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5 August 2002, 12:06 pm
Joaquin Blanco (ESP) and Alessandra Ferlich (ITA) Win
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Optimist European Championship
Tavira

The final day of the championship saw a very close and exciting finish to the boys event.


The wind filled in to allow racing to start at 1300. No race could be started after 1600 and the sailing instructions provided for an additional discard if two races were sailed but not if there was only one.

Reigning champion Joaquin Blanco (ESP) had suffered a DSQ in Friday's race 7 and had slipped to 4th position over-all. He rose to the occasion, registered a win in the first race of the day and, once the decision was taken not to hold a second race, had again secured gold. The overnight leader Dario Motta (ITA) took silver, a mere two points behind Joaquin. A discard performance from Francisco Renna (ARG) and an OCS by the apparent winner of race 9B Mihovil Fantela (CRO) enabled Pablo Santurde (ESP) to take bronze.

In the girls event two races were held with the Race Officer squeezing in a start for them just before the cut-off time. Alessandra Ferlich (ITA) had already secured gold and Tina Mihelic (CRO) was practically certain of silver. A struggle developed for bronze but a 2nd. in the final race gave it to Enia Nincevic on a tie-break with Rebecka Harding (SWE).

Alessandra continues a fine Italian tradition in the event and was a clear and deserved winner. It is also great to see that the phenomenal success in recent years of the Croatian boys (as well as 1, 2 in the Optimist Worlds they have recently won the Laser 4.7, Radial Youth and Radial Open Worlds) now seems to be extending to their girls as well.

Results

Boys

Position Sail No. Skipper Total Points 1A 1B 2A 2B 3A 3B 4A 4B 5A 5B 6A 6B 7A 7B 8A 8B 9A 9B
1 ESP809 Joaquim Blanco 58 8 6 1 16 5 12 (87\DSQ) 9 1
2 ITA5980 Dario Motta 60 9 5 4 -20 11 14 4 3 10
3 ESP635 Pablo Santurde 66 4 21 -29 10 3 7 3 5 13
4 ARG2827 Francisco Renna 71 19 3 12 18 4 1 2 12 -26
5 GRE1301 Vagelis Polikandriotis 89 14 28 7 13 1 10 -52 15 1
6 ISR313 Amit Brokman 91 10 1 3 19 22 -41 17 8 11
7 ITA5635 Claudio Canaccini 94 31 12 -47 4 12 9 4 18 4
8 SWE3882 Marcus Peterson 95 12 5 19 8 11 10 -20 10 20
9 ISR301 Guy Abadi 105 16 12 12 8 17 6 15 -32 19
10 ESP302 Luis Miguel Perez 112 1 46 33 3 12 15 1 1 -65

Girls

Position Sail No. Skipper Total Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 ITA5894 Alessandra Ferlich 27 -7 3 3 7 4 2 2 3 3 (92\OCS)
2 CRO837 Tina Mihelic 49 6 1 1 2 (92\BFD) 15 -21 1 17 6
3 ITA6011 Maria Giovanna Sferez 52 3 2 14 (92\BFD) 7 -33 8 4 4 10\RDG
4 CRO759 Enia Nincevic 59 -26 6 5 22 (92\DSQ) 3 1 2 18 2
5 SWE3901 Rebecka Harding 60 -28 4 6 1 8 6 (92\BFD) 23 2 10\RDG
6 PER264 Maria Pia Aramburú 70 (92\DSQ) -22 4 12 3 5 7 12 16 11\RDG
7 NED2343 Marieke Jongens 71 4 13 -19 18 1 14 3 11 -20 7
8 ESP772 Marina Penate 92 -24 16 15 6 11 22 (92\BFD) 6 12 4
9 GRE1225 Eva Steirou 98 14 14 -41 15 13 11 5 -17 13 13\RDG
10 NED2384 Astrid Zweistra 106 5 8 18 17 -23 -48 19 5 19 15\RDG
Robert Wilkes/News Editor
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