With a perfect four points after the qualifying series, number one in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and reigning Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion, RAILEY entered the final races with a three point lead over Sari MULTALA (FIN), with Katarzyna SZOTYNSKA (POL) and Solenne BRAIN (FRA) a further three points back and STEYAERT another three points behind them. RAILEY instantly pressed home her advantage finishing second in the opening gold fleet raced whilst MULTALA dropped to 14th. Meanwhile STEYAERT scored her second bullet of the Championship to move closer to the podium positions, whilst Tatiana DROZDOVSKAYA (BLR) came in third.
The tables turned in the next race, with MULTALA claiming first place and RAILEY falling to twelfth. However thanks to RAILEY's consistently high finishes in the qualifying series she was instantly able to discard the result and remained clear at the top of the leaderboard. Meanwhile Russia's Natalia IVANOVA came in second with STEYAERT moving up the leaderboard again after finishing third.
ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche winner Gintarė VOLUNGEVIČIŪTĖ (LTU) claimed the final bullet of the Championship in race eight with New Zealand's Jo ALEH second. DROZDOVSKAYA came in third to move up to fifth overall whilst RAILEY followed her in fourth to claim the title. STEYAERT could only manage ninth in the final race but hung on to second place after MULTALA crossed the line in 19th to finish third overall. SZOTYNSKA also finished low down the fleet in 25th but stayed fourth overall and third European.
With racing on the final day abandoned, RAILEY claimed her fifth title of the year to secure her top spot in the Rankings, whilst as top European in second place, STEYAERT takes the title European Champion with by far the best result of her senior career to date.
Croatia dominated in the other fleets with Tonko KUZMANIC (CRO) taking victory in the men's fleet, Ivan TARITAS (CRO) winning in the youth men's and Tina MIHELIC (CRO) scoring bullets in the final two races to win in the youth women's.
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