Euro 2016 Races summary by Eric Bouillet CAN-10
So this is it, our 1st European Championships since 30 years has ended.
Everyone has packed equipments and is heading back home now.
What a week!
What to say….Very high level of sailing, highly performing new equipments, nice ambiance on parking with sailors exchanging and sharing information.
All ingredients to make D2 return on International scene shining.
Day 5 started, for once, as planned, i.e light wind progressively establishing west, around 7-10 knots, under a beautiful sky and warm temperature.
Race one was completed faster this time and next series were being launched quickly.
About 5 minutes before our 2nd race, while starting our procedure, wind suddenly picked up, almost doubling. When horn finally freed D2 fleet it was about 20 knots established, gusting 22 (RC), with increasingly choppy waters. So let say we rather left starting line in survival mode for some of us. I managed to sail one leg then decided to stop as situation was worsening then headed to closest beach. It ultimately blew out half of our D2 fleet.
Top 8 only managed to finish, more or less easily, and some of them rushed ashore for changing sails, in prevision of next race.
But it was the last of the day, and of the week, many RCBs being also in difficulty, mobilizing security resources.
RC cancelled 3rd race, making sure everyone was going back safely to the club. Remarkable, prompt reaction from Croco de l’Elorn RC that demonstrated twice its ability to react timely and efficiently to fix sudden, unexpected marginal conditions. Congrats! Well done! It has to be said.
Week is over now. We had great time and it was really good meeting friends again as well as making new ones.
We look forward to meeting you again soon for another unforgettable European Championships.
Good luck all!
Final results after 9 races
Pictures by Patrik Pollak