European Optimist Championship from the RSA Perspective

pic by Matias Capizzano / Optimist European 2019

by Richard Crockett

Sailing in an event with 293 competitors means that anything is possible at any time on the race course, especially with individual results.

Yesterday I mentioned that Sean Kavanagh was doing well, but yesterday his luck deserted him somewhat as he dropped from his 44th place down to 58 with a BFD penalty, a 60 which is his discard so far and a 56.

When one takes into account that there are 176 boys competing, he is not doing too badly at all, although in his gold fleet he is second from bottom. But today is another day, the final day, where he will have an opportunity to improve overall.

Rohan Chidley is nicely poised in the bronze fleet with positions of 42; 36; 27; (47); 41 & 23 so far.

I must also apologise for not picking up yesterday that there were two RSA girls also competing. Lena and Ingrid Holm are in the silver fleet, with Ingrid getting a 6th in this fleet yesterday, while Lena was 39th.

pic by Matias Capizzano / Optimist European 2019

The 4th day of racing provided weather conditions that certainly made things difficult for the young sailors!

Having put on a fabulous show, criss-crossing the race zone as they awaited the morning’s first races, the Optimist skippers eagerly completed a total of 7 races. The morning conditions appeared to be idyllic for this first round of the finals. However, out on the race zone, the situation was very different: “It was a very complicated day for the racers, as well as for the on-the-water organisation team. Wind conditions were light and very fickle and the vagaries of Aeolus meant that some races had to be cancelled or even shortened. There were also a lot of disqualifications and sailors who fluffed the start phases. All in all though, it proved to be a mixed bag, with some posting stellar performances and others having a more complicated day,” explained Corinne Aubert, Race Director, at the end of the racing.

See the Results HERE
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