Action continued today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca as Giles Scott (GBR) retained the title he won last year after a drama filled medal race, but one that ultimately didn't change any of the podium positions. Thomas Le Breton (FRA) took the silver and Jonathan Lobert (FRA) the bronze.
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Finn fleet
With a forecast all day of an average wind speed of four knots, it was never going to be an easy day for sailors or organisers and with some early postponements, the amended schedule had to be amended again as everyone waited for the breeze. Eventually it arrived and racing commerced an just over an hour and a half later than originally scheduled in eight knots of wind. Race winner Andrew Mills (GBR) said, 'It was a classic Palma sea breeze day so the left was strong with pressure and potential left handers.'
Regatta leader Giles Scott GBR) had one thing on his mind today, and that was second placed Thomas le Breton (FRA). Only these two could take gold. With the committee boat end favoured Scott forced Le Breton down to the pin while Scott made a conservative start in the middle.
Meanwhile third placed Jonathan Lobert (FRA) had to defend his medal from Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (FRA) and Tapio Nirkko (FIN), though Nirkko had only an outside chance. Lobert's life was made easier when Kljakovic Gaspic was OCS out of the start, along with Deniss Karpak (EST) so as long as Nirkko didn't win with Lobert last, the bronze was his.
As with the previous medal races everyone headed left, most going all the way to the layline before coming back. At the first mark it was Mills, Piotr Kula (POL), Kljakovic Gaspic and and Ed Wright (GBR).The top three overall were back in sixth, eighth and ninth. It didn’t look there were going to any major upsets.
With Kljakovic Gaspic out, and the main threat to Lobert gone, the main interest for the rest of the race was whether le Breton could get four boats between himself and Scott to take the gold. Mills led down the right side on the first downwind and led round the gate from Kula while further back, Scott stuck close to le Breton. Mills pulled clear on the second and final beat while Scott slipped into last after picking up the first of two yellow flags.
At the final top mark it was still Mills, Kljakovic Gaspic, Kula and Karpak. Le Breton was up to seventh and Scott was at the back. As he tried to break away and gain two more boats on the final downwind the French sailor tried the left while most were on the right. Scott and Lobert followed at the back, and for a while Le Breton got tantalisingly close to getting enough boats between them, but as the fleet converged on the finish line, boats from the right passed ahead. Kula maintained second while Vasilij Žbogar (SLO) came in from the right in third and Wright came in from the left for fourth.
At one point Le Breton was just 10 metres and one boat away from the gold but got passed by two boats coming into the finish and ran out of track. In the end he finished just one boat ahead of Scott.
So Giles Scott takes the gold, Thomas Le Breton the silver and Jonathan Lobert the bronze.
Scott described the race, 'It was a starboard bias line with a left track. I did a good job on the start and up the first beat forcing him to the wrong end of the line. I covered him into the last upwind. I then got flagged which put him one place in front, I rounded the last upwind in ninth and Thomas in about seventh. I then received a second yellow, which was annoying to say the least. The OCSs didn't matter in the end as they were both in front of Thomas and I.'
'I was pleased with the way the race started but annoyed with the yellow.'
Mills said, 'I got a great start near the committee boat and led to the left and tackled almost on layline. From here I led throughout and always protected the left, both up and downwind.'
'To sum up my week, a few things didn't go my way and I didn't really perform as I should in the breeze but to keep plugging away and get the fourth is pleasing for a regatta that didn't go that smoothly for me. Also it was good to get that result in a fleet that has all the major players in it.'
The fleet now has a few weeks off before gathering again in Hyeres, France for the final leg of this year's ISAF sailing World Cup. Today's medal race, as all the races since Wednesday was tracked live through the ISAF website in both 2D and 3D. You can find the tracking here.
|Sail Nr.||Bow Nr.||Crew||Club||Net Points||TotalPoints||1Q||2Q||3Q||4Q||5Q||6F||7F||8F||9F||10M|
|1||GBR 41||10||Giles SCOTT||WPNSA||36||43||5||3||3||5||1||1||1||1||16|
|2||FRA 29||30||Thomas le BRETON||SR BREST||42||54||2||1||6||1||1||8||2||7||14|
|3||FRA 112||6||Jonathan LOBERT||SNO Nantes||50||63||3||10||1||9||3||9||3||2||10|
|4||GBR 85||2||Andrew MILLS||Queen Mary||62||80||1||4||3||13||17||11||6||5||2|
|5||POL 17||13||Piotr KULA||GKZ GDANSK||67||83||11||15||4||2||1||6||8||16||4|
|6||SLO 573||97||Vasilij ZBOGAR||J.k.burja||68||91||5||7||5||10||4||14||4||13||6|
|7||FIN 218||44||Tapio NIRKKO||EPS||69||94||14||2||1||9||2||21||5||3||12|
|8||GBR 11||23||Edward WRIGHT||Parkstone YC||74||121||8||8||3||5||4||5||29||4||8|
|9||CRO 524||21||Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC||JK Labud||75||122||8||1||1||8||8||15||4||8||OCS|
|10||EST 2||8||Deniss KARPAK||Karpak Sailing Team||83||109||6||4||2||2||12||5||20||10||OCS|
|11||USA 6||5||Caleb PAINE||St. Francis YC||68||89||3||14||13||7||2||7||7||15|
|12||CAN 5||32||Greg DOUGLAS||Royal Canadian Yacht Club||72||109||4||2||3||9||10||16||17||11|
|13||HUN 40||28||Zsombor BERECZ||MVM SE||80||110||2||12||6||6||4||19||19||12|
|14||GRE 77||42||Ioannis MITAKIS||P.S.C||89||120||9||22||4||4||6||22||3||19|
|15||GBR 88||4||Mark ANDREWS||Largs S C||91||113||18||8||9||5||16||13||10||12|
|16||NZL 24||15||Josh JUNIOR||Worser Bay Boating Club||92||127||26||6||8||4||5||9||2||32|
|17||ITA 123||18||Filippo BALDASSARI||Svgdf||109||136||8||13||15||3||18||24||11||17|
|18||CRO 69||12||Milan VUJASINOVIC||Sailing Club Split||110||137||22||9||11||12||10||15||22||9|
|19||BRA 109||33||Jorge ZARIF||CBVELA||117||148||17||5||10||23||8||2||28||24|
|20||ITA 146||16||Michele PAOLETTI||Cc. Aniene||119||154||23||17||5||10||7||30||13||14|
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