Trujillo hangs on

As Giorgio Poggi wins today's only race at the Finn Europeans in Scarlino

Wednesday March 21st 2012, Author: Robert Deaves, Location: Italy

Three days into the 2012 Finn European Championship with just three races completed is not what it said in the brochure. Another light day with a fitful wind produced just one race on Wednesday in Scarlino, Italy. But it was a home win for 2008 Olympian Giorgio Poggi from Alexey Selivanov (RUS) and Gasper Vincec (SLO). Rafael Trujillo (ESP) continues to hold the overall lead by four points despite placing 13th in the race.

A really sunny and warm start to the day also brought expectations of a great day for sailing, but the 69 boat fleet was going to be disappointed for the second day running. Race three got underway after a short delay in what seemed like a stable 8-10 knots onshore breeze, but it soon became clear this was just an illusion as it had already started to drop by the first mark.

The right side was paying again, with Alexey Selivanov (RUS) leading round the top mark from Giorgio Poggi (ITA), Alican Kaynar (TUR), Gasper Vincec (SLO) and Filippo Baldassari (ITA). The first downwind was all about finding pressure between the holes, and Poggi found the most to lead from Vincec and Baldassari through the gate.

The second upwind leg was shortened, though some didn't notice, and Poggi extended to hold a nice lead to drift down to the finish on the remains of the breeze. Selivanov moved back up to second, just holding off Vincec in third.

Then the wind switched off for nearly two hours before coming back in at 6-8 knots and the race team tried for a second race. It was looking good for a while, as the fleet sailed towards the brilliant sun. Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) led Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) around the top mark only to be greeted by an abandonent flag as the wind again started to fade away.

So that was nearly six hours on the water for one race. Despite finishing in 13th place, regatta leader Rafael Trujillo (ESP) hangs on to the overall lead, while Florian Raudaschl (AUT) moves up to second after placing 12th. Eduard Skornyakov (RUS) drops to fourth, while Pieter Jan Postma (NED) climbs to third after a 10th place finish. After three races, Postma is the only sailor to place top ten in each one. This is certainly heading towards being a high scoring championship.

Poggi described his race, “I was lucky and decided to play the right side of the corse and and I had some nice shifts and with pressure so I was able to cross the fleet in the middle of the upwind and then just tried to be conserbative becase it was not easy today and it was quite easy to lose position. The downwind was also quite difficult. It is hard to say if if was speed or just pressure differences, but itwas quite tricky. You had to look behind to try and catch more gusts.”

Despite losing the Olmpic trials to Baldassari last year, the two still train together. “Filippo and I have trained all winter together and we will continue doing this looking towards Rio. After this regatta we will need to make a plan for our training together before the Olympics.”

Continuing regatta leader Trujillo said, “I have mixed feelings today because I rounded the top mark of the last race in 10th after a pretty sweaty race, working hard on all the legs to come back after rounding the first mark about 20th. And then in the last downwind I lost three places, so I have mixed feelings that in spite of still leading overall, which is great, but with a feeling that I missed a couple of points, and hope that we have a bit more luck tomorrow with some breeze. This is a hard regatta for me so far. In the second race the wind dropped to three knots at the top mark and we didn't expect it to come back again.”

Selivanov commented, “I was really happy to lead round the first mark today. I just allowed myself start free of the fleet so I could go where I wanted. I started at the committee boat and tacked out to the right and had a bit more wind than those on the left. Then I just took the contour of the fleet and came back over the others. Towards the end of that leg I got some wind in the middle, but those who were right of me didn't get it so. That was strange. I thought I would be about fifth, but then they started pointing at my stern so I made a tack and went for the mark. I rounded the downwind mark about fourth and then went up the right again and got back to second.”

“And of course we had a mark change, and Postma and Baladassari went too far and lost a lot. Poggi tacked on me and I had to go out and lost a bit, but not as much, and at least I could see the new mark. I finished second, about one metre from third placed boat. It was a very close fiinish.”

Postma mused over his lost chances, “I missed the change of course in the first race so I was not happy with myself. I lost about six points there, so I could have been winning overall. So I need some more chances tomorrow to try to do better.”

In the junior championship, the top three remain in the same order, but gaps are starting to appear. A 16th place for Michal Jodlowski (POL) gives him a four point margin over Dimitar Vangelov (BUL) who placed 20th, while Tomas Hrncal (CZE) is a considerable 35 points further back.

Once again three races are scheduled for Thursday starting at 12.00. The forecast again is for light winds from the south. One more race is needed to make it a championship, but two more are needed to complete the opening series, so a medal race can be held. There are just two more days of the opening series with the medal race for the top 10 and the final race for the rest scheduled for Saturday 24th March.

Top 50 results after three races

Pos Nat Helm R1 R2 R3 Tot
1 ESP Rafael Trujillo 4 1 13 18
2 AUT Raudaschl Florian 6 4 12 22
3 NED Postma Pieter-Jan 7 6 10 23
4 RUS Skornyakov Eduard 3 7 14 24
5 UKR Borisov Oleksiy 19 3 7 29
6 GER Miller Matthias 9 14 6 29
7 CRO Gapspic Ivan Kljakovic 10 8 11 29
8 SLO Zbogar Vasilij 1 11 18 30
9 ITA Poggi Giorgio 17 13 1 31
10 ITA Baldassarri Filippo 8 19 5 32
11 RUS Selivanov Alexey 11 22 2 35
12 SLO Moze Tine 21 9 9 39
13 TUR Muslubas Akif 18 12 15 45
14 NED Hagoort Timo 24 5 21 50
15 TUR Kaynar Alican 16 10 24 50
16 GRE Mitakis Ioannis 13 35 8 56
17 EST Karpak Deniss 2 38 17 57
18 AUS Casey Brendan 12 18 28 58
19 CRO Olujic Josip 15 20 25 60
20 RUS Terpigorev Egor 5 28 29 62
21 POL Jodlowski Michal 20 26 16 62
22 SWE Allansson Bjorn 25 2 36 63
23 FRA Le Breton Thomas 29 30 4 63
24 BUL Vangelov Dimitar 23 23 20 66
25 CZE Maier Michael 14 34 19 67
26 ITA Buglielli Marco 27 17 32 76
27 CYP Papadoupoulus Haris 34 21 31 86
28 SLO Vincec Gasper 70.0 OCS 16 3 89
29 AUS McMillan Rob 31 24 44 99
30 IND Johal Nachhatar 22 41 37 100
31 LTU Rymonis Tauras 33 42 26 101
32 CZE Hrncal Tomas 30 36 35 101
33 DEN Andresen Kaspar 42 33 30 105
34 UKR Sadchykov Anton 32 54 22 108
35 RUS Petrov Dimitry 35 46 27 108
36 RUS Sivenkov Viacheslav 26 61 38 125
37 RUS Yanitsky Andrey 70.0 OCS 15 41 126
38 HUN Haidekker Elemer 37 39 50 126
39 RUS Kistanov Arkadiy 47 29 51 127
40 GER Tacchino Iacopo 28 55 46 129
41 GRE Boudouris Anastasios 56 32 42 130
42 CRO Bilic Tudor 49 48 33 130
43 ITA Menoni Nicola 40 37 53 130
44 UKR Gusenko Andrii 41 31 59 131
45 GER Kreiss Stefan 50 27 58 135
46 DEN Nielsen Henrik Elmer 43 44 48 135
47 POL Malag Maciej 45 57 34 136
48 POL Wojewski Milosz 70.0 OCS 47 23 140
49 IRL Hamilton Ross 38 62 43 143
50 TUR Kuyumcu Efe 70.0 OCS 25 49 144

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