For the second time this week at the Delta Lloyd Regatta the Finns had a no-race day, so the standings from day four will determine who goes into the medal race. European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) will take a three point lead over World Champion Ed Wright (GBR) and a nine point lead over Brendan Casey (AUS) into the medal race. Only these three can win the regatta, but positions down to sixth could steal a podium place
The weather didn't improve much for day five with stiff 17 to 20 knots winds early in the day, before rising to more than 30 leading to a postponement and eventual abandonment for the day.
So far this week it has largely been a battle between Ed Wright and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic. Brendan Casey could easily spoil their day though, just nine points back. He has a 16 points lead over fourth placed Gasper Vincec (SLO), so it would need a major upset to change the medal winners, though the colour each will get is the biggest question
Some new names also appear in medal race with Greg Douglas (CAN) sailing his first Finn medal race in ninth, while Piotr Kula (POL) has had an excellent week so far to start the final day in sixth place overall.
One sailor who perhaps, could have, should have been in the medal race but for two black flags was Dan Slater (NZL), who has had four top 10 placings including one race win in his new boat. He described the key to his results, “If you are able to have options up the first beat then you can sail the shifts, but so often it's easy to get blocked by other boats and have no options.” How important was it for him to do well here? “It's really just peace of mind as with two black flags I knew making the top 10 wouldn't be easy.”
The medal race can be watched live at at www.deltalloydregatta.tv, with an innovative solution to follow all medal races on the internet through the use of a Livestreaming and a 3D Tracking & Tracing system. The system makes the invisible visible and enhances the experience for all spectators as well as sailors, showing live images from the racecourse as well as following the positions of the boats and showing them on a map using 2D and 3D visualisation. Ultramodern GPS technology is used with boat positions shown on the website as well as speed, rankings, routings, buoy times and distance.
The Finn medal race is scheduled to be second in the running order for Sunday, with a start at 9.40. Follow it live online at www.deltalloydregatta.tv.
Results after 6 races:
1 CRO 524 Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic 9
2 GBR 11 Edward Wright 12
3 AUS 1 Brendan Casey 18
4 SLO 5 Gasper Vincec 34
5 SLO 573 Vasilij Zbogar 36
6 POL 17 Piotr Kula 36
7 NED 842 Pieter-Jan Postma 41
8 CRO 25 Marin Misura 46
9 CAN 5 Greg Douglas 48
10 POL 7 Rafal Szukiel 55
Photos are from day four: Sander van der Borch
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