The St. Croix Source reports on 9 young sailors from the US Virgin Islands who have started an intensive week of competitive sailing in Antigua. The 2015 Optimist North American Championship taking place right now, from July 5 through 12.
The nine sailors from St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are competing in the 2015 North America Championship which has attracted 163 sailors from 23 countries. With a 10-day program that includes training, five days of fleet racing and one day of team racing, these young sailors have a busy schedule from July 3 until July 13.
The USVI Team members ranging between 11 and 15 years of age include Mateo Di Blasi from St John; Victoria Flatley, Mia Nicolosi, Teddy Nicolosi and Julian van den Driessche from St Thomas; Mathieu Dale, Steven Hardee, Rider Odom and Lake Sanford from St. Croix.
Together with their coach Argy Resano, these sailors have competed in a number of local and international events this year. The North American Championship is among one of the top international events for this popular dinghy class.