Finn Gold Cup - Ainslie leads the fleet after day 2 + Video

Ben Ainslie (GBR29)
The second day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth was an outstanding one for the British sailors as Ben Ainslie (GBR) won the opening race to take the overall lead while Ed Wright (GBR) dropped to second and Andrew Mills (GBR) had another good day to move up to third. The second race of the day was won by Chris Cook (CAN).

The big question for the sailors today was whether to favour the left or the right. With dark clouds, moderate to strong winds and intermittent rain all day, there were some big gains to be made by choosing the correct side. Race officer Peter Reggio was delighted that the 94 boat fleet got away cleanly on both starts at the first attempt, perhaps an indication that they didn't want to hang around any longer than necessary in the inclement conditions.

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The left side was favoured on the first beat with overnight leader Ed Wright (GBR) leading round the top mark from Andrew Mills (GBR) and Anders Pedersen (NOR). Jonathan Lobert (FRA) then found more pressure on the right on the first downwind to take the lead at the gate from Ainslie and Wright.

On the second upwind, Ainslie and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) favoured the right side and rounded the top mark in the lead. Mills moved from third into second on the final downwind with Ainslie extending for a second race win to the overall lead of the championship.

Race four started very quickly with the left side again proving popular. This time Mark Andrews (GBR) led Ainslie round the top mark, but they went the wrong way on the first downwind, while Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) found more pressure in the right to round the gate ahead of Lobert and Chris Cook (CAN).

The second upwind sealed the fate of many with a big right hand shift as the clouds cleared. Cook was just under the leading bunch and lifted up to the mark to lead down the final run. Lobert went high and Postma went low, but Ainslie found a way through in third. At the finish, they were separated by no more than 20 boat lengths, with Cook taking a well deserved win from Lobert and Ainslie.

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Ainslie said, 'It was really tough out there today, it was quite windy, a lot of rain and low visibility so it was a difficult day for everyone and physically a real challenge. In the first race a front came through with quite a big wind shift to the right hand side, and made it a little bit difficult, but that’s part of the challenge of sailing in these conditions. In the second race I went the wrong way, there was a big clump down the right hand side and also the wind shifted a little bit to the right. It was a difficult run but I managed to contain the loss and then catch up with the rest of the race so I overall I’m happy with my day. It was great racing out there despite difficult conditions.'

After a good day, Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) moved up to fourth overall. 'It was pretty shifty out there, but actually pretty good racing. In the last race we got a big shift in the end and that kind of ended the race for most but I think pretty much the both races were fair. I got a terrible start in the first race but I managed to claw my way back and finished in fourth. The second race was pretty much the same story, but I lost a couple because of that big shift and had a sixth so it was a pretty good day, could have been a little better, but I’m pretty satisfied.'

Someone who also had a better day was Postma. 'Today we had two good races; it was interesting. I haven’t found my rhythm yet, but today was better. On the last run I let Ben through, sometimes you have to be gentleman! When the wind changed they put a change of mark but it was not clear where we should go so it was not really clear where the finishing line was, so I had a little bit of difficulty to find it.'

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Race four winner, Cook said, 'On the first beat I thought that the right side was going to have something in it, I think it’s the typical thing that’s been happening in all the races is a little bit of left and a little bit of right, it’s just how you play your side. So I got to the top in decent shape, and I got to the right side of the run as fast as I could and the pressure filled in from there and it sort of set up the opportunity to round with the top guys. Then the second beat again I was worried about the right side and I was forced to the left gate, I was up quite a bit on the right so I just had to wait. I got in front just in time for that big right shift and then it was a nice easy reach on the way in.'

Lobert is up to fifth overall, 'In the first race I was leading at the downwind mark and on the second beat I didn’t manage very well. I lost a lot of places so I finished sixth. In the second race I was leading again, so I said this time I need to take care and not miss the shift, so I was playing more on the right hand side. I saw this rain coming on and then this light, stopping the rain so it means that usually it’s going to the right hand side so I was playing more on the right. But I was a little bit too much on the right so two guys managed to pass me at the top mark, then on the last downwind it was freaky because we didn’t see the finishing line so we were all looking around wondering where the finishing line was. I managed to end up second though so I am very happy with that.'

So after day two in Falmouth, The British team fill the top three places, while behind them the form is beginning to establish itself. Several top sailors had better results today so there could be a significant change after Tuesday's two races, again scheduled for 11.00. The forecast is for some sunshine, and strong winds. At least some in the already tired fleet will be thankful for the sunshine.

Day 2 of racing. The JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012. Falmouth Credit: Lloyd Images

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RankBowNumberSailNoHelmnameJuniorR1 R2 R3 R4 TotalNett
1st29GBR 3AINSLIE Ben1.
2nd01GBR 11WRIGHT Edward2.
3rd14GBR 85MILLS Andrew4.
5th10FRA 112LOBERT Jonathan25.
6th87CAN 41COOK Christopher8.
7th106POL 17KULA Piotr9.
8th24FIN 218NIRKKO Tapio6.
9th03NED 842POSTMA PieterJan22.
10th53AUS 1CASEY Brendan13.
11th07EST 2KARPAK Deniss5.
13th33POL 7SZUKIEL Rafal3.
14th32CAN 5DOUGLAS Greg34.
15th09USA 4RAILEY Zach15.
16th12SWE 11BIRGMARK Daniel24.
17th81NZL 1SLATER Dan12.
18th30UKR 1BORYSOV Oleksiy30.
19th27GBR 88ANDREWS Mark33.
20th05ESP 100TRUJILLO Rafael31.
21st26AUT 3RAUDASCHL Florian29.
22nd21RUS 9SKORNYAKOV Eduard20.
23rd46AUS 261TWEDDELL Oliver16.
24th20CZE 1MAIER Michael10.
25th34NED 83HAGOORT Timo35.
26th47NED 841VAN EGMOND Hein11.
27th23USA 619PAINE Caleb37.
28th37CZE 85VIKA Tomas17.
29th101GER 151MILLER Matthias23.
30th41BRA109ZARIF JorgeJ50.
31st42UKR 5GUSENKO Andrii43.
32nd90CHN 1226GONG Lei21.
33rd86CAN 110ROBITAILLE MartinJ18.
34th45NZL 8COUTTS Matt45.
35th39RUS 1SELIVANOV Alexey7.
36th57CRO 11OLUJIC Josip36.
37th18SWE 6ALLANSSON Bjorn64.
38th40TUR 21KAYNAR Alican32.
39th48HUN 6PAL Gaszton39.
40th103NOR 1PEDERSEN AndersJ44.
41st58CRO 671BILIC Tudor48.
42nd119CAN 902WILTON Brendan46.
43rd59CYP 19PAPADOPOULOS Haris47.
44th67GBR 29MCCOY PeterJ42.
45th50TUR 7MUSLUBAS Akif27.
46th78IND 11JOHAL Nachhatar38.
47th62GBR 18HADDEN JamesJ70.
48th77HUN 8BELICZAY Marton54.
49th56CHN 43ZHEN Li40.
50th113SWE 89AXELSSON Andreas41.
51st38RUS 57TERPIGOREV Egor95.0 BFD60.032.028.0215.0215.0
52nd65GBR 23BRIDDON HarryJ49.
53rd79IRL 4HAMILTON Ross73.
54th55CAN 7NICHOLSON Adam60.
55th51AUS 2MCMILLAN Rob28. DNF218.0218.0
56th85BUL 855VANGELOV DimitarJ19.
57th117POL 8LESINSKI Lukasz61.
58th100FRA 89MONTAGUT Benjamin59.
59th63GBR 2BURRELL Allen51.
60th92DEN 46ANDRESEN Kaspar66.
61st68GBR 567HUGHES Martin52.
62nd110TUR 35KUYUMCU Efe53.
63rd88CAN 9HEMMING Rob58.
64th82NZL 9COUTTS Rob57.
65th120NED 58MOHREN Thomas84.
66th109SUI 84HOFER Silvan55.
67th111USA 21LAMPHERE Gordon69.
68th105POL 13JODLOWSKI MichalJ67.
69th108SUI 63GAUTSCHI Thomas62.
70th80LTU 7RYMONIS Tauras85.
71st75GBR 7COOPER George86.
72nd54BUL 77NEDYALKOV Valentin56.
73rd104GBR 635PERCIVAL Simon71.
74th94FRA 57BOULAN Damien68.076.095.0 DNF53.0292.0292.0
75th93FRA 61MINOS Mikael65.
77th73GBR 665SMITH Julian79.
78th60CZE 11DEUTSCHER PatrikJ63. DNF300.0300.0
79th95FRA 66LOBERT Philippe74.
80th64GBR 20DENISON Andy81.
81st74GBR 68MACKIE John80.
82nd52AUS 8SERET Dirk76.
83rd112USA 53LEIBOWITZ Ben72.
84th91DEN 210NIELSEN Henrik Elmer77.
85th76GBR 711PETTIT Simon78.
86th71GBR 631HART Richard93.
87th96FRA 72LE FRAPPER Philippe92.
88th98FRA 869BAUMGARTEN Regis89.
89th97FRA 86JEAN Christophe87.
90th72GBR 644ARNELL JackJ83.080.095.0 DNF95.0 DNC353.0353.0
91st69GBR 611LOCK Tony82.087.095.0 DNC95.0 DNC359.0359.0
92nd99FRA 880HOLLIER Cedric88.089.095.0 DNS95.0 DNC367.0367.0
93rd66GBR 24BARNES Rory91. DNF368.0368.0
94th70GBR 617HARPER Mark90.093.095.0 DNF95.0 DNC373.0373.0

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