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IFA Reports

Nicholas Heiner, Jorge Zarif and Alican Kaynar

Jorge Zarif storms Hyéres medal race to snatch World Cup gold

It is one small step on the road to Aarhus and the first Olympic qualifier, but the World Cup Series Hyères proved, if nothing else, that the step is crowded with top sailors jostling for position.

In some of the best racing conditions of the week, Brazil’s Jorge Zarif stormed the medal race with a huge victory to snatch gold out of the hands of Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands. Turkey’s Alican Kaynar took the bronze.
Start of medal race
Live coverage of the medal races on Sunday in Hyéres
In 12-15 knots of breeze the medal race provided a great spectacle for the final showdown. However, the race was over as soon as it began for fourth placed Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic, who was pulled out as an early starter.

Zarif thought he saw better pressure on the left and crossed over. Heiner let him go and chose to stay with the group on the left. The wind then switched to the right and when the groups crossed near the top, Zarif already had a large lead. Heiner rounded near the back and never really caught up. Zarif cruised round the course to take the gold. For a while Kaynar had a chance for silver, but couldn’t put enough boats between him and Heiner, eventually crossing sixth and seventh.

Sweden's Max Salminen crossed in second, after going back at the start, while Ioannis Mitakis from Greece was third.

Alican Kaynar won this event last year after a medal race match race with Heiner. The roles were reversed this week with Kaynar playing catch up after a bumpy start to the week.

“It was really tight before the start with close points, and after the start I was close with Nicholas and Ondrej, who had a chance for medal, and Jorge just escaped to the right side, so I couldn’t cover everyone. So I stuck with the guys close to me.”

“I had some chance to attack for the second place, but Nicholas had a good downwind on the last one and he managed to keep the distance between us. I tried to pass two boats on the downwind, but I couldn’t get past.”

On the medal, “It’s very good and my second medal this year after Miami so I am quite happy with how the season is going.”
Jorge Zarif celebrates the win
Heiner has arguably been the best sailor this week, winning four of the shortened eight race opening series and always being a threat. His inconsistent scoreline in the other races perhaps best indicated the tough conditions the fleet has faced this week with generally very light and patchy winds. Six out of eight opening series races were sailed in less than 9 knots.

While content with his general performance he was unhappy at again losing out in the medal race.

“That was a tough one..another silver. I was pretty happy where I was out of the start. When Jorge tacked off it looked pretty dead and I was on quite high numbers and I quite liked what I saw on the left. A few other guys ducked me and I thought I maybe needed to go with them, but I was trusting my numbers and what I saw on the left, but then it went 15-20 degrees right and it never came back. It was a harsh one.”

“In the end, during a medal race it’s what you see and what you get, though apparently I didn’t see the right thing. On the last day you need to be the best and today, I wasn’t.”

He was happy with a medal, but referring to the runner’s up blue shirt. “Maybe we just need to finish it off the day before the medal race. I think it’s been a good week and I won half the races, but in the other half we finished about 10th, so I need to step it up a little bit there. It’s enough to work on and it’s great we have three medals, but I am kind of over the blue.”
Jorge Zarif leads up the first beat
Jorge Zarif has sailed an amazing week here and had a great shot at winning the gold. He turned that opportunity into reality for his first European World Cup gold medal.

“I talked to the Laser guys before the race and everyone said that the left was paying a little bit, but the forecast was saying the wind would turn to the right, and just before the start I saw a little bit of pressure coming from the right. I didn’t think it would be so much but I tried to start by the boat and tacked to the right and it worked really well.”

“Jake [Lilley] tacked to the right early and I saw he was in more pressure so I thought it was time to go over there as well. It was better than I thought it would be.”

“It’s the seventh time I have been in Hyéres, but my first ever World Cup gold in Europe. Last year I was fifth, but it’s nice to be gold for the first time.”

On his progress towards Aarhus, “I think I am keeping consistently in the top 10, which is really important for Aarhus, as it will be really tough to qualify the country there with only eight places. I think I am always in the top eight, so I think this is a good step but it’s still a long way to go.”
Final results (medal race in brackets)
1  BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 38 (1)
2  NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 46 (7)
3  TUR 21 Alican Kaynar 50 (6)
4  AUS 1 Jake Lilley 63 (4)
5  GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 70 (3)
6  CZE 5 Ondrej Teply 70 (ocs)
7  SWE 33 Max Salminen 88 (2)
8  CRO 369 Milan Vujasinovic 88 (9)
9  FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 94 (8)
10  NZL 61 Andy Maloney 97 (5)

Full results here.
The medal race was streamed live on YouTube here.
There was daily live tracking and analytics with SAP here.
Full gallery on Facebook and Flickr
Medal race.
Nicholas Heiner
Alican Kaynar
Medal race start


Nicholas Heiner

Fourth win, four point lead for Heiner after fourth day in Hyères

A fourth race win for Nicholas Heiner from the Netherlands, gives him a four point advantage at the top of the 40 boat Finn fleet after the fourth day at the 2018 World Cup Series in Hyères. Brazil’s Jorge Zarif remains second with Turkey’s Alican Kaynar in third.

In fact there was no change in the top four boats, though the points gaps are starting to separate. The top three have a ten point buffer to Ondrej Teply in fourth, with just two races to sail before Sunday’s medal race.
Start Race 7
Highlights from Day 4 in Hyeres
Cornish has had a pretty hideous week so far, but a 5, 1 today was the best score of anyone on the day and moves him up to 17th, 18 points outside the medal race.

“It was a nice day with a bit more breeze than we have had all week. Quite a good finish for me and the best day I have had by quite a long way. I had a sticky start to the week and was not quite managing to get the first gains right up the first beat, which I managed to put right today and it made a big difference.”

He explained that the depth of the fleet and the short course made the early gains all the more important.

“When it is as tight as this and you miss the first opportunity, it is really hard to find a way back, and if you are out the back at the first windward mark you have a bit of work on your hands to get back into the group. And the opposite is true, if you can get the first jump on the fleet it’s a really nice opportunity to get away.”

Josh Junior, from New Zealand, has also had a lacklustre week, but a 15, 6 today represents his best work in Hyéres and moves him up to 12th, just four points outside the medal race.

It’s been an awesome week here and we‘ve been lucky enough to get all our races in, in really light conditions. Most races have been 4-8 knots, but today we got a little more and managed to get some free pumping, which was nice.”

“In terms of my performance I am not going that great a the moment. I am not racing that well so we are going to keep working on that and hopefully we can keep improving.”
Callum Dixon and Josip Olujic
Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece, has been in the top ten all week so far, and while he admits he has not been that consistent, the conditions have dictated that his scoreline is good enough to sit in sixth overall after today.

“So far so good. So far it has been quite light and today we had a really good breeze. I think the conditions are quite challenging for all of us. It is quite tricky so you have to fight for every boat. The level is quite high now and you have to try hard in every race.”

“I am sixth overall. I will try my best but until now I don’t have many consistent races, but we have one more day left.”
Jorge Zarif
The opening series will concludes on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s medal race. Racing on Saturday is provisionally scheduled to start at 13.30. All races are being tracked live with SAP and the medal race will be streamed live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPJ4KJQKCC0
Results after eight races

1 NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 32
2 BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 36
3 TUR 21 Alican Kaynar 38
4 CZE 5 Ondrej Teply 48
5 AUS 1 Jake Lilley 55
6 GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 64
7 CRO 369 Milan Vujasinovic 70
8 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 78
9 SWE 33 Max Salminen 84
10 NZL 61 Andy Maloney 87

Full results here.
There is daily live tracking and analytics with SAP here.
Full gallery on Facebook and Flickr
Josh Junior
Andre Højen-Christiansen
Tom Ramshaw
Milan Vujasinovic and Oisin Mcclelland


Nicholas Heiner

Heiner moves top after sunset sail for Finns on third day in Hyeres

After waiting ashore all day in the sweltering heat on the third day of the World Cup Series in Hyères on Thursday, the Finn fleet finally enjoyed two late sundowner races and returned to shore in the early evening. Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, takes a one-point lead at the top from Brazil’s Jorge Zarif and Turkey’s Alican Kaynar. The race wins went to Croatia’s Josip Olujic and Heiner.

After a never ending postponement and a flat sea most of the day, the prospect of racing looked slim, but late afternoon a light sea breeze began to develop and the Finn fleet was finally sent afloat just before 1700. By then a stable 7-8 knot sea breeze had become established and racing could finally begin. The first race was sailed in 6-8 knots, but the wind had increased to 8-10 for the second. The fleet returned to shore just as the sun was starting to set.

However the wait was worth it with two fantastic races in very nice conditions.
Start Race 6
Highlights from Day 3 in Hyeres
Josh Junior, from New Zealand, was in front at the first mark in Race 5, but unfortunately he was one of three early starters. Olujic rounded second and was soon in the lead downwind, never to be headed. He crossed the finish ahead of Zarif and Kaynar.

Heiner has been producing an average race score and a win every day so far and did it again today. Taking the lead in Race 6 on the second round, he led the fleet home for his third race win. Milan Vujasinovic, from Croatia, produced his best result so far with a second place, while Kaynar was on a charge and ended the day with another third place to move up to third overall and within four points of Heiner.
Josip Olujic
Heiner, “Another light day to start off with and a lot of waiting. For me the day wasn’t too great. I had a good last one to save the day, but I wasn’t really happy with the way I was sailing like the last two days. But I still made it count today, so it’s OK.”

Olujic, “In the first race the wind was about 6 knots. I had a pretty good start at the pin end side, went fully left and rounded the mark second. I won the downwind and in the end I was controlling the fleet to win.”

“In the second race I made one mistake on the start. I was a few seconds late, which cost me the opportunity to have clear wind, so I rounded in the back of the fleet with no chance to recover.”

On the race win, “It’s perfect to win a World Cup race in such a good fleet so I am really happy with that and my speed and how I handled it.”



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