Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Semaine Olympique Francaise - Scott claims Finn gold

by Matt Carter on 14 Oct 2013
Giles Scott competing in the Finn class at the 2013 Semaine Olympique Francaise. Thom Touw http://www.thomtouw.com
The fifth and final leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup drew to a close on Sunday (13 October) with Giles Scott claiming gold on his return to the heavy weight Finn class in La Rochelle, France.

Only recently back from the America’s Cup with Italian team Luna Rossa, the 2011 Finn World and European champion looked to be straight back in the swing of things, with a first and fifth on the opening day of the regatta.

Scott continued to underline why getting back in a heavyweight dinghy is like riding a bike to him with a further two race wins and three seconds to cement his position at the top of the leaderboard on the penultimate day of competition.

With a seven-point lead at the top going into Sunday’s medal race, Scott needed to finish fourth or better and took third ahead of all his four rivals. 'It’s good to win, I suppose I could have fobbed it off on something if I hadn’t but it’s nice not to have to do that,' said Scott.

'It was very shifty, but I knew it would be from the forecast. I had half an eye on the other guys but so many of them and in those conditions you just have to sail your own race. I knew fourth or better would do it and I don’t think I was lower than third all the way round.'

The British Sailing Team’s Mark Andrews finished fifth overall while a second place finish in the medal race for 2013 Finn Junior European Champion, Peter McCoy, saw him finish his regatta in eighth.

In the Women’s 470 event, Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter opened their regatta with a bang notching a first and second to sit them at the top of the leaderboard at the end of day one. The pair went onto post some disappointing results in the bigger breeze which saw them fall out of medal contention.

However, in the one and only race on Saturday, Seabright and Carpenter once again made the most of the very light airs like they did on day one by clinching a second place finish to put them back in the hunt for a podium finish.

A fourth place finish in medal race was enough to catapult the GBR duo into the bronze medal position, while Austria’s Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar, silver medallists at the world championships in La Rochelle in August, took event honours.

In the new Olympic Nacra 17 class, Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond entered Sunday’s medal race in pole position, tied on points with the French pair of Cammas and De Turckheim with Martinez and Tara Pacheco from Spain in third. World Champions, Billy Besson and Marie Riou were fourth with just four points separating the top four.

Saxton and Diamond, who won silver at the inaugural World Championships in July, could however only manage a seventh in final race seeing them drop out of the medals into fourth and handing event victory to the winner of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, Frenchman Franck Cammas and his crew Sophie De Turckheim.

Pippa Wilson and John Gimson took the medal race win and finished fifth overall while Lucy Macgregor and Andrew Walsh finished their first regatta together in seventh.

Nick Thompson, who led on day three of the regatta by an impressive 12 points, was unable to keep the momentum going and finished sixth overall while RS:X windsurfer Izzy Hamilton closed her championships in seventh.

For the full list of results and further information on the 2013 Semaine Olympique Francaise visit the event website.
PredictWind.com 2014Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearInsun - AC Program

Related Articles

America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ hooks up in Bermuda with Brits +Video
Emirates Team New Zealand were training again on the Great Sound in Bermuda, in fresh winds of over 25kts from the ESE. Emirates Team New Zealand were training again on the Great Sound in Bermuda, in fresh winds of over 25kts from the ESE. MyislandhomeBDA caught the America's Cup Challenger as they had their first real hook-up with another team - lining up against Britain's Land Rover BAR.
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Tom Slingsby explains optimal ride height
Ever wondered whether there is a difference between riding high or low in a foiling AC50? Ever wondered whether there is a difference between riding high or low in a foiling AC50? Does the old maxim with catamarans apply - that you are at your most efficient with the hull just clear of the water? At what point to AC50's start sliding sideways - like a Laser dinghy with its centreboard raised too high?
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Artemis Racing shifts into dog-fighting mode
The third round of America's Cup ACC practice racing got underway in Bermuda on Monday, April 24. The third round of America's Cup ACC practice racing got underway in Bermuda on Monday, April 24. Skipper Nathan Outteridge says Match Racing skills have always been a big part of a successful campaign and the team at Artemis Racing is now working hard at improving its “dog fighting” tactics.
Posted on 25 Apr
New addition to North Sail for Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines
Their sails have powered eight out of nine Volvo Ocean Race winners since 1989-90, with Steinlager 2. Instead of assembling cloth panels into a particular sail shape, the Volvo Ocean Race sails are composites. This means that 3Di material 'tapes' are laid in a specific arrangement, offering stable structure to the sail where it is needed most.
Posted on 24 Apr
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ first practise in Great Sound - Video
Emirates Team New Zealand had their first solid day of training on Bermuda's Great Sound on April 23, 2017 Emirates Team NZ had their first solid day of training on Bermuda's Great Sound on April 23, 2017. Winds during the session were averaging 10kts gusting 15kts. As with the other video it is impossible to gauge boat speed, or form an accurate impression of relative speed. However the infrequency of splash down is apparent, as is the very slick gybing and tacking while remaining foil borne.
Posted on 24 Apr
America's Cup - Tech Tuesday - Why AC50's sail bow down - Video
OTUSA tactician Tom Slingsby (AUS) explains why the AC50's sail with bow down trim Why do the America's Cup Class catamarans sail with bow down trim? It's a common question. Helmsman and Tactician Tom Slingsby? provides a detailed answer in this #TechTuesday feature.
Posted on 23 Apr
America's Cup - Touchdown and take-off for Emirates Team NZ in Bermuda
Today the team's America’s Cup Class race boat was out sailing on Bermuda's Great Sound for the first time It is just over three weeks since Emirates Team New Zealand was sailing in New Zealand, and today the teams America’s Cup Class race boat was out sailing on Bermuda's Great Sound for the first time under inquisitive gaze of an armada of competitors' chase boats getting a first hand glimpse of the kiwi boat
Posted on 23 Apr
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ has first sail in Bermuda + Video
Emirates Team NZ has just completed for their first sail in Bermuda, in preparation for the racing phase of AC35 Emirates Team New Zealand has just completed for their first sail in Bermuda, in preparation for the racing phase of the 2017 America's Cup campaign. The team, the last to arrive in Bermuda, returned to their base in the Royal Dockyard around 7.15pm local time (1015am NZT).
Posted on 22 Apr
America's Cup - Images from Practice Race Session 2 in Bermuda.
Images have just been posted by America's Cup organisers of the second Practice Session conducted between April 6-7. Images have just been posted by America's Cup organisers of the second Practice Session conducted in Bermuda between April 6-7. Images are not available from the third session which finished on April 12. The next Practice Session is a five day one beginning on April 24 to April 28.
Posted on 22 Apr
35 days to go until the start of the 35th America's Cup
Friday 21st April is another milestone in the countdown to the start of the 35th America’s Cup Friday 21st April is another milestone in the countdown to the start of the 35th America’s Cup as it marks exactly 35 days to go until the greatest race on water begins in Bermuda.
Posted on 22 Apr