Optimists battle for supremacy in all-day event

Friday November 24, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
The stage is set for the Cook Islands National Optimist Championship to be held tomorrow. 17112337 The stage is set for the Cook Islands National Optimist Championship to be held tomorrow. 17112337

The battle for the Cook Islands National Optimist Championship title will rage on this Saturday at the Rarotonga Sailing Club in an all-day event.

 

This year the top sailors have been Elizabeth Kenyon, who holds the RSC Club Championship, Shaquil Munokoa, who holds the Aitutaki Sailing Club Championship and Kohl Horton, who won the recent interclub Boatshed Regatta Championship in October.

Close behind these three are a raft of up-and-coming younger sailors from both clubs, who are capable of upsetting places and breaking through.

From Aitutaki, Terii Haurua and Akatapu Sabatini have roared up through the rankings, while Robert Wigmore, Koru and Max McDonald and George Newman will be waiting for their chance to pounce.

Rounding out the field are a bunch of keen young sailors who threw themselves at the competition in October in Aitutaki in very challenging conditions.

In overcoming the difficult settings, they proved themselves capable of improving each of their rankings at this opportunity.

Watch out for Griffin Witwer RSC, who carried the Boatshed Green Fleet title with style, with Dom Munokoa ASC hot on his heels.

With improving younger sailors now in their second major regatta working on their skills to improve their ranking, there will be a shake up for sure - and everything to gain improved places and a great day of sailing.

The wind looks like it will be challenge at this stage, ranging from 16 to 21 knots over the racing period.

However, these youngsters handled in excess of 20 knots in Aitutaki in marginal conditions, so there’s no fear in this fleet!

This will be the final interclub match for the year.

RSC is ready and waiting to host sailors and their families, and there’s going to be a grand old competition for the Sir Thomas Davis Trophy, which is sure to be great entertainment.

            - RSC

 

 

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