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Finn European Championship - Scott claims title with a day to spare

'Giles Scott in action'    Robert Deaves/Finn Class©

At the Finn European Championship, though he didn't have the best of days, Giles Scott (GBR) did enough to wrap up his second European Finn title, and with a day to spare. Friday's lighter and patchy conditions were probably the most challenging of the week, with race wins going to Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Andrew Mills (GBR). Defending champion Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) is in second and guaranteed a medal, while Ed Wright (GBR) is back up to third.

It was a mixed day on the water with a lot of place changes inside the top 10. Only Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) can move into the top three, but even that is a long shot, as he is now 15 points adrift. Jonathan Lobert (FRA) has lost any chance of a podium place after an unlucky day while another high score from Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) also puts him too far down. Meanwhile Thomas Le Breton (FRA) and Andrew Murdoch (NZL) had a great day to put them into the top 10, and into the medal race.

Fleet charges on -  Robert Deaves-Finn Class©  

But before the racing began, the day started on a sad note of remembrance. Sailors and organisers gathered on the deck of the Société des Régates Rochelaises (SRR) for a minute silence in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who was lost a year ago today. It was an emotional start to the day, matched by the inclement weather. The starting gun marked the beginning and end of a minute of silence, with the Finn class flag remaining at half mast in memory of a lost friend.

After three long days on the water, racing was scheduled for the slightly later time of 12.00 with just two races needed to complete the opening series. The forecast was similar to past days, with 10-14 knots expected. However in race 9 the wind barely exceeded 8-10 knots. All eyes were on Giles Scott (GBR) and while he was on the front row on the middle right, the left side came in so strong that he rounded in the 30s. First round was Jakub Marciniak (POL) from Le Breton and Kljakovic Gaspic.

Marciniak held his lead through the gate but on the second beat, with the left again favoured, Kljakovic Gaspic moved ahead and built a sizeable lead to win the race. Marciniak rounded the top in second with Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) in third, but it all changed again downwind, with Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) slipping through to second. Scott recovered to 15th but it wasn't enough to secure victory yet.

Pieter-Jan Postma -  Robert Deaves-Finn Class©  

After a number of recalls, race 10 got under way with Scott starting conservatively and getting buried. He had to bail out and duck several transoms before finding clear air. The left again paid with Mills rounding with a nice lead from Fernando Ros Martinez (ESP), Postma and Jake Lilley (AUS). Scott rounded in 10th and looked pretty safe, with Zbogar not too far away. The wind peaked at 12-13 knots on the first downwind, but soon started to drop as the fleet rounded the gate.

Mills immediately sailed into a useful lead downwind and left the others to fight for second. Postma was up to second by the gate from Alejandro Foglia (URU), while Murdoch sailed the second upwind well to move up to fourth. Scott was tight on Zbogar to make sure of the title and they both lost ground out to the right.

On the final run the wind went really light and Mills was starting to look nervous as it was still free pumping. Nothing much changed though except Jorge Zarif (BRA) came through into third. Mills won by nearly 90 seconds from Postma, Zarif and Murdoch. A fourth for Murdoch got him the final space in the medal race on countback.

Lobert said he was happy to have the Finn fleet on his local waters but was disappointed with the way things tuned out for him. 'I was very happy to have all the guys around here this week. Usually I never race here, I just train, so it's very different when we are racing.'

'The wind was very uneven today, and it was not a lucky day for me. It was so crazy how I lost it on the first race. I was on the left, looking good and crossing in front of the fleet, and then I got no wind and in about 30 seconds to a minute I lost everything. So then I was far back, and there was no chance to come back.'

Finn fleet action -  Robert Deaves-Finn Class©  

'Then I tried to refocus for the second race but I had a difficult start so that was not an easy race again. So a pretty tough day. I lost the chance for the podium. I will try for fourth but I'm disappointed not to be able to fight for the podium in my home town and with losing it in such a way, I feel bad, because I was doing everything well.'

Mills explained his race. 'I started about a quarter of the way up from the pin, sailed fast on the shifts and tried quite hard. I had it all set up properly so it felt good. On the second beat, PJ tacked to go through the pack, and I didn't think that was the best idea and it wasn't a great number so I split from him and then when we came back he'd lost loads. It dropped out pretty light on the last run, down to about five knots and it's always bound to come from behind when it fills back in, and with unlimited pumping you can make up some ground pretty quickly. I was a bit nervous but there wasn't a lot you could do about it. But it feels good to get a bullet for Bart today.'

Kljakovic Gaspic said, 'It was quite an interesting day. It was tricky with the tide over on the right, but I was convinced that the left was going to pay, so I almost went to the layline. Finally I had a nice start and everything went well.'

'Since the first day I have been really conservative in all the starts and this was killing me and every first beat I was struggling to stay in contact with the fleet. Finally I was a bit more relaxed.'

'The second race was basically the same, I tacked early across the group. In one moment it really looked nice then there was a small shift and I tacked a little early but then I had to come back on the downwind. The last downwind was pretty strange and difficult for everyone after long days on the water all week. Free pumping in five knots is very difficult. It looks a bit ridiculous but is still part of the game.'

'Tomorrow will be difficult to get on the podium so it's going to be tough. I am a little bit too late this week. I was not at my best, perhaps a bit too tired after a lot of time away from home racing.'

Ed Wright (GBR) has sailed well all week, especially on the upwinds. 'It's all pretty close for the medals, so should be fun out there tomorrow. Giles has had a great week and just scooted away. I think upwind I was probably good to the top mark all week, but I have not really focussed on my downwind this winter in training. So now I need to go away and put some hours together working on that and put the package together ready for Santander.'

Scott just has to sail the medal race to take the title. Was it a nervous day for him? 'The day was made more nervous by not having a great race in the first one. A 15th put me through to the medal race in a good position, but in the last race I just stuck with Vasilij. Then I had a shocker of a start, I was back from the line, with bad acceleration, and people just went round me. I managed to get a righty across to the guys on the left and Vasilij was in that group and then from there I had control over him. It was tight down the first run but on the second beat I put a close cover on him and managed to extend away.'

'It's quite nice to be able to go into a medal race like that. I will of course try and win it, and give it my all. I'm pretty relaxed, and very happy.'

Jake Lilley rounds the mark -  Robert Deaves-Finn Class©  

In the Junior Championship, Lilley still leads Zarif, but by a reduced points margin of just 25. With both sailors already having a BFD from Race 1, tomorrow's race will count and decide who takes the title. Defending champion Peter McCoy (GBR) is now back up to third overall, though has three more juniors within 17 points, so for the Juniors there is still very much all to play for.

The medal race is scheduled for 14.00 on Saturday, but before that the final race for the rest of the fleet is scheduled for 11.00.

Results after 10 races, 1 discard – before jury

Pos

Sail

Competitors

Grp

P Net

P tot

r.5

r.6

r.7

r.8

r.9

r10

1

GBR   41

SCOTT Giles (GBRGS20)

FIN/FINN

24.00

39.00

1
1.0

8
8.0

1
1.0

1
1.0

15
15.0

8
8.0

2

SLO  573

ZBOGAR Vasilij (SLOVZ)

FIN/FINN

58.00

73.00

7
7.0

5
5.0

11
11.0

3
3.0

2
2.0

12
12.0

3

GBR   11

WRIGHT Edward (GBREW3)

FIN/FINN

66.00

168.00

6
6.0

1
1.0

15
15.0

13
13.0

8
8.0

6
6.0

4

CRO  524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan (CROIK3)

FIN/FINN

81.00

183.00

18
18.0

9
9.0

16
16.0

8
8.0

1
1.0

5
5.0

5

FRA  112

LOBERT Jonathan (FRAJL23)

FIN/FINN

85.00

107.00

11
11.0

7
7.0

5
5.0

5
5.0

22
22.0

18
18.0

6

GBR   85

MILLS Andrew (GBRAM55)

FIN/FINN

90.00

136.00

5
5.0

15
15.0

30
30.0

46
46.0

5
5.0

1
1.0

7

NED  842

POSTMA Pieter Jan (NEDPP1)

FIN/FINN

107.00

155.00

3
3.0

24
24.0

9
9.0

2
2.0

39
39.0

2
2.0

8

HUN   40

BERECZ Zsombor (HUNZB1)

FIN/FINN

108.00

210.00

15
15.0

4
4.0

3
3.0

23
23.0

4
4.0

22
22.0

9

FRA   29

LE BRETON Thomas (FRATL1)

FIN/FINN

111.00

213.00

14
14.0

26
26.0

4
4.0

34
34.0

9
9.0

7
7.0

10

NZL   16

MURDOCH Andrew (NZLAM4)

FIN/FINN

128.00

164.00

4
4.0

36
36.0

14
14.0

20
20.0

24
24.0

4
4.0

11

GBR   88

ANDREWS Mark (GBRMA18)

FIN/FINN

128.00

230.00

10
10.0

10
10.0

38
38.0

17
17.0

12
12.0

16
16.0

12

SWE   6

ALLANSSON Bjorn (SWEBA4)

FIN/FINN

129.00

155.00

13
13.0

12
12.0

6
6.0

18
18.0

21
21.0

26
26.0

13

SWE   33

SALMINEN Max (SWEMS11)

FIN/FINN

148.00

250.00

8
8.0

21
21.0

7
7.0

9
9.0

54
54.0

10
10.0

14

NZL   24

JUNIOR Josh (NZLJJ1)

FIN/FINN

151.00

253.00

2
2.0

27
27.0

8
8.0

7
7.0

55
55.0

14
14.0

15

AUS   41

LILLEY Jake (AUSJL12)

FIN/J

167.00

269.00

26
26.0

14
14.0

13
13.0

4
4.0

34
34.0

25
25.0

16

ITA  146

PAOLETTI Michele (ITAMP5)

FIN/FINN

182.00

223.00

30
30.0

11
11.0

26
26.0

6
6.0

11
11.0

34
34.0

17

GRE   77

MITAKIS Ioannis (GREIM3)

FIN/FINN

188.00

290.00

12
12.0

44
44.0

2
2.0

29
29.0

6
6.0

19
19.0

18

BRA  109

ZARIF Jorge (BRAJZ4)

FIN/J

192.00

294.00

47
47.0

30
30.0

10
10.0

11
11.0

41
41.0

3
3.0

19

URU  301

FOGLIA Alejandro (URUAF1)

FIN/FINN

193.00

295.00

BFD
102.0

28
28.0

25
25.0

14
14.0

7
7.0

9
9.0

20

CRO   69

VUJASINOVIC Milan (CROMV2)

FIN/FINN

196.00

298.00

17
17.0

32
32.0

18
18.0

33
33.0

23
23.0

13
13.0

21

ITA   66

VOLOLINI Enrico (ITAEV14)

FIN/FINN

201.00

303.00

27
27.0

20
20.0

12
12.0

30
30.0

26
26.0

11
11.0

22

FIN  218

NIRKKO Tapio (FINTN1)

FIN/FINN

212.00

272.00

29
29.0

37
37.0

22
22.0

16
16.0

60
60.0

51
51.0

23

DEN   4

BENDIX Mads (DENMB4)

FIN/FINN

213.00

267.00

31
31.0

2
2.0

54
54.0

36
36.0

30
30.0

17
17.0

24

POR   5

MELO Frederico (PORFP1)

FIN/FINN

229.00

331.00

16
16.0

22
22.0

24
24.0

19
19.0

14
14.0

33
33.0

25

ITA  117

POGGI Giorgio (ITAGP5)

FIN/FINN

233.00

290.00

35
35.0

6
6.0

55
55.0

26
26.0

57
57.0

15
15.0

26

EST   2

KARPAK Deniss (ESTDK1)

FIN/FINN

244.00

346.00

BFD
102.0

16
16.0

28
28.0

BFD
102.0

16
16.0

23
23.0

27

AUS  261

TWEDDELL Oliver (AUSOT1)

FIN/FINN

245.00

347.00

44
44.0

19
19.0

34
34.0

10
10.0

31
31.0

32
32.0

28

GBR   91

CORNISH Ben (GBRBC35)

FIN/FINN

252.00

319.00

24
24.0

29
29.0

46
46.0

22
22.0

36
36.0

28
28.0

29

ESP   7

MUSCAT Alejandro (ESPAM21)

FIN/FINN

262.00

317.00

9
9.0

23
23.0

47
47.0

43
43.0

44
44.0

27
27.0

30

TUR   21

KAYNAR Alican (TURAK2)

FIN/FINN

267.00

369.00

25
25.0

33
33.0

20
20.0

21
21.0

18
18.0

41
41.0

31

GBR   29

MC COY Peter (GBRPM40)

FIN/J

270.00

341.00

50
50.0

13
13.0

71
71.0

31
31.0

66
66.0

20
20.0

32

ESP   8

GUITIAN SARRIA Pablo (ESPRA2)

FIN/FINN

273.00

375.00

36
36.0

18
18.0

23
23.0

12
12.0

10
10.0

29
29.0

33

GER  259

KASUSKE Philip (GERPK18)

FIN/J

274.00

335.00

32
32.0

3
3.0

42
42.0

27
27.0

50
50.0

61
61.0

34

NOR   1

PEDERSEN Anders (NORAP2)

FIN/J

283.00

345.00

23
23.0

48
48.0

37
37.0

25
25.0

62
62.0

38
38.0

35

SLO   5

VINCEC Gasper (SLOGV1)

FIN/FINN

284.00

340.00

20
20.0

56
56.0

27
27.0

32
32.0

43
43.0

21
21.0

36

POL  111

MARCINIAK Jakub (POLJM5)

FIN/J

287.00

389.00

41
41.0

54
54.0

32
32.0

28
28.0

3
3.0

BFD
102.0

37

POL   17

KULA Piotr (POLPK6)

FIN/FINN

304.00

406.00

19
19.0

BFD
102.0

19
19.0

24
24.0

27
27.0

BFD
102.0

38

CZE   85

VIKA Tomas (CZETV1)

FIN/FINN

307.00

368.00

34
34.0

47
47.0

39
39.0

15
15.0

28
28.0

40
40.0

39

ITA  123

BALDASSARI Filippo (ITAFB31)

FIN/FINN

330.00

432.00

33
33.0

61
61.0

17
17.0

41
41.0

40
40.0

44
44.0

40

CRO   1

OLUJIC Josip (CROJO01)

FIN/FINN

334.00

420.00

28
28.0

31
31.0

44
44.0

44
44.0

86
86.0

43
43.0

41

RUS   1

SELIANOV Alexey (RUSAS8)

FIN/FINN

370.00

472.00

42
42.0

17
17.0

35
35.0

BFD
102.0

58
58.0

56
56.0

42

RUS   9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard (RUSES2)

FIN/FINN

393.00

476.00

40
40.0

66
66.0

45
45.0

45
45.0

83
83.0

71
71.0

43

BRA   1

PRADA Bruno (BRABP1)

FIN/FINN

394.00

469.00

62
62.0

75
75.0

53
53.0

38
38.0

13
13.0

48
48.0

44

ESP  161

FERNANDES VASCO Miguel (ESPMF11)

FIN/FINN

412.00

477.00

65
65.0

34
34.0

50
50.0

49
49.0

65
65.0

62
62.0

45

GBR   87

CHILDS Paul (GBRPC31)

FIN/FINN

413.00

479.00

66
66.0

35
35.0

29
29.0

63
63.0

35
35.0

64
64.0

46

TUR  211

ALICAN Basegmez (TURAB9)

FIN/FINN

414.00

502.00

48
48.0

42
42.0

41
41.0

40
40.0

88
88.0

37
37.0

47

CRO   7

BILIC Tudor (CROTB4)

FIN/FINN

425.00

504.00

51
51.0

58
58.0

21
21.0

37
37.0

79
79.0

55
55.0

48

RUS   6

KISTANOV Arkadiy (RUSAK48)

FIN/J

428.00

530.00

43
43.0

43
43.0

48
48.0

71
71.0

45
45.0

31
31.0

49

CRO   52

BUGARIN Nenad (CRONB3)

FIN/J

437.00

539.00

54
54.0

73
73.0

31
31.0

58
58.0

59
59.0

36
36.0

50

ITA  214

BEVILACQUA Riccardo (ITARB31)

FIN/J

449.00

551.00

39
39.0

50
50.0

33
33.0

51
51.0

69
69.0

68
68.0


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The 70th running of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is living up to expectation with 98 high-calibre entries received so far, from Sean Langman’s 1932 built Maluka of Kermandie, the oldest and smallest boat at nine metres, to the super maxis. The most talked about boat though, is the Verdier Yacht Design and Vplp 100 footer, Comanche. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 8 plus Videos *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.nz/com
Several of the On Board Reporters aboard, provide their unique views of Leg 1, Day 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. Catch a birthday at sea on board Team Brunel, and unravel the fishing net with Team SCA Hear and see how the crews coped with the front that came through in the nigh ... [more]  

Shala Youngerman and her team from Southwestern Yacht Club won the 23rd annual Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One-Design Challenge Sunday in this two-day fleet race regatta organized and sponsored by the Long Beach/Los Angeles Women’s Sailing Association and hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. ... [more]  

After three days of racing in the Valparaíso bay, the Santander team was crowned champion of the Off Valparaíso Race, first stage of the Soto 40 South American Tour that was held in the Yacht Club de Chile with the participation of eight boats. ... [more]  

Day two of the La Torche PWA Grand Slam saw the glorious golden sunshine continue together with the waves, but unfortunately the wind remained absent again. To keep the crowds entertained Jules Denel (JP / NeilPryde) and birthday boy - Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) - attempted a bit of wave tow-in with varying degrees of success, as Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) took control of the jet ski. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng consolidates lead on Day 8 *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
After cutting between the Cape Verde islands, separating from the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, Chinese entry, Dongfeng gained an initial significant lead, which they are in the process of consolidating. One routing option for the then race leader Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, gave the team the option of cutting inside the island group, they are close to the optimum course for Fernando off Brazil ... [more]  

RS:X Youth World Championships - All set for Clearwater action by RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Class Association
Mild, breezy weather, temperate Gulf of Mexico waters and wide bands of sugar white sand - this is the place where 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship racing is about to start. 'Clearwater Beach is the perfect spot to play host to the young windsurfers gathering here from around the world for international competition', says Frank Chivas. ... [more]  

The first 24 hours of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has seen the fleet progress slowly up the eastern seaboard of Sicily towards the Strait of Messina. By 16.00 on day two, a mere ten per cent of the competition had passed through the Strait and started the leg to Stromboli, where they will turn west towards the Egadi Islands. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - If only it were that easy. Amazingly we did manage to replace the rudder and regain first position amongst the fleet however just hours afterwards, navigator Pascal Bidégorry was faced with an important strategic decision. ... [more]  

Ian Moore, navigator on Cookson 50, Mascalzone Latino, is no stranger to the Rolex Middle Sea Race, this is his fourth and Ian was part of the winning crew on Bryon Ehrhart's TP52, Lucky in 2010. Ian describes the tactical nuances of the first night at sea. ... [more]  

Top videographer and photographer, John Navas, was on the water for the final day of the Farr 40 Worlds being sailed on San Francisco. ... [more]  

The brilliant conditions of last week’s opening race of the season were duplicated today when the Australian 18 Footers League’s Major A. Frizelle Trophy race was sailed in a 20–knot North East wind on Sydney Harbour. Current JJ Giltinan champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott Babbage showed why they are the world’s best team. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - The fleet has finally left the West African Coast. They are now in the trade winds, making the westerly course across the Atlantic Ocean to FernandoThey will find the Cape Verde Islands in the way and that will cause some issues of navigation. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - It was a light wind, big wave finish at ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao as the medallists were decided across the six fleets competing on the waters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - In life, timing is everything. And, after seven years in the Farr 40 class, the timing was right for New York financier Alex Roepers to achieve a long-held goal of winning the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. ... [more]  

Coast Guard rescues two near Wachapreague
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Day 2
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Massive swell on day 1
Volvo Ocean Race: Welcome to Al's Ocean Cafe
Argo Group Gold Cup survives Hurricane Gonzalo
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng regains lead after incident packed Day 7 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race: Dramatic video of Dongfeng rudder replacement
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica bounces back
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA expecting the expected + Video
Rolex Middle Sea Race - New record for Mediterranean classic
ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Medallists decided across six fleets
Volvo Ocean Race - Impressive turnaround for Dongfeng Race Team +Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Race closer than leaderboard suggests - Leg 1, Day 6
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng Race Team break rudder after collision
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Famous breeze frustrates
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Day 1
Sunfish World Championship - Victory for Argentina's Francisco Renna
Volvo Ocean Race - Feeling the pressure six days in
Volvo Ocean Race - Alvimedica cautiously cruising down coast of Africa
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel still within striking distance
Volvo Ocean Race - Testing times for Team SCA + Video   
Beijing 2008 Olympic legacy lives on in Qingdao + Video   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - A return nearly 20 years in the making   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Game on for remaining fleets   
Farr 40 Worlds: Day 2 Image and Video gallery *Feature   
Day 5 of the Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge: 4 more records!   
Volvo Ocean Race: Coastal racing at its best - Leg 1, Day 5   
Chris Poole new number one Open Match Racer in U.S.   
Rolex Farr 40 World Champs - Plenty leads as Struntje Light impresses   
2014 Soto 40 South American Tour - Back in action   
Volvo Ocean Race - Mail arrival brings excitement for Team SCA + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race - Jens Dolmer getting restless onboard Team Brunel   
Volvo Ocean Race - Too close for comfort as fleet pushes on + Video   
Foils or not? Explanations from IMOCA Class President Jean Kerhoas   
Ben Ainslie's Olympic Finn sails are up for auction   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica goes to school   
Volvo Ocean Race - Intensity level rises for Dongfeng Race Team   
China Cup Regatta - Olympic medallists and offshore legends to race   
St. Barth Cata Cup - Friendly US rivalry on the Island   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Tight and tactical racing + Video   


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