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Thomas le Breton extends lead in Finn at World Cup Mallorca

Thomas le Breton of France extended his lead at the top of the Finn fleet at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca after an impressive display on the second day in Palma. Tapio Nirkko of Finland is in second with Deniss Karpak Estonia in third and Britain's Giles Scott fourth. Three sets of races were held after the fleet waited, first ashore and then afloat, for more than three hours for the wind to build.

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When the wind finally arrived it kicked in at a solid 8-10 knots ad Oscar was raised at the first mark and more or less stayed up all day. The shifty winds kept the sailors busy all day with bands of wind up to 14 knots and down to 6 knots coming down the course area.

Le Breton capitalised on a good start yesterday to place 6, 1, 1 to take a nine point lead at the top. Second placed Nirkko won the opening race in his group before rounding up the day with a 9, 2.

Karpak added two second places to his Monday's scores to sit in third, on equal points with Nirrko. Other race wins went to Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and Piotr Kula (POL). Britain's Scott had a 3, 5, 7 to finish the day two points off the leading group.

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Scott admitting it was a ‘super tricky day’ . . . “We ended up racing in south-easterlies which we don’t often get here. It was real flaky, and pretty hard to predict big shifts, but I managed to put in a reasonably solid day.”

“Palma’s probably going to be the hardest [so far] with the big fleet, and the whole international fleet is here, so the competition is very high. But really it’s a process regatta and It’s about performing well in Santander this year and Rio."

“That said, I’m sure I’ll be very annoyed if I don’t win. Just because it’s not an outcome regatta of the year, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to win – I do!”

Le Breton said, “It was nice today I was going well in the shifts, and had good speed downwind for sure. I made a nice comeback in the last race after a bad start. In the second race I had a nice battle with Deniss, while in the first race I had a good start but I missed something and dropped back. It was not an easy day, but at least it was sailable.”

The Finn fleet is now split onto gold and silver fleet for the final three days before the medal race on Saturday. Forecasts are for a lot more wind later in the week.

Finn - ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Leaders after 5 races (92 entries)
1 FRA 29 Thomas le BRETON 2 1 6 1 1 11 5 pts
2 FIN 218 Tapio NIRKKO 14 2 1 9 2 28 14 pts
3 EST 2 Deniss KARPAK 6 4 2 2 12 26 14 pts
4 GBR 41 Giles SCOTT 5 3 3 5 7 23 16 pts
5 CRO 524 Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC 8 1 UFD 1 8 65 18 pts
6 POL 17 Piotr KULA 11 15 4 2 1 33 18 pts
7 CAN 5 Greg DOUGLAS 4 37 2 3 9 55 18 pts
8 HUN 40 Zsombor BERECZ 2 12 6 6 4 30 18 pts
9 GBR 85 Andrew MILLS 1 4 3 13 17 38 21 pts
10 SLO 573 Vasilij ZBOGAR 5 7 5 10 4 31 21 pts
11 FRA 112 Jonathan LOBERT 3 10 1 9 13 36 23 pts
12 GRE 77 Ioannis MITAKIS 9 22 4 4 6 45 23 pts
13 NZL 24 Josh JUNIOR 26 6 8 4 5 49 23 pts
14 GBR 11 Edward WRIGHT 8 UFD 8 3 5 71 24 pts
15 USA 6 Caleb PAINE 3 14 13 7 2 39 25 pts
16 EST 11 Lauri VAINSALU 7 3 31 13 15 69 38 pts
17 GBR 88 Mark ANDREWS 18 8 9 5 16 56 38 pts
18 ITA 123 Filippo BALDASSARI 27 8 13 15 3 66 39 pts
19 ITA 146 Michele PAOLETTI 23 17 5 10 7 62 39 pts
20 BRA 109 Jorge ZARIF 17 5 10 23 8 63 40 pts
21 UKR 5 Andrii GUSENKO 28 13 10 16 3 70 42 pts
22 CRO 69 Milan VUJASINOVIC 22 9 11 12 10 64 42 pts
23 ITA 117 Giorgio POGGI 6 12 18 8 17 61 43 pts
24 NZL 16 Andrew MURDOCH 7 14 28 22 6 77 49 pts
25 USA 40 Luke LAWRENCE 1 10 26 30 13 80 50 pts
26 TUR 21 Alican KAYNAR 4 26 21 11 14 76 50 pts
27 DEN 4 Mads BENDIX 15 5 14 20 22 76 54 pts
28 ESP7 Alejandro MUSCAT 12 21 14 7 30 84 54 pts
29 SLO 5 Gasper VINCEC 11 9 25 27 11 83 56 pts
30 ESP 8 Pablo GUITIAN 13 15 15 23 14 80 57 pts
Other GBR:
49 GBR 87 Paul CHILDS 38 21 24 19 24 126 88 pts
52 GBR 18 James HADDEN 32 26 22 32 15 127 95 pts
53 GBR 29 Peter McCOY 19 33 21 30 25 128 95 pts
58 GBR 91 Ben CORNISH 35 30 23 UFD 11 146 99 pts

Robert Deaves / G New
1 April 2014 19:42 GMT


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