Click on Pics to enlarge. Pics: Andrea Schultheis
The first 3 qualifying races were held yesterday, day 2 of the Magic Marine Optimist European Championships being held in Pwllheli, Wales. Sailing on a lovely sunny day in moderate winds and lumpy seas competitors familiarized themselves with the local conditions in Cardigan Bay.
The Spanish team stole the limelight with 6 wins in the first 15 races. Martin Lago-Terres and Julia Minana took the overall lead in the boys and girls classes at the end of the day.
Malta entry, Victoria Schultheis, had a disappointing first race finishing in 23rd position but soon upped her standard by finishing 1st in the next two races. Racing in this location is not new to Victoria as she came 2nd overall and 1st female this time last year in the Pwllheli International Optimist Regatta 2014.
Jake Satariano has sailed fairly consistently with a 23rd, 6th and 19th placing in his group as has Matthew Micallef with a 12th, 16th and 27th placing in his group.Richard Schultheis has raced well with a 4th and 21st but was, unfortunately, black flagged in one race which disqualified him from that race. Lucas Le Gault's best placing yesterday was 40th and Kane Seychell came in 23rd in the third race. In the girl's fleet Gaby Mifsud and Antonia Schultheis both came in 34th in the 2nd race in their respective groups. Overall placings tend to change quite drastically after each race and it will be interesting to see how they have changed after today's racing.
|Lucas Le Gault|