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Monaco Optimist Academy 

 

In keeping with its sports policy and desire to be a winter training base in the Mediterranean, the Yacht Club de Monaco hosted the 2nd Monaco Optimist Academy this weekend. 

 

In total, 137 children from nine nationalities, divided across Minimes (13-15-year-olds: 92 contestants) and Benjamins (12-13-year-olds: 45 contestants), came to compete in a meeting which combines races and intensive training. Organised in collaboration with boat builder Erplast, the Monaco Optimist Academy is special as it allows coaches to go alongside contestants during races to give them invaluable one-on-one advice. 

 

 

Attracted by the original format, some teams travel thousands of miles to be here, like the group from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and nearer home from Circolo della Vela Sicilia and the Swiss Team ACVL. All had the same goal: to pit themselves against the best teams in the western Mediterranean and, for the French who were out in force, to qualify for the Monaco Optimist Team Race organised by the YCM in January. 

Conditions lived up to expectations with four races for the Minimes and three for the younger Benjamins in a steady south-westerly breeze (>11 knots) beneath sunny skies on a flat sea. 

 

 

Benjamins: Swiss consistency pays off

 

In the Benjamins, French sailors Arthur Couturier (Pointe Rouge Marseille) and Charles Trolard (Yacht Club Grande Motte) may have won the races, but had to bow before Swiss consistency from Evan Lamarche, never leader but always in the lead pack (2/3/3) and therefore overall winner. 

 

 

 

For the Benjamin girls, the Swiss again dominated with victory going to Zoe Becquemmie and 3rd place to Ophelie de Gênes.  Big congratulations to Monegasque hopeful Ludovica Bonelli who put in a great performance to clinch 2nd.

 

>> RANKING

 

 

Minimes: leaders at the meeting

 

In the Minime girls, a trio from Marseille bagged the podium with Violette Manhes 3rd, Emma Picot 2nd and Anna Combet 1st who broke away from the fleet to win a race, ahead of all the boys hungry for victory. With 92 budding young sailors on the start in the Minimes the battle was intense, as evidenced by numerous general recalls to channel their youthful enthusiasm into letting rip on the water.

 

The results?  The best in class were always in the forefront: Swiss Jean Lou L’auberge finished 5th just behind Circolo della Vella Sicilia’s Giole Riccobono in 4th and Samuel Nokes 3rd. Zou Scheme from SR Antibes and YCM local Leonardo Bonelli finished 1st and 2nd respectively after a battle royal between the two. Only one point separated them in the final overall ranking. 

 

 

>> RANKING

 

A reminder that this regatta was a qualifier for the international Monaco Optimist Team Race (MOTR) which gathers the 16 best clubs and nations, that’s 64 contestants, 10-13 January 2019.

After this weekend, SR Antibes has earned the honour of returning to represent France. 

 

All competitors have noted the date in their diaries for the next Monaco Optimist Academy weekend which will take place 22-24 November 2019.

 

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Monaco Optimist Academy 

 

In keeping with its sports policy and desire to be a winter training base in the Mediterranean, the Yacht Club de Monaco hosted the 2nd Monaco Optimist Academy this weekend. 

 

In total, 137 children from nine nationalities, divided across Minimes (13-15-year-olds: 92 contestants) and Benjamins (12-13-year-olds: 45 contestants), came to compete in a meeting which combines races and intensive training. Organised in collaboration with boat builder Erplast, the Monaco Optimist Academy is special as it allows coaches to go alongside contestants during races to give them invaluable one-on-one advice. 

 

 

Attracted by the original format, some teams travel thousands of miles to be here, like the group from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and nearer home from Circolo della Vela Sicilia and the Swiss Team ACVL. All had the same goal: to pit themselves against the best teams in the western Mediterranean and, for the French who were out in force, to qualify for the Monaco Optimist Team Race organised by the YCM in January. 

Conditions lived up to expectations with four races for the Minimes and three for the younger Benjamins in a steady south-westerly breeze (>11 knots) beneath sunny skies on a flat sea. 

 

 

Benjamins: Swiss consistency pays off

 

In the Benjamins, French sailors Arthur Couturier (Pointe Rouge Marseille) and Charles Trolard (Yacht Club Grande Motte) may have won the races, but had to bow before Swiss consistency from Evan Lamarche, never leader but always in the lead pack (2/3/3) and therefore overall winner. 

 

 

 

For the Benjamin girls, the Swiss again dominated with victory going to Zoe Becquemmie and 3rd place to Ophelie de Gênes.  Big congratulations to Monegasque hopeful Ludovica Bonelli who put in a great performance to clinch 2nd.

 

>> RANKING

 

 

Minimes: leaders at the meeting

 

In the Minime girls, a trio from Marseille bagged the podium with Violette Manhes 3rd, Emma Picot 2nd and Anna Combet 1st who broke away from the fleet to win a race, ahead of all the boys hungry for victory. With 92 budding young sailors on the start in the Minimes the battle was intense, as evidenced by numerous general recalls to channel their youthful enthusiasm into letting rip on the water.

 

The results?  The best in class were always in the forefront: Swiss Jean Lou L’auberge finished 5th just behind Circolo della Vella Sicilia’s Giole Riccobono in 4th and Samuel Nokes 3rd. Zou Scheme from SR Antibes and YCM local Leonardo Bonelli finished 1st and 2nd respectively after a battle royal between the two. Only one point separated them in the final overall ranking. 

 

 

>> RANKING

 

A reminder that this regatta was a qualifier for the international Monaco Optimist Team Race (MOTR) which gathers the 16 best clubs and nations, that’s 64 contestants, 10-13 January 2019.

After this weekend, SR Antibes has earned the honour of returning to represent France. 

 

All competitors have noted the date in their diaries for the next Monaco Optimist Academy weekend which will take place 22-24 November 2019.

 

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