With up to 130 kids from 10 countries coming to participate in Switzerland, including young racers from Japan, Brazil, the USA and the UK; the 2011 World O'pen Cup has shown that after just five years the International O'pen BIC Class is continuing to grow from strength to strength.
Thanks to the great event organisation of the Yacht Club Ascona, eight races were completed on the beautiful and sunny Lake Majeur in winds ranging from 5-15 knots. A new course was raced each day, and the event capped off with two downwind slalom races in up to 15 knots, allowing competitors to maximise the fun, speed and excitement of their boats.
No protests are allowed in the O'pen BIC Class, and all jury decisions are made on the water. The final podiums showed the true diversity of the O'pen BIC Class, with the top competitors coming from France, Italy, Japan, the USA and of course the host country - Switzerland.
In the Under 15 category, 7 scores were retained from the 8 races, and it was French rising star Brice Iriex, the 2010 Champion, who retained his title. This left Japanese racer Koji Kiuchi in second and Italian Lorenzo Rossi in third.
It was the same story in the Under 12 category, with 2010 reigning champion, American Geronimo Nores retaining his title. Followed by Florin van Roomen from Switzerland and Yoshihiro Hanada from Japan
In the Open category, French racer Hugo Stubler led from first to last race to win the world championship ahead of Italian Giacomo Ferrari and another French entrant, Vianney Bergot.
Full daily event reports, some photos and the final event results can be viewed here: