Team Bermuda sign off from Optimist European Championships on a good note
Bermuda’s sailors signed off from the Optimist European Championships in Cádiz, Spain, on an encouraging note at the weekend.
Sophia Dias, Riley Lowe, Cody Rans and Trystan Hocking all held their own competing among their respective fleets in favourable light conditions.
Lowe was the most consistent among the contingent, as she posted finishes of 20th and 26th, while Dias and Rans achieved regatta best showings of 12th and 21st during Saturday’s final day of racing in the Bay of Cádiz.
Hocking also managed a regatta-best third in the penultimate race, only to be later disqualified for crossing the start line early.
However, he bounced back to finish 38th in the next race to end his campaign on a much brighter note.
“A bit of a different day as the wind unexpectedly dropped out to under ten knots improving the chances for our lighter sailors,” Jacob Hocking, the Bermuda team leader, said. “The lighter winds evidence the technical ability of our sailors when conditions favour their physical size.”
Rans placed 140th and Hocking 149th among the 155-strong boys fleet.
The pair competed in the Bronze fleet in the four-race final series where they placed 35th and 44th respectively.
Dias placed 82nd and Lowe 97th among the 116 sailors in the girls fleet.
The pair competed in the Silver fleet at the business end of the regatta where they placed 23rd and 38th respectively.
“Today's [Saturday] results show that the efforts that their club coaches put in throughout the year are building an excellent technical sailing foundation,” Hocking added. “Their performance coach [Pablo Weber] has been able to build on this and these sailors are going to be a competitive force in the future.
“The European Championship group would like to thank these coaches and Bermuda's sailing community should be proud of all of these children.”
Spaniard Xavier Garcia Olle and Greece’s Kleopatra Anastassiou claimed the boys and girls titles at the championships, which were contested by 272 sailors from 38 countries.