The Optimist World Championship in Riva del Garda continues at full speed with the Optimist Team Racing World Championship which started on Saturday.
The two day Championship started on Saturday with 38 races on each of the two race courses. Each team races with four boats. The group stage started with 48 teams, the most ever in this competition, narrowed down to 16 by the end of the day. Tactics, team work, excellent boat handling, speed and knowledge of The Racing Rules of Sailing are essential to do well in this kind of racing.
On the alpha course Singapore, Peru and Spain progressed with three wins and no losses. On the bravo course China, Turkey and Italy achieved the same feat. These six teams will surely be the favourites for Sunday's finale.
The short S shape course, with matches lasting for an average of 6 minutes ensure exciting and adrenalin filled racing. The Championship will conclude on Sunday.
Elimination round results - from the event page at the bottom click Provisional Team racing results:
Photo gallery by Matias Capizzano