The final day of racing at the 2012 Optimist World Championships was unfortunately an uneventful one. The 210 competitors took to the water in the morning in mild  conditions of about 10 knots. The first fleet began racing but an hour later all races were abandoned. The wind was too light for the strong current and sailors were not able to make progress around the course.

Later in the afternoon the Race Committee decided to try again but eventually the hard decision was made to abandon all races for the day which meant that the World Championships were over.

This means there was no change to the leader board and Tralee's Sophie Browne finishes 13th overall but takes home the silver medal in the girl's division. This result is a tremendous accomplishment for the teenager who beat off fierce competition from what is recognised as the toughest and most competitive youth sailing class in the world.   

Rory Fitzpatrick, ISA Youth & Development Officer remarked “This is an outstanding performance and result for Sophie. She has been training hard with the ISA Optimist Squad for the past 12 months in preparation for this event and we are delighted with her silver medal”.

Congratulations Sophie!

See here for more information and full results.   

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8th January 2012

Day 5 of the Optimist World Championships saw wind, rain, fog and therefore poor visibility.  It wasn't until 1350 that the decision was made for the competitors to go out on the water. The wind was 18 knots, it was still raining, and the swells were 2 meters high, but the event organisers were determined to complete three races and three races they did complete. Sophie started out the day with a solid performance and a 4th place. She continued to sail well and finished in 14th in her second race but unfortunately slipped back in the fleet for her third race ultimately finishing 42nd which resulted in her dropping to 13th overall on the leader board. It’s all still to play for as she prepares for the final day of racing tomorrow. 

See here for more information and full results.  

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7th January 2012

Success continued for Sophie today as racing resumed at the Optimist World Championships in Napier, New Zealand. With lights winds again causing interference with the schedule, only two races were completed successfully for the 210 competitors. Sophie placed 31st and 5th which, allowing for a discard, means she now climbs 7 places to 9th overall. Racing will continue until Monday the 9th of January.

See here for more information and full results.  

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5th January 2012

14 year old Sophie Browne (TBSC/RCYC) is currently the sole representative for Ireland at the Optimist World Championships in New Zealand, where racing began on New Year’s Day. Following her tremendous success at the 61st Trofeo Ciutat de Palma at the beginning of December where she picked up the girls top spot and 4th overall from a fleet of 391, Sophie travelled to Napier where she spent her Christmas preparing and training for the event.

The 210 competitors from 48 countries have been divided into six groups resulting in three fleets per race and a spectacle on the start line with seventy boats per race. Light winds have unfortunately hindered some racing with only one successful race being completed on both Day 1 and Day 3 however four successful races on Day 2 tally an overall of six solid results for Sophie, allowing for one discard. Sophie has maintained her position at the top of the leader board with all six of her results in the top 20, two of which in the top 5. She is currently 16th overall with racing due to resume for her on Saturday the 7th following two days of team racing and a lay day. Racing will then continue until Monday the 9th.

See here for more information and full results. 

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