The IODA World Championship got started today in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy for the 256 competitors from 56 countries. The Race Committee got the first race off promptly at 1400 hours in the famed "Mistral" wind out of the NW at 16-25 mph. The race course took about 50 minutes to complete. After a short break the six divisions were started again as the wind built to be 20-28 mph. The fleet handled the tough conditions beautifully and again completed the race in about 50 minutes.
The standout performance of the two races came from Germany's (GER) Julian Autenrieth who had two firsts. Pierre Quiroga from France (FRA) had a first and a second and Ruggero Tita from Italy (ITA) had a third and a first. The USA sailors found the competition to be expectedly keen. LISOT's Marlena Fauer is the top US sailor in 47th. Morgan Kiss from MI is 67th, Matthew Wefer (LISOT) is 105th, Pearson Potts (NY) is 149th and Axel Sly (FL) is 192nd. All are looking forward to tomorrow's scheduled three races.
Complete results can be found at www.optiworld.org