Fair wind: Antonio Bailey is one of five local youth sailors competing at the World Championships in New Zealand. *Photo supplied by the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association
Fair wind: Antonio Bailey is one of five local youth sailors competing at the World Championships in New Zealand. *Photo supplied by the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4: Rory Caslin had four top 15 finishes in his flight to lead Bermuda’s sailors at the IODA Sailing World Championships being held in Napier, New Zealand.

The rest of the four sailors from the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) have had mixed results over the first three days of the regatta.

They faced light winds on days one and three, which saw only one race completed in Hawke’s Bay.

It was a different situation on day two as good conditions allowed four races to be sailed.

Caslin is Bermuda’s top sailor in the event and sits 45th in the 210 boat fleet.

Makai Joell is in 122nd, Ceci Wollmann in 131st, Michael Barit in 133rd and Antonio Bailey in 145th. 

Team Bermuda coach Zizi Staniul is looking for better consistency through cleaner starts for the second half of the regatta.

Competition

Ryan Lo from Singapore is the current regatta leader followed by Bart Lambriex from the Netherlands and Javier Arribas from Peru.

Dutch sailor Lambriex was a competitor here in Bermuda for the 2011 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup in October.

The Team Racing event is scheduled for January 4 and 5 and will see Team Bermuda up against Team Great Britain in their first match. 

Team seedings are determined by the combined score of each country’s five person team at the end of three days of fleet racing. 

The sailors will have a day off on January 6 and will resume fleet racing on January 7.