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2021 Optimist World Championship at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda - Day 3

by Optimist Worlds 2021 Riva del Garda 4 Jul 2021 08:28 PDT 30 June - 10 July 2021
2021 Optimist World Championship day 3 © Zerogradinord

A single race was completed on the third and final day of the qualification series for the Optimist World Championship, an event under way in Riva del Garda that on July 9th will crown the new World Champion of the most successful class among young sailors.

The arrival of a storm allowed only one race today, however it was enough to close the qualifying phases and for sailors to discard their worst result, once again upsetting the balances of the ranking. The one constant is the leader, Weka Bhanubanhd, a Thai athlete who leads into the Gold Fleet racing with a scoreline of 5-1-1-1-2. Second place sees the Brazilian sailor Alex Di Francesco Kuhl, four points behind the leader. In third position is the Italian sailor Alex Demurtas, who with the discard recovers important points and positions, qualifying for the finals also as first among the home nation. The American Gil Hackel and the Irish Rocco Wright complete the top five.

The girls' ranking is led by Ewa Lwandowska from Poland, followed by Italian Lisa Vucetti and Ukraine Alina Shapovaolva.

The winners of today's races were Quan Adriano Cardi (yellow fleet), Alex di Francesco Kuhl (blue fleet), Alex Demurtas (red fleet) and Maria Castillo (green fleet).

"The regatta is still long, we are satisfied with the results obtained by the Italian team so far with all the athletes being qualified for the finals in the Gold fleet: in the finals there are still many points at stake, we have to keep concentrated but the guys are proving to be up to the situation" commented the Italian team leader, Nicolas Antonelli.

Now that qualification has been completed, the sailors will be engaged in two spectacular and exciting days of the Team Racing World Championship. The team races will start tomorrow morning and over forty national teams have already confirmed their participation.

The 2021 Optimist World Championship is hosted by Fraglia Vela Riva in collaboration with FIV, IODA, AICO, Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, North Lake Garda and Trentino.

All updates on the regattas are published on the Optimist World Championship 2021 social pages and on the microsite at this link.

At the time we are sending this press release, there are currently some protests under discussion that may affect the ranking. All the results are to be considered provisional.

All updates on the racing are being published on the Optimist World Championship 2021 website at

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