Puerto Rico Sweeps the 2007 Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta

This last weekend the Puerto Rico team competing in the 2007 Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta swept first, second and third place in the junior sailing event. Of course, there were only 5 contestants, but still a strong showing. Nah, seriously, the event attracted a record 95 junior sailors (ages 8-15) representing Germany, Canada, the U.S. mainland (Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, Washington), Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, all three U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Barbados and Curacao. With this level of participation, it makes the event the largest regatta of its kind in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico's Monllor was the event's big winner finishing first in his age group (red fleet, ages 13 - 15) and first overall in the competition. He was followed by fellow islanders Raul Rios, in second, and Ivan Aponte, in third. Rios is the reigning South American Championships winner and Aponte the North American Championships winner, distinctions that highlighted the caliber of sailing talent at this regatta.

I'll have to admit that this kind of dedication and passion in some of our youths gives me real hope. I think that these kids should be welcomed into the Forteleza and have their pictures plastered all over the newspapers and television news. This is real achievement, this is really something worth celebrating. I virtually tip my hat to you and wish you continued success. I hope they continue their pursuit and who knows, maybe one of these kids will bring Puerto Rico its first Olympic gold medal. Now that would be something....

TOP-THREE RESULTS

OVERALL (72 Boats)
1. Fernando Monllor, Puerto Rico, 2-2-1-2-4-5-3-17-1-(28)-5-12-2; 54
2. Raul Rios, Puerto Rico, (31)-1-8-1-8-2-1-3-14-12-9-5-3-9; 64
3. Ivan Aponte, Puerto Rico, 11-(15)-11-11-2-11-7-4-2-5-2-11; 77

RED FLEET (28 Boats)
1. Fernando Monllor, Puerto Rico, 2-2-1-2-4-5-3-17-1-(28)-5-12-2; 54
2. Raul Rios, Puerto Rico, (31)-1-8-1-8-2-1-3-14-12-9-5-3-9; 64
3. Ivan Aponte, Puerto Rico, 11-(15)-11-11-2-11-7-4-2-5-2-11; 77

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Anónimo

4 de enero de 2012, 09:03
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dijo...

Luego de esta victoria en 2007, este grupo de puertorriqueños ganaron el campeonato Suramericano en Peru, el campeonato Norteamericano en Curacao y la triple Corona Mundial en Turquía, Raul Rios coronándose campeon individual, Iván Aponte posicion #12 y Fernando posicion #18 de los medallistas top 20 entre 250 veleristas y 52 naciones presentes. Tambien parte de este equipo campeón: Alejandro Monllor y Juan Carlos Perdomo quienes hoy son campeones internacionales de Windsurf y Laser respectivamente. Este grupo de jóvenes continúan trayendo logros sobresalientes a nivel mundial desde entonces. Entre ellos, Rios trajo medalla de ORO Centroamericana en embarcacion de dos personas, (Hermanos Monllor y Aponte tambien hicieraon Seleccion Centroamericana) Alejandro Monllor top 10 en las Olimpiadas Juveniles Singapur 2010, subcampeon Norteamericano en Windsurf Slalom y tercer lugar mundial de windsurf olímpico 2011, Fernando Monllor Campeon US Nationals de Sunfish y cualificó a Puerto Rico en Panamericanos 2011. Rios, hermanos Aponte y hermanos Monllor formaron parte de la Seleccion Panamericanos 2011. Rios y Monllor campeones US Nationals de Snipe en verano 2011, y recientemente Diciembre 2011 Rios y Monllor se proclamaron Campeones Norteamericanos de International 420. El Comite Olimpico de Puerto Rico trabaja duro apoyando a estos jovenes veleristas, ya que estos verán las próximas medallas Olímpicas para PR. Agradecemos su interés, y por darle luz a noticias como estas, ojalá sirva de motivación a mas jóvenes en nuestra isla.