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New generation tackle Monaco

Mediterranean Monaco Optimist Academy
24-26 November

They may only be 7 to 15 years old, but these feisty youngsters already have a taste for a challenge. Some 80 sailors from Italy (Torbole, Sicily, Alassio and San Bartolomeo) and southern France (Antibes, Porticcio and Marseille) joined the 19-strong Monegasque fleet for the first Mediterranean Monaco Optimist Academy. Contestants and coaches alike were unanimous in their praise of a successful event that “must be repeated”. The format obeyed fleet racing rules with one crucial modification: it allowed instructors to intervene on the water to give their protegees top tips to help them improve in a real-life situation.

 

 

 

An original concept combined with optimum sunny conditions in 5-18 knot fresh shifting breezes were enough to satisfy the youngsters and keep them on their toes: Tramontana (from the north-west), Ponant (south-west) then Levante (east) blew throughout the two days. In the Minime category (older group), Sacha Baraz from Antibes was the star, winning four of the six races. Congratulations to Leonardo Bonelli from the YCM’s Sports Section for an excellent 3rd place, and Luca Frederiksen who came 7th. In the Benjamin group (youngest), French lad Edouard Torres clinched top spot after five races and three wins, to put an end to the battle led by his closest rivals.

 

 

The Marseille ASPTT club topped the overall rankings, earning their youngsters a chance to participate in the next Monaco Optimist Team Race, an annual Match Racing event for 16 international teams from across Europe, held 11-14 January 2018 in Monaco.

 

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Mediterranean Monaco Optimist Academy
24-26 November

They may only be 7 to 15 years old, but these feisty youngsters already have a taste for a challenge. Some 80 sailors from Italy (Torbole, Sicily, Alassio and San Bartolomeo) and southern France (Antibes, Porticcio and Marseille) joined the 19-strong Monegasque fleet for the first Mediterranean Monaco Optimist Academy. Contestants and coaches alike were unanimous in their praise of a successful event that “must be repeated”. The format obeyed fleet racing rules with one crucial modification: it allowed instructors to intervene on the water to give their protegees top tips to help them improve in a real-life situation.

 

 

 

An original concept combined with optimum sunny conditions in 5-18 knot fresh shifting breezes were enough to satisfy the youngsters and keep them on their toes: Tramontana (from the north-west), Ponant (south-west) then Levante (east) blew throughout the two days. In the Minime category (older group), Sacha Baraz from Antibes was the star, winning four of the six races. Congratulations to Leonardo Bonelli from the YCM’s Sports Section for an excellent 3rd place, and Luca Frederiksen who came 7th. In the Benjamin group (youngest), French lad Edouard Torres clinched top spot after five races and three wins, to put an end to the battle led by his closest rivals.

 

 

The Marseille ASPTT club topped the overall rankings, earning their youngsters a chance to participate in the next Monaco Optimist Team Race, an annual Match Racing event for 16 international teams from across Europe, held 11-14 January 2018 in Monaco.

 

Results & photos >>