Jul 08 » PREPARATIONS...

Even when two days separate us from the official start of the event, it feels as if the championship has already started. The boat park is covered in Opis and the noise of fluttering sails reaches the first floor of the port authority building where the offices are.

Measurement started this morning and went through to midday, while the majority of the teams took to the water, to train and get to know the area. The wind blew 12 to 14 knots, not as strong as one can expect it to be here (even though it felt stronger on shore) and it was said to be very shifty. The wave was big, though (When was it not?)

At the end of the day, a tropical rain that lasted 5 minutes drew a beautiful rainbow over the boat park.

Photo by Ceci Ruiz Barlett (team leader ARG) - Thanks Ceci :)

So far, the teams that have registered are: CHILE, ARGENTINA, SWITZERLAND, PUERTO RICO, NEW ZEALAND (first team to register :), COLOMBIA, ANTIGUA, AUSTRALIA (it took 42 hours and 4 flights for one of the sailors to arrive in Antigua...!!), MEXICO, BERMUDA, CANADA and ST VINCENT. Welcome all!!!!

As for the authorities, we've already welcomed Conxa Ontiveiros who came from Spain to run measurement acompanied by Nicolas Benvenuto from Argentina (who arrived on the 6th); and Luis Ormaechea, also from Spain, appointed by IODA as their Principal Race Officer.

The Sailing Instructions have been posted and can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.optiworld.org/uploaded_files/16%20NAM%20SI%20v4.pdf_2455_en.pdf

Photos © Matías Capizzano: http://www.capizzano.com/optinam-2016/

Event contact email address: amneris.calle@gmail.com, opticlass@yachtclub.ag

ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The SEABOARD MARINE Optimist North American Championship 2016 is organised by the Antigua Yacht Club under the authority of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA). The venue is Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour and it takes place from July 10th to July 18th. Entries are still open and it is expected to have +160 participants from more than 15 countries. Already entered: Argentina, Antigua, Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Peru, USA, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Mexico.

For a programme, click here.

Major Sponsor: SEABOARD MARINE

Other Sponsors: Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort, The Catamaran Hotel, National Parks Antigua, Oasis, Pinehill, Antigua Pro Racing, Club Sushi, Brydens and Yao.

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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.