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PD Staff
08-29-2010, 11:23 AM

Paul Oliva's bi-weekly Sf Chronicle mentions some goings on about the Bay

Gold Cup Starts in earnest Monday, two races daily with Medal Race next Saturday!

Even in the busy San Francisco Bay racing scene, this week and next stand out.

For the first time, the Olympic-class, one-person Finn sailboat is holding its world championships on the bay.

Nearly 100 boats from more than two dozen countries will compete in the Finn Gold Cup through next Saturday. On Tuesday, 15 junior sailors ages 16 to 21 from 10 countries wrapped up competition, with Florida's Luke Lawrence winning the Finn Silver Cup.

"The Finn is arguably the most demanding boat to sail," says Santa Cruz software exec and sailing fanatic Philippe Kahn, who worked with Finn legend Gus Miller and the St. Francis Yacht Club to bid on holding the championship for these 15-foot, single-sail, 235-pound boats.

Thinking of the bay's winds and that many top sailors are Finn champions (think four-time America's Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist Russell Coutts and triple gold and silver Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie), Kahn says, "It's a spectacular event ... very prestigious."

The sailors are big not just in prestige, but in size. That's the point of the Finn.
Size matters

Corinne Rolland-McKenzie, who heads the International Finn Association, compares it with the smaller Olympic-class Laser dinghy, which forces sailors to stay below 175 pounds to be competitive.

Finn sailors tend to be over 5 feet 10, 180 to 230 pounds, and fond of saying they don't have to starve themselves to be competitive. British Finn sailor Ed Wright has quipped, "It's for men, not for the weak. It is the only dinghy a man can sail in the Olympics."

Seven junior Finn sailors sitting together at the closing ceremony Tuesday were as tall and lean as a basketball team. They told of learning in smaller boats but switching to the Finn as they grew. The Californian in the bunch was Caleb Paine, who was disappointed after a strategic error in the last race dropped him to fourth overall. But he laughingly acknowledged winning the informal eating competition with an epic pile of chili con carne after racing Sunday.

More than half the juniors, including Lawrence and Paine, will race against the adults in the Gold Cup. The entries include Olympic 2008 silver medalist and 2012 hopeful Zach Railey, as well as Wright, Kahn, and Coutts' brother Rob Coutts and nephew Matt Coutts.

The Gold Cup kicks off with a practice race Sunday, then two races daily and a medal race next Saturday. Racing begins after noon on the Berkeley Circle, west of Berkeley and south of Richmond. The boats will be at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond.
Sails, bodies whiz by

The colorful, spidery-looking boats whizzing past Crissy Field and the San Francisco cityfront this week? Those were the indomitable International 18 skiffs. Teams of three, big sails, enormous racks to lever out over the water, pure speed, and bodies flying with the slightest miscalculation. Thirteen boats cut up the bay Sunday through Thursday. The highlight was the annual adrenaline-inducing Ronstan Bridge-to-Bridge drag race between the skiffs and over 40 kiteboarders and windsurfers. The boats won this year, with Thurlow Fisher taking first in a reportedly carnage-filled race.

The larger Melges 24 and 32 sailboats held their annual Race Week, along with half a dozen other sizable sailing regattas. Much slower, with no shouting or carnage, the South End Rowing Club hosted the bay's first all-wooden-rowboat regatta Sunday.

Today, check out the Vallejo Yacht Club's 20th Annual Flea Market, the Sarcoma Cup (sarcomacup.org) or the Great San Francisco Schooner Race (gtss.org for an $85 ticket for the scow schooner Gas Light). The Windjammers Race to Santa Cruz (windjammersrace.org) and the Jazz Cup to Benicia (southbeachyc.org) run Labor Day weekend.

Photographer Erik Simonson's photo blog Pressure-drop.us posted photos this week of the International 18 skiffs and the Finns, and a tour of San Francisco waterfront under consideration for America's Cup facilities.

Paul Oliva is a consultant, writer and sailor. E-mail him at datebookletters@sfchronicle.com.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/28/DD131F44EK.DTL#ixzz0y1KxPgEj

PD Staff
08-29-2010, 11:33 AM
2010 Finn Gold Cup Preview

The 2010 Finn Gold Cup is about to get underway in San Francisco. With 95 pre-entries from 28 countries and five continents it is set to be the largest Finn World Championship in the USA for more than three decades.

The focus is turning to the senior championship after the conclusion of the highly successful Junior Finn World Championship for the Silver Cup last Tuesday. The reliably solid wind patterns here should produce a tough and challenging series, starting Monday, with the breeze regularly hitting 18-25 knots in recent days and little signs of change in the near future.


Picking favourite's is as always a difficult task. The defending champion is Jonas Høgh Christensen (DEN). Having won in Denmark last year after almost stopping sailing for a year, the big question was whether he could he do it again, having only sailed Kiel in the last 12 months. However fate played a cruel hand as the Dane inexplicably broke a finger while out training this week and he is now all bandaged up rethinking his expectations. A pirate's hook wasn't an appealing prospect to the reigning world champion.

Edward Wright (GBR) is still hunting for his first world title. After taking the Europeans in 2006 and the bronze at the worlds the same year, he came closest last year and recently won the ISAF Sailing World Cup for Finns for the second year running. However he recently fell victim to one of the UK's fastest rising stars, Giles Scott (GBR). Scott won the recent Sail for Gold in Weymouth against some formidable opposition including the double Olympic Finn champion Ben Ainslie (GBR) and this may well have given his confidence such a boost that his lack of consistency becomes less of a problem. In fact, any of the four strong Skandia Team GBR sailing here are potential race winners, so expect to see at least two or three in the top 10 by the end of the week.

Double European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) is also likely to make a strong challenge. He has won two of the other major events this year and has been on the podium at all those he attended. However he tends to prefer the lighter winds, being one of the lightest sailors in the fleet, and San Francisco Bay is famous for its stiff winds.

Another sailor to watch for is Jonathan Lobert (FRA). Having medalled at two major events this year, including silver at Sail for Gold a few weeks back, Lobert is having his best season ever, and, together with sparring partner Thomas Le Breton (FRA), these two are increasingly featuring in the top 10 by the end of regattas.

The local favourite has to be Zach Railey (USA). The 2008 Olympic silver medalist probably knows these waters as well as or better than any other sailor here and has won races at most major events this season. However he has a strong fight ahead of him to be top dog this week with Bryan Boyd (USA), Caleb Paine (USA) and newly crowned world Finn junior world champion Luke Lawrence (USA) more than keen to upset the pecking order.

Also keep an eye on Pieter-Jan Postma (NED), Finn Gold Cup 2007 silver medalist; Daniel Birgmark (SWE), 2010 European bronze medalist; Dan Slater (NZL), 2008 Finn Gold Cup silver medalist; Rafael Trujillo (ESP), 2007 world champion; and Gasper Vincec (SLO), 2005 European bronze medalist; and back for another go is three time Olympian Anthony Nossiter (AUS). Another 10 to 15 sailors have race wining potential.


Added into this mix are a number of great sailors including former Laser world champion Nik Burfoot (NZL) and former Star world champion crew David Giles (AUS). The event is also set to become something of a Coutts family gathering with Rob Coutts (NZL) sailing alongside his nephew Matt Coutts (NZL), in his first Finn world championship. The last time a Coutts raced a major Finn event on the USA west coast, in 1984, he won Olympic Gold. That of course was Russell Coutts (NZL), Rob's brother and Matt's uncle.

The last time the Finn Gold Cup came to the US west coast was 1974, 36 years ago. In 1974 it was held in Long Beach and the winner there, Henry Sprague (USA), is also sailing this year, a most definite 'old hand' of the class. Another old hand, Gus Miller (USA), has spent the last week driving the 5,000km from his Rhode Island home with a new Finn on the roof because, “I gotta be here, it's the Finn Gold Cup,” At 75 he is the oldest competitor here, though maybe one of the youngest at heart.

Over the coming week, we'll be talking to all these sailors, and more, to bring their stories and their exploits in the Finn Gold Cup to the world. Some will be winners on the water and some will be winners in spirit, but they all take pride competing against some of the best sailors in the world, in this supreme test of physical and mental ability. After 54 years, the Finn Gold Cup remains one of the hardest trophies to win in the sport of sailing.

Follow it online

You can follow the 2010 Finn Gold Cup in any number of ways:

- To keep up to date on all happenings in San Francisco, and other Finn events, as they happen, sign up for the Finn Class press releases at www.finnclass.org.

- There will be live screening of the racing each day, plus post-race interviews, broadcast live through the event website at www.finngoldcup.com by SailGroove.org as well as in depth reports and the class blog event feed.

- Live GPS boat tracking online for all races by Kattack through the event website www.finngoldcup.com

- Live action, clips and photos will be posted to the class blog at http://finnclass.blogspot.com during each and all of the races

Berkeley Circle

While the Silver Cup was based out of St Francis Yacht Club and sailing took place between the stunning backdrops of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Finn Gold Cup is being sailed on the Berkeley Circle, some six miles away. To save our tough sailors the long sail to and fro the event is actually based at Marina Bay in Richmond, just a short reach from the Circle.

Measurement and registration runs from Friday 27 to Sunday 29, with a practice race scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Racing commences on Monday 30 August with two races scheduled each day at 12.00 each day until Friday 3 September. The medal race for the top 10 and the final race for the rest will be on Saturday 4 September.

PD Staff
08-29-2010, 11:35 AM

Jonas and his finger

08-30-2010, 07:23 PM
Rafael Trujiullo leads early and often


Day 1 of the Finn World Championships (aka the Gold Cup) kicked off today in a blustery, but blue skied, San Francisco Bay.
Sailing out of the Olympic Circle near Berkeley, California the 87 competitors were greeted with 17-20 knots of wind and San Francisco Bay’s infamous voodoo chop in full swing.


2 races were held on course B (a windward leeward first lap featuring a triangle for lap 2 with a downwind finish) and the sailors were itching to get at it. Perhaps a bit too itchy however as the first starting sequence resulted in a general recall with nearly a quarter of the fleet OCS.
After the fleet regrouped the start of race one saw an even distribution of boats along the length of the starting line with almost the entire fleet starting on starboard tack. The definitive strategy of most of the top boats was to start on starboard tack and get to port tack as quickly as possible. The local fleet has long had a saying of “stay right at the circle” and most of the top sailors had this figured out early, including Spain’s Rafael Trujillo (ESP 100) and Slovak Republic’s Gasper Vincec (SLO 5). At the first windward mark Trujillo had charged to an early 20 boat lead over Vincec as they turned the corner to head down wind to the leeward gates. Greece’s Ioannis Mitakis (GRE 77), a junior sailor fresh of his second place finish at the Silver Cup, had a stunning first leg and found himself rounding the windward mark in third place. Local sailor Zach Railey was the first American rounding the mark in 10th place.


By the time they got to the first leeward mark Vincec had completely closed the gap and the two sailors simultaneously rounded opposite ends of the gates with Trujillo going back to the right side of the course and Vincec going to the left. As they returned the windward mark Trujillo had rebuilt his lead on Vincec and the two set off to the reaching mark pushing their Finn’s as fast they can go. With 20 knot winds on the beam and 2-3 ft rolling swells quartering on their sterns the boats where on screaming reaches planning in to a pluming spray of whitewater. Trujillo sailed too high of a line to the reaching mark forcing him to sail deep to make the lay line. This mistake allowed Vincec to again reel him in and as they jibed the mark it was an all out sprint to the finish line. Vincec had shown all race long he was going faster off the breeze while Trujillo was excelling upwind.


With a deep reach to make the finish line it was just was Vincec was looking for and he sailed to the race one victory with Trujillo taking second. Croatia’s Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO 524) rounded out the top 3. Aussie Brendan Casey (AUS 1) and Zach Railey (USA 4) took fourth and fifth respectively.
After adjusting the weather mark for a breeze that had clocked 5 degree’s to the right race two was off. Most of the fleet had now figured out the right side of the course was favored making the starting boat end of the line a popular place to be with the bulk of the fleet packing it in. The strategy was again to get off the line clean and get on to port ASAP to get out to the right side of the course which was now even more favored. Once again Trujillo was off to a great start and rounded the mark first this time with Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN 2) hot on his heels, and Great Britain’s Edward Wright (GBR 11) rounding third. Marin Misura (CRO 25), Zach Railey, and Giles Scott (GBR 41) were all in the hunt.


As they approached the windward mark on lap 2 Trujillo had extended his lead while Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN2) had slipped from third back to sixth trading places with Brit Giles Scott who was now in second place. Trujillo held on for the win with Scott taking second and Wright making up for his race one 18th place finish with a third. Misura took fourth and a consistent Zach Railey came fifth.



And in a fleet this big consistency is going to be critical. Railey’s two fifth place finishes on the day put him in second place overall behind regatta leader Rafael Trujillo. Giles Scott’s 10-2 scoring line has him in third place overall. The story of the day however was Trujillo, who has already built an 8 point lead over second place.
Notable performance on the day however has to go to American Junior Sailor Caleb Paine (USA 619) who finds himself in 20th place overall with a 23-21 scoring line. Considering the big winds, and big waters, this is a big performance from a not so big guy in a boat that eats up big guys. Nice work Caleb!
Lots more sailing to come however with 2 more races scheduled for tomorrow and 5 more days of racing to go.


Report courtesy David Wells www.waterhound.com

Complete Results
Official Event Website

08-31-2010, 12:13 PM
Coverage is live right now!

08-31-2010, 02:00 PM
Emma texts from Cressy, Ed Wright Wins, Vincec 2nd, Le Breton 3rd, Piotr Kula 3rd 4th Mills 5th, Scott 6--- Raff finished deep.. She believes Zach is currently in 1st overall!

08-31-2010, 02:22 PM
Start of Race 4 with Z flag up...

08-31-2010, 02:44 PM
Breeze 18 knots...Circle of Pain swell in effect.

Top mark

Matt Coutts 1st at Top

Zack 6th?

war dog
08-31-2010, 02:44 PM
Wow what a fantastic idea a sailing web site that is covering sailing events……………Keep up the good work!!

I love this shit!!!!!!!!

08-31-2010, 02:58 PM
Bottom mark: Andrews, Wright, Le Breton, Railey...

08-31-2010, 03:00 PM
Brendan Casey, and Trullio and Lobert in top 10..at bottom mark

08-31-2010, 03:26 PM

Wright, Andrews, Railey!
LeBreton, Giles, Scott...

Thanks Emma!

08-31-2010, 03:28 PM
Gybe mark:

Wright, Andrews, Le Breton, Railey...

08-31-2010, 03:37 PM
At Finish:

Ed Wright, Mark Andrew, Thomas LeBreton and Zack Railey 4th

Two Bullets for Ed Wright today..

war dog
08-31-2010, 03:52 PM
4 races down 6 to go………correct? What dose the leader board look like after today?

Thanks again PB and Emma for the updates!

08-31-2010, 04:26 PM
1. 10 FRA 115 Thomas le Breton 8 7 3 3 21.0
2. 3 USA 4 Zach Railey 5 5 7 4 21.0
3. 4 GBR 11 Edward Wright 18 3 1 1 23.0
4. 5 GBR 41 Giles Scott 10 2 6 5 23.0
5. 12 SLO 5 Gasper Vincec 1 16 2 6 25.0
6. 15 GBR 88 Mark Andrew 12 11 10 2 35.0
7. 2 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo 2 1 35 10 48.0
8. 6 CRO 25 Marin Misura 26 4 8 14 52.0
9. 16 GBR 85 Andrew Mills 14 22 5 15 56.0
10. 47 ITA 146 Michele Paoletti 17 9 12 19 57.0
11. 41 DEN 2 Jonas Høgh-Christensen 6 6 38 12 62.0
12. 1 CRO 524 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic 3 15 37 9 64.0
13. 24 ESP 7 Alejandro Muscat 7 14 19 24 64.0
14. 40 AUS 1 Brendan Casey 4 12 41 8 65.0
15. 18 SWE 11 Daniel Birgmark 11 20 17 17 65.0
16. 39 SLO 573 Vasilij Zbogar 9 35 9 16 69.0
17. 8 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 19 31 14 7 71.0
18. 52 AUS 221 Anthony Nossiter 27 10 23 13 73.0
19. 23 SWE 6 Björn Allansson 28 8 18 25 79.0
20. 11 ITA 117 Giorgio Poggi 25 25 11 21 88.0


2 Races each Day through Friday then Medal race On Saturday... Top 10 only I believe...

Charlie Tuna
09-01-2010, 09:42 AM
Go Zack!

war dog
09-01-2010, 12:18 PM
Up date on the Gold Cup from PB on the scene……….

Wind 2-3 knots out of the west. Boats are still being towed out to the course est. for first start is 13:00

The quote of the morning ……….”Nice day for fishing”

Stand by for mark rounding reports live (somewhat) from PB and Emma.

On a total unrelated note the Santana 22 is still on the rocks mast is down the deck and hull are now separated and pieces of boat are all over the place. I’m sure pictures will follow latter tonight.

09-01-2010, 12:20 PM
it's a hot one

09-01-2010, 12:45 PM
p-boy reports...

they are in sequence
220 degrees to weather mark
13 kts at top of course
course alpha (double w-l)
still flooding and still no hot chicks in fleet

09-01-2010, 01:27 PM
Coverage is good at the moment. when the camera boat is on the right side near the east shore coverage is choppy.......
Just watched the weather mark rounding......... WOW!

Quite a mob, I could swear I saw someones boom hit the offset mark. No apparent reaction from anyone. Probably just hallucinating

war dog
09-01-2010, 01:28 PM
Top mark report from PB………

Wind 14-15 knts

Top 5 are

4 GBR Ed Wright
47 ITA Michele Paoletti
8 FRA Joanathan Lobert
11 ITA Giorgio Poggi
41 DEN Jonas Hogh

3 USA Zach is in 9th or 10th

war dog
09-01-2010, 01:40 PM
Leeward mark

4 GBR Ed Wright
8 FRA Joanathan Lobert
41 DEN Jonas Hogh
47 ITA Michele Paoletti
3 USA Zach

Lots of Ooching making big gains/losses

09-01-2010, 01:40 PM


Lost coverage just now as the camera boat heads toward the leeward mark.
Commentary is knowledgeable, camera(s) are kept pointed at the competitors, no swearing...........
Had a short shot with one of the commentators announcing they had about 225 viewers at that moment, and asked that we, (the current viewers) spread the word.............

If you can stand to watch sailing without the swearing, Mr. Clean nostril shots and never ending drama..... go here.

09-01-2010, 02:07 PM
that is cool...they saw 17 hit the mark but i think they missed 7 doing it too. can't see who did or didn't do turns.

Edit: wow, this is enjoyable to watch. better than my view of 580.

war dog
09-01-2010, 02:09 PM
2nd top mark rounding 12-14 knts TWS

4 GBR Ed Wright
8 FRA Joanathan Lobert
47 ITA Michele Paoletti
10 FRA Thomas le Breton
5 GBR Giles Scott

And in 6th = 3 USA Zach Railey

PB is heading down to get the finish and I need to do some work!!

09-01-2010, 02:19 PM
that is cool...they saw 17 hit the mark but i think they missed 7 doing it too. can't see who did or didn't do turns.

Edit: wow, this is enjoyable to watch. better than my view of 580.
My coverage is more off than on now and for the last two legs.........
Are you watching live, or is there a streaming replay/delayed version somewhere?

war dog
09-01-2010, 02:23 PM
1st race today finishes top 5

4 GBR Ed Wright
8 FRA Joanathan Lobert
10 FRA Thomas le Breton
5 GBR Giles Scott
3 USA Zach Railey

Wind getting lighter

war dog
09-01-2010, 03:24 PM
Race 2 top weather mark wind 20+ knts

Top 3

I think bad connection

41 DEN Jonas Hogh
Sail # 242??? I must have it wrong
3 USA Zach Railey

Heading to bottom make wind picking up

I hope to get in 1 or 2 more reports for you then have to go anyone want to volunteer to take over aA??

09-01-2010, 03:28 PM
i'm off to the club and unless there's major traffic, won't be able to post

war dog
09-01-2010, 03:31 PM
Bottom mark

2 ESP Rafael Trujillo – he must have been 2nd in last report
?? 4 GBR Edward Wright?? – he just said Ed
3 USA Zach

Course B so off for a reach now

I'll keep them comming as long as I can but need to go pick up a roto tiller and get the yard work done or no Windjammers for me!!

09-01-2010, 03:34 PM
During their run up and around to the right side, the camera panned forward and showed the back of their driver. I'd recognize that unruly mop anywhere........ Not to mention the t-shirt.
It's my son.
He's been working for the St. Francis this summer as a sailing instructor. Has been helping out on RC, driving safety boats etc. Had no clue he was driving the live broadcast crew. Thought they had their own boat.
I wonder if he'll give me an autograph when he gets home tonight?
I remember when he wore three corner pants

war dog
09-01-2010, 04:01 PM
Jib mark wind down to 12-15knts

2 ESP Rafael
4 GBR Edward
23 SWE Bjorn
11 ITA Giorgio

3 USA Zach not spotted

Lots of cussing in lots of languages happening and the finish should be close to the same order.

Thanks to PB for relaying the info and we hope you enjoyed it!!

I’m out of here have a FANTASTIC day!!

09-01-2010, 07:38 PM




Some clicks from today...will edit and get some more up tomorrow..thanks for the assist wd and aA!

09-01-2010, 07:47 PM

1. 4 GBR 11 Edward Wright 18 3 1 1 1 3 [18] 9.0
2. 2 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo 2 1 35 10 8 1 [35] 22.0
3. 5 GBR 41 Giles Scott 10 2 6 5 4 7 [10] 24.0
4. 10 FRA 115 Thomas le Breton 8 7 3 3 3 12 [12] 24.0
5. 3 USA 4 Zach Railey 5 5 7 4 5 10 [10] 26.0
6. 12 SLO 5 Gasper Vincec 1 16 2 6 11 30 [30] 36.0
7. 1 CRO 524 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic 3 15 37 9 6 16 [37] 49.0
8. 39 SLO 573 Vasilij Zbogar 9 35 9 16 15 6 [35] 55.0
9. 6 CRO 25 Marin Misura 26 4 8 14 22 8 [26] 56.0
10. 15 GBR 88 Mark Andrew 12 11 10 2 39 22 [39] 57.0

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 01:23 PM
15-17 knots at start


It's live!

war dog
09-02-2010, 01:25 PM
Sweet feed us the deets we are hungry for info!!!

Nick Salvador
09-02-2010, 01:39 PM
Some of the guys were hoping for a lighter start. It's now blowing 18 and building. Ouch.

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 01:52 PM
22 Knots at top

Slovenia 5 capsizes upwind short of wm

1st 5 Truillo, Wright ,Mills, Misura, Slater

Railey 10th or 11th

Nick Salvador
09-02-2010, 01:54 PM
The Circle is officially blowing like stink and it's ebbing hard. Race 8 is going to be gruesome.

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 02:09 PM
Bottom gate

Feed all broken but I think it was Wright, Truillo leBreton in top 3

Railey 5th?

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 02:31 PM
More broken transmission.

Space monkeys have taken over.

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 02:47 PM
Final Top Mark
Truillo back in lead, then Ed Wright , Giles Scott, then leBreton

Donut Town
09-02-2010, 02:47 PM
Chris L is using a fairly complex array of 3G air cards to broadcast. However there's poor 3G coverage on the Bay especially in Berkeley circle, so no matter how many air cards you have, it's not going to help. That's why StFYC went for putting in a WiMax. The WiMax net's antenna farm is installed on the roof of the club and spans out into the bay across to Sausalito and down to about Alcatraz. Another antenna grouping was installed in Berkeley a few days ago to cover the Berkeley circle area. We are waiting to get some obstructions that currently sit in front of those antennas removed. There seems to be some confusion that the Berkeley portion of the WiMax network was to be fully ready for the Finn Gold Cup. That is not the case. We wanted to put it in during the Finn Gold Cup to trial it. It's purpose was to be ready in time for RBBS and the Melges 32 Worlds.

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 02:48 PM
Truillo Wins
Wright 2nd
Giles Scott 3rd
le Breton 4th

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 02:50 PM
Nice pants DT!

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 03:41 PM
Course Bravo Set ( W-L, W OS F)

20 knots

Under black flag

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 04:09 PM
Approaching WM

Transmission out.

Fleet rounded and headed to lw gates.

Race 7 results top 10

2 ESP 100 Finn Rafael Trujillo 1

2 4 GBR 11 Devoti Edward Wright 2

3 5 GBR 41 Devoti Giles Scott 3

4 16 GBR 85 Finn Andrew Mills 4

5 3 USA 4 Devoti Zach Railey 5

6 15 GBR 88 Finn Mark Andrew 6

7 6 CRO 25 Devoti Marin Misura 7

8 40 AUS 1 Finn Brendan Casey 8

9 20 NZL 1 Devoti Dan Slater 9

10 10 FRA 115 Devoti

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 04:15 PM
1. 4 GBR 11 Edward Wright 18 3 1 1 1 3 2 [18] 11.0

2. 2 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo 2 1 35 10 8 1 1 [35] 23.0

3. 5 GBR 41 Giles Scott 10 2 6 5 4 7 3 [10] 27.0

4. 3 USA 4 Zach Railey 5 5 7 4 5 10 5 [10] 31.0

5. 10 FRA 115 Thomas le Breton 8 7 3 3 3 12 10 [12] 34.0

6. 12 SLO 5 Gasper Vincec 1 16 2 6 11 30 26 [30] 62.0

7. 1 CRO 524 van Kljakovic Gaspic 3 15 37 9 6 16 13 [37] 62.0

8. 15 GBR 88 Mark Andrew 12 11 10 2 39 22 6 [39] 63.0

9. 16 GBR 85 Andrew Mills 14 22 5 15 10 15 4 [22] 63.0

10. 6 CRO 25 Marin Misura 26 4 8 14 22 8 7 [26] 63.0

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 04:17 PM
Top Mark Race 8
Den 2 ( Jonas)
Ed Wright

They just round bottom gate, fleet leaders now favoring left side.

Birgmark (Swe 11)

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 04:51 PM
At Top

Now around gybe mark and headed home

Nick Salvador
09-02-2010, 04:56 PM
what happened to zach on the way back upwind?

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 05:03 PM
SWE 11 Birgmark
ESP 100 Trujillo
DEN 2 Jonas Christensen
FRA 115 leBreton
GBR 11 Wright
GBR 41 Scott

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 05:05 PM
No idea, awaiting final results

Nick Salvador
09-02-2010, 05:11 PM
looks like
swe 11

Nick Salvador
09-02-2010, 05:29 PM
Unless something happens, the Brits are going to be all over the Medal Race on Saturday. Holy Hell they're good.

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 06:05 PM
1 18 SWE 11 Finn Daniel Birgmark 1
2 41 DEN 2 Devoti Jonas Høgh-Christensen 2
3 2 ESP 100 Finn Rafael Trujillo 3
4 10 FRA 115 Devoti Thomas le Breton 4
5 4 GBR 11 Devoti Edward Wright 5
6 5 GBR 41 Devoti Giles Scott 6
7 3 USA 4 Devoti Zach Railey 7
8 12 SLO 5 FINN Gasper Vincec 8
9 6 CRO 25 Devoti Marin Misura 9
10 16 GBR 85 Finn Andrew Mills

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 06:07 PM
1. 4 GBR 11 Edward Wright 18 3 1 1 1 3 2 5 [18] 16.0
2. 2 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo 2 1 35 10 8 1 1 3 [35] 26.0
3. 5 GBR 41 Giles Scott 10 2 6 5 4 7 3 6 [10] 33.0
4. 10 FRA 115 Thomas le Breton 8 7 3 3 3 12 10 4 [12] 38.0
5. 3 USA 4 Zach Railey 5 5 7 4 5 10 5 7 [10] 38.0
6. 12 SLO 5 Gasper Vincec 1 16 2 6 11 30 26 8 [30] 70.0
7. 6 CRO 25 Marin Misura 26 4 8 14 22 8 7 9 [26] 72.0
8. 16 GBR 85 Andrew Mills 14 22 5 15 10 15 4 10 [22] 73.0
9. 15 GBR 88 Mark Andrew 12 11 10 2 39 22 6 12 [39] 75.0
10. 40 AUS 1 Brendan Casey 4 12 41 8 19 14 8 13 [41] 78.0

PD Staff
09-02-2010, 09:44 PM
http://videofiles.flocasts.org/74543_RafaelTrujilloClosestheGaponDay4_12834816240 68.mp4

Nick Salvador
09-03-2010, 11:22 AM
Day 5 is beginning to look like your classic August day on the Circle. It's blowing a fairly chilly 10 kts in Marina Bay, gusting to 14. Fog is hanging over the city and appears to be blowing down the Slot. It's also pouring over the ridge at Hurricane Gulch in Sausalito. This might be the windy day that Rafa has been waiting for.

09-03-2010, 11:25 AM
i haven't been outside but I hear it's hot all the way out here in Livermore that should help with the thermal.

Nick Salvador
09-03-2010, 11:41 AM
Small craft advisories are up for the entire SF Bay. Downtown SF is forecast to hit 70F, Dublin in the low 90's. Figure on 20-25 kts. Wind is slowly beginning to build here in Marina Bay, currently at a steady 12.

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 02:11 PM
Course B in 18 -20 knots

Restart under black flag. All clear

Most leading boats heading right. Right to left slo5 den2 esp100 gbr11 on front row

Gbr11 looks just ahead crossing back to top mark. Gbr 41 further to right. ESP 100 close

At the top mark it's gbr11 esp100 gbr41 usa505 gbr88 den2

Big wind big waves. Awesome sailing downwind

Gbr41 in lead half way down. Top three extended on fleet

Gbr41 leads round gate from gbr11 ESP 100 den2 ned842 aus1

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 02:21 PM
Wind over 20 knots second beat. Fleet on the right again. Starting to cross to top mark

Top three future ahead topmark gb41 esp100 gbr 11

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 02:27 PM
Boats really shifting down the reach. Full on adrenaline sailing

No change at wing. Down to finish

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 02:35 PM
Gbr41 wins from esp100 gbr11 den2 aus1 Ned 842 usa4 fra115 cro524

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 03:33 PM
Race underway 15 to 18 knots. One boat OCS

Gbr 41 popped out midine. Gbr11 above and further left.

Esp100 looks to be leading back to the left from gbr11 and gbr41

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 03:40 PM
At the top mark it's gbr11 ned842 esp100 gbr41

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 03:51 PM
At gate ned842 leads from gbr41 gbr11 slo5 gbr85 den2 ger771esp100

Lots of holes in wind changing the order

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 04:22 PM
Gbr11 retaken lead and crossing back to left. Slo5 looks like second

Gbr11 nice lead last top mark then slo5 Ned 842 esp100 gbr41 den2

PD Staff
09-03-2010, 04:28 PM
Gbr11 wins from Ned 842 slo5 gbr41 esp100

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 12:36 PM
Wright lays down the gauntlet

The windiest day yet at the 2010 Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco produced some more thrilling racing, close finishes and spectacular sailing. Regatta leader Ed Wright has moved into a 13 point lead going into Saturday's medal race after a scoring 3-1 while nearest rivals Rafa Trujillo (ESP) scored 2-3 and Giles Scott (GBR) scored 2-5.

Race nine was sailed in 16-20 knots with the right again proving popular with most of the fleet. Rafa Trujillo (ESP) and Ed Wright (GBR) led the fleet to the right hand side and played the few shifts on that side as the wind continued to increase. Wright narrowly led Trujillo round the top mark followed by Giles Scott (GBR), Eric Lidecis (USA), Mark Andrews (GBR) and Jonas Høgh Christensen (DEN).
Scott took the lead on the first downwind and dug deep to hang onto it on the second testing upwind leg. He pulling away slightly on the final reaches to record his first race win this week. Trujillo placed second to narrow the gap on Wright, who finished third. The gap between the leaders was now just nine points. But Wright was about to lay down the gauntlet and firmly take control of the series.

Race ten turned into a thrilling display of endurance and power as the wind whipped up a confused sea and the downwind became an adrenaline fuelled fun ride. Wright again led at the top mark, this time from Pieter-Jan Postma (NED), Trujillo and Scott. The first downwind was crucial and very patchy. Both Postma and Scott slipped past Wright and avoided the holes to take the lead while Trujillo lost a lot of ground to round in eighth. Wright was having none of that though and retook the lead and then extended on the gruelling second upwind to lead down the reaches and take his fourth race win of the week. Trujillo could only recover to fifth behind Wright, Postma, Gasper Vincec (SLO) and Scott.

This leaves Wright win a 13 point lead going into Saturday's double scoring non-discardable medal race. He needs to finish seven boats ahead of Trujillo to make sure of the title. However, only five points separate second placed Trujillo and third placed Scott and if these two get into a battle for silver, then this could be the more interesting battle.

Wight commented, “Today was make or break. My goals were to just stay in contact with Rafa and Giles so tomorrow in the medal race I can have a little margin. But I found myself rounding both top marks first. Two good starts helped. It was windy on the downwinds and I wanted to sail conservatively with the steep chop making things a bit hairy. Finishing 3,1, was amazing for me as I have now extended my lead going into tomorrow. It's all on now. Fingers crossed nothing goes wrong.

Wright is one of the four strong Skandia Team GBR sailors in San Francisco and all four are in the medal race – an impressive performance by any standard. In addition the European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) has his best day with two top 10 finishes to scrape into the medal race.

A new face inside the top 10 is Brendan Casey (AUS). He said, “I love San Francisco anyway, so when I heard the Gold Cup was going to be here it was my goal to be here, and getting into the top 10 has been my objective since I came back into Finn sailing in May. It's been a moderate to heavy air event and it's been wonderful.”

“This is my second world championship in the Finn. I came from the Lasers when I got too big for that. I finished 15th in in 2007, but since then I have spent more time in the boat training. I spent time with Ed, Rafa, and Zach here in San Francisco for two weeks. Three years ago I just jumped straight in the Finn from the Laser and just did regatta after regatta. Spending some time in the boat with a good group of people that allowed me to improve my performance. For the medal my tactics is high risk. I have nothing to loose. “

Star performer of the day must be Pieter Jan Postma with a 6-2; his best result so far had been an 18th. Rediscovering the form that led him to Gold Cup and pre-Olympic silver in 2007, he said, “Today was good. Perfect conditions. I have sailed better and better this week and today was my day. I have been studying the last year and didn't sail so much, so to see progress through the regatta is great. It sounds really strange at a worlds but the problem for me wasn't the practice it was the goals. I wanted to do really well here but I wasn't ready. I thought I would be after 10 days training, but I wasn't. So next time I will do more. Sailing is about feelings and the feelings are getting better and better.”

Indian connection
The furthest travelled sailor at the regatta is Johal Nachhatar (IND), all the way from Mumbai. He has has a tough season with a changes of plans and not doing the regattas he hoped to do, but is upbeat about the future. He is now being coached by 2000 Silver Medalist Luca Devoti, and is optimistic about his learning curve and training plans over the coming year.

He said, “The conditions here are good, the place is good but I am disappointed in my performance. I had hoped to do much better. But I fell sick. I think my coach and I both got some food poisoning and I was really sick. I just managed to finish the first race on Wednesday and Luca sailed the boat back and I went off the hospital and they gave me fluids and injections, so I couldn't sail yesterday, but today I will try.”
“I have taken on Luca as coach but we haven't done much training yet. But we have some plans for the next six months so hopefully that will go well. He is with me for some time and for sure I really like working with him. I try and talk to him as much as I can and he is really committed to this. We did a month's training in Valencia and he was spending at least eight or nine hours with me which is really great. For a guy of that level to give that much time to me it's really fantastic. He takes it really seriously.”

“It would be great if there were more Finn sailors in India. I am trying to do whatever I can. We have a lot of Optimist sailors coming in now so maybe in the future they will move onto the Finn.”

Nachhatar is in the Indian Army which supports his sailing activities. “That is a big plus point for me. Sponsorship for sailing in India is hard. It's all cricket, cricket, cricket. The system has been very good for me. They generally keep me free for sailing and they station me such that I can compete in regattas. So that's going good. But Luca and I have made some plans and if that all works out we will hopefully see a better 2011.”

The big winds and close competition is also proving something of a hit on the internet with more than 9,000 internet users enjoying the live video stream provided by SailGroove this week. This can be watched this through the event website at www.finngoldcup.com with full commentary during the racing and shore interviews before and after racing. The website also includes all the in-depth regatta reports as well as a Twitter feed sponsored by MotionX by FullPower with comments, mark roundings and latest updates for those unable – or without the time – to watch the live streaming.

Follow the final day's racng online at www.finngoldcup.com with live boat tracking from Kattack, live video feed from SailGroove, and live Twitter and blog updates from the Finn Class.

Results after 10 races:
1 GBR 11 Edward Wright 20
2 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo 33
3 GBR 41 Giles Scott 38
4 USA 4 Zach Railey 55
5 FRA 115 Thomas le Breton 58
6 SLO 5 Gasper Vincec 84
7 AUS 1 Brendan Casey 96
8 GBR 88 Mark Andrews 98
9 CRO 524 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic 99
10 GBR 85 Andrew Mills 101
Full results at http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=342

About the event
The Finn Gold Cup, the world championship of the Olympic Finn class runs from Monday 30 August to Saturday 4th September, with two races scheduled each day at 12.00 each day until Friday and the medal race for the top 10 and the final race for the rest on Saturday.

Broadcast quality video is available for download to approved media. For FTP access please email corinne.mckenzie@orange.fr. Please note web quality versions of the files will be made available at www.youtube.com/thefinnchannel.

Class website: www.finnclass.org
Event website: www.finngoldcup.com
Class event blog: http://finnclass.blogspot.com
Class Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Finn-Class/110408332633
Class Twitter: http://twitter.com/Finn_Class
Class Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/thefinnchannel

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 12:56 PM
At gate swe11 takes lead from ned842swe6 cro25 ger771 den2
4 minutes ago via txt .Ned842 swe11 esp7 leading
9 minutes ago via txt .Fleet rounding top mark. Wind to 14 knots. Oscar up
16 minutes ago via txt .Restart under black flag. 4 boats NFC
39 minutes ago via txt .Ap up
about 1 hour ago via txt .Wind 8-10 in start area. Flatish water. Overcast. Cold.
about 1 hour ago via txt .Class flag up. Course a. Oscar not up yet.
about 1 hour ago via txt .Race 11 coming up followed by the medal race
about 1 hour ago via txt

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 01:00 PM





PD Staff
09-04-2010, 01:03 PM
At gate swe11 takes lead from ned842swe6 cro25 ger771 den2
4 minutes ago via txt

Nick Salvador
09-04-2010, 01:09 PM
Might be a little breezy. I'm showing 17 here in Marina Bay where I'm wrestling with a tankless water heater.

09-04-2010, 01:15 PM
Might be a little breezy. I'm showing 17 here in Marina Bay where I'm wrestling with a tankless water heater.

Putting in a new one? (replacing conventional) Or, repairing an existing tankless (continuous HW?) water heater?
Also-- Do you have a watermaker on that cruise ship?

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 01:38 PM
At the finish its swe11 swe6 cro25 fra112 ger771 den2 Ned 842
half a minute ago via txt

Medal Race up next!

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 02:28 PM
41 passes ESP on run gbr11 still leading
3 minutes ago via txt .Gbr11 leads top mark from slo USA far aus gbr85 ESP cro gbr88 gbr41
5 minutes ago via txt .ESP and 41 are lasting
6 minutes ago via txt .Slo just croses ahead USA in thir
9 minutes ago via txt .Gbr111 coming back for top mark
9 minutes ago via txt .ESP sticking to 41 like glue
10 minutes ago via txt .Gbr11 crosses all boats on right
10 minutes ago via txt .USA crosses ESP and 41 andlooking good
12 minutes ago via txt .Gbr11 escaped and out in front
13 minutes ago via txt .ESP sitting on gbr41 hard
13 minutes ago via txt .Usa4 hard left
13 minutes ago via txt .ESP covering gbr41 tack for tack
14 minutes ago via txt .And they are off. Gbr11 won pin and keeping left. 6 boats gone right
15 minutes ago via txt

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 02:35 PM
Gbr11 leads at gate from slo fra USA aus 85 cro ESP gbr41

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 02:44 PM
Gbr41 is ninth and ESP last but still wins silver. Gbr 41 bronze and USA just 1 point adrift in fourth 8 minutes ago reply
Finn_Class Then USA gbr85 cro 17 minutes ago reply
Finn_Class Gbr11 wins race and world title 18 minutes ago reply
Finn_Class Gbr41 past ESP but both very close 22 minutes ago reply
Finn_Class Gbr11 And USA leading down run 22 minutes ago reply
Finn_Class Gbr11 USA gbr85 cro slo gbr88 ESP aus gbr42 24 minutes ago reply
Finn_Class Coming to top mark 25 minutes ago reply
Finn_Class But gbr11 still leading back from right to left 26 minutes ago reply

PD Staff
09-04-2010, 02:54 PM

Congrats to GBR's Ed Wright for a well Deserved 1st Place and Gold Medal in the 2010 Finn Gold Cup!


Ed Wright finished alone and in front on Wednesdays race 7!

Read The Thread (http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/showthread.php?589-Finn-Gold-Cup)

09-05-2010, 09:21 AM
sergei zavarin of ultimate yachtshots http://ultimate-yachtshots.smugmug.com/ sends us these of the medalists.

ed wright - gold


rafael trujillo - silver

giles scott - bronze

final results are here: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=342

and more finn gold cup interviews and info here: http://www.finngoldcup.com/

thanks sergei!

09-13-2010, 07:27 PM
Finn Gold Cup Day 1 Gallery (http://www.printroom.com/ViewGallery.asp?userid=the_REAL_photoboy&gallery_id=2260056)

" He may be slow, but he hasn't come to a complete stop"