Sailing feats at the end of the year

Wed, 12. Feb. 2020
Eliot Merceron wins the 44th Christmas race at Palamos, Spain. (Courtesy of GYC)

U23 Vice World Champion Finn Class
GYC sports member Nils Theuninck had an excellent sailing week before the holidays in Melbourne (AUS). Finishing 14th overall, he was able to take the vice world championship title in the U23 category, thus securing his place in the Swiss national team for the year 2020.

“Generally speaking, it was a great week, especially since I qualified for the national team. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t make it into the Medal Race in the last race, after sailing in the top 10 all week. At the same time, I am happy about my U23 runner-up title. In January I’m going back to Melbourne to continue training hard.”

At Sail Melbourne, to which Theuninck referred, he sailed 2nd in the final overall ranking, news that came in last minute before the editorial deadline.

Winning the 44th Christmas race
Another outstanding result was achieved by GYC Sport member Eliot Merceron, who won the 44th Christmas race in Palamos, Spain just before the holidays. He then also left for the World Championship in Australia.

After a great 2019 season with top 30 finishes in the World Championships and 15th place in the Olympic Test Event, he is working with his coach Daniel to prepare for this crucial year 2020 with the goal of reaching the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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