Last day of Racing - Optimist European Championships 2015 - Podium Position for Malta

The Optimist European Championships 2015 came to an end today. An event in which they experienced all kinds of weather from perfect sunny sailing days to strong winds and high seas to much lighter breezes  - pushing these kids to their limit.
Team Malta sailed well in a fleet made up of a mixture of world class sailors and sailors making their debut onto the international racing scene.

Three of the Maltese sailors made it into the top Gold fleets for the finals. Matthew Micallef and Jake Satariano were in the Gold fleet for the boys and Victoria Schultheis made the girls Gold fleet.
Victoria Schultheis came in 3rd overall in the girls fleet giving Malta its first podium finish in a top International event.
There were some good results in today's racing for the Maltese with Antonia Schultheis coming in 2nd over the line and her sister Victoria 6th in the final race. Matthew Micallef sailed well throughout helping him to climb up the leader board overall into 29th postion within the Gold fleet,
Richard Schultheis also did well within the silver fleet coming in an overall 3rd placing. Lucas Le Gault had a very good final day of racing which helped him into 18th place overall in the Bronze group.

The final boys and girls results are as follows:
BOYS GOLD:       1st Aimilianos Monos (GREECE)
                               2nd Matej Planinsic (SLOVENIA)
                               3rd Cesare Barabino (ITALY)
                               29th Matthew Micallef (MALTA)
                               48th Jake Satariano (MALTA)

BOYS SILVER:    3rd Richard Schultheis (MALTA)

BOYS BRONZE:  18th Lucas Le Gault (MALTA)
                               25th Kane Seychell (MALTA)

GIRLS GOLD:       1st Julia Minina (SPAIN)
                                2nd Ariadni Spanaki (GREECE)
                                3rd Victoria Schultheis (MALTA)
GIRLS SILVER:     25th Antonia Schultheis (MALTA)
                                 38th Gaby Mifsud (MALTA)

The Malta Young Sailors Club has been instrumental in putting Malta firmly on the Optimist Sailing map. The committee and volunteers at the club work hard each year motivating its members through training sessions, regular racing, fun events and opportunities to compete abroad . Their sailing season ends each year with the ever popular Euromed International Championships which attracts a growing number of foreign participation as each year goes by.

Pics below taken from Optimisteuros2015 Facebook page

Malta's Victoria Schultheis - 3rd overall Girls Gold fleet

Aimilianos Monos - Boys European Champion
Julia Minina - Girls European Champion