Unstoppable Gaspic

Croatian Finn sailor 21 points clear at European championship in Bulgaria

Thursday August 27th 2009, Author: Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, Location: United Kingdom
Two victories collected by Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) on the fourth day of the 2009 Finn European Championship in Varna, Bulgaria, give the Croat a safe 21 points lead on his opponents. The next racing day promises to be intense for Gaspic’s closest rivals, as only five points separate second to sixth. Team Skandia GBR sailors Giles Scott and Ed Wright are on equal points and only one point from Tapio Nirkko (FIN), four from Marin Misura (CRO) and five from Pieter-Jan Postma (NED).

The wind was light to medium and shifty, but provided good racing. “The wind oscillated no more than 10 degrees and averaged 8 to 10 knots” explained PRO Peter Reggio. “Under these conditions it was important to give the sailors a fair start. We postponed the start twice during the procedure to have a fair line. After a general recall the fleet went under black flag but everybody was clear.”

“I had a good start on the left of the line and went to the middle” explains Gaspic (CRO) “Marin Misura was in first, just in front of me. I was very fast on the run and passed Misura. I sailed conservatively most of the time controlling the fleet.” Giles Scott (GBR) sailed up into second, in front of Misura (CRO) and Andrew Mills (GBR).

Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) didn’t stop there, taking the second race of the day by an impressive margin. “It was very tactical, I sailed up the middle again and could see half of the fleet on the left with more pressure, but I had clear wind and great speed. I decided to control the sailors on the right and keep an eye on the left. I was very patient, until I could see I was clearly in front. When I got fresh wind from the right, I increased my lead to 70 meters by the top mark.
I gained even more ground on the run. Pieter-Jan Postma was impressive on the second beat, and got me worried for some time. He rounded the bottom mark in 7th place and was second at the top. At one time, it looked like he could pass me, but again I waited patiently in the middle of the course. Finally I kept a good lead on him, but he also had a good lead on the others by the top mark.”

Gaspic goes into the last day of racing, before the medal race, with a 21 points lead. He is number 1 on the World rankings, took the bronze at the 2009 Finn Gold Cup and won the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères.

Tomas Vika (CZE) remains at the top of the Junior classification, closely followed by Filippo Baldassari (ITA). Ionnis Mitakis (GRE) is now third Junior. They are placed in 24th, 25th and 26th positions. Jakub pasik (POL) and Josip Olujic (CRO) are their main threat in 27th and 28th places!!

The last two races in the fleet racing are scheduled for Friday. That will be the last chance for sailors to break into the top Ten, before the medal race.

Results:

Pos SailNo Crew Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Tot Net
1 CRO 524 Ivan GASPIC CRO 1 3 4 8 -13 2 1 1 33 20
2 GBR 41 Giles SCOTT GBR 5 1 14 12 2 -17 2 5 58 41
3 GBR 111 Edward WRIGHT GBR 2 4 (76.0 OCS) 11 1 4 9 10 117 41
4 FIN 218 Tapio NIRKKO FIN 9 2 2 4 -19 14 5 6 61 42
5 CRO 25 Marin MISURA CRO 4 -20 19 5 3 3 3 8 65 45
6 NED 842 Pieter-Jan POSTMA NED 3 8 16 -34 9 1 7 2 80 46
7 GBR 634 Andrew MILLS GBR 10 5 1 -17 5 11 4 17 70 53
8 EST 2 Deniss KARPAK EST 6 7 8 3 -26 16 10 4 80 54
9 POL 17 Piotr KULA POL 7 14 5 -45 12 8 6 16 113 68
10 GBR 88 Mark ANDREWS GBR 19 9 (76.0 OCS) 16 4 6 11 11 152 76
11 SWE 6 Bjorn ALLANSSON SWE 8 10 13 13 -27 19 12 7 109 82
12 NOR 1 Peer MOBERG NOR 11 24 3 (76.0 DNF) 6 15 17 9 161 85
13 POL 7 Rafal SZUKIEL POL 13 21 10 18 7 (76.0 BFD) 18 3 166 90
14 AUT 3 Florian RAUPASCHL AUT 12 16 -34 9 15 9 8 21 124 90
15 FRA 115 Thomas LE BRETON FRA 20 11 7 14 16 13 14 -48 143 95
16 CYP 19 Haris PAPADOPOULOS CYP 17 23 9 2 14 28 15 -37 145 108
17 RUS 9 Eduard SKORNYAKOV RUS 14 15 18 23 11 -33 16 13 143 110
18 UKR 1 Oleksiy BORYSOV UKR 18 19 11 6 -38 10 31 19 152 114
19 POR 5 Ferderico PINHEIRO DE MELO POR 15 33 6 -47 8 7 22 28 166 119
20 ITA 101 Riccardo CORDOVANI ITA 21 17 15 20 18 22 -28 12 153 125
21 CZE 1 Michael MAIER CZE 16 13 21 -28 21 21 21 23 164 136
22 ITA 117 Giorgio POGGI ITA 22 12 23 -32 20 18 24 18 169 137
23 FRA 112 Jonathan LOBERT FRA (76.0 OCS) 6 28 40 24 5 13 27 219 143
24 CZE 52 Tomas VIKA CZE 28 25 31 27 29 12 (76.0 DNF) 20 248 172
25 ITA 123 Filippo BALDASSARI ITA 24 22 33 -51 25 24 29 15 223 172
26 GRE 77 Ioannis MITAKIS GRE 37 31 -40 7 17 40 30 14 216 176
27 POL 45 Jakub PASIK POL 41 (76.0 DNC) 27 1 22 41 26 35 269 193
28 CRO 11 Josip OLUJIC CRO 25 39 26 31 10 39 25 -42 237 195
29 HUN 6 Gaszton PAL HUN 27 38 12 38 30 29 23 -66 263 197
30 RUS 1 Alex SELIVANOV RUS 31 35 -43 10 41 35 33 29 257 214
31 EST 11 Lauri VAINSALU EST 23 34 37 44 -54 23 35 22 272 218
32 GRE 8 Alexandros DRAGOUTSIS GRE (76.0 DNC) 29 29 30 23 31 55 40 313 237
33 UKR 5 Andriy GUSENKO UKR 36 37 38 -43 32 20 37 38 281 238
34 RUS 57 Egor TERPIGOREV RUS 39 41 45 15 35 -56 43 26 300 244
35 GBR 642 John TREMLETT GBR 26 30 (76.0 OCS) 41 28 30 39 55 325 249
36 RUS 707 Egor LARIONOV RUS 33 32 42 24 49 34 36 -65 315 250
37 CZE 3 Rudolf LIDARIK CZE 30 44 51 35 (76.0 DNF) 27 38 34 335 259
38 POL 12 Milosz WOJEWSKI POL 53 45 17 49 51 26 19 (76.0 DNF) 336 260
39 GER 771 Jan KURFELD GER (76.0 DNF) 18 76.0 DNE 48 42 25 20 31 336 260
40 GER 717 Sebastian KAULE GER 40 27 20 53 34 (76.0 BFD) 45 47 342 266
41 BUL 24 Mihail KOPANOV BUL 29 -54 52 22 40 46 44 33 320 266
42 GER 500 Philipe FISCHER GER 48 -53 32 36 43 43 40 24 319 266
43 GER 772 Ulli KURFELD GER 42 28 39 -50 39 42 46 30 316 266
44 CZE 9 Michal HRUBY CZE 38 26 22 (76.0 DNF) 76.0 BFD 32 27 50 347 271
45 EST 3 Heiko EESALU EST 32 40 36 21 57 37 50 -58 331 273
46 AUS 54 Nathan QUIRIK AUS -65 51 24 29 31 49 59 32 340 275
47 UKR 21 Anton SADCHYKOV UKR 43 46 -47 37 36 38 47 39 333 286
48 CZE 81 Tomas HRNCAL CZE 47 48 30 -55 46 50 34 36 346 291
49 TUR 211 Alican KAYNAR TUR 34 36 44 46 33 (76.0 BFD) 49 51 369 293
50 HUN 8 Marton BELICZAY HUN 35 42 56 (76.0 OCS) 37 36 41 49 372 296
51 CZE 21 Jan CAJCIK CZE 49 55 (76.0 DNC) 62 45 44 42 25 398 322
52 RUS 91 Viacheslav SIVENKOV RUS 52 50 41 39 52 52 -58 46 390 332
53 RUS 17 Vasiliy KRAVCHENKO RUS 46 57 55 -64 55 48 32 45 402 338
54 GRE 71 Panagiotis DAVOURLIS GRE 51 47 50 25 59 53 -61 61 407 346
55 IRL 1 Roger Anthony CRAIG IRL 60 56 (76.0 OCS) 19 61 55 62 41 430 354
56 BUL 8 Anastas PETROV BUL 56 -60 49 52 47 54 53 43 414 354
57 CZE 11 Patrik DEUTSCHER CZE 50 59 62 33 53 57 -66 44 424 358
58 BUL 855 Dimitar VANGELOV BUL 54 66 46 26 48 64 65 (76.0 DNC) 445 369
59 POL 9 Tomasz KOSMICKI POL 45 43 25 (76.0 DNC) 76.0 DNC 76.0 DNC 60 54 455 379
60 GRE 6 Alexandros RARIS GRE 44 49 60 61 60 51 56 -62 443 381
61 ITA 134 Vittorio D'ALBERTAS ITA 58 65 35 60 50 58 -70 59 455 385
62 CRO 52 Nikola BARIC CRO 55 -61 61 54 44 61 54 57 447 386
63 BUL 82 Georgi YORDANOV BUL (76.0 DNC) 58 54 70 68 45 48 52 471 395
64 TUR 35 Efe KUYUMCU TUR (76.0 OCS) 52 63 66 56 47 52 60 472 396
65 BUL 77 Alexandar ALEXANDROV BUL 59 63 48 -68 63 62 51 56 470 402
66 GRE 21 Antonis TSOTRAS GRE 57 62 58 42 62 (76.0 BFD) 64 69 490 414
67 CZE 55 Milan HRNCAL CZE 63 -69 59 69 64 68 57 53 502 433
68 BUL 1 Stoil STOILOV BUL 61 68 57 59 58 63 -73 68 507 434
69 USA 666 Bogomil PEHLIVANOV USA 69 71 53 58 67 66 -74 63 521 447
70 RUS 72 Roman KOTLYAROV RUS 62 64 68 67 66 60 63 -70 520 450
71 CZE 221 Daniel VINKL CZE 70 (76.0 DNC) 64 56 65 67 69 64 531 455
72 GRE 14 Anastsios KATSIMIDIS GRE 68 -73 66 57 69 70 72 67 542 469
73 RUS 71 Leonid KLYAYMAN RUS 66 67 69 (76.0 DSQ) 72 59 67 72 548 472
74 RUS 7 Alexander NOVIKOV RUS 67 -72 65 63 71 65 68 76.0 DNE 547 475
75 ITA 36 Mario BORROI ITA 64 70 67 65 70 69 -71 71 547 476

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