The 2021 EurILCA Senior European Championships & Open European Trophy concluded today in Varna, Bulgaria, with one last race for each class.
The racing was scheduled to start at 11:00 but the wind conditions weren’t proper so the action was delayed for more than one hour on shore. Only at 12:20 the Race Committee could ask the ILCA 7 Gold fleet and the ILCA 6 Women’s fleets to launch their boats. ILCA 7 Silver and ILCA 6 Men’s did it 30 minutes later.
Once on course, the wind conditions were tough again: strong wind and big swell for concluding the championship the same way it was during all 6 days, windy, wavy and cold. At least we had no rain today!
After all four fleets completed their 10th race, there was still time for a last one so the RC started procedure for the ILCA 7 Gold fleet before meeting the last warning signal limit of 15:00, but the full fleet went over the line so that marked the end of this thrilling Senior European championships.
Final results – ILCA 7 – 2021 EurILCA Senior European Championships
Third Gold medal in a row for the British team at the Senior Europeans, with Michael Beckett GBR being crowned the new 2021 champion. It’s the third medal for him at the Senior Europeans after winning Silver in 2018 in La Rochelle and also Silver the last year in Gdansk, where the Brits conquered the full podium. “I’m really happy. Elliot is not here, Lorenzo and myself, and Nick won in 2017, and our coach Chris, he coached all of us, and he pull with all of us and all of our crap. I’m really happy for him. He’s an amazing chief. This has been tough but it came good in the end” explained Micky about the British team’s last years success at the Europeans.
Silver this time was for Croatian Filip Jurisic CRO, winning a Senior European medal for the first time. “European Silver! Sometimes the feeling of happiness can’t really be described in words” wrote Filip on his networks.
Jonatan Vadnai HUN completed the podium, being this Bronze medal also the first one for him at the Senior Europeans.
Just 1.8 points far from the podium was Russian Maxim Nikolaev RUS on fourth. 2018 Senior European champion Pavlos Kontides CYP was fifth.
Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR, Finn Lynch IRL, Duko Bos, Wannes Van Laer BEL and William De Smet BEL completed the 2021 EurILCA Senior Europeans Top 10.
Final results – ILCA 6 Women – 2021 EurILCA Senior European Championships
Polish sailor Agata Barwinska POL is the new 2021 Senior European champion. This is the first Senior European’s Gold medal for her and second on her career after conquering Bronze in 2020.
The Silver Medal was for Dutch sailor Maxime Jonker NED, who have also won this medal in 2018 in La Rochelle. Maxime concluded this championship winning the last race today.
The Women’s Bronze prize was for Basileia Carahaliou GRE, winning a Senior European’s medal for the first time.
Fourth and fifth places for Line Flem Host NOR and Louise Cervera FRA, finishing only 1 and 2 points far from podium respectively.
Hannah Anderssohn GER, Daisy Collingridge GBR, Elena Borobeva CRO, Marie Barrue FRA and Anna Munch DEN completed the 2021 Senior Europeans Top 10.
Final results – ILCA 6 Men – 2021 EurILCA Senior European Championships
Stipe Gaspic CRO is the new 2021 ILCA 6 Men’s European champion, followed by the Under 21 champion Oskar Madonich UKR. Third place overall and second U21 for Turkish Umut Eyriparmak TUR. Bozidar Golubic CRO completed the U21 podium on the fourth place overall.
The competition was organized by EurILCA in conjunction with SC Cherno More Briz, the Bulgarian Sailing Federation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Municipality of Varna; and supported by Port of Varna.
We want to congratulate all the 22o brave participants for their wonderful performances on such hard but marvellous sailing conditions that Varna offered us during the six days of competition.
The next 2022 EurILCA Senior European Championships will be in Hyeres, France, so we wait for you all there!
The EurILCA Team