The Vallarta Yacht Club, located next to the Paradise Village Hotel, will organize the competition to be held from June 24 – July 1, 2018; 180 kids and adolescents from 22 countries are expected to participate. This is one of seven continental championships held around the world for Optimist Sailing, and has the backing of the Mexican Sailing Federation (FMV, by its acronym in Spanish) the endorsement of the IODA and the World Sailing Federation. The championship is open to athletes from North America, South America and the Caribbean, namely boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 15 who have been chosen by their respective associations. Another six non-U.S. groups may also be invited based on qualifying criteria obtained during last year’s world championship. Recent competitions included teams from Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Singapore and Greece.