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2007 Popular Securities International Optimist Regatta

The weekend of November 10, 11 & 12, the Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club hosted the 7th annual Popular Securities International Optimist Regatta. Twenty-six sailors from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands sailed nine races over three days in varying conditions at this competition, the second of three qualifying regattas held throughout the year, in order to be selected for the South American Championships, North American Championships, and the Optimist Worlds.

As you can imagine competition was intense since only the top five sailors from Puerto Rico with the best scores in the three qualifying regattas get to attend the South American Championships and the Worlds; and only nine sailors from Puerto Rico get to qualify for the North American Championships next year.

Optimist sailors typically race on the Green, White, Blue or Red fleet based on age and experience. For qualifying regattas the White, Red and Blue fleets race together as the “Advanced” fleet and qualifying is done based on the overall race results regardless of which fleet the sailor belongs to.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and to Raul Rios for winning both the South American and North American Championships this year (both out of 185 sailors) and also to Jose J. Nigaglioni for finishing Seventh at the South American Championships.

Also, congratulations to the Puerto Rican team for winning the Team Racing in both the South American and the North American Championships and the Florida State Championships this year. Quite an accomplishment for such young sailors!

For complete results: Contact Quino Nigaglioni at quinoniga@gmail.com.

Capt. Tony Miró is a life-long sailor, photographer and web developer who lives in Puerto Rico with his family. He enjoys sailing aboard his Hunter 376 ¡Nada Mas!  www.sailboatspecs.com

Overall Results
Skipper                                          Club     Fleet
Rios-de-Choudens, Raul                 CNSJ             Red
Aponte, Ivan                                   PISA     Red
Barrows, Ian                                   STYC    Blue 
Monllor, Fernando I.                       PYFC    Red
Nigaglioni, Jose J.                          PYFC    Red

Results by Fleet
Red
1        PUR5395    Rios-de-Choudens, Raul
2        PUR859      Aponte, Ivan
4        PUR4557    Monllor, Fernando I.

Blue
3        ISV8008      Barrows, Ian
6        PUR5595    Perdomo, Juan C.
8        PUR1          Aponte, Victor

White
19      PUR1111    Ramirez, Fernando
20      PUR5200    Martinez, Manuel
21      PUR397      Reguero, Andre

Green
1        PUR4557    Monllor, Miguel
2        PUR10628  Lehardy, Raoul A.
3        PUR11        Aponte, Aura

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