sail-world.com -- Argentina's Cittadini and USA's Harvey take Optinam top honors
Argentina's Cittadini and USA's Harvey take Optinam top honors
Sat, 13 Jul 2013
Mother nature finally allowed a seventh and final race to be sailed on Wednesday to complete the 2013 IODA North American Championships in extremely light 5 - 6 knot conditions out on Bermuda's Great Sound. Argentina's Dante Cittadini continued his consistent romp, scoring a third place finish to win the regatta by comfortable margin of 12 points over Singapore sailor Samuel Neo. Neo steadily rose through the ranks throughout the event to equal his second place finish at the 2012 Optinam in Mexico last year. Martina Pisani from Argentina took the third overall position and the top female spot.
American Shawn Harvey was sitting in second place overall prior to the last race but his score of 21 in the final contest dropped him down to fourth overall. Harvey was still able to maintain his position as the highest placed sailor from North America and was crowned the North American Champion. Bermuda's Chase Cooper rose one position after the final race to fifth overall and joined Harvey on the podium as the second North American. The third North American, Scott Mackenzie from the U.S. Virgin Islands, was able to leap from twelfth to sixth overall after scoring a seventh in the final race. Ceci Wollmann from Bermuda was the top North American female and ninth overall.
Sailors enjoyed beautiful sailing conditions for the first three days of the regatta but an extreme high pressure weather system left very little wind for racing on the final two days. Only one race was completed over that period. Sprits still remained high as the sailors enjoyed the sunshine, fun and camaraderie as they gathered for the final farewell and prize presentation at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on Wednesday evening.
After two years of planning alongside the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and hundreds of hours of volunteer work, Anthony Bailey, the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) President and Optinam Event Chairman, declared the event a 'great success'. Bailey acknowledged the vast volunteer team effort required to execute an international regatta of this size and singled out Regatta Manager, Dede Cooper, who, ' gave unselfishly of her time, day and night in order to get the job done'. The BODA President also said that, 'none of this would have been possible without the support of numerous corporate and private sponsors led by The Bank of Bermuda Foundation, The Bermuda Department of Tourism, Tokio Millennium Re, The Department of Youth and Sport and the City of Hamilton along with a large group of smaller sponsors and providers of goods and services.'
2013 Optinam Prize Winners – Bermuda July 10th
Nations Cup: For teams of countries from outside of North America
3rd: Chile 1 - Dante Parodi, Enrique Feliu, Felipe Fuentes and Benjamin Molina 2nd: Argentina 2 -Carmela Berger, Juan Pablo Cardozo, Matías Dietrich, Alejandro Formica and Iñaki Gurmindo 1st: Singapore -Samuel Neo, Shyn Ee Phua, Jodie Lai, Isaac Tang and Serzen Gurung
North American Team Race Championship: For teams of North American countries
3rd: USA 1 - Lucke Arnone, Conner Correll, Henry Burnes, Thomas Rice, Cameron Giblin 2nd: US Virgin Islands - Scott McKenzie, Teddy Nicolosi, Mateo DiBlasi, Christopher Murphy, Ryan Hunter 1st: USA 2 - Shawn Harvey, Matt Logue, Louisa Nordstrom, Eduardo Mintzias, Ryan Hennessey
First male sailor regardless of continent of residence - Dante Cittadini ARG First male sailor whose continent of residence is North America - Shawn Harvey USA First female sailor whose continent of residence is North America - Ceci Wollmann BER
Top Junior: to the best under-12 sailor overall (born in 2002 or later) - Dante Parodi CHI
First sailor from Bermuda - Chase Cooper
Top five female sailors overall - regardles of the continent of residence:
5th: Olivia Belda BRA 4th: Luiza Cruz BRA 3rd: Shyn Ee Phua SIN 2nd: Ceci Wollmann VER 1st: Martina Pisani ARG
First female sailor overall, who is awarded the championship trophy and the permanent trophy to the first girl overall - Martina Pisani ARG
First 15 sailors regardless of gender and continent of residence:
15th Matt Logue USA 14th: Breno Kneipp BRA 13th: Ian Moran USA 12th: Luiza Cruz BRA 11th: Luke Arnone USA 10th: Shyn Ee Phua SIN 9th: Ceci Wollmann BER 8th: Henry Burns USA 7th: Ripley Shelley USA 6th: Scott Mackenzie BER 5th: Chase Cooper BER 4th: Shawn Harvey USA 3rd: Martina Pisani ARG 2nd: Samuel Neo SIN 1st: Dante Cittadini ARG
Top three sailors from North America
3rd: Scott Mackenzie ISV 2nd: Chase Cooper BER 1st: Shawn Harvey USA – 2013 North American Champion