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Rafa Trujillo Masters San Francisco Breeze
After two fantastic races on San Francisco Bay the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Rafa Trujillo (ESP) takes the early lead in the 2010 Finn Gold Cup. The 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey (USA) lies in second while Giles Scott (GBR) ended the opening day in third.
It was always going to be a windy day with 15 knots already in place when the sailors arrived and forecasts of more for later in the day. It was bright, sunny, windy. Perfect conditions for full-on Finn sailing. The wind increased during the day to 22 knots in race two with the Oscar flag flying for free pumping throughout the day.
Among the many new faces in the class this year is Matt Coutts (NZL). The championship is something of a family reunion with Matt's uncle, Rob Coutts (NZL) also sailing, with his father Grant doing some coaching and other uncle, Russell, popping in for a few days. "I haven't actually seen my dad for most of the year as I've been over in Spain but it's nice to all get together here. Russell is coming over for a couple of days, so it will be nice to see him as well."
Russell Coutts has been at the venue for several days coaching his young nephew. Does his famous uncle have any influence on him or advice to offer. "Oh for sure he has. He's been a big help. When I decided to go into the Finn, you could see it was pretty exciting for him. He been giving me some general direction advice, kind of the big picture stuff, what I should be working on, a little bit of the technical aspect of it. A little bit of everything, but mainly just general direction making sure I am working on the right things and spending the time and money on the right things."
Racing continues Tuesday with two more races and forecasts of slightly stronger winds coming through.
Results after 2 races:
1. Rafael Trujillo, ESP, 3 points
2. Zach Railey, USA, 10
3. Giles Scott, GBR, 12
4. Jonas Hogh-Christensen, DEN, 12
5. Thomas le Breton, FRA, 15
6. Brendan Casey, AUS,l 16
7. Gasper Vincec, SLO, 17
8. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, CRO, 18
9. Edward Wright, GBR, 21
10. Alejandro Muscat, ESP, 21
Full results at www.finngoldcup.com