Young Optimist sailor India Page-Wood has made history by becoming the first British girl to win the Optimist European Championships, sealing victory in Bourgas, Bulgaria.
The Hayling Island SC and Grafham SC sailor mastered a challenging mix of conditions across the five days of competition (1-5 August) to become the first female and the first Briton since Nick Thompson to claim European Optimist gold, doing so with the help of two race wins and six further top ten finishes over the ten-race series.
Only Argentina’s Donna Mazzucchelli could better that scoreline and took the overall victory ahead of the British sailor by 26 points, but as on off-continent sailor she was ineligible to be crowned European Champion.
Page-Wood’s triumph came amid a 108-boat girls’ fleet where teammate Elodie Edwards finished the 21st European sailor, with Maria Athinia Vogiatzi 43rd European and Keelin Greene 53rd.
Serbia claimed European honours in the 153-boat boys’ entry through Stefan Yuill, with Britain’s Henry Heathcote finishing as 48th European, Archie Leckie 83rd European and Jakub Staite 85th European.
Tim Hall, RYA Single Handed Pathway Manager, commented: "This is a fantastic achievement for India and we are really encouraged by the performance of the whole team.
“All the sailors trained hard over the winter and in the lead up to the event with their coaches and have benefited from support from the Optimist Class (UK) and the RYA."
Full results from the 2017 Optimist European Championships