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Optimist Worlds: Britain's young Optimists head New Zealand way By Stuart Alexander, Napier, NZL , 9:06 AM Wed 11 Jan 2012
Top international yachting correspondent, Stuart Alexander, take s a look at the 2011 Optimist Worlds in Napier: 'The best girls are just as good as the best boys,' says class president Peter Barclay. 'This is particularly true at 11 and 12, when girls are maturing physically more quickly than the boys, and, in any case, there is a weight limit of 60 kgs.' ...[more]

2011 Optimist Worlds: Singapore's Kimberly Lim is new World Champion By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 12:17 PM Mon 9 Jan 2012
The Delta Flag was raised at 10.41, meaning that racing would start at 11.41 for the final day of the World Optimist Championship being sailed at Napier, on the East Coast of New Zealand. It didn't take the 210 sailors long at all to get out onto the water. The wind was very mild, around 10 knots, but the sun came back out again. ...[more]

Optimist Worlds: Long wait paid off for OptiWorldsNZ competitors By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 7:18 PM Sun 8 Jan 2012
For a long time it looked like todays' sailing wasn't going to happen on Day 7 of the 2011 Optimist World Championships, being staged at Napier on the East Coast of New Zealand. A passing tropical low pressure zone kicked up a big swell. Further up the coast the stricken container ship, MV Rena broke up three months after grounding on Astrolabe Reef. ...[more]

OptiWorlds: A long Day 6 at Napier as strong winds threaten By Nathalie Dort, 8:49 PM Sat 7 Jan 2012
It was busy at the breakfast table this morning, at the 2011 Optimist Worlds in Napier, with sailors keen to get back onto the water after a day of sight seeing on the Lay Day. Like most Lay Days, it was brilliant sailing weather. Sailors went onto the water at the scheduled time to start the first race at 1025, but with winds between 1 and 4 knots, there was not much sailing. ...[more]

Optimist Worlds: Fine weather and light winds for first day of Teams By Nathalie van Dort, 7:38 PM Wed 4 Jan 2012
After three days of individual racing the focus changed at the OptiWorlds with 40 national teams sailing in warm sun and light airs, on the first day of team racing. 'Each team has four sailors so some countries were excluded from today’s racing' according to Pete Dawson Chairman of OptiWorldsNZ. ...[more]

2011 Optimist Worlds: Netherlands takes two of top three after Day 2 By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 5:41 PM Mon 2 Jan 2012
You could hear a sigh of relief when all 210 competitors, at the 2011 World Optimist Championships, got up this morning in Napier, New Zealand: the sun was out, and there was a bit of a breeze. During the day, the wind changed and the clouds came back in, but at least the rain held off. Dutch sailors dominated the leaderboard - taking two out of the top three spots ...[more]

2011 Optimist Worlds: Singapore shines on first day of Worlds By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 4:29 PM Sun 1 Jan 2012
A light breeze stayed in throughout the first races with provisional results showing three Singaporean sailors are tied for first place after the initial races. 210 competitors from 48 countries are divided into 6 groups resulting in three fleets per race and a spectacle on the start line with seventy boats per race. ...[more]

Optimists: Great finish for Singapore at Harken Invitational Regatta By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 8:07 PM Thu 29 Dec 2011
Day 2 in the Harken Invitation Regatta was characterised by shifty winds delaying racing. The regatta is a precursor to the 2011 Optimist Worlds being staged at Napier, on the east coast of New Zealand. Although racing started late, two races with each of the three fleets were held and allowed organisers to complete the regatta with a successful day's sailing. ...[more]

Strong female line up for Harken Invitational Regatta By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 7:47 AM Thu 29 Dec 2011
It was a challenging first day for many international sailors competing in the Harken Invitational Regatta for Optimist sailors. After a slight delayed start due the last minute sign up from a large number of sailors, the weather was perfect for a good day sailing, between 8 - 10 knots sea breeze. After race 2 the wind picked up to 15 - 18 knots, as predicted, and made some rough sailing. ...[more]

Challenging first day of the Harken Invitational Regatta tests sailors By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 7:39 AM Thu 29 Dec 2011
It was a challenging first days' sailing for many of the international sailors competing in the Harken Invitational Regatta for Optimist sailors today due to the changing wind and wave conditions. The provisional results show that Chilean male Francisco Ducasse was the overall leader after the first four races. The sailor holding the second position overall is a female, Justina Pacheco from the D ...[more]

Last minute rush for Harken Invitational Regatta By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 7:55 AM Wed 28 Dec 2011
A last minute rush saw organisors working until the early hours to process all the late registrations for today and tomorrow's Harken Invitational Regatta for Optimist sailors. 'We were looking at 160 registrations yesterday, but all of a sudden we are up to 204 sailors' according to Nigel Rippey, Event Director. New Zealand is represented by 65 sailors, the other 139 are from 32 other nation ...[more]

2011 Optimist Worlds: It is all happening in Napier By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 6:18 PM Mon 26 Dec 2011
Many of the 33 teams that have arrived at Napier Airport for the 2011 Optimist World Championships, have received a warm welcome. 'This is really super, being welcomed at the Airport and delivered to our motel after a quick tour around town' said Huub Lambriex, father of one of the Dutch competitors. ...[more]

The World is arriving at Napier for the 2011 Optimist Worlds By Nathalie van Dort, Havelock North , 4:30 PM Mon 19 Dec 2011
Nearly every day we have teams arriving in New Zealand, and we love it! We have 48 countries officially registered and 210 young sailors competing for the new World Champion title. The Facebook page is updated daily to welcome the arriving teams. Most teams arriving want to go straight into training. And now they can. ...[more]

Napier gears up for the Opti Worlds 2011 with PredictWind By Nathalie van Dort, 8:37 AM Sat 3 Dec 2011
Napier is getting ready for the World Championship Optimist Sailing at the end of this month. Next week the Team New Zealand sailors: Leonard Takahashi-Fry, Markus Somerville and William McKenzie (all from Auckland) Isaac McHardie from Hamilton and Nathaniel Deverell from the Bay of Islands will arrive and start training in the Napier waters. ...[more]

49 Nations entered for the Opti Worlds 2011 at Napier By Nathalie van Dort, Napier , 6:43 PM Mon 28 Nov 2011
Optimist World Sailing Championships organisers were today thrilled to receive an entry from the Nigerian team taking the total number of countries coming to Napier to compete up to 49! The most popular sailing event worldwide – the Optimist World Championship is only 38 days away. ...[more]

Team Japan compete in Optimists on the waters of Hawke Bay By Rosie Mannering, 6:36 AM Sat 22 Oct 2011
A team of Japanese sailors are competing at the Optimist North Island Open Championships, as hosts of junior members of the Napier Sailing Club which started on Friday. Many competitive junior New Zealand sailors have benefitted from the generosity of a Japanese scheme started 24 years ago. Five kiwis and a coach/mentor have been making the journey across the Pacific to attend the All Japan Re ...[more]

Vodafone enables live broadcasting of OptiWorlds racing in New Zealand By Nathalie van Dort, Napier , 5:37 AM Mon 3 Oct 2011
The latest major sponsor to confirm its involvement with the Opti Worlds NZ is Vodafone New Zealand, and the result promises to be a major leap forward for spectatorship of dinghy racing. The giant of the communications market will be making a significant investment in equipment and systems for the world championship youth sailing event, including Live Streaming of all races and mark roundings, ...[more]

Euro City Napier signs up to support 2011 Optimist Worlds By Sail-World, 5:51 PM Tue 30 Aug 2011
Euro City Napier, Hawke’s Bay’s home of Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda is now helping to drive 2011 Optimist World Championships forward, with extensive backing and support. The OptiWorlds, to be hosted by Napier Sailing Club in December and January this year, will be attended by at least 200 young sailors from around the world, and many people from within the local community. ...[more]

Napier OptiWorlds: 38 nations already entered By Jodie Bakewell-White, Auckland , 5:38 PM Wed 13 Jul 2011
Six months from now the world’s best Optimist sailors will descend upon Napier, New Zealand set to play host to the 2011 Optimist World Championships and already 38 nations have confirmed their entry. ...[more]

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