Light winds set back Finn Europeans but Ben Cornish takes lead

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Ben Cornish from Great Britain has taken the lead at the Finn Europeans following a long day on the water after winning the only race possible on a day beset by light winds and abandoned races. Zsombor Berecz from Hungary moves up to second while Anders Pedersen from Norway remains third.
 
The mistral that has battered the regatta venue for the past two days finally dissipated overnight, and during the morning slowly faded away to leave a light 8-10 knots in place. 

The first attempt at Race 3 was abandoned at the top mark after the wind dropped off with Karpak leading round with a nice lead. After a 90 minute wait, the fleet set off again but not before two general recalls, the second under black flag, which pulled out regatta leader Ed Wright, from Great Britain, as well as fourth overall Max Salminen, from Sweden.

When it finally got going, Karpak again led at the top from Pederson and Cornish. Cornish took the lead on the first downwind playing the pressure variations across the course well, and the extended hugely on the second beat to lead down to the finish.

In the chasing group, Berecz found the best pressure on the run to round the gate almost level with Karpak and then take second. Pederson crossed a close fourth.

 Soon after, Race 4 got away with a clean start with Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece, leading at the top from Cornish and Nenad Bugarin from Croatia. Mitakis held the lead at the gate, but the wind was down to well under 5 knots at times and soon after the Race Committee abandoned the race and sent the fleet ashore. The fastest man to the top mark today was definitely Deniss Karpak.
 
“It was the second hard day here. Today was the opposite to yesterday, up to 5 knots. Wind was hard enough but I was quite fast in both races. We made almost three races today and two of them were abandoned. And I was twice first boat at the top mark so I am happy with my speed.”

Soon after, Race 4 got away with a clean start with Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece, leading at the top from Cornish and Nenad Bugarin from Croatia. Mitakis held the lead at the gate, but the wind was down to well under 5 knots at times and soon after the Race Committee abandoned the race and sent the fleet ashore.

 The fastest man to the top mark today was definitely Deniss Karpak.

“It was the second hard day here. Today was the opposite to yesterday, up to 5 knots. Wind was hard enough but I was quite fast in both races. We made almost three races today and two of them were abandoned. And I was twice first boat at the top mark so I am happy with my speed.”
 
“I finished third in the first race after losing a few places to the good guys, but a nice day for me. I am quite fast in light winds but yesterday I was also quick upwind in the breeze and then struggling in 30 knots downwind.”

Cornish’s win keep the British flag flying at the top of the scoreboard.


“It was a long day on the water just for the one race. The one we got in was a long one. A long course in not a lot of breeze, but good for me as I managed to get the win, which was nice.”

“It was super tight with me Deniss and Anders, especially at the top mark and down the first run, and it started to spread out a bit on the last beat which made my life a bit easier in that light wind”
 
“It was reasonably tight at the leeward gate but I was quite confident with the numbers I was sailing and we had a reasonable idea where the pressure was coming from at he top right and as it played out it became quite straightforward half way up.”

On his good speed, “We are using some new sails here that we haven’t had much time to test so it’s good to see we are going all right in the breeze we have been targeting.”
 
“Tomorrow the wind is going back round offshore from the south-east and quite a lot more breeze. Fingers crossed, we’ll be stretching the legs again.”

This week is also the U23 European Championship, with Oskari Muhinen from Finland mixing it with the seniors in 12th overall, just one place and two points ahead of Henry Weatherall from Great Britain.

The sailors were on the water today for more than seven hours with only one race to show for it. The 10 race Opening Series concludes on Saturday morning, before the Semi-Final and Final on Saturday afternoon.

Results after three races
1  GBR   91 Ben CORNISH  12
2  HUN   40 Zsombor BERECZ  14
3  NOR   1 Anders PEDERSEN  14
4  FRA  112 Jonathan LOBERT  16
5  GRE   77 Ioannis MITAKIS  27
6  CRO   52 Nenad BUGARIN  31
7  EST   2 Deniss KARPAK  39
8  TUR   21 Alican KAYNAR  45
9  AUS  261 Oliver TWEDDELL  51
10  CRO   1 Josip OLUJIC  51
Full results here.

VENUE 
The 2017 Senior and U23 Finn European Championships is being hosted by the Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge in Marseille, France. The sailing base is about 4 km to the north of the club at Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc.

SCHEDULE
5 – 7 May 2017       Measurement/Registration
7 May 2017             Opening Ceremony
7 May 2017             Practice Race
8 – 12 May              Opening Series (9 races)
13 May 2017           Final Opening series race followed by Semi-Final (4-10 in Opening Series) and Final (1-3 from Opening Series plus 1-2 from Semi-Final
13 May 2017           Closing Ceremony & Prize Giving
 
ENTRIES
A list of all entries can be found here: http://www.ycpr.net/inscriptions/finn2017/listing.php
 
RESULTS
Results will be posted here: http://2017.finneuropeans.org/results

DOCUMENTS
All event documents will be posted here: http://2017.finneuropeans.org/documents

The Jury Noticeboard can be found here: 
http://jury.finneuropeans.org/2017/

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