IODA Optimist World Championship
31 Oct 14
Switzerland's Nicolas Rolaz has been crowned 2014 Optimist World Champion after a strong week of sail boat racing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
|Date of Birth||24 April 1975|
|Place of Birth||Redhill, Surrey, England|
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With three Paralympic 2.4mR gold medallists in the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition 2.4mR fleet Helena Lucas entered the event as an outside favourite.
Although she had taken the 2011-2012 2.4mR ISAF Sailing World Cup title, a regatta victory in the one-person keelboat had always evaded her following a string of silver and bronze medals since she stepped into the boat in 2003.
As the week unfolded in Weymouth and Portland, Great Britain, Lucas injected a bit of girl power into the open 2.4mR fleet. As the only female sailor in the pack she made light work of her male counterparts with consistent sailing in a variety of wind speeds on her home waters.
She started the regatta as she meant to go on, by winning races, as her first bullet, a narrow split second victory ahead of Thierry Schmitter (NED), came on the opening day. Three consecutive race wins followed at the midway point of the event giving the Brit a healthy advantage on the final straight.
Despite a shaky penultimate day the writing was on the wall and Lucas etched her name in British Paralympic sailing history to become the nation's first gold medallist.
Gold medal - 2012 Paralympic Sailing Competition, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - August 2012
1st 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup
2 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth and Portland, GBR - June 2012
3 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - May 2012
2 - Semaine Olympique Francaise de Voile, Hyeres, FRA - April 2012
2 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - March 2012
5 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - January 2012
4 - IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships, Florida, USA - January 2012