Rindom and Buhl topped their respective events at the 2021 Vilamoura European Continental Qualification Event. The event was held to determine the European laser and laser radial qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics where the two highest ranked eligible boats qualified their nation. The European Continental Qualification Event was held in Vilamoura, Portugal from April 17th to April 24th 2021.
In total, 12 races were held, two per day in each event. Sailors were initially split into two groups with the highest ranked sailors advancing to the gold fleet after the sixth race.
The women’s laser radial began with 2019 World Championship gold medalist Anne-Marie Rindom of Denmark and Greece’s Vasileia Karachaliou winning both of their day 1 qualifier fleets. A relatively poor second day by Karachaliou allowed Rindom to take sole possession of the lead. From there Rindom extended her lead for the rest of the event to win gold with a total score of 48 points. Silver went to Sweden’s Josefin Olsson (87 points) while bronze was won by Japan’s Manami Doi (92 points). The Olympic quotas were won by Israel’s Shay Kakon and Portugal’s Carolina Joao.
The men’s laser on the other hand saw multiple lead changes throughout the six days. After the first day, the event was led by Brazil’s Robert Scheidt. He was overtaken by Croatia’s Filip Jurisic on the second day. Great Britain’s Michael Beckett moved into a tie with Jurisic after the third day before taking sole possession of the lead. However, a relatively poor showing during the last few races allowed Scheidt to take a one point lead over Beckett going into the final race. Additionally, 2020 World Championship gold medalist Philipp Buhl of Germany was also in contention as he was four points behind Scheidt. The final race was won by Buhl and along with Scheidt’s sixth place finish allowed Buhl to win the event over Scheidt by a single point (76 points). Beckett finished third with 81 points. The Olympic quotas were won by Spain’s Joel Rodriguez and the Netherlands’ Duko Bos.
This was the final opportunity for nations to qualify in the men’s laser and women’s laser radial, with the exception of the tripartite invitation. The final event with qualifiers remaining is the Finn where the African and European qualifier will be determined at the 2021 Gold Cup.