Sail for Gold - GBR's Giles Scott continues winning streak

Giles Scott
The 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta has experienced some atrocious weather thus far, but it has now become significantly worse. Day four in Weymouth saw stronger winds, torrential rain and limited visibility. However, the stand out performer this week Giles Scott (GBR) was unfazed by the conditions to notch up a fifth race win in the only race possible. He now has a 12 point lead over Ben Ainslie and a 23 point lead over third placed Zach Railey (USA).

Strong winds restricted the Finns to the inner harbour course today as the event was lashed by heavy rain and simply horrible conditions. The Finn fleet was held on shore all morning while other classes got some races in and were released at just before midday. Race seven got away first time at 13.00.

Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) emerged through the gloomy murk to lead at the top mark from Rafael Trujillo (ESP) and Giles Scott (GBR). The conditions worsened through the race with winds up to 20 knots and increasingly bad visibility. Postma held onto his lead at the gate while Scott moved up to second and Brendan Casey (AUS) to third.

Pieter Jan Postma - Sail for Gold 2012, Weymouth, England

Scott made his move on the next downwind and Mark Andrews (GBR) also got past Postma up the second beat. Scott then sailed away to win by a sizeable margin while Daniel Birgmark (SWE) squeezed in third place just ahead of Postma.

The conditions had by then turned so bad that the race committee sent the fleet ashore for the day.

Scott now leads by regatta by 12 points with two days to go. He commented, 'It was pretty miserable out there, rainy and wet but it wasn't too windy, maybe 20 knots. It only got windy when the clouds cleared and it came through at 35 knots – the racing was fine.'

'It was a good show from the British boys, we love the rain. I haven’t done a lot of Finn racing recently, but I’m still in shape and I’ve been doing a lot of America’s Cup sailing which is really physical. I’ve also been training with Ben and the other boys so I’m not racing fit, but I’m still physically fit and capable of sailing a Finn. I seem to be sailing quite fast, so more of the same tomorrow. It’s looking fresh so I think we might be on for an afternoon sail but I’m sure we will get a race in.'

Seventh in the race and now fifth overall, Jonathan Lobert (FRA) said, 'Today was not as windy as expected with around 15 to 20 knots, but it was very shifty. I was pretty happy with my speed upwind and I could play with the top guys. I made some mistakes at the beginning of the second beat so I dropped a bit in the fleet but I managed to come back on the last downwind. So I am happy with my race.'

'It was good to get some southerly wind because it was the first time. As expected, to be good this summer in the Games I will have to be fast upwind and downwind. I think we all have a good example with Giles this week. For now I am happy with my position. I have been struggling this year to have any consistency in my sailing. So I am taking race by race and we will see at the end.'

It was a dramatic day for third placed Zach Railey (USA). While rounding the leeward gate, one of the boats behind tried to take a more direct route and barged at the mark, colliding with the American.

He explained, 'The race today was tough. In fact the whole day has been tough. We waited around with this weather system and we finally got out onto the water and I was doing pretty good in the race. I had just made up a bunch of boats on the downwind and was waiting to go around the leeward marks. It was very tight with the pack and there was a boat that came in without room and unfortunately tried to take room on a couple of us. There was a pretty big collision which threw me out of the boat and the boat got broken in the process. So I had to come in.'

Railey claimed for redress and was granted that to remain in third place overall, just one point ahead of Postma in fourth and now 10 points behind Ben Ainslie (GBR) in second.

The final opening series races are scheduled for Friday with the medal race on Saturday. However Friday's forecast doesn't dip much below 30 knots until mid-afternoon, so the race team will be hard pressed to get in any out of the maximum of three races possible. It will be another tough day at the Olympic venue.

Ben Ainslie - Sail for Gold 2012, Weymouth, England

Jonas Hogh Christensen - Sail for Gold 2012, Weymouth, England

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1stGBR41Giles SCOTTGBRGS2028.07.0(21.0)
3rdUSA4Zach RAILEYUSAZR137.329. [5.3]
4thNED842Pieter Jan POSTMANEDPP144.330.3RDGa [6.3]
5thFRA112Jonathan LOBERTFRAJL2369.037.0(32.0)
8thGBR85Andrew MILLSGBRAM5558.
10thESP100Rafael TRUJILLOESPRT775.059.06.0(16.0)
11thCAN5Greg DOUGLASBARGD1105.068.0(37.0)
12thDEN2Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSENDENJH2113.068.015.0(BFD [45.0])
13thGBR11Ed WRIGHTGBREW3118. [45.0])
14thAUS1Brendan CASEYAUSBC4121.085.0(36.0)
15thEST2Deniss KARPAKESTDK1139. [45.0])16.0
16thFIN218Tapio NIRKKOFINTN1127.094.0(33.0)
17thPOL17Piotr KULAPOLPK8124.095.0(29.0)
18thUSA11Caleb PAINEUSACP65133.0101.
19thNZL24Josh JUNIORNZLJJ1130.0101.
20thBRA109Jorge ZARIFBRAJZ4143.0108.
21stITA123Filippo BALDASSARIITAFB31157.0112. [45.0])
22ndRUS1Aleksey SELIVANOVRUSAS8148.0118.
23rdGER151Mattieu MILLERGERMM09147.0120.016.020.0(27.0)
24thCZE1Michael MAIERCZEMM1154.0122.
25thAUT3Florian RAUDASCHLAUTFR3157.0126.
26thGRE77Ioannis MITAKISGREIM3160.0128.
27thRUS9Eduard SKORNYAKOVRUSES2163.0130.
28thTUR21Alican KAYNARTURAK2178.0137.0(41.0)
29thNZL8Matt COUTTSNZLMC2187.0153.
30thCRO11Josip OLUJICCROJO1189.0158.030.029.0(31.0)
31stCAN110Martin ROBITAILLECANMR7205.0173.0DNE [45.0](32.0)
32ndCRO671Tudor BILICCROTB8209.0173.
33rdRUS57Egor TERPIGOREVRUSET1214.0175.
34thUKR1Oleksiy BORYSOVUKROB1213.0178.0(35.0)
35thGBR29Peter MCCOYGBRPM40229.0189.0(40.0)DPI10% [39.0]
36thSWE89Andreas AXELSSONSWEAA5240.0200.023.0DPI10% [38.0]35.034.0(40.0)37.033.0
37thGBR7George COOPERGBRGC19245.0204.018.0(DPI10% [41.0])
38thNZL9Rob COUTTSNZLRC12249.0209.
39thGBR18James HADDENGBRJH86254.0209. [45.0])
40thUSA53Ben LEIBOWITZUSABL24261.0220.027.040.0(41.0)
41stUSA21Gordon LAMPHEREUSAGL12262.0221.038.0(41.0)
42ndUSA81Joshua REVKINUSAJR83291.7248.7RDGa [41.7]
43rdGBR595Edward THORBURNGBRET6292.0249.042.0(43.0)
44thTUR7Akif MUSLUBASTURAM1297.0252.034.038.0(DNF [45.0])DNC [45.0]DNC [45.0]DNC [45.0]DNC [45.0]
Scoring codes used
BFDBlack flag disqualification under rule 30.345
DNCDid not come to the starting area45
DNEDisqualification (other then DGM) not excludable under rule 88.3(b)45
DNFStarted but did not finish45
DPI10%10% penalty under rule 30.2Varies
OCSOn course side at start or broke rule 30.145
RDGaRedress - average points for all races except the race in questionVaries

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