After a full set of 15 great championship races over 5 days, in a variety of wind conditions, Alex Buchau (ESP 36) is victorious in the Raceboard Masters Fleet,[more] 4 points ahead of Pedro Moura (POR 73), winner of today’s first race, who takes silver. First Grandmaster, Juha Blinnikka (FIN 6) was just one point behind and takes bronze.
First Veteran was Kai Mannisto (FIN 50) and first lady was Ilona Grinberga (LAT 18). Class President, Paul Leone, took the bullet for the last race of the day – the final race of the championship.
In the Youth Fleet, it was a fight to the finish. Daniel Blinnikka (FIN 5) won the first race of the day but then Artem Murashev (RUS 54) took the next two. It couldn’t be closer – they have ended the championship on equal points but Artem’s 1st place beats Daniel’s second so he takes the gold and Daniel takes the silver position. Bautista Saubidet Birkner (ARG 401) is third and Anastasya Valkevich (BLR 4) is first lady.
The organisers are to be congratulated on delivering a superb event at the International Sailing Center, Medemblik, for providing the maximum number of great championship races over 5 days, in a variety of wind conditions. So, at the end of a record breaking mega event what is left but to party in spectacular – wet and messy – fashion as the sun goes down and to thank the organisers for their wonderful hospitality.