Stefan, Mark, Nicola, Elisa, Sean & Theo – Optimists of the Month July 2021

Worlds Team RSA 2021. Mark Sadler (Coach), Elisa Falcon, Sean Kavanagh, Theo Scheder-Bieschen, Nicola Sadler, Stefan Falcon (Manager).

Stefan Falcon (Team Manager)

“I stepped in this role quite late in the programme due to the fact that the previously appointed manager contracted Covid and had to step down. The Team Manager position is typically a parental role, and because my daughter was competing in the event it was decided that I should take over . . . ” Read More

Mark Sadler (Team Coach)

Nicola, Elisa, Theo, Sean & Mark.

“At the end of the day, we did a good job of representing SA Sailing and SA Optimist sailing. We got respectable results, we acted well as a team, and we all wore our SA uniform with pride throughout the regatta. It was an experience that no one will forget and will be a stepping stone in each one of these sailors sailing careers, for sure . . . “ Read More

Nicola Sadler (RSA 3207)

Elisa Falcon (RSA 1431)

“We had flown into Milano three days earlier and drove to the venue in a rental car. When we rented the car, we didn’t realise that there wasn’t enough space to fit all the sail tubes and be comfortable for the drive. So, we came up with the plan was to squash Theo in the back with all the bags. Then as soon as the coast was clear, we stopped at a petrol station, (or as the Italians call it: Autogrill) and took some pool noodles that we had and put them on the roof of the car. Let remind you, there was no roofrack. Anyways we tied the tubes to the roof and Theo and the rest of us were comfy again . . . ” Read More

Theo Scheder-Bieschen (RSA 1407)

The 2021 Optimist World Championship was an amazing experience involved, the event which was held in Riva del Garda in Italy was executed almost perfectly to accommodate the sailors and everyone involved. As soon as we arrived in Riva our team was blown away by the beauty and expansiveness of the lake itself, we were all very excited to be there. The sailing itself was a lot of fun and we even made into the team racing and managed to beat the German team which is a great accomplishment, I’m sure everyone that was there had the time of their lives and none of us will ever forget it.

Sean Kavanagh (RSA 1439)

 

Nicola Sadler – South African Junior Yachtsman of the Year 2021

Nicola has been awarded the South African Junior yachtsmen of the year for her performance at the Optimist Europeans last year. 24 years after Robyn was awarded the same trophy for her Performance in the laser radial at the youth worlds in Newport 1996.
Special Mother / Daughter moment!

 

Nicola Sadler “Optimist of the Month” – November 2020

Nicola Sadler gets a top ten finish in the Optimist Europeans Girls fleet held in Potoroz, Slovenia.

The Optimist Europeans girl’s fleet consisting of 113 sailors sailed a qualifying series over 3 days. The qualifying series split the girls into 2 fleets. These fleets are re organized each day based on the day’s results.

After 6 races and a combined result the fleet was split into Gold and Silver groups for a 5 race final sailed over 2 days. Bringing the total duration of the regatta to 5 days.  Being late in the year the summer sea breezes were very weak and therefore all the races where in light to super light air. Ranging from 3 -8 knots.

Nicola sailed a relatively consistent event with a qualifying score line of 15, 4, 4, (33), 12, 8. As you can imagine it is easy to find yourself deep down the fleet in the shifty light air conditions.

Sean Kavanagh ‘Optimist of the Month’ – September 2019

Sean Kavanagh had a strong showing at the 2019 African’s held in the Seychelles. He finished 4th overall, was first under 12, won two races, never finished worse than 8th. He turned 11 years old in August and weighing in at 36kg did very well in strong wind conditions, to compete with a strong Angolan team filled with 14 and 15 year old sailors, weighing in at 50-60kgs.

Results

African Optimist Championships 2019 - Seychelles

 

Ian Walker ‘Optimist of the Month’ – August 2019

Ian was outstanding at the Optimist World Championship in Antigua in July, finishing in 5th place overall from a fleet of 255. To my knowledge this is the best finish by a South African Optimist Sailor at Worlds.

Overall Results

South Africa's Ian Walker - World Optimist Championships 2019
Ian welcomed home by fans, friends and family.
South Africa's Ian Walker - 5th at the World Optimist Championships 2019
South Africa’s Ian Walker – 5th at the World Optimist Championships 2019