Finn veteran


 
Athens silver medallist Rafa Trujillo talks to us about his 15 years of Olympic sailing
One of the Finn class’ most venerable Olympians is this week doing his best to keep up with the fresh influx of talent at the Finn Gold Cup in Vallensbaek Sailing Club to the southwest of Copenhagen. At the end of day two Spain’s Rafa Trujillo was lying in 10th place, on equal points with British favourite (no Ben Ainslie remember) Ed Wright, having finally posted a top ten result, a fourth, in yesterday’s second race. “I don’t feel really comfortable,” admiited Trujillo, who currently heads the ISAF rankings and is third overall in the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings. “I always make a bad decision on the first beat, but in the last race I was happy because for the first time I rounded the first mark in front. You need to make a good start and keep your head open because sometimes the wind shifts are coming and then it is not shifting back again. So I think I need to get my head out of the boat more - I am having problems with my speed, so I think I am looking too much at the boat when I am sailing and I need to have my head up and sail a bit smarter, like in the last race.” As to his ISAF no1 ranking, he feels that the no1 at present (no Ainslie remember) is GBR’s Ed Wright, who has podiumed at most of the regattas he has sailed at this year and is the most consistent of the top ranked sailors at present. Heralding from La Linea, on the Spanish side of the border from Gibraltar, Trujillo doesn’t come from a sailing family. His father preferred fishing, however living by the sea they were a member of the sailing club where he started out on

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