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OPTIMISTS EVERYWHERE!!

September 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
Just outside Split harbor on September 25th we came upon a yet another organized sailboat race, but this time it was the kids that were single handed racing their little flat bottom sailing prams call Optimists or “Optis”.
Opti

Opti

From a distance there was a mass of white sails on the horizon that looked like a swarm of small white butterflies.  Croatia has the largest fleet of Optis that we have seen anywhere—except perhaps the US Nationals for the class during Marblehead Race Week.

White Blur on Horizon

White Blur on Horizon

Where is the Start Line

Where is the Start Line

All in all, we counted between 80-100 boats all trying to cross the start line at the same time.  It was a little chaotic as they swarmed around the committee boat to start the race.

Is this a race or a traffic jam

Is this a race or a traffic jam

Out of My Way

Out of My Way

Some of the young sailors were having a little trouble, but there were plenty of chase boats to help out, and then tow them in at the end of the day.

Back to the Course

Back to the Course

It was quite inspiring to see all these young people (both boys and girls) having such a great time.  Sailing competition is alive and well in Croatia.

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