The Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championships, hosted by the Lunenburg Yacht Club, have concluded with 2 races sailed on Friday to complete 12 races in total. Conditions for the event challenged the 85 sailors from across Canada, the US and Bermuda. Ranging from 20-25 knots on Monday to a peaceful 6-10 knots on Friday, the overall winner was Justin Vittecoq (Blue Fleet - 11 and 12 year olds) from Hudson Yacht Club/RCYC with consistent top ten finishes to finish 2 points ahead of Jared Collinson (Red Fleet – 13, 14 and 15) from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. The other sailors in the top 5 were Peter Ehvert (RCYC – Red), Coralie Vittecoq (HYC/RCYC - Red) and Matti Muru (RCYC - Red). The winner of the White Fleet (10 and under) was Campbell Patton from Bermuda finishing in 22nd place overall. Top competitor in the 10 boat Green Fleet (Novice) was Samuel Court from the Lunenburg Yacht Club. Final results for the Championship and Green Fleets can be found on the event website http://www.opti2011.ca/index.html under competitor info.
As well as the overall winner of the regatta and the Blue Fleet, Justin has been invited by the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association to sail in the RenRe Junior Gold Cup to sail against some of the top Opti sailors from around the world whose countries are represented at the Argo Gold Cup Match Racing.
Many thanks to the organizers, staff at LYC, volunteers, sponsors, competitors and parents who contributed to making this event so highly successful. We look forward to next year’s championships to be hosted at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.