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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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2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - A balanced field and limited racing usually leads to close races and a crowded leaderboard. This was the situation on Eagle Mountain Lake for the last day at the U.S. Adult Championship, hosted by Fort Worth Boat Club. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Five races are now in the books, and just three points separate the top three teams at the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at the 36th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai, and provided this gallery of images of the classics racing off Cannes. ... [more]  

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best by Eugenia Bakunova, www.mainsail.ru
The 36th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai drew to a close on Saturday. Photographer Eugenia Bakunova was on the water at the 36th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai, and provided this second gallery of images of the classics racing off Cannes. ... [more]  

David Gilmour was the only skipper to keep a clean sheet in today’s light-air action at the Dutch Match Cup in Lelystad. Team Gilmour swept aside their fellow Western Australians in a 3-0 Quarter Final against Keith Swinton and Team Alpari FX. The young Aussies then took the first match of their Semi-Final against the reigning ISAF World Champions, Taylor Canfield and US One. ... [more]  

Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew responded to a challenging qualifying session on Friday in Lelystad, to win a tense quarter-final against Phil Robertson (WAKA Racing), 3-2 and book a fifth consecutive semi-final in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour at the Dutch Match Cup. ... [more]  

The 44th Hobie 16 North American championships concluded on Friday with Jason Hess and Irene Abascal from Club Los Sauces, Guatemala taking the title. Mark and Grace Modderman from Long Branch, New Jersey followed in seond place and Pedro Colon and Monica Cabrera from Puerto Rico in third winning the tie break over Dan Borg and Liana Giovana from Canada. ... [more]  

The seven One Design VOR 65s were built by a consortium led by Green Marine in the UK. The first of those for the Team SCA women wad delivered in October 2013, the last was supplied to Team Vestas Wind in August 2014. ... [more]  

Over the last year we have interviewed Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race four times, at times the stress has shown but yesterday just eleven days before the start of the 2014-2015 Race, he was like a different person, when we met with him again, at Volvo Ocean race headquarters portside in Alicante ... [more]  

NBC Sports Network, which was critically acclaimed for its 2013 coverage of the 34th America’s Cup, has signed on to provide full broadcast coverage in the U.S. of the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s premier offshore sailing race. Outside Television will also air complete TV programming – in addition to full digital coverage – of the nine-month long race from October 2014-June 20 ... [more]  

2014 J/24 World Championship - With just a few points between Will Welles Cougar (USA) and Mauricio Santa Cruz Bruschetta (BRA) there was no room for error in the final two races of the 2014 J/24 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport. ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Friday’s racing offered even less breeze than the previous days of the Buddy Melges Challenge. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen won all her four matches of the day, to win the round-robin stage and secure her slot in the semi finals. ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 2
J/105 North Americans - Wilmer and McLaughlin master light conditions
J/24 World Championship - Will Welles hangs on going into last day
Open 2.4mR World Championship on the horizon
Bart's Bash - Top photographers gain special entry
Platu 25 Worlds - EUZ II Monella Vagabonda is still leading in France
St. Barth Cata Cup - Olympic duel on the island   
Dutch Match Cup - High winds and big wipeouts in Lelystad   
Route du Rhum - Yann Guichard to sail Spindrift 2 solo   
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Best sailing photo of the year sought   
Volvo Ocean Race - Yann Riou, getting you up close and personal   
Marseille One Design concludes GC32 racing season + Video   
World Yacht Racing Forum - Seventh edition to take place in Barcelona   
Record number of entries for the Sailing Champions League   
Platu 25 World Championship - Euz II Monella Vagabonda still leading   
Rolex Middle Sea Race Record - A possibility for Esimit Europa 2   
Richmond Yacht Club's International 14 Nationals: Return of 14 footers   
Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre leading, undefeated, in Sheboygan   
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles holds advantage   
Etchells Lobster Bowl Regatta - Rob Hitchcock overall winner   
US Wabbit Nationals at Richmond YC   
YCs of Long Beach Charity Regatta - Local area sailors turn out   
U.S. Team Racing Championship to serve as Qualifier for ISAF Worlds   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Champions confirm Abu Dhabi attendance   
Dutch Match Cup - Top three keep perfect score   
Second Star Sailors League grand finale to take place in Nassau   


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