The second edition of the Optimist Gold Cup gathered in Yacht Club Monfalcone (Home of Hannibal) more than 180 sailors from all over the world - Italy, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Slovenia, Croatia, and Turkey with some of the athletes coming directly from the Optimist World Championship. During the regatta, participants were challenged with all kinds of conditions- starting from the famous strong Bora wind, typical in this area, to the very light and even no wind conditions.
After 5 difficult races we are proud to see the real CD Girls Power ruling the podium of both categories:
Juniores: Olha Lubianska (2nd place overall, 1st place females)
U12: Ahnieshka Madonich( 3rd place overall, 1st place females)
The highest grade on the podium in Juniores group takes Giuseppe Montesano (Club Nautico Sirena) whereas in cadets croup the Gold medal goes to Nicola Di Pilla (Lni Pescara) with 5 first positions in all 5 races .
All 3 days were full of emotions not only on the sea but also on the shore. Saturday evening everyone had a unique chance to meet and ask the secrets, sailing tips and tricks to Vasco Vascotto - Italian sailor who has won 25 World Championships titles and Marco Gradoni - a unique athlete that holds 3 Optimist World Champion Titles. 'It's not the necessary to become champions, but surely each of you has this opportunity! Never give up, even in the most difficult moments, because every bad day is an opportunity to learn and improve. Bad days and bad races are when you really get the most important lessons. To win you have to work hard and if it will not help you to become a champion, it will definitely help you become a better person' , Says Vasco Vascotto. 'It is important that you enjoy what you do but also put all your willfulness and effort to challenge yourself because the small results you reach every day are the ones that help to improve', Adds Marco Gradoni who is a great example for Optimist sailing community showing that if you work hard and love what you do, you can reach your dreams. Ex optisailor is now dedicating his efforts to reach the results in Olympic classes and is one of the young talents under Luna Rossa team radar.
Another moment full of emotions was a big lottery which is already a tradition of the Optimist Gold Cup with a chance to win plenty of great prizes. The most desirable undoubtedly was a new boat from Exoboat (Bronze medal winner in Optimist World Championship 2022). Another lucky Optimists got sets of Giulietti - One Design Rigs with mast , boom and sprit adapted to the sailor's size (Silver medal winner in Optimist World Championship), CD sails (Bronze medal winner in Optimist World Championship 2022) and other surprises. Every day participants were welcomed with breakfast, pocket lunch, fresh fruits and pasta party with support of Marina of Monfalcone and Monfalcone City.
Monfalcone is not only a CD Sails home, but a place with rich sailing traditions through all the times. We are proud to be part of this event and contribute to growing the Optimist sailing traditions in this area.
Thank you all and see you next year in July in Optimist Gold Cup 2023!