ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres – Will the Postman deliver?

Pieter-Jan Postma - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
Thom Thow Photography
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, after recording a 57th placing yesterday afternoon, the Dutch sailor - Pieter-Jan Postma (PJ) still had the biggest smile in the Finn class boat park this morning, as he continues to hold the class lead.

31 year old Postma is a Finn veteran. He was 14th at the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao. At Postma’s second Olympic appearance was at the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth. In this competition, in the drama filled medal race, he was tracking towards the Gold Medal, but a rounding infringement cost him dearly and he finished fourth overall.

Postma has done little Finn sailing since, he is trying out for a Volvo Ocean Race slot about the Dutch entry Team Brunel and is hoping to do the 2014-2015 circumnavigation as well as continuing his Finn campaign for Rio.

He has sailed very consistently in this regatta with a worst result a ninth up to that race. 5 9 1 2 1 1 (57) 6 2 2

Yesterday was his first bad race, as he explains. ‘I was around tenth or 12th at the top mark and then my halyard broke. I tried to fix it as I went downwind and I finished the race but I only had three boats behind me. Then I needed to fix it and it took us 15 minutes or so and I only had one more minute before the race so it was really close. A lot of people helped and in that last race I was sixth'.

Today he was back in the groove with two seconds.

'The British squad is already in La Rochelle, training for the European titles. For them it’s a very important event as it will decide which set of British Finn sailors go to Rio for the test event.

'As the Brits are very strong, right now I don’t know if I am 1, 2 or 3 on form.

'As I have not raced a lot over the last year this was the best training for the Europeans to get back into racing. I have got some new sails for the Europeans. The British will be fast and they will be sure going full speed for the Europeans.

However this regatta has given me a lot of confidence and I believe I can deliver when the time comes'.

Finn - Men - Overall Results
  
PosNationSail NumberCrewRacePoints
12345678910TotalNet
1NEDNED842
Pieter-Jan Postma
591211(57)62286.0029.00
2CROCRO524
Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic
16(20)23133338172.0052.00
3FRAFRA29
Thomas Le Breton
9(15)511041219470.0055.00
4USAUSA6
Caleb Paine
733105179(18)15390.0072.00
5NZLNZL24
Josh Junior
(60)
BFD
4978229717134.0074.00
6SWESWE6
Björn Allansson
23(33)1254518176114.0081.00
7GREGRE77
Ioannis Mitakis
2117424(60)
BFD
164105143.0083.00
8ESTEST2
Deniss Karpak
14131362137(21)1311113.0092.00
9CROCRO69
Milan Vujasinovi?
35(22)1115201113312115.0093.00
10BRABRA109
Jorge João Zarif
18(26)616623416615136.00110.00
11SLOSLO5
Gasper Vincec
1223(60)
UFD
12208621416173.00113.00
12SWESWE33
Max Salminen
6(34)89161122101813147.00113.00
13ITAITA117
Giorgio Poggi
(60)
DNF
1641837537169175.00115.00
14POLPOL17
Piotr Kula
176(38)281710181748163.00125.00
15NORNOR1
Anders Pedersen
11(31)112112162151910157.00126.00
16AUSAUS41
Jake Lilley
411(60)
UFD
177218122525190.00130.00
17ITAITA123
Filippo Baldassari
192101428141423(42)19185.00143.00
18POLPOL1
Milosz Wojewski
810(32)1926122262926190.00158.00
19AUSAUS261
Oliver Tweddell
2717213323(35)1391214204.00169.00
20ITAITA146
Michele Paoletti
212914131124(60)
DSQ
152618231.00171.00
21NZLNZL16
Andrew Murdoch
(60)
BFD
27241519915222120232.00172.00
22CROCRO1
Josip Olujic
1583326(39)371027523223.00184.00
23RUSRUS9
Eduard Skornyakov
201423(37)182919282221231.00194.00
24DENDEN4
Mads Bendix
2418302414152025(39)28237.00198.00
25CROCRO7
Tudor Bilic
26(42)273491825242322250.00208.00
26BRABRA-1
Bruno Prada
107263022(60)
BFD
24313230272.00212.00
27FRAFRA112
Jonathan Lobert
12878(60)
DSQ
624
RDG
19.1
RDG
60
DNC
60
DNC
273.10213.10
28RUSRUS57
Egor Terpigorev
2547162937(60)
BFD
3020717288.00228.00
29ITAITA66
Enrico Voltolini
222518(36)252228332036265.00229.00
30PORPOR5
Frederico Melo
13211522(60)
BFD
191760
RET
3138296.00236.00
31ESTEST11
Lauri Väinsalu
2838(40)25213026192832287.00247.00
32RUSRUS1
Alexey Selivanov
35242923302538(45)2727303.00258.00
33CROCRO52
Nenad Bugarin
34302020(60)
BFD
2744383331337.00277.00
34POLPOL13
Michal Jodlowski
311225(60)
BFD
273945323837346.00286.00
35RUSRUS6
Arkadiy Kistanov
32351944(60)
BFD
60
RET
42141135352.00292.00
36CZECZE1
Michael Maier
404134323128(43)303524338.00295.00
37RUSRUS8
Anatoliy Korshikov
2943282735(60)
BFD
34343729356.00296.00
38FRAFRA177
Fabian Pic
30223538(42)3232403434339.00297.00
39POLPOL16
Mikolaj Lahn
36(40)3135323339293033338.00298.00
40POLPOL111
Jakub Marciniak
39363631(60)
BFD
60
BFD
23112439359.00299.00
41DENDEN23
Martin Boidin
373941403636(46)353641387.00341.00
42CROCRO6
Dan Lovrovic
461939413838.1
RDG
4143(60)
UFD
43408.10348.10
43ITAITA 747
Simone Ferrarese
45(48)444237
DPI
29
DPI
27414046399.00351.00
44USAUSA21
Gordon Lamphere
43(49)4545293133464548414.00365.00
45RUSRUS11
Kirill Luzan
47324246(49)3835364940414.00365.00
46FRAFRA114
Thomas Morel
3837(60)
DNF
60
DNC
333436444142425.00365.00
47FRAFRA89
Benjamin Montagut
3345373945(60)
BFD
37394745427.00367.00
48FRAFRA99
Marc Allain Des Beauvais
44(51)4343404147514349452.00401.00
49FRAFRA75
Laurent HAY
424649474342484244(51)454.00403.00
50ESTEST7
Harles Liiv
415047484140404850(60)
DNF
465.00405.00
51USAUSA69
John F Dane
48(52)4849474551475250489.00437.00
52ITAITA83
Matteo Savio
(60)
DNC
60
DNC
4651444349505144498.00438.00
53ITAITA191
Alessandro Cattaneo
494451(53)504950494852495.00442.00
54VENVEN100
Johnny Bilbao
505453
SCP
55
SCP
464453(60)
DNF
4647508.00448.00
55SUISUI63
Thomas Gautschi
52(56)5350484755525353519.00463.00
56TUNTUN1
Karim Esseghir
535352(56)534652545555529.00473.00
57FINFIN226
Jukka Partinen
5455(56)54525154535454537.00481.00
58NEDNED100
Arend Van Der Sluis
51585455514856(60)
DNF
5656545.00485.00
59USAUSA2
Charles Heimler
55575557545058(60)
DNC
60
DNC
60
DNC
566.00506.00
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