Sail for Gold Regatta - Massive win for Caleb Paine on day 1

On the first day of the 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, it was a difficult day on Weymouth's waters. But Caleb Paine (USA) made it look easy with a massive win from Aleksey Selivanov (RUS) and Mark Andrews (GBR) in the only race sailed.

Racing didn't actually get under way until 16.30 as the early morning northerly clocked and dropped shortly after the fleet got away for race one at around 11.30. It was soon abandoned and after an hour wait the fleet was sent in only to be turned around just over an hour later as the forecast south-westerly filled in. The race was eventually started first time in 5-6 knots, only to drop on the first downwind to leave a complex and difficult race ahead. It picked up slightly for the final lap, and a second race was on the cards for a while, but then the race committee sent everyone home, which was a relief for many.

Caleb Paine (USA) found the best route up the first beat with lots of favourites struggling further back. He rounded ahead of Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) and Michael Maier (CZE). There were lots of casualties on the first downwind as the pressure came in from the left and many of the leaders dropped like stones. Alexiy Selivanov (RUS) had a great downwind to round some way back from Paine and just ahead of Zach Railey (USA) and Maier.

Paine extended his lead over the next two laps and crossed the finish line a minute and a half ahead of second placed Selivanov. In fact Paine had finished before the second boat had even rounded the gate. Andrews crossed in third with Railey fourth. Ben Ainslie (GBR) had recovered from a poor first beat to finish fifth.

Day one: Paine leads Railey - Skandia Sail for Gold 2012

Paine said, 'I think the first beat was just a matter of staying in more pressure. The current was kind of in the phase of switching and I didn't really know what to do, so I just played it safe and worked closer to the coast. And it ended up turning out pretty well.'

'The biggest gain was on the first downwind. There was a pressure line coming down on the right side of the course looking upwind and I gybed into that with all the other boats and then rounded the gate ahead and it was a lot easier from there.'

Paine comes to Weymouth fresh from the success of winning the last ISAF Sailing World Cup event in Medemblik. 'I'm starting to put all the pieces together and eventually I will be firing on all cylinders all of the time instead of just two or three. I'm looking forward to it and glad to see the progress is heading in the right direction.'

The forecast for Tuesday is for lots more wind, and rain. Skandia Sail for Gold continues until Saturday, when the medal race for the top 10 will be sailed.

Windward mark on day 1 - Skandia Sail for Gold 2012

Gate - Skandia Sail for Gold 2012

Finn PROVISIONAL Results as of 20:29 on June 4, 2012 Sailed: 1, Discards: 0, To count: 1, Entries: 44, Scoring system: Appendix A
1USA11Caleb PAINEUSACP651.01.01.0
2RUS1Aleksey SELIVANOVRUSAS82.02.02.0
3GBR88Mark ANDREWSGBRMA183.03.03.0
4USA4Zach RAILEYUSAZR14.04.04.0
6ESP100Rafael TRUJILLOESPRT76.06.06.0
8GBR85Andrew MILLSGBRAM558.08.08.0
9BRA109Jorge ZARIFBRAJZ49.09.09.0
10NZL24Josh JUNIORNZLJJ110.010.010.0
11NZL8Matt COUTTSNZLMC211.011.011.0
12SWE11Daniel BIRGMARKSWEDB112.012.012.0
13EST2Deniss KARPAKESTDK113.013.013.0
14ITA123Filippo BALDASSARIITAFB3114.014.014.0
16GER151Mattieu MILLERGERMM0916.016.016.0
17GRE77Ioannis MITAKISGREIM317.017.017.0
18GBR7George COOPERGBRGC1918.018.018.0
19NZL9Rob COUTTSNZLRC1219.019.019.0
20RUS9Eduard SKORNYAKOVRUSES220.020.020.0
21GBR41Giles SCOTTGBRGS2021.021.021.0
22AUT3Florian RAUDASCHLAUTFR322.022.022.0
23SWE89Andreas AXELSSONSWEAA523.023.023.0
24CZE1Michael MAIERCZEMM124.024.024.0
25GBR11Ed WRIGHTEMW03GBR25.025.025.0
26GBR18James HADDENGBRJH8626.026.026.0
27USA53Ben LEIBOWITZUSABL2427.027.027.0
28CRO671Tudor BILICCROTB828.028.028.0
29POL17Piotr KULAPOLPK829.029.029.0
30CRO11Josip OLUJICCROJO130.030.030.0
31RUS57Egor TERPIGOREVRUSET131.031.031.0
32FRA112Jonathan LOBERTFRAJL2332.032.032.0
33FIN218Tapio NIRKKOFINTN133.033.033.0
34TUR7Akif MUSLUBASTURAM134.034.034.0
35UKR1Oleksiy BORYSOVUKROB135.035.035.0
36AUS1Brendan CASEYAUSBC436.036.036.0
37CAN5Greg DOUGLASBARGD137.037.037.0
38USA21Gordon LAMPHEREUSAGL1238.038.038.0
39NED842Pieter Jan POSTMANEDPP139.039.039.0
40GBR29Peter MCCOYGBRPM4040.040.040.0
41TUR21Alican KAYNARTURAK241.041.041.0
42GBR595Edward THORBURNGBRET642.042.042.0
43USA81Joshua REVKINUSAJR8343.043.043.0
44CAN110Martin ROBITAILLECANMR745.045.045.0 RAF
Scoring codes used
RAFRetired after finishing45

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