The Raceboard and Division II European Championships have concluded in Brest, France with 90 competitors from 15 countries having entered the event. The biggest fleet was the Raceboard Men, but most importantly it was very good to see a strong Youth representation at the event. A sign that Raceboard can be attractive to sailors of all ages.[more]

It was a tricky regatta for the race committee with the wind, or lack of it, making it difficult to conduct all planned races. The words used by the locals to describe the situation were: “bizarre” and “heat wave”, which more or less explain the metrological conditions faced on the water. Only two races were sailed on the first three days of the event, but the race committee was able to bring this number up to 9 total races on the last two days for DII and Raceboard Men. Women finished with 8 starts. 
In the Raceboard Women’s and Men’s fleets the French won decisively. Both Jeanne Mailhos and Nicolas Huguet won the majority of the races and were sure of their victory before the final start.  For Jeanne, as she said, it was a first competitive start in some time.  Nicolas however defended his title from Cadiz.
Second in the women’s fleet was Farah Hall from USA and third Anto Dominguez la Balilla from Spain. In the men’s it was Toni Colomar Torres (ESP) in second and the bronze medal went to another French sailor – Christophe Boutet. The French clearly dominated the fleet.
Next up for the Raceboard class are the World Championships, being held this year for the first time in Brisbane, Australia. 40 sailors are already registered for the event, which will take place in November.