ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Finn lead shifts on day 3

Giles Scott (GBR), Finn - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, day 3
On day three of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Trofeo Princesa Sofia, Giles Scott (GBR) stormed to the top of the Finn fleet after two emphatic races wins. In the increased wind, he displaced Thomas Le Breton (FRA) from first place, while Deniss Karpak (EST) remains in third.

While the forecast was for wind later in the day, the fleet was again kept onshore with an early postponement, followed by a further wait afloat when they were finally released. However it was worth the wait with an onshore 12-16 breeze allowing the fleet to stretch their legs. Scott moves into a one point lead from early regatta leader Le Breton while Karpak sits a further 12 points back with five races still to sail. Behind them it couldn’t be tighter with the next seven boats all within eight points.

The harsh reality of the mid-week split hit home this morning as the 92 boat fleet was separated into gold and silver fleets for the next stage of the regatta, the finals series. The top 40 boats went into the gold fleet, with the remaining 52 trying to salvage some honour in the silver fleet.

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca Day 2 - Finn trio
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In the Gold fleet Scott dominated race 6 for a big win from world champion Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Jonathan Lobert (FRA). Regatta leader Le Breton posted a 12th but just held onto the overall lead for another race. Zarif had so far failed to produce much form this week, so a second place in strong winds will be an encouraging boost. Scott then made it a double to win race 7, this time from Josh Junior (NZL) and Ioannis Mitakis (GRE).

In the silver fleet, Tomas Vika (CZE) of the newly established Czech Sailing Team won from Junior European Champion Peter McCoy (GBR), and world junior silver medalist Jake Lilley (AUS). Much more was expected of these two juniors this week so they will both be disappointed to be sailing in the silver fleet. Vika also won the next race with 2012 Junior World Champion Martin Robitaille (CAN) in second and Lilley again in third.

Junior described his day, 'Today we had very challenging conditions which meant a lot of hard work upwind. Though once we had rounded the top mark there were some great rides to be had on the way down.'

'I struggled up the first beat of race 1, but found some good waves on the downwind to claw my back to finish ninth. Then I had a good start in race 2 and protected the left. And again I had good pace on the downwind and found myself in a comfortable second place. I am very happy with my day, and am looking forward to the next few days of racing. Bring it on.' As a result of today's form, with a 9,2, Junior moves up to fifth overall.

World number three Björn Allansson (SWE) hasn't had the best start to the week but started to make amends today with a 6, 11. 'The week had a rough start, but today I managed two solid results, which brings me back from the dead in the results. Sailing in the breeze was good fun and I look forward to the upcoming races. It's a long week and everything can still happen.'

'In the first race I made an OK start at the left of the line and had good speed in the increasing wind. I was able to play the left which paid off well. In the second race I had a nightmare start and had to fight real hard to find a good line and try to positions myself tactically against the fleet.' Allansson now moves up to 22nd.


After a disappointing event in Miami, Caleb Paine (USA) posted two seventh places today to sit in ninth overall. 'I felt the conditions were moderate with massive pressure differences, though no real huge changes in direction. My results were good but improvements on my downwinds are a must. I found it hard to stay in the groove.'

'In terms of equipment I am using, the sail I'm using seems to go well in a variety of conditions and my 2010 boat seems to be a bit stiffer than my 2003. Overall better confidence with my gear is making it easier for me to perform.'

New regatta leader Scott summed up his day. 'We had a long wait, and then very quickly 16 knots filled in, and we had two nice stable breeze races. I was very happy to get two race wins. I felt pretty happy with my boat speed which was nice.'

'The first race was very windy with a slight right wind shift resulting in most people sailing out to just below the port lay line. I managed to round first hold the gap on Lobert downwind and cover the fleet. Race two was a little more shifty. With early right paying, however the leader came from the left. I rounded fourth and got past Piotr Kula (POL) downwind. Josh was a bit of a threat on the left up the second beat.'


The Finn fleet has four more races scheduled in the finals series, before the medal race on Saturday. Forecasts are for a lot more wind at the end of the week, so there could be a lot more still to come.

Finn Results
 

Sail Nr.

Bow Nr.

Crew

Cat

Net Points

Total Pts

1Q 

2Q 

3Q 

4Q 

5Q 

6F 

7F 

1

GBR 41

10

Giles SCOTT

 

18

25

5

3

3

5

7

1

1

2

FRA 29

30

Thomas le BRETON6

 

19

31

2

1

6

1

1

12

8

3

EST 2

8

Deniss KARPAK

 

31

57

6

4

2

2

12

5

26

4

GBR 11

23

Edward WRIGHT

 

33

80

8

UFD

8

3

5

4

5

5

NZL 24

15

Josh JUNIOR

 

34

60

26

6

8

4

5

9

2

6

SLO 573

97

Vasilij ZBOGAR

 

35

49

5

7

5

10

4

14

4

7

FRA 112

6

Jonathan LOBERT

 

35

48

3

10

1

9

13

3

9

8

POL 17

13

Piotr KULA

 

39

55

11

15

4

2

1

16

6

9

USA 6

5

Caleb PAINE

 

39

53

3

14

13

7

2

7

7

10

CRO 524

21

Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC

 

41

88

8

1

UFD

1

8

8

15

11

CAN 5

32

Greg DOUGLAS

 

44

81

4

37

2

3

9

10

16

12

GRE 77

42

Ioannis MITAKIS

 

48

70

9

22

4

4

6

22

3

13

GBR 85

2

Andrew MILLS

 

49

67

1

4

3

13

17

11

18

14

HUN 40

28

Zsombor BERECZ

 

49

68

2

12

6

6

4

19

19

15

FIN 218

44

Tapio NIRKKO

 

49

74

14

2

1

9

2

21

25

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