Josh Junior stays consistent to lead Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne
New Zealand’s Josh Junior has taken a 14-point lead at the top
of the Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne, Australia, after another solid day on
Port Philip with a fifth and a first. Nenad Bugarin, from Croatia, is
up to second with Andy Maloney, from New Zealand, down to third. The
first race of the day was won by defending world champion, Zsombor
Berecz, from Hungary.
The fleet was held ashore an hour to wait for the wind and once everyone
got on the water it was only 6-8 knots southerly for the first race
before the wind died down again, causing another wait between the two
races of the day. The sailors only got back ashore at seven p.m. but
managed to get two races in.
Highlights from Day 2
The first race of the day, Race 3, got away
cleanly at the third attempt under black flag. Nils Theuninck, from
Switzerland, led at the top from Sweden’s Johannes Pettersson and
Berecz, who gradually moved through the fleet to take the race win
while, while Sweden’s 2017 world champion Max Salminen finished second
with Pettersson crossing in third.
With the wind dropping after race one, sailors had to wait for over an
hour before the wind returned. But patience was rewarded with a solid
8-10 knot breeze and some nice waves.
Race 4 got underway on the second attempt after a general recall
following a change in the wind direction. It turned into a Kiwi-British
affair. Brit, Ed Wright led the charge ahead of the Kiwi pair of Maloney
and Junior. Junior took the lead downwind and was never really
threatened for the win, while Maloney passed Wright on the second
upwind. They finished in that order.
Olympic champion, Giles Scott from Britain, had a difficult first day but two fourth places have moved him up to fifth overall.
He explained the day, “The forecasts here seem so hard to predict
what we will get. The chat in the morning was 15 knots booming sea
breeze but it didn’t really come and we had a pretty soft 6-7 knots,
which came up to 8 or so in the second. I was a bit more consistent
today which was good.”
“Yesterday, I had two clangers off the start. I managed to fill my
boat up with water in the first start which isn’t really the way that
you want to start a world championship, though I managed to pull through
the fleet reasonable well which was good.”
“The Kiwis have been really consistent, especially JJ, though Andy
had a bit of a wobble in one of them today. They have been good for a
long time and have a good thing going, but I come to world championships
to try and win.”
Heiner moves up to fourth after a 7th and a 5th.
“It was another lovely, tricky day. After everything I think we
ended up with up to 12 knots after a postponement earlier this morning.
Really nice sailing conditions and I think I managed today well again.
But I need to step it up a little as the Kiwis are on fire, but pretty
happy with the racing so far.”
“I think it’s a big change going to come tomorrow with the northerly
wind and the 40 degrees, and the flies have already arrived, but I’m
looking forward to the rest of the week and it’s good fun racing here.”
Theuninck is up to seventh overall after a better day than Monday. “I had a more difficult day yesterday. Today was better, with two top sevens, so I am pretty happy with that.”
He has benefited from training alongside Heiner. “I have been
training a lot with the Dutch at the beginning of this winter, in
Scheveningen, and that was good. We came here end of November for three
weeks training, along with some other guys, so that’s been really good
What has he learned? “That I have to push really hard if I want to beat him.”
“Only four races in and six to go, and the medal race if I qualify,
but still a long way to go and I think here it is much more important to
learn lots and take everything that I learn here to Genoa for the
The talk all week is of some extreme weather arriving mid week. Scott explained “We’ve
got heaps of heat coming and I think we could see 40 degrees tomorrow,
though I don’t know if that is a good thing for the sea breeze or not.
The days we’ve had that in the past during training, more often that not
we’ve just hidden and not gone out, so it’s going to be a tough day
tomorrow if that does come through.”
The 10 race opening series continues until Friday, with the final race and medal race scheduled for Saturday 21 December.
Results after 4 races
1 NZL 24 Josh JUNIOR 12
2 CRO 10 Nenad BUGARIN 26
3 NZ L61 Andy MALONEY 27
4 NED 89 Nicholas HEINER 28
5 GBR 41 Giles SCOTT 30
6 ESP 7 Alejandro MUSCAT 35
7 CAN 18 Tom RAMSHAW 41
8 HUN 40 Zsombor BERECZ 48
9 SUI 1 Nils THEUNINCK 49
10 CRO 369 Milan VUJASINOVIC 50
The 2019 Finn Gold Cup is being held at the
Royal Brighton Yacht Club, on Port Philip, in Melbourne, Australia, one
of the host clubs for the 1956 Olympic Games.
It is the fourth time that the state of Victoria has hosted the
prestigious Finn Gold Cup after 1995, 1999 and 2008, which is more than
any other location in the event's 64-year history. It is the start to
Melbourne’s 2020 Summer of Sailing with Port Phillip hosting a series of
Olympic class World Championships over the coming months.
More than 60 sailors from 22 nations will be competing for the famous
Finn Gold Cup over 11 races from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 December.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE 2019 FINN GOLD CUP
The 2019 Finn Gold Cup is being hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia.
Friday 13 December – Sunday 15 December / Measurement/Registration
Friday 13 December / Opening Ceremony
Sunday 15 December / Practice Race
Monday 16 December – Friday 20 December / 10 Races Scheduled
Saturday 21 December / Medal Race and Final Race
Saturday 21 December / Closing Ceremony & Prize Giving
VNR and highlights will be available to download from the Finn Class Googledrive here. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MviQ3I80MmJVB8KORA4X-FMGoiaa2qb_
Interviews of sailors in English and home language will be carried out
on demand only and made available for download, subject to schedules and
available time. Please send any requests to Robert Deaves at Robert