Selwyn House Gr. 9 student Cole Bonnell has been chosen to represent Canada on the national team for the 2020 South American Optimist Sailing Championships, scheduled for March 21-28 in Maya De Plata, Argentina.
Under the organization of the Canadian Optimist Dinghy Association, the team is travelling to Miami on March 9 for a week of training and a regatta, and then on to Maya De Plata on March 16 for a week of training before the weeklong Championships.
Designed in 1947 by Clarke Mills, the Optimist is a single-handed one-design dinghy that is ideal for children who are at first learning to sail, and from which they can move on to experience exhilarating racing at all levels, up to the World Championships.
Sailed in over 100 countries by over 150,000 young people, the Optimist is the only dinghy approved by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) exclusively for sailors under 16 years of age.