The Russian invasion of Ukraine commenced on 24 February 2022. The decision to suspend participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in Sailing Events followed on 25 February
The Optimist class event ‘Optiorange of Valencia’ organised by the Real Club Náutico de Valencia has opened with Russian and Belarusian competitors and coaches competing under the sail logo letters of WSC.
Philip Bjorkman of Sweden added a 2, 6, to his scoreline to finish winner of the OptiOrange Valencia on Sunday.
While all competitive sailing has come to a halt in Italy, by Prime Minister’s Decree, racing continues in Spain where Santiago Sesto-Cosby stormed to a ‘hat-trick’ of wins on day of the OptiOrange Valencia