Team Brighton International!

It’s European Regatta season with a number of Brighton athletes heading over to compete at various Championships.

Two Brighton youngsters, Finn McMahon and Linus Talacko, are over at the International Optimist European Championships in Scheveningen Netherlands, with the final day of racing to be completed overnight. Both boys are in the Gold Fleet with the 150 competitors split down the middle for the final races. After strong starts in the qualifying races, Linus sits in 15th and Finn in 45th overall before the final day of racing. RBYC wish the boys the best of luck heading into the last races.

Opti European Results can be found here

Last week was the 136th year of Kieler Woche, Germany’s Kiel Week. The regatta is huge by anyone’s standards. 1,970 boats, 11 races areas, hundreds on the Race Committee and a 26 man jury, which RBYC Vice-Commodore Paul Pascoe was a part of. By all reports, the weather was unseasonably cold and as stated by VC “the Baltic Sea is never going to be tropical”.

A number of Brighton sailors made the trip to Kiel. Neil Patterson headed over with his 2.4mr, but unfortunately his boat only made it part of the way, getting stuck in Barcelona’s customs. Neil frantically searched for charter boats for him and his fellow AST team member, which they managed to secure and received the day before racing started. A late night of boat prep got Neil to the first start line but little boat issues plagued his regatta, with his best performances coming on the last day. Neil finished 21st overall in a 40 boat fleet, a great achievement given the circumstances. By his own admission, Neil learnt a lot from the week and stayed positive and upbeat right the way through. Well done to Neil on his efforts over in Germany, making the club very proud.

Also at Kiel Week was the 49er team of Oliver Manton and Jack Lloyd. The VIS athletes that train out of Brighton and are flying the RBYC flag, were in a very strong 49er fleet, with a number of the worlds best in the class competing. The guys finished 65th overall, with some great learning with the relatively new combination. Congratulations to the boys and look forward to seeing how they go at their next European event.

Keil Week results can be found here