Sail for Gold day 3 - Scott takes the lead

Fleet racing in the Finn class on the day 3
After day three at the 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Giles Scott (GBR) has taken the lead in the Finns following another great performance on the Olympic sailing waters. A fourth race win followed by a second place gives him an eight point lead over Ben Ainslie (GBR), while Zach Railey (USA) drops one place to third.

The weather had improved slightly from Tuesday’s inclement conditions, but it was still another tough day on the water. The moderate wind from the south-west peaked at around 19 knots, providing challenging sailing conditions in which only the best could thrive. And clearly Giles Scott and Ben Ainslie, the two greatest Finn sailors in the world at the current time, thrive in these conditions.

Race five got under way after a general recall and Scott was soon in the lead. The battle behind was between Deniss Karpak (EST), Pieter-Jan Postma (NED and Mark Andrews (GBR). Scott went on to win his fourth race in a row while Postma continued his good form with a second. Third place finally went to Ben Ainslie (GBR) after another big recovery.

Giles Scott - Skandia Sail for Gold 2012

Scott then looked to be going for his fifth race win in the second race of the day, rounding the top mark ahead of Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Brendan Casey (AUS). But Ainslie had other ideas and stormed downwind to the gate to take the lead and then just sailed away from the fleet, while Scott dropped to third. Kljakovic Gaspic and Scott changed places again on the next upwind but Ainslie had already built a huge lead and they finished in this order.

Discarding his 21 from day one, Scott takes the lead. He said, 'To remain on top I am going to keep doing what I am trying to do now by taking each race as it comes. It is always better to have fewer points than more, being out in front is always a nice position to be in.'

Second overall Ainslie commented, 'I had a nice final race to end the day. I haven’t been 100% at this regatta, but to be honest it is a great opportunity to get out on the water and see how the competition is doing and know more about the venue so it is completely worth doing and hopefully I will start to feel better towards the end of the week. Giles is doing really well. He certainly has turned the pace up especially upwind in these conditions. I am very lucky that he is my training partner.'

Ben Ainslie - Skandia Sail for Gold 2012

After an eighth and a fourth today, Zach Railey (USA) drops to third overall. He said, 'We had was about the same wind as yesterday but there were bigger velocity changes which made it hard, and they were still long races at over 75 minutes so very hard physically.'

'The fleet is very close and making the correct choice at the top of the first beat has been key so far. Ben did really well in the second race and won by a good margin. He sailed really well.'

If the forecast for the rest of the week is accurate, then this could be it until Saturday, when winds are supposed to moderate to 23-27 knots. Some predictions for the next few days indicate winds in excess of 30 knots and reaching 45 knots. Four more opening series races are scheduled before Saturday's medal race.

Finn class racing on the day 3 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland,

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1stGBR41Giles SCOTTGBRGS2027.06.0(21.0)
2ndGBR3Ben AINSLIEGBRCA119.014.0(5.0)
4thNED842Pieter Jan POSTMANEDPP140.826.8RDGa [6.8]
6thFRA112Jonathan LOBERTFRAJL2362.030.0(32.0)
8thGBR85Andrew MILLSGBRAM5553.
9thESP100Rafael TRUJILLOESPRT762.046.06.0(16.0)
11thCAN5Greg DOUGLASBARGD194.057.0(37.0)
12thDEN2Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSENDENJH2103.058.015.0(BFD [45.0])
13thGBR11Ed WRIGHTEMW03GBR112. [45.0])9.08.0
14thAUS1Brendan CASEYAUSBC4112.076.0(36.0)
15thPOL17Piotr KULAPOLPK8106.077.0(29.0)
16thEST2Deniss KARPAKESTDK1123. [45.0])
17thNZL24Josh JUNIORNZLJJ1101.
18thFIN218Tapio NIRKKOFINTN1113.080.0(33.0)
19thBRA109Jorge ZARIFBRAJZ4122.
20thUSA11Caleb PAINEUSACP65121.
21stITA123Filippo BALDASSARIITAFB31112.
22ndCZE1Michael MAIERCZEMM1123.
24thGRE77Ioannis MITAKISGREIM3128.
25thGER151Mattieu MILLERGERMM09132.0105.016.020.0(27.0)
26thRUS9Eduard SKORNYAKOVRUSES2141.0108.
27thAUT3Florian RAUDASCHLAUTFR3140.0109.
28thTUR21Alican KAYNARTURAK2155.0114.0(41.0)
29thNZL8Matt COUTTSNZLMC2159.0125.
30thCRO11Josip OLUJICCROJO1162.0131.030.029.0(31.0)
31stUKR1Oleksiy BORYSOVUKROB1183.0148.0(35.0)
32ndCRO671Tudor BILICCROTB8185.0149.
33rdRUS57Egor TERPIGOREVRUSET1189.0150.
34thCAN110Martin ROBITAILLECANMR7186.0154.0DNE [45.0](32.0)
35thGBR29Peter MCCOYGBRPM40195.0155.0(40.0)DPI10% [39.0]
36thGBR7George COOPERGBRGC19207.0166.018.0(DPI10% [41.0])
37thSWE89Andreas AXELSSONSWEAA5207.0167.023.0DPI10% [38.0]35.034.0(40.0)37.0
38thGBR18James HADDENGBRJH86209.0168.
39thNZL9Rob COUTTSNZLRC12214.0174.
40thUSA53Ben LEIBOWITZUSABL24224.0183.027.040.0(41.0)
41stUSA21Gordon LAMPHEREUSAGL12226.0185.038.0(41.0)
42ndTUR7Akif MUSLUBASTURAM1252.0207.034.038.0(DNF [45.0])DNC [45.0]DNC [45.0]DNC [45.0]
43rdUSA81Joshua REVKINUSAJR83252.0209.0RDGa [42.0]
44thGBR595Edward THORBURNGBRET6253.0210.042.0(43.0)

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