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11 July 2011, 09:32 am
Luis Cabrera (ESP) And Francesca Bergamo (ITA) Win Optimist Europeans
Podium
The girls podium and the boys!

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.
What a fantastic championship. Tavira Sailing and the Club Nautico de Tavira were generous hosts, the wind conditions permitted the full 12 race schedule to be completed and all were sad to see the competition draw to an end.

Despite the first places in both the Boys and Girls fleets being decided before going into the final race, the competition was still fierce with the other podium positions wide open. The race committee had another difficult day with the sailors determined to remain above the line and once again the black flag was used.

The final results were as follows with Luis Cabrera (ESP) the new boys champion and Francesca Bergamo (ITA) the new girls champion:

Boys
1. Luis Cabrera (ESP)
2. Luigi Michelini (ITA)
3. Arthur Fotrune (FRA)

Girls
1. Francesca Bergamo (ITA)
2. Maria Caba (ESP)
3. Silvia Mas (ESP)

The closing ceremony, held at the event hotel, provided an opportunity to celebrate the event with pictures and videos displayed onlarge screens on the stage. It was also a time for the swopping of team shirts and exchanging contact details with the many new friends made.

This event brought together 225 young people from the five continents providing a magnificent sports cultural exchange. "Our expectations were far exceeded by the quality of the contributions and enthusiasm of all participants " said Guilherme Ferreira, President of the Tavira Nautical Club.

Daily news reports: http://www.optiworld.org/news1Article.php?link=11newsEuropean.html
Tracking link: http://www.optiworld.org/MiniSite/trackingEuro.php

Sally Burnett
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