Optimist European Championship 2011 is being held in Tavira, Portugal from 2nd to 10th July.
The 225 sailors from 37 countries were eager to launch today for the first race of the Championship. The wind was off shore, not the prevailing direction but conditions were perfect for the two races today for each of the eight divisions. The first race 10-12 knots saw most of the fleet going right to make the most of the current. The wind gradually increased so that the second race averaged 15-16 knots. This time some of the fleet went left, a tactic which was beneficial to many.
The reigning European Champion, Konstantinos Oikonomidis (GRE), had a great day today posting a first and a second. He is leading the Boys fleet from Matteo Pilati (ITA) and Peter McCain (IRL) in third. In the Girls fleet, the early leaders are Maria Caba (ESP) and Francesca Bergamo (ITA).
Many parents and spectators were able to follow the races using the event tracking
, a facility that was last used at the IODA South Americans in Chile.
Tomorrow there are two more races planned and we hope for similar conditions.
Racing can be viewed here
. Results: Girls Boys International Optimist Dinghy Association website