The penultimate regatta day of the Open European Championship for 420 and the second day of the final races didn’t dissapoint. According to the forecast, the wind picked up on time in the early afternoon and the regatta committee invited the young sailors out on the water. All groups sailed two regattas each in a light breeze of around 6 knots. As yesterday, they sailed on two race areas; the women’s fleets and U17 were divided into gold and silver groups, and the men's and mixed fleet into gold, silver, and bronze groups.

The principal race officer, Bojan Gale: "The pre-last racing day is behind us, and we managed to do two races for all the fleets, so according to the schedule, we now have finished ten races for all fleets. The conditions today were a bit trickier; we had a low seabreeze, and for a women's fleet and U17, we had up to 8 knots and on the other course area it was pretty much the same, with the only difference being that they had to wait one hour more for the wind to stabilize. Everything is ready for tomorrow, the sailors and coaches are happy, and we look forward to the last racing day. We plan to run all the gold fleets in one racing area and the others in another. Two races are scheduled with the intention to start at 1 pm, while the last starting signal is allowed at 3.30 pm, so I believe before 4 o'clock, we will have the champions."

The day before the end, the American mixed crew of Freddie Parkin and Estella Morris (48 pts) took the lead in the largest male/mixed fleet. Italians Lisa Vucetti and Vittorio Bonifacio (51 pts) are second overall and leaders among European crews, while Frenchmen Zou Schemmel and Jean Philippe Boudard (52 pts) made it to the third. The third European team is French Simon Prot and Swan Berier in fourth overall (58 pt).

In the category of mixed crews, the Americans Freddie Parkin and Estella Morris (48 pts) lead the first-ranked European crew, the Italian sailors Lisa Vucetti and Vittorio Bonifacio (51 pts). In third are the Slovenian Ana Planinšič and Teo Gerželj (9. place, 87 pts). The third European mixed crew is Great Britain's Imogen Wade and Hugo Valentine (98 pts) in 15th place. 

Among the girls, the first three have not changed places since yesterday. Two Spanish crews remain in the lead, with Neus Fernandez Darder and Martina Gomila Darder (25 pts) in first and Marisa Alexandra Vicens Seguí and Marina Borràs Ugarriza (44 pts) in second. The Greeks Georgia Faviou and Amalia Papanikita are third (47 pts).

Among the crews in the U17 category, young sailors from Greece are firmly sitting in the first three places. Ioannis Tournis and Georgios Iraklis Michalopoulos remain in the lead (38 pts), in second place U17 and the leaders among the women are Dimitra Peleki and Fevronia Bouzana (46 pts), while the crew of Sokratis Chamarias and Iason Xypas (66 pts) made it to third. 

Tomorrow is the last regatta day and we're expecting similar wind conditions with a weak seabreeze. The first start is scheduled for 1 p.m.