Finn Gold Cup - Mills extends lead in tricky day 2 conditions + Video

Andrew Mills (GBR) in action on day 2 of the 2013 Finn Gold Cup
On day two of the Finn Gold Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, Andrew Mills (GBR) has extended his lead after winning the second race of the day. Zsombor Berecz (HUN) moves up to second with Michele Palette (ITA) now in third. The first race of the day was won by Pieter-Jan Postma (NED).

In conditions very similar to Monday's races the fleet was again held on shore for two hours for the wind to build. The wind turned up again, but was still not more than 7-8 knots at any time and still very unpredictable, causing a string of high scores throughout the fleet. The results make for interesting reading with a huge number of different names near the top, with many of the favourites struggling down to mid-fleet.

Day 2, start of race 3 - 2013 Finn Gold Cup

Race three got under way after two general recalls. Starting right at the pin end and tacking straight across to the right side if the course. Pieter-Jan Postma ((NED) controlled race three from start to finish. He rounded the top mark ahead of Josh Junior (NZL) and Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and these positions remained the same throughout. Junior made some gains on the second upwind with Postma tacking right on top of him as they approached the top mark. However, Postma extended downwind to win from Junior and Lobert. Mark Andrews (GBR) recovered from the teens at the first mark to cross the line in fourth.

Regatta leader, Andrew Mills (GBR)) crossed in 15th after rounding the first mark well placed, as he slipped back slightly. However in the second race, he made amends, starting near the pin and tacking across to the right to lead at each mark for the whole race. He rounded the top mark ahead of Michal Jodlowski (POL) and Milan Vujasinovic (CRO). Many of the overall leaders were deep in the fleet again.

As Mills maintained his lead throughout Vujasinovic moved up to second at the downwind gate. Jodlowski was back in second at the final top mark and held it to the finish, only to find out he was one of seven boats black flagged at the start. So Vujasinovic picked up the second place with Jorge Zarif (BRA) had a great last leg to move up to third.

The list of black flagged starters also showed that Bruno Prada (BRA) had picked up his second black flag of the day.

Pieter Jan Postma leading on day 2 of the 2013 Finn Gold Cup

Postma described his day, 'Before the start, the wind shifted a little bit left and so I went to the left side of the line and I won that side, and then I could take the shift and I was leading straight away. The fourth race was not a good race for me. Again the wind shifted left at the start but farther than the whole day so I started on the right side and I thought it would shift back but it only shifted more left so I was taking the long way and had a bad race.'

Junior scored a 2, 11 today and moved up to 15th overall. He said, 'Another glamour day with five knots and the shifts continued, but instead of the right paying like yesterday, the left paid. I was pretty lucky and found myself out on the left and managed to get a second in the first race and a 12th in the second, so I'm pretty happy. It's plenty tricky and it's really hard to predict what's going to happen as you can't really see the pressure, so all you can do is get a good start and play the percentages and work your way up.'

Mills said, 'Another tricky day. It was just about trying to get two consistent races, maybe top 10s. Light winds is not traditionally what I am good at but I seem to be doing OK here. But it's a long way to go, with seven races left.'

'The last race was tight, with a black flag and a lot of people pushing the line at the pin. I lined up with a few seconds to go and was perfectly covered and found a wave to surf out of the line. I hit that perfectly. From there I was well punched, tacked on the shifts and got a decent bit ahead. From there it was just sailing, as I was confident I was in the top two from five minutes out.'

After an indifferent Monday, Greg Douglas (CAN) had a better Tuesday with a 8, 13 to move up to 13th overall. He said, 'It was another lovely summer day in Estonia with a light, tricky breeze which made for some interesting racing. As always the boys were eager to get off the line so we had a few recalls which made for a slow start but we got away and had two great races.'

'Being consistent and keeping your head out of the boat really paid. There was more wind in the second race which stretched the fleet out a bit more, which was nice so the marks were less crowded and made the racing easier and more spread.

The man who brought the Finn Gold Cup to Estonia two weeks ago now finds himself 17 points clear at the top of the leader-board after four races. He is not taking anything for granted but in this high scoring regatta most of his main rivals have already collected two high scores. The forecast is for more of the same conditions in the coming days.

2013 Finn Gold Cup

Racing continues at 12.00 on Wednesday. The opening series of ten races will be followed by the medal race for the top ten and the final race for the rest on Saturday, 31 August..

15.00 Kalev Yacht Club 23rd August to 31st August 2013, Estonia Results as of 19:26 on August 27, 2013 Overall Sailed: 4, Discards: 0, To count: 4, Entries: 86, Scoring system: Appendix A
1GBR85Mills Andrew
2HUN40Berecz Zsombor
3ITA146Paoletti Michele
4CRO69Vujasinovic Milan
5FRA112Lobert Jonathan
6ITA117Poggi Giorgio
7GBR11Wright Edward
8EST2Karpak Deniss
9AUS261Tweddell Oliver
10BRA9Zarif JorgeJunior44.
11EST11Väinsalu Lauri
12CZE1Maier Michael
13CAN5Douglas Greg
14NED842Postma Pieter Jan
15NZL24Junior Josh
16SLO573Zbogar Vasilij
17CRO524Kljakovic-Gaspic Ivan
18NZL1Coutts Matt
19POL17Kula Piotr
20FRA29Le Breton Thomas
21ESP7Muscat Alejandro
22TUR211Basegmez Alican
23NZL16Murdoch Andrew
24SLO5Vincec Gasper
25GRE77Mitakis Ioannis
26GBR88Andrews Mark
27RUS6Kistanov ArkadiyJunior46.
28TUR21Kaynar Alican
29SWE6Allansson Björn
30RUS1Selivanov Alexey
31NED83Hagoort Timo
32USA6Paine Caleb
33CZE85Vika Tomas
34UKR5Gusenko Andrii
35AUS1Casey Brendan
36ESP161Fernandez Vasco Miguel
37IRL4Hamilton Ross
38USA21Lamphere Gordon
39ITA213De Luca UmbertoJunior58.
40ESP669Guitian Sarria Pablo
41RUS57Terpigorev Egor
42POL13Jodlowski Michal BFD161.0161.0
43ITA123Baldassari Filippo RET166.0166.0
44ITA66Voltolini Enrico
45GBR29Mccoy PeterJunior55.
46ITA214Bevilacqua RiccardoJunior42. RET173.0173.0
47SWE33Salminen Max
48AUS41Lilley JakeJunior57.
49FIN218Nirkko Tapio DSQ184.0184.0
50RUS9Skornyakov Eduard
51GBR23Briddon HarryJunior73.
52POL1Wojewski Milosz BFD188.0188.0
53RUS111Ianitckii Andrei
54ARG2Zabalua Agustin
55POR5Melo Frederico 27.087.0 BFD41.055.0210.0210.0
56GBR18Hadden James
57EST12Kinkar Martti
58CRO11Olujic Josip 52.087.0 BFD57.022.0218.0218.0
59FIN99Kylanpää Jesse
60CAN17Roney Jeff
61POL8Lesinski Lukasz
62GBR87Childs Paul
63FRA89Montagut Benjamin
64RUS1117Bill Andrew 18.087.0 DNE73.062.0240.0240.0
65FIN228Kokko Harri
66RUS5Filippov Viktor RET57.0246.0246.0
67CRO627Lovrovic Dan
68FRA99Allain Des Beauvais Marc
69AUS2Mcmillan JoeJunior68.
70CRO7Bilic Tudor 87.0 RET35.077.056.0255.0255.0
71CAN110Robitaille MartinJunior51.087.0 BFD55.065.0258.0258.0
72NOR1Pedersen AndersJunior76. BFD261.0261.0
73LTU24Felenderis Sarunas
74DEN23Boidin Martin BFD278.0278.0
75RUS777Izmestyev Ivan RET279.0279.0
76FRA177Pic FabianJunior64. BFD286.0286.0
77BRA1Prada Bruno BFD87.0 DNF288.0288.0
78EST3Eesalu Heiko
79USA975Miller August
80EST111Raus KristianJunior87.0 RET76.065.066.0294.0294.0
81FIN226Partinen Jukka
82GBR631Hart Richard
83BUL13Nedyalkov Valentin
84USA2Heimler Charles
85EST1Idnurm Juhan
86USA1213Nady Andras 
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