The 2009 Finn Gold Cup came to a close in Vallensbaek, Denmark, on Saturday with a thrilling medal race. Zach Railey from Clearwater, Florida went into the final double points race with a narrow three point margin over 2006 world champion Jonas Høgh Christensen from Denmark. Britain’s Giles Scott was also in with a chance while Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic in fourth had more realistically set his sights on getting a medal of any colour.
It looked to be going the American’s way early on in the race as he rounded the first mark of the short double windward loop course with a small lead over the Dane, but Høgh Christensen found more pressure to the left on the first downwind to move into the lead. Gaspic rounded the top mark last and had it all to do, but recovered to fourth by the bottom mark to hold a crucial lead over Scott. The Brit had run out of pressure at the start and then chose the wrong side of the run to end up second from last. Railey rounded the downwind gate in fifth with a lot of work do do.