[VIDEO] Days 4 and 5 Opti World Updates

This post is part of a series on the Opti Worlds in Napier, New Zealand. You can view previous posts by clicking here. Please note that these posts are written by event staff and not by the Racing Winds Blog crew.

Day 4


After three days of individual racing the focus changed at the OptiWorlds today with the first day of team racing seeing 40 national teams sail in warm sun and light airs.
“Each team has four sailors so some countries were excluded from today’s racing” according to Pete Dawson Chairman of OptiWorldsNZ.
Team racing allows sailors to enjoy the short tactical duels, each team sails at least two races. Then the losing team is knocked out of the competition. When not racing, the sailors are rafted up and eating with their team mates, often from other countries.
There was also a strong contingent of shore based supporters including their national flags as the sailing took place within 100 meters of the beach with commentaries provided and ice creams close at hand.
At the end of the first days’ racing a heat between China and Spain remains to be sailed with the following teams progressing through to the second days racing: USA, Peru, Malaysia, Sweden, Norway, Brazil, Croatia, Singapore, Thailand, the Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark, Argentina and Poland. Tomorrow’s racing will see 16 teams contest the competition, with New Zealand knocked out of the competition by Spain today.
“Team racing is all about tactics with the aim to ensure that your whole team (4 boats) incurring the lowest number of points” says Mr Dawson. “Each race is a knock out duel with the losing team being eliminated from the competition”.
As a consequence it makes an ideal spectacle for the public to enjoy as the races are of a short duration and the results are immediate. There is even a race score board on the beach for the public to see who is winning and with cool drinks and ice creams close at hand, who can resist?
Racing conditions for tomorrow are predicting another warm day with northwest breezes. Racing starts at 10.00am. Friday is a Lay Day and the individual racing continues with race 7 on Saturday.
The provisional leader board (for the individual racing) shows: 1 Ryan Lo (SIN) 14 points, 2 Bart Lambriex (NED) 23 points, 3 Javier Arribas (PER) 25 points, 4 Wade Waddell (USA) 32 points, 5 Leonard Takahashi-Fry (NZL) 33 points, 6 Peter Lin Janezic (SLO) 40 points, 7 Philip Meijer (NED) 41 points, 8 Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz (MAS) 41, 9 William Marshall (USA) 44 points, 10 Miel Verstraete (BEL) 44 points.

Day 5


The second day of teams racing started with a glorious sunny day, 16 teams and 32 races ahead.
The 2010 World Champion, Thailand, sailed their first race against Poland. Thailand sailed a strong competition and made it through to the semi finals but lost against Peru.
Peru who had beaten the Netherlands 10 to 26 in the quarter finals, had a lot of onshore supporters.
“This weather really brings out the crowds, and it is fantastic to see the support for all these young sailors” says Nigel Rippey, Event Director.
The wind decided to play games with the sailors, and changed direction half way through the morning which meant a new course had to be set.
Singapore had won all their races and therefore qualified after 4 races, while Peru had to sail 6 races to the final.
The final sail off consist of three races. Both Singapore and Peru qualified by beating reigning Champion Thailand. The Singaporean team was sailing today with three females and one male, a team has only four sailors. Peru had high hopes, with Javier Arribas currently in third position in the individual racing.
Singapore won the first race with 13 over 23. The second race saw a draw 18 all, but with Singapore finishing first, the win went to Peru. The third all deciding race went to Singapore with a well deserved win.
During tomorrow’s Lay Day all 210 competitors and their supporters will enjoy a variety of tours, activities and beach days with a bit of Kiwiana. The individual racing continues with race 7 this Saturday.
The provisional leader board (for the individual racing) shows: 1 Ryan Lo (SIN) 14 points, 2 Bart Lambriex (NED) 23 points, 3 Javier Arribas (PER) 25 points, 4 Wade Waddell (USA) 32 points, 5 Leonard Takahashi-Fry (NZL) 33 points, 6 Peter Lin Janezic (SLO) 40 points, 7 Philip Meijer (NED) 41 points, 8 Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz (MAS) 41, 9 William Marshall (USA) 44 points, 10 Miel Verstraete (BEL) 44 points.

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