Delta Lloyd Regatta day 1 Finn shared lead

Tough conditions for the Finns day 1 Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011
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Delta Lloyd Regatta, Holland is the fifth leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2011.

A sturdy 20 knot wind kicked up choppy waters for the Finn class on the IJsselmeer and the day was dramatic. With a first and second each Ed Wright (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) share the lead after day one. Greg Douglas (CAN) is third.

The Finns had a late start to the racing, and didn't get their second race off until nearly 17.30. However the sailors reveled in the challenging conditions for a great start to the week.

There are quite a number of notable absentees at this year’s regatta in Medemblik, with many of the top sailors taking a break between training camps at Weymouth, prior to the all important Sail for Gold Regatta in two weeks, which many are using as a crucial event in their selection series for 2012.

Even the usually dominant Skandia Team GBR have only one entry in the form of world champion Ed Wright (GBR). Wright, who generally enjoys the stronger wind conditions placed second to Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) in race one. Gasper Vincec (SLO) won thebattle for third place from Greg Douglas (CAN) and fellow Slovenian Vasilij Zbogar (SLO).

Kljakovic Gaspic is the current European Champion and the winner in Medemblik last year and usually prefers the lighter conditions. Wright turned the tables in race two to win from Kljakovic Gaspic with World Masters Champion Michael Maier (CZE) in third. Maier will be keen to defend his World Masters title in Punta Ala in Italy next month against a pre-entered fleet of some 308 Finns.

Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic leads downwind. Finns days 1 Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011
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Local hero Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) picked up a fourth in the race while Douglas rounded out a fantastic day for him with a fifth place.

Douglas is really the surprise package of the day. Having placed 33rd in last year's Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco, and 15th at the Rolex Miami OCR, this is his first major international regatta since then. Douglas competed in the 2008 Olympics in the Laser class before moving into the Finn in 2010 and is improving all the time.

The fleet of 66 Finn sailors from 24 nations again has a number of new faces and some sailors returning to the class. The Delta Lloyd Regatta also attracts a sizable amateur contingent who enjoy the challenge of racing against the class stars.

Fleet racing continues to Saturday with the medal race for the top 10 boats on Sunday 29 May.

Results after two races:

Results - FINN



Sail Nr

Start Nr





1GBR115Edward Wright213
2CRO5241Ivan Kljakovic Ga123
3AUS120Brendan Casey6410
4CAN564Greg Douglas4610
5NED84214Pieter-Jan Postma10515
6SLO516Gasper Vincec31316
7SLO57315Vasilij Zbogar51217
8CRO256Marin Misura81018
9CZE141Michael Maier14721
10POL1719Piotr Kula71421
11CZE5234Tomas Vika111728
12POL775Rafal Szukiel121931
13CHN125Zhang Peng132235
14NED84155Hein van Egmond201636
15UKR533Gusenko Andrrii93039
16TUR2143Alican Kaynar241539
17AUS232Rob McMilllan211839
18UKR151Oleksiy Borysov32840
19AUS23526Timothy Castles162440
20NED8335Timo Hagoort172340
21BRA10939Jorge Zarif152742
22CHN836Cheng Cheng Kong252045
23TUR21142Ali Kemal Tufekci262147
24CHN624Gong Lei193150
25GER6444Lennart Luttkus232851
26CHN4238Ai Ming Cheng183452
27USA61968Caleb Paine421153
28DEN4650Kaspar Andresen223355
29HUN628Gaszton Pal273259
30IRL431Ross Hamilton342660
31AUS26129Oliver Tweddell54963
32CAN2665Paul Brikis352964
33EST1147Lauri Vainsalu293867
34NED2972Bas De Waal333568
35NZL110Dan SlaterBFD370
36CAN11063Martin Robitaille462571
37USA2148Gordon Lamphere304171
38AUS1130Shaun Wells284472
39TUR746Akif Muslubas314273
40HUN822Marton Beliczay383674
41CHN4337Li Zhen403979
42NED90959Simeon Tienpont394079
43DEN26249Bo Teglers364581
44GRE4154Panagiotis Kotsovos434386
45HUN1061Richard Hirschler375087
46NED78776Nanno Schuttrups454893
47BUL85574Dimitar Vangelov415394
48GBR1823James Hadden474794
49NED5469Joos Bos504696
50GER50145Fabian Lemmel484997
51USA8140Joshua Revkin445599
52NED72458Stefan Marechal4952101
53NED773Cees Scheurwater5151102
54POL171Jakub DumaraDNF37104
55GRE7153Panagiotis Davourlis5254106
56NED5067Jan Zetzema5356109
57GER12970Walter Siemers5557112
58NED860Rodrick CasanderDNFDNF134
59NED11056Diederik Sarels van RijnDNFDNF134
60NED83527Jaap GoedeDNFDNF134
61NED94157Pim MommersteegDNFDNF134
62SVK1552Slavomir SopuchDNFDNF134
63USA5662Charles HeimlerDNFDNF134
64USA7466Henry SpragueDNFDNF134
65NED10077Arend van der SluisDNFDNF134
66NED2221Peter HubregtsenDNFDNF134

Pieter-Jan Postma. Finns day 1 - Delta Lloyd Regatta 2011
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