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10 May 2005, 02:56 pm
300 Optimist Sailors To Compete
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Volvo Musto Optimist Inland Championships 2005
Grafham Water, Great Britain

Grafham Water Sailing Club, Great Britain will host up to 300 young Optimist sailors for the Volvo Musto Optimist Inland Championships, this weekend from 14-15 May. The Inland Championship marks the start of the national circuit that includes the Volvo Musto Optimist Nationals and the Volvo Musto Optimist End of Season Championships.
The young sailors will be split into Senior, Junior and Regatta fleets, with six races planned for the fleets. Competition on the water is expected to be of a very high standard.

Grafham Water Club sailors and twin brothers Ben and Tim SAXTON, will be looking to set the standard at the front of the senior fleet. Ben and Tim, both 15, from Baldock have both already been selected for the British Optimist Team at this years' Optimist World Championships, after finishing in first and second place consecutively at the Volvo Musto Optimist Selection Trials. The Optimist World Championships will take place in St. Moritz, Switzerland this July.

Others to watch out for are: Imogen STANLEY, Owain MATTHEWS and Matthew RAINBACK, who have also been selected for the Optimist World Championships. Other sailors who will be battling it out at the front of the fleet will be the young sailors who were selected for the GBR team for the European Optimist Championships, which are taking place in Poland in July.

'We are looking forward to some exciting racing this weekend,' said Charles PARKINSON, Chairman of the Optimist Association in Great Britain. 'The calibre of racing on the water is going to be extremely high, especially amongst the sailors who were recently selected for the World and European Championships.'

'Volvo are proud to be sponsor of the Optimist Class, as we feel the importance of supporting the grass roots of sailing,' said Sarah REES, Sports Marketing and Sponsorship Manager at Volvo Car UK. 'It's really exciting to see so many young sailors out on the water, and I'm sure that some of them will go onto much greater success in the future.'

'Musto is delighted to be on board with the Optimists,' said Nigel MUSTO, Managing Director of Musto Ltd and an Optimist National Champion himself in 1977. 'At Musto we support some of the world's top sailors and crews, but it's also great to support the future stars of our sport.'

The Volvo Musto Inland Championships is a mandatory event for those wishing to be selected for the 2006 National Optimist Squad.

This is the fifth year that Volvo and Musto have sponsored the Optimist class, and the sponsorship also includes the National, Inland and End of Season Championships as well as the British Optimist World and European Championship teams.

Great Britain Volvo Musto Optimist World Team
St. Moritz, Switzerland
25 July-5 August

Owain MATTHEWS
Matthew RAINBACK
Ben SAXTON
Tim SAXTON
Imogen STANLEY

Great Britain Volvo Musto European Team
Gydnia, Poland
10 July-17 July

Lucy DE BOLTZ
Hannah DIAMOND
James GRANT
Charlie MAKEPEACE
Olivia PETTIT
Phil SPARKS
Thomas WILLIS

Amy Bradley-Watson. Image, Action from the Volvo Musto Optimist World and European Selection Trials:© musto.co.uk
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