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15 July 2006, 09:00 am
Faultless Regatta For World Number 1 Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN
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Finn Gold Cup 2006
Split, Croatia

Consistent racing with only top 5 placings in the six races held so far including a win today, Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) shifts up a gear to reclaim the lead of the 2006 Finn Gold Cup in Split, Croatia. Yesterday's series leader, Rafael TRUJILLO (ESP), now sits in second overall, after posting a third race victory today and an eighth place.
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Emilios PAPATHANASIOU and Ed WRIGHT are placed in third and fourth respectively, 8 points behind the TRUJILLO (10 points for WRIGHT). However, a pending disqualification for PAPATHANASIOU after an incident on the starting line could cost him a place in the results.

Perfect conditions provided two good races in a strengthening westerly wind. After a general recall penalising Olexiy BORISOV (UKR), junior sailor Bartek SZYDLOWSKI (POL) and Piero ROMEO (ITA), the race was started with a stable 10 knots breeze on a windward/leeward course. The 'usual suspects' dominated the race with a first victory for Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN), who was followed closely over the finish line by Emilios PAPATHANASIOU (GRE), Ed WRIGHT (GBR) and +39 helmsman Iain PERCY (GBR).

On To Race 2

The wind increased to 18 knots in the second race, and the race committee changed the course for a triangle and upwind finish. The Dane was first at the top mark but lost his lead to finish third. 'I had a good start on the left then I covered the fleet in the middle. I didn't want to go too far on one side with so many boats. I was leading at the windward mark but then I couldn't find the mark and my usual rhythm downwind.' Peter-Jan POSTMA from Holland passed the wing mark ahead of HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN, but could not keep the Olympic Silver medallist, TRUJILLO behind. TRUJILLO passed him at the leeward mark and preserved his position until the finish where he collected his third bullet. Peter-Jan POSTMA (NED) managed to stay in second place, to move up into tenth overall.

The Croatian sailors are back into their usual form with Ivan KLJAKOVITCH GASPIC placed in 13th position overall (after discarding an OCS) and Karlo KURET climbing to 14th after finishing in 6 place twice today. 'I was a bit rusty in the first 2 days' explained KURET 'now I am finding my mechanisms and marks in the boat.'

Like Iain PERCY, Karlo KURET is only sailing for the fun. 'I could not think about having a Finn Gold Cup at home and just watch!' A Team +39 sailor, KURET has his mind set on the America's Cup but has been training actively in Valencia with his team mates to prepare for this regatta.

Junior Fleet

Mark ANDREWS is still leading the Junior fleet, and sits in 33rd position overall. He has a good lead from Henry BAGNALL (GBR) and Krzysztof DABKOWSKI (POL). DABKOWSKI's third place is threatened by Andrew MILLS (GBR) and Bartek SZYDLOWSKI (POL) only a few points behind.

After catching up with the racing programme, the sailors, happy with the great sailing conditions but tired, quickly disappeared from the Yacht Club to find some rest before tomorrow's two scheduled races.

Top Ten Results

Pos Nation Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1 DEN Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN 2 4 2 5 1 3 12
2 ESP Rafael TRUJILLO 9 2 1 1 8 1 13
3 GRE Emilios PAPATHANASIOU 4 1 5 10 2 DSQ 22
4 GBR Edward WRIGHT 1 10 7 2 3 10 23
5 SWE Johan TILLANDER 12 5 13 6 7 14 32
6 SWE Daniel BIRGMARK 11 6 3 8 15 4 32
7 GBR Iain PERCY 7 3 21 12 4 8 34
8 GBR Matt HOWARD 6 13 6 68 9 13 47
9 CAN Christopher COOK 21 7 10 13 14 11 55

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Corinne MCKENZIE (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action in Split:© Finn Gold Cup
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