Optimist European Championship 2020
We Have the Winners!
When we sailed out earlier today, we had no idea this is going to be the last racing day of our European Championship. But due to the Covid-19 development in Slovenia and the Coastal region just being red-listed, this type of sports events are being cancelled and we had to comply. After eight races sailed in both fleets we have new European Champions – Rebecca Geiger in girls’ and Adriano Cardi Quan in boys’ fleet. The best nation is Italy.
Although we all hoped to bring this championship all the way to its official end tomorrow, we already had more than enough races completed to be valid. Today’s racing course in Piran bay was foggy and not too windy, yet two races for both gold and silver fleets were sailed. Unfortunately, the wind died completely before the bronze boys’ start.
Alen Kustić, IODA PRO: “We’ve done racing for 4 groups; for both boys’ fleets we had to shorten the course at the gate because the wind was really marginal there. Later we changed the course for the girls, so their races took around 50 minutes. The wind changed direction and we had to make further course changes for both silver fleets, which both finished at the gates. The boys’ bronze fleet haven’t started. The wind was marginal, tricky, maybe up to six knots at times, but mainly dropping to four and even to three knots. In the end, it collapsed so we couldn’t proceed.
After 8 sailed races for girls and boys, we have the best three. The top three European boys are Adriano Cardi Quan (ITA) in front of David Rhode (AUT) and Santiago Sesto Cosby (GBR) as bronze. The top European girls are Rebecca Geiger (ITA), Lisa Vucetti (ITA) and Eva Lewandowska (POL). The best three European nations are Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Big congratulations to all the winners and big compliments to all the sailors for showing their great sailing skills, mature behaviour and also for complying with all the Covid-19 regulations and protocols.