Finn Silver Cup - Canadians excel on day 2
by Corinne Rolland-McKenzie on 3 Jul 2012
At the Finn Silver Cup, Canadian Martin Robitaille claimed the day with two victories in the day's light races.
Regatta leader Lennart Luttkus (GER) Finn Class © http://www.finnclass.org
'I had an excellent day, everything came back together. I was calmer and less ambitious, taking what I could on the water and in the end it paid off.' explains Robitaille.
The conditions were difficult again, with wind averaging five to ten knots and varying across the course.
'There was lots of difference in pressure, but I managed to keep speed and control over the fleet. In the first race I was leading most of the way, but on the second lap upwind Andrei Yanitckii (RUS) was very close. I was able to push him to the layline and protest him when he crossed me so took the advantage again when he did his penalty turns.'
The Russian placed second with Lennart Luttkus (GER) third.
Race two started at the third attempt with the shifty wind, penalising three sailors for premature start. Martin Robitaille (CAN) took a great start at the pin end and went on to take his second win of the day. Sergey Akulinichev (RUS) placed second with Lennart Luttkus (GER) in the top three again. The German has increased his lead to 24 points while the score between the next ten sailors has tightened.
The top seven have yet to win a race and with a discard tomorrow, after five races, the results could see some changes.