HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN had to face some of the best sailors in a fierce competition where the smallest mistakes were paid dearly. In one of the most closely disputed Finn Gold Cups in years, 99 sailors from over 30 countries gathered on the same starting line. HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN's display of skills was impressive in a field of talented opponents and in varied conditions. He won by a small three point margin from Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE). The Greek won the last race with brio but his second victory in the Championship was not enough to overcome the number one in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings.
The bronze medal goes to Edward WRIGHT (GBR), who completed a consistent regatta yesterday, scoring only top ten results. He finished in second position in the last race. WRIGHT has made rapid progression after stepping from the Laser to the Finn last year, shooting up into the top ten of the World Rankings after less than a year in the new class.
'I sailed pretty conservatively throughout the regatta, but I really wanted to go out and win the last race,' WRIGHT explained. 'I led at the first beat, but then Emilios passed me on the run and from there it became a bit of a fight to the finish, with him crossing just in front of me.'
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Olympic silver medallist TRUJILLO was probably the fastest sailor in the regatta. The early leader won three races in the series, but the Bura wind has been fatal for the Spaniard, who after collecting a 39th yesterday, missed the podium to step down to fifth overall. The opposite applied to Guillaume FLORENT (FRA), who, after a slow start into the championship, scored a fifth and two fourth places. He finished sixth overall, an impressive result for the Frenchman just after taking one year off.
The best Croatian performance came from Saturday's race winner, Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC in eighth position. He will pass on the Jorg Bruder Silver Cup to the new Junior World Champion, Mark ANDREWS (GBR). Second Junior is Henry BAGNALL (GBR), also from Great Britain. The third position in the Junior division was tightly contest all week. After a very slow start into the Championship, Piotr KULA (POL) reached third place by bettering his team mates Krzysztof DABKOWSKI (POL) and Piotr MAZUR (POL) by a few points. KULA was satisfied with his results, despite collecting two disqualifications, he is placed 50th overall in his first major Finn regatta.
The International Finn Association is thankful to the Labud Yacht Club and the GRISOGONO brothers who have provided the Finn sailors with a great championship.
Top Ten Results
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