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Ed Wright snatches Finn European title after spectacular medal race

Nicholas Heiner at the finish of the Medal Race

Ed Wright won his second Finn European title on Saturday, in Cádiz, after a spectacular medal race in high winds and huge waves that nearly resulted in the race being cancelled. Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, had led all week, but several capsizes and a last place left him with the silver, while Max Salminen, from Sweden did enough to take the bronze, after placing second.

The Final Race for the rest of the fleet was cancelled with sustained gusts well over 30 knots and huge seas. This meant that Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland, won the U23 European title, from last year’s winner, Henry Wetherell, from Britain, and Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic in third.

The medal race started with an average windspeed of 24 knots gusting to 29. With the huge waves it was on the limit, but the Finn sailors wouldn’t have it any other way. The race was on and they loved the extreme challenge of survival against the elements.
Ed Wright celebrates after the Medal Race
Highlights from Day 6
Max Salminen, Ed Wright and Nicholas Heiner
Wright got off to a great start, on top of Heiner, but Brazil’s Jorge Zarif escaped at the pin end and led the fleet the entire race to cross the line with a comfortable lead. However he neglected to round the final downwind mark and was disqualified. Josh Junior, from New Zealand, and Salminen were chasing him down and Salminen hung on down the run to cross behind Zarif and Junior to take the bronze.

Heiner was having problems, capsizing on the downwind and again at the gate to trail the fleet by some distance. Wright kept upright and a fifth was enough to take the gold.
Nicholas Heiner
After leading the championship all week, Heiner can look back on a successful Europeans even though he fell short at the final hurdle. “It was a really hard race today, with quite extreme conditions. I didn’t really sail my own race in the end and tried to stay close to Ed. Unfortunately I had a capsize on the downwind and another at the bottom mark. I just wasn’t good enough today, and we know what we need to work on. I must say I haven’t sailed much in these conditions in the Finn.”

“But that’s no excuse. I just need to get some more pace in the breeze and make sure the boat handling is crisp.”

On his second major medal in the last nine months, “Progress has been great I’ve not raced since last year in Balaton, so to be leading here the whole week and to have sailed so well has been really nice, and showed that we had a good summer in New Zealand. But saying that, on a day like this you just need to finish it off and unfortunately we didn’t.”
Max Salminen
Salminen, said “It was an amazing medal race. I am really happy that we did it. It was clearly marginal conditions, but this a really cool part of our sport to be able never control, but at least, you can try to survive in these conditions. And what an amazing venue to run races from. The wind and the waves are amazing.”

“It was a tight medal race as you would have expected. But I found myself around the boats that were around me in the results, so from the last lap I just tried to cover them as much as possible and get the boat safely to the finishing line.”

On another medal, “For sure it’s confirmation that we are doing the right thing with my training partners and my coach. And for sure you want to win championships. I think it’s important to keep being on the podium, when you aim is to win a medal in 2020, you need to be there already now and for that I am happy.”
Heading into the finish
On his second European title, 12 years after the first, Wright said, “It was a crazy race. I saw Heiner capsize at the five-minute so then I realised everyone was having a hard time with the conditions not just me.”

“I knew I needed to nail the start which I did and immediately rolled Heiner, which was great and had good speed to extend. I tried to sail him back and still stay in contention, as I needed boats between us. I got an early gybe in on the first run and sailed the boat hard downwind and extended. By then it was a matter of keeping it upright.”

“The seas were massive and very difficult, but it was awesome sailing and awesome racing. I enjoyed every second. What a race.”

“I am so happy to win the title again.”

It has been a great week in Cádiz, with the venue finally living up to the promises over the past three days. Now the sailors can rest and in two weeks time the battle for supremacy will continue at the Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma.
Results after medal race (medal race in brackets)
1  GBR 11 Edward Wright 57 (5)
2  NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 60 (9)
3  SWE 33 Max Salminen 71 (2)
4  NZL 24 Josh Junior 73 (1)
5  USA 6 Caleb Paine 73 (3)
6  GBR 91 Ben Cornish 92 (6)
7  BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 97 (DSQ)
8  CRO 1 Josip Olujic 99 (4)
9  FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 101 (7)
10  GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 110 (8)
Full results here.
Ondra Teply, Nils Theuninck and Henry Wdetherell
Heading towards Cádiz
Start of the medal race
Jorge Zarif led all the way

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Heiner leads Finn fleet into Europeans medal race as Cádiz turns it up again

Spectacular finish to Race 8

Both Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, and Edward Wright, from Britain, are guaranteed medals at the Open and U23 Finn Europeans in Cadiz after the final day of the Opening Series on Friday. The conditions were again exceptional, with Briton, Ben Cornish, winning another race, while Swedish world champion, Max Salminen, moved up to third, with just the medal race to sail.

In the U23 championship, Nils Theuninck, from Switzerland, returns to the lead, holding a one-point lead over defending champion Henry Wetherell, from Britain. Third placed Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic, is 34 points adrift.

The day started with heavy rain, and then a postponement as the skies cleared and the sun made a welcome appearance. Three races were scheduled but after the late start, and then a delay in starting the first race, it meant that only one race was added to the scoresheet – the re-sail of the abandoned Race 8 from Thursday.

But the conditions were exceptional again with a great breeze, huge waves, some much needed sunshine and a spectacular roller coaster reach to the finish as 3-4 metre waves swept the fleet down to the line.
Victor Gorostegui leads round the top mark
Daily highlights video will follow later and be published here.
Finishing Race 8 in style
Getting underway in 12-14 knots, the fleet rounded the top mark pretty tight with Victor Gorostegui, of Spain, leading round from Deniss Karpak, of Estonia and Alican Kaynar, of Turkey. Karpak led at the gate but then it all changed again on the second upwind with USA’s Caleb Paine leading round from Nenad Bugarin, from Croatia and Tapio Nirkko, from Finland.

Cornish rounded fourth and passed all three downwind to record his third race win in a row. Paine crossed second with Bugarin third.

With the time limit set at 16.00, the race committee did a great job setting up fast and firing the first warning signal just after 15.45. However the fleet was too keen and two general recalls later, time had run out and the fleet was sent back to the harbour.
Downwind in Race 8
Cornish was philosophical about his win after the previous day’s race win had been scrubbed.

“It was nice to get out there and put right what went wrong yesterday. I was a bit disappointed that the race got thrown out yesterday. But it was nice to go out with a clear head and go and get another race win.”

He was about 20th round the first mark, but then, had “a good first downwind and I seemed to hit every shift up the second beat which gave me a good chance down the last run. I managed to slide my way down for the win.”

“It’s such a shame we didn’t get the last race in with such nice conditions. But as it comes to the end of the week everyone is desperate for something and just pushes harder and harder.

Salminen also had mixed feelings about the abandoned race, where he placed sixth.

“It’s been an amazing last two days with really big waves and the sun finally came out with nice medium wind, and it’s been going good.”

“Yesterday we had some big rain clouds coming through that shifted things around a bit, but I am really happy with my speed and my performance overall. Then we had a little hairy second race yesterday that finally got kicked out and I placed sixth in that race, and that was bothering me last night. Then I came back today and actually scored better, at least compared to the guys around me on the scoreboard. So that feels really good.”

He placed seventh today and goes into the medal race in the bronze medal position, but he knows he still has a fight on his hands with four sailors capable of taking it away from him.

“It’s really pleasing to be up there. Unfortunately first and second is out of reach which is a shame but that didn’t happen today, that happened on the first two days. But I am pleased with my sailing towards the end.”
Start of Race 8
One of those who will challenge him in the medal race is the 2013 world champion, Jorge Zarif, from Brazil.

“I think this week has been a really good week. I had really bad starts but I played the right sides so I had consistent results, which has put me in sixth overall, and I hope I can do something well in the medal race tomorrow. I am really looking forward to it. I have to pass three guys but the maths is possible so let’s see.”

Nicholas Heiner has led from Day 1, and needs to be within two boats of Wright to secure his first Finn championship title.

He described the day, “Eventually the wind kicked in really quickly and it was another nice sailing day. It was really patchy for the first race and really tricky conditions. I didn’t have the speed upwind so I got buried a little bit, but luckily I had the speed downwind and I knew I had to put it down on the last run to secure points on Ed, who was in front of me, I was really happy to at least get one decent result in today and it’s all on tomorrow.”

But he won’t be happy with anything but gold.

“I have a five point lead and am guaranteed a medal, but I have been leading all week and we want to finish that way for sure. It’s another yacht race tomorrow and only ten boats and a massive forecast so I think it will be good fun and a lot of action.”

There will be two races going on inside the medal race. Gold and silver will go to Heiner or Wright, while five sailors are in the mix for the bronze. Seventh placed Cornish is only 13 points adrift and after his performance the last two days, who would write off a second Europeans bronze medal in a row.

The forecast is so bad for Saturday that the medal race has been brought forward to 09.30 in an attempt to get racing in before the wind really kicks in. Even then the forecast for 09.00 is for strong wind from 25-30 knots. The final race for the rest has been rescheduled for 10.30.

If the sailors get the chance to race it should be an awesome battle.
Results after eight races:
1  NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 42
2  GBR 11 Edward Wright 47
3  SWE 33 Max Salminen 67
4  USA 6 Caleb Paine 67
5  NZL 24 Josh Junior 71
6  BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 75
7  GBR 91 Ben Cornish 80
8  FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 87
9  CRO 1 Josip Olujic 91
10  GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 94
Full results here.
Ed Wright
Josh Junior faces mountainous seas
Nils Theuninck hold a one-point lead in the U23 Championship

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