Thunderstorms and difficult race conditions have presented
major challenges for sailors at the European Championships in Poland for the 49er,
49erFX and Nacra 17 classes.
As conditions worsened over the first day of scheduled
finals racing, only sporadic racing was achieved, set against wind shifts,
gusts and weather delays. Such was the drama, no races were possible in the
49er fleet at all.
Earlier, the 49erFX boats took to the waters of Gdynia under
increasingly portentous skies. Ella Clarke and skipper Amelia Stabback recorded
three finals races – highlighted by an impressive third place effort in the
second race. They currently hold 23rd position in the gold fleet
The Nacra 17 class was next to test resolve against
increasingly swollen clouds, with two races possible.
Western Australian athletes Conor Nicholas and Hayley Clarke
continued their fledgling sail partnership with 24th and 25thplaced efforts giving them a current ranking of 26th overall.
The duo are a very recent on water combination but are
showing promising signs as supported by their qualification in the gold fleet.
As wild storms struck, safety concerns dictated that no
racing would take place in the 49er ranks, meaning WA’s competing talent held
their existing positions.
As such, David Gilmour and his crewmate Joel Turner are in
19th position, whilst Lachy Gilmour and Ryan Donaldson missed out on
gold fleet with a 36th place ranking.