sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Semaine Olympique Francaise - Brendan Casey takes Finn gold in Hyeres
Semaine Olympique Francaise - Brendan Casey takes Finn gold in Hyeres

'Brendan Casey leads (Finn)'    Thom Touw ©

At the Semaine Olympique Francaise, Brendan Casey (AUS) picked up his first ever ISAF Sailing World Cup win in the best possible way, by dominating and winning the medal race in the rough and windy waters off Hyeres to snatch the title at the last moment. Former leader Rafa Trujillo (ESP) could only finish seventh to drop to second overall, while a late charge from Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) gave him the bronze.

It has been a hard week in Hyeres and the venue has thrown its toughest conditions at the relatively small Finn fleet. Starting with strong winds, with day three abandoned when it got too extreme, day four was a complete contrast with light winds and shifty, tricky winds. The week ended with very strong winds again with only one race possible on Thursday, before Friday’s epic medal race. Several classes were abandoned on shore.

Deniss Karpak (EST) opened the week with three race wins and a second place in strong winds, to build a commanding lead. However this started to fall apart in the light wind races on Wednesday, when a first and a second let Rafa Trujillo (ESP) into the lead. Trujillo held onto the lead on Thursday’s single very windy race, which was won by Brendan Casey (AUS), while a second for Karpak kept in him the silver medal position.

Deniss Karpak (Finn) -  Thom Touw ©  

Going into the medal race Trujillo had a scant two point lead over Karpak with Casey and Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) still in with a chance at the gold. The conditions were verging on the extreme, with winds touching 30 knots. Casey started well, headed to the left and after passing Gasper Vincec (SLO) on the first downwind was never really threatened. He extended for a comfortable win, with Eduard Skornyakov (RUS) crossing in second and Zbogar third.

Brendan Casey (Finn) -  Thom Touw ©  

Sitting no higher than third place all week, Casey stole the regatta by winning the last two races in the strongest winds of the week. His win also means he has met the qualification criteria for the Olympics. He said, 'I have been trying to be selected for the Olympic Games for many years and I have had many disappointments. I can't say how excited I am!'

Zbogar has also won his Olympic selection trials over Gasper Vincec (SLO), who capsized and finally finished ninth.

Downwind Finn action -  Thom Touw ©  

Early regatta leader Karpak commented, 'I made a lot of mistakes in the medal race, but anyway it was a good training week and this regatta is not so important for me. But it was my best ever result in Hyeres.' Meanwhile, a clearly disappointed Trujillo had almost done enough to win, but Alexey Selivanov (RUS) screamed across the finish line just metres ahead of the Olympic silver medalist to deny Trujillo the title by just 0.4 points.

The low numbers sailing here is evidence of the busy early season, with many sailors training elsewhere or in Weymouth in the run up to the JPMorgan Asset Management Falmouth Finn Festival, which starts next weekend with the UK National Championships, followed by the Finn Gold Cup a week later. It will be the first time this year that all the top sailors in the Finn fleet will be racing together and is the first of the major showdowns before the Summer Olympics.

Final results (Medal race position in brackets):

1 AUS 1 Brendan Casey 28.6 (1)
2 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo 29 (7)
3 SLO 573 Vasilij Zbogar 34 (3)
4 EST 2 Deniss Karpak 37 (10)
5 NZL 1 Dan Slater 47.2 (5)
6 RUS 9 Eduard Skornyakov 62 ((2)
7 SLO 5 Gasper Vincec 62 (9)
8 CZE 1 Michael Maier 73 (4)
9 NZL 8Matt Coutts 77 (8)
10 RUS 1 Alexey Selivanov 78 (6)

Semaine Olympique Francaise website


by Robert Deaves

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96605

8:54 PM Fri 27 Apr 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on

2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup
2012 Semaine Olympique Francaise (Hyeres)

Related News Stories:

28 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise - Final day drama and upsets in Hyeres
28 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise - China's Lijia Xu on golden form
28 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise - Aussies take top podium spots + Video
28 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise - Britain’s sailors claim four medals
28 Apr 2012  ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères overall
27 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise - Battle continues for US sailors + Video
27 Apr 2012  ISAF World Cup: Four to contest two Medal Races for New Zealand
27 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise - Extreme conditions and domination
27 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise day 5 - Men's 470 images by Thom Touw
27 Apr 2012  Semaine Olympique Francaise - British Star champs forced out of race
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




















America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT