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Ed Wright
Ed Wright opens 2023 Finn Gold Cup with two bullets   
The 2010 Finn world champion Ed Wright, from Britain, has taken the early lead at the 2023 Finn Gold Cup in Miami, USA, after winning both races on the opening day at Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Domonkos Nemeth, from Hungary, is second, while Italy’s Federico Colaninno is third.
An overnight change in the weather brought much cooler conditions with moderate north-westerlies from 12-18 knots, and a lot of cloud cover. Both races got away first time with two windward-leeward courses for the 58 Finns from 16 nations.
Wright led around Race 1 in the strongest wind of the day with Nemeth recovering from around 15th at the first mark to place second, with Colaninno in third.
The wind had decreased and become more unstable for the second race. Initially the left was looking good then a big shift to the right changed the front. Laurent Hay, from France led from Peter Sangmeister and Colaninno. Wright rounded in sixth but gybed off down the run and was soon in the lead, extending for a comfortable win. Nemeth again finished second after a close battle with Colaninno
The furthest travelled here is Ray Hall from New Zealand. He is in 14th after the first day.
“The first day of the Gold Cup was good and solid, we had long beats, a lot of energy to put into the boat. I love sailing the Finn, this is the reason why I do it. It keeps me fit and healthy. It’s my first time in Miami, I’m really enjoying the environment and I’m looking forward to day two. Finn sailing…been doing that for a couple of years, keep coming back, must be something wrong with me”
James Golden, from Annapolis, USA, only entered the event at the last moment and today was his first day ever in the Finn. He sits in ninth overall.
“I had a great time sailing. There was about 15-20 knots at the beginning of the day and then it dropped off to 10-12. I found a lot of success going to the left in the first race and in the second race hitting the right side at the right time seemed to be successful. It’s a very physical boat and I had a lot of good fun pushing the limits, working hard.”
He sails the Laser as part of the US Olympic development team and has represented the US in a few international events so far. “I am hoping to sail at the Olympics in 2024 and 2028.”
“I signed up just a few days ago, my friend Peter [Sangmeister] gave me an opportunity to come sailing and I had to do it. I was coming down here to sail in the Clearwater OCR next weekend, in the Laser and I was given an opportunity to go sailing this weekend and I had to do it. I’m just glad to be here.”
Ed Wright has not sailed a Finn regatta since the 2019 Finn Gold Cup in Melbourne, but is very happy to be back in the boat.
“We had two lovely races today, maybe 10-15, maybe sometimes more. I scored two bullets, so starting the week off well.
“It’s lovely to be back in the Finn, I did some training last week and then I entered the Finn Gold Cup and I’m enjoying every minute so far.
“It’s very tricky out there. By the second race it was getting trickier with lots of shifts, lots of pressure differences and it was quite interesting to see those little bands going down. Actually, it adds to the fun, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t mind if we had a little more waves.”
“Miami is a great city, the sailing is great and I can’t complain about that.”
After two races there are eight nations in the top 10, with close racing throughout the fleet. Similar conditions are expected for Saturday, though slightly warmer. 
Two more races are scheduled for Saturday. The event concludes on Tuesday.
Results after 2 races
1 GBR 111 Ed Wright 2
2 HUN 80 Domonkos Nemeth 4
3 ITA 171 Federico Colaninno 6
4 ESP 161 Miguel Fernández Vasco 8
5 FRA 75  Laurent Hay 13
6 AUS 22  Paul Mckenzie 15
7 BRA 32  Pedro Lodovici  16
8 USA 16  Rodion Mazin 18
9 USA 186 James Golden 19
10 BRA 53 Pedro Trouche 24
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Highlights from Day 1 
Domonkos Nemeth

The 2023 Finn Gold Cup (the Finn Class World Championship) is taking place in Miami USA, from 24-31 January, organised by Coconut Grove Sailing Club in conjunction with the International Finn Association.




Tues 24 – Thurs 26 January – Measurement/Registration
Thurs 26 January – Opening Day
Fri 27 January – Racing (2 races scheduled)
Sat 28 January – Racing (2 races scheduled)
Sun 29 January – Bacardi Race Day (2 races scheduled)
Mon 30 January – Racing (2 races scheduled)
Tues 31 January – Racing (2 races scheduled) followed by Prizegiving

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Laurent Hay
James Golden
Miguel Fernandez Vasco
Federico Collanino
Pedro Trouche
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