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Finn Gold Cup - Mixed bag Day 1 + Video

'Edward Wright (GBR11) and Ben Ainslie (GBR3)'    Lloyd Images ©    Click Here to view large photo

The opening day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK produced a mixed bag of results for a number of sailors with a shifty offshore breeze. After two races Ed Wright (GBR) leads Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST), while many sailors picked up high scores in the tricky conditions.

The fleet was initially held ashore but there was a further delay on the water as the wind clocked round to the west before a line was set. The first race finally got going under black flag at around 14.00 with one boat disqualified; Egor Terpigorev (RUS) led at each and every mark but unfortunately for him he crossed the finish line in silence as the winner's gun went to Ben Ainslie (GBR).

Terpigorev led Dimitar Vanelov (BUL), Ainslie and Ed Wright (GBR) round the top mark and though Ainslie moved through to second on the first downwind he couldn't pass the Russian. Wright moved up to third across the line to place second in the race behind Ainslie, while Rafal Szukiel (POL) climbed from fifth at the first mark to end up third.

The second race was started very promptly with another black flag start following a general recall. Wright, along with Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Timo Haggort (NED) started on port tack from the pin end while Jonathan Lobert (FRA) started at the committee boat.

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At the top mark Wright just held the lead from Lobert with Oleksiy Borysov (UKR) and Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) close behind. On the first downwind Wright and Lobert had a great battle, made more exciting with the Oscar flag up for free pumping. Wright rounded the gate ahead of Lobert and these two extended on the second beat to build a nice lead.

On the final downwind Wright extended even further for a comfortable win with Ainslie moving into third and putting some pressure on Lobert in the closing stages. Zarif had a great race crossing in sixth.

Ainslie commented, 'It’s great to be racing in Falmouth on home waters in an event as important as the Finn Gold Cup. We had a great day on the water with good breeze. However, it was coming off the land so it was quite difficult and hard work tactically to take the right side of the course. Overall, I’m pleased with my day, the first race I managed to get near the front of the fleet and had a great race with the Russian sailor. Unfortunately, he was over the line at the start so he was disqualified from the race, but it was a good race and he sailed very well.'

'As you’d expect with the World Championships it’s a very tough level of competition. There’s quite a big range throughout the fleet; it’s great to see some of the older sailors from the UK racing, and also the younger sailors coming through for the future. Then we have a lot of the Olympic sailors who are training or competing here with half an eye on the Olympics in a couple of months’ time.'

'We’ll see what the conditions are like tomorrow; but potentially we might have some more wind, which will be quite physical. There’s a long way to go so we just keep looking forward and try to get some good races in.'

Second over the line in race two, Lobert summed up his day, 'Today was a pretty good day, the first race was so-so, I had a crash in the first start but I managed to come back pretty well after the first beat and the first lap. I then lost out again in the second beat so it was really up to the second race for me to do well to make up for it.'

'In the second race I started from the committee boat, I went to the right and tried to be as fast as possible to get to the top mark just next to Ed. From there we had a big fight on downwind which was good fun before the second upwind where I tried to pass him, but the timing wasn't perfect so he gained some distance and got away. For the rest of that race I was just managing to keep my second place, but I'm pretty happy with that.'

'It was great sailing out there; it was windy and really sunny so perfect conditions for sailing, the course was really well organised so we had a lot of fun. I hope to have good races this week, that's the plan, but I will take it day by day and try to do my best every time.'

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup, Falmouth -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

'I started at committee boat Ed at the pin end. Ed was really surprised after racing when he found out I started at the committee boat and tacked across immediately; it just shows that the wind is pretty shifty and you have to make the most of where you are to do well.'

This champion is the Olympic selection trials for many sailors, including the Canadians. After twio races, Chris Cook (CAN) sits in sixth place, while main rival Greg Douglas (CAN) is in 19th, though he did pick up a useful seventh in the second race. He said, 'Today I had a good second race - the first race was not so good. I got a little stuck in the fleet. It was a big fleet so it was tough to get out of it, but the second race went really well, I finished seventh so I'm really happy with that.'

'In the second race the pumping flag went up, which plays to my strengths, so I was really happy with that. I got a good start and tacked on the first shift, which made it easy. The tide I think was pretty slack today at the time we were sailing, so it wasn't too much of an issue. The shifts were pretty even, I think it was more from the pressure, you could see the big pressure lines coming down out there.'

'I'm happy with today overall, one good race, one bad race, so I can't complain. This is the trials so every point counts really, we're working hard, the top boat goes so we'll see how it turns out in the end.'

World number two Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) didn't have the best day. However despite placed 26 and 16 today he was upbeat about the rest of the week. 'It’s still just the beginning. Two races are just the beginning of the week. The rest of the week I think is going to be interesting and anything is possible. Same way like I did today, anybody else can do a bad day so we can see also some other good sailors have bad days. I think it just the beginning so I’ll clear my head, tomorrow is a new day so I’ll wake up in the morning and go for it.'

'It was difficult, extremely difficult. From the beginning it was just going bad, the decisions that I took were questionable, it turned out quite bad so I hope it’s going to be my worst day.

So after two races, the 2010 world champion Ed Wright leads the five time champion Ben Ainslie by one point, with the new world number five Deniss Karpak, who scored two fifth places, ending the day in third.

Racing continues Monday with two more races scheduled from 11.00, and with stronger winds forecast, it should prove to be another great day of racing in Falmouth.



Oliver Tweedell (AUS261) -  Lloyd Images_©   Click Here to view large photo

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Falmouth Finn Festival website

J.P.Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Provisional Results as of 6.07pm on May 13 2012

Overall

Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 95, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

BowNumber

SailNo

Helmname

Junior

R1
 

R2
 

Total

Nett

1st

01

GBR 11

WRIGHT Edward


2.0

1.0

3.0

3.0

2nd

29

GBR 3

AINSLIE Ben


1.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

3rd

07

EST 2

KARPAK Deniss


5.0

5.0

10.0

10.0

4th

14

GBR 85

MILLS Andrew


4.0

8.0

12.0

12.0

5th

106

POL 17

KULA Piotr


9.0

10.0

19.0

19.0

6th

87

CAN 41

COOK Christopher


8.0

12.0

20.0

20.0

7th

33

POL 7

SZUKIEL Rafal


3.0

20.0

23.0

23.0

8th

17

DEN 2

HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas


14.0

9.0

23.0

23.0

9th

10

FRA 112

LOBERT Jonathan


25.0

2.0

27.0

27.0

10th

24

FIN 218

NIRKKO Tapio


6.0

22.0

28.0

28.0

11th

09

USA 4

RAILEY Zach


15.0

15.0

30.0

30.0

12th

30

UKR 1

BORYSOV Oleksiy


30.0

4.0

34.0

34.0

13th

81

NZL 1

SLATER Dan


12.0

24.0

36.0

36.0

14th

101

GER 151

MILLER Matthias


23.0

13.0

36.0

36.0

15th

03

NED 842

POSTMA PieterJan


22.0

14.0

36.0

36.0

16th

37

CZE 85

VIKA Tomas


17.0

19.0

36.0

36.0

17th

53

AUS 1

CASEY Brendan


13.0

25.0

38.0

38.0

18th

26

AUT 3

RAUDASCHL Florian


29.0

11.0

40.0

40.0

19th

32

CAN 5

DOUGLAS Greg


34.0

7.0

41.0

41.0

20th

39

RUS 1

SELIVANOV Alexey


7.0

34.0

41.0

41.0

21st

12

SWE 11

BIRGMARK Daniel


24.0

17.0

41.0

41.0

22nd

02

CRO 524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan


26.0

16.0

42.0

42.0

23rd

20

CZE 1

MAIER Michael


10.0

37.0

47.0

47.0

24th

86

CAN 110

ROBITAILLE Martin

J

18.0

33.0

51.0

51.0

25th

47

NED 841

VAN EGMOND Hein


11.0

41.0

52.0

52.0

26th

90

CHN 1226

GONG Lei


21.0

31.0

52.0

52.0

27th

50

TUR 7

MUSLUBAS Akif


27.0

28.0

55.0

55.0

28th

41

BRA109

ZARIF Jorge

J

50.0

6.0

56.0

56.0

29th

34

NED 83

HAGOORT Timo


35.0

21.0

56.0

56.0

30th

27

GBR 88

ANDREWS Mark


33.0

23.0

56.0

56.0

31st

46

AUS 261

TWEDDELL Oliver


16.0

43.0

59.0

59.0

32nd

42

UKR 5

GUSENKO Andrii


43.0

18.0

61.0

61.0

33rd

21

RUS 9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard


20.0

42.0

62.0

62.0

34th

40

TUR 21

KAYNAR Alican


32.0

30.0

62.0

62.0

35th

23

USA 619

PAINE Caleb


37.0

27.0

64.0

64.0

36th

48

HUN 6

PAL Gaszton


39.0

29.0

68.0

68.0

37th

05

ESP 100

TRUJILLO Rafael


31.0

39.0

70.0

70.0

38th

78

IND 11

JOHAL Nachhatar


38.0

38.0

76.0

76.0

39th

51

AUS 2

MCMILLAN Rob


28.0

49.0

77.0

77.0

40th

119

CAN 902

WILTON Brendan


46.0

32.0

78.0

78.0

41st

45

NZL 8

COUTTS Matt


45.0

35.0

80.0

80.0

42nd

85

BUL 855

VANGELOV Dimitar

J

19.0

64.0

83.0

83.0

43rd

56

CHN 43

ZHEN Li


40.0

45.0

85.0

85.0

44th

18

SWE 6

ALLANSSON Bjorn


64.0

26.0

90.0

90.0

45th

103

NOR 1

PEDERSEN Anders

J

44.0

46.0

90.0

90.0

46th

57

CRO 11

OLUJIC Josip


36.0

55.0

91.0

91.0

47th

59

CYP 19

PAPADOPOULOS Haris


47.0

44.0

91.0

91.0

48th

58

CRO 671

BILIC Tudor


48.0

47.0

95.0

95.0

49th

67

GBR 29

MCCOY Peter

J

42.0

59.0

101.0

101.0

50th

63

GBR 2

BURRELL Allen


51.0

50.0

101.0

101.0

51st

65

GBR 23

BRIDDON Harry

J

49.0

53.0

102.0

102.0

52nd

113

SWE 89

AXELSSON Andreas


41.0

63.0

104.0

104.0

53rd

77

HUN 8

BELICZAY Marton


54.0

51.0

105.0

105.0

54th

62

GBR 18

HADDEN James

J

70.0

36.0

106.0

106.0

55th

55

CAN 7

NICHOLSON Adam


60.0

48.0

108.0

108.0

56th

79

IRL 4

HAMILTON Ross


73.0

40.0

113.0

113.0

57th

117

POL 8

LESINSKI Lukasz


61.0

52.0

113.0

113.0

58th

100

FRA 89

MONTAGUT Benjamin


59.0

54.0

113.0

113.0

59th

82

NZL 9

COUTTS Rob


57.0

58.0

115.0

115.0

60th

60

CZE 11

DEUTSCHER Patrik

J

63.0

57.0

120.0

120.0

61st

88

CAN 9

HEMMING Rob


58.0

62.0

120.0

120.0

62nd

68

GBR 567

HUGHES Martin


52.0

70.0

122.0

122.0

63rd

111

USA 21

LAMPHERE Gordon


69.0

56.0

125.0

125.0

64th

109

SUI 84

HOFER Silvan


55.0

74.0

129.0

129.0

65th

110

TUR 35

KUYUMCU Efe


53.0

78.0

131.0

131.0

66th

54

BUL 77

NEDYALKOV Valentin


56.0

75.0

131.0

131.0

67th

105

POL 13

JODLOWSKI Michal

J

67.0

65.0

132.0

132.0

68th

92

DEN 46

ANDRESEN Kaspar


66.0

66.0

132.0

132.0

69th

108

SUI 63

GAUTSCHI Thomas


62.0

71.0

133.0

133.0

70th

93

FRA 61

MINOS Mikael


65.0

68.0

133.0

133.0

71st

52

AUS 8

SERET Dirk


76.0

61.0

137.0

137.0

72nd

94

FRA 57

BOULAN Damien


68.0

76.0

144.0

144.0

73rd

61

FRA 99

ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc


75.0

69.0

144.0

144.0

74th

112

USA 53

LEIBOWITZ Ben


72.0

72.0

144.0

144.0

75th

104

GBR 635

PERCIVAL Simon


71.0

79.0

150.0

150.0

76th

120

NED 58

MOHREN Thomas


84.0

67.0

151.0

151.0

77th

74

GBR 68

MACKIE John


80.0

73.0

153.0

153.0

78th

95

FRA 66

LOBERT Philippe


74.0

81.0

155.0

155.0

79th

38

RUS 57

TERPIGOREV Egor


96.0 BFD

60.0

156.0

156.0

80th

80

LTU 7

RYMONIS Tauras


85.0

77.0

162.0

162.0

81st

72

GBR 644

ARNELL Jack

J

83.0

80.0

163.0

163.0

82nd

73

GBR 665

SMITH Julian


79.0

85.0

164.0

164.0

83rd

64

GBR 20

DENISON Andy


81.0

83.0

164.0

164.0

84th

76

GBR 711

PETTIT Simon


78.0

90.0

168.0

168.0

85th

75

GBR 7

COOPER George


86.0

82.0

168.0

168.0

86th

91

DEN 210

NIELSEN Henrik Elmer


77.0

92.0

169.0

169.0

87th

69

GBR 611

LOCK Tony


82.0

87.0

169.0

169.0

88th

98

FRA 869

BAUMGARTEN Regis


89.0

84.0

173.0

173.0

89th

99

FRA 880

HOLLIER Cedric


88.0

89.0

177.0

177.0

90th

97

FRA 86

JEAN Christophe


87.0

91.0

178.0

178.0

91st

71

GBR 631

HART Richard


93.0

86.0

179.0

179.0

92nd

96

FRA 72

LE FRAPPER Philippe


92.0

88.0

180.0

180.0

93rd

70

GBR 617

HARPER Mark


90.0

93.0

183.0

183.0

94th

66

GBR 24

BARNES Rory


91.0

94.0

185.0

185.0

95th

08

GBR 41

SCOTT Giles


96.0 DNC

96.0 DNC

192.0

192.0

R2

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place

Rank

BowNumber

SailNo

Helmname

Junior

Place

Points

1

01

GBR 11

WRIGHT Edward


1

1.0

2

10

FRA 112

LOBERT Jonathan


2

2.0

3

29

GBR 3

AINSLIE Ben


3

3.0

4

30

UKR 1

BORYSOV Oleksiy


4

4.0

5

07

EST 2

KARPAK Deniss


5

5.0

6

41

BRA109

ZARIF Jorge

J

6

6.0

7

32

CAN 5

DOUGLAS Greg


7

7.0

8

14

GBR 85

MILLS Andrew


8

8.0

9

17

DEN 2

HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas


9

9.0

10

106

POL 17

KULA Piotr


10

10.0

11

26

AUT 3

RAUDASCHL Florian


11

11.0

12

87

CAN 41

COOK Christopher


12

12.0

13

101

GER 151

MILLER Matthias


13

13.0

14

03

NED 842

POSTMA PieterJan


14

14.0

15

09

USA 4

RAILEY Zach


15

15.0

16

02

CRO 524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan


16

16.0

17

12

SWE 11

BIRGMARK Daniel


17

17.0

18

42

UKR 5

GUSENKO Andrii


18

18.0

19

37

CZE 85

VIKA Tomas


19

19.0

20

33

POL 7

SZUKIEL Rafal


20

20.0

21

34

NED 83

HAGOORT Timo


21

21.0

22

24

FIN 218

NIRKKO Tapio


22

22.0

23

27

GBR 88

ANDREWS Mark


23

23.0

24

81

NZL 1

SLATER Dan


24

24.0

25

53

AUS 1

CASEY Brendan


25

25.0

26

18

SWE 6

ALLANSSON Bjorn


26

26.0

27

23

USA 619

PAINE Caleb


27

27.0

28

50

TUR 7

MUSLUBAS Akif


28

28.0

29

48

HUN 6

PAL Gaszton


29

29.0

30

40

TUR 21

KAYNAR Alican


30

30.0

31

90

CHN 1226

GONG Lei


31

31.0

32

119

CAN 902

WILTON Brendan


32

32.0

33

86

CAN 110

ROBITAILLE Martin

J

33

33.0

34

39

RUS 1

SELIVANOV Alexey


34

34.0

35

45

NZL 8

COUTTS Matt


35

35.0

36

62

GBR 18

HADDEN James

J

36

36.0

37

20

CZE 1

MAIER Michael


37

37.0

38

78

IND 11

JOHAL Nachhatar


38

38.0

39

05

ESP 100

TRUJILLO Rafael


39

39.0

40

79

IRL 4

HAMILTON Ross


40

40.0

41

47

NED 841

VAN EGMOND Hein


41

41.0

42

21

RUS 9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard


42

42.0

43

46

AUS 261

TWEDDELL Oliver


43

43.0

44

59

CYP 19

PAPADOPOULOS Haris


44

44.0

45

56

CHN 43

ZHEN Li


45

45.0

46

103

NOR 1

PEDERSEN Anders

J

46

46.0

47

58

CRO 671

BILIC Tudor


47

47.0

48

55

CAN 7

NICHOLSON Adam


48

48.0

49

51

AUS 2

MCMILLAN Rob


49

49.0

50

63

GBR 2

BURRELL Allen


50

50.0

51

77

HUN 8

BELICZAY Marton


51

51.0

52

117

POL 8

LESINSKI Lukasz


52

52.0

53

65

GBR 23

BRIDDON Harry

J

53

53.0

54

100

FRA 89

MONTAGUT Benjamin


54

54.0

55

57

CRO 11

OLUJIC Josip


55

55.0

56

111

USA 21

LAMPHERE Gordon


56

56.0

57

60

CZE 11

DEUTSCHER Patrik

J

57

57.0

58

82

NZL 9

COUTTS Rob


58

58.0

59

67

GBR 29

MCCOY Peter

J

59

59.0

60

38

RUS 57

TERPIGOREV Egor


60

60.0

61

52

AUS 8

SERET Dirk


61

61.0

62

88

CAN 9

HEMMING Rob


62

62.0

63

113

SWE 89

AXELSSON Andreas


63

63.0

64

85

BUL 855

VANGELOV Dimitar

J

64

64.0

65

105

POL 13

JODLOWSKI Michal

J

65

65.0

66

92

DEN 46

ANDRESEN Kaspar


66

66.0

67

120

NED 58

MOHREN Thomas


67

67.0

68

93

FRA 61

MINOS Mikael


68

68.0

69

61

FRA 99

ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc


69

69.0

70

68

GBR 567

HUGHES Martin


70

70.0

71

108

SUI 63

GAUTSCHI Thomas


71

71.0

72

112

USA 53

LEIBOWITZ Ben


72

72.0

73

74

GBR 68

MACKIE John


73

73.0

74

109

SUI 84

HOFER Silvan


74

74.0

75

54

BUL 77

NEDYALKOV Valentin


75

75.0

76

94

FRA 57

BOULAN Damien


76

76.0

77

80

LTU 7

RYMONIS Tauras


77

77.0

78

110

TUR 35

KUYUMCU Efe


78

78.0

79

104

GBR 635

PERCIVAL Simon


79

79.0

80

72

GBR 644

ARNELL Jack

J

80

80.0

81

95

FRA 66

LOBERT Philippe


81

81.0

82

75

GBR 7

COOPER George


82

82.0

83

64

GBR 20

DENISON Andy


83

83.0

84

98

FRA 869

BAUMGARTEN Regis


84

84.0

85

73

GBR 665

SMITH Julian


85

85.0

86

71

GBR 631

HART Richard


86

86.0

87

69

GBR 611

LOCK Tony


87

87.0

88

96

FRA 72

LE FRAPPER Philippe


88

88.0

89

99

FRA 880

HOLLIER Cedric


89

89.0

90

76

GBR 711

PETTIT Simon


90

90.0

91

97

FRA 86

JEAN Christophe


91

91.0

92

91

DEN 210

NIELSEN Henrik Elmer


92

92.0

93

70

GBR 617

HARPER Mark


93

93.0

94

66

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