2017 Optimist European Championship (Bourgas) - Documentary

Monday, 04 September 2017


Relive the 2017 Optimist European Championship which took place in Bourgas from the 30th of July until the 6th of August 2017. 261 sailors from 44 countries had five days of excellent racing. Competition was fierce in all of the fleets and every sailor is congratulated on their performance. 

Stefan Yuill (SRB) finished the final day with a 2nd and 18th (his drop race) to hold on to his 1st place overall position in the Gold Fleet.  As he was also the top European competitor, he has been crowned the 2017 Optimist Boy European Champion. Igor Kuczys (POL) stuck close to Yuill as he had finishes of 3rd and 16th in both final races to finish 2nd overall and the 2nd European. Eight points behind Kuczys, third overall and 3rd European was Iakovos-Dimitrios Dedes-Ntentopoulos (GRE) who had 15th and 7th place finishes on the final day for a total of 50 points.

In the Girls Gold Fleet, Donna Mazzucchelli (ARG) dominated the first place podium spot all week long and ended up 26 points ahead of the second place sailor India-Page Wood (GBR) to give her the Overall Girl Champion at the event. As she is from Argentina, she could not be crowned the 2017 Optimist European Champion. That honour went to India-Page Wood from Great Britain. She sailed consistently on the final day to finish with a 5th and 6th place in the last two races to put her 24 points ahead of 3rd place overall and 2nd European Natascha Rast (SUI). Natascha was tied in points with Johanna Schmidt (AUT) who finished 4th overall and but ended up on the podium as the 3rd place.