary but in Nelson's Dockyard the opening times are 0830 to 1330 Monday to Friday

Medical Facilities

There are numerous general practitioners and specialists on the island, a modern Government hospital and two private hospitals. No vaccinations are required unless the visitor is arriving from an endemic area.

PHOTOS

The event photographer will be Matías Capizzano, a well known and experienced sailing photographer who's been portraying many of the continental and World sailing events, especially in the Optimist Class. Matías was the official photographer last year and we are proud to announce that he'll be with us again this year.

LINK TO THIS EVENT PHOTO ALBUM: http://www.capizzano.com/optinam-2016/

You can view some of his awsome photos visiting Matías' facebook page

About Matías

Born in Mar del Plata in 1973, Matías started sailing Optimist when he was 7 years of age, then moved to Cadet, Laser and IMS boats. He participated in seven J-24 World Championships, one Panamerican Game and several South American Championships. He also forayed into Match Racing, participating in International events.

An industrial designer by profession, his passion for sailing and photography drove him into capturing the spectacle of sailing in all its forms. Since 1998 he's been covering sailing regattas all around the world, from Optimist to Olympic classes.

matias

The organisers of the Optimist North American Championship 2016 together with the Antigua Yacht Club wish to thank the following for their support, donations and contributions without which these championships would not be happening.