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Finn Gold Cup - Top form from Ainslie on day 5 + Video

'Ben Ainslie (GBR3)'    Mark Lloyd ©    Click Here to view large photo

On day five of the Finn Gold Cup, an awesome performance was given by Ben Ainslie (GBR). In the toughest, roughest conditions that much of the fleet have sailed in for many years, he took three race wins and is now within a whisker of his sixth Finn World title. Ed Wright (GBR) remains in second while Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) moves up to third.

The morning forecast was somewhat daunting as the fleet set out under the threat of 30 knots winds and big seas by the afternoon. Three races were scheduled to make up for those lost on Wednesday, and though 85 boats made the first start, by the third race there were only 53 boats left on the water. The wind rose from 15-16 knots for the first race of the day to 20-25 knots in the third, and the wave also built to reach 2-3 metres in height, providing for some stunning downwind sailing so even those who were having a bad day were also having a fantastic day.

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Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) obviously liked the conditions and had his best day yet, rounding the first mark in race seven in the lead from Greg Douglas (CAN) and Mark Andrews (GBR). Tapio Nirkko (FIN) rounded in fifth and moved up on the downwind to round level with Postma, but at the opposite gate. Postma still led at the second upwind mark, while Ben Ainslie (GBR) had moved up to second. Then on the final run to the finish, there were lots of position changes. Ainslie stormed through to the lead to win the race from Ed Wright (GBR) and Daniel Birgmark (SWE).

The conditions worsened (or improved depending on your viewpoint) for the next race with big rolling waves coming down the course. Matts Coutts (NZL) was the clear leader at the top mark from Douglas and Andrews. Wright had moved to third at the gate and then took the lead up the beat to lead down the first reach.

Ainslie had recovered from a poor first beat to third place, but was handed his second victory of the day on a plate when Wright capsized on the gybe and Douglas went wide. Ainslie slipped through the gap and screamed off to the finish. Douglas crossed in second with Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) in third. Wright righted his boat and crossed in 14th.

The final race of the day was an epic of big winds, big waves and downhill sleigh rides that needed nerves of steel. Ainslie now had the measure of the day and rounded the first mark with a nice lead which he extended on every leg to win by 200 metres at the finish. Wright was again in second for much of the race but slipped on the final reaches to fourth. Kljakovic Gaspic crossed in second with Zach Railey (USA) sailing his best race of the regatta into third to grab the final place in Friday's medal race.

Ainslie described the day, 'It was a pretty big day, amazing conditions. There were massive waves. It was an amazing day's sailing for everyone I think. It is not often we race in conditions like that so it was great, I think there will be a lot of tired sailors but I think most people had a smile on their face most of the time.'

'It has been a good week and this event is important but really the main focus this year is the Olympics coming up. It is good with that in mind but of course it is a great achievement to win a Finn Gold Cup. This fleet is very tight, there are a lot of good sailors so I've still got to keep pushing and making improvements. Obviously I am very happy with the way this week has gone.'

Wright summed up his day, 'Today was probably the craziest days sailing I've had for a long time. It was enormous waves, really windy and it built all day. It was really exciting probably my favourite day. I wasn't really sailing just trying to keep control, it was quite a nice feeling.'


'Today was even more about survival than Tuesday. Downwind was just survival, there were quite a few capsizes and in my second race on the last couple of reaches I was winning by quite a way relaxing in survival mode. I went in for the gybe and capsized. It was hard because I went in the water and after that pretty difficult to get yourself back up and into the boat so I probably lost about 10 places there. The good thing is I can discard that race. Going into medal race tomorrow it's going to be close racing but we will just have to wait and see what happens.'

Kljakovic Gaspic said, 'It was a lot of fun out there. To be honest it was great rounding the mark and watching the other guys capsize behind and get in trouble on the downwind, watching as you pass them by it was a good feeling to be fast but cautious. Today was quite a good day for me I had two really unlucky moments today, the first and third start a really big wave broke on my deck and flooded my boat with water, so about 30 seconds after the start my boat was totally sinking and I was trying to get it out as quick as possible.'

'Tomorrow will be good experience for the future and for the Olympics. I hope it will be windy to take advantage of the guys that are tired from today's racing, maybe I am a bit fresher than the rest. It has been quite a tough week but I'm fit and strong and I have confidence in myself. I don't doubt my fitness.'

For Douglas, this event forms his Olympic trials and had a great day to move up to 14th overall, while his main rival Chris Cook (CAN) unfortunately fell ill and didn't complete the last two races, to drop to 27th and now too far back to catch up.

Douglas said, 'I saw the forecast this morning and put a little post on Facebook that I was going to teach the old boys how it’s done today and the wind picked up, the waves got big, it was a really good one out there today. In the second race coming around the reach Ed capsized at the gybe and then Ben got inside me at the gybe, but getting passed by Ben Ainslie was not the worst.'

Oleksiy Borysov (UKR) is the only dinghy sailor from Ukraine to qualify for the Olympics and his week hasn't gone quite to plan. He sits in 21st place. 'To my mind it’s the most difficult start to this season. I was ready to take the challenge physically, yet in conditions I didn’t reach my target. Having said that, I’m quite happy with the outcome and my results. My aim and the most important thing was to finish in the top 20 regardless, so I had pretty consistent results in today’s races.

'It’s quite important for me to get down to Weymouth as soon as possible. Because of lack of financial support I didn’t have a chance to compete in last year’s Skandia’s Sail for Gold, nor in the Pre-Olympic test event'

In Friday's medal race Ainslie just has to finish cleanly to win a sixth Finn world title. Wright also has to just finish to win the silver. The real interest is the bronze, where technically any of the next six boats can take it out of the hand of Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN).

Following the medal race, the 11th and final race will be sailed for the rest. For some this is an important race as will determine the final places at the Olympics. Poland has already qualified. Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, China and Norway currently occupy the next six places, though some are dependent on National Authority requirements.

The medal race will feature GoPro stern cameras on each of the 10 boats, so hopefully by the end of the day we will have a idea what it take to be a world class Finn sailor.



Bjorn Allansson (SWE6) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Martin Robitaille (CAN110) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Florian Raudaschl (AUT3) -  Mark Lloyd ©   Click Here to view large photo

Finn Gold Cup website

Full Results:
 

Bow
No

Sail
No

Helm
name

Junior

R1 final
 

R2 final
 

R3 final
 

R4 final
 

R5 final
 

R6 final
 

R7 final
 

R8 final
 

R9 final
 

Total

Nett

1st

29

GBR 3

AINSLIE Ben

 

1.0

(3.0)

1.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

13.0

10.0

2nd

01

GBR 11

WRIGHT Edward

 

2.0

1.0

5.0

7.0

5.0

4.0

2.0

(14.0)

4.0

44.0

30.0

3rd

17

DEN 2

HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN Jonas

 

14.0

9.0

4.0

6.0

2.0

8.0

4.0

(18.0)

17.0

82.0

64.0

4th

02

CRO 524

KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan

 

(26.0)

16.0

3.0

12.0

3.0

20.0

13.0

3.0

2.0

98.0

72.0

5th

24

FIN 218

NIRKKO Tapio

 

6.0

(22.0)

9.0

8.0

16.0

2.0

5.0

17.0

9.0

94.0

72.0

6th

106

POL 17

KULA Piotr

 

9.0

10.0

8.0

15.0

12.0

5.0

9.0

12.0

(18.0)

98.0

80.0

7th

27

GBR 88

ANDREWS Mark

 

(33.0)

23.0

12.0

10.0

7.0

6.0

7.0

5.0

11.0

114.0

81.0

8th

14

GBR 85

MILLS Andrew

 

4.0

8.0

2.0

11.0

19.0

3.0

(30.0)

20.0

15.0

112.0

82.0

9th

03

NED 842

POSTMA PieterJan

 

22.0

14.0

11.0

4.0

(95.0 DSQ)

14.0

6.0

6.0

8.0

180.0

85.0

10th

09

USA 4

RAILEY Zach

 

15.0

15.0

10.0

(32.0)

8.0

13.0

18.0

11.0

3.0

125.0

93.0

11th

07

EST 2

KARPAK Deniss

 

5.0

5.0

20.0

26.0

4.0

7.0

(95.0 OCS)

15.0

13.0

190.0

95.0

12th

12

SWE 11

BIRGMARK Daniel

 

(24.0)

17.0

17.0

14.0

10.0

19.0

3.0

10.0

10.0

124.0

100.0

13th

53

AUS 1

CASEY Brendan

 

13.0

25.0

7.0

9.0

17.0

18.0

8.0

4.0

(95.0 DNC)

196.0

101.0

14th

32

CAN 5

DOUGLAS Greg

 

(34.0)

7.0

15.0

13.0

22.0

26.0

15.0

2.0

7.0

141.0

107.0

15th

10

FRA 112

LOBERT Jonathan

 

25.0

2.0

6.0

2.0

15.0

(27.0)

25.0

25.0

12.0

139.0

112.0

16th

81

NZL 1

SLATER Dan

 

12.0

24.0

13.0

27.0

9.0

(32.0)

10.0

7.0

14.0

148.0

116.0

17th

21

RUS 9

SKORNYAKOV Eduard

 

20.0

(42.0)

24.0

19.0

11.0

10.0

17.0

13.0

5.0

161.0

119.0

18th

05

ESP 100

TRUJILLO Rafael

 

31.0

(39.0)

14.0

5.0

6.0

15.0

12.0

24.0

30.0

176.0

137.0

19th

33

POL 7

SZUKIEL Rafal

 

3.0

20.0

22.0

16.0

27.0

22.0

(41.0)

28.0

22.0

201.0

160.0

20th

101

GER 151

MILLER Matthias

 

23.0

13.0

30.0

(54.0)

20.0

11.0

23.0

27.0

16.0

217.0

163.0

21st

30

UKR 1

BORYSOV Oleksiy

 

30.0

4.0

26.0

18.0

18.0

29.0

(32.0)

21.0

19.0

197.0

165.0

22nd

45

NZL 8

COUTTS Matt

 

(45.0)

35.0

36.0

22.0

32.0

25.0

11.0

9.0

6.0

221.0

176.0

23rd

26

AUT 3

RAUDASCHL Florian

 

29.0

11.0

21.0

(35.0)

33.0

28.0

16.0

16.0

28.0

217.0

182.0

24th

20

CZE 1

MAIER Michael

 

10.0

(37.0)

31.0

30.0

21.0

24.0

19.0

30.0

27.0

229.0

192.0

25th

87

CAN 41

COOK Christopher

 

8.0

12.0

16.0

1.0

13.0

12.0

40.0

(95.0 DNS)

95.0 DNC

292.0

197.0

26th

18

SWE 6

ALLANSSON Bjorn

 

(64.0)

26.0

19.0

42.0

28.0

31.0

21.0

8.0

26.0

265.0

201.0

27th

23

USA 619

PAINE Caleb

 

37.0

27.0

27.0

20.0

(95.0 DSQ)

16.0

20.0

36.0

20.0

298.0

203.0

28th

34

NED 83

HAGOORT Timo

 

35.0

21.0

28.0

25.0

31.0

(40.0)

14.0

22.0

35.0

251.0

211.0

29th

40

TUR 21

KAYNAR Alican

 

32.0

30.0

25.0

(64.0)

40.0

9.0

26.0

32.0

29.0

287.0

223.0

30th

90

CHN 1226

GONG Lei

 

21.0

31.0

33.0

38.0

26.0

17.0

28.0

(48.0)

33.0

275.0

227.0

31st

37

CZE 85

VIKA Tomas

 

17.0

19.0

39.0

(44.0)

25.0

35.0

34.0

38.0

21.0

272.0

228.0

32nd

47

NED 841

VAN EGMOND Hein

 

11.0

41.0

(42.0)

17.0

34.0

33.0

29.0

40.0

32.0

279.0

237.0

33rd

42

UKR 5

GUSENKO Andrii

 

43.0

18.0

40.0

21.0

30.0

36.0

(47.0)

26.0

24.0

285.0

238.0

34th

41

BRA109

ZARIF Jorge

J

50.0

6.0

35.0

31.0

35.0

23.0

(95.0 OCS)

34.0

25.0

334.0

239.0

35th

57

CRO 11

OLUJIC Josip

 

36.0

(55.0)

34.0

23.0

39.0

21.0

36.0

19.0

36.0

299.0

244.0

36th

86

CAN 110

ROBITAILLE Martin

J

18.0

33.0

29.0

45.0

24.0

(95.0 DSQ)

31.0

23.0

44.0

342.0

247.0

37th

103

NOR 1

PEDERSEN Anders

J

44.0

46.0

18.0

(55.0)

20.0 RDG

34.3 RDGa

24.0

33.0

34.0

308.3

253.3

38th

58

CRO 671

BILIC Tudor

 

(48.0)

47.0

38.0

36.0

14.0

37.0

27.0

35.0

35.3 RDGa

317.3

269.3

39th

39

RUS 1

SELIVANOV Alexey

 

7.0

34.0

52.0

48.0

(95.0 DSQ)

30.0

22.0

53.0

39.0

380.0

285.0

40th

59

CYP 19

PAPADOPOULOS Haris

 

47.0

44.0

48.0

33.0

(50.0)

38.0

39.0

37.0

23.0

359.0

309.0

41st

117

POL 8

LESINSKI Lukasz

 

61.0

52.0

(70.0)

40.0

29.0

45.0

33.0

31.0

38.0

399.0

329.0

42nd

38

RUS 57

TERPIGOREV Egor

 

(95.0 BFD)

60.0

32.0

28.0

48.0

44.0

53.0

39.0

31.0

430.0

335.0

43rd

78

IND 11

JOHAL Nachhatar

 

38.0

38.0

(62.0)

52.0

43.0

29.0 RDG

48.0

45.0

43.0

398.0

336.0

44th

48

HUN 6

PAL Gaszton

 

39.0

29.0

43.0

46.0

47.0

34.0

49.0

51.0

(95.0 DNC)

433.0

338.0

45th

62

GBR 18

HADDEN James

J

(70.0)

36.0

47.0

41.0

49.0

60.0

37.0

42.0

37.0

419.0

349.0

46th

67

GBR 29

MCCOY Peter

J

42.0

59.0

37.0

47.0

42.0

47.0

43.0

43.0

(95.0 DNF)

455.0

360.0

47th

113

SWE 89

AXELSSON Andreas

 

41.0

63.0

60.0

37.0

41.0

41.0

42.0

47.0

(95.0 DNC)

467.0

372.0

48th

79

IRL 4

HAMILTON Ross

 

(73.0)

40.0

45.0

58.0

38.0

46.0

50.0

56.0

46.0

452.0

379.0

49th

77

HUN 8

BELICZAY Marton

 

54.0

51.0

(64.0)

29.0

57.0

43.0

45.0

61.0

41.0

445.0

381.0

50th

119

CAN 902

WILTON Brendan

 

46.0

32.0

55.0

39.0

(95.0 BFD)

48.0

38.0

29.0

95.0 DNF

477.0

382.0

51st

92

DEN 46

ANDRESEN Kaspar

 

(66.0)

66.0

41.0

62.0

51.0

51.0

35.0

46.0

42.0

460.0

394.0

52nd

65

GBR 23

BRIDDON Harry

J

49.0

53.0

57.0

56.0

36.0

(95.0 DNC)

57.0

50.0

47.0

500.0

405.0

53rd

46

AUS 261

TWEDDELL Oliver

 

16.0

43.0

23.0

24.0

61.0

61.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

513.0

418.0

54th

110

TUR 35

KUYUMCU Efe

 

53.0

78.0

50.0

59.0

37.0

42.0

56.0

44.0

(95.0 DSQ)

514.0

419.0

55th

56

CHN 43

ZHEN Li

 

40.0

45.0

44.0

71.0

62.0

53.0

58.0

52.0

(95.0 DNC)

520.0

425.0

56th

105

POL 13

JODLOWSKI Michal

J

67.0

65.0

54.0

(84.0)

55.0

54.0

44.0

41.0

48.0

512.0

428.0

57th

120

NED 58

MOHREN Thomas

 

(84.0)

67.0

63.0

34.0

45.0

56.0

60.0

55.0

50.0

514.0

430.0

58th

100

FRA 89

MONTAGUT Benjamin

 

59.0

54.0

61.0

51.0

59.0

(62.0)

59.0

49.0

40.0

494.0

432.0

59th

82

NZL 9

COUTTS Rob

 

57.0

58.0

(72.0)

60.0

52.0

50.0

52.0

59.0

45.0

505.0

433.0

60th

55

CAN 7

NICHOLSON Adam

 

60.0

48.0

58.0

50.0

54.0

57.0

76.0

57.0

(95.0 DNC)

555.0

460.0

61st

109

SUI 84

HOFER Silvan

 

55.0

74.0

56.0

75.0

44.0

52.0

54.0

(95.0 DNF)

53.0

558.0

463.0

62nd

111

USA 21

LAMPHERE Gordon

 

69.0

56.0

67.0

68.0

53.0

58.0

51.0

(95.0 DNF)

54.0

571.0

476.0

63rd

61

FRA 99

ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc

 

75.0

69.0

69.0

(82.0)

58.0

55.0

63.0

54.0

51.0

576.0

494.0

64th

63

GBR 2

BURRELL Allen

 

51.0

50.0

49.0

80.0

63.0

49.0

64.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

596.0

501.0

65th

88

CAN 9

HEMMING Rob

 

58.0

62.0

53.0

67.0

64.0

(95.0 DNC)

46.0

67.0

95.0 DNC

607.0

512.0

66th

54

BUL 77

NEDYALKOV Valentin

 

56.0

75.0

74.0

(79.0)

72.0

71.0

66.0

64.0

55.0

612.0

533.0

67th

80

LTU 7

RYMONIS Tauras

 

85.0

77.0

71.0

43.0

46.0

59.0

62.0

(95.0 DNS)

95.0 DNC

633.0

538.0

68th

112

USA 53

LEIBOWITZ Ben

 

72.0

72.0

80.0

(87.0)

67.0

70.0

67.0

60.0

52.0

627.0

540.0

69th

93

FRA 61

MINOS Mikael

 

65.0

68.0

83.0

77.0

65.0

66.0

55.0

65.0

(95.0 DNC)

639.0

544.0

70th

85

BUL 855

VANGELOV Dimitar

J

19.0

64.0

65.0

73.0

66.0

(95.0 DNC)

68.0

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

640.0

545.0

71st

52

AUS 8

SERET Dirk

 

76.0

61.0

(86.0)

85.0

75.0

69.0

70.0

62.0

49.0

633.0

547.0

72nd

60

CZE 11

DEUTSCHER Patrik

J

63.0

57.0

85.0

(95.0 DNF)

68.0

68.0

72.0

58.0

95.0 DNC

661.0

566.0

73rd

75

GBR 7

COOPER George

 

86.0

82.0

66.0

49.0

56.0

64.0

69.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

662.0

567.0

74th

50

TUR 7

MUSLUBAS Akif

 

27.0

28.0

51.0

83.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

664.0

569.0

75th

108

SUI 63

GAUTSCHI Thomas

 

62.0

71.0

68.0

70.0

73.0

63.0

79.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

676.0

581.0

76th

73

GBR 665

SMITH Julian

 

79.0

85.0

73.0

61.0

60.0

65.0

65.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

678.0

583.0

77th

104

GBR 635

PERCIVAL Simon

 

71.0

79.0

78.0

63.0

71.0

67.0

71.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

690.0

595.0

78th

51

AUS 2

MCMILLAN Rob

 

28.0

49.0

46.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

693.0

598.0

79th

91

DEN 210

NIELSEN Henrik Elmer

 

77.0

92.0

79.0

69.0

74.0

(95.0 DNC)

61.0

63.0

95.0 DNC

705.0

610.0

80th

68

GBR 567

HUGHES Martin

 

52.0

70.0

59.0

57.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

713.0

618.0

81st

76

GBR 711

PETTIT Simon

 

78.0

90.0

77.0

72.0

69.0

(95.0 DNF)

73.0

66.0

95.0 DNC

715.0

620.0

82nd

64

GBR 20

DENISON Andy

 

81.0

83.0

75.0

65.0

70.0

(95.0 DNC)

74.0

95.0 DNS

95.0 DNC

733.0

638.0

83rd

94

FRA 57

BOULAN Damien

 

68.0

76.0

(95.0 DNF)

53.0

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

75.0

95.0 DNS

95.0 DNC

747.0

652.0

84th

95

FRA 66

LOBERT Philippe

 

74.0

81.0

82.0

66.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

78.0

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

761.0

666.0

85th

74

GBR 68

MACKIE John

 

80.0

73.0

76.0

78.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

782.0

687.0

86th

98

FRA 869

BAUMGARTEN Regis

 

89.0

84.0

89.0

81.0

77.0

(95.0 DNC)

77.0

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

782.0

687.0

87th

97

FRA 86

JEAN Christophe

 

87.0

91.0

81.0

86.0

76.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

801.0

706.0

88th

71

GBR 631

HART Richard

 

93.0

86.0

87.0

74.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

815.0

720.0

89th

96

FRA 72

LE FRAPPER Philippe

 

92.0

88.0

84.0

76.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

815.0

720.0

90th

72

GBR 644

ARNELL Jack

J

83.0

80.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

828.0

733.0

91st

69

GBR 611

LOCK Tony

 

82.0

87.0

(95.0 DNC)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

834.0

739.0

92nd

99

FRA 880

HOLLIER Cedric

 

88.0

89.0

(95.0 DNS)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNF

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

842.0

747.0

93rd

66

GBR 24

BARNES Rory

 

91.0

94.0

88.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

843.0

748.0

94th

70

GBR 617

HARPER Mark

 

90.0

93.0

(95.0 DNF)

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

95.0 DNC

848.0

753.0


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