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14 September 2005, 09:28 am
Lack of Wind Causes Problems On Day Two
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Finn Gold Cup 2005
Moscow, Russia

The wind on day two of the Finn Gold Cup was not kind to the sailors or the race officers in Moscow, Russia. The wind kept coming and going all day forcing the race committee to postpone the first starts by two hours.
Things did not get much better either. While the Yellow fleet completed one race, the Green fleet had two abandoned races when the wind died away to nothing.

The only race sailed on the yellow course saw a win for Ben AINSLIE (GBR). After rounding the top mark in third place he moved into the lead on the second upwind leg and throughout the rest of the race extended his lead to win by some 3-4 minutes

The green course saw two races started. The first was abandoned at the first windward mark when the wind completely disappeared. An hour later the second races was started and three laps were completed of the four lap course when the wind died again and the drumming of tillers on decks was followed by the second race abadandonment of the day. As a result, the Green fleet must sail three races tomorrow with the Yellow fleet sailing two to level things up.

The forecast is for more wind so hopefully this will happen so the fleets can keep to the schedule.

Top Ten After Two Races

Pos Nation Helm Fleet R1 R2 Pts
1 GBR Ben AINSLIE Green 2 1 3
2 GRE Emilios PAPATHANASIOU Green 1 3 4
3 SWE Daniel BIRGMARK Yellow 2 3 5
4 DEN Soren HOLM Green 4 4 8
5 NED Peter-Jan POSTMA Yellow 4 5 9
6 NZL Dan SLATER Yellow 10 1 11
7 IRL David BURROWS Yellow 5 7 12
8 CRO Ivan KLAKOVIC GASPIC Yellow 6 6 12
9 USA Darrell PECK Green 6 9 15
10 GBR Edward WRIGHT Yellow 14 2 16
Robert Deaves (As Amended By ISAF), Image: © Event Media
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