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ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Unassailable Finn lead for Postma

by Robert Deaves on 26 Apr 2014
Pieter-Jan Postma - 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Hyeres, France - Day 5 Thom Touw © http://www.thomtouw.com
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) will go into the medal race with an unassailable 23 point lead after two second places on the final day of the opening series. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) has climbed to second after winning the second race of the day while just three points behind is Thomas Le Breton (FRA). The first race was won by Josh Junior.

After a short delay for the wind, the final two races got underway to decide the top 10 for Saturday's medal race. Current World Champion Jorge Zarif (BRA) was first round the top mark in race 9, but Josh Junior (NZL) was not far behind and passed him on the run to extend to win by nearly half a minute. Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) rounded the top mark in 11th but moved through the fleet to second on the final downwind. Third place finally went to Milan Vujasinovic (CRO).

This result left Postma with a 24 point lead at the top, but he still had to sail well in the final race as he was discarding that 58th from Thursday. Anders Pedersen (NOR) was fastest to the top mark in race 10, leading round from Caleb Paine (USA) and Ioannis Mitakis (GRE). Kljakovic Gaspic had a blistering first run to move into the lead, which he held to the finish. Postma again rounded 11th but was soon into second, which again he held to the finish. Paine finished third.

This leaves the medal race as a formality for most sailors with Postma just having to show up to take gold. The only real interest is the battle for silver between Kljakovic Gaspic and Le Breton, separated by just three points. Fourth placed Paine, has a mathematical chance of winning a medal but needs to win the race with Le Breton last. Barring disqualifications, nothing much else can change to the top three.

For Postma this is a milestone. His first major victory in the Finn class after years of hard work. The Frisian sailor said, 'This is a very special feeling. A big step. Up to today during major events something went wrong in the end. I set myself straight. This now feels like a break, I can win.'


'I have been in the gym a lot recently each day and I trained on a Volvo Ocean Race boat. But it is the sum of the experience, of all the training, being a little older, to know yourself better, more race experience. That has led to this victory.'

'I have put so much energy into it over the past decade. Despite the stress I was really strong this week. This growth has been in recent years. If you look at the Olympics, which of course was a huge thing, on sailing quality I deserved a medal but I failed to rise above. Now it feels like I have overcome. The process of sport is grandiose, heavy, but very special.'

Karpak commented, 'The week was perfect, with nice weather, 100% free pumping in all 10 races. So, the conditions were excellent for sailing. The race committee was very good, with no extra long postponements before and between racing.'

'Today was a hard day again, with full hiking and pumping. I’m happy with my eighth place so far, and being in the medal race again, after Palma, but I’m not happy with my speed, so I will try to improve that before the Europeans. It was nice training before La Rochelle.'

Allansson said,'The Race Committee made the right choice and postponed us ashore for a short while, which meant perfect sailing conditions once we got out there. In the first start I was a bit too conservative, which came at a high price, but the rest of my performance today I'm pleased with, especially my downwinds.'

'I'm real happy to have qualified for tomorrow's medal race. I will go in with a attitude to win the race - I guess I will not be the only one.'


The medal race line up looks like this:

Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) - Twice runner-up and last year's bronze medalist in the World Championships, Postma has sailed exceptionally well this week. Thrives under the pressure of the medal race and won the high pressure race at last year's Finn Gold Cup. Even though he is assured the overall win just by finishing, expect him to try to seal it in style.

Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) - The 2009 and 2010 European Champion is back in contention after taking most of the last year off. After a mediocre first day, he has only been outside the top three twice and historically does well in medal races. Expect him to keep Le Breton on a close rein in Saturday's race.

Thomas Le Breton (FRA) - After losing the 2012 Olympic trials to the eventual bronze medalist and training partner Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Le Breton has started the 2014 season in his best form yet. He has followed a silver in Palma with another great week here and is clearly on a roll.

Caleb Paine (USA) - Former world number one, Paine has had an exceptional week after one of his best performances to date with seven top 10 places. Has an outside chance of a medal but needs to win the medal race to stand a chance.

Josh Junior (NZL) - Apart from one slip up, Junior could have been competing for a medal here but has left himself to much to do. Otherwise a very good series from him with eight single digit placings and starting to emerge as the top kiwi.

Björn Allansson (SWE) - After a slow start in Hyères the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne winner has put together a great series and a great confidence boost in the Swedish selections. Too far adrift for a medal but will still be competing for a top four place.

Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) - The early leader this week but a couple of high scores cost him dearly. Was the junior European champion in 2009 and 2010, before taking the senior European Championship in 2012, including winning the medal race. Historically better in light winds, but getting better in the breeze as this week has proven.

Deniss Karpak (EST) - Starting to put in some consistent performances but not enough single digits to be challenging the podium this week. Can move up to fifth with a good medal race.

Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) - Only in his second year of sailing Finns and improving all the time. Finished fourth at the 2013 Finn Gold Cup, but a bit inconsistent this week leaving him too much to do.

Jorge Zarif (BRA) - Current world champion, only made the cut on the final day here. Too far adrift to make much impact further up.

The medal races start at 11.00 Saturday. Live tracking can be found here.

Finn – Overall Results

Pos

Nation

Sail Number

Crew

Race

Points

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

Net

1

NED

NED842

Pieter-Jan Postma

5

9

1

2

1

1

(57)

6

2

2

86.00

29.00

2

CRO

CRO524

Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic

16

(20)

2

3

13

3

3

3

8

1

72.00

52.00

3

FRA

FRA29

Thomas Le Breton

9

(15)

5

1

10

4

12

1

9

4

70.00

55.00

4

USA

USA6

Caleb Paine

7

3

3

10

5

17

9

(18)

15

3

90.00

72.00

5

NZL

NZL24

Josh Junior

(60)
BFD

4

9

7

8

2

29

7

1

7

134.00

74.00

6

SWE

SWE6

Björn Allansson

23

(33)

12

5

4

5

1

8

17

6

114.00

81.00

7

GRE

GRE77

Ioannis Mitakis

2

1

17

4

24

(60)
BFD

16

4

10

5

143.00

83.00

8

EST

EST2

Deniss Karpak

14

13

13

6

2

13

7

(21)

13

11

113.00

92.00

9

CRO

CRO69

Milan Vujasinovi?

3

5

(22)

11

15

20

11

13

3

12

115.00

93.00

10

BRA

BRA109

Jorge João Zarif

18

(26)

6

16

6

23

4

16

6

15

136.00

110.00

11

SLO

SLO5

Gasper Vincec

12

23

(60)
UFD

12

20

8

6

2

14

16

173.00

113.00

12

SWE

SWE33

Max Salminen

6

(34)

8

9

16

11

22

10

18

13

147.00

113.00

13

ITA

ITA117

Giorgio Poggi

(60)
DNF

16

4

18

3

7

5

37

16

9

175.00

115.00

14

POL

POL17

Piotr Kula

17

6

(38)

28

17

10

18

17

4

8

163.00

125.00

15

NOR

NOR1

Anders Pedersen

11

(31)

11

21

12

16

21

5

19

10

157.00

126.00

16

AUS

AUS41

Jake Lilley

4

11

(60)
UFD

17

7

21

8

12

25

25

190.00

130.00

17

ITA

ITA123

Filippo Baldassari

19

2

10

14

28

14

14

23

(42)

19

185.00

143.00

18

POL

POL1

Milosz Wojewski

8

10

(32)

19

26

12

2

26

29

26

190.00

158.00

19

AUS

AUS261

Oliver Tweddell

27

17

21

33

23

(35)

13

9

12

14

204.00

169.00

20

ITA

ITA146

Michele Paoletti

21

29

14

13

11

24

(60)
DSQ

15

26

18

231.00

171.00

21

NZL

NZL16

Andrew Murdoch

(60)
BFD

27

24

15

19

9

15

22

21

20

232.00

172.00

22

CRO

CRO1

Josip Olujic

15

8

33

26

(39)

37

10

27

5

23

223.00

184.00

23

RUS

RUS9

Eduard Skornyakov

20

14

23

(37)

18

29

19

28

22

21

231.00

194.00

24

DEN

DEN4

Mads Bendix

24

18

30

24

14

15

20

25

(39)

28

237.00

198.00

25

CRO

CRO7

Tudor Bilic

26

(42)

27

34

9

18

25

24

23

22

250.00

208.00

26

BRA

BRA-1

Bruno Prada

10

7

26

30

22

(60)
BFD

24

31

32

30

272.00

212.00

27

FRA

FRA112

Jonathan Lobert

1

28

7

8

(60)
DSQ

6

24
RDG

19.1
RDG

60
DNC

60
DNC

273.10

213.10

28

RUS

RUS57

Egor Terpigorev

25

47

16

29

37

(60)
BFD

30

20

7

17

288.00

228.00

29

ITA

ITA66

Enrico Voltolini

22

25

18

(36)

25

22

28

33

20

36

265.00

229.00

30

POR

POR5

Frederico Melo

13

21

15

22

(60)
BFD

19

17

60
RET

31

38

296.00

236.00

31

EST

EST11

Lauri Väinsalu

28

38

(40)

25

21

30

26

19

28

32

287.00

247.00

32

RUS

RUS1

Alexey Selivanov

35

24

29

23

30

25

38

(45)

27

27

303.00

258.00

33

CRO

CRO52

Nenad Bugarin

34

30

20

20

(60)
BFD

27

44

38

33

31

337.00

277.00

34

POL

POL13

Michal Jodlowski

31

12

25

(60)
BFD

27

39

45

32

38

37

346.00

286.00

35

RUS

RUS6

Arkadiy Kistanov

32

35

19

44

(60)
BFD

60
RET

42

14

11

35

352.00

292.00

36

CZE

CZE1

Michael Maier

40

41

34

32

31

28

(43)

30

35

24

338.00

295.00

37

RUS

RUS8

Anatoliy Korshikov

29

43

28

27

35

(60)
BFD

34

34

37

29

356.00

296.00

38

FRA

FRA177

Fabian Pic

30

22

35

38

(42)

32

32

40

34

34

339.00

297.00

39

POL

POL16

Mikolaj Lahn

36

(40)

31

35

32

33

39

29

30

33

338.00

298.00

40

POL

POL111

Jakub Marciniak

39

36

36

31

(60)
BFD

60
BFD

23

11

24

39

359.00

299.00

41

DEN

DEN23

Martin Boidin

37

39

41

40

36

36

(46)

35

36

41

387.00

341.00

42

CRO

CRO6

Dan Lovrovic

46

19

39

41

38

38.1
RDG

41

43

(60)
UFD

43

408.10

348.10

43

ITA

ITA 747

Simone Ferrarese

45

(48)

44

42

37
DPI

29
DPI

27

41

40

46

399.00

351.00

44

USA

USA21

Gordon Lamphere

43

(49)

45

45

29

31

33

46

45

48

414.00

365.00

45

RUS

RUS11

Kirill Luzan

47

32

42

46

(49)

38

35

36

49

40

414.00

365.00

46

FRA

FRA114

Thomas Morel

38

37

(60)
DNF

60
DNC

33

34

36

44

41

42

425.00

365.00

47

FRA

FRA89

Benjamin Montagut

33

45

37

39

45

(60)
BFD

37

39

47

45

427.00

367.00

48

FRA

FRA99

Marc Allain Des Beauvais

44

(51)

43

43

40

41

47

51

43

49

452.00

401.00

49

FRA

FRA75

Laurent HAY

42

46

49

47

43

42

48

42

44

(51)

454.00

403.00

50

EST

EST7

Harles Liiv

41

50

47

48

41

40

40

48

50

(60)
DNF

465.00

405.00

51

USA

USA69

John F Dane

48

(52)

48

49

47

45

51

47

52

50

489.00

437.00

52

ITA

ITA83

Matteo Savio

(60)
DNC

60
DNC

46

51

44

43

49

50

51

44

498.00

438.00

53

ITA

ITA191

Alessandro Cattaneo

49

44

51

(53)

50

49

50

49

48

52

495.00

442.00

54

VEN

VEN100

Johnny Bilbao

50

54

53
SCP

55
SCP

46

44

53

(60)
DNF

46

47

508.00

448.00

55

SUI

SUI63

Thomas Gautschi

52

(56)

53

50

48

47

55

52

53

53

519.00

463.00

56

TUN

TUN1

Karim Esseghir

53

53

52

(56)

53

46

52

54

55

55

529.00

473.00

57

FIN

FIN226

Jukka Partinen

54

55

(56)

54

52

51

54

53

54

54

537.00

481.00

58

NED

NED100

Arend Van Der Sluis

51

58

54

55

51

48

56

(60)
DNF

56

56

545.00

485.00

59

USA

USA2

Charles Heimler

55

57

55

57

54

50

58

(60)
DNC

60
DNC

60
DNC

566.00

506.00


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