What happened in sailing world in the past week

Friday is the day for reviewing the past week, and we will do exactly that. Quite a lot of events happened in the sailing world, but here is a glimpse of it.

Lake Garda Optimist Open

Lake Garda Optimist Open regatta was held on the lake Garda in Italy. There were 1063 participants (cadets 9-11 years and juniors 12-15 years) from various countries. In the Junior division, the winner is Stephan Baker with 17 points. Florian Krauss is positioned 2nd (29 points). He is followed by a Russian helmsman Dmitriy Lazdin (40 points). There were approximately 800 helms in the Junior division, this victory is quite valuable! Two more Russian sailors made it to the top-50 in this regatta: Alexandra Lukoyanova, on the 21st position and first among female sailors, and Victoria Liksanova (43 position in the rankings).

Italians Maria Vittoria Arseni (25 points) and Alex Demurtas (26 points) are first two leaders among cadets, followed by polish sailor Patryk Chelkowski (39 points). Congratulation to all participants!

Sailor of the month in the USA

Another sailing event cannot be disregarded. Kris Scheppe was chosen as the sailor of the month in the USA. Kris was diagnosed with a genetic disorder of the vision when he was young, and now he is legally blind. But that never broke his spirit, he won multiple awards in different regattas and founded the sailing club of his college. Kris started sailing with his parents when he was a kid, he got the love for yachts from his father. During his studies, he founded Florida Gulf Coast University Sailing Club, which is still operating. After Kris graduated he founded another non-profit organization Blind Sailing Unlimited. He wanted to share his experience and give people with vision disorders an opportunity to race the regattas, daytime sailing, coastal cruises, etc. Kris is not just the winner of multiple regattas. He has thousands of miles of open ocean on his account.

For now, his dream is to sail around the world non-stop and he wants to be the first legally blind person to do it!

RC44 Championship Tour in Sotogrande

Sotogrande prepares for the RC44 Championship Tour, which will be held there 27-30 April. It is the first stage of the Tour, there will be four more: Porto Cervo, Italy (29 June – 2 July); Marstrand, Sweden /2017 RC44 World Championship/ (10 – 13 August); Cascais, Portugal (28 September – 1 October); Calero Marinas, Arrecife (23 – 26 November).

For now, there are 8 teams participating, representing 8 different countries:

  • CEEREF (Igor Lah (SLO) / Adrian Stead (GBR)
  • Aqua (Chris Bake (GBR) / Cameron Appleton (NZL)
  • Artemis Racing (Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE) / Francesco Bruni (ITA)
  • Katusha (Alexander Novoselov (RUS) / Andy Horton (USA)
  • Bronenosec Sailing Team (Vladimir Liubomirov (RUS) / Kirill Frolov (RUS) / Cameron Dunn (NZL)
  • Peninsula Petroleum Sailing Team (John Bassadone (GBR) / Vasco Vascotto (ITA)
  • Nika (Vladimir Prosikhin (RUS)/ Terry Hutchinson (USA)
  • Charisma (Nico Poons (NED)/ Morgan Reeser (USA)
  • Artemis Racing Youth – Gustaf Lidvall (SWE) / Freddy Loof (SWE) won't be joining the first Act of the season due to their articipation in the America's Cup, but will join the fleet in Porto Cervo in Act 2.