Finn Gold Cup - Mixed bag Day 1 + Video

Edward Wright (GBR11) and Ben Ainslie (GBR3)
The opening day of the Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK produced a mixed bag of results for a number of sailors with a shifty offshore breeze. After two races Ed Wright (GBR) leads Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST), while many sailors picked up high scores in the tricky conditions.

The fleet was initially held ashore but there was a further delay on the water as the wind clocked round to the west before a line was set. The first race finally got going under black flag at around 14.00 with one boat disqualified; Egor Terpigorev (RUS) led at each and every mark but unfortunately for him he crossed the finish line in silence as the winner's gun went to Ben Ainslie (GBR).

Terpigorev led Dimitar Vanelov (BUL), Ainslie and Ed Wright (GBR) round the top mark and though Ainslie moved through to second on the first downwind he couldn't pass the Russian. Wright moved up to third across the line to place second in the race behind Ainslie, while Rafal Szukiel (POL) climbed from fifth at the first mark to end up third.

The second race was started very promptly with another black flag start following a general recall. Wright, along with Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Timo Haggort (NED) started on port tack from the pin end while Jonathan Lobert (FRA) started at the committee boat.

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At the top mark Wright just held the lead from Lobert with Oleksiy Borysov (UKR) and Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN) close behind. On the first downwind Wright and Lobert had a great battle, made more exciting with the Oscar flag up for free pumping. Wright rounded the gate ahead of Lobert and these two extended on the second beat to build a nice lead.

On the final downwind Wright extended even further for a comfortable win with Ainslie moving into third and putting some pressure on Lobert in the closing stages. Zarif had a great race crossing in sixth.

Ainslie commented, 'It’s great to be racing in Falmouth on home waters in an event as important as the Finn Gold Cup. We had a great day on the water with good breeze. However, it was coming off the land so it was quite difficult and hard work tactically to take the right side of the course. Overall, I’m pleased with my day, the first race I managed to get near the front of the fleet and had a great race with the Russian sailor. Unfortunately, he was over the line at the start so he was disqualified from the race, but it was a good race and he sailed very well.'

'As you’d expect with the World Championships it’s a very tough level of competition. There’s quite a big range throughout the fleet; it’s great to see some of the older sailors from the UK racing, and also the younger sailors coming through for the future. Then we have a lot of the Olympic sailors who are training or competing here with half an eye on the Olympics in a couple of months’ time.'

'We’ll see what the conditions are like tomorrow; but potentially we might have some more wind, which will be quite physical. There’s a long way to go so we just keep looking forward and try to get some good races in.'

Second over the line in race two, Lobert summed up his day, 'Today was a pretty good day, the first race was so-so, I had a crash in the first start but I managed to come back pretty well after the first beat and the first lap. I then lost out again in the second beat so it was really up to the second race for me to do well to make up for it.'

'In the second race I started from the committee boat, I went to the right and tried to be as fast as possible to get to the top mark just next to Ed. From there we had a big fight on downwind which was good fun before the second upwind where I tried to pass him, but the timing wasn't perfect so he gained some distance and got away. For the rest of that race I was just managing to keep my second place, but I'm pretty happy with that.'

'It was great sailing out there; it was windy and really sunny so perfect conditions for sailing, the course was really well organised so we had a lot of fun. I hope to have good races this week, that's the plan, but I will take it day by day and try to do my best every time.'

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'I started at committee boat Ed at the pin end. Ed was really surprised after racing when he found out I started at the committee boat and tacked across immediately; it just shows that the wind is pretty shifty and you have to make the most of where you are to do well.'

This champion is the Olympic selection trials for many sailors, including the Canadians. After twio races, Chris Cook (CAN) sits in sixth place, while main rival Greg Douglas (CAN) is in 19th, though he did pick up a useful seventh in the second race. He said, 'Today I had a good second race - the first race was not so good. I got a little stuck in the fleet. It was a big fleet so it was tough to get out of it, but the second race went really well, I finished seventh so I'm really happy with that.'

'In the second race the pumping flag went up, which plays to my strengths, so I was really happy with that. I got a good start and tacked on the first shift, which made it easy. The tide I think was pretty slack today at the time we were sailing, so it wasn't too much of an issue. The shifts were pretty even, I think it was more from the pressure, you could see the big pressure lines coming down out there.'

'I'm happy with today overall, one good race, one bad race, so I can't complain. This is the trials so every point counts really, we're working hard, the top boat goes so we'll see how it turns out in the end.'

World number two Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) didn't have the best day. However despite placed 26 and 16 today he was upbeat about the rest of the week. 'It’s still just the beginning. Two races are just the beginning of the week. The rest of the week I think is going to be interesting and anything is possible. Same way like I did today, anybody else can do a bad day so we can see also some other good sailors have bad days. I think it just the beginning so I’ll clear my head, tomorrow is a new day so I’ll wake up in the morning and go for it.'

'It was difficult, extremely difficult. From the beginning it was just going bad, the decisions that I took were questionable, it turned out quite bad so I hope it’s going to be my worst day.

So after two races, the 2010 world champion Ed Wright leads the five time champion Ben Ainslie by one point, with the new world number five Deniss Karpak, who scored two fifth places, ending the day in third.

Racing continues Monday with two more races scheduled from 11.00, and with stronger winds forecast, it should prove to be another great day of racing in Falmouth.

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RankBowNumberSailNoHelmnameJuniorR1 R2 TotalNett
1st01GBR 11WRIGHT Edward2.
2nd29GBR 3AINSLIE Ben1.
3rd07EST 2KARPAK Deniss5.
4th14GBR 85MILLS Andrew4.
5th106POL 17KULA Piotr9.
6th87CAN 41COOK Christopher8.
7th33POL 7SZUKIEL Rafal3.
9th10FRA 112LOBERT Jonathan25.
10th24FIN 218NIRKKO Tapio6.
11th09USA 4RAILEY Zach15.
12th30UKR 1BORYSOV Oleksiy30.
13th81NZL 1SLATER Dan12.
14th101GER 151MILLER Matthias23.
15th03NED 842POSTMA PieterJan22.
16th37CZE 85VIKA Tomas17.
17th53AUS 1CASEY Brendan13.
18th26AUT 3RAUDASCHL Florian29.
19th32CAN 5DOUGLAS Greg34.
20th39RUS 1SELIVANOV Alexey7.
21st12SWE 11BIRGMARK Daniel24.
23rd20CZE 1MAIER Michael10.
24th86CAN 110ROBITAILLE MartinJ18.
25th47NED 841VAN EGMOND Hein11.
26th90CHN 1226GONG Lei21.
27th50TUR 7MUSLUBAS Akif27.
28th41BRA109ZARIF JorgeJ50.
29th34NED 83HAGOORT Timo35.
30th27GBR 88ANDREWS Mark33.
31st46AUS 261TWEDDELL Oliver16.
32nd42UKR 5GUSENKO Andrii43.
33rd21RUS 9SKORNYAKOV Eduard20.
34th40TUR 21KAYNAR Alican32.
35th23USA 619PAINE Caleb37.
36th48HUN 6PAL Gaszton39.
37th05ESP 100TRUJILLO Rafael31.
38th78IND 11JOHAL Nachhatar38.
39th51AUS 2MCMILLAN Rob28.
40th119CAN 902WILTON Brendan46.
41st45NZL 8COUTTS Matt45.
42nd85BUL 855VANGELOV DimitarJ19.
43rd56CHN 43ZHEN Li40.
44th18SWE 6ALLANSSON Bjorn64.
45th103NOR 1PEDERSEN AndersJ44.
46th57CRO 11OLUJIC Josip36.
47th59CYP 19PAPADOPOULOS Haris47.
48th58CRO 671BILIC Tudor48.
49th67GBR 29MCCOY PeterJ42.059.0101.0101.0
50th63GBR 2BURRELL Allen51.050.0101.0101.0
51st65GBR 23BRIDDON HarryJ49.053.0102.0102.0
52nd113SWE 89AXELSSON Andreas41.063.0104.0104.0
53rd77HUN 8BELICZAY Marton54.051.0105.0105.0
54th62GBR 18HADDEN JamesJ70.036.0106.0106.0
55th55CAN 7NICHOLSON Adam60.048.0108.0108.0
56th79IRL 4HAMILTON Ross73.040.0113.0113.0
57th117POL 8LESINSKI Lukasz61.052.0113.0113.0
58th100FRA 89MONTAGUT Benjamin59.054.0113.0113.0
59th82NZL 9COUTTS Rob57.058.0115.0115.0
60th60CZE 11DEUTSCHER PatrikJ63.057.0120.0120.0
61st88CAN 9HEMMING Rob58.062.0120.0120.0
62nd68GBR 567HUGHES Martin52.070.0122.0122.0
63rd111USA 21LAMPHERE Gordon69.056.0125.0125.0
64th109SUI 84HOFER Silvan55.074.0129.0129.0
65th110TUR 35KUYUMCU Efe53.078.0131.0131.0
66th54BUL 77NEDYALKOV Valentin56.075.0131.0131.0
67th105POL 13JODLOWSKI MichalJ67.065.0132.0132.0
68th92DEN 46ANDRESEN Kaspar66.066.0132.0132.0
69th108SUI 63GAUTSCHI Thomas62.071.0133.0133.0
70th93FRA 61MINOS Mikael65.068.0133.0133.0
71st52AUS 8SERET Dirk76.061.0137.0137.0
72nd94FRA 57BOULAN Damien68.076.0144.0144.0
73rd61FRA 99ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc75.069.0144.0144.0
74th112USA 53LEIBOWITZ Ben72.072.0144.0144.0
75th104GBR 635PERCIVAL Simon71.079.0150.0150.0
76th120NED 58MOHREN Thomas84.067.0151.0151.0
77th74GBR 68MACKIE John80.073.0153.0153.0
78th95FRA 66LOBERT Philippe74.081.0155.0155.0
79th38RUS 57TERPIGOREV Egor96.0 BFD60.0156.0156.0
80th80LTU 7RYMONIS Tauras85.077.0162.0162.0
81st72GBR 644ARNELL JackJ83.080.0163.0163.0
82nd73GBR 665SMITH Julian79.085.0164.0164.0
83rd64GBR 20DENISON Andy81.083.0164.0164.0
84th76GBR 711PETTIT Simon78.090.0168.0168.0
85th75GBR 7COOPER George86.082.0168.0168.0
86th91DEN 210NIELSEN Henrik Elmer77.092.0169.0169.0
87th69GBR 611LOCK Tony82.087.0169.0169.0
88th98FRA 869BAUMGARTEN Regis89.084.0173.0173.0
89th99FRA 880HOLLIER Cedric88.089.0177.0177.0
90th97FRA 86JEAN Christophe87.091.0178.0178.0
91st71GBR 631HART Richard93.086.0179.0179.0
92nd96FRA 72LE FRAPPER Philippe92.088.0180.0180.0
93rd70GBR 617HARPER Mark90.093.0183.0183.0
94th66GBR 24BARNES Rory91.094.0185.0185.0
95th08GBR 41SCOTT Giles96.0 DNC96.0 DNC192.0192.0
R2Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
101GBR 11WRIGHT Edward11.0
210FRA 112LOBERT Jonathan22.0
329GBR 3AINSLIE Ben33.0
430UKR 1BORYSOV Oleksiy44.0
507EST 2KARPAK Deniss55.0
641BRA109ZARIF JorgeJ66.0
732CAN 5DOUGLAS Greg77.0
814GBR 85MILLS Andrew88.0
10106POL 17KULA Piotr1010.0
1126AUT 3RAUDASCHL Florian1111.0
1287CAN 41COOK Christopher1212.0
13101GER 151MILLER Matthias1313.0
1403NED 842POSTMA PieterJan1414.0
1509USA 4RAILEY Zach1515.0
1602CRO 524KLJAKOVIC GASPIC Ivan1616.0
1712SWE 11BIRGMARK Daniel1717.0
1842UKR 5GUSENKO Andrii1818.0
1937CZE 85VIKA Tomas1919.0
2033POL 7SZUKIEL Rafal2020.0
2134NED 83HAGOORT Timo2121.0
2224FIN 218NIRKKO Tapio2222.0
2327GBR 88ANDREWS Mark2323.0
2481NZL 1SLATER Dan2424.0
2553AUS 1CASEY Brendan2525.0
2618SWE 6ALLANSSON Bjorn2626.0
2723USA 619PAINE Caleb2727.0
2850TUR 7MUSLUBAS Akif2828.0
2948HUN 6PAL Gaszton2929.0
3040TUR 21KAYNAR Alican3030.0
3190CHN 1226GONG Lei3131.0
32119CAN 902WILTON Brendan3232.0
3386CAN 110ROBITAILLE MartinJ3333.0
3439RUS 1SELIVANOV Alexey3434.0
3545NZL 8COUTTS Matt3535.0
3662GBR 18HADDEN JamesJ3636.0
3720CZE 1MAIER Michael3737.0
3878IND 11JOHAL Nachhatar3838.0
3905ESP 100TRUJILLO Rafael3939.0
4079IRL 4HAMILTON Ross4040.0
4147NED 841VAN EGMOND Hein4141.0
4221RUS 9SKORNYAKOV Eduard4242.0
4346AUS 261TWEDDELL Oliver4343.0
4459CYP 19PAPADOPOULOS Haris4444.0
4556CHN 43ZHEN Li4545.0
46103NOR 1PEDERSEN AndersJ4646.0
4758CRO 671BILIC Tudor4747.0
4855CAN 7NICHOLSON Adam4848.0
4951AUS 2MCMILLAN Rob4949.0
5063GBR 2BURRELL Allen5050.0
5177HUN 8BELICZAY Marton5151.0
52117POL 8LESINSKI Lukasz5252.0
5365GBR 23BRIDDON HarryJ5353.0
54100FRA 89MONTAGUT Benjamin5454.0
5557CRO 11OLUJIC Josip5555.0
56111USA 21LAMPHERE Gordon5656.0
5760CZE 11DEUTSCHER PatrikJ5757.0
5882NZL 9COUTTS Rob5858.0
5967GBR 29MCCOY PeterJ5959.0
6038RUS 57TERPIGOREV Egor6060.0
6152AUS 8SERET Dirk6161.0
6288CAN 9HEMMING Rob6262.0
63113SWE 89AXELSSON Andreas6363.0
6485BUL 855VANGELOV DimitarJ6464.0
65105POL 13JODLOWSKI MichalJ6565.0
6692DEN 46ANDRESEN Kaspar6666.0
67120NED 58MOHREN Thomas6767.0
6893FRA 61MINOS Mikael6868.0
7068GBR 567HUGHES Martin7070.0
71108SUI 63GAUTSCHI Thomas7171.0
72112USA 53LEIBOWITZ Ben7272.0
7374GBR 68MACKIE John7373.0
74109SUI 84HOFER Silvan7474.0
7554BUL 77NEDYALKOV Valentin7575.0
7694FRA 57BOULAN Damien7676.0
7780LTU 7RYMONIS Tauras7777.0
78110TUR 35KUYUMCU Efe7878.0
79104GBR 635PERCIVAL Simon7979.0
8072GBR 644ARNELL JackJ8080.0
8195FRA 66LOBERT Philippe8181.0
8275GBR 7COOPER George8282.0
8364GBR 20DENISON Andy8383.0
8498FRA 869BAUMGARTEN Regis8484.0
8573GBR 665SMITH Julian8585.0
8671GBR 631HART Richard8686.0
8769GBR 611LOCK Tony8787.0
8896FRA 72LE FRAPPER Philippe8888.0
8999FRA 880HOLLIER Cedric8989.0
9076GBR 711PETTIT Simon9090.0
9197FRA 86JEAN Christophe9191.0
9291DEN 210NIELSEN Henrik Elmer9292.0
9370GBR 617HARPER Mark9393.0
9466GBR 24BARNES Rory9494.0
9508GBR 41SCOTT GilesDNC96.0