Canada's Chris Cook wins Day 2 at Finn Worlds

Christopher Cook (CAN41)
The second day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK, was an outstanding one for Chris Cook (CAN) as well as the British sailors with Ben Ainslie (GBR) winning the opening race to take the overall lead, Ed Wright (GBR) dropping to second and Andrew Mills (GBR) having another good day to move up to third. Victory in the second race of the day went to Canada's Chris Cook.

The big question for the sailors today was whether to favour the left or the right. With dark clouds, moderate to strong winds and intermittent rain all day, there were some big gains to be made by choosing the correct side. Race officer Peter Reggio was delighted that the 94 boat fleet got away cleanly on both starts at the first attempt, perhaps an indication that they didn't want to hang around any longer than necessary in the inclement conditions.

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The left side was favoured on the first beat with overnight leader Ed Wright (GBR) leading round the top mark from Andrew Mills (GBR) and Anders Pedersen (NOR). Jonathan Lobert (FRA) then found more pressure on the right on the first downwind to take the lead at the gate from Ainslie and Wright.

On the second upwind, Ainslie and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) favoured the right side and rounded the top mark in the lead. Mills moved from third into second on the final downwind with Ainslie extending for a second race win to the overall lead of the championship.

Race four started very quickly with the left side again proving popular. This time Mark Andrews (GBR) led Ainslie round the top mark, but they went the wrong way on the first downwind, while Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) found more pressure in the right to round the gate ahead of Lobert and Chris Cook (CAN).

The second upwind sealed the fate of many with a big right hand shift as the clouds cleared. Cook was just under the leading bunch and lifted up to the mark to lead down the final run. Lobert went high and Postma went low, but Ainslie found a way through in third. At the finish, they were separated by no more than 20 boat lengths, with Cook taking a well deserved win from Lobert and Ainslie.

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Ainslie said, 'It was really tough out there today, it was quite windy, a lot of rain and low visibility so it was a difficult day for everyone and physically a real challenge. In the first race a front came through with quite a big wind shift to the right hand side, and made it a little bit difficult, but that’s part of the challenge of sailing in these conditions. In the second race I went the wrong way, there was a big clump down the right hand side and also the wind shifted a little bit to the right. It was a difficult run but I managed to contain the loss and then catch up with the rest of the race so I overall I’m happy with my day. It was great racing out there despite difficult conditions.'

After a good day, Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) moved up to fourth overall. 'It was pretty shifty out there, but actually pretty good racing. In the last race we got a big shift in the end and that kind of ended the race for most but I think pretty much the both races were fair. I got a terrible start in the first race but I managed to claw my way back and finished in fourth. The second race was pretty much the same story, but I lost a couple because of that big shift and had a sixth so it was a pretty good day, could have been a little better, but I’m pretty satisfied.'

Someone who also had a better day was Postma. 'Today we had two good races; it was interesting. I haven’t found my rhythm yet, but today was better. On the last run I let Ben through, sometimes you have to be gentleman! When the wind changed they put a change of mark but it was not clear where we should go so it was not really clear where the finishing line was, so I had a little bit of difficulty to find it.'

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Race four winner, Cook said, 'On the first beat I thought that the right side was going to have something in it, I think it’s the typical thing that’s been happening in all the races is a little bit of left and a little bit of right, it’s just how you play your side. So I got to the top in decent shape, and I got to the right side of the run as fast as I could and the pressure filled in from there and it sort of set up the opportunity to round with the top guys. Then the second beat again I was worried about the right side and I was forced to the left gate, I was up quite a bit on the right so I just had to wait. I got in front just in time for that big right shift and then it was a nice easy reach on the way in.'

Lobert is up to fifth overall, 'In the first race I was leading at the downwind mark and on the second beat I didn’t manage very well. I lost a lot of places so I finished sixth. In the second race I was leading again, so I said this time I need to take care and not miss the shift, so I was playing more on the right hand side. I saw this rain coming on and then this light, stopping the rain so it means that usually it’s going to the right hand side so I was playing more on the right. But I was a little bit too much on the right so two guys managed to pass me at the top mark, then on the last downwind it was freaky because we didn’t see the finishing line so we were all looking around wondering where the finishing line was. I managed to end up second though so I am very happy with that.'

So after day two in Falmouth, The British team fill the top three places, while behind them the form is beginning to establish itself. Several top sailors had better results today so there could be a significant change after Tuesday's two races, again scheduled for 11.00. The forecast is for some sunshine, and strong winds. At least some in the already tired fleet will be thankful for the sunshine.

Day 2 of racing. The JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012. Falmouth Credit: Lloyd Images

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Rank

BowNumber

SailNo

Helmname

Junior

R1

 

R2

 

R3

 

R4

 

Total

Nett

1st

29

GBR 3

AINSLIE Ben



1.0

3.0

1.0

3.0

8.0

8.0

2nd

01

GBR 11

WRIGHT Edward



2.0

1.0

5.0

7.0

15.0

15.0

3rd

14

GBR 85

MILLS Andrew



4.0

8.0

2.0

11.0

25.0

25.0

4th

17

DEN 2

HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas



14.0

9.0

4.0

6.0

33.0

33.0

5th

10

FRA 112

LOBERT Jonathan



25.0

2.0

6.0

2.0

35.0

35.0

6th

87

CAN 41

COOK Christopher



8.0

12.0

16.0

1.0

37.0

37.0

7th

106

POL 17

KULA Piotr



9.0

10.0

8.0

15.0

42.0

42.0

8th

24

FIN 218

NIRKKO Tapio



6.0

22.0

9.0

8.0

45.0

45.0

9th

03

NED 842

POSTMA PieterJan



22.0

14.0

11.0

4.0

51.0

51.0

10th

53

AUS 1

CASEY Brendan



13.0

25.0

7.0

9.0

54.0

54.0

11th

07

EST 2

KARPAK Deniss



5.0

5.0

20.0

26.0

56.0

56.0

12th

02

CRO 524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan



26.0

16.0

3.0

12.0

57.0

57.0

13th

33

POL 7

SZUKIEL Rafal



3.0

20.0

22.0

16.0

61.0

61.0

14th

32

CAN 5

DOUGLAS Greg



34.0

7.0

15.0

13.0

69.0

69.0

15th

09

USA 4

RAILEY Zach



15.0

15.0

10.0

32.0

72.0

72.0

16th

12

SWE 11

BIRGMARK Daniel



24.0

17.0

17.0

14.0

72.0

72.0

17th

81

NZL 1

SLATER Dan



12.0

24.0

13.0

27.0

76.0

76.0

18th

30

UKR 1

BORYSOV Oleksiy



30.0

4.0

26.0

18.0

78.0

78.0

19th

27

GBR 88

ANDREWS Mark



33.0

23.0

12.0

10.0

78.0

78.0

20th

05

ESP 100

TRUJILLO Rafael



31.0

39.0

14.0

5.0

89.0

89.0

21st

26

AUT 3

RAUDASCHL Florian



29.0

11.0

21.0

35.0

96.0

96.0

22nd

21

RUS 9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard



20.0

42.0

24.0

19.0

105.0

105.0

23rd

46

AUS 261

TWEDDELL Oliver



16.0

43.0

23.0

24.0

106.0

106.0

24th

20

CZE 1

MAIER Michael



10.0

37.0

31.0

30.0

108.0

108.0

25th

34

NED 83

HAGOORT Timo



35.0

21.0

28.0

25.0

109.0

109.0

26th

47

NED 841

VAN EGMOND Hein



11.0

41.0

42.0

17.0

111.0

111.0

27th

23

USA 619

PAINE Caleb



37.0

27.0

27.0

20.0

111.0

111.0

28th

37

CZE 85

VIKA Tomas



17.0

19.0

39.0

44.0

119.0

119.0

29th

101

GER 151

MILLER Matthias



23.0

13.0

30.0

54.0

120.0

120.0

30th

41

BRA109

ZARIF Jorge

J

50.0

6.0

35.0

31.0

122.0

122.0

31st

42

UKR 5

GUSENKO Andrii



43.0

18.0

40.0

21.0

122.0

122.0

32nd

90

CHN 1226

GONG Lei



21.0

31.0

33.0

38.0

123.0

123.0

33rd

86

CAN 110

ROBITAILLE Martin

J

18.0

33.0

29.0

45.0

125.0

125.0

34th

45

NZL 8

COUTTS Matt



45.0

35.0

36.0

22.0

138.0

138.0

35th

39

RUS 1

SELIVANOV Alexey



7.0

34.0

52.0

48.0

141.0

141.0

36th

57

CRO 11

OLUJIC Josip



36.0

55.0

34.0

23.0

148.0

148.0

37th

18

SWE 6

ALLANSSON Bjorn



64.0

26.0

19.0

42.0

151.0

151.0

38th

40

TUR 21

KAYNAR Alican



32.0

30.0

25.0

64.0

151.0

151.0

39th

48

HUN 6

PAL Gaszton



39.0

29.0

43.0

46.0

157.0

157.0

40th

103

NOR 1

PEDERSEN Anders

J

44.0

46.0

18.0

55.0

163.0

163.0

41st

58

CRO 671

BILIC Tudor



48.0

47.0

38.0

36.0

169.0

169.0

42nd

119

CAN 902

WILTON Brendan



46.0

32.0

55.0

39.0

172.0

172.0

43rd

59

CYP 19

PAPADOPOULOS Haris



47.0

44.0

48.0

33.0

172.0

172.0

44th

67

GBR 29

MCCOY Peter

J

42.0

59.0

37.0

47.0

185.0

185.0

45th

50

TUR 7

MUSLUBAS Akif



27.0

28.0

51.0

83.0

189.0

189.0

46th

78

IND 11

JOHAL Nachhatar



38.0

38.0

62.0

52.0

190.0

190.0

47th

62

GBR 18

HADDEN James

J

70.0

36.0

47.0

41.0

194.0

194.0

48th

77

HUN 8

BELICZAY Marton



54.0

51.0

64.0

29.0

198.0

198.0

49th

56

CHN 43

ZHEN Li



40.0

45.0

44.0

71.0

200.0

200.0

50th

113

SWE 89

AXELSSON Andreas



41.0

63.0

60.0

37.0

201.0

201.0

51st

38

RUS 57

TERPIGOREV Egor



95.0 BFD

60.0

32.0

28.0

215.0

215.0

52nd

65

GBR 23

BRIDDON Harry

J

49.0

53.0

57.0

56.0

215.0

215.0

53rd

79

IRL 4

HAMILTON Ross



73.0

40.0

45.0

58.0

216.0

216.0

54th

55

CAN 7

NICHOLSON Adam



60.0

48.0

58.0

50.0

216.0

216.0

55th

51

AUS 2

MCMILLAN Rob



28.0

49.0

46.0

95.0 DNF

218.0

218.0

56th

85

BUL 855

VANGELOV Dimitar

J

19.0

64.0

65.0

73.0

221.0

221.0

57th

117

POL 8

LESINSKI Lukasz



61.0

52.0

70.0

40.0

223.0

223.0

58th

100

FRA 89

MONTAGUT Benjamin



59.0

54.0

61.0

51.0

225.0

225.0

59th

63

GBR 2

BURRELL Allen



51.0

50.0

49.0

80.0

230.0

230.0

60th

92

DEN 46

ANDRESEN Kaspar



66.0

66.0

41.0

62.0

235.0

235.0

61st

68

GBR 567

HUGHES Martin



52.0

70.0

59.0

57.0

238.0

238.0

62nd

110

TUR 35

KUYUMCU Efe



53.0

78.0

50.0

59.0

240.0

240.0

63rd

88

CAN 9

HEMMING Rob



58.0

62.0

53.0

67.0

240.0

240.0

64th

82

NZL 9

COUTTS Rob



57.0

58.0

72.0

60.0

247.0

247.0

65th

120

NED 58

MOHREN Thomas



84.0

67.0

63.0

34.0

248.0

248.0

66th

109

SUI 84

HOFER Silvan



55.0

74.0

56.0

75.0

260.0

260.0

67th

111

USA 21

LAMPHERE Gordon



69.0

56.0

67.0

68.0

260.0

260.0

68th

105

POL 13

JODLOWSKI Michal

J

67.0

65.0

54.0

84.0

270.0

270.0

69th

108

SUI 63

GAUTSCHI Thomas



62.0

71.0

68.0

70.0

271.0

271.0

70th

80

LTU 7

RYMONIS Tauras



85.0

77.0

71.0

43.0

276.0

276.0

71st

75

GBR 7

COOPER George



86.0

82.0

66.0

49.0

283.0

283.0

72nd

54

BUL 77

NEDYALKOV Valentin



56.0

75.0

74.0

79.0

284.0

284.0

73rd

104

GBR 635

PERCIVAL Simon



71.0

79.0

78.0

63.0

291.0

291.0

74th

94

FRA 57

BOULAN Damien



68.0

76.0

95.0 DNF

53.0

292.0

292.0

75th

93

FRA 61

MINOS Mikael



65.0

68.0

83.0

77.0

293.0

293.0

76th

61

FRA 99

ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc



75.0

69.0

69.0

82.0

295.0

295.0

77th

73

GBR 665

SMITH Julian



79.0

85.0

73.0

61.0

298.0

298.0

78th

60

CZE 11

DEUTSCHER Patrik

J

63.0

57.0

85.0

95.0 DNF

300.0

300.0

79th

95

FRA 66

LOBERT Philippe



74.0

81.0

82.0

66.0

303.0

303.0

80th

64

GBR 20

DENISON Andy



81.0

83.0

75.0

65.0

304.0

304.0

81st

74

GBR 68

MACKIE John



80.0

73.0

76.0

78.0

307.0

307.0

82nd

52

AUS 8

SERET Dirk



76.0

61.0

86.0

85.0

308.0

308.0

83rd

112

USA 53

LEIBOWITZ Ben



72.0

72.0

80.0

87.0

311.0

311.0

84th

91

DEN 210

NIELSEN Henrik Elmer



77.0

92.0

79.0

69.0

317.0

317.0

85th

76

GBR 711

PETTIT Simon



78.0

90.0

77.0

72.0

317.0

317.0

86th

71

GBR 631

HART Richard



93.0

86.0

87.0

74.0

340.0

340.0

87th

96

FRA 72

LE FRAPPER Philippe



92.0

88.0

84.0

76.0

340.0

340.0

88th

98

FRA 869

BAUMGARTEN Regis



89.0

84.0

89.0

81.0

343.0

343.0

89th

97

FRA 86

JEAN Christophe



87.0

91.0

81.0

86.0

345.0

345.0

90th

72

GBR 644

ARNELL Jack

J

83.0

80.0

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

353.0

353.0

91st

69

GBR 611

LOCK Tony



82.0

87.0

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

359.0

359.0

92nd

99

FRA 880

HOLLIER Cedric



88.0

89.0

95.0 DNS

95.0 DNC

367.0

367.0

93rd

66

GBR 24

BARNES Rory



91.0

94.0

88.0

95.0 DNF

368.0

368.0

94th

70

GBR 617

HARPER Mark



90.0

93.0

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

373.0

373.0



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