Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Ker 40+ 728x90

Sailing World Cup Miami- Finns - Giles Scott takes race win

by Robert Deaves on 29 Jan 2014
Giles Scott (Finn) © Richard Langdon http://www.oceanimages.co.uk
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami,2014 - Patience was a necessary virtue again on the second day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, as light winds delayed the starts for the second day running. Giles Scott (GBR) won the only race in the Finn fleet to take the overall lead, with Oliver Tweddell (AUS) dropping to second. Long time race leader Luke Lawrence (USA) moves up to third place after a second place.

It was another day of light winds and sunny skies on Biscayne Bay. But the early news was that Giles Scott (GBR) had managed to improve his points from Monday, when after having been called early over the start line in the first race, he later had the penalty overturned when the race committee were deemed to have made a procedural error.

After a long wait, race 3 got away after 17.00, so there was only ever going to be one race. Luke Lawrence (USA) started mid line and broke out to the left before coming back to round the top mark with a small lead on Scott, Alexey Selivanov (RUS), Michele Paoletti (ITA) and Jorge Zarf (BRA). Lawrence headed right downwind as he had done on Monday, while Scott and Zarif pushed out to his left. At the gate, Lawrence still held the lead from Scott and Selivanov. Most of the leaders immediately headed out to the right.

Lawrence and Scott almost matched each other tack for tack on the second upwind, but Lawrence kept his lead at the top from Scott and Paoletti. With three legs to the finish and a very tight fleet there was plenty of scope for place changing, but Scott, who had rounded very close to Lawrence sailed past him early on the reach and then extended on the run to win the race, just over 20 seconds ahead of Lawrence. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) scooped third after Enrico Voltolini (ITA) was scored OCS and Paoletti ended up fourth. Regatta leader Oliver Tweddell (AUS) was back in 10th.

Lawrence commented on his race. 'The breeze was soft and we finished under a beautiful sunset on Biscayne Bay. I was very excited with a second place. I led most of the way around the track, but I let Giles set up high of me for the reach, which turned fatal half way down. My goal was a solid top five in the race so I didn't find it logical to chase him and risk third. I held my position strategically to hang on to second. All in all I am happy and have moved from fourth to third, so a red jersey for me tomorrow. I hope to keep it together and qualify for the US Team.'

Tweddell added, 'I rounded the top mark in fifth, and made a poor decision to gybe out to the left straight away. I hit a wall of dirty air and lost a lot of ground and places. I managed to keep my cool and chip back some spots, but that was the fatal mistake.'

Current World Champion Zarif is in seventh place after placing fifth in the race. 'I had a ok start in the middle of the line, and I was planning to go to the right because before the race it was paying a lot. I couldnt go as far as I wanted but I was lucky, the windy changed 10-15 degrees to the left so i was able to be top four in the first upwid. I already had a yellow yesterday and today I was worried about getting a second. So the downwnds were bad. I think this was the biggest thing I could change.'

Racing in Miami continues until Saturday when the medal race for the top 10 will be sailed.
Results after three races, with a drop included.

1 GBR 41 Giles Scott 3
2 AUS 261 Oliver Tweddell 3
3 USA 40 Luke Lawrence 5
4 RUS 1 Alexey Selivanov 7
5 EST 11 Lauri Väinsalu 7
6 CRO 524 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic8
7 BRA 109 Jorge João Zarif 12
8 ITA 146 Michele Paoletti 13
9 CAN 5 Gregory Douglas 14
10 ITA 66 Enrico Voltolini 14
Southern Spars - 100InSunSport - NZT Clewring J-class

Related Articles

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 – Thrilling victory for Scott
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 – With light winds again dominating racing, medal race was all about left hand corner. ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 – With light winds again dominating the racing, the medal race was all about the left hand corner. The pin end of the start line belonged to Luke Lawrence (USA) and this, plus his control over the fleet to the left hand corner on the first upwind won him the race.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Belcher's 18 win streak in 470's is over
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Medals were decided in ten Olympic events under sunny skies and suitable wind conditions ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 - Medals were decided in ten Olympic events on Biscayne Bay under sunny skies and enough wind for good racing. This year's regatta offered a little bit of everything, including success from former champions, major upsets, and a glimpse into the future of Olympic level one-design sailing.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Action shots from the medal races
Enjoy these action shots captured on Biscayne Bay by Richard Landon, during the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami medal races Enjoy these action shots captured on Biscayne Bay by photographer Richard Landon, during the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami medal races.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Medal race images by Richard Langdon
On medal race day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Richard Langdon was on the water to capture these images. On medal race day at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, photographer Richard Langdon was on the water to capture these images of the action.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Medal race images by Walter Cooper
Walter Cooper was on site today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami to capture these images during the medal races. Photographer Walter Cooper was on site today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami to capture these images during the medal races.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Images of Bouwmeester's silver win
Richard Langdon was on the water today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami to capture these images. Richard Langdon was on the water today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami to capture these images during the Laser Radial medal race - in which Marit Bouwmeester claimed a silver medal.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Results after the medal races
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami results after the completion of medal races for all competing classes. Here are the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami results after the completion of medal races for all competing classes.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
Sailing World Cup Miami 2014– World Record winning streak ends
Laser, 470 Men, Finn and Nacra 17 results after the medal races on Biscayne Bay. After winning 18 470 regattas in a row, Rolex World Sailor of the Year Mat Belcher and his crew Will Ryan ran out of runway at the Sailing World Cup in Miami.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Medal race day on Biscayne Bay
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, it's medal race day on Biscayne Bay. At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, it's medal race day on Biscayne Bay. Saturday's medal race series includes the top ten ranked sailors in each fleet competing in one race with double points applied. The 49er and 49erFX will conduct a series of three short races worth single points each.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Canadian Skud team take silver
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 - Finals for the Paralympic classes were supposed to take place in Miami today In the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 the finals for the Paralympic classes were supposed to take place in Miami today however the trending wind hampered any possible showdowns. Canadian SKUD team John McRoberts/Jackie Gay take the silver medal after a race win yesterday against their british rivals Rickham/Birrell.
Posted on 2 Feb 2014