Percy's progress

The Finn Gold brings madforsailing up to date with his Star programme and his near Farr 40 victory
Britain's very own Finn Gold medallist came very close to a surprise win in the Farr 40 Europeans at the weekend aboard Wolfgang Schaefer's German yacht Struntje Light (above). The Farr 40 class is obviously an owner-driver affair, but involves some of the world's top yachtsmen. For example Illbruck skipper John Kostecki was sailing on Michael Illbruck's brand new Nela, Robbie Haines on George Andreadis' Atlanti, Franck Cammas' normally skipper on the 60ft tri Groupama on Sarastro II, top French match racer Thierry Peponnet on Madina, and Chris Larson on Bambakou. And right up until the final day Percy and Herr Schaefer were beating them all... madfor sailing caught up with Iain Percy after he had just jetted back into the UK from Sardinia and was getting to grips again with his Star in a drizzly Halying Island Sailing Club. madforsailing: So how did you manage to get second place in Sardinia? Iain Percy: We were unexpectedly leading! Because as a crew we hadn't been there before, but everyone was improving on the boat. We are getting more towards that range and we had a good week. But our slight failings caught up with us by the end. We had a bad start in the last race and we couldn't beat the strong Italian team that had been good all week and that was the slight difference. It was almost like our weaknesses came back to haunt us in the end. mfs: This was despite the boat losing its rig the previous week? IP: I didn't do the week before. Ray Davies, from the illbruck team was doing tactics while I was away doing a Star training camp over in America. I came in from that. Everyone had worked bloody hard to get that all together. I was very grateful just