Nick finally gets Euro top spot

After coming agonisingly close in previous editions, double Laser World champion Nick Thompson has finally added the European title to his logbook.

Thompson knew that consistency would be key to clinching victory on Spanish waters and he posted a string of top ten results to keep himself firmly in the medal mix.

“The regatta has been incredibly tricky,” he said. “I knew that Barcelona wasn’t going to be an easy venue. It was going to be about the long game, about putting together a series and coming out on top at the end of it.”

Starting the final day in fifth place, the 31-year-old wrapped up the regatta in fine style, claiming the final bullet to finish eight points clear of Italian Francesco Marrai, with New Zealand’s Andrew McKenzie in third.

Now based at Lymington, the former Exeter singlehander was thrilled to secure his first European title. “I feel really, really pleased,” he said. “It’s been one of those events which has eluded me for a long time, I’ve come really close and medalled a few times but never actually managed to win it.

“To finally take the European title means there’s just one thing left – the Olympics.”

Plymouth University graduate Lorenzo Chiavarini posted an impressive 1, 3 on the final day of racing to round off his regatta in seventh place overall and as the sixth European. Meanwhile Michael Beckett finished his event in 15th, with Jack Wetherell 27th, Elliot Hanson 28th, Dorchester’s Jack Cookson 31st and Sam Whaley, from Swanage, 63rd.

Over on the women’s Radial course, Georgina Povall led the British charge ending her week with a race win to finish seventh in her best ever senior European performance.

But despite a strong start to the regatta, Portland’s Alison Young slipped to ninth. Podium Potential Pathway sailors Ellie Cumpsty (Chew Valley Lake) and Clementine Thompson (Guernsey) finished 44th and 48th respectively.

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