Making it look easy is a tag that has often been applied to several British Finn sailors in recent times, but currently in La Rochelle, France, Giles Scott is demolishing an incredibly strong field of 100 Finn sailors and is making it look too easy.
Controlling a fleet of 100 Finns on a start line is never going to be straightforward, but add in a running tide and light, fickle winds and it took 11 starts and two days to get the first race away. The race was twice abandoned at a mid way stage because of the varying wind. Since then the wind has been 10 knots and more and Giles Scott has been dominant.
Always around the first mark in the leading group, he has only once led round the entire course. Five times he has taken the lead at the bottom of the final run leaving his competitors shaking their heads in anguish because they had nothing left to give.
He’ll tell you that it’s not easy but he is making it look easy, almost too easy. His relaxed and confident manner in the boat lulls you into a false sense of security, but when he is ready for the kill, there is no fanfare, he just eases past and is gone. There is nothing to be done about it.
In the eight races sailed so far he has won six and goes into the final day of the qualifying series with a 36 point lead over the defending champion Vasilij Zbogar from Slovenia. He only needs one good result on Friday to win the regatta with two races to spare. Even his former, more famous, team mate rarely did that.
The final two races of the opening series are on Friday before Saturday’s medal race. It looks a foregone conclusion, but with more than 40 boats carrying at least one black flag disqualification, it is a long way from over yet. Follow the action live on the Finn Class Twitter feed at: http://twitter.com/Finn_Class. -Robert Deaves.