Optimist European Championship 2011 is being held in Tavira, Portugal from 2 to 10 July.
Busy start line - Optimist Europeans 2011
The podium positions in this championship are still very open, especially in the girls fleet. Two races completed today would permit a second discard and with just one race tomorrow the nerves were beginning to show when the race committee attempted to start race 10. Race 10B boys proved particularly difficult and the resulting 25 sailors who were black flagged had to wait, while the remaining 39 sailors sailed the course. The results for the leading girls in race 10 were disappointing, all except for Francesca Bergamo (ITA), who posted a second and is looking very strong now for a podium place.
So after two races today, Luis Cabrera (ESP), remains in first place despite a thirteenth and a disappointing 19th in race 11 and he leads Nikolaos Patelis (GRE) by nearly twenty points. Konstantinos Oikonomidis who had been challenging for the lead, had a penalty for a breach of rule 42 and must carry 67 points, which unfortunately cannot be discarded. Luigi Michelini, Italy, had two good results and is now third and Peter McCann, Ireland, also scored well and is in fourth.
In the girls fleet, with the exception of Francesca Bergamo, the top five sailors all had an inconsistent day - one good result and one poor one. Francesca now leads by eleven points and her worst result after two discards is an incredible third - she is by far the most consistent sailor at this championship. In second is Nikol Stankova (CZE) and third is Maria Caba (ESP) - these two will have a battle for the silver medal.
There is just one race tomorrow and there will be two new champions for 2011.
The live tracking continues and races can be viewed here.
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