Southern Wind – Proud sponsor of the Optimist African Championships 2022

Southern Wind is proud to have been the main sponsor of the Optimist African Championship 2022 held in Cape Town some weeks ago, thus supporting young sailors in their professional Optimist career.

A total of 10 nations participated in the event that for many represents the starting block to becoming professional sailors and to get to compete, one day, in the Super Yacht circuit, the America’s Cup, the Olympics and more.

As Stefan Falcon, head of our Lamination Dept and among the event organizers, said: “The common ground between an optimist and a superyacht, stands in the fact that sailing is really the only sport that becomes a lifestyle no matter the size and has the potential to offer “direct employment”, working in a field that is also your passion. And it all starts with an Optimist.”

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Last days at the Worlds 2022

Hi guys. So day 4 of racing went well for the most part. Robert and Aydin we put into the emerald fleet. The first race only started around 14.30 as we had to wait for the breeze to come in. Measuring about 22knots. Robert had a great day in race 7 he got a 13th place and in race 8 he placed 17th. Aydin placed 58th in race 7 and unfortunately 27 sailors were BFD on race 8 and he was one of them. We still believe he was unlucky as he didn’t seem to think he was over the line but the race committee has the better perspective. Will need to try and pull up some places in the next few days.

So second last day of racing. We had a late start again with the wind only picking from 14.00. The wind was around 20-22 knots. We had a second failure on Robert’s sail this time but with the same problem with the sprit pulling out. So it was a mad rush to send request forms off and change sails again. Luckily the staff was very helpful and extremely quick in getting Robbie to the start on time for the first race. At least he mad it without any penalty. The racing is extremely close with the fleet all really close rounding marks. So any small mistakes and you lose 10 places in the blink of an eye. Robert finished 36th and 40th moving to 237th overall and Aydin finished 59th and 58th staying in 275th. So last day today to see what we can do against an extremely tough fleet.

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Technical Failure at the Worlds

Race day 3 was an eventful day. Robert placed fairly decently in the green class in both races. Aydin unfortunately had a technical failure on his brand new sail with the sprit tie pulling out of the sail. He came back in and the Turkish organizers helped us rig up his spare sail in super speed almost as fast as Formula One tyre change 🤣. So after the second race it was back to the measurement station to re certify his spare sail which was a mission in itself. The boys positions on the standing remained the same after the days results. Team racing on Saturday and Sunday so we will have some days off and do some site seeing and shopping. Racing again on Monday.