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Finn Gold Cup: Oliver Tweddell makes a winning start

  • Oliver Tweddell on his way to an opening race win - Photo Hanna Odras  Finn Gold Cup 2013 Tallinn (Photo by Contributed)
Finn Gold Cup: Oliver Tweddell makes a winning start

Australia’s Oliver Tweddell has made an impressive start to the 2013 Finn Gold Cup, winning the opening race in Tallinn, Estonia.

Tweddell got off to a good start in light winds, lead at the top mark and extended from then on, eventually winning the race by more than two minutes.

The Victorian was 22nd in race two to end the opening day fifth in the 86 boat fleet.

The results capped off a busy few days off the water for Tweddell who was forced to organise a charter boat for racing after issues with the Finn he had originally planned to use, finally getting it ready at 10pm the night before the regatta began.

“I had a great start to the regatta, winning the opening race by a big margin,” said Tweddell. “After a tough few days on shore it was great to get out there in a different boat and still perform well given how stressful the lead up was.

“The conditions were light and shifty and we were racing very close to shore which made the going tough,” he said. “It was tricky but I like light winds and seem to be OK in them at the moment. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week if it stays light like this.”

Brendan Casey finished the opening day in 23rd position, with the London 2012 Olympic Games representative 21st and 33rd from the first two races.

Joe McMillan is currently in 69th position following a 68th and a 59th, with Jake Lilley just behind in 72nd after a 57th and a 72nd.

While the light winds in Estonia made for a slow day on the water at the Finn Gold Cup, over in Ireland a complete lack of breeze led to the cancellation of the first day of the 2013 IFDS World Championship.

Australia has four crews entered in the event, with three in the single person 2.4mR, Matt Bugg, Neil Patterson and Mark Durnan, and one in the Sonar, Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris and Russell Boaden.

“It was a disappointing start to the regatta with racing cancelled due to a lack of wind,” said Harrison. “The Race Committee kept us on shore which saved everyone from a two hour tow to and from our race course. Tomorrow’s forecast is not looking much better but everyone is hoping.”

Full results from the 2013 Finn Gold Cup can be found here.

By Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia

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