Finn Gold Cup - Images of sailors competing in Falmouth
by Robert Deaves on 10 May 2012
JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup - There are just four days to go before the first races in Falmouth, UK and the sailors are making last minute preparations for the battle that lies ahead.
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This gallery of images from Lee Whitehead showcases some of the sailors that we will see racing on Falmouth Bay next week.
Jorge Zarif (BRA) – Placed an excellent ninth in last week's UK Nationals and already qualified for Olympics, picking up the 18th and final place available in Perth.
Haris Papodopolous (CYP) – Still trying to qualify his nation for a place at the 2012 Olympics. Competed in China in 2008 where he placed 22nd.
Michael Maier (CZE) – With four Olympics already under his belt, Maier is a class veteran. The Czech Republic still has to qualify for Weymouth, but Maier or the young Tomas Vika, should achieve that next week.
Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) – World champion in 2006 and 2009 and back for his third Olympics. One of the favourites to medal next week. Best Olympic result was a sixth in 2008.
Jonathan Lobert (FRA) – Runner up in last year's Olympic test event and a favourite for a medal next week.
Ben Ainslie (GBR) – The all-out favourite. Five times Finn world champion and twice Olympic champion in the Finn.
Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) – Runner-up to Scott at last year's world championship and one of the favourites to either medal or win this year.
Matt Coutts (NZL) – Third Gold Cup and improving all the time. No decision yet on Kiwi selection for the Olympics though the favourite to go is Dan Slater.
Eduard Skornyakov (RUS) – Narrowly won Olympic qualification in Perth. In Falmouth it is their individual trials. Skornyakov was European champion in 2007 and competed in the 2008 Olympics where he placed 17th.
Egor Terpigorev (RUS) – Finished just one place behind Skornyakov in last week's event, but who will come out on top in the final showdown next week?
A selected image gallery of around 150 shots can be found here, while the complete searchable gallery can be found on Lee's website.
Racing for the JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup begins Sunday.
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