Black Dog takes 18ft Skiff European Championship

The big winner of the final day and winner of the European Championship was team “Black Dog” helmed by Britain's Jarrod Simpson, sheet Grant Rollerson and Sam Gaslin in the Bow – they finished the three races with a strong 1,1,2 which put them on 24 points – good enough to win the European Championship.

Black Dog finished just in front of 18 foot legend John Winning, sailing with Jim Beck in the front, Cameron McDonald on the sheet. They had 25 pts and they moved up from fourth to second the last day.

Howard Hamlin, USA, sailing on CST Composites with Scot Babbage, several time world Champion and Mark in the bow – were leading before the last day but dropped back to third place with 29 points.

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“Maersk Line” sailed by Graham Gatley, David Mcdiarmid and Brad Collins from New Zealand lost a couple of places and went from 2nd to 4th . The “Vikings” from Denmark on “original, CHIA” (Flemming Clausen, Thomas Ebler, Soren Clausen) moved from 6th to 5th and ended as 2nd best European team on 60 points.

They were closely followed on 6th place (3rd European boat) by Nick Daly, Nick Murray and John on Haier, and Eurolink finished 7th followed by Pica (9th ). ASCC (Murray England, Sam Tretheway, Joshua McCormach) from New Zealand also lost some places on the final day and went from 5th to 8th overall.

The European Championship is one of the 4 Grand Prix races in Europe. Next race is in Travemunde, Germany in july and in the end of August the Dutch Grand Prix will take place in Bruinisse.

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