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4 January 2011, 09:47 am
Thailand Win Optimist Team Racing World Title in Malaysia
Optimist World Championships 2010
Team Racing World Champions - Thailand

Optimist World Championship 2010
Langkawi, Malaysia

The fleet racing stage of the Optimist Worlds were put on hold the last two days while the Team Racing section of the Championship was completed. The title went to Thailand who were dominant throughout.
Noppakao Poonpat, Don Whitcraft, Totsapon Mahawichean, Jirawat Jadklay and Sarawut Phesiri (THA) are the newly crowned World Team Racing Champions, after winning all the matches they took part in, even those of the finals, in which they sailed against Singapore. Follow the link below to go to the results page with links to the results of the first and final stages.

Optimist team racing has continued to grow rapidly in 2010 with the IODA European Team Racing Championship reaching the maximum entry of 16 teams for the first time and many other optimist team racing regattas establishing themselves on the international calendar. In 2009, for the first time, the team racing at the Optimist World Sailing Championships was increased to two days with a maximum possible entry of 48 teams. This proved to be a great success with China becoming the World Champions in Brasil. 42 teams contested the title including the defending champions.

The fist day began with a briefing from Chris Atkins (Chief Umpire), who reminded sailors of the importance of displaying their protest flags clearly and promptly and to hail loudly. His words were heeded well as right from the start, in what was very tight racing, hails of 'protest' were even audible to those spectators on the shore.

On the first day, there were 76 races on two race courses. The pace was fast with races averaging just 6-8 minutes. As on the previous days, the wind shifted constantly, particularly on 'A Course' which had been laid close to the shore infront of the club.

Follow all the action at http://www.optiworld.org/MiniSite/

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