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7 July 2011, 10:32 am
Czech Republic and Ireland Lead The Way At Optimist Europeans
Day two
Optimist action from Tavira

IODA European Championship 2011
Tavira, Portugal

After a slow start in the morning of the third day of the Optimist European Championship it was an excellent day on the water.
By the time the boats had sailed out to the course there was a steady breeze of 10-11 knots. The conditions could not have been better and despite some delay all three races were completed. Gradually during the day the breeze built to over 15 knots for race 7. In the words of the IODA PRO, Alen Kustic, "the sailors were anxious for good results today" and this resulted in some OCS results, including one for Konstantinos Oikonomidis (GRE) who was trying to improve on his third place from day two.

After six races the sailors may discard their worst series score, so with seven races now completed the discard has resulted in some significant changes in the overall results. In the Boys fleet, Peter McCann from Ireland is now leading after posting three top six finishes and discarding a 44th from yesterday. This is a great effort from Peter and one that Royal Cork, his home club will be watching closely on the live tracking over the next few days. Ireland have not been on the podium at any IODA event since 1981 so this could be a great boost to Optimist sailing in Cork.

In the Girls fleet, the surprise of the regatta is Nikol Stankova from Czech Republic. She posted two firsts and a second to make a total of four race wins. This is a remarkable achievement from a young girl who has not won an international regatta race before this championship and who seems to be enjoying the hot sunny, moderate wind conditions in Tavira. Czech Republic are one of our smallest members and they have never had a podium position at an IODA Championship, or even won a race so we are particularly pleased to see Nikol doing so well.

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Sally Burnett
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