My dream for the past seven years as an Optimist sailor has been to top the podium at the Optimist World Championship, a position not held by any U.S. sailor since 1970. I have gone to the World Championships twice before, in 2012 and 2013, where I placed 7th and 12th. This year, I believe I have a chance for first.
In the past years, I have enjoyed a high level of success, both nationally and internationally. I have won the last two South American Championships, four national events, and countless local regattas.
I have devised an extensive and rigorous training schedule for the months leading up to the World Championship in October. It includes travelling to high-level events such as the North American Championship, U.S. Nationals, the Scotiabank Regatta (U.S. Virgin Islands), New Englands, as well as a week-long training session at the venue in Argentina this September.
I hope you will support my campaign to bring the World Championship back to the U.S!
All donations made by checks are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to
Sailing Foundation of New York, and write “Ivan Shestopalov” in the memo.
Mail to: Sailing Foundation of New York
PO Box 1736
Wallingford, CT 06492