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2016 O'pen BIC World Championships in Quiberon, Brittany, France.

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Scot Allen

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Congratulations to Mid-Pacific student Lars Von Sydow who took first in U19 (under 19) Division and second overall at the 2016 O'pen BIC World (sailing) Championships in France last week.

The 2016 O'pen BIC World Championships was hosted by the ENVSN (National Sailing and Water Sports School) at Quiberon, Brittany, France.

The opening ceremony gave the Championships a fitting send-off, an event that has brought together 205 competitors from 15 different countries. This makes it the biggest World Championships in the history of O'pen BIC, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year. The first races were launched under a cloudless Breton blue sky, a beautiful day for competitors and spectators alike.

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Lars had an impressive performance, according to Helena von Sydow. "This is his fourth appearance in world competition," she said. "In 2015 he took the silver in Melbourne, Australia. Lars has also won silver in a North American competition in Miami and a bronze in Bermuda in 2013 and 2014."

"Lars really deserved to win the championship," says Mid-Pacific coach Lance Miller. "He sailed the 12 regattas extremely well. He planned his tactics from the start, played the shifts and kept his competitors covered at all times. It is a pleasure to watch Lars sail; he has an intensity as well as incredible sportsmanship that very few have."

The National Sailing School in Quiberon pulled out all the stops for this competition, with the local Comite Departemental de Voile de Morbihan in charge of the actual organization, managing to get nearly 50 members to volunteer their help on land and water for the week. 58 brand new O'pen BIC boats were rigged up and made available to those competitors flying in from all over the world. Alongside the sizeable French, German and Italian delegations, there were larger teams this year from Japan, United States, plus Poland and Great Britain, which were represented for the very first time at the event.

Sailing photo courtesy of O'pen BIC World Championships.