'Finally a day of sailing'declared Sebastien Godefroid who enjoyed 2 windy races today. The Belgium retained his second position overall after placing 9th in the first race of the day and winning the second.
The wind that didn't exceed 8 knots in the first 2 days of the Finn Gold Cup, came in force today with gusts up to 25 knots and big steep waves.
Not everyone enjoyed these gruelling conditions. While the fitter and stronger guys capitalised on this tough day, the "light weight" sailors suffered a bit. The wind took its toll hurting many legs and breaking a few masts!
The racing Committee postponed the first start for an hour waiting for the wind to strengthen and settle. After setting a triangular course, Race 5 started under 15 knots.
Andrew Simpson, took a rocket start from the middle of the line, port tacked the fleet, hit the right corner, rounded the top mark with a good margin to win the race.
Second at the top mark was Chris Cook from Canada who finished the race in 5th place. The Canadian, with only 8 months of Finn racing, is now 7th overall, despite braking his mast in the second race of the day.
Second and third across the finishing line were Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Emilios Papathanasiou: "I had a good start at the Committee boat and was leading the fleet up to the 1st half of the beat, but I had lost so many places yesterday by not controlling the sides that I preferred to stay more in the middle. As a result, all the boats that went further right passed me. I was 10th at the top mark but managed to gain a few places at every leg", explained Emilios.
Sebastien Godefroid easily won the second race: "I know that I have good speed in this kind of weather. So I planned on a conservative start and caught up on the fleet." In second position was Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Ali Enver Adakan from Turkey in 3rd.
Othmar Muller von Blumencron, Swiss sailor living in the US, realised his best day of the regatta. After scoring a 8th in the first race of the day, Othmar, led the fleet around the course up to the second windward mark. "As in race 5, my legs got tired towards the end of the race and the fittest guys started to pass me." The Swiss managed to finish in 7th place in the last race today.
With the wind increasing to 20 knots and gusts of 25, many sailors capsized and masts started to break. British sailor David Mellor was coming second when the tip of his mast broke on the second beat. Chris Cook lost his mast on the reach while Xavier Rohart didn't have a chance to start the second race of the day with his mast snapping 3 minutes before the start. A total of 14 boats (25% of the fleet) didn't start or finish race 6.
A special mention goes to Gus Miller and Louie Nady who finished both races today.
Back at the Yacht Club, smiles of relief were on every face. Everyone was glad to enjoy the Yacht Club hospitality of pizzas and drinks, and change into their warm fleece jumper generously offered by Nautica.
The daily prizes went to Rusty and Anapurna, the only two dogs to enjoy a Finn race by 25 knots!!
Two more races will round off the Finn Gold Cup tomorrow. The battle for the podium will be fierce with 4 points separating the top 3 sailors. Four points as well between Charlie Cumbley, first Junior in 4th place overall and Mathieu Deplanque in 8th.
In the Junior World Championship competition, British sailors Charlie Cumbley and Chris Brittle are still first and second in 4th and 6th position. Third Junior is Sergey Kotov from Ukraine in 26th place.
Is the Finn Gold Cup at the end of the rainbow? A full spectrum rainbow graced the race course for nearly an hour
Race 6 winner Sebastien Godefroid sails accross the finish line into the sun and second place.
Results Summary after Race 6 (with 1 throwout):
1 GRE Emilos Papathanasiou 24pts
2 BEL Sebastien Godefroid 25 pts
3 POL Mateusz Kusznierewicz 28 pts