Last week, the Optimist World Championship 2017 was concluded with a total of 281 participants who are all young sailors. They came from 62 different countries and they made the sailing Thailand event a success in the international scene. During the closing ceremony, the World Championship 2017 title was awarded to Marco Gradoni from Italy. The Best Team Raching champions and Best Nation awards were given to Team USA while the award for getting second spot was given to China. Thailand, the host country, won the third spot. In the category of Team Racing, China landed another second spot while the third spot was awarded to Malaysia.
The regatta started on July 11 and concluded on July 21. It was held at the RVYC or Royal Varuna Yacht Club located in Pattaya. The event is a motivation to the youth in Thailand to have an interest in the sports of sailing and to improve the level of acknowledgement that the Optimist sailing event in Thailand is getting when it comes to international scene.
During the final day of the race, sailors are all ready to add another three races to their scores. Those who are already at the top places are either trying to maintain their spot or trying to increase it another notch. It was unfortunate thought that the wind was nonexistent during that day and they were forced to stop the game at just 2 in the afternoon. This is when they decided to close the races and just award the winners.
In the individual series, Muhammad Fauzi Bin Kaman Shah from Malaysia was able to get silver which is a step higher compared to his bronze award the previous year. Mic Sig Kos Mohr from Costa Rica won the bronze medal despite staying in Thailand for a few months to do some training.
The representative of the sailing Thailand, Jedtavee Yongyuennarm and Panwa Boonnak got the 13th and 10th place accordingly. This is already a huge honor as there are a total of 281 sailors who participated during the event. Children as young as 7 or 8 years old can start training in an Optimist dinghy because it is affordable and best suited for their age.