The Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) sailors have a short break after just completing their Winter Series.
In the Gold Fleet National Champion Sam Stan from the RBYC dominated the fleet winning by an impressive 40 point margin over Rory Caslin. Antonio Bailey finished in third place, 15 points behind Caslin.
A total of 40 races were sailed with sailors allowed to drop their 7 worst races. In the 30 race Silver Fleet, James Amaral was the clear winner with 39 points followed by Peter Dill in second with 54 points and Matilda Nicholls in third place with 91 points. Amaral and Dill have been invited to move up to the Gold Fleet for the Spring Series after showing solid results and commitment throughout the winter.
Part of the BODA Winter Series has also been used for the North American Championship Team trials. 15 races of The Winter series sailed this winter and 5 races of the Spring Series will make the trials and will determine which 7 sailors will qualify to represent Bermuda at the 2011 IODA North American Championships in Long Beach, California this June. Sam Stan is the current leader with 25 points followed by Ceci Wollmann in second with 38 points and Rory Caslin with 39 points. The next four sailors are Chase Cooper, Michael Barit, Antonio Bailey and Mikey Wollmann. The final 5 races are scheduled to be sailed in May.
BODA Gold Fleeters Antonio Bailey, Makai Joell, Rory Caslin and Chase Cooper will soon be on their way to the IODA South American Championships in Algarrobo, Chile April 14 – 24th. The Bermuda sailors qualified in mid February and will be traveling with high Performance Coach Zizi Stanuil and Team Leader Leslie Caslin.
Results available at www.boda.bm