After the completion of the first day of racing at the 2012 IODA European Championships, 11 year old Campbell Patton sits in 71st position out of 158 Boys at the 2012 IODA European Championships.
The Warwick Academy student is the lone Bermuda representative at the regatta which is taking place in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.
In the first 4 races Patton finished 43rd, 5th, 18th and 33rd, an impressive start for the young sailor. Boys and girls sail in separate divisions at this event.
The youth sailors are experiencing light winds and warm temperatures which has been hampering the progress of the racing schedule.
Forecasts show that these conditions should continue all week. Lignano Sabbiadoro is a village in the Fruili-Venizia Giulia region in north-eastern Italy and is one of the main summer resorts on the Adriatic Sea coast.
Patton was able to join forces with the British Optimist Team for coaching and on the water support and has "settled in magnificently", according to his father, Bermuda Sailing Association President, Tim Patton.
The European Championship was officially inaugurated on Sunday at the Opening Ceremony as sailors paraded along the streets of Lignano and were welcomed by local dignitaries.