14-year old Matheo Capasso continues to impress abroad, finishing 18th overall at the 2019 Semana Internacional Regatta held 2-9 February at the Yacht Club Argentino in Mar del Plata as part of ‘International Yachting Week’.
“Conditions were very challenging,” said Capasso. “We don’t get to sail in big waves very often, but the Argentinians are experts. I was happy to do pretty well against them, they gave it all they had, as it was their qualifying regatta for the World Championships.”
After opening the first three qualifying rounds 10th, 14th and 12th overall, Capasso rallied in the final four qualifiers with finishes of 7th and 4th overall, moving up from 27th to 15th overall.
“There were lots of really good sailors at the event from other countries, particularly from the U.S.,” said Capasso. “The conditions at this year’s Worlds Championships in Antigua are expected to be similar.”
In the Championships Rounds, Capasso finished 30th, 4th and 25th overall, securing 10th place out of 235 sailors. Capasso was later flagged for a start line violation in his fourth place finish, knocking him down to 18th overall. Capasso said he was still pleased with the result.
“It would have been great to stay in the top ten, but I think I achieved my goal in terms of getting the experience I wanted, and a finish that was better than expected.”
In October, Capasso repeated as the winner of the Bahamas Optimist Regatta for the second year in a row. He also finished 31st in Emerald Fleet at the 2018 Optimist World Championships in Cyprus. Capasso also placed a Cayman all-time best 24th at the 2018 Optinam Championships in Mexico.
View the results from the entire regatta here.
(Photo: Semana Internacional del Yachting 2019)