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Finn Lynch's Top Form Continues at World Sailing Cup in Genoa

17th April 2019
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Finn Lynch racing in Genoa Finn Lynch racing in Genoa Photo: Sailing Energy

On form Laser sailor Finn Lynch took a fifth in the first and only race of the day yesterday in light winds at the World Sailing Cup in Genoa, Italy.
"Very tough race and a great start to the regatta", the National Yacht Club declared who was lucky to get any sailing at all compared to other fleets.

Light winds hampered the schedule where nine Irish boats are competing

Making their international debut in the 49erFX Annalise Murphy and Katie Tingle finished 16th in their only race placing them 26th overall after three races sailedin their 49-boat fleet.

Neither the 49ers or the Radials got any racing.

Full results are here.

Norway’s Hermann Tomasgaard and Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic picked up the first Laser wins on the second day of racing in Genoa where over 700 sailors are racing.

Tomasgaard, winner at Miami, and Stipanovic, Rio 2016 silver medallist, took hard-earned yellow and blue fleet victories respectively in the 111-boat Laser pack.

The Italian city was hit with a light 5-6 knot wind on the second day of competition which meant that the split Laser fleet could only complete one race apiece.

Across the eight Olympic events, that features 676 registered sailors from 58 nations, only the 49erFX blue fleet were able to complete a race alongside the Lasers.

Stipanovic, sailing in the blue fleet, took a convincing victory and was full of praise for the race officials ashore after racing, "Compared to events I’ve been to recently, we had a Race Officer who could understand what was happening to the wind. He was changing the course nearly on every leg and the mark was always in the right place. It was a pleasure to be a part of the regatta today."

Stipanovic did indeed win a fair race in very challenging light conditions. He was followed by Dutch racer Duko Bos and Australia’s Luke Elliott. 

Norway’s Tomasgaard also enjoyed the racing in the yellow fleet, snapping up the victory ahead of Sergey Komissarov (RUS) and Stefano Peschiera (PER). The Norwegian comes into Genoa off the back of an exceptional performance in Miami where he controlled the fleet and clinched gold with a day to spare. 

He finished sixth at the recent Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma, Mallorca and is aiming to recapture his Miami form. 

"My starts were good in Miami but I had a tough time in Palma," commented Tomasgaard. "They were not as good and today’s start was not perfect either. It’s difficult to say where it went wrong but if you’re a second late it can make a huge difference. I’ve not been as on it recently.

"Racing is the best practice for the start. Once you make the acceleration you’ve got to go for it and go full speed."

Although he suffered a tough start, there was no issue with Tomasgaard’s performance throughout the rest of the race. He moved up from seventh at the first mark to clinch the victory. "In the beginning, I thought I was going to get caught in the middle like you often do in light wind but the group of us found pressure and moved forward."

After one race, Stipanovic and Tomasgaard share the lead and will be targeting a repeat performance on Wednesday. 

Racing is scheduled to resume for the 49er, 49erFX, Laser and Nacra 17 at 11:00 today. The remaining fleets all have an additional race scheduled as they aim to catch up on races missed on Tuesday. 

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