The US Team arrived in Sardinia, Italy in bits (Mand pieces between July 20 & 21 and now finally we have all our luggage. The sailors have been practicing in the heat and light (to moderate) winds each day. Last night (Monday) was the Opening Ceremonies. This 2007 World Championship features 56 countries and 256 competitors. The number of sailors is a record as apparently more and more countries are sending their maximum number allowed - five (5). The record number of countries was set in 2000 when entry for many countries was sponsored by IODA.
The US Team (Morgan Kiss, Pearson Potts, Matthew Wefer, Marlena Fauer, & Axel Sly) seems extremely well focused and should be well positioned to excel here. The fleet will be extremely competitive but the US has a nice combination of experience and speed.
Today is the practice race and tomorrow starts the real deal. Fleet racing runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with Team Racing planned for Saturday.
Unfortunately there appears to be no actual event website. Further information can be found at the IODA website at www.optiworld.org. The yacht club here, Yacht Club Cagliari, has a website at http://www.yachtclub-cagliari.com/default_e.html.