A record 81 boats competed in the 2008 Bahamas Opti National Championships held on Montagu Bay in Nassau, New Providence from 27-28 September 2008.
For the fourth time since 2005, the Bahamas Opti National Championships were held on Montagu Bay, organized by the Bahamas Sailing Association (BSA) together with the Nassau Yacht Club and the Royal Nassau Sailing Club.
Thirty-nine boats participated to the first edition of the regatta back in 2005. This year, a record number of 81 boats entered in both the championship fleet and the green fleet with young competitors from New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Long Island. A clear statement of the growing success of the BSA National Sailing School programme started in 2004.
Seven races were on the schedules and seven races were completed although the very first race of the series on Saturday morning was abandoned due to a lack of wind. With an excellent final score of 9 points, Danny DE CARDENAS became this year's Bahamas National Champion followed by two-time National Champion Christopher SANDS with 10 points. Theran MAILIAS from Long Island took the third place with 24 points.
In the green fleet, Spencer CARTWRIGTH finished first with 9 points, Enrico RIO took the second place and Alton JONES the third, both with 32 points.
Congratulations to these 81 young sailors and let's see if we can reach 100 boats on the starting line next year!
The Organizing Authority extends its appreciation to the sponsors for their support: Rotary Club of East Nassau - Gold Sponsor | Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lyford Cay Foundation - Silver sponsors | KPMG, Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Tourism, Odyssey Aviation, Bronze sponsors.
Results - click here