Youth sailors including five representing Bermuda taking part in the Optimist World Championship 2017 enjoyed the perfect ending to a three day series of individual qualifying races on Saturday, the wind and waves providing one last final test before fleet splits separated sailors based on rankings.
Having proved themselves in both light wind and high wind, the regatta’s top sailors had to demonstrate their mastery of big swell, choppy waves, a strong current, a significant change in wind direction, and tricky wind shifts to ensure places in the gold fleet, from which a new world champion will be named next week.
The Bermuda team is still being led by Christian Ebbin even after he fell from his starting position of 117th to ended the day 164th with 173 Net Points.
Sebastian Kempe has 174 Net Points is currently holding the 166th place, while Rian Geraghty-McDonnell is in 170th with 174 Net Points.
Jordan Etemadi is in 209th with 223 Net Points and Jack Hildebrand is 248th with 271 Net Points.