By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Team Bahamas delivered several milestone performances at the 2022 Arkas Optimist World Championships.
Craig Ferguson II was the top performer of the five-member group and highlighted the final day of sailing when he finished first among the silver fleet in race 11 of 12 at the event in Bodrum, Turkey.
He finished ranked no.70 in the field of 276 sailors, with a net point total of 161.
Ferguson sailed the first four races on day one in the red fleet. He finished 27th overall in race one followed by a second place finish in race two, 39th in race three, and 24th in race four.
He sailed races five and six in the green fleet, finishing 34th and 13th respectively. He concluded the competition with his final six races in the silver fleet where he produced four top-five finishes. He finished fourth in race seven, 27th in race eight, 22nd in race nine, fourth in race 10 and concluded with a third place finish in race 12.
Team Bahamas also included Finley McKinney-Lambert, Patrick Tomlinson, Zane Munro, and Norman Cartwright.
The team finished 31st overall among 54 teams in the Nations Cup Rankings with 3,835 points. Italy claimed the Jacobsen Trophy World Championship with 743 points.
Munro was ranked no.75 overall through 12 races with a net point total of 176.
His top performances in the silver fleet was a fourth place finish in race 11 and a fifth place finish in race seven. He began competition in the blue fleet (26th and 21st), followed by two races in the green fleet (12th and 24th) before a return to the blue fleet (47th and 12th).
Tomlinson had a net point total of 389 to rank no.171, with a top finish of third overall in race 10 of the silver fleet. McKinney-Lambert had a net score of 407 to rank no.177. His race series was highlighted by a first place finish in race 10 of the silver fleet. Cartwright finished at no.213 in the field. He had a first place finish in the emerald fleet in race seven and a no.3 finish in race 12.
The Arkas Optimist World Championships is of the most prestigious sailing tournaments organised by the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA).
It was hosted by the Bodrumspor Sailing Club of Bodrum Municipality, with support of the Bodrum Municipality and in cooperation with IODA International Optimist Dinghy Association and the Turkish Sailing Federation, the 2022 tournament started with the participation of 283 athletes from 62 countries.