European Optimist Champs Dominated by Italy

The girls and boys winner showing their delight at winning.
pic by Matias Capizzano / Optimist European 2019

A series of great races were contested on the final day thanks to a well-established westerly wind of between 6 and 8 knots, enabling the competitors to round off the week of competition in style after what has been a very varied set of conditions.

The 293 sailors linked together multiple courses, as one might expect, with the leader board really being shaken up between the first day’s competition and yesterday’s races.

The Italians sweep the board.

Among the girls, Italians Federica Contardi and Lisa Vucetti respectively scored first and second place on the podium. French sailor Jeanne Larnicol also posted a very solid performance in this Championship to snatch third!

Among the boys, Alessandro Cortese (Italy) took the top step of the podium, followed by Greek sailor Dimitrios Bitros and the Italian Lorenzo Pezzilli.

Our RSA Sailors had Sean Kavanagh in the gold fleet, with Rohan Chidley in Bronze, while the 2 girls were in silver. They undoubtedly all learnt an immense amount, especially about big fleet racing, and came away with lifetime memories.

RSA Results
Boys
57 Sean Kavanagh
148 Rohan Chidley

Girls
88 Ingrid Holm
108 Lena Holm