In just a few days time the International Optimist Class Worlds will begin in Langkawi, Malaysia.
This fabulous island venue will see a near record attendance of 235 sailors from as many as 56 countries. Many sailors have already arrived and are getting to know the sailing conditions in the race area, including the current, which can make this venue particularly challenging.
The attending sailors include Sinclair Jones (Peru) the reigning World Champion and the runner-up, Mohamad Faizal Norizan, on his home waters. Noppakao Poonpat, first girl last year in Brazil, will also be there, one of five sailors from Thailand. The Continental Champions from the North Americans (Christoper Williford USA), South Americans (Ignacio Varisco ARG), Oceanians (Nia Jerwood AUS), Africans (Imane Cherif Sahraoui ALG) and Asians (Kimberley Lim SIN) are hoping to add a Worlds title to their names.
This year we will feature interviews with the sailors and supporters as well as live tracking of the races. The Worlds mini-site is already up and running with photos of some of the teams taken before they arrived in Malaysia. Book mark the page and keep up to date with the action as it happens.
Event website - http://www.optiworld.org/MiniSite/