Competitors of the 2018 F18 Europeans have benefited one more day from the best possible wheather conditions for sail racing, ie. medium wind and bright sun, permitting the Race Committee to manage three superb back to back races in four hours time.
Although first racing day has been dominated by “Old Foxes”, day two was the one for the rookies, young Belgian team Demesmaeker/Wirtz, getting two bullets, and French pair Martin/Gate gaining the third one.
Whatever the case, with a 5th place as a worst score, team Paschalidis/Trigonis secures the lead, giving Kostas a perfect occasion to celebrate his 48th birthday…
Let’s hear from Dany Paschalidis ” It is a really competitive championship, because there are newcomers, who are sailing very good, there are old foxes, who are sailing very good, and the combination of shifty wind conditions and high level of competition makes that you never know from where the danger is to come… Actually, danger is everywhere !”
As a result of this second racing day, Henri Demesmaeker and Morgan Wirtz are now in a position to attack the Greeks, one point ahead Brett Burvill and Max Puttman, who score 19 points. Slightly behind, with a respective 27 and 29 points, the two father & son teams Booth/Booth and Van Dam/Van Dam will certainly make their best efforts to catch up the leading group, the same way Patrick demesmaeker and Gilles Tas, 29 points, will do. We still have a tight group of Italian teams, occupying 7th, 8th and 9th places, when Martin/Gaté, thanks to their bullet, reach 10th place on the provisional ranking.
Fair and friendly athmosphere at the wet bar, where everyone is convinced to get similar and close to perfect wheather conditions tomorrow.
Complete results here.
Pictures by courtesy of Marc Gonzalez Aloma @MGAloma Fotografia