Though he didn't have the best of days, Giles Scott did enough to wrap up his second European Finn title, and with a day to spare. Defending champion Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) is in second and guaranteed a medal, while Ed Wright (GBR) is back up to third.
With the title done and dusted, it's all down to the remaining podium places on Saturday. Only Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) can move into the top three, but even that is a long shot, as he is now 15 points adrift.
Jonathan Lobert (FRA) has lost any chance of a podium place after an unlucky day while another high score from Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) also puts him too far down. Meanwhile Thomas Le Breton (FRA) and Andrew Murdoch (NZL) had a great day to put them into the top 10, and into the medal race.
Ed Wright has sailed well all week, especially on the upwinds. “It's all pretty close for the medals, so should be fun out there tomorrow. Giles has had a great week and just scooted away."
"I think upwind I was probably good to the top mark all week, but I have not really focussed on my downwind this winter in training. So now I need to go away and put some hours together working on that and put the package together ready for Santander.”
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Scott just has to sail the medal race to take the title. Was it a nervous day for him? “The day was made more nervous by not having a great race in the first one. A 15th put me through to the medal race in a good position, but in the last race I just stuck with Vasilij."
"Then I had a shocker of a start, I was back from the line, with bad acceleration, and people just went round me. I managed to get a righty across to the guys on the left and Vasilij was in that group and then from there I had control over him. It was tight down the first run but on the second beat I put a close cover on him and managed to extend away.”
“It's quite nice to be able to go into a medal race like that. I will of course try and win it, and give it my all. I'm pretty relaxed, and very happy.”
The medal race is scheduled for 14.00 on Saturday, but before that the final race for the rest of the fleet is scheduled for 11.00.
Finn - European Results after 10 races
1. GBR41 Giles SCOTT 24 pts
2. SLO 573 Vasilij ZBOGAR 58
3. GBR 11 Edward WRIGHT 66
4. CRO 524 Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC 81
5. FRA 112 Jonathan LOBERT 85
6. GBR 85 Andrew MILLS 90
7. NED 842 Pieter-Jan POSTMA 107
8. HUN 40 Zsombor BERECZ 108
9. FRA 29 Thomas LE BRETON 111
10. NZL 16 Andrew MURDOCH 128
9 May 2014 18:09 GMT