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Lobert takes early lead in Hyeres

France’s Jonathan Lobert made the best of the light winds on the first day of the World Cup Series in Hyères to take the early lead in the 40 boat Finn fleet.Jonathan Lobert FRA -

Lobert leads from Brazil’s Jorge Zarif and Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece. The race wins went to Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, and Zarif.

Heiner led the opening race from the top mark and won with a comfortable lead. He was followed round the top by Jake Lilley, from Australia and Mitakis. Lobert rounded a close fifth and moved up to second with Lilley holding on for third.

The wind was clearly dying for the second race and after one false start the fleet got away in around 5 knots.

Britain’s Ben Cornish led at the top from Croatia’s Josip Olujic and Lobert. Cornish just held the lead round the gate with Olujic rounding the opposite gate almost level.

Lobert picked up a yellow flag for kinetics on the first downwind which put him back slightly.

But on the final, shortened, upwind, Zarif slipped through them all to lead down to the finish and take the win from Cornish and Lobert.

With Giles Scott not competing this was the chance for Cornish to gain brownie points, but a 25th in the opening race set him on the back foot, so the runner-up spot in the light wind second race was a good recovery, he finished the day in ninth.

Race 1 winner Nicholas Heiner also slipped back with an 11th place in race 2 to finish the day in fifth overall.

Finn - Leading Results after two races

1st FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 5 pts
2nd BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 6 pts
3rd GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 8 pts
4th AUS 1 Jake Lilley 10 pts
5th NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 12 pts
6th CZE 5 Ondrej Teply 15 pts
7th NZL 61 Andy Maloney 22 pts
8th NZL 24 Josh Junior 25 pts
9th GBR 91 Ben Cornish 27 pts
10th SWE 11 Johannes Pettersson 29 pts

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