Semaine Olympique Francaise - Scott back on the Road to Rio

Giles Scott (Finn)
Britain’s Giles Scott, the 2011 Finn World and European Champion, had an excellent first day at the 2013 Semaine Olympique Francaise in La Rochelle.

It’s the re-launch of his Finn class campaign for Scott after a long sabbatical due to his America’s Cup commitments with Italian team Luna Rossa.

The Road to Rio is now Scott’s focus. A first race fifth and a second race win in this fifth and final leg of the EUROSAF Champions Sailing Cup has him in second place overall behind Denis Karpak and ahead of a quality field showed that it will not take Scott long to get back on full pace.

9 Copyright onEdition 2012© Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition Giles Scott, (GBR) who came first over all in the Finn class on the day 6 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, in Weymouth and Portland, the 2012 Olympic venue. The regatta runs from 4 - 11 June 2012, bringing together the world's top Olympic and Paralympic class sailors. 2012 marks the seventh edition of Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. The inaugural event was held in 2006 when 264 boats from 22 nations compe
Scott was plainly shattered to lose 2012 GBR Olympic Finn class selection. He had won the Europeans, won the Perth 2011 Worlds, but lost Olympic selection because he came second at Sail for Gold to Ben Ainslie, who took the Olympic Gold in a very close Weymouth series.

‘Having lost the Finn selection, in 2012 I only did a few events because I was off doing the AC 45 stuff so I just did the nationals in Falmouth before the Worlds and Sail for Gold and won them both.

‘So in this next quadrennial there are, for me, unfinished business.'

Busy with the Luna Rossa campaign, Scott only sailed two Finn regatta until this week. He won in Palma in April and took second in Hyeres, then headed back to the Luna Rossa AC45 and AC72 program. .

Scott’s grinding duties aboard Luna Rossa have not hurt his upper body strength but his legs are suffering. I haven’t done anything on them for almost a year, apart from that month so they are really hurting, after my one week of training before this event ' said Scott.

‘Especially over the last four years the fleet has probably gone both fitter and heavier, definitely more athletic. That athleticism allows you work harder downwind and obviously the weight upwind helps.

‘I am coming here to work out where I am and put together a decent program. I am obviously looking forward to getting the right events in place ahead of the 2014 Santander Worlds and then other events right up to Rio.

‘I have found that sailing in a faster class certainly helps your decision making. I noticed that that especially after the first round of 45 sailing that I did because everything happens so much quicker and you get used to making decisions quickly which in turns helps with the slower stuff as well.

‘Looking further ahead, I am hoping the next America’s Cup will be 2017, which would help Olympic campaigners who want to be involved in both.

‘Certainly if the right offer comes around and it comes at the right time and it works with my Finn stuff then yes I would love to do it again. Especially if they end up sticking foils on the 45s and doing a World Series , that would be pretty bloody appealing.’

Finn Class Results - Day 1
 Pos SailCompetitorsP NetP totr.1r.2Club/Country
1 EST   2KARPAK Deniss5.005.0033.0022.00KST/FANTASTICA
2 GBR   41GILES Scott6.006.0055.0011.00Grande-Bretagne
3 POL   17KULA Piotr6.006.0022.0044.00BTZ BISKUPIEC / BRšG
4 SWE   6ALLANSSON Björn9.009.0011.0088.00GKSS / RAMIRENT
5 SWE   33SALMINEN Max11.0011.0088.0033.00GKSS
6 FRA   29LE BRETON Thomas11.0011.0066.0055.00BANQUE POPULAIRE
7 FRA  112LOBERT Jonathan13.0013.0077.0066.00France
8 GBR   88MARK Andrews15.0015.0044.001111.00LARGS S C
9 GBR   29PETER McCoy16.0016.0099.0077.00EMSWORTH SLIPPER SAI
10 ITA   66VOLTOLINI Enrico22.0022.001313.0099.00SEZ. VELA GDF
11 POL   7JAKUB Marciniak24.0024.001212.001212.00POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA
12 GBR   18HADDEN James25.0025.001010.001515.00RYA /WPNSA
13 GBR   87CHILDS Paul25.0025.001111.001414.00HISC
14 CAN  110ROBITAILLE Martin28.0028.001818.001010.00CVL RCYC
15 FRA  177PIC Fabian30.0030.001717.001313.00SRR
16 FRA  114MOREL Thomas31.0031.001515.001616.00France
17 FRA   38AUDOIN Michel35.0035.001616.001919.00SRR
18 FRA   75HAY Laurent36.0036.001414.00DNF22.00France
19 FRA   89MONTAGUT Benjamin36.0036.001919.001717.00SRR
20 FRA   99ALLAIN DES BEAUVAIS Marc38.0038.002020.001818.00TRANSMER ASSURANCES
21 FRA  897REGOUT Bruno41.0041.002121.002020.00CNBO
Penalties and redress : 1 (1 DNF; )