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Sail for Gold day 3 - Scott takes the lead

by Robert Deaves on 7 Jun 2012
Fleet racing in the Finn class on the day 3 onEdition © http://www.onEdition.com
After day three at the 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Giles Scott (GBR) has taken the lead in the Finns following another great performance on the Olympic sailing waters. A fourth race win followed by a second place gives him an eight point lead over Ben Ainslie (GBR), while Zach Railey (USA) drops one place to third.

The weather had improved slightly from Tuesday’s inclement conditions, but it was still another tough day on the water. The moderate wind from the south-west peaked at around 19 knots, providing challenging sailing conditions in which only the best could thrive. And clearly Giles Scott and Ben Ainslie, the two greatest Finn sailors in the world at the current time, thrive in these conditions.

Race five got under way after a general recall and Scott was soon in the lead. The battle behind was between Deniss Karpak (EST), Pieter-Jan Postma (NED and Mark Andrews (GBR). Scott went on to win his fourth race in a row while Postma continued his good form with a second. Third place finally went to Ben Ainslie (GBR) after another big recovery.


Scott then looked to be going for his fifth race win in the second race of the day, rounding the top mark ahead of Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Brendan Casey (AUS). But Ainslie had other ideas and stormed downwind to the gate to take the lead and then just sailed away from the fleet, while Scott dropped to third. Kljakovic Gaspic and Scott changed places again on the next upwind but Ainslie had already built a huge lead and they finished in this order.

Discarding his 21 from day one, Scott takes the lead. He said, 'To remain on top I am going to keep doing what I am trying to do now by taking each race as it comes. It is always better to have fewer points than more, being out in front is always a nice position to be in.'

Second overall Ainslie commented, 'I had a nice final race to end the day. I haven’t been 100% at this regatta, but to be honest it is a great opportunity to get out on the water and see how the competition is doing and know more about the venue so it is completely worth doing and hopefully I will start to feel better towards the end of the week. Giles is doing really well. He certainly has turned the pace up especially upwind in these conditions. I am very lucky that he is my training partner.'



After an eighth and a fourth today, Zach Railey (USA) drops to third overall. He said, 'We had was about the same wind as yesterday but there were bigger velocity changes which made it hard, and they were still long races at over 75 minutes so very hard physically.'

'The fleet is very close and making the correct choice at the top of the first beat has been key so far. Ben did really well in the second race and won by a good margin. He sailed really well.'

If the forecast for the rest of the week is accurate, then this could be it until Saturday, when winds are supposed to moderate to 23-27 knots. Some predictions for the next few days indicate winds in excess of 30 knots and reaching 45 knots. Four more opening series races are scheduled before Saturday's medal race.


Finn PROVISIONAL Results as of 17:41 on June 6, 2012

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 44, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

ISAFid

Total

Nett

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

1st

GBR

41

Giles SCOTT

GBRGS20

27.0

6.0

(21.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

2.0

2nd

GBR

3

Ben AINSLIE

GBRCA1

19.0

14.0

(5.0)

5.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

3rd

USA

4

Zach RAILEY

USAZR1

32.0

24.0

4.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

(8.0)

4.0

4th

NED

842

Pieter Jan POSTMA

NEDPP1

40.8

26.8

RDGa [6.8]

3.0

8.0

7.0

2.0

(14.0)

5th

CRO

524

Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC

CROIK3

42.0

30.0

7.0

8.0

(12.0)

2.0

10.0

3.0

6th

FRA

112

Jonathan LOBERT

FRAJL23

62.0

30.0

(32.0)

2.0

7.0

8.0

6.0

7.0

7th

GBR

88

Mark ANDREWS

GBRMA18

62.0

36.0

3.0

11.0

(26.0)

11.0

5.0

6.0

8th

GBR

85

Andrew MILLS

GBRAM55

53.0

38.0

8.0

10.0

4.0

4.0

12.0

(15.0)

9th

ESP

100

Rafael TRUJILLO

ESPRT7

62.0

46.0

6.0

(16.0)

9.0

6.0

14.0

11.0

10th

SWE

11

Daniel BIRGMARK

SWEDB1

66.0

51.0

12.0

14.0

3.0

12.0

(15.0)

10.0

11th

CAN

5

Greg DOUGLAS

BARGD1

94.0

57.0

(37.0)

7.0

6.0

15.0

16.0

13.0

12th

DEN

2

Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN

DENJH2

103.0

58.0

15.0

(BFD [45.0])

14.0

13.0

7.0

9.0

13th

GBR

11

Ed WRIGHT

EMW03GBR

112.0

67.0

25.0

4.0

21.0

(DNC [45.0])

9.0

8.0

14th

AUS

1

Brendan CASEY

AUSBC4

112.0

76.0

(36.0)

13.0

10.0

29.0

19.0

5.0

15th

POL

17

Piotr KULA

POLPK8

106.0

77.0

(29.0)

15.0

13.0

20.0

11.0

18.0

16th

EST

2

Deniss KARPAK

ESTDK1

123.0

78.0

13.0

19.0

24.0

18.0

4.0

(DNF [45.0])

17th

NZL

24

Josh JUNIOR

NZLJJ1

101.0

78.0

10.0

18.0

11.0

(23.0)

23.0

16.0

18th

FIN

218

Tapio NIRKKO

FINTN1

113.0

80.0

(33.0)

9.0

15.0

19.0

25.0

12.0

19th

BRA

109

Jorge ZARIF

BRAJZ4

122.0

87.0

9.0

25.0

23.0

9.0

(35.0)

21.0

20th

USA

11

Caleb PAINE

USACP65

121.0

89.0

1.0

17.0

18.0

(32.0)

27.0

26.0

21st

ITA

123

Filippo BALDASSARI

ITAFB31

112.0

90.0

14.0

21.0

17.0

17.0

21.0

(22.0)

22nd

CZE

1

Michael MAIER

CZEMM1

123.0

91.0

24.0

24.0

16.0

10.0

17.0

(32.0)

23rd

RUS

1

Aleksey SELIVANOV

RUSAS8

122.0

92.0

2.0

28.0

29.0

14.0

(30.0)

19.0

24th

GRE

77

Ioannis MITAKIS

GREIM3

128.0

98.0

17.0

22.0

22.0

24.0

13.0

(30.0)

25th

GER

151

Mattieu MILLER

GERMM09

132.0

105.0

16.0

20.0

(27.0)

21.0

24.0

24.0

26th

RUS

9

Eduard SKORNYAKOV

RUSES2

141.0

108.0

20.0

12.0

25.0

25.0

26.0

(33.0)

27th

AUT

3

Florian RAUDASCHL

AUTFR3

140.0

109.0

22.0

23.0

20.0

27.0

(31.0)

17.0

28th

TUR

21

Alican KAYNAR

TURAK2

155.0

114.0

(41.0)

26.0

19.0

26.0

20.0

23.0

29th

NZL

8

Matt COUTTS

NZLMC2

159.0

125.0

11.0

33.0

32.0

31.0

18.0

(34.0)

30th

CRO

11

Josip OLUJIC

CROJO1

162.0

131.0

30.0

29.0

(31.0)

30.0

22.0

20.0

31st

UKR

1

Oleksiy BORYSOV

UKROB1

183.0

148.0

(35.0)

30.0

34.0

28.0

28.0

28.0

32nd

CRO

671

Tudor BILIC

CROTB8

185.0

149.0

28.0

31.0

30.0

(36.0)

29.0

31.0

33rd

RUS

57

Egor TERPIGOREV

RUSET1

189.0

150.0

31.0

27.0

33.0

(39.0)

34.0

25.0

34th

CAN

110

Martin ROBITAILLE

CANMR7

186.0

154.0

DNE [45.0]

(32.0)

28.0

22.0

32.0

27.0

35th

GBR

29

Peter MCCOY

GBRPM40

195.0

155.0

(40.0)

DPI10% [39.0]

38.0

16.0

33.0

29.0

36th

GBR

7

George COOPER

GBRGC19

207.0

166.0

18.0

(DPI10% [41.0])

40.0

37.0

36.0

35.0

37th

SWE

89

Andreas AXELSSON

SWEAA5

207.0

167.0

23.0

DPI10% [38.0]

35.0

34.0

(40.0)

37.0

38th

GBR

18

James HADDEN

GBRJH86

209.0

168.0

26.0

36.0

37.0

33.0

(41.0)

36.0

39th

NZL

9

Rob COUTTS

NZLRC12

214.0

174.0

19.0

39.0

39.0

38.0

39.0

(40.0)

40th

USA

53

Ben LEIBOWITZ

USABL24

224.0

183.0

27.0

40.0

(41.0)

40.0

38.0

38.0

41st

USA

21

Gordon LAMPHERE

USAGL12

226.0

185.0

38.0

(41.0)

36.0

35.0

37.0

39.0

42nd

TUR

7

Akif MUSLUBAS

TURAM1

252.0

207.0

34.0

38.0

(DNF [45.0])

DNC [45.0]

DNC [45.0]

DNC [45.0]

43rd

USA

81

Joshua REVKIN

USAJR83

252.0

209.0

RDGa [42.0]

42.0

42.0

41.0

(43.0)

42.0

44th

GBR

595

Edward THORBURN

GBRET6

253.0

210.0

42.0

(43.0)

43.0

42.0

42.0

41.0

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