Percy drops down

Only one race was sailed today at the Finn Gold Cup, leaving it close at the top

Thursday July 13th 2006, Author: Corinne McKenzie, Location: United Kingdom
World No 1 ranked sailor in the Finn class, Jonas Hoegh Christensen (DEN,) has taken the lead at the 2006 Finn Gold Cup in Split after finishing in second position in today, Wednesday's, only race.

The start of the third race in the 50th Finn Gold Cup was delayed by two hours on the water, allowing for some refreshing swims in the clear Adriatic waters. Eager to start, the 99 Finn sailors were aggressive on the starting line generating two general recalls. The third start allowed racing to commence but the individual recall penalised three sailors on the line. While Akif Muslubas (TUR) repaired his fault by restarting, Dan Slater (NZL) and local hope Ivan Klakovitch Gaspic collected a disqualification.

Rafael Trujillo (ESP) won the race enjoying the increasing breeze and displaying his usual strength upwind in the strong conditions.

Starting at around ten knots, the wind rapidly increased to reach 18 knots. Stable in direction, the wind provided some good opportunity for the sailors who could find the areas with more pressure. After a very good start, Rafael Trujillo who was among the leaders with Daniel Birgmark (SWE) and Jonas Hoegh Christensen (DEN), capitalised his on his advantage on the second upwind leg. ”I was already in front but while I went to the right of the course, most of the fleet chose the left side. I could see them tack while I was heading straight to the mark with a good breeze. I was lucky.” Trujillo passed the windward mark with a one minute lead to win the race in front of Jonas Hoegh Christensen from Denmark. “I wasn’t good at the start” admitted the Dane,” then I saw more pressure on the right side and I must have gained 17 places. I rounded the top mark in third position. It was the same on the second beat; I gained lots of ground and passed the top mark in third place behind Daniel Birgmark.”

Twenty years old Scottish sailor Mark Andrews is still leading the Junior’s division improving his overall position by three places putting him in 21st position. Skandia Team GBR is counting three sailors in the top ten. While Iain Percy has lost five places overall, slipping from third to eighth, Ed Wright has conserved his fourth position, the surprise is coming from Matt Howard. Usually seen around the 20 bench mark, Matt Howard is lying in sixth position. “He is really fast downwind” explained his coach David Howlett,”maybe one of the fastest in the Finn squad. He trained hard and it is paying off.”

Two races are scheduled for tomorrow. This year has been surprising everyone by revealing lots of talented sailors, each of them taking turns to win a race in the international circuit. The top four sailors in the 2006 Finn Gold Cup have each had their moment of glory this year. Jonas Hoegh Christensen won the Princess Sofia regatta in Palma, Emilios Papathanasiou now in second place took over the Holland regatta, today’s winner Rafael Trujillo took the early glory in the Miami OCR and Ed Wright was the leader in Hyères. Despite having to count with an OCS (which he is seeking redress for at the moment), Dan Slater (NZL) was the latest winner in Kiel but is still in contention for the title.

Results:

Pos Helm Sail Number R1 R2 R3 Tot
1 CHRISTENSEN JONAS HOGH DEN 2 2 4 2 8
2 PAPATHANASIOU EMILIOS GRE 7 4 1 5 10
3 TRUJILLO RAFAEL JOAQUIN ESP 100 9 2 1 12
4 WRIGHT EDWARD GBR 111 1 10 7 18
5 BIRGMARK DANIEL SWE 11 11 6 3 20
6 HOWARD MATT GBR 550 6 13 6 25
7 TILLANDER JOHAN SWE 736 12 5 13 30
8 PERCY IAIN GBR 54 7 3 21 31
9 MOBERG PEER NOR 1 10 9 14 33
10 POSTMA PIETER JAN NED 842 8 23 4 35
11 COOK CHRISTOPHER CAN 41 21 7 10 38
12 GUILLAME FLORENT FRA 73 19 11 12 42
13 TAPIO NIRKKO FIN 216 23 15 9 47
14 NOSSITER ANTHONY AUS 221 25 14 22 61
15 ISMAEL BRUNO FRA 972 15 22 31 68
16 SZUKIEL RAFAL POL 7 17 18 33 68
17 RAUDASCHL FLORIAN AUT 271 16 34 19 69
18 RAILEY ZACH USA 4 22 21 27 70
19 GUZYS GIEDRIUS LTU 7 14 30 30 74
20 GREIG ED GBR 625 38 26 11 75
21 ANDREWS MARK GBR 88 24 27 24 75
22 GOODBODY TIMOTHY IRL 5 26 37 16 79
23 MIŠURA MARIN CRO 25 28 17 34 79
24 ARRARTE PABLO ESP 310 27 25 29 81
25 KURET KARLO CRO 11 37 20 26 83
26 O'GRADY AARON IRL 10 31 19 35 85
27 MIŠURA BARTUL CRO 69 40 24 23 87
28 POGGI GIORGIO ITA 117 29 39 20 88
29 HRUBY MICHAL CZE 9 39 33 17 89
30 LAURSEN THOMAS DEN 9 33 40 18 91
31 TOMAŠEVIĆ EMIL CRO 16 20 35 40 95
32 MAIER MICHAEL CZE 1 34 16 47 97
33 DRAGOUTSIS ALEXANDROS GRE 8 18 31 48 97
34 SZUKIEL WACLAW POL 12 32 28 38 98
35 SLATER DANIEL NZL 1 3 8 OCS 111

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