Hal Smith, the Pensacola Yacht Club Fleet Captain talks on what makes the Pensacola Bay and the PYC unique as far as the Junior Olympic Festival is concerned. Around 300 young sailors from all around the world added thrill to the historic grounds of the PYC this week as all teams were preparing for the international sailing race. Pensacola is hosting the USODOA Optimist Nationals, Optimist Team Race National Championship and the Girls Optimist National Championship. Racing has already begun and the check-ins and measurements took place on Friday and Saturday.
The International Optimist Dinghy also called as the Opti has been raced in more than 1220 countries. The best part is that it is one of the two yachts which legislative bodies have approved for sailors less than 16 years of age. With so many sailors contesting in the world championship, it is certainly going to be interesting for everyone. The top young sailors will be gathered to show their best talents in the event.