The press service of the Sailing school “Krestovsky island” summed up the world championship in the class “Optimist”, which, recall, took place on the island of Antigua.
Russian “optimists” have returned Home from the world Cup. Performance in Antigua could hardly be considered successful – all athletes tetroxide in distilled bronze fleet.
As you know, the title of world champion for the third consecutive time has won a 15-year-old Italian Marco Gradoni. He is almost 20 points ahead of the nearest competitor Maltese Richard Schultheis. Bronze – Spaniard Jaime Ayarza.
Strong winds and serious for became a real challenge for the participants of the championship. Gusts of wind up to 28 knots and waves up to three meters forced the organizers even cancel the final race for the bottom two fleets.
They explained that technical difficulties – said upon returning from the tournament the coach of the school “Krestovsky island” Ilya Eliseu. I was on the water, saw that the installers just can’t put up signs and understand that the judges are tired and the thought that races enough. Although it was a shame. Many yachtsmen were ready to get out on the water, including our racers who wanted to improve their position.
Overall, I’m not satisfied with the performance. It is necessary to draw conclusions. All Russian athletes involved in different coaches and the results are about the same. Someone is lucky more, someone-less.
There were objective reasons: for example, late materials, and we, in fact, have trained in his fighting sail only one day, right before the regatta. And Cooper and Ivanov sails generally had to alter.
The first seventy persons of the championship chase on the individual design of the sails. Russia this time far behind. We have regular production sail. The speed of the leaders, if you look at the tracks, almost two times higher than that of our athletes. In my experience, to get into the gold fleet of the Russian athletes was impossible. In silver, given training, Yes. But not in “gold”.
Ocean swell, over fifty meters per minute. Such experience at us was not. All days with a single barrel, Eastern, direction. The wind dispersed the wave, which you should be able to virulase. Such conditions were adapted only those athletes who “sat” on this area: Brazil, Argentina, America, Spain. Surprise was the defeat of the Swiss in the gold fleet.
Great analysis after this regatta will still be held, but it is now clear that the qualifiers should take place before and end at least one month before the start of this major regatta. Preparation for the world Championships or Europe should begin in six months and arrive in the waters where they occur. Better – not once. And it’s good that the guys have at least one fee with a specialist who does not know them. Non-Russian to an objective view. After all, every coach believes the athlete the best, but the competition with foreign fleets tells a different story.
It should be ready for the team race, as did Italy, who won this discipline…