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British ILCA sailors aim for more Euro glory

WHAT, WHERE AND WHEN?

EurILCA Senior European Championships. The ILCA sailors are in Varna, Bulgaria from Saturday 2 October to Saturday 9 October to crown the European champions.

WHO’S COMPETING?

Michael Beckett, Lorenzo Chiavarini, Sam Whaley and Dan Whiteley from the British Sailing Team are joined by five British youth sailors including Jacob Farren-Price who finished just behind Beckett and Whaley in the recent ILCA7 Nationals. In the ILCA6 team members Hannah Snellgrove, Daisy Collingridge and Matilda Nicholls compete alongside two other young Brits – Anya Haji-Michael and Molly Sacker.

WHAT’S THE LOWDOWN?

The British Sailing Team are no strangers to the podium of the ILCA7 Euros. In 2018 Beckett took silver. In 2019 Chiavarini was champion. In 2020, an unprecedented British podium lockout with Hanson top, Beckett silver and Chiavarini bronze. Hanson is taking time away after Tokyo 2020 so it is down to his more than capable teammates to continue the medal winning run.

Like Hanson, three-time Olympian Ali Young is taking time off so it is down to Snellgrove, who is looking to build on her recent silver at Kiel, and young squad members Collingridge and Nicholls to translate their great youth form into the senior ranks.

WHAT THEY SAY

“From our pre regatta training we’ve had a huge range of wind strengths, sometimes with a 15 knot difference within 10 minutes. If we see more of that next week, racing will definitely be exciting!

“I’m looking forward to trying to execute a consistent series and continuing to work on my goals from summer and our recent international competition in Kiel.

“It’s a bit of an odd time with many Games athletes taking some time out but as always the fleet is looking strong and with only 80 boats entered we’ll most likely be sailing in one – albeit slightly larger than normal – fleet. It’s all to play for!” – Daisy Collingridge, ILCA6

“It’s great to be competing at a major ILCA regatta again and the fleet out here in Bulgaria is surprisingly stacked.

“I’ve got a feeling this week might be pretty wacky as the conditions so far have been all over the place, with a lot going on to keep you on your toes. Great fun if you have a sense of humour, not so much if you are leading a race.

“Obviously my goal is always to win every race and that will sort out the overall result, but a top 15 here at the Europeans would set me up nicely heading into the worlds next month in Barcelona.” – Sam Whaley, ILCA7

HOW TO FOLLOW

The BST social channels are the place to find your need to knows with more information from the class at https://eurilca.org/2021-senior-european-championships/

RESULTS

You will find the results here

Michael Beckett took silver for the second time in three years.