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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 Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce its partnership with Gill North America as official crew merchandise provider for the seventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, starting in Antigua on Monday 23 February. ... [more]  

American Windsurfing Tour - The Goya Pro Cabo Verde is shaping up to be the latest AWT edition of the ‘Clash of the Titans.’ The mega stars of windsurfing are currently tuning up their gear, and making final adjustments before the long journey to the remote island of Sal, Cabo Verde. ... [more]  

The second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge will be hosted by Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the Inn at English Harbour, with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in fantastic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrow Dragons. ... [more]  

Roger Hickman skipper of Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race IRC winner Wild Rose sat down with Geoff Waller of www.boatson.tv and described just what went into his boat winning the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. His was a 'full-on' race (with dramatic 'on-board' video) which included a knock-down, broken steering, a wild 'Chinese gybe', storms and only a small amount of blood spilt. ... [more]  

The world’s elite sailors are preparing to meet in Singapore for the opening Act of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series™, which is set to bring the world famous Marina Bay alive with its pioneering Stadium Racing concept. With the transfer window now closed, some new players will enter the arena as the Series launches into its ninth season, with continued support of Series Main Partner Land Rover. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Day 4 photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

2014 - 2015 Barcelona World Race - No scape south because of South Indian Ocean Antarctic Exclusion Zone means a painful wait for Anna Corbella and Gérard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos. ... [more]  

The expansion of sailing into so-called developing countries, continues at the ISAF Sailing World Cup, Miami, with newly embraced Cuba joining the 64 nation line-up encompassing 600 boats. The 2015 fleet on Biscayne Bay is a record turnout, for this second event on the 2015 Sailing World Cup Circuit ... [more]  

Day 4 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2015, Presented by Sunbrella, saw the US Sailing Team Sperry make steady gains in the Laser and Laser Radial classes as gold fleet racing approaches its conclusion. In the Sonar, Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J), Brad Kendell (Tampa, Fla.) and Hugh Freund (South Freeport, Maine) will go for gold tomorrow in the final day of Paralympic racing. ... [more]  

At exactly 00:01 on the 29th January 2015, TeamVestas?' VO65 left VTE - Voltri Terminal Europa en route to Persico Marine in the foothills of the Italian Alps. The boat is now safely secured in a purpose-built facility near Bergamo, awaiting full assessment and the beginning of the repair process. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Day 3 - There's a world of difference between skiing a long, smooth run and skiing on moguls. Today, forget the waves, it was the breeze on Biscayne Bay that was 'moguls.' Shift upon shift upon shift upon shift. ... [more]  

Ioannis Mitakis (GRE), the 2012 Finn European Champion, ruled the roost in Miami today with two emphatic race wins and moves up to third overall. Giles Scott (GBR) sailed his worst day so far, but still leads with a five point gap on Jake Lilley, and 12 points over Mitakis as the event reaches its half way stage. ... [more]  

The International DN Ice Yacht World and North American Championships are being held in Kingston, Ontario (right in front of our office). For the Kingston Yacht Club, we skated out to the middle of the lake, and put together a little highlight piece for them to remember the event by. ... [more]  

Doyle Sails had more success last weekend in the Auckland Optimist Championships, taking first and second overall in the 110 strong Open fleet. Six countries were represented in the event, and young sailors came the length of New Zealand to compete in the regatta that is a ranking event for World and International team selection. ... [more]  

EFG's Star Winter Series rules in Biscayne Bay
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Day 3 images by Ocean Images
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami: Day 3 - US Sailing have eight in Top 10
ISAF World Sailing Cup Miami: Day 3 - Three back to back winners
Dates announced for Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2016
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing is first to Team to fly in Bermuda
North U 2015 U.S. Youth Match Racing Clinics Underway
Quantum Key West 2015 - Images by Tim Wilkes
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Perfect conditions on Day 2 + Video
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing team on Day 2
Announcing the second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng - History, Joy and Tears
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship: Images from Race 4
Barcelona World Race: Conrad and Nandor’s 'No Good Very Bad Day!'
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Photos by Ocean Images
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami images by Ingrid Abery
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Aussie Finn sailors charge on day 2
Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race - In for a blast
2015 VX One Midwinters action is heating up
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges ISAF complaint against Tienpont
Volvo Ocean Race: A warm and colorful welcome for Team SCA into Sanya   
Touch2Play at Key West Race Week   
Barcelona World Race leaders split paths   
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Final line-up to be announced   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami Day 1 - Brits off to a flying start   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Tough Day 1 + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Tough Day 1 + Video   
RC44 World Championship Leg 1 - RC44 Valletta Cup preview   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team Day 1   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami -Finn class -testing conditions on Day 1   
ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images by Ingrid Abery   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica wins first podium place in Sanya   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng scores historic victory for China   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng release first DroneCam video from Leg 3   
Volvo Ocean Race: Chinese team set historic first with home port win   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind arrives on time in Genoa + Video   
America's Cup - Virgin considers backing Ben Ainslie, BAR   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Changes   
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview   
Barcelona World Race - A game of chase   


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