Change of pace in Riva del Garda for the Optimist World Championship, where the three qualifying days concluded yesterday for the individual World Championship gave way to the first of two exciting days of Team Race: very high participation of national teams at this stage of the competition, with 48 flags represented on the starting line.
Bermuda sailors Jack Adderley, PJ Rodrigues, Kipling Rossouw, Ethan Thompson, and Jordan Vieira were all back on the water flying the flag.
For many teams, this represents the first experience in the innovative discipline of Team Race, very engaging for athletes and spectators, but which above all enhances the technical and tactical skills of young sailors, who must get out of the mentality of individual racing by putting interests and placements of the team ahead of those of the individuals.
Bermuda took part in the B Group, they would go down to Portugal.
Seventy-five races completed today, which have progressively skimmed the list of participants from forty-eight teams to sixteen finalists. The teams that will participate in the finals tomorrow are: Italy, Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey, Spain, United States, Singapore and Finland, qualified from board A. With board B entered the finals: Thailand, Belgium, Croatia, Brazil, France, Portugal, Argentina and Lithuania.