Today we welcomed the three last teams: Trinidad and Tobago, Japan and Uruguay. Even when there are a few delegations who still have to go through measurement, we can say that registration has finished.

It was a pleasure to welcome the team from Trinidad and Tobago, who haven't attended an IODA event since 2009 and are now participating with 4 sailors; and the team from Puerto Rico, who have been absent for a while, and have now gathered 6 sailors to come to Antigua. Congratulations to both.

Sailing conditions were rough today, with lots of white caps and winds reaching 20 knots. No need to give much details, we have Matias' photos to see what the sea was like. :)

Tomorrow is the last day of preparations, for both sailors and organisers. For the sailors, it is the last day to tune up their boats, to test their skills in our wavy and windy conditions and to learn the tricks of the race course. For the organisers, it is the last chance to check the vessels and equipment and to test how they work as a team. Not to miss the opportunity, the race committee have decided to invite all sailors to a practice race that will be run at approximately 2:30 pm. Team Leaders will have their meeting at 11 at the race office.

The fleets for Tuesday will be posted once measurement has ended. There will be three fleets of 48 sailors each and the first allocation to each group will be done according to country letters and sailnumber.

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

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


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.


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.



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.