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Finn Gold Cup - Impressive start for Australia’s Oliver Tweddell

by Craig Heydon on 27 Aug 2013
Oliver Tweddell on his way to an opening race win - Finn Gold Cup 2013 Hanna Odras
The 2013 Finn Gold Cup first day of racing got underway in Tallinn, Estonia. Australia’s Oliver Tweddell has made an impressive start, winning the opening race.

Tweddell got off to a good start in light winds, lead at the top mark and extended from then on, eventually winning the race by more than two minutes.

The Victorian was 22nd in race two to end the opening day fifth in the 86 boat fleet.

The results capped off a busy few days off the water for Tweddell who was forced to organise a charter boat for racing after issues with the Finn he had originally planned to use, finally getting it ready at 10pm the night before the regatta began.

'I had a great start to the regatta, winning the opening race by a big margin,' said Tweddell. 'After a tough few days on shore it was great to get out there in a different boat and still perform well given how stressful the lead up was.

'The conditions were light and shifty and we were racing very close to shore which made the going tough,' he said. 'It was tricky but I like light winds and seem to be OK in them at the moment. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week if it stays light like this.'

Brendan Casey finished the opening day in 23rd position, with the London 2012 Olympic Games representative 21st and 33rd from the first two races.

Joe McMillan is currently in 69th position following a 68th and a 59th, with Jake Lilley just behind in 72nd after a 57th and a 72nd.

While the light winds in Estonia made for a slow day on the water at the Finn Gold Cup, over in Ireland a complete lack of breeze led to the cancellation of the first day of the 2013 IFDS World Championship.

Australia has four crews entered in the event, with three in the single person 2.4mR, Matt Bugg, Neil Patterson and Mark Durnan, and one in the Sonar, Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden.

'It was a disappointing start to the regatta with racing cancelled due to a lack of wind,' said Harrison. 'The Race Committee kept us on shore which saved everyone from a two hour tow to and from our race course. Tomorrow’s forecast is not looking much better but everyone is hoping.'

Rank Sail No Helm Name R1 R2 Total Nett
1 GBR85 Mills Andrew 60 30 90 90
2 GBR11 Wright Edward 50 50 100 100
3 NZL1 Coutts Matt 40 70 110 110
4 POL13 Jodlowski Michal 100 100 200 200
5 AUS261 Tweddell Oliver 10 220 230 230
6 FRA112 Lobert Jonathan 30 200 230 230
7 ITA146 Paoletti Michele 140 90 230 230
8 EST2 Karpak Deniss 80 170 250 250
9 TUR211 Basegmez Alican 120 140 260 260
10 HUN40 Berecz Zsombor 70 230 300 300
11 FRA29 Le Breton Thomas 170 160 330 330
12 ITA117 Poggi Giorgio 280 60 340 340
13 RUS1 Selivanov Alexey 310 40 350 350
14 EST11 Väinsalu Lauri 250 120 370 370
15 CZE1 Maier Michael 190 190 380 380
16 CRO69 Vujasinovic Milan 380 20 400 400
17 POL1 Wojewski Milosz 260 150 410 410
18 BRA9 Zarif Jorge 440 10 450 450
19 IRL4 Hamilton Ross 160 290 450 450
20 NED842 Postma Pieter Jan 20 450 470 470


Full results from the 2013 Finn Gold Cup can be found here.
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