49er sailors and RAYC Members Peter Burling & Blair Tuke have continued their winning streak by taking out the 49er European Championship.
They went into the day in 3rd overall, after coming off worse from a protest by Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen the previous evening. The Aussies were sailing upwind out of the leeward gate when the Kiwis, below the layline as they were dropping their gennaker, fouled the 2012 Olympic Champions. Pete & Blair’s subsequent disqualification dropped them to 3rd overall, 7 points behind the Aussies who assumed the championship lead.
But Burling and Tuke rarely seem fazed by anything, and actually seemed to draw strength from adversity. They went out today with a determined demeanour and a clear game plan. As was the case on previous days, success on the race course was all about getting into the right-hand corner of the first beat, and never have so many 49ers started on port tack, prepared to give away the early advantage to the starboard tackers so as to claim the advantage later on the right-hand side.
All in all it was a successful regatta for this awesome pair of sailors!
1st Overall – Peter Burling & Blair Tuke
3rd Silver Fleet – Marcus Hansen & Josh Porebski
6th Overall – Alex Maloney & Molly Meech
10th Overall – Erica Dawson & Ellie Copeland