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2024 Optimist World Cup - Argentina

We will be covering this World Cup from December 5th - 15th, 2024 - Mar del Plata, Argentina.
A team from Argentina was at the 42nd Lake Garda Meeting in Italy in March 2024. Tactical Sailing met the coach Norberto at the Fraglia Vela Riva club.

2023 Optimist World Championship - Spain

Three World Champions 2023: Henric Wigforss SWE, Blanca Ferrando ESP, Team ITA

A conciliatory end with three races from a difficult 2023 Optimist World Championship in ESP due to weather conditions over the last few days🍀🍀. There were three notable scores:

  • Boys: Henric Wigforss from Sweden won the OPTIMIST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP on the Costa Brava/Spain, with USA sailors Travis Greenberg and Wylder Smith in 2nd and 3rd overall.
  • Girls: Blanca Ferrando from Spain won 1st place in the girls' classification, followed by Marina Pinto Portugal as well as Emma Grabar from Croatia. They were the best Opti sailors among the approx. 50 girls of the altogether 250 participants. Cosima Feussner reached a remarkable 11th place in the girls ranking.
  • Team: Team ITA won first place in the Team Race, followed by Spain and USA. 

© Source: OptiClass_GER Birgitt Müller Genrich. Fotos: Andreas Knapp
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The placings of the GER sailors at the World Championship

Final  24.06.2023: 69th Lukas Wagner; 82th Cosima Feussner; 89th David Plettner; 92th Jonny Seekamp; 118th Jasper Porthun. 
Jonny Seekamp celebrated his 12th birthday on Sunday, the day of the return journey.​​
See all reports here.
© Source: OptiClass_GER Birgitt Müller-Genrich. Fotos: Andreas Knapp

Jonny Seekamp at the 2023 World Championship on the Costa Brava (ESP)

See all reports from the World Cup here!
"Tactical Sailing" was very happy about his success - after all, Jonny has been part of the Tactical Sailing team since 2021. With two daily victories in the elimination races in Travemünde, he sovereignly sailed to the top of the best German opti-sailors! Now it's even more fun for us to report on the events surrounding the World Championship - especially because Jonny is part of it. The preparations start on 1 - 4 June at the "Spring Cup" at Costa Brava - Catalanien with nearly 200 participants. The World Cup will start on 15 - 25 June 2023 with a festive opening ceremony.
© Fotos Coach Bastian Henning, © Club de Vela la Ballena Alegre.

Jonny achieved a remarkable 92nd place among the total of 256 participants. In the 9 races he even achieves an 11th and 14th place at the top of the world's best Opti sailors:
92 GER 1902 Jonny SEEKAMP: 22 18 (53) 41 24 11  14 36 36.
Congratulations on his result, Jonny is one of the youngest competitors at the 2023 World Championship!
Jonny celebrated his 12th birthday on Sunday, the day of his return.

Jonny shows a video clip on Instagram of the best experiences at his first World Cup, click here.

Day 6 'Team Race' Winner: Team ITA

Great joy for Team ITA - winner 'Team Race' 2023! Congratulations!

The teams GER and USA fought against each other. The GER and USA teams fought each other. The German team lost the race and was eliminated.
The TOP 3 teams of the 'Team Races' 2023: 1st Italy; 2nd Spain; 3rd USA.

Days 3+4+5: Three days off sailing, no 'Team Races', no Fleet Races because of too high waves

Status 20. and 21.06.2023: On Tuesday and Wednesday, the OPTIMIST TEAM RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (TRWC) was actually on the program. But there were no TRWC races on either day. Lots of wind and rain on the Costa Brava! But it wasn't the wind that "screwed up" the racing program for the OPTI Cracks!
They could not push their boats into the water due to high waves. 
World Cup information gathering is a problem this year. The media workers at the World Cup venue seem to be on strike, the last info on the World Cup event website was on 18 June.
On 22.06.23 at 12 o'clock the Fleet Races were to continue, no chance because of too high waves. © Source: OptiClass_GER Birgitt Müller-Genrich.

Day 1+2: Interim results

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Status 18.06.2023: CRO, SWE, GRE, THA & ITA repeat their good results and are compeating early for the chance to lead the Optimist World Cup 2023. 

Status 19.06.2023: Travis Greenberg from the USA 23838 is at the top of the ranking at the end of the World Cup qualifying series with 6 races, followed by Henric Wigforss SWE 4904 from Sweden with the same number of points. On ranks 3 to 5 Bepo Duplancic/CRO 1319, Wlylder Smith/USA, Chanatip Tongglum/THA. Henric Wigforss successfully defended his 2nd place from the previous day today. Travis Greenberg in front of him took the overall lead with two wins today, yesterday he was in 6th place.

Opening ceremony

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Welcome by the Club manager and IODA Vice-President

Pep Subirats: Welcome Optimist World Championship (Insta)⛵️ 🏠 Welcome home sailor (Insta) 🌊 Welcome photos (fb)
IODA Vice-President Sigrid Beckmann: sigridbeckriq: Proud and honored to be part of the oficial presentation of the 2023 Optimist World Championship in a magnificent venue surrounded by Greek and Roman ruins. We are ready to go!

The Club de Vela la Ballena Alegre - Costa Brava - Catalonia

The 2023 Optimist World Championship will be hosted by Club Vela Ballena Alegre from 15 to 25 June 2023. More information is available on Instagram: Sailingballena. It will be the sixth time in the history of the Optimist class that the World Championship will be held in Spain. 2023 is a special year for the IODA. It is the 50th anniversary of the recognition of the Optimist as an international class. Spain has been a member for 50 years and has played a pivotal role in the history and development of the Optimist Class over the years.
The IODA is looking forward to coming back to Spain to celebrate our 50th Anniversary as an International Class. Participants and chaperones will be accommodated in the various bungalows on the resort grounds. The website is: https://www.ballena-alegre.com/en/ 

The German 2023 World Cup team

"We have a motivated and good-humoured group. The first days of preparation have already been a lot of fun and we believe we will bring a strong team to the start," write coaches Birte Berger and Bastian Henning from Spain/Costa Brava. Since last Saturday, the GER World Cup Team 2023 (from left: Coach Birte Berger, Jonny Seekamp, Jasper Porthun, Lukas Wagner, David Plettner, Cosima Feussner, Coach Bastian Henning) off L'Escala. On their water program: district knowledge (How does the Sea-Breeze work ...What happens in fog?). On their land program: team building (in the pool, during early morning sports, building sandcastles, cooking together). And the best is at the end of the day: Analysis of their own sailing videocasts. © Photos Coach Bastian Henning, Report: © Birgitt Müller-Genrich OptiClass.de

World Championship with more than 50 nations

The Spanish Club de Vela la Ballena Alegre will host the Optimist World Championship on 15 - 25 June 2023. Girls and boys under the age of 16 from all over the world meet here to determine their world champion. It is the most important sailing event  for children, because mastering the small,agile "Opti" is an important prerequisite for future sailing competitions.
Many a star has earned his first sporting spurs in him - including sailing legends such as Jochen Schumann and Ben Ainslie. But also, many top sailors of today trained technique, tactics and mental strength in the youngest boat. While an important focus of the event is on the sporty aspect of this small boat, the club is dealing with another important topic within the framework of the World Championship. See more information: https://2023worlds.optiworld.org/en/default/races/race 

Result: "Spring Cup 2023

Coach Bastian Henning: 
Gratulation to @_erikscheidt_ for winning 🥇at the test event for the Optimist World championchip 2023 💪 Super proud of my group they prepared well for the worlds 💪
🥉for Cosima Feußner 🇩🇪(girls) 💪
22th Lukas Wagner 🇩🇪
73th Jonny Seekamp 🇩🇪
78th David Plettner 🇩🇪
83th Jasper Porthun 🇩🇪
85th Kris Wagner 🇦🇹

Siehe einen Video Clip bei instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CtG4BgxAdSz/ 

Preparation: Training at the "Spring Cup 2023" - almost 200 sailors from 30 nations

From 1 - 4 June, 197 sailors from 30 nations are registered on the entry list of "Regata Costa Brava Spring Cup 2023". The German World Championship team with Jonny Seekamp, Jasper Porthun, Lukas Wagner, David Plettner and Cosima Feussner is also taking part in this regatta. They will already meet many of their future World Cup challengers at the races.
The coaches Birte Berger/Bastian Henning: " ... we believe we will bring a strong team to the start."
Jonny Seekamp, born 25.06.2011 / 11 years (U13 group):

His motto: "The youngest will be the first ..."

2023 Optimist World Championship – Sailing for a better world

These days are not only about the atmosphere during the regattas or the sporting competition, but it is also about a very special way of planning and carrying out this event with the aim of developing the awareness of sustainability among young sailors

  • the awareness of their own personal CO2 footprint.

Because by thinking globally and acting locally, people and communities can work together – as in sporting competitions here – to promote environmental sustainability and thus protect the planet and its vital ecosystems for future generations. The various activities in this area allow the Club de Vela la Ballena Alegre to be nominated for the "World Sailing Sustainability Award".

Project Manager Pep Subirats from Club de Vela la Ballena Alegre has been supporting Tactical Sailing (TS-Supporter) for many years. Pep translated a TS dictionary into Spanish with more than 400 words about regatta sailing.  A total of 11 languages are available in the dictionary, which will help sailors who have travelled to Spain.

Tactical Sailing dictionary available in 11 languages free of charge, also with Spanish vocabulary

Project Manager Pep Subirats from Club de Vela la Ballena Alegre has been supporting Tactical Sailing (TS Supporter) for many years. Pep translated a TS dictionary with more than 400 vocabulary words about regatta sailing into Spanish. There are a total of 11 languages available in the dictionary, which will help sailors travelling to Spain.

Order the Coach's Toolbox - available in 3 languages: Spanish, English and German

Order a Coach's Toolbox here in the online shop. "Participants in the 2021 championship in Argentina - as now also for the 2023 championships in Spain and Greece - will be offered a Coach’s Toolbox." The idea for the Spanish language version came from Pablo Villar (ARG), who has been working intensively for years in Buenos Aires to promote young sailors. Pablo Villar:

  • "The Tactical Sailing Tool will certainly help sailors understand the reasons for tactical decisions and make them better tactical sailors!"

Coach's Tool Bag - a new innovative tool for tactical decision making

Order a "Tool Bag" in the Online Shop.

Strategic and tactical decisions in regatta sailing are made in a similar way to classic "risk management". Already at the starting line, the sailor has to decide on the right or left side of the Regatta area. Jochen Schumann, Germany's most successful sailor, agrees: "The physics of sailing constantly forces us to make a clear decision. " In the Tactical Sailing program there is the "Coach’s Toolbox" with over 100 exercises. From this toolbox collection we have put together a special "Tool Bag" for regatta sailors. With these exercises, the ability to make decisions is trained, such as risk assessment and gain-loss analysis. They serve the regatta sailor to prepare for cups and championships, such as:

  • 2023 Optimist World Championship Costa Brava - Spain,
  • 2023 Optimist European Championship Thessaloniki - Greek.

With one "click", the coach can repeatedly call up the simulation of a regatta scene as video clips (YouTube) and discuss it with the sailors, e.g. tactical behaviour on the way to the finish line. We are happy to provide  the new "Tool Bag" for all sailors.


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