We like this on board video from Hein van Egmond sailing at Falmouth Bay before the Gold Cup, and Robert Deaves fills us in on the up to date Gold Cup racing below.
At the half way stage at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK, a familiar pattern is starting to emerge at the front of the fleet. Five time champion Ben Ainslie is leading the fleet by ten points with a scoreline that is pretty close to perfect. With four race wins already in the bag he looks to be heading for an unprecedented sixth world title.
The 2010 World Champion Ed Wright got the better of Ben Ainslie by just one point on the first day of the championship, but the Olympic champion held his nerve in the shifty conditions on day two to take a seven point lead. Two really tough races in a strong and very cold northerly wind was just what his rivals wanted to try and redress the balance, but Ainslie proved them wrong, winning both races by a substantial margin. It was perhaps his most impressive day’s sailing in many years.
At this point the British domination seems complete with Wright in second and Andrew Mills in third. A lot of the favourites have had a bad start to the regatta picking up high scores and struggling in the shifty offshore winds.
The weather hasn’t been particularly kind either, with temperatures rarely lifting over 10-12 degrees on a very cold Falmouth Bay. Never ending rain on the Monday just added to the misery. Tuesday was described as ‘brutal’ by many of the sailors. On Wednesday, the weather had a day off. It was slightly warmer, but the wind wasn’t playing the game so the fleet was sent in with nothing more on the board.
So the opening series concludes Thursday with three races in what is forecast to be the windiest day so far and with the wind turning to the open sea, it could also be the roughest.Will Ainslie secure his sixth Finn crown? Follow the daily blog or catch up with the latest daily highlights video here.