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Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championships 2015

Welcome to Qatar and the magnificent city of Doha that hosts the Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championship 2015. Organized by the Qatar Sailing and Water Sports Federation under the authority of the International Optimist Dinghy Association, the event brings together all the young guns of Asia and Oceanic territory that will take their chances for the prestigious crown.

The opening ceremony took place yesterday afternoon with all the teams doing the Flag round representing their country, then the Qatari organizers welcomed all the guests with their speech and they enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Qatar Sailing Club in Katara.

And the day opened with a bang as 119 boats lined up seeking the optimum position out on the race track. Not an easy task as among the fleet were the world’s top optimist sailors. Jodie Lai from Singapore, 2015 Optimist World title holder is here to add one more title to her palmare. Her first day was productive and she managed to easily achieve a place close to the top.

2015 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championships

2015 Optimist Asian and Oceanian Championships – Day 1Jayaram Korambil

The first day of the event was really successful and the competitors enjoyed the favorable weather conditions. Two fleets and windspeed from light to medium were the best background for three neck to neck races. Racing in such big and tight fleets, wrong decisions were not an option. Sailors had to achieve a good start and collect some valuable points for the following days in order to have a chance for the podium.

The end of the day found all sailors back ashore enjoying the hospitality that Doha Sailing Club has always on offer. There is no time for rest as tomorrow teams will fight each other for podium glory. Can China defend its title or will Singapore would come up with the goods to reclaim the scepter? Find out tomorrow…

Results:

 Rank  Fleet  Helm Name  Nationality  Sail  HelmAgeGroup  Sex  Q1  Q2  Q3  Total  Nett
1st Yellow Marco Gradoni ITA 8705 24.3.2004 M 4.0 1.0 3.0 8.0 8.0
2nd Yellow Daniel Hung SIN 112 29.7.2001 M 1.0 4.0 4.0 9.0 9.0
3rd Blue Suthon Yampinid THA 2243 22.12.2000 M 1.0 5.0 4.0 10.0 10.0
4th Blue Muhammad Daniel KeI Bin M Yazid SIN 119 3.11.2003 M 2.0 4.0 6.0 12.0 12.0
5th Blue Finian Lee SIN 120 16.2.2003 M 3.0 9.0 1.0 13.0 13.0
6th Yellow Jodie Lai SIN 117 8.8.2001 F 2.0 3.0 8.0 13.0 13.0
7th Yellow James Koh SIN 111 17.8.2001 M 6.0 2.0 10.0 18.0 18.0
8th Yellow Voravong Rachrattanaruk THA 1191 27.11.2000 M 3.0 14.0 6.0 23.0 23.0
9th Blue Javier Garcon USA 20793 24.6.2003 M 5.0 15.0 7.0 27.0 27.0
10th Yellow Archie Cropley AUS 1620 21.10.2002 M 8.0 7.0 12.0 27.0 27.0
11th Yellow Daniel Ian SIN 118 25.12.2001 M 7.0 13.0 9.0 29.0 29.0
12th Blue Sabri Kerem Erkmen TUR 1907 12.8.2003 M 6.0 19.0 5.0 30.0 30.0
13th Yellow Efe Tulcali TUR 1921 1.3.2001 M 11.0 23.0 1.0 35.0 35.0
14th Yellow Kaiyo Maeda JPN 3145 6.3.2002 M 17.0 9.0 13.0 39.0 39.0
15th Blue Xilun Lien CHN 14143 12.7.2002 M 27.0 10.0 3.0 40.0 40.0
16th Yellow Andrea Marotta ITA 8676 14.2.2003 M 18.0 17.0 7.0 42.0 42.0
17th Blue Chapman Petersen USA 17358 3.7.2003 M 9.0 17.0 16.0 42.0 42.0
18th Yellow Duncan Gregor HKG 205 2.12.2003 M 19.0 6.0 19.0 44.0 44.0
19th Blue Al Moatasim Al Farsi OMA 92 9.2.2003 M 37.0 6.0 2.0 45.0 45.0
20th Blue Kamonchanok Klahan THA 212 14.5.2000 M 29.0 3.0 13.0 45.0 45.0
21st Yellow Palika Poonpat THA 847 8.5.2002 F 5.0 18.0 25.0 48.0 48.0
22nd Yellow Ilan Muccino ITA 8620 6.8.2003 M 9.0 16.0 23.0 48.0 48.0
23rd Yellow Lesen Chen CHN 14124 22.2.2002 M 10.0 21.0 18.0 49.0 49.0

by Icarus Sailing

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