Youth Storm Coming to the Caribbean >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News


Antigua suffered minimal damage in 2017 when Hurricane Irma and Maria ravaged the Caribbean region, and are now preparing for a hurricane of another kind: hosting the 2019 Optimist World Championship.

With an expectation of 300 young sailors from over 50 countries for the racing on July 8-15, Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck checked in with Antiguan event organizer Paola Vittoria for an update:

Tell us about the selection process.

The bid was presented at the International Optimist Class AGM at the 2017 Optimist World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand (July 2017). To our surprise we won the bid at this forum (against China by just a few points), with the bid then reconfirmed at the 2018 World Championships in Limassol, Cyprus.

It takes some guts for a small island nation to host…

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