Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Weymouth and Portand International Regatta day 4 Finns

by Robert Deaves on 11 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 Thom Touw © http://www.thomtouw.com
Another great performance from the Olympic Champion Ben Ainslie (GBR) on the fourth day of racing for the Finns at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta moves him into a narrow, but significant, seven point lead at the top of the fleet after posting a first and second on Wednesday.

Pieter Jan Postma (NED) moves up to second place after winning the second race of the day while Jonathan Lobert (FRA) drops one to third, with just two more races to sail before the medal race split.

What was initially supposed to be a lighter day on the waters of Weymouth Bay turned into a tough day's sailing as the wind once again treated the Finn fleet to physically challenging upwind sailing and sleigh ride sailing downwind. For the first race of the day the Finns were racing on the Nothe course, the proposed course area for all the medal races. In an offshore wind, with the high land at the top of the course it can be a shifty, fickle nightmare for the sailors.

However, when the regatta leader not only wins there but dominates the race in spectacular fashion, there is little more to be said. After a shifty first beat, Pieter Jan Postma (NED) led round the top mark from Rafa Trujillo (ESP) and Jonas Hogh Christensen (DEN). However after rounding in fifth, Ben Ainslie (GBR) moved into the lead on the first downwind and then extended on the fleet for the rest of the four lap race to win by a comfortable margin of around 50 seconds. Second across the finish was Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) who rounded the first mark in 13th. He made big gains on the first downwind and second upwind to move up to second, while Trujillo crossed in third.


To add a bit of variety, race eight was sailed inside Portland Harbour. As the wind increased to 20-25 knots, Trujillo led round the top mark with Postma and Ainslie not far behind. As he has shown several times this week, Postma's excellent off wind speed allowed him to take the lead on the first downwind, which he held on to the finish. Ainslie had also passed Trujillo and was started to close the gap, however, Postma kept his nerve to record his third race win of the week and move up to second overall. Ainslie finished second with Trujillo again in third.

A mention must also go to the superb effort from the young Greg Douglas (CAN) who finished fifth in the race, after a tenth in the morning race, which moved him up to 13th overall and within ten points of the medal race split.

Ainslie said, 'Today was a good day, but tough conditions. They were very different courses tactically but still hard work in the breeze. The second race was a really good race with PJ, Rafa and myself. I got past Rafa on one of the runs and caught PJ a little but it was quite a one sided track and hard to live with the big guys on the upwind legs. It was a fun race though.

'We have tried to train on all of the courses and they're all pretty unique. The breeze was pretty shifty on the Nothe course but the wind was relatively stable today.

On how tight it still is at the top he said, 'I think with fewer boats and the stronger winds then some of the guys with a speed advantage in the breeze are pulling through and getting some consistency.

And tomorrow, 'More of the same, hike hard and hang in there.'

Jonathan Lobert has held onto second overall all week until today and now drops to third after a 4, 7. he said, 'Today it was a pretty special day. Outside on Nothe the wind was not too strong but very shifty. I managed to finish fourth and I was very happy with that as a lot of guys had a pretty bad race.'


'For the second race we went inside. The wind increased quite a lot and also the waves. I had the feeling that myboat was jumping up and down on every wave. It was not so pleasant and very tough! On the first beat I didn't play full left so I was rounding the first mark around tenth. I managed to gain few boats but then we just had to follow each other to the finish. It was actually not so fun but I am happy with my seventh place. I am looking forward to the two last races to try to come back to the top of the board.'

Zach Railey (USA) didn't have the best day with a 16, 11. He said, 'Not a good day results wise. My lack of bodyweight was really exposed today. But I am becoming more comfortable with the wind shifts.'

With a 2, 6, Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic stays in fifth overall. 'Today was good as I planned. I said to myself that Iwant to perform good today, and I did it. Maybe the second race was bit worse as I made a few tiny mistakes but overall I am happy. The Nothe course was funny but it was easy to realise that there was a pattern to follow and it went well. It was surprisingly easy to sail and wasn't as tricky as I thought it would be. Generally the wind was stable but it was gusty and bit shifty.'

There are just two more races left to sail on Thursday to decide who goes into Saturday’s medal race. It is becoming a familiar picture at the top, with Ainslie being the only sailor to be counting only top five positions including three race wins, though Postma and Lobert are very close behind and poised to pounce should the Olympic Champion slip up.


The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011 is the test event for the sailing events of the London 2012Olympic Games, as part of the London Prepares series. The Finns are scheduled to have ten races from Saturday 6 August to Thursday 11 August, withreserve days on Tuesday and Friday. The medal race for the top ten is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13 August There are five course areas (threeoffshore, one in Portland Harbour and one under the Nothe) and the fleet will race on all the courses over the week.

Result after eight races (one discard)

1 GBR Ben Ainslie 15
2 NED Pieter Jan Postma 22
3 FRA Jonathan Lobert 26
4 ESP Rafa Trujillo 38
5 CRO Ivan KljakovicGaspic 39
6 EST Deniss Karpak 41
7 DEN Jonas Hoegh Christensen 46
8 NZL Dan Slater 56
9 USA Zach Railey 62
10 SLO GasperVincec 70

Weymouth and Portland International Regatta website
For full results, click here

InSunSport - NZT Clewring J-classupffront 660x82

Related Articles

Olympic Test Event final day – US Team medal races
Olympic Test Event - On the final day the US Team took to the spectator-friendly Nothe Course for the medal races. Olympic Test Event - On the final day the US Team took to the spectator-friendly Nothe Course for the medal races. In the Star medal race Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih finished in seventh for an overall 10th. That race was followed by the Finn medal race in which Zach Railey finished in ninth for an overall ninth place.
Posted on 14 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta–Medal Races 49er and Star
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen clinched the 49er gold medal Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen clinched the 49er gold medal on the final day of the Olympic Test Event following a fantastic medal race on the Nothe course. Iker Martinez and Xabier Hernandez led the Australians by four points before the Medal Race meaning that for the Australians to win they had to finish ahead of the Spaniards by two places
Posted on 14 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Day 5 - Ainslie brilliant
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Ben Ainslie (GBR) produced pure brilliance on the final full racing day Ben Ainslie (GBR) produced pure brilliance on the final full racing day for Finns at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. Not only did he win both races in confident fashion, he also dispatched his nearest rival in an audacious match racing move before the start, sealing his regatta win with a day to spare.
Posted on 13 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Bronze for Railey
At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, it was ladies day for the US Team At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, it was ladies day for the US Team with entries in two of the day’s medal races. Paige Railey won a bronze medal in Laser Radial, and Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar claimed a 470 Women’s ninth overall.
Posted on 13 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta -Medal Races 470 and Laser
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Japan’s Kondo and Tabata sealed a fantastic gold medal in the Women’s 470 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Japan’s Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata sealed a fantastic gold medal in the Women’s 470 after they overhauled Great Britain’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark on a day that decided the medals in the Laser, Laser Radial and Men’s and Women’s 470.
Posted on 13 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day 10
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day ten has presented yet another day of hammering winds. The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day ten has presented yet another day of hammering winds on Weymouth Bay which disrupted plans for racing. One of the few classes to make it off the docks was the Star class, which completed two races. Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih scored a tenth and fifth to hold the overall eighth position.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta gold medals claimed
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has now witnessed three sailors claim gold medals. Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, has now witnessed Dorian Van Rijsselberge of the Netherlands, Zofia Klepacka of Poland and Silja Lehtinen of Finland claim the first gold medals after a gripping day of sailing on the Nothe in winds in between fifteen and twenty knots.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta images
Photographer Ingrid Abery shares with us a gallery of images from the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, is taking place at the same venue where the London 2012 Olympics will be held. Photographer Ingrid Abery shares with us a gallery of images from all of the on the water action.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011
U.S. report from Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day 9
At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, athletes from the U.S. turned in a variety of impressive results. At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, winds howled and gusted up to twenty five knots. Meanwhile, athletes from the United States turned in a variety of impressive results including two wins in the Laser Radial class by Paige Railey.
Posted on 11 Aug 2011
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta -down to the wire
At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, Marit Bouwmeester has taken the gold medal. At the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the Olympic Test event, Marit Bouwmeester has taken the gold medal in the Laser Radial with the Medal Race still to go. The Dutch sailor has dominated the Laser Radial fleet almost from the outset with a tremendous display and she heads into the Medal Race with an unassailable thirty-two point lead.
Posted on 11 Aug 2011