Florida native Ivan Shestopalov continued his winning streak this month with a win at the Optimist North American Championships, held July 9-16 in Nayarit, Mexico. Though the wind conditions shifted and dropped on the last day of racing, the race committee organized a final event through difficult conditions for the competitors. Shestapolov finished ten points ahead of second place in the closed competition to become North American Champion, placing second overall. This win comes three months after he won the South American Championship in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Shestopalov has been using Quantum® Opti sails for years and has been climbing the leaderboard ever since. In 2011 he won one of seven events. In 2012 he improved to two of ten. Last year, Ivan won seven of ten races, including the Junior Olympic Sailing Festival and the Orange Bowl Regatta. He has won the South American Championship twice, and has his sights set on Worlds, having finished 12th and 7th before. He is currently traveling the globe to raise support for his trip to Worlds this October in Argentina.
Shestopalov started sailing with Quantum’s Radial Green, and he was an early test pilot for the XR-1 sails. He currently sails with the Quantum XR-1 Black sail.
For full results of the 2014 North American Championship, click here.