The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. It is recognized as an International Class and one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world.
Vallarta Yacht Club is ready to host 150 young Optimist class sailors from 14 countries who will arrive in Nuevo Vallarta in late June to compete in the 2018 Optimist North American Championships. This is one of the most important world-wide regattas for the Optimist Boat Class and one of 7 Continental Championships.
Paradise Village Resort and Marina is the official venue for this event and all of the competitors, coaches, team leaders and country representatives will be staying at the resort. The official arrival for practice and Measurement is the 24th of June with five days of racing beginning on Tuesday, June 26. However, most of the country teams will be arriving as early as the 19th of June. Many are coming with their supportive families and coaches, making a vacation of the event and enjoying the Mexican hospitality and the beautiful destinations of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.
This is the third time that Vallarta Yacht Club is hosting the Optimist North American Championship. The first was in 2007, and the second in 2014. Vallarta Yacht Club is known to be a great organizer of World Class Regattas such as the Pan-American Games in 2011, Copa Mexico, 2014 Optimist North American Championship, the 2016 Laser World Championships as well as their signature events, WesMex International Small Boat Regatta, and Banderas Bay Regatta.
Source: Banderas News