Opti Worlds 2021, Thai Bhanubandh keeps leading the standings
Riva del Garda - A single regatta completed today in the third and final day of the qualification series valid for the Optimist World Championship, an event underway 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 to complete one race today, however enough to close the qualifying phases and to take over the discard of the worst result, once again upsetting the balances of the ranking: in the standings, the only one constant responds to the name of the leader, Weka Bhanubanhd, a Thai athlete who gains access to the Gold Fleet in first position, with a scoreline of 5-1-1-1-2. Second place for the Brazilian Alex Di Francesco Kuhl, four points behind the leader; to enter the Gold fleet in third position is the Italian Alex Demurtas, who with the discard recovers important points and positions, qualifying for the finals also as first among the Italians. 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 qualifications have been completed, athletes will be engaged in two spectacular and exciting days of Team World Championship: the team race 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 pagesand 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