ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Giles Scott retains Finn title

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Finn fleet
Action continued today at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca as Giles Scott (GBR) retained the title he won last year after a drama filled medal race, but one that ultimately didn't change any of the podium positions. Thomas Le Breton (FRA) took the silver and Jonathan Lobert (FRA) the bronze.

With a forecast all day of an average wind speed of four knots, it was never going to be an easy day for sailors or organisers and with some early postponements, the amended schedule had to be amended again as everyone waited for the breeze. Eventually it arrived and racing commerced an just over an hour and a half later than originally scheduled in eight knots of wind. Race winner Andrew Mills (GBR) said, 'It was a classic Palma sea breeze day so the left was strong with pressure and potential left handers.'

Regatta leader Giles Scott GBR) had one thing on his mind today, and that was second placed Thomas le Breton (FRA). Only these two could take gold. With the committee boat end favoured Scott forced Le Breton down to the pin while Scott made a conservative start in the middle.

Meanwhile third placed Jonathan Lobert (FRA) had to defend his medal from Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (FRA) and Tapio Nirkko (FIN), though Nirkko had only an outside chance. Lobert's life was made easier when Kljakovic Gaspic was OCS out of the start, along with Deniss Karpak (EST) so as long as Nirkko didn't win with Lobert last, the bronze was his.

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Giles SCOTT (GBR, Finn)

As with the previous medal races everyone headed left, most going all the way to the layline before coming back. At the first mark it was Mills, Piotr Kula (POL), Kljakovic Gaspic and and Ed Wright (GBR).The top three overall were back in sixth, eighth and ninth. It didn’t look there were going to any major upsets.

With Kljakovic Gaspic out, and the main threat to Lobert gone, the main interest for the rest of the race was whether le Breton could get four boats between himself and Scott to take the gold. Mills led down the right side on the first downwind and led round the gate from Kula while further back, Scott stuck close to le Breton. Mills pulled clear on the second and final beat while Scott slipped into last after picking up the first of two yellow flags.

Britain’s Glenn Truswell and crew Sam Pascoe wait out the soft breeze and a start in today’s Practice Race - International 14 World Championship 2015.
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At the final top mark it was still Mills, Kljakovic Gaspic, Kula and Karpak. Le Breton was up to seventh and Scott was at the back. As he tried to break away and gain two more boats on the final downwind the French sailor tried the left while most were on the right. Scott and Lobert followed at the back, and for a while Le Breton got tantalisingly close to getting enough boats between them, but as the fleet converged on the finish line, boats from the right passed ahead. Kula maintained second while Vasilij Žbogar (SLO) came in from the right in third and Wright came in from the left for fourth.

At one point Le Breton was just 10 metres and one boat away from the gold but got passed by two boats coming into the finish and ran out of track. In the end he finished just one boat ahead of Scott.

So Giles Scott takes the gold, Thomas Le Breton the silver and Jonathan Lobert the bronze.

Scott described the race, 'It was a starboard bias line with a left track. I did a good job on the start and up the first beat forcing him to the wrong end of the line. I covered him into the last upwind. I then got flagged which put him one place in front, I rounded the last upwind in ninth and Thomas in about seventh. I then received a second yellow, which was annoying to say the least. The OCSs didn't matter in the end as they were both in front of Thomas and I.'

'I was pleased with the way the race started but annoyed with the yellow.'

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Mills said, 'I got a great start near the committee boat and led to the left and tackled almost on layline. From here I led throughout and always protected the left, both up and downwind.'

'To sum up my week, a few things didn't go my way and I didn't really perform as I should in the breeze but to keep plugging away and get the fourth is pleasing for a regatta that didn't go that smoothly for me. Also it was good to get that result in a fleet that has all the major players in it.'

The fleet now has a few weeks off before gathering again in Hyeres, France for the final leg of this year's ISAF sailing World Cup. Today's medal race, as all the races since Wednesday was tracked live through the ISAF website in both 2D and 3D. You can find the tracking here.

 Sail Nr.Bow Nr.CrewClubNet PointsTotalPoints1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q 5Q 6F 7F 8F 9F 10M 
1GBR 4110Giles SCOTTWPNSA364353357111116
2FRA 2930Thomas le BRETONSR BREST4254216111282714
3FRA 1126Jonathan LOBERTSNO Nantes50633101913393210
4GBR 852Andrew MILLSQueen Mary628014313171118652
5POL 1713Piotr KULAGKZ GDANSK678311154211668164
6SLO 57397Vasilij ZBOGARJ.k.burja689157510414423136
7FIN 21844Tapio NIRKKOEPS699414219221255312
8GBR 1123Edward WRIGHTParkstone YC741218UFD835452948
9CRO 52421Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPICJK Labud7512281UFD1881548OCS
10EST 28Deniss KARPAKKarpak Sailing Team831096422125262010OCS
11USA 65Caleb PAINESt. Francis YC68893141372772115 
12CAN 532Greg DOUGLASRoyal Canadian Yacht Club7210943723910161711 
13HUN 4028Zsombor BERECZMVM SE8011021266419193012 
14GRE 7742Ioannis MITAKISP.S.C891209224462233119 
15GBR 884Mark ANDREWSLargs S C91113188951613101222 
16NZL 2415Josh JUNIORWorser Bay Boating Club92127266845923532 
17ITA 12318Filippo BALDASSARISvgdf1091362781315318241117 
18CRO 6912Milan VUJASINOVICSailing Club Split1101372291112101522279 
19BRA 10933Jorge ZARIFCBVELA117148175102382282431 
20ITA 14616Michele PAOLETTICc. Aniene1191542317510730351314 
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