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Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie leads the fleet after day 2 + Video

'Ben Ainslie (GBR29)'    Mark Lloyd ©    Click Here to view large photo

The second day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth was an outstanding one for the British sailors as Ben Ainslie (GBR) won the opening race to take the overall lead while Ed Wright (GBR) dropped to second and Andrew Mills (GBR) had another good day to move up to third. The second race of the day was won by Chris Cook (CAN).

The big question for the sailors today was whether to favour the left or the right. With dark clouds, moderate to strong winds and intermittent rain all day, there were some big gains to be made by choosing the correct side. Race officer Peter Reggio was delighted that the 94 boat fleet got away cleanly on both starts at the first attempt, perhaps an indication that they didn't want to hang around any longer than necessary in the inclement conditions.

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Festival in Falmouth -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

The left side was favoured on the first beat with overnight leader Ed Wright (GBR) leading round the top mark from Andrew Mills (GBR) and Anders Pedersen (NOR). Jonathan Lobert (FRA) then found more pressure on the right on the first downwind to take the lead at the gate from Ainslie and Wright.

On the second upwind, Ainslie and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) favoured the right side and rounded the top mark in the lead. Mills moved from third into second on the final downwind with Ainslie extending for a second race win to the overall lead of the championship.

Race four started very quickly with the left side again proving popular. This time Mark Andrews (GBR) led Ainslie round the top mark, but they went the wrong way on the first downwind, while Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) found more pressure in the right to round the gate ahead of Lobert and Chris Cook (CAN).

The second upwind sealed the fate of many with a big right hand shift as the clouds cleared. Cook was just under the leading bunch and lifted up to the mark to lead down the final run. Lobert went high and Postma went low, but Ainslie found a way through in third. At the finish, they were separated by no more than 20 boat lengths, with Cook taking a well deserved win from Lobert and Ainslie.

Christopher Cook (CAN41) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Ainslie said, 'It was really tough out there today, it was quite windy, a lot of rain and low visibility so it was a difficult day for everyone and physically a real challenge. In the first race a front came through with quite a big wind shift to the right hand side, and made it a little bit difficult, but that’s part of the challenge of sailing in these conditions. In the second race I went the wrong way, there was a big clump down the right hand side and also the wind shifted a little bit to the right. It was a difficult run but I managed to contain the loss and then catch up with the rest of the race so I overall I’m happy with my day. It was great racing out there despite difficult conditions.'

After a good day, Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) moved up to fourth overall. 'It was pretty shifty out there, but actually pretty good racing. In the last race we got a big shift in the end and that kind of ended the race for most but I think pretty much the both races were fair. I got a terrible start in the first race but I managed to claw my way back and finished in fourth. The second race was pretty much the same story, but I lost a couple because of that big shift and had a sixth so it was a pretty good day, could have been a little better, but I’m pretty satisfied.'

Someone who also had a better day was Postma. 'Today we had two good races; it was interesting. I haven’t found my rhythm yet, but today was better. On the last run I let Ben through, sometimes you have to be gentleman! When the wind changed they put a change of mark but it was not clear where we should go so it was not really clear where the finishing line was, so I had a little bit of difficulty to find it.'

Pieter Jan Postma (NED842) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Race four winner, Cook said, 'On the first beat I thought that the right side was going to have something in it, I think it’s the typical thing that’s been happening in all the races is a little bit of left and a little bit of right, it’s just how you play your side. So I got to the top in decent shape, and I got to the right side of the run as fast as I could and the pressure filled in from there and it sort of set up the opportunity to round with the top guys. Then the second beat again I was worried about the right side and I was forced to the left gate, I was up quite a bit on the right so I just had to wait. I got in front just in time for that big right shift and then it was a nice easy reach on the way in.'

Lobert is up to fifth overall, 'In the first race I was leading at the downwind mark and on the second beat I didn’t manage very well. I lost a lot of places so I finished sixth. In the second race I was leading again, so I said this time I need to take care and not miss the shift, so I was playing more on the right hand side. I saw this rain coming on and then this light, stopping the rain so it means that usually it’s going to the right hand side so I was playing more on the right. But I was a little bit too much on the right so two guys managed to pass me at the top mark, then on the last downwind it was freaky because we didn’t see the finishing line so we were all looking around wondering where the finishing line was. I managed to end up second though so I am very happy with that.'

So after day two in Falmouth, The British team fill the top three places, while behind them the form is beginning to establish itself. Several top sailors had better results today so there could be a significant change after Tuesday's two races, again scheduled for 11.00. The forecast is for some sunshine, and strong winds. At least some in the already tired fleet will be thankful for the sunshine.

Kaspar Andresen (DEN46) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Festival in Falmouth -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Provisional Results as of 3.10pm on May 14 2012

Overall

Sailed: 4, Discards: 0, To count: 4, Entries: 94, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

BowNumber

SailNo

Helmname

Junior

R1
 

R2
 

R3
 

R4
 

Total

Nett

1st

29

GBR 3

AINSLIE Ben


1.0

3.0

1.0

3.0

8.0

8.0

2nd

01

GBR 11

WRIGHT Edward


2.0

1.0

5.0

7.0

15.0

15.0

3rd

14

GBR 85

MILLS Andrew


4.0

8.0

2.0

11.0

25.0

25.0

4th

17

DEN 2

HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas


14.0

9.0

4.0

6.0

33.0

33.0

5th

10

FRA 112

LOBERT Jonathan


25.0

2.0

6.0

2.0

35.0

35.0

6th

87

CAN 41

COOK Christopher


8.0

12.0

16.0

1.0

37.0

37.0

7th

106

POL 17

KULA Piotr


9.0

10.0

8.0

15.0

42.0

42.0

8th

24

FIN 218

NIRKKO Tapio


6.0

22.0

9.0

8.0

45.0

45.0

9th

03

NED 842

POSTMA PieterJan


22.0

14.0

11.0

4.0

51.0

51.0

10th

53

AUS 1

CASEY Brendan


13.0

25.0

7.0

9.0

54.0

54.0

11th

07

EST 2

KARPAK Deniss


5.0

5.0

20.0

26.0

56.0

56.0

12th

02

CRO 524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan


26.0

16.0

3.0

12.0

57.0

57.0

13th

33

POL 7

SZUKIEL Rafal


3.0

20.0

22.0

16.0

61.0

61.0

14th

32

CAN 5

DOUGLAS Greg


34.0

7.0

15.0

13.0

69.0

69.0

15th

09

USA 4

RAILEY Zach


15.0

15.0

10.0

32.0

72.0

72.0

16th

12

SWE 11

BIRGMARK Daniel


24.0

17.0

17.0

14.0

72.0

72.0

17th

81

NZL 1

SLATER Dan


12.0

24.0

13.0

27.0

76.0

76.0

18th

30

UKR 1

BORYSOV Oleksiy


30.0

4.0

26.0

18.0

78.0

78.0

19th

27

GBR 88

ANDREWS Mark


33.0

23.0

12.0

10.0

78.0

78.0

20th

05

ESP 100

TRUJILLO Rafael


31.0

39.0

14.0

5.0

89.0

89.0

21st

26

AUT 3

RAUDASCHL Florian


29.0

11.0

21.0

35.0

96.0

96.0

22nd

21

RUS 9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard


20.0

42.0

24.0

19.0

105.0

105.0

23rd

46

AUS 261

TWEDDELL Oliver


16.0

43.0

23.0

24.0

106.0

106.0

24th

20

CZE 1

MAIER Michael


10.0

37.0

31.0

30.0

108.0

108.0

25th

34

NED 83

HAGOORT Timo


35.0

21.0

28.0

25.0

109.0

109.0

26th

47

NED 841

VAN EGMOND Hein


11.0

41.0

42.0

17.0

111.0

111.0

27th

23

USA 619

PAINE Caleb


37.0

27.0

27.0

20.0

111.0

111.0

28th

37

CZE 85

VIKA Tomas


17.0

19.0

39.0

44.0

119.0

119.0

29th

101

GER 151

MILLER Matthias


23.0

13.0

30.0

54.0

120.0

120.0

30th

41

BRA109

ZARIF Jorge

J

50.0

6.0

35.0

31.0

122.0

122.0

31st

42

UKR 5

GUSENKO Andrii


43.0

18.0

40.0

21.0

122.0

122.0

32nd

90

CHN 1226

GONG Lei


21.0

31.0

33.0

38.0

123.0

123.0

33rd

86

CAN 110

ROBITAILLE Martin

J

18.0

33.0

29.0

45.0

125.0

125.0

34th

45

NZL 8

COUTTS Matt


45.0

35.0

36.0

22.0

138.0

138.0

35th

39

RUS 1

SELIVANOV Alexey


7.0

34.0

52.0

48.0

141.0

141.0

36th

57

CRO 11

OLUJIC Josip


36.0

55.0

34.0

23.0

148.0

148.0

37th

18

SWE 6

ALLANSSON Bjorn


64.0

26.0

19.0

42.0

151.0

151.0

38th

40

TUR 21

KAYNAR Alican


32.0

30.0

25.0

64.0

151.0

151.0

39th

48

HUN 6

PAL Gaszton


39.0

29.0

43.0

46.0

157.0

157.0

40th

103

NOR 1

PEDERSEN Anders

J

44.0

46.0

18.0

55.0

163.0

163.0

41st

58

CRO 671

BILIC Tudor


48.0

47.0

38.0

36.0

169.0

169.0

42nd

119

CAN 902

WILTON Brendan


46.0

32.0

55.0

39.0

172.0

172.0

43rd

59

CYP 19

PAPADOPOULOS Haris


47.0

44.0

48.0

33.0

172.0

172.0

44th

67

GBR 29

MCCOY Peter

J

42.0

59.0

37.0

47.0

185.0

185.0

45th

50

TUR 7

MUSLUBAS Akif


27.0

28.0

51.0

83.0

189.0

189.0

46th

78

IND 11

JOHAL Nachhatar


38.0

38.0

62.0

52.0

190.0

190.0

47th

62

GBR 18

HADDEN James

J

70.0

36.0

47.0

41.0

194.0

194.0

48th

77

HUN 8

BELICZAY Marton


54.0

51.0

64.0

29.0

198.0

198.0

49th

56

CHN 43

ZHEN Li


40.0

45.0

44.0

71.0

200.0

200.0

50th

113

SWE 89

AXELSSON Andreas


41.0

63.0

60.0

37.0

201.0

201.0

51st

38

RUS 57

TERPIGOREV Egor


95.0 BFD

60.0

32.0

28.0

215.0

215.0

52nd

65

GBR 23

BRIDDON Harry

J

49.0

53.0

57.0

56.0

215.0

215.0

53rd

79

IRL 4

HAMILTON Ross


73.0

40.0

45.0

58.0

216.0

216.0

54th

55

CAN 7

NICHOLSON Adam


60.0

48.0

58.0

50.0

216.0

216.0

55th

51

AUS 2

MCMILLAN Rob


28.0

49.0

46.0

95.0 DNF

218.0

218.0

56th

85

BUL 855

VANGELOV Dimitar

J

19.0

64.0

65.0

73.0

221.0

221.0

57th

117

POL 8

LESINSKI Lukasz


61.0

52.0

70.0

40.0

223.0

223.0

58th

100

FRA 89

MONTAGUT Benjamin


59.0

54.0

61.0

51.0

225.0

225.0

59th

63

GBR 2

BURRELL Allen


51.0

50.0

49.0

80.0

230.0

230.0

60th

92

DEN 46

ANDRESEN Kaspar


66.0

66.0

41.0

62.0

235.0

235.0

61st

68

GBR 567

HUGHES Martin


52.0

70.0

59.0

57.0

238.0

238.0

62nd

110

TUR 35

KUYUMCU Efe


53.0

78.0

50.0

59.0

240.0

240.0

63rd

88

CAN 9

HEMMING Rob


58.0

62.0

53.0

67.0

240.0

240.0

64th

82

NZL 9

COUTTS Rob


57.0

58.0

72.0

60.0

247.0

247.0

65th

120

NED 58

MOHREN Thomas


84.0

67.0

63.0

34.0

248.0

248.0

66th

109

SUI 84

HOFER Silvan


55.0

74.0

56.0

75.0

260.0

260.0

67th

111

USA 21

LAMPHERE Gordon


69.0

56.0

67.0

68.0

260.0

260.0

68th

105

POL 13

JODLOWSKI Michal

J

67.0

65.0

54.0

84.0

270.0

270.0

69th

108

SUI 63

GAUTSCHI Thomas


62.0

71.0

68.0

70.0

271.0

271.0

70th

80

LTU 7

RYMONIS Tauras


85.0

77.0

71.0

43.0

276.0

276.0

71st

75

GBR 7

COOPER George


86.0

82.0

66.0

49.0

283.0

283.0

72nd

54

BUL 77

NEDYALKOV Valentin


56.0

75.0

74.0

79.0

284.0

284.0

73rd

104

GBR 635

PERCIVAL Simon


71.0

79.0

78.0

63.0

291.0

291.0

74th

94

FRA 57

BOULAN Damien


68.0

76.0

95.0 DNF

53.0

292.0

292.0

75th

93

FRA 61

MINOS Mikael


65.0

68.0

83.0

77.0

293.0

293.0

76th

61

FRA 99

ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc


75.0

69.0

69.0

82.0

295.0

295.0

77th

73

GBR 665

SMITH Julian


79.0

85.0

73.0

61.0

298.0

298.0

78th

60

CZE 11

DEUTSCHER Patrik

J

63.0

57.0

85.0

95.0 DNF

300.0

300.0

79th

95

FRA 66

LOBERT Philippe


74.0

81.0

82.0

66.0

303.0

303.0

80th

64

GBR 20

DENISON Andy


81.0

83.0

75.0

65.0

304.0

304.0

81st

74

GBR 68

MACKIE John


80.0

73.0

76.0

78.0

307.0

307.0

82nd

52

AUS 8

SERET Dirk


76.0

61.0

86.0

85.0

308.0

308.0

83rd

112

USA 53

LEIBOWITZ Ben


72.0

72.0

80.0

87.0

311.0

311.0

84th

91

DEN 210

NIELSEN Henrik Elmer


77.0

92.0

79.0

69.0

317.0

317.0

85th

76

GBR 711

PETTIT Simon


78.0

90.0

77.0

72.0

317.0

317.0

86th

71

GBR 631

HART Richard


93.0

86.0

87.0

74.0

340.0

340.0

87th

96

FRA 72

LE FRAPPER Philippe


92.0

88.0

84.0

76.0

340.0

340.0

88th

98

FRA 869

BAUMGARTEN Regis


89.0

84.0

89.0

81.0

343.0

343.0

89th

97

FRA 86

JEAN Christophe


87.0

91.0

81.0

86.0

345.0

345.0

90th

72

GBR 644

ARNELL Jack

J

83.0

80.0

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

353.0

353.0

91st

69

GBR 611

LOCK Tony


82.0

87.0

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

359.0

359.0

92nd

99

FRA 880

HOLLIER Cedric


88.0

89.0

95.0 DNS

95.0 DNC

367.0

367.0

93rd

66

GBR 24

BARNES Rory


91.0

94.0

88.0

95.0 DNF

368.0

368.0

94th

70

GBR 617

HARPER Mark


90.0

93.0

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

373.0

373.0





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Two boats have made big gains in the Doldrums, with the western-most competitors apparently not stopping and sailing though the convergence zone between northern and southern hemispheres, without dropping below 8kts. Team Brunel and Abh Dhabi Ocean Racing have both made big gains on the rest of the fleet - and the two easternmost boats - Team Vestas Wind and Mapfre, in particular. ... [more]  

In spite of Hurricane Gonzalo's thrashing of the Onion Patch last week, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the people of Bermuda are ready to host the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup, Stage 6 of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). All 20 teams have arrived safely from their corners of the world and will practice for a day and race on Wednesday. ... [more]  

While the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup always offers opportunities for young people to have new experiences, coping with Hurricane Gonzalo offered the 14 competitors traveling from overseas to Bermuda a hurdle that strengthened their respect for this island nation. Many of the 14 competitors spent layover time in either hotels or airports and some are now guests in homes without electricity. ... [more]  

Dynamic Stability Systems welcomes last week’s decision by IMOCA to place no further restrictions on its class rule. This permits both the six new IMOCA 60s currently under construction, as well as the existing fleet, to be fitted with the lateral lifting foils which DSS has spent the last decade pioneering. ... [more]  

Groupe Beneteau today announced its sponsorship of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Groupe Beneteau is the world's leading yacht builder, and will now become a significant presence in high-performance sailing with its support of both the US national sailing team and North America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. It’s the place where the northern and southern winds meet, where a sailing race can be won or lost in an instant. And with its complex and confusing conditions, lack of breeze, and stifling heat – it’s also a place that most sailors can’t wait to see the back of. But there is one good thing about the Doldrums. ... [more]  

The Atlantic has proved to be a test for the VO65s in the Volvo Ocean Race and their teams as a battle of gybing down the west coast of Africa broke out, keeping all boats in a relatively tight-knit pack for much longer than expected. Having passed Morocco and the Canaries, we were drawn to the tricky-to-handle magnet of Cape Verde. ... [more]  

It’s the dawn of a complicated day in the Volvo Ocean Race. Let’s face it: we’re not having a very good time on Dongfeng. We lost distance last night, and our leading position. The day got dull afterwards. Sailing straight ahead, with the spinnaker up, in light winds. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Day 10 onboard Team SCA. Two days, eight hours, thirty-four minutes, and ten seconds, nine seconds, eight, seven, six, five… over the last few days the clock has gotten louder and louder as it counts down to October 23rd at noon—the time when we cross the equator and the time when myself and six other sailors join the rest of our crew in King Neptune’s court. ... [more]  

For Pablo Arrarte Elorza, the Volvo Ocean Race is a tough challenge. Not as far as physical effort is concerned because this likeable Spaniard is a very strong guy. For Pablo, the race is mostly a culinary war of attrition because the food that the team has bought with it on the race does little to please his gourmet palate. ... [more]  

The 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds kicked off on October 20th in Clearwater, USA, and it was hard work from the start: in 5-6 kt of breeze, offshore to start the day and side-on to close it, pumping was in order for the 54 boys and 28 girls gathered here for the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. ... [more]  

The team at The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta are very happy to announce that entries are now open for the 2015 Regatta, taking place March 5 - 8. The team hopes to see lots of return entries as well as new ones this year, all coming to celebrate the event's 35th year. In order to celebrate this milestone year, there will be some new features this coming season. ... [more]  

After three complete days at sea only three boats competing in the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race have passed the northwest tip of Sicily, roughly the halfway point of the race. The prevailing wind remains weak, but is expected to strengthen this afternoon coinciding with the arrival of bulk of the fleet t the Egadi Islands. ... [more]  

Last week the Volvo Ocean Race was all about VMG downwind sailing, with Dongfeng being the star performer. After DFRT took the lead, they shortly lost it again 36 hours later after hitting something in the water and losing their rudder. Two hours later they were up and running again with the spare in. Impressive stuff. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 9 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 9 of the Volvo Ocean Race - in text, images and video. ... [more]  

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Fight to the finish by Media Royal Malta Yacht Club
Igor Simicic's maxi, Esimit Europa 2 is expected to finish the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the early hours of tomorrow morning. However the 100ft carbon fibre canting keel Maxi is under serious pressure to secure their fourth Line Honours victory in the race. ... [more]  

Student Yachting World Cup - Fourth race day + Video
New improved swell forecasting and more locations from PredictWind
Volvo Ocean Race: Day 9 final report - Lead continually changing
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - An opportunity for growth
Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet charges the door of the Doldrums Casino *Feature
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Light winds on day 3
Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators throw away the routing textbook
Volvo Ocean Race - The Doldrums, a navigational nightmare + Video
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Maltese yachts top the leader board
Star Sailors League Finals - Torben Grael and Jorge Zarif join fleet
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica heads for the Doldrums
Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA, a crew on a mission
Thailand bids for 2016 IODA ‘Optimist’ World Championships
Farr 40 Worlds: Prizegiving images from the Final day in San Francisco
Bill Green - builder and sailor passes on
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 20 October 2014
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from the Final day in San Francisco *Feature
Farr 40 Worlds: Images from Day 2 in San Francisco *Feature
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - A hard day's night
34th Student Yachting World Cup 2014 - Second race day
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng loses lead, anyone's race ahead of Doldrums *Feature   
Flying Dreams 'An Ocean Story': The Movie   
New super maxis gear up for Rolex Sydney Hobart   
Volvo Ocean Race: Blogs from the Boats - Leg 1, Day 8 plus Videos *Feature   
Linda Elias Memorial Women’s One Design Challenge - Youngerman wins   
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Santander team victorious   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Waves continue to pound on day 2   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng consolidates lead on Day 8 *Feature   
RS:X Youth World Championships - All set for Clearwater action   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Slow road north   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 – Dongfeng Race Team - A risky call   
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 - Escaping the shroud of Mount Etna   
Farr 40 Worlds: Day 4 Image and Video gallery *Feature   
Australian 18 Footers League’s Major A. Frizelle Trophy   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leader gambles on Island windshadow   
2014 Sailing World Cup Qingdao - Final day video highlights   
2014 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Plenty of time   
Coast Guard rescues two near Wachapreague   
2014 Off Valparaíso Race - Day 2   
La Torche PWA Grand Slam - Massive swell on day 1   


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