Finn Gold Cup - Mixed bag Day 1 + Video

Edward Wright (GBR11) and Ben Ainslie (GBR3)
The opening day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK produced a mixed bag of results for a number of sailors with a shifty offshore breeze. After two races Ed Wright (GBR) leads Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST), while many sailors picked up high scores in the tricky conditions.

The fleet was initially held ashore but there was a further delay on the water as the wind clocked round to the west before a line was set. The first race finally got going under black flag at around 14.00 with one boat disqualified; Egor Terpigorev (RUS) led at each and every mark but unfortunately for him he crossed the finish line in silence as the winner's gun went to Ben Ainslie (GBR).

Terpigorev led Dimitar Vanelov (BUL), Ainslie and Ed Wright (GBR) round the top mark and though Ainslie moved through to second on the first downwind he couldn't pass the Russian. Wright moved up to third across the line to place second in the race behind Ainslie, while Rafal Szukiel (POL) climbed from fifth at the first mark to end up third.

The second race was started very promptly with another black flag start following a general recall. Wright, along with Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Timo Haggort (NED) started on port tack from the pin end while Jonathan Lobert (FRA) started at the committee boat.

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At the top mark Wright just held the lead from Lobert with Oleksiy Borysov (UKR) and Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) close behind. On the first downwind Wright and Lobert had a great battle, made more exciting with the Oscar flag up for free pumping. Wright rounded the gate ahead of Lobert and these two extended on the second beat to build a nice lead.

On the final downwind Wright extended even further for a comfortable win with Ainslie moving into third and putting some pressure on Lobert in the closing stages. Zarif had a great race crossing in sixth.

Ainslie commented, 'It’s great to be racing in Falmouth on home waters in an event as important as the Finn Gold Cup. We had a great day on the water with good breeze. However, it was coming off the land so it was quite difficult and hard work tactically to take the right side of the course. Overall, I’m pleased with my day, the first race I managed to get near the front of the fleet and had a great race with the Russian sailor. Unfortunately, he was over the line at the start so he was disqualified from the race, but it was a good race and he sailed very well.'

'As you’d expect with the World Championships it’s a very tough level of competition. There’s quite a big range throughout the fleet; it’s great to see some of the older sailors from the UK racing, and also the younger sailors coming through for the future. Then we have a lot of the Olympic sailors who are training or competing here with half an eye on the Olympics in a couple of months’ time.'

'We’ll see what the conditions are like tomorrow; but potentially we might have some more wind, which will be quite physical. There’s a long way to go so we just keep looking forward and try to get some good races in.'

Second over the line in race two, Lobert summed up his day, 'Today was a pretty good day, the first race was so-so, I had a crash in the first start but I managed to come back pretty well after the first beat and the first lap. I then lost out again in the second beat so it was really up to the second race for me to do well to make up for it.'

'In the second race I started from the committee boat, I went to the right and tried to be as fast as possible to get to the top mark just next to Ed. From there we had a big fight on downwind which was good fun before the second upwind where I tried to pass him, but the timing wasn't perfect so he gained some distance and got away. For the rest of that race I was just managing to keep my second place, but I'm pretty happy with that.'

'It was great sailing out there; it was windy and really sunny so perfect conditions for sailing, the course was really well organised so we had a lot of fun. I hope to have good races this week, that's the plan, but I will take it day by day and try to do my best every time.'

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'I started at committee boat Ed at the pin end. Ed was really surprised after racing when he found out I started at the committee boat and tacked across immediately; it just shows that the wind is pretty shifty and you have to make the most of where you are to do well.'

This champion is the Olympic selection trials for many sailors, including the Canadians. After twio races, Chris Cook (CAN) sits in sixth place, while main rival Greg Douglas (CAN) is in 19th, though he did pick up a useful seventh in the second race. He said, 'Today I had a good second race - the first race was not so good. I got a little stuck in the fleet. It was a big fleet so it was tough to get out of it, but the second race went really well, I finished seventh so I'm really happy with that.'

'In the second race the pumping flag went up, which plays to my strengths, so I was really happy with that. I got a good start and tacked on the first shift, which made it easy. The tide I think was pretty slack today at the time we were sailing, so it wasn't too much of an issue. The shifts were pretty even, I think it was more from the pressure, you could see the big pressure lines coming down out there.'

'I'm happy with today overall, one good race, one bad race, so I can't complain. This is the trials so every point counts really, we're working hard, the top boat goes so we'll see how it turns out in the end.'

World number two Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) didn't have the best day. However despite placed 26 and 16 today he was upbeat about the rest of the week. 'It’s still just the beginning. Two races are just the beginning of the week. The rest of the week I think is going to be interesting and anything is possible. Same way like I did today, anybody else can do a bad day so we can see also some other good sailors have bad days. I think it just the beginning so I’ll clear my head, tomorrow is a new day so I’ll wake up in the morning and go for it.'

'It was difficult, extremely difficult. From the beginning it was just going bad, the decisions that I took were questionable, it turned out quite bad so I hope it’s going to be my worst day.

So after two races, the 2010 world champion Ed Wright leads the five time champion Ben Ainslie by one point, with the new world number five Deniss Karpak, who scored two fifth places, ending the day in third.

Racing continues Monday with two more races scheduled from 11.00, and with stronger winds forecast, it should prove to be another great day of racing in Falmouth.



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Rank

BowNumber

SailNo

Helmname

Junior

R1

 

R2

 

Total

Nett

1st

01

GBR 11

WRIGHT Edward



2.0

1.0

3.0

3.0

2nd

29

GBR 3

AINSLIE Ben



1.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

3rd

07

EST 2

KARPAK Deniss



5.0

5.0

10.0

10.0

4th

14

GBR 85

MILLS Andrew



4.0

8.0

12.0

12.0

5th

106

POL 17

KULA Piotr



9.0

10.0

19.0

19.0

6th

87

CAN 41

COOK Christopher



8.0

12.0

20.0

20.0

7th

33

POL 7

SZUKIEL Rafal



3.0

20.0

23.0

23.0

8th

17

DEN 2

HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas



14.0

9.0

23.0

23.0

9th

10

FRA 112

LOBERT Jonathan



25.0

2.0

27.0

27.0

10th

24

FIN 218

NIRKKO Tapio



6.0

22.0

28.0

28.0

11th

09

USA 4

RAILEY Zach



15.0

15.0

30.0

30.0

12th

30

UKR 1

BORYSOV Oleksiy



30.0

4.0

34.0

34.0

13th

81

NZL 1

SLATER Dan



12.0

24.0

36.0

36.0

14th

101

GER 151

MILLER Matthias



23.0

13.0

36.0

36.0

15th

03

NED 842

POSTMA PieterJan



22.0

14.0

36.0

36.0

16th

37

CZE 85

VIKA Tomas



17.0

19.0

36.0

36.0

17th

53

AUS 1

CASEY Brendan



13.0

25.0

38.0

38.0

18th

26

AUT 3

RAUDASCHL Florian



29.0

11.0

40.0

40.0

19th

32

CAN 5

DOUGLAS Greg



34.0

7.0

41.0

41.0

20th

39

RUS 1

SELIVANOV Alexey



7.0

34.0

41.0

41.0

21st

12

SWE 11

BIRGMARK Daniel



24.0

17.0

41.0

41.0

22nd

02

CRO 524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan



26.0

16.0

42.0

42.0

23rd

20

CZE 1

MAIER Michael



10.0

37.0

47.0

47.0

24th

86

CAN 110

ROBITAILLE Martin

J

18.0

33.0

51.0

51.0

25th

47

NED 841

VAN EGMOND Hein



11.0

41.0

52.0

52.0

26th

90

CHN 1226

GONG Lei



21.0

31.0

52.0

52.0

27th

50

TUR 7

MUSLUBAS Akif



27.0

28.0

55.0

55.0

28th

41

BRA109

ZARIF Jorge

J

50.0

6.0

56.0

56.0

29th

34

NED 83

HAGOORT Timo



35.0

21.0

56.0

56.0

30th

27

GBR 88

ANDREWS Mark



33.0

23.0

56.0

56.0

31st

46

AUS 261

TWEDDELL Oliver



16.0

43.0

59.0

59.0

32nd

42

UKR 5

GUSENKO Andrii



43.0

18.0

61.0

61.0

33rd

21

RUS 9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard



20.0

42.0

62.0

62.0

34th

40

TUR 21

KAYNAR Alican



32.0

30.0

62.0

62.0

35th

23

USA 619

PAINE Caleb



37.0

27.0

64.0

64.0

36th

48

HUN 6

PAL Gaszton



39.0

29.0

68.0

68.0

37th

05

ESP 100

TRUJILLO Rafael



31.0

39.0

70.0

70.0

38th

78

IND 11

JOHAL Nachhatar



38.0

38.0

76.0

76.0

39th

51

AUS 2

MCMILLAN Rob



28.0

49.0

77.0

77.0

40th

119

CAN 902

WILTON Brendan



46.0

32.0

78.0

78.0

41st

45

NZL 8

COUTTS Matt



45.0

35.0

80.0

80.0

42nd

85

BUL 855

VANGELOV Dimitar

J

19.0

64.0

83.0

83.0

43rd

56

CHN 43

ZHEN Li



40.0

45.0

85.0

85.0

44th

18

SWE 6

ALLANSSON Bjorn



64.0

26.0

90.0

90.0

45th

103

NOR 1

PEDERSEN Anders

J

44.0

46.0

90.0

90.0

46th

57

CRO 11

OLUJIC Josip



36.0

55.0

91.0

91.0

47th

59

CYP 19

PAPADOPOULOS Haris



47.0

44.0

91.0

91.0

48th

58

CRO 671

BILIC Tudor



48.0

47.0

95.0

95.0

49th

67

GBR 29

MCCOY Peter

J

42.0

59.0

101.0

101.0

50th

63

GBR 2

BURRELL Allen



51.0

50.0

101.0

101.0

51st

65

GBR 23

BRIDDON Harry

J

49.0

53.0

102.0

102.0

52nd

113

SWE 89

AXELSSON Andreas



41.0

63.0

104.0

104.0

53rd

77

HUN 8

BELICZAY Marton



54.0

51.0

105.0

105.0

54th

62

GBR 18

HADDEN James

J

70.0

36.0

106.0

106.0

55th

55

CAN 7

NICHOLSON Adam



60.0

48.0

108.0

108.0

56th

79

IRL 4

HAMILTON Ross



73.0

40.0

113.0

113.0

57th

117

POL 8

LESINSKI Lukasz



61.0

52.0

113.0

113.0

58th

100

FRA 89

MONTAGUT Benjamin



59.0

54.0

113.0

113.0

59th

82

NZL 9

COUTTS Rob



57.0

58.0

115.0

115.0

60th

60

CZE 11

DEUTSCHER Patrik

J

63.0

57.0

120.0

120.0

61st

88

CAN 9

HEMMING Rob



58.0

62.0

120.0

120.0

62nd

68

GBR 567

HUGHES Martin



52.0

70.0

122.0

122.0

63rd

111

USA 21

LAMPHERE Gordon



69.0

56.0

125.0

125.0

64th

109

SUI 84

HOFER Silvan



55.0

74.0

129.0

129.0

65th

110

TUR 35

KUYUMCU Efe



53.0

78.0

131.0

131.0

66th

54

BUL 77

NEDYALKOV Valentin



56.0

75.0

131.0

131.0

67th

105

POL 13

JODLOWSKI Michal

J

67.0

65.0

132.0

132.0

68th

92

DEN 46

ANDRESEN Kaspar



66.0

66.0

132.0

132.0

69th

108

SUI 63

GAUTSCHI Thomas



62.0

71.0

133.0

133.0

70th

93

FRA 61

MINOS Mikael



65.0

68.0

133.0

133.0

71st

52

AUS 8

SERET Dirk



76.0

61.0

137.0

137.0

72nd

94

FRA 57

BOULAN Damien



68.0

76.0

144.0

144.0

73rd

61

FRA 99

ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc



75.0

69.0

144.0

144.0

74th

112

USA 53

LEIBOWITZ Ben



72.0

72.0

144.0

144.0

75th

104

GBR 635

PERCIVAL Simon



71.0

79.0

150.0

150.0

76th

120

NED 58

MOHREN Thomas



84.0

67.0

151.0

151.0

77th

74

GBR 68

MACKIE John



80.0

73.0

153.0

153.0

78th

95

FRA 66

LOBERT Philippe



74.0

81.0

155.0

155.0

79th

38

RUS 57

TERPIGOREV Egor



96.0 BFD

60.0

156.0

156.0

80th

80

LTU 7

RYMONIS Tauras



85.0

77.0

162.0

162.0

81st

72

GBR 644

ARNELL Jack

J

83.0

80.0

163.0

163.0

82nd

73

GBR 665

SMITH Julian



79.0

85.0

164.0

164.0

83rd

64

GBR 20

DENISON Andy



81.0

83.0

164.0

164.0

84th

76

GBR 711

PETTIT Simon



78.0

90.0

168.0

168.0

85th

75

GBR 7

COOPER George



86.0

82.0

168.0

168.0

86th

91

DEN 210

NIELSEN Henrik Elmer



77.0

92.0

169.0

169.0

87th

69

GBR 611

LOCK Tony



82.0

87.0

169.0

169.0

88th

98

FRA 869

BAUMGARTEN Regis



89.0

84.0

173.0

173.0

89th

99

FRA 880

HOLLIER Cedric



88.0

89.0

177.0

177.0

90th

97

FRA 86

JEAN Christophe



87.0

91.0

178.0

178.0

91st

71

GBR 631

HART Richard



93.0

86.0

179.0

179.0

92nd

96

FRA 72

LE FRAPPER Philippe



92.0

88.0

180.0

180.0

93rd

70

GBR 617

HARPER Mark



90.0

93.0

183.0

183.0

94th

66

GBR 24

BARNES Rory



91.0

94.0

185.0

185.0

95th

08

GBR 41

SCOTT Giles



96.0 DNC

96.0 DNC

192.0

192.0

R2Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place

Rank

BowNumber

SailNo

Helmname

Junior

Place

Points

1

01

GBR 11

WRIGHT Edward



1

1.0

2

10

FRA 112

LOBERT Jonathan



2

2.0

3

29

GBR 3

AINSLIE Ben



3

3.0

4

30

UKR 1

BORYSOV Oleksiy



4

4.0

5

07

EST 2

KARPAK Deniss



5

5.0

6

41

BRA109

ZARIF Jorge

J

6

6.0

7

32

CAN 5

DOUGLAS Greg



7

7.0

8

14

GBR 85

MILLS Andrew



8

8.0

9

17

DEN 2

HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas



9

9.0

10

106

POL 17

KULA Piotr



10

10.0

11

26

AUT 3

RAUDASCHL Florian



11

11.0

12

87

CAN 41

COOK Christopher



12

12.0

13

101

GER 151

MILLER Matthias



13

13.0

14

03

NED 842

POSTMA PieterJan



14

14.0

15

09

USA 4

RAILEY Zach



15

15.0

16

02

CRO 524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan



16

16.0

17

12

SWE 11

BIRGMARK Daniel



17

17.0

18

42

UKR 5

GUSENKO Andrii



18

18.0

19

37

CZE 85

VIKA Tomas



19

19.0

20

33

POL 7

SZUKIEL Rafal



20

20.0

21

34

NED 83

HAGOORT Timo



21

21.0

22

24

FIN 218

NIRKKO Tapio



22

22.0

23

27

GBR 88

ANDREWS Mark



23

23.0

24

81

NZL 1

SLATER Dan



24

24.0

25

53

AUS 1

CASEY Brendan



25

25.0

26

18

SWE 6

ALLANSSON Bjorn



26

26.0

27

23

USA 619

PAINE Caleb



27

27.0

28

50

TUR 7

MUSLUBAS Akif



28

28.0

29

48

HUN 6

PAL Gaszton



29

29.0

30

40

TUR 21

KAYNAR Alican



30

30.0

31

90

CHN 1226

GONG Lei



31

31.0

32

119

CAN 902

WILTON Brendan



32

32.0

33

86

CAN 110

ROBITAILLE Martin

J

33

33.0

34

39

RUS 1

SELIVANOV Alexey



34

34.0

35

45

NZL 8

COUTTS Matt



35

35.0

36

62

GBR 18

HADDEN James

J

36

36.0

37

20

CZE 1

MAIER Michael



37

37.0

38

78

IND 11

JOHAL Nachhatar



38

38.0

39

05

ESP 100

TRUJILLO Rafael



39

39.0

40

79

IRL 4

HAMILTON Ross



40

40.0

41

47

NED 841

VAN EGMOND Hein



41

41.0

42

21

RUS 9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard



42

42.0

43

46

AUS 261

TWEDDELL Oliver



43

43.0

44

59

CYP 19

PAPADOPOULOS Haris



44

44.0

45

56

CHN 43

ZHEN Li



45

45.0

46

103

NOR 1

PEDERSEN Anders

J

46

46.0

47

58

CRO 671

BILIC Tudor



47

47.0

48

55

CAN 7

NICHOLSON Adam



48

48.0

49

51

AUS 2

MCMILLAN Rob



49

49.0

50

63

GBR 2

BURRELL Allen



50

50.0

51

77

HUN 8

BELICZAY Marton



51

51.0

52

117

POL 8

LESINSKI Lukasz



52

52.0

53

65

GBR 23

BRIDDON Harry

J

53

53.0

54

100

FRA 89

MONTAGUT Benjamin



54

54.0

55

57

CRO 11

OLUJIC Josip



55

55.0

56

111

USA 21

LAMPHERE Gordon



56

56.0

57

60

CZE 11

DEUTSCHER Patrik

J

57

57.0

58

82

NZL 9

COUTTS Rob



58

58.0

59

67

GBR 29

MCCOY Peter

J

59

59.0

60

38

RUS 57

TERPIGOREV Egor



60

60.0

61

52

AUS 8

SERET Dirk



61

61.0

62

88

CAN 9

HEMMING Rob



62

62.0

63

113

SWE 89

AXELSSON Andreas



63

63.0

64

85

BUL 855

VANGELOV Dimitar

J

64

64.0

65

105

POL 13

JODLOWSKI Michal

J

65

65.0

66

92

DEN 46

ANDRESEN Kaspar



66

66.0

67

120

NED 58

MOHREN Thomas



67

67.0

68

93

FRA 61

MINOS Mikael



68

68.0

69

61

FRA 99

ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc



69

69.0

70

68

GBR 567

HUGHES Martin



70

70.0

71

108

SUI 63

GAUTSCHI Thomas



71

71.0

72

112

USA 53

LEIBOWITZ Ben



72

72.0

73

74

GBR 68

MACKIE John



73

73.0

74

109

SUI 84

HOFER Silvan



74

74.0

75

54

BUL 77

NEDYALKOV Valentin



75

75.0

76

94

FRA 57

BOULAN Damien



76

76.0

77

80

LTU 7

RYMONIS Tauras



77

77.0

78

110

TUR 35

KUYUMCU Efe



78

78.0

79

104

GBR 635

PERCIVAL Simon



79

79.0

80

72

GBR 644

ARNELL Jack

J

80

80.0

81

95

FRA 66

LOBERT Philippe



81

81.0

82

75

GBR 7

COOPER George



82

82.0

83

64

GBR 20

DENISON Andy



83

83.0

84

98

FRA 869

BAUMGARTEN Regis



84

84.0

85

73

GBR 665

SMITH Julian



85

85.0

86

71

GBR 631

HART Richard



86

86.0

87

69

GBR 611

LOCK Tony



87

87.0

88

96

FRA 72

LE FRAPPER Philippe



88

88.0

89

99

FRA 880

HOLLIER Cedric



89

89.0

90

76

GBR 711

PETTIT Simon



90

90.0

91

97

FRA 86

JEAN Christophe



91

91.0

92

91

DEN 210

NIELSEN Henrik Elmer



92

92.0

93

70

GBR 617

HARPER Mark



93

93.0

94

66

GBR 24

BARNES Rory



94

94.0

95

08

GBR 41

SCOTT Giles



DNC

96.0

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