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Sail for Gold - GBR's Giles Scott continues winning streak

by Robert Deaves on 8 Jun 2012
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The 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta has experienced some atrocious weather thus far, but it has now become significantly worse. Day four in Weymouth saw stronger winds, torrential rain and limited visibility. However, the stand out performer this week Giles Scott (GBR) was unfazed by the conditions to notch up a fifth race win in the only race possible. He now has a 12 point lead over Ben Ainslie and a 23 point lead over third placed Zach Railey (USA).

Strong winds restricted the Finns to the inner harbour course today as the event was lashed by heavy rain and simply horrible conditions. The Finn fleet was held on shore all morning while other classes got some races in and were released at just before midday. Race seven got away first time at 13.00.

Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) emerged through the gloomy murk to lead at the top mark from Rafael Trujillo (ESP) and Giles Scott (GBR). The conditions worsened through the race with winds up to 20 knots and increasingly bad visibility. Postma held onto his lead at the gate while Scott moved up to second and Brendan Casey (AUS) to third.


Scott made his move on the next downwind and Mark Andrews (GBR) also got past Postma up the second beat. Scott then sailed away to win by a sizeable margin while Daniel Birgmark (SWE) squeezed in third place just ahead of Postma.

The conditions had by then turned so bad that the race committee sent the fleet ashore for the day.

Scott now leads by regatta by 12 points with two days to go. He commented, 'It was pretty miserable out there, rainy and wet but it wasn't too windy, maybe 20 knots. It only got windy when the clouds cleared and it came through at 35 knots – the racing was fine.'

'It was a good show from the British boys, we love the rain. I haven’t done a lot of Finn racing recently, but I’m still in shape and I’ve been doing a lot of America’s Cup sailing which is really physical. I’ve also been training with Ben and the other boys so I’m not racing fit, but I’m still physically fit and capable of sailing a Finn. I seem to be sailing quite fast, so more of the same tomorrow. It’s looking fresh so I think we might be on for an afternoon sail but I’m sure we will get a race in.'

Seventh in the race and now fifth overall, Jonathan Lobert (FRA) said, 'Today was not as windy as expected with around 15 to 20 knots, but it was very shifty. I was pretty happy with my speed upwind and I could play with the top guys. I made some mistakes at the beginning of the second beat so I dropped a bit in the fleet but I managed to come back on the last downwind. So I am happy with my race.'

'It was good to get some southerly wind because it was the first time. As expected, to be good this summer in the Games I will have to be fast upwind and downwind. I think we all have a good example with Giles this week. For now I am happy with my position. I have been struggling this year to have any consistency in my sailing. So I am taking race by race and we will see at the end.'

It was a dramatic day for third placed Zach Railey (USA). While rounding the leeward gate, one of the boats behind tried to take a more direct route and barged at the mark, colliding with the American.

He explained, 'The race today was tough. In fact the whole day has been tough. We waited around with this weather system and we finally got out onto the water and I was doing pretty good in the race. I had just made up a bunch of boats on the downwind and was waiting to go around the leeward marks. It was very tight with the pack and there was a boat that came in without room and unfortunately tried to take room on a couple of us. There was a pretty big collision which threw me out of the boat and the boat got broken in the process. So I had to come in.'

Railey claimed for redress and was granted that to remain in third place overall, just one point ahead of Postma in fourth and now 10 points behind Ben Ainslie (GBR) in second.

The final opening series races are scheduled for Friday with the medal race on Saturday. However Friday's forecast doesn't dip much below 30 knots until mid-afternoon, so the race team will be hard pressed to get in any out of the maximum of three races possible. It will be another tough day at the Olympic venue.



Finn PROVISIONAL Results as of 16:21 on June 7, 2012

Overall

Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 44, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

ISAFid

Total

Nett

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

1st

GBR

41

Giles SCOTT

GBRGS20

28.0

7.0

(21.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

1.0

2nd

GBR

3

Ben AINSLIE

GBRCA1

27.0

19.0

5.0

5.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

(8.0)

3rd

USA

4

Zach RAILEY

USAZR1

37.3

29.3

4.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

(8.0)

4.0

RDGa [5.3]

4th

NED

842

Pieter Jan POSTMA

NEDPP1

44.3

30.3

RDGa [6.3]

3.0

8.0

7.0

2.0

(14.0)

4.0

5th

FRA

112

Jonathan LOBERT

FRAJL23

69.0

37.0

(32.0)

2.0

7.0

8.0

6.0

7.0

7.0

6th

GBR

88

Mark ANDREWS

GBRMA18

64.0

38.0

3.0

11.0

(26.0)

11.0

5.0

6.0

2.0

7th

CRO

524

Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC

CROIK3

62.0

42.0

7.0

8.0

12.0

2.0

10.0

3.0

(20.0)

8th

GBR

85

Andrew MILLS

GBRAM55

58.0

43.0

8.0

10.0

4.0

4.0

12.0

(15.0)

5.0

9th

SWE

11

Daniel BIRGMARK

SWEDB1

69.0

54.0

12.0

14.0

3.0

12.0

(15.0)

10.0

3.0

10th

ESP

100

Rafael TRUJILLO

ESPRT7

75.0

59.0

6.0

(16.0)

9.0

6.0

14.0

11.0

13.0

11th

CAN

5

Greg DOUGLAS

BARGD1

105.0

68.0

(37.0)

7.0

6.0

15.0

16.0

13.0

11.0

12th

DEN

2

Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN

DENJH2

113.0

68.0

15.0

(BFD [45.0])

14.0

13.0

7.0

9.0

10.0

13th

GBR

11

Ed WRIGHT

GBREW3

118.0

73.0

25.0

4.0

21.0

(DNC [45.0])

9.0

8.0

6.0

14th

AUS

1

Brendan CASEY

AUSBC4

121.0

85.0

(36.0)

13.0

10.0

29.0

19.0

5.0

9.0

15th

EST

2

Deniss KARPAK

ESTDK1

139.0

94.0

13.0

19.0

24.0

18.0

4.0

(DNF [45.0])

16.0

16th

FIN

218

Tapio NIRKKO

FINTN1

127.0

94.0

(33.0)

9.0

15.0

19.0

25.0

12.0

14.0

17th

POL

17

Piotr KULA

POLPK8

124.0

95.0

(29.0)

15.0

13.0

20.0

11.0

18.0

18.0

18th

USA

11

Caleb PAINE

USACP65

133.0

101.0

1.0

17.0

18.0

(32.0)

27.0

26.0

12.0

19th

NZL

24

Josh JUNIOR

NZLJJ1

130.0

101.0

10.0

18.0

11.0

23.0

23.0

16.0

(29.0)

20th

BRA

109

Jorge ZARIF

BRAJZ4

143.0

108.0

9.0

25.0

23.0

9.0

(35.0)

21.0

21.0

21st

ITA

123

Filippo BALDASSARI

ITAFB31

157.0

112.0

14.0

21.0

17.0

17.0

21.0

22.0

(DSQ [45.0])

22nd

RUS

1

Aleksey SELIVANOV

RUSAS8

148.0

118.0

2.0

28.0

29.0

14.0

(30.0)

19.0

26.0

23rd

GER

151

Mattieu MILLER

GERMM09

147.0

120.0

16.0

20.0

(27.0)

21.0

24.0

24.0

15.0

24th

CZE

1

Michael MAIER

CZEMM1

154.0

122.0

24.0

24.0

16.0

10.0

17.0

(32.0)

31.0

25th

AUT

3

Florian RAUDASCHL

AUTFR3

157.0

126.0

22.0

23.0

20.0

27.0

(31.0)

17.0

17.0

26th

GRE

77

Ioannis MITAKIS

GREIM3

160.0

128.0

17.0

22.0

22.0

24.0

13.0

30.0

(32.0)

27th

RUS

9

Eduard SKORNYAKOV

RUSES2

163.0

130.0

20.0

12.0

25.0

25.0

26.0

(33.0)

22.0

28th

TUR

21

Alican KAYNAR

TURAK2

178.0

137.0

(41.0)

26.0

19.0

26.0

20.0

23.0

23.0

29th

NZL

8

Matt COUTTS

NZLMC2

187.0

153.0

11.0

33.0

32.0

31.0

18.0

(34.0)

28.0

30th

CRO

11

Josip OLUJIC

CROJO1

189.0

158.0

30.0

29.0

(31.0)

30.0

22.0

20.0

27.0

31st

CAN

110

Martin ROBITAILLE

CANMR7

205.0

173.0

DNE [45.0]

(32.0)

28.0

22.0

32.0

27.0

19.0

32nd

CRO

671

Tudor BILIC

CROTB8

209.0

173.0

28.0

31.0

30.0

(36.0)

29.0

31.0

24.0

33rd

RUS

57

Egor TERPIGOREV

RUSET1

214.0

175.0

31.0

27.0

33.0

(39.0)

34.0

25.0

25.0

34th

UKR

1

Oleksiy BORYSOV

UKROB1

213.0

178.0

(35.0)

30.0

34.0

28.0

28.0

28.0

30.0

35th

GBR

29

Peter MCCOY

GBRPM40

229.0

189.0

(40.0)

DPI10% [39.0]

38.0

16.0

33.0

29.0

34.0

36th

SWE

89

Andreas AXELSSON

SWEAA5

240.0

200.0

23.0

DPI10% [38.0]

35.0

34.0

(40.0)

37.0

33.0

37th

GBR

7

George COOPER

GBRGC19

245.0

204.0

18.0

(DPI10% [41.0])

40.0

37.0

36.0

35.0

38.0

38th

NZL

9

Rob COUTTS

NZLRC12

249.0

209.0

19.0

39.0

39.0

38.0

39.0

(40.0)

35.0

39th

GBR

18

James HADDEN

GBRJH86

254.0

209.0

26.0

36.0

37.0

33.0

41.0

36.0

(OCS [45.0])

40th

USA

53

Ben LEIBOWITZ

USABL24

261.0

220.0

27.0

40.0

(41.0)

40.0

38.0

38.0

37.0

41st

USA

21

Gordon LAMPHERE

USAGL12

262.0

221.0

38.0

(41.0)

36.0

35.0

37.0

39.0

36.0

42nd

USA

81

Joshua REVKIN

USAJR83

291.7

248.7

RDGa [41.7]

42.0

42.0

41.0

(43.0)

42.0

40.0

43rd

GBR

595

Edward THORBURN

GBRET6

292.0

249.0

42.0

(43.0)

43.0

42.0

42.0

41.0

39.0

44th

TUR

7

Akif MUSLUBAS

TURAM1

297.0

252.0

34.0

38.0

(DNF [45.0])

DNC [45.0]

DNC [45.0]

DNC [45.0]

DNC [45.0]

Scoring codes used

Code

Description

Points

BFD

Black flag disqualification under rule 30.3

45

DNC

Did not come to the starting area

45

DNE

Disqualification (other then DGM) not excludable under rule 88.3(b)

45

DNF

Started but did not finish

45

DPI10%

10% penalty under rule 30.2

Varies

DSQ

Disqualification

45

OCS

On course side at start or broke rule 30.1

45

RDGa

Redress - average points for all races except the race in question

Varies

 



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