Image gallery of sailors competing at JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012

Image gallery of sailors competing at JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup

There are just four days to go before the first races for the JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup 2012 in Falmouth, UK and the sailors are making last minute preparations for the battle that lies ahead.
From more of the great selection of photos from Lee Whitehead from last weekend’s UK National Championship here are some images of the sailors we will see racing on Falmouth Bay next week.

Jorge Zarif (BRA) – Placed an excellent ninth in last week’s UK Nationals and already qualified for Olympics, picking up the 18th and final place available in Perth.

Haris Papodopolous (CYP) – Still trying to qualify his nation for a place at the 2012 Olympics. Competed in China in 2008 where he placed 22nd.

Michael Maier (CZE) – With four Olympics already under his belt, Maier is a class veteran. The Czech Republic still has to qualify for Weymouth, but Maier or the young Tomas Vika, should achieve that next week.

Jonas H¸gh-Christensen (DEN) – World champion in 2006 and 2009 and back for his third Olympics. One of the favourites to medal next week. Best Olympic result was a sixth in 2008.

Jonathan Lobert (FRA) – Runner up in last year’s Olympic test event and a favourite for a medal next week.

Ben Ainslie (GBR) – The all out favourite. Five times Finn world champion and twice Olympic champion in the Finn.

Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) – Runner-up to Ainslie at last year’s world championship and one of the favourites to either medal or win this year.

Matt Coutts (NZL) – Third Gold Cup and improving all the time. No decision yet on Kiwi selection for the Olympics though the favourite to go is Dan Slater.

Eduard Skornyakov (RUS) – Russia missed Olympic qualification in Perth by just one place. In Falmouth it is also their individual trials. Skornyakov was European champion in 2007 and competed in the 2008 Olympics where he placed 17th.

Egor Terpigorev (RUS) – Finished just one place behind Skornyakov in last week’s event, but who will come out on top in the final showdown next week?

A selected image gallery of around 150 shots can be found here (
), while the complete searchable gallery can be found on Lee’s website at
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