ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mixed bag for the Finns on day 4

Pieter-Jan Posta in action in the Finn fleet on day 4 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres
On day four of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, mixed fortunes and high scores played with the Finn fleet. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) still holds a sizeable lead of 17 points from Thomas Le Breton (FRA), who won race 8, and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) who moves up to third after two third place finishes. The first race of the day was won by Björn Allansson (SWE).

With the points marking the medal race cut extremely tight, Thursday was always going to be a crucial day on the water. For many it was make or break day, to either maintain their medal race place or stay within striking distance going into Friday’s final two opening series races. There was still a lot to race for, and with a number of boats already with high scores, it was important to maintain a clean sheet.

The Finns were scheduled for a later start today, so enjoyed the best of the wind conditions, as once again the wind increased during the day for another near perfect day’s sailing in Hyères, though again an early postponement delayed the start.

However very few managed that. Overall leader Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) scored 58 in the opening race after breaking his halyard, before recovering to sixth in the second. In spite of that he only lost one point off his lead. The best performance of the day was from Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) with two third places, and the reward for this was taking third overall for the double European Champion.

Milosz Wojewski (POL) was the early leader in race 7, a lead that he held until the final downwind, when Björn Allansson (SWE) came past to win by just seven seconds, with a fast approaching Kljakovic Gaspic just two seconds behind.

Gasper Vincec (SLO) finally found the front in race 8, leading round from Le Breton. Kljakovic Gaspic spent most of the race in third, though Anders Pedersen (NOR) led him through the gate. Le Breton found a way to the front on the final downwind to win his second race of the series, while Kljakovic Gaspic got into third on the final upwind.

Kljakovic Gaspic said, 'I had good feeling today. I made a good strategy in both races and in the end had great scores. Also I am happy with my speed but I need to get fitter to be able to push more and few more kilos would help as well.'

After a blistering start to the regatta, Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) has had an inconsistent few days, picking up a BFD in race 6 to drop to seventh overall. He managed to maintain seventh today with a 16, 4 to leave him 12 points within the medal race cut. Meanwhile London 2012 bronze medalist Jonathan Lobert (FRA) has dropped down the rankings. After picking up a disqualification in race 7, he had a poor first race today before dropping out of the second and now languishes in 22nd place.

Postma explained his breakage. 'Today was something different. 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.

'The points are getting close. It will be exciting tomorrow, I like some action and the heat is on.'

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Race 7 winner Allansson had this to say, 'In the first race I had an OK start down by the pin, but had to fight hard for every metre. I managed the shifts well and improved all through the race. At the last top mark I rounded second after POL 1 [Wojewski], and just gave it my all on the last run. I was able, with max heart rate to take the lead and extend to the finish line. It was an awesome feeling.'

'In the second race the right hand side was paying, which it had not done in the first race. This meant that all of us that gone to the left had to fight hard to get back in the game, while the sailors that chosen the right hand side could capitalize on the shift to the right.'

Le Breton explained his strategy, 'Today it was important to be on the good shift, because we had only one big shift per upwind. I managed to be top five at the first mark and was quite fast downwind. I was second at the bottom and I finally caught Gasper [Vincec] on the last downwind.'

Vincec actually scored the second best performance of the day with a 6, 2. He has only just returned to the class after losing the 2012 trials to Vasilij Zbogar (SLO). He explained, 'I'm slowly coming back. We are not so focussed on the results but we are doing more attention on the small things. I was out for two years and it's very difficult to be in racing mode. Also I have changed all my materials and boat and mast so I still need to find top gear with it.'

'Today was pretty windy, 15 knots. I had two good start with good speed I was able to control the group. It was important that I could control my position from the start to the finish.'

There are just two more races in the opening series on Friday, before the medal race for the top 10 on Saturday. All boats are now being tracked and this can be watched live online here.

Finn – Overall Results

Pos

Nation

Sail Number

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Total

Net

1

NED

NED842

Pieter-Jan Postma

5

9

1

2

1

1

(57)

6

82.00

25.00

2

FRA

FRA29

Thomas Le Breton

9

(15)

5

1

10

4

12

1

57.00

42.00

3

CRO

CRO524

Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic

16

(20)

2

3

13

3

3

3

63.00

43.00

4

USA

USA6

Caleb Paine

7

3

3

10

5

17

9

(18)

72.00

54.00

5

SWE

SWE6

Björn Allansson

23

(33)

12

5

4

5

1

8

91.00

58.00

6

NZL

NZL24

Josh Junior

(60)
BFD

4

9

7

8

2

29

7

126.00

66.00

7

GRE

GRE77

Ioannis Mitakis

2

1

17

4

24

(60)
BFD

16

4

128.00

68.00

8

EST

EST2

Deniss Karpak

14

13

13

6

2

13

7

(21)

89.00

68.00

9

CRO

CRO69

Milan Vujasinovi?

3

5

(22)

11

15

20

11

13

100.00

78.00

10

AUS

AUS41

Jake Lilley

4

11

(60)
UFD

17

7

21

8

12

140.00

80.00

11

SWE

SWE33

Max Salminen

6

(34)

8

9

16

11

22

10

116.00

82.00

12

SLO

SLO5

Gasper Vincec

12

23

(60)
UFD

12

20

8

6

2

143.00

83.00

13

BRA

BRA109

Jorge João Zarif

18

(26)

6

16

6

23

4

16

115.00

89.00

14

ITA

ITA117

Giorgio Poggi

(60)
DNF

16

4

18

3

7

5

37

150.00

90.00

15

ITA

ITA123

Filippo Baldassari

19

2

10

14

(28)

14

14

23

124.00

96.00

16

NOR

NOR1

Anders Pedersen

11

(31)

11

21

12

16

21

5

128.00

97.00

17

POL

POL1

Milosz Wojewski

8

10

(32)

19

26

12

2

26

135.00

103.00

18

FRA

FRA112

Jonathan Lobert

1

28

7

8

(60)
DSQ

6

24
RDG

30
RDG

164.00

104.00

19

POL

POL17

Piotr Kula

17

6

(38)

28

17

10

18

17

151.00

113.00

20

ITA

ITA146

Michele Paoletti

21

29

14

13

11

24

(60)
DSQ

15

187.00

127.00

21

NZL

NZL16

Andrew Murdoch

(60)
BFD

27

24

15

19

9

15

22

191.00

131.00

22

DEN

DEN4

Mads Bendix

24

18

(30)

24

14

15

20

25

170.00

140.00

23

AUS

AUS261

Oliver Tweddell

27

17

21

33

23

(35)

13

9

178.00

143.00

24

BRA

BRA-1

Bruno Prada

10

7

26

30

22

(60)
BFD

24

31

210.00

150.00

25

RUS

RUS9

Eduard Skornyakov

20

14

23

(37)

18

29

19

28

188.00

151.00

26

CRO

CRO1

Josip Olujic

15

8

33

26

(39)

37

10

27

195.00

156.00

27

CRO

CRO7

Tudor Bilic

26

(42)

27

34

9

18

25

24

205.00

163.00

28

POR

POR5

Frederico Melo

13

21

15

22

(60)
BFD

19

17

60
RET

227.00

167.00

29

ITA

ITA66

Enrico Voltolini

22

25

18

(36)

25

22

28

33

209.00

173.00

30

EST

EST11

Lauri Väinsalu

28

38

(40)

25

21

30

26

19

227.00

187.00

31

RUS

RUS57

Egor Terpigorev

25

47

16

29

37

(60)
BFD

30

20

264.00

204.00

32

RUS

RUS1

Alexey Selivanov

35

24

29

23

30

25

38

(45)

249.00

204.00

33

POL

POL13

Michal Jodlowski

31

12

25

(60)
BFD

27

39

45

32

271.00

211.00

34

CRO

CRO52

Nenad Bugarin

34

30

20

20

(60)
BFD

27

44

38

273.00

213.00

35

FRA

FRA177

Fabian Pic

30

22

35

38

(42)

32

32

40

271.00

229.00

36

RUS

RUS8

Anatoliy Korshikov

29

43

28

27

35

(60)
BFD

34

34

290.00

230.00

37

POL

POL16

Mikolaj Lahn

36

(40)

31

35

32

33

39

29

275.00

235.00

38

POL

POL111

Jakub Marciniak

39

36

36

31

(60)
BFD

60
BFD

23

11

296.00

236.00

39

CZE

CZE1

Michael Maier

40

41

34

32

31

28

(43)

30

279.00

236.00

40

RUS

RUS6

Arkadiy Kistanov

32

35

19

44

(60)
BFD

60
RET

42

14

306.00

246.00

41

CRO

CRO6

Dan Lovrovic

(46)

19

39

41

38

38.1
RDG

41

43

305.10

259.10

42

DEN

DEN23

Martin Boidin

37

39

41

40

36

36

(46)

35

310.00

264.00

43

ITA

ITA 747

Simone Ferrarese

45

(48)

44

42

37
DPI

29
DPI

27

41

313.00

265.00

44

USA

USA21

Gordon Lamphere

43

(49)

45

45

29

31

33

46

321.00

272.00

45

FRA

FRA89

Benjamin Montagut

33

45

37

39

45

(60)
BFD

37

39

335.00

275.00

46

RUS

RUS11

Kirill Luzan

47

32

42

46

(49)

38

35

36

325.00

276.00

47

FRA

FRA114

Thomas Morel

38

37

(60)
DNF

60
DNC

33

34

36

44

342.00

282.00

48

EST

EST7

Harles Liiv

41

(50)

47

48

41

40

40

48

355.00

305.00

49

FRA

FRA99

Marc Allain Des Beauvais

44

(51)

43

43

40

41

47

51

360.00

309.00

50

FRA

FRA75

Laurent HAY

42

46

(49)

47

43

42

48

42

359.00

310.00

51

USA

USA69

John F Dane

48

(52)

48

49

47

45

51

47

387.00

335.00

52

ITA

ITA191

Alessandro Cattaneo

49

44

51

(53)

50

49

50

49

395.00

342.00

53

ITA

ITA83

Matteo Savio

(60)
DNC

60
DNC

46

51

44

43

49

50

403.00

343.00

54

VEN

VEN100

Johnny Bilbao

50

54

53
SCP

55
SCP

46

44

53

(60)
DNF

415.00

355.00

55

SUI

SUI63

Thomas Gautschi

52

(56)

53

50

48

47

55

52

413.00

357.00

56

TUN

TUN1

Karim Esseghir

53

53

52

(56)

53

46

52

54

419.00

363.00

57

NED

NED100

Arend Van Der Sluis

51

58

54

55

51

48

56

(60)
DNF

433.00

373.00

58

FIN

FIN226

Jukka Partinen

54

55

(56)

54

52

51

54

53

429.00

373.00

59

USA

USA2

Charles Heimler

55

57

55

57

54

50

58

(60)
DNC

446.00

386.00

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