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
RankSailNoHelmNameHelmAgeGroupR1R2R3R4TotalNett
1GBR85Mills Andrew 6.03.015.01.025.025.0
2HUN40Berecz Zsombor 7.023.07.05.042.042.0
3ITA146Paoletti Michele 14.09.011.08.042.042.0
4CRO69Vujasinovic Milan 38.02.05.02.047.047.0
5FRA112Lobert Jonathan 3.020.03.026.052.052.0
6ITA117Poggi Giorgio 28.06.018.06.058.058.0
7GBR11Wright Edward 5.05.028.021.059.059.0
8EST2Karpak Deniss 8.017.06.028.059.059.0
9AUS261Tweddell Oliver 1.022.09.033.065.065.0
10BRA9Zarif JorgeJunior44.01.024.03.072.072.0
11EST11Väinsalu Lauri 25.012.020.020.077.077.0
12CZE1Maier Michael 19.019.021.018.077.077.0
13CAN5Douglas Greg 29.032.08.013.082.082.0
14NED842Postma Pieter Jan 2.045.01.036.084.084.0
15NZL24Junior Josh 33.038.02.011.084.084.0
16SLO573Zbogar Vasilij 22.041.014.07.084.084.0
17CRO524Kljakovic-Gaspic Ivan 49.08.022.010.089.089.0
18NZL1Coutts Matt 4.07.043.037.091.091.0
19POL17Kula Piotr 13.039.038.012.0102.0102.0
20FRA29Le Breton Thomas 17.016.044.025.0102.0102.0
21ESP7Muscat Alejandro 37.018.026.024.0105.0105.0
22TUR211Basegmez Alican 12.014.032.049.0107.0107.0
23NZL16Murdoch Andrew 35.021.035.016.0107.0107.0
24SLO5Vincec Gasper 60.025.010.019.0114.0114.0
25GRE77Mitakis Ioannis 23.071.019.09.0122.0122.0
26GBR88Andrews Mark 56.050.04.014.0124.0124.0
27RUS6Kistanov ArkadiyJunior46.011.030.042.0129.0129.0
28TUR21Kaynar Alican 34.027.045.023.0129.0129.0
29SWE6Allansson Björn 15.067.012.039.0133.0133.0
30RUS1Selivanov Alexey 31.04.061.041.0137.0137.0
31NED83Hagoort Timo 69.036.033.04.0142.0142.0
32USA6Paine Caleb 63.040.013.029.0145.0145.0
33CZE85Vika Tomas 20.053.059.017.0149.0149.0
34UKR5Gusenko Andrii 32.024.040.053.0149.0149.0
35AUS1Casey Brendan 21.033.048.048.0150.0150.0
36ESP161Fernandez Vasco Miguel 9.048.051.045.0153.0153.0
37IRL4Hamilton Ross 16.029.047.061.0153.0153.0
38USA21Lamphere Gordon 39.049.029.038.0155.0155.0
39ITA213De Luca UmbertoJunior58.051.034.015.0158.0158.0
40ESP669Guitian Sarria Pablo 11.055.053.040.0159.0159.0
41RUS57Terpigorev Egor 41.034.025.060.0160.0160.0
42POL13Jodlowski Michal 10.010.054.087.0 BFD161.0161.0
43ITA123Baldassari Filippo 24.028.027.087.0 RET166.0166.0
44ITA66Voltolini Enrico 45.026.049.047.0167.0167.0
45GBR29Mccoy PeterJunior55.044.042.027.0168.0168.0
46ITA214Bevilacqua RiccardoJunior42.013.031.087.0 RET173.0173.0
47SWE33Salminen Max 36.070.023.051.0180.0180.0
48AUS41Lilley JakeJunior57.072.017.035.0181.0181.0
49FIN218Nirkko Tapio 30.031.036.087.0 DSQ184.0184.0
50RUS9Skornyakov Eduard 50.030.062.043.0185.0185.0
51GBR23Briddon HarryJunior73.052.016.046.0187.0187.0
52POL1Wojewski Milosz 26.015.060.087.0 BFD188.0188.0
53RUS111Ianitckii Andrei 47.075.039.031.0192.0192.0
54ARG2Zabalua Agustin 43.069.050.044.0206.0206.0
55POR5Melo Frederico 27.087.0 BFD41.055.0210.0210.0
56GBR18Hadden James 62.057.058.034.0211.0211.0
57EST12Kinkar Martti 66.054.037.054.0211.0211.0
58CRO11Olujic Josip 52.087.0 BFD57.022.0218.0218.0
59FIN99Kylanpää Jesse 48.037.068.070.0223.0223.0
60CAN17Roney Jeff 59.066.075.030.0230.0230.0
61POL8Lesinski Lukasz 77.068.056.032.0233.0233.0
62GBR87Childs Paul 74.065.046.050.0235.0235.0
63FRA89Montagut Benjamin 54.058.067.059.0238.0238.0
64RUS1117Bill Andrew 18.087.0 DNE73.062.0240.0240.0
65FIN228Kokko Harri 71.047.064.063.0245.0245.0
66RUS5Filippov Viktor 40.062.087.0 RET57.0246.0246.0
67CRO627Lovrovic Dan 53.074.070.052.0249.0249.0
68FRA99Allain Des Beauvais Marc 65.043.074.071.0253.0253.0
69AUS2Mcmillan JoeJunior68.059.069.058.0254.0254.0
70CRO7Bilic Tudor 87.0 RET35.077.056.0255.0255.0
71CAN110Robitaille MartinJunior51.087.0 BFD55.065.0258.0258.0
72NOR1Pedersen AndersJunior76.046.052.087.0 BFD261.0261.0
73LTU24Felenderis Sarunas 79.060.071.064.0274.0274.0
74DEN23Boidin Martin 67.061.063.087.0 BFD278.0278.0
75RUS777Izmestyev Ivan 70.056.066.087.0 RET279.0279.0
76FRA177Pic FabianJunior64.063.072.087.0 BFD286.0286.0
77BRA1Prada Bruno 72.042.087.0 BFD87.0 DNF288.0288.0
78EST3Eesalu Heiko 78.064.078.068.0288.0288.0
79USA975Miller August 61.077.080.072.0290.0290.0
80EST111Raus KristianJunior87.0 RET76.065.066.0294.0294.0
81FIN226Partinen Jukka 75.073.079.069.0296.0296.0
82GBR631Hart Richard 80.078.081.067.0306.0306.0
83BUL13Nedyalkov Valentin 82.079.076.073.0310.0310.0
84USA2Heimler Charles 81.081.082.074.0318.0318.0
85EST1Idnurm Juhan 83.080.084.076.0323.0323.0
86USA1213Nady Andras 84.082.083.075.032 
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