05.05.16 - 13.05.16
Finn Gold Cup Gaeta Italien
Gaeta (Italien), 13. Mai 2016 – Es war bislang die beste Regatta seines Lebens: Phillip Kasüske vom Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee hat bei der Finn-Weltmeisterschaft im italienischen Gaeta den zehnten Platz geholt. Der 21-jährige Berliner hatte eigentlich „nur“ von einem Platz unter den ersten 25 der Welt geträumt.
Beim Finn Gold Cup sorgte Kasüske für Aufsehen, als er die dritte Wettfahrt überraschend gewann und sich nach einem zweiten Platz in der vierten Wettfahrt sogar an die Spitze der Gesamtwertung setzte.
Am Tag vor dem Medal Race sorgten dann hohe Wellen und starker Wind für schwierige Bedingungen. Phillip Kasüske: “Ich hatte drei schlechte Rennen bei 25 Knoten Wind und bin weit zurückgefallen. Aber wenn man in zwei von drei Rennen kentert, kann man sich nicht beschweren.”
Immerhin: Als Gesamtzehnter schaffte der junge Berliner noch den Sprung ins Medal Race, wo er sogar kurzzeitig auf Platz fünf lag und hier am Ende neunter wurde.
Seinen Weltmeistertitel verteidigen konnte der Brite Giles Scott, der die Regatta souverän mit 17 Punkten Vorsprung auf den Dänen Jonas Hogh-Christensen gewann. Bronze ging an den Niederländer Pieter Jan Postma. Als zweitbester Deutscher wurde Max Kohlhoff (Kieler Yacht Club) 31. Auf den weiteren Plätzen landeten Eike Martens vom Norddeutschen Regatta Verein auf Rang 34, Simon Gorgels vom Yachtclub Noris in Nürnberg auf Rang 39, Jan Kurfeld vom Yachtclub Wismar 1961 auf Rang 51 und sein Bruder Ulli Kurfeld auf Rang 54.
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Video Alert: Day 2 at the Finn Gold Cup in Gaeta
Day 2 highlights can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeTmSB_RXk8
IFA Report 09.05.2016
Phillip Kasueske wins only race at Finn Gold Cup as light winds continue in Gaeta
Light winds on the second day of the Finn Gold Cup in Gaeta meant only one race could be sailed. Phillip Kasueske (GER) sailed very well to win his first ever major international Finn race. The win moves him up to second overall after three races behind Deniss Karpak (EST), who placed 13th in the race. Piotr Kula (POL) crossed in third to end the day in third overall.
For the second day running the fleet were held on shore for an hour before going afloat and the postponement continued afloat for a while before one race was sailed in 6-9 knots. There were a number of high profile black flag disqualifications including long time race leader Jorge Zarif (BRA). In fact, four out of the top 10 finishers crossed the line to find their sail number on the board.
Kasueske explained the race. “I startled on the pin end and it wasn't the best start but I managed to find a gap to tack and cross the fleet. From there I went with the shifts and for me it was very easy, but I think further back in the fleet it was hard to gain places.”
Zarif rounded in front and led all the way until half way down the final run when the German kept to the right and passed. Kasueske continued, “It feels really good, it's my first win in a major regatta, so I am very happy I managed to pull that off. I am really looking forward to the next days with similar conditions and maybe some more good results can happen.”
“To be second overall is great. My goal is to finish top 25, so right now I am pretty safe, but let's see what the next days bring. But I am really happy to show what I can do, so perhaps I will stay motivated for the next years.”
Working under coach Per Baggøe (DEN), Kasueske is part of a young team that has put in the hours and this kind of success has been a long time coming. “We had some really good training this year, mostly in light winds. That's why we are good in light winds this year. We really are a great team, four young guys, always pushing hard and that brings us forward.”
While defending championship Giles Scott (GBR) recovered from around 12th at the top mark to second at the finish to end the day in seventh overall, Piotr Kula (POL) recorded his second top three place in a row to cross in third and rise to third overall.
“I am very happy with how I am going this week, but not happy that it didn't happen a month ago when we had the Olympic trials.” Poland failed to qualify for the Olympics.
“Maybe I am just a little bit more relaxed now, because I am not playing for big stakes, but also in lighter airs my old boat goes pretty well.”
On the future. “We don't know yet what will happen. For me depending on the result here it may mean I am in the team or not, but Tokyo is a far away plan right now, so I am not thinking about it yet. Our season pretty much ends with this regatta, only the Polish nationals in September, and then I am going to think about my plans.”
One of the few sailors still sailing his Olympic trials is Tom Ramshaw (CAN), who is having a great week so far and sits in sixth place. “It's been pretty light, but I've had good speed so it's just about keeping it simple. Today I had a good start and two tacks on the first upwind got me round the windward mark in third.”
About the downwind. “It was difficult. I sat in the middle and had a bit of space behind me, and was able to extend, and didn't sail too much distance. I am new to the downwind techniques, especially in light winds. It's difficult to keep flow. I wasn't fully confident but ended up extending on that downwind, thought the next one wasn't so good.”
On the Canadian trials. “I have got a couple of good results so far in some other regattas that count, and they want to see consistent performance. They will select after the Gold Cup, so it will will be exciting to hear the result. I was working really hard to get to the Olympics in the Laser but keeping the weight down was difficult, and there were four of us. So I gave the Finn a try and liked it and saw an opportunity. It means lot to improve this much during the year and hopefully to be able to compete in Rio, and hopefully to be able to battle in the front there. That would be a long shot but that is the plan.”
Racing is scheduled to continue on Tuesday at 13.00 with even lighter winds forecast, though better wind is expected for the rest of the week.
Some of the races are being covered with live video on Facebook. Keep an eye on the Finn Class Facebook feed for updates about when we expect to broadcast.
Results after three races
1 EST 2 Deniss Karpak 17
2 GER 259 Phillip Kasueske 28
3 POL 17 Piotr Kula 30
4 NED 842 Pieter-Jan Postma 31
5 CZE 5 Ondrej Teply 37
6 CAN 18 Tom Ramshaw 40
7 GBR 41 Giles Scott 45
8 GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 45
9 FRA 17 Fabian Pic 48
10 RUS 57 Egor Terpigorev 48
Full results here.
Top: Philip Kasuekse
Below: Start race 3, downwind, Tom Ramshaw, Piotr Kula
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Video Alert: Day 1 at the Finn Gold Cup in Gaeta
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IFA Report 08.05.2016
Deniss Karpak masters light winds on first day of Finn Gold Cup in Gaeta
Deniss Karpak (EST) is the early leader at the 60th Finn Gold Cup in Gaeta, Italy, after winning the opening race and then following that up with a third in the second. Giorgio Poggi (ITA) is second, while Peter-Jan Postma (NED) is third. The second race was dominated by Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN).
It was a hot and sunny day in Gaeta but the wind generally remained light. After a one hour postponement, the fleet was sent out for a start in 6-7 knots of breeze and it never got much above 10 knots all day.
Race 1 started under a black flag after a number of failed attempts. The right side proved heavily favoured with Matteo Savio (ITA) rounding from the right ahead of Fabian Pic (FRA) and Ulli Kurfeld (GER). Savio maintained his led until the start of the run when Karpak, who had made big gains on the second upwind, caught him and sailed past to take the win. Savio crossed in second with Pic in third.
Karpak said, “It was another beautiful day in Gaeta. It was an excellent day for me. I did great in both races, so I'm happy.”
On his plan. “My plan was just to go to the right. The sun was going right and the wind was going the same direction, and I managed to do that. I crossed to the middle of the first beat and the wind went more right, so instead of top three I was about 12th at the top mark. I caught up on the second beat. The second race was the same. When you are tactically good and fast, races are easy.”
On what the event means to him. “It is just for testing various things before going to Rio. It's the last major regatta for all of us before going to Rio. Today was almost the same weather we will get in Rio.”
The wind built sightly for race 2 but still no more than 9 knots at the start. The fleet got away first time with the leaders starting at the pin and getting across to the right as soon as they could. Double world champion Høgh-Christensen got it right to lead all the way round. The first downwind was free pumping but the wind dropped and so did Oscar flag. The Dane built a huge lead on the first downwind, but Piotr Kula (POL) clawed it back on the second upwind to round a close second. Høgh-Christensen pulled away on the final downwind for the race win from Kula and Karpak.
Høgh-Christensen said, “It was a tough day in light winds. The first race was going well for me. I got a good start, crossed the fleet and I was working to the left of the fleet, and the wind shifted 5-10 degrees. I tacked on and that was a mistake, as it went further, and I rounded in 65th so that was pretty bad. But I caught back up quite a bit.”
“The second race was similar. I had a good start at the pin, crossed the fleet and went a bit further right and just managed to be first at the top mark. Then on the run I managed to pull out quite a bit and from there I could control the race all the way to the finish.”
“Actually, I thought I had a good day. I missed that one shift on the first race, but otherwise I thought I sailed a really good day.”
On his downwind speed, he said, “I think it was a combination of speed and pressure. There's no doubt I was fast downwind today but I put myself on the right side of the current and the pressure so that helped a lot. I think things are coming together. We have been working hard on getting back up to speed. We've changed a lot of things, actually we changed everything, and lately it has been going a lot better.”
On the week ahead. “Most of the top guys are here. It's 10 years since I first won a world championships, so maybe it's time I did it again!”
The defending champion Giles Scott (GBR) is down in 18th after choosing the wrong side of the first upwind to finish in 38th before having a better second race to cross fifth. He sits in 18th overall. In fact, many favourites picked up one or two high scores during the day.
Two more races are scheduled for Monday with light winds again forecast. Some of the races are being covered with live video on Facebook. Keep an eye on the Finn Class Facebook feed for updates about when we expect to broadcast.
Results after two races
1 EST 2 Deniss Karpak 4
2 ITA 117 Giorgio Poggi 18
3 NED 842 Pieter-Jan Postma 21
4 FRA 17 Fabian Pic 23
5 BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 25
6 POL 17 Piotr Kula 27
7 GER 259 Phillip Kasueske 27
8 ESP 7 Alejandro Muscat 28
9 DEN 2 Jonas Høgh-Christensen 31
10 CZE 5 Ondrej Teply 31
Full results here.
Top: Deniss Karpak and Matteo Savio
Below: Jonas Høgh-Christensen, Deniss Karpak, Start race 2, Top mark Race 1
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