The sailor Vasileia Karachaliou, representing Portugal, was crowned runner-up in Europe in the ILCA 6 Olympic class, after the conclusion of the European Championships in Andora, Italy, behind only the Dutch Marit Bouwmeester.
The Greek, who is awaiting naturalization and competes for the Clube Naval de Cascais, scored 50 points, 18 more than the new European champion, the same fifty as Hungarian Maria Erdi, who was in third place after applying the tiebreaker criteria (most race wins – two for Karachaliou, one for Erdi).
It is Karachaliou’s first major result on behalf of Portugal, after at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, held in 2021, having achieved a ninth place for Greece, a country that he considers never to have supported him, as he explained to Lusa in November last year.
Out of the gold fleet, which discussed the title, Luísa Peres concluded the race in 32nd place in the silver fleet, rising three places on the last day of regattas in Andora.
In the Olympic ILCA 7 (for men), the worst day of the race penalized Eduardo Marques, who was 12th at the start of the last races and ended up closing the European Championship in 23rd place, after a start in which he won one of the starts and was in the first places.
In the same “gold fleet” is Santiago Sampaio, who regained a place this Friday and ended up in 28th place, while in silver José Mendes closed in 24th and Lourenço Mateus in 30th.