Finn Masters Magazine 2022

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round up from 2021

filipe silva interview

looking ahead...





Contacts, Calendar & Suppliers News 2021 Finn World Masters Filipe Silva Interview Helsinki 2022 Preview 2021 Finn European Masters Upcoming events 2023-24 Kristian Sjöberg Interview Masters events across the world Downwind in light airs

Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook - the official publication of the Finn World Masters ISSUE NO. 9 • MAY 2022 The Finn Masters Magazine is a non-profit publication that is distributed free of charge to all active Finn masters who are IFA members through their National Finn Association, as well as other interested parties connected to the Finn World Masters around the world. Articles, race results, photographs and reports from countries are always welcome. All advertisement enquiries should also be addressed to the Editor. A media pack is available on While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented, neither the editor nor the contributors can assume any liability for any errors that remain.


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Masters President’s Message

By Andy Denison, GBR 20

t has been a challenging few years Iproud for everyone, but we should be of the fact that in 2021 we

managed to host our two major championships very successfully. Many thanks to the teams at Tihanyi Hajós Egylet in Hungary and Los Alcázares in Spain for two remarkable championships. We took a risk having them much closer together than normal and didn’t quite know how it would work out but in the end both were extremely successful and I know that everyone who made the effort had a wonderful time.

Looking ahead we will go to Helsinki for the Finn World Masters and back to Spain at L’Hospitalet de l’Infant for the Europeans in September. Finland is gearing itself up for the event to take place in July, and the OA has released the ferry deals for competitors and entries are healthy at this time of writing. The Masters Europeans will take place at Club Náutico Hospitalet-Vandellos located on the Spanish coast just up from Tarragona, a new venue for the Masters and in a delightful climate for September racing. While we are still some way off reaching pre-pandemic numbers, both are looking like being very successful. As Finn Masters we are under occasional pressure to combine with the IFA’s senior events, but I believe that while these events are

sustainable in their own right, there is no need to reduce the number of events we hold each year. We won’t be voting on any new World Masters venues until 2024 as 2025 was granted to The Netherlands, following the two cancellations there. Hopefully it will be third time lucky. In 2023 we head back to Greece and in 2024 we go to Puntala, in Italy, rescheduled from 2021. I am planning to travel to Kavala this year to report on the new location for 2023 at Nea Peramos. This traditional laid back Greek fishing village is located around 15 km east of Kavala and has a fabulous beach to keep the partners happy. However, sat here in the UK in springtime April my thoughts are for all our friends in the Ukraine and Russia. I hope that some form of normality returns to your countries soon and you are able to once again join us in the Finn Masters. The Finn Masters is a unique collective of experience and culture that has few equals in the sailing world. As the world returns to normal following the pandemic, I would invite all of you to come to event and enjoy the camaraderie and social element, as well as the fantastically competitive racing. There is really nothing to beat it. I hope to see you all at an event soon. Andy Denison President - Finn Masters




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ay New passed away on 5 February at the age of 72. Ray was a familiar face at the Finn World Masters, but made a huge contribution to the British class as well as leading the highly successful BFA U23 squad. After retiring from rowing in his early thirties Ray took up sailing. Before joining the Finn fleet at Christchurch Sailing Club in the early 2000s, he was successful in offshore racing in an Evolution 22 and a 27ft Beneteau, as well as sailing an OK Dinghy and a Solo. He was described as a tough competitor on the water and won many series and trophy races at Christchurch, including interclub events. Once out in front, GBR 80, his sail number, would rarely be beaten. Only last year, Ray was first Legend at the UK Finn nationals. He organised the British containers to Barbados with an attention to detail consistent with everything he under took. Ray’s calmness was also evident on one such occasion when returned from Masters in Spain in 2018 on discovering a stowaway in one of the boats. Ray was a member of the British Finn Association committee for 10 years, where he generously gave of his time and expertise. He served first as Training Officer and then as Treasurer, but will be most remembered for leading and organising the highly successful Under 23 squad. Ray’s initiative delivered a new pathway for budding young Finn

sailors who had not been cherry-picked for the British Sailing Team. His tireless devotion to the cause, and meticulous organisation, saw a group of 12 athletes develop their racing and life skills across a number of European regattas. As a result, several are now embarked upon careers as professional sailors and one as a member of the British Junior Rowing Team – all thanks to the inspiration and training Ray delivered. Ray made a huge number of friends through his sailing at Christchurch, across the UK and internationally at the Finn World Master’s regattas. He was universally respected, both on and off the water, a fair-minded competitor and a true gentleman by all that met him. Always ready to help out, Ray supported the World Masters organisation by further developing a random fleet allocation system. Christchurch Sailing Club, the British Finn Association and the Christchurch Finn Fleet owes a huge debt to the calm, considered, guiding hand of Ray New - whose selflessness always put members’ interests first, young and old, and he strove to improve the future of the club and the class at every level. Sail on, Ray – you will be sorely missed. Pics: Left in Torbole in 2016 (pic Michael Kurtz) Top in El Balis in 2018


RIP - Jan Kingma

an Kingma passed away unexpectedly on 3 December, 2021. He was 84 years old. Jan had been involved in the Finn World Masters for many years, as a sailor in NED 729, as the former webmaster under President Fons van Gent and he also built the beautiful half models that the FWM Committee present to organising authorities. In addition, he produced the graphs each year to show the spread of entries by age and nation that were used to promote the events Sailing was the joy of his life and he loved sailing his Finn. He will be much missed by his fellow sailors and for his ever helpful and friendly contribution, with a great eye for detail and correctness, to the annual work of the Masters committee.

Annual Masters Meeting The Annual Masters Meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 July in Helsinki. Please send any items for inclusion to by Monday 6 June. An agenda will be circulated nearer the time.

Future Events No proposals for Finn World Masters events will be accepted until the 2024 Annual Masters Meeting as the first available year is 2026. Proposals for 2025 Finn Europeans Masters will be accepted for the 2023 Annual Masters Meeting, subject to the current IFA event policy. An Event Manual with further details can be downloaded from



2021 FINN WORLD MASTERS – los alcázares, MAR MENOR, Spain 15 knots, 25 degrees with amazing hospitality and attention to detail ashore was the perfect antidote to the approach of winter in northern Europe. In the end, 108 Finn sailors from 20 countries arrived in the holiday resort of Los Alcázares and after nearly 30 months without a Finn World Masters and were all in a perfect holiday mood for the event, as well as being moved by the amazing hospitality and helpfulness of everyone. The Masters President, Andy Denison, summed up the feelings of the competitors by declaring that the event had the potential to become one of the best Finn World Masters ever. And he wasn’t wrong. On the western wide of the Mar Menor, Los Alcázares is an idyllic paradise of hospitality and sailing. The sailing centre was an exciting alcove of Finn activity and conversation, with full facilities complemented by extensive free beer and wine and snacks after racing as well as a packed social programme every day. The 108 Finn sailors felt like royalty, with perfect conditions on land and on the water. It was sublime.

ValÉrian Lebrun wins Mar menor masters took three attempts to stage the 50th Finn World IintMasters. It was initially supposed to be in Port Zélande, The Netherlands in 2020. That was supposed to have

been a celebration of fifty years of Finn Master sailing for those old enough to know better but who just can’t seem to kick the habit.

Then covid arrived and following the cancellation, it was rescheduled for the following year at Medemblik. However that also got cancelled due to covid travel restrictions in the Netherlands. The class was then highly fortunate be receive an offer from the Federación de Vela Región de Murcia to host the event at Los Alcázares in October and following some urgent decision making, this went ahead and was more fun and spectacular than anyone ever imagined given the six month lead time. Many remembered the superb event in 2007 at the same venue, but there are not enough superlatives to describe how good the 2021 Finn World Masters were. A week of fantastic racing in 10-

On the first day of racing, with 12-18 knots of wind and in 25 degrees, two races were sailed in near perfect conditions. Valérian Lebrun set the pace for the week with two race wins to take the early lead from Filipe Silva and Anthony Nossiter, Mels Jongeneel led at the top in Race 1, but by the gate Paul McKenzie had taken the lead. He maintained that lead at the second top mark but both Silva and Lebrun were close behind. Lebrun was clearly the best downwind, moving ahead of McKenzie on the final leg. Extending to the finish, he took the win, with McKenzie just holding off Silva to take second. After just two hours sleep following an overnight drive from the Sail GP in Cadiz, Nossiter crossed in fourth place. Bettering his first race performance, Lebrun put on a master class to lead all the way for a large win in Race 2. Behind him places were changing but in a slightly reduced breeze though still with a tricky chop, Silva came through for second with Nossiter in third. Exhausted sailors reached the shore, just 15 minutes from the race area, to be greeted by a wonderful paella served in the boat park, with ample free beer. During the week the Masters drank about 650 litres of the free beer, and there was still plenty left over… Lebrun didn’t have it so easy in the lighter winds on the second day, but he was the only one to maintain low scores. Cloud cover for most of the day kept the temperatures lower than Monday, with a



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FRA 111 Valerian Lebrun M POR 21 Filipe Silva M ESP 7 David Terol M FRA 75 Laurent Hay GM NED 148 Peter Peet GM NED 29 Bas De Waal GM SUI 59 Simon Bovay M GBR 74 Lawrence Crispin GM SUI 7 Christoph Burger M NED 41 Karel Van Hellemond M AUS 22 Paul Mckenzie GM RUS 41 Felix Denikaev GM SWE 72 Peter Overup M NZL 15 Greg Wilcox GGM HUN 50 Akos Lukats M FRA 99 Marc Allain D. Beauvais GGM GBR 5 John Greenwood GGM SWE 12 Stefan Sandahl GM ESP 71 Xavier Penas GM GBR 2 Allen Burrell GM GBR 79 Andy Couch M FRA 49 Dorian Gachon M FIN 234 Ville Aalto-Setälä GM FIN 201 Kristian Sjöberg GM FRA 38 Audoin Michel GGM SVK 271 Tomas Mihalik M ESP 313 Antonio Parra Arrondo GM ESP 182 Álvaro Cámara M SVK 1 Peter Frenky Mosny GM AUS 221 Anthony Nossiter M

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lot less wind at 6-10 knots. It was also really shifty with pressure changes across the race course bringing groups up the fleet and spitting some out the back. There were a lot of new faces near the front and some of the top sailors struggled to get anywhere near the front. With lighter winds really mixing up the fleet, Bas de Waal opened the day with a win in Race 3, taking the bullet after the leader for most of the race, Nuno es Silva, was black flagged. McKenzie recovered well to cross second with Lebrun third. De Waal was himself then black flagged in Race 4 Reading the wind was not easy but Jesus Pintos did something right to take the lead and a huge win. Some way back, Allen Burrell placed second – to complement his 58th in the first race of the day – but moved up to 10th overall, while Filipe Silva crossed third. Consistency was hard to archive. The fleet also enjoyed a fly past by the local airforce display team, with planes circled round and roaring over the fleet while streaming the Spanish colours in their wake. Despite the tricky wind conditions, there were no complaints coming ashore, with more lashings of free beer and a BBQ in the boat park before a gin tasting session at the Hotel Costa Narejos. Just one race was scheduled on the third day. Anthony Nossiter led from start to finish in the light winds only to find he’d been black flagged for the second race running, handing the race win to Laurent Hay, from Akos Lukats and Mats Johnsson.



2021 FINN WORLD MASTERS – los alcázares, MAR MENOR, Spain Champion, Filipe Silva secured second overall, while the top home nation sailor, David Terol, placed third. These three were also the top three Masters for 40-49 year olds. In the Grand Masters category, Laurent Hay took the title he last won in 2017, from the Peter Peet and Bas de Waal. Greg Wilcox, upgrading his old Finn for a modern charter boat this week, performed beyond his expectations to win the Great Grand Masters, from Marc Allain des Beauvais and former double World Masters Champion, John Greenwood. Another former World Masters Champion from way back in 1988, Hans Fatzer, won the Legends category in an incredible 35th overall for the over 70s, from Henk de Jager and Filip Willems. The greatest cheer was again reserved for the Super Legends. Richard Hart retained the title he won in 2019. Former Super Legend Champion, Pedro Jiminez Meifren, was second with Joop Wuiyts third. Under a searing sun, the wind remained absent for most of the morning, leading to a one-hour postponement ashore and a further wait on the water while the light breeze stabilised. Race 5 was started in 6-7 knots and built to perhaps 8-9 on the final downwind, but again the sides produced widely different conditions and some more surprise results. The traditional Masters Dinner – along with the mid-week prizegiving and Henk de Jager on great form as compère – was held at a top restaurant in town. A spectacular time was had by all. Lebrun put the title beyond doubt on the fourth day to win with a day to spare after a second and first on Thursday put him out of reach. Another delay to wait for wind was rewarded with two spectacular races in a building breeze from 6-10 knots. Under a black flag start, Xavier Penas was fastest to the top mark in Race 6, but the race turned into a battle between Terol and Lebrun. Terol got the advantage on the second upwind to lead down to the finish to take the win from Lebrun, while Álvaro Ballesteros Martínez De La Cámara crossed third. The start of Race 7 also went to black flag with several casualties. However, Lebrun had found his legs and led all the way to win by a big margin and take his first Masters world title with a race to spare. Laurent Hay sailed a great race to take second, while Silva took third. The championship concluded on Friday with no more races possible. With a difficult forecast the fleet was sent out in the hope of one final race, but after a brief hope was dashed, racing was abandoned for the day. Lebrun had already secured the championship but went out anyway as he ‘was here for fun’. The 2019 European Masters


At a difficult time for sporting events, the local organisers put on a spectacular show on and off the water. The racing was run on schedule and was great, the weather was superb, the water was clean with fish swimming around the sailor’s feet as they launched, the hospitality was awesome, the parties were memorable, the beach was desirable, and the free beer went down a treat. It was an amazing Finn World Masters and a fitting celebration of fifty years of Masters racing. The sailors who made their way to Mar Menor experienced a beautiful week of sailing and hospitality and were more than happy they made the effort, with many going home full of enthusiasm for the next one.


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Super Legends: Joop Wuijts, NED, Richard Hart, GBR, Pedro Jiminez Meifren, ESP

Legend: Henk de Jager, NED, Hans Fatzer, SUI, Filip Willems, BEL

Great Grand Masters: Marc Allain des Beauvais, FRA, Greg Wilcox, NZL, John Greenwood, GBR

Grand Masters: Peter Peet, NED, Laurent Hay, FRA, Bas de Waal, NED

Masters: Filipe Silva, POR, Valérian Lebrun, FRA, David Terol, ESP

Top Club: La Rochelle • Top Nation: France



INTERVIEW WITH FILIPE SILVA - POR 21 After some years, I started to really miss the racing characteristics of singlehanded boats, where you only depend on yourself, so I decided to search for the best alternative. Then I realized the only highly competitive singlehanded class we have for heavier sailors is the Finn, and I joined in 2017. It took me a few months to adjust my style to the boat’s characteristics, and in 2018 I did my first Masters event. What does it mean to you to be a Finn sailor? Finn is an incredibly fast and sensitive boat, that demands a lot from the sailors. It makes highly competitive regattas, perhaps the most competitive we find in sailing – it’s almost addictive. Maybe that’s why many former Olympic champions, some of the best ever, have sailed or are now sailing in the Finn class.

We have all it takes to make the Finn class grow ilipe Silva switched to the Finn class in 2017 and sailed F his first Masters event in 2018. He went on to win the Finn European Masters in Schwerin in 2019 and then

picked up second place at the 2021 Finn World Masters in Los Alcazares. Here he explains why he is loving the Finn class and why he set up a Finn Sailing Academy in his hometown of Vilamoura in Portugal.

What is your background in sailing? My father was passionate about the sea, also a sailor himself, but he didn’t compete in regattas. At a certain point in his life, he became Commodore of the Vilamoura Yacht Clube (CIMAV), Portugal, and that brought me closer to sailing sport. I started in the Optimist class at the age of six and never stopped. Sailing competitions became the passion of my life. I was champion in the Optimists, in the Laser class, in the Dragon and Laser SB20 classes, until I switched to the Finn class in 2017. Why and how did you start in the Finn? When my weight went over 86 kilos, I could no longer be competitive in the Laser class, so I moved on to bigger boats.

What other sailing do you do? I am still sailing in the Dragon class and just recently I even bought a boat. It is a very elegant boat, which is a pleasure to sail. The spirit of the races and in the Dragon class community is also incredible, but the competitive intensity is not the same that we find in the Finn class. What attracts you to sail the Finn and the Masters? You are competing with the best. The Masters offers a very interesting and rare combination. It’s like a set of old friends where they all have a strong competitive spirit. Everybody wants to win, but not to win at any price. It’s very positive. They all want the medals, but they respect from the heart and celebrate who wins them. Which Masters were the most memorable? Since 2018 I have participated in almost all the European and World Masters races. Talking about competitive spirit, the regatta that brings me the best memory was my gold medal at the European Masters in Schwerin, Germany. The second one was my silver medal in the World Masters in Spain. ON THE FINN SAILING ACADEMY in vilamoura how and why did it start? As well as being passionate about sailing, I am also a natural born hotelier. I was raised and live in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, one of the best regions in the world when it comes to combining sun, beach and ocean. I share my life between my hotel unit and the practice of sailing, and I always wanted to find a way of combining the two things I most enjoy doing in life. Now that I have enough sailing experience and curriculum to feel able to teach things to others, I decided to implement the dream of having my own sailing academy. This is not a sailing academy run like a typical business, nor is it an additional service offered by the hotel unit. I wanted to create something that would be a continuity of myself, where I would participate intensely; sharing my knowledge of sailing, and that would also promote sailing in the Vilamoura region and the Finn class; a purpose at this stage of my life. What are you offering to sailors? My idea was to find a way to gather very experienced sailors, coming from many parts of the world, and offer sailing clinics that helps them improve their individual skills. In addition, I also would like to create the opportunity for young sailors to get in contact with the most experienced; to offer the best experience possible to every participant, each week-long programme is adapted to the characteristics of each group. The Finn Sailing Academy offers



The Vilamoura Marina setting permits sailors to reach open waters after only 5 minutes sailing from the slipway. With the houses where sailors are staying located at only 2 km away from the Marina, they can get there by cycle in ten minutes. Vilamoura is environmentally sustainable and ideal for outdoor sports, with many kilometres of cycle and running pathways. Vilamoura can be reached from anywhere in Europe with a half-day trip, as the international airport of Faro has connections to many capital cities in Europe and driving from the airport to Vilamoura only takes 20 minutes. ON FINN SAILING

the possibility for everyone to improve their skills, whatever their level may be. It is a way to bring together people who share a passion for sailing competition. Nobody is coming here to find a five-star hotel service but to enjoy exclusive sailing conditions and facilities, passion for sailing and very intense days combining many hours of open sea sailing, where Finn class regatta situations are simulated, followed by theoretical analysis of all the aspects of Finn sailing and regattas, including regatta tactics, with debriefings on what was experienced on the water. Besides that, we also look at the physical condition of the participants; we have fitness training sessions adapted to the needs of sailors, including follow up programmes that sailors could continue implementing after the sailing clinic week is concluded. As it couldn’t be missing, the week also includes many socializing moments; the restaurants and bars in the Vilamoura area are fantastic for that. How much interest is there? It’s above my best expectations. I decided to go ahead with this project in mid 2021, the most critical part was to gather a set of boats that would allow me to host groups of up to six participants, which is the number of participants I consider adequate for each sailor to receive the attention he/she deserves. For this I had the extraordinary support of the DRC (Dinghy Racing Centre) in Holland. They were tireless in their efforts to help me find available boats for the Academy. DRC not only helped me setting up, but their members have already participated in two sessions. They became true partners, and booking a session today can also be made via DRC. I received the first group in December, since then I have had eight more groups of 6 participants each. This has happened without any structured publicity, just by word of mouth. I will be pausing the sessions in May to focus on the many competitions happening in Europe during the summer. However, the Finn Sailing Academy boats will be available for charter in all the major Finn events in Europe. We will restart the next season of the Finn Sailing Academy clinics by mid-October this year, and will run the clinics through until April 2023. advantages and facilities in Vilamoura? The Vilamoura Marina is one of the best Marinas in the world. It’s worth mentioning that it received the ‘Best international harbour 2021 award’ by the Yacht Harbour Association. The sailing conditions in Vilamoura are world class; the Mediterranean climate strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean offers prevailing winds from the northeast with speeds of 7 to 14 knots and waves of half to one meter on average. The yearly average daily temperature is 22ºC, with over 300 days of sun and 10 hours of sunlight per day in the wintertime.

key ingredient to foster class growth? Youth is the future. If we want to strengthen and make the Finn class grow further, we must attract young sailors. For that to happen, we have to work on two fronts at the same time: on the one hand, get the current – and also former – sailors to remain enthusiastic, maintaining the current awesome family spirit; on the other hand, ensure that it is easy for anyone to start sailing and competing in the Finn class. In short, sailing events have to be unique and unforgettable moments, very well promoted publicly, and the boats and regulations can’t change unnecessarily, so that equipment costs don’t increase. The availability of competitive boats on the secondhand market is essential so that younger sailors can acquire one with a lower initial investment. I also propose that no one under the age of 30 should pay participation fees for Finn competitions. I would even give bonus points to current participants who bring new young sailors to a regatta [laughing]. could the Masters model be improved? The Masters are the prime Finn class competitions, the most visible, especially since the class was excluded from the Olympics. If we want to grow the Finn class, these events need to be unforgettable for those taking part, as inclusive as possible, and brilliantly promoted. Some ideas that I have been thinking about for some time: first, select fantastic locations for the World and European Masters regattas, places that combine ideal sailing conditions with leisure and tourism opportunities for those accompanying the sailors, their families and friends; then the events must go beyond the basics, they must contain unforgettable moments, for the sailors and for the others coming with the sailors. Besides delivering great events, in order to attract more people to the class, we have to work on promoting the regattas with wellthought communication strategies. One important element is what high-profile personalities in the world of sailing say about the Finn class. Many former racers, I count more than ten, are now skippers or members of prestigious America’s Cup crews. If they understand and get excited with what we are doing, they will naturally act as spokespersons for the class, attracting the attention of younger people to our exciting class. Another area to develop is the intervention role of National Secretaries in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The Finn class needs to be represented by those who besides being knowledgeable about sailing also have a high profile in their individual countries. Furthermore, for the reasons I mentioned in the previous answer, we should not change the Rules of the Finn class.



INTERVIEW WITH FILIPE SILVA - POR 21 Objectives and strategy in the coming years? It is important for the Finn to reapply becoming an Olympic class again. The next window of opportunity is in two years, immediately after the Paris Olympics 2024. Its exclusion was not a very strategic decision. Unlike other sports, today the Olympic sailing classes are far from representing the reality of sailing worldwide. There are fewer singlehanded boats today, and they are the ones that allow many more countries to be present at the Games. The worst of all, the Finn class has not been replaced by another with similar characteristics, therefore sailors over 86 kg simply don’t have any possibility to participate in any Olympic class. With that decision, World Sailing simply excluded many super qualified sailors. The International Finn Association should review the previous arguments and prepare a strong candidacy. If nothing else, the Finn’s Olympic class bid campaign could work as a very powerful promoting initiative for the class. Wellorchestrated, such a campaign could bring together many prestigious current and former Finn sailors and demonstrate to young sailors how vibrant and exciting the Finn class is. Those prestigious sailors are a role model to follow. What initiatives would you like to see? In a nutshell, work on making the European and World Masters sailing events massive promotion events; bring onboard high-profile advocates, like the Finn, Olympic and America’s Cup champions to help in our campaigns; reapply

becoming an Olympic class again. All done with the objective of attracting new young sailors to the Finn. focus of class as it transitions to non-Olympic? The Finn class doesn’t depend on the Olympic Games to continue being vibrant; it is the other way round. Without the Finn class, the Olympic sailing is less representative of global sailing, it becomes less athletic, tactical and intellectually challenging. We have all it takes to make the Finn class grow even further and become a class of choice for the youth of the sailing world.

preview: 2022 FINN WORLD MASTERS – helsinki, finland the Olympics means this year is definitely one not too miss. I know the organising team have been making a huge effort to make this a special event, which coupled with Finnish hospitality will make this an event to remember. It’s the first time we have gone to Helsinki and I think it’s going to be rather special. I look forward to seeing you there.” The FWM has been kindly supported by the City of Helsinki, by various government departments and some private donors, making it possible for us to ensure a splendid 70-year celebrations of the Finn class’ Olympic debut in Helsinki in 1952. The prospect of celebrating 70 years since 1952 and sailing on the same waters has reinvigorated many former Finnish hot shots.

2022 - HELSINKI inland has been fortunate to play a significant part in the birth and early history of the Finn. Helsinki was F chosen for the 1952 Olympics, where the Finn class had its first Olympic outing and in 2022 the Finn World Masters will be held there for the first time to celebrate 70 years since the 1952 Olympics.

The arrangements for the 2022 Finn World Masters – taking place from 1-8 July – are in the final stages with over 115 boats registered and with sponsorships and social events taking shape. There is still time to join in with the fun On Monday 4 July the City of Helsinki will host a drinks party on the island Särkkä which is located right in front of the city centre. This island was the location of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics prize giving ceremony and we will be using the original podium for a small prizegiving as part of our drinks party. Sailors can stay there afterwards to have dinner at the restaurant Särkänlinna or take the short ferry trip to the centre of Helsinki with its many restaurants. Throughout the regatta there will be free beer and pasta after the racing at the hosting club. The beer is being very kindly be sponsored by Sinebrychoff, a Finnish brewer founded in 1819, while the pasta will be prepared and served by HSK Blue Peter restaurant. The regatta dinner on Wednesday 6 July will be held on Blekholmen, the home harbour of NJK (Nyländska Jaktklubben) one of the oldest yacht clubs in Finland. Blekholmen sits in the middle of the south harbour of Helsinki so you will be close to any venues you might decide to go to afterwards. The clubhouse is an amazing old wooden building dating from 1900 and is full of treasures and heritage. It’s location offers unique views across the city and is definitely a must visit place in Helsinki. Andy Denison, Finn World Masters President commented on the preparations, “I for one am really looking forward to visiting Helsinki for the first time, which coupled with the unique heritage of this year’s anniversary of the first time the Finn was sailed at

The event is being organised by Helsinki Sail Racing Management (HSRM), in cooperation with the Finnish Sailing and Boating Federation, the Finnish Finn Class sailors and the City of Helsinki will be in charge of the arrangements. HSRM is a joint organisation of the seven leading sailing clubs in Helsinki making large international events happen. The HSK harbour includes a clubhouse, restaurant, saunas, permanent changing rooms etc and is the best venue for dinghy sailing in the Helsinki region. It is located just 4 km from downtown Helsinki. Camping is possible at HSK with space for 40-50 camper vans, or at NJK just 3 km away. There are many different racing areas available, for all conditions. The nearest one is about 1.5 nm away Check the event website at for the latest information on ferry discounts and transport options.



2021 FINN EUROPEAN MASTERS - TIHANY, Lake BalAton, Hungary very hospitable. It was a long drive but we are very happy to be here. It’s really nice sailing; I find it paradise sailing, blue water, 29 degrees.” What’s not to like? On Wednesday evening the fleet was treated to a delicious typical Hungarian goulash with lashings of free beer and wine. Gebhart maintained his lead after two more races on Thursday. Akos Lukats, from Hungary, moved up to second while Taras Harvrysh won the final race to move up to third. The first race was won by an exuberant Botond Berecz on home waters. The conditions were as challenging as Day 1 with nothing staying the same for more than one leg. Race 3 was sailed in a shifty easterly with the course set south of the Tihany peninsula. Lukats was the early leader and seemed to have it sown up, but on the second upwind Berecz closed the gap and then passed him downwind to take a very popular win for the home crowd.

Akos LukatS wins EUropean MASTERS on Balaton he largest ever Finn European Masters was held at the T Tihanyi Hajós Egylet from 8-11 September and got underway in ‘paradise’ sailing conditions. A fleet of 78 Finn Masters, a record entry for the event, with competitors mainly from across eastern Europe were treated to some challenging blue water sailing in 27 degrees in a range of conditions from 6-12 knots.

The first two races were sailed in a 6-10 knots breeze, while a third race was attempted but later abandoned as the breeze became too shifty and unstable. After two races Zdenek Gebhart, leads Bas de Waal and Cees Scheurwater. Scheurwater described it ‘paradise sailing’. “The starting line was always biased to the pin and the top ten were always there. Then it was about sailing the lane and picking up the next lane, and the next lane. I happened to be very fast on the downwind so that was very handy, but it was very difficult because it was very fluky and the wind was very up and down.” After two ‘fair’ races in 6-10 knots, the third race was a drama with the wind shifting 40 degrees on the first upwind and then another 40 degrees on the second so it was cancelled “It was a lot of fun and good sailing. The club here is great and


The start area for Race 4 was moved across after a 100 degree windshift. It took several attempts to get the fleet away with Gebhart setting the pace and leading round the first lap. However it all went funky on the second beat with the breeze dying out and reappearing in several locations more than once. In the end Harvrysh found pressure out of the middle left to move ahead and lead down to the finish. Again, the final race was abandoned because of lack of wind and shifts.


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HUN 50 NED 29 UKR 8 CZE 2 UKR 7 NED 7 POR 21 RYF 32 RYF 41 HUN 30 HUN 907 HUN 1 HUN 80 CZE 5 RYF 17 UKR 9 UKR 10 RYF 13 HUN 88 RYF 1117 CZE 80 CZE 33 UKR 13 RYF 4 HUN 51

Akos Lukats Bas De Waal Taras Havrysh Zdenek Gebhart Vladimir Stasyuk Cees Scheurwater Filipe Silva Alexey Zhivotovskiy Felix Denikaev Zsigmond Kantor Botond Berecz Géza Huszár Örs Németh Ladislav Hyrš Vasiliy Kravchenko Yevhenii Antonenko Valentyn Klymentyev Lev Shnyr Zsombor Majthényi Andrew Bill Martin Jozif Ivan Rames Andriy Podvezko Alexey Borovyak István Rutai


9 6 4 1 7 5 (17) 10 (19) 22 (50) 2 12 3 16 (30) 11 21 25 20 43 14 8 29 24

2 1 (13) 4 11 3 15 12 16 5 14 (42) 6 (ufd) 7 21 19 17 27 (37) 9 8 41 (35) 24

2 2 7 (28) 2 6 (23) 2 1 12 9 1 4 10 1 3 4 6 26 (28) 8 (bfd) 1 5 13 11 (24) 9 6 11 5 14 13 9 5 4 (22) 12 7 22 17 16 5 11 6 (27) 11 14 4 21 1 29 3 13 20 30 8 18 14 9 12 6 (dnc) 27 23 10 3 15 12 44 16 12 21 22 (32) 24 9 24 17 10 (50) 25 10 15 25 19 28 19 3 (40) 35 5 11 (48) 4 28 10 8 29 15 18 (52) 16 2 26 32 (36) 25 24 24 13 (bfd) 23 33 16 14 20 22 16 34 20 (bfd) 33 20 14

24 28 29 44 45 45 61 67 71 77 80 81 86 87 94 105 105 107 107 110 114 127 134 135 135

Filipe Silva, the 2019 Finn European Masters champion moved up to eighth overall after a 5, 14. He said, “Tricky conditions and it was hard to understand the race course because the wind was always shifting and the pressure was always coming from different directions. Overall it was really difficult day to be honest. “But it’s nice sailing in Balaton. The weather is good, though unfortunately the wind is not helping, but tomorrow I think will be better. The club has been fantastic, with really good organization.” Botond Berecz is the brother of the Olympic silver medalist Zsombor Berecz. He described his race win as “the greatest achievement in my sailing life.” He described his race, “I started at the pin and went to the left side, because in the east wind there is typical wind shift coming from that way. But I needed to be patient because I always tack too early. Under the hill you get lifted up to the mark, so I waited until the real wind came. And everything happened as I estimated, and in the downwind the boat is fast.” He restarted Finn sailing after 30 years four years ago for the Finn Gold Cup held at Balatonfoldvar in 2017. This is his first event for three years and he is sailing one of his brother’s old boats. “The boat is really fast.” He draws inspiration from his brother’s Olympic medal, but “I cannot explain how much Zsombi’s medal meant to me and my family.”



2021 FINN EUROPEAN MASTERS - TIHANY, Lake BalAton, Hungary

On the third day, there were race wins for Lukats, de Waal and Vladimir Stasyuk. The first two races were held in a stable 7-12 knots, but the third race got more tricky as the wind got lighter. At the end of the day, Lukats held a four point lead over de Waal, with Havrysh just one further point behind. The pin end and left side again looked popular in the first two races on Friday. Havrysh took the first race of the day from de Waal in the steady easterly that also stayed in place for the second race. De Waal rounded the top mark well up in the next race and then took the left downwind to move ahead and extend on the fleet for a comfortable win. The final race of the day was trickier with the wind getting lighter and shifting more to the right. Lukats started at the boat and tacked immediately to the right to get the incoming shift into the top. He led all the way only to be passed by Stasyuk on the final downwind, but had done enough to take the overall lead from Zdenek Gebhart, who had a high scoring day and dropped to fourth. Lukats said, “I went into this day in second place and I didn’t do very well in the first one. I started at the pin end and was really fighting for my place. I didn’t have the right speed but I managed to save that for seventh. The second race was one where you don’t really nail anything and I don’t know where I came. “Then in the last I decided to take the right and started at the boat and it paid. I was leading all the way but still couldn’t win the race, so I now have four second places. I could have won all of them, but I guess it’s not too bad. But a nice day overall.” Lukats has been sailing Finns for 14 years. On taking the lead, “It’s kind of a dream really over these two weeks. Last week we had the Hungarian nationals and I never had the ambition, but I accidentally won that. There were many factors, but it was a miracle. Let’s see if it continues.” Bas de Waal moves back up to second overall. “It was again a beautiful day. The wind was more stable than the other days. In the first and second races, the best lane was to the left and that’s what I did, and I managed and second

and a first. In the third race the wind became unstable and it was difficult for me to manage that, so I got a 12. But a beautiful day.”

On the final day, the forecast looked poor for a sailable wind ad the fleet stayed ashore all morning before the inevitable abandonment with Balaton looking hazy and mirror like. With no more races, Akos Lukats won the 2021 Finn European Masters. Bas De Waal, took second with Taras Havrysh in third. It has been an eventful two weeks for Lukats, winning the Hungarian Nationals and the European Masters on Balaton back to back. He was struggling to come to terms with what he has achieved. “I still need to digest this. I don’t know what’s happened. What is important I think is to really find out how I got here; what made it happen so I can learn from that for my future sailing, because I really never, ever anticipated or believed that I could achieve this. Probably back in 1995, when I was sailing the Laser, I had this ambition, now I just sail for enjoyment.” On the event, “I am a local guy so I have to say this, but talking to all the guys here they all really enjoyed it. In any given week we were pretty lucky with the wind conditions to get seven good races, because the forecast was much worse. “What I enjoy most is this crowd here, the company of these great sailors and great people, and a lot of friends. And what overawes is how most of the sailors approached me and congratulated me. It’s so honest and I don’t even know how I deserve this nice reception from these guys.” The prizegiving was held on the lawn outside the idyllic location that is Tihanyi Hajós Egylet, which was again an exceptional host, the concept of which began there 12 years ago as the Masters Euro Cup. More than a decade on the event matured and returned to where it started. The overall prizes were presented by Zsombor Berecz, the 2020 Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo, while the prizes for the five Legends taking part were presented by the 2021 U23 Finn World Champion Doma Nemeth, from the host club.



26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77

CZE 75 HUN 4 UKR 69 CZE 8 CZE 67 SUI 21 HUN 27 HUN 180 CZE 54 HUN 150 CZE 318 FRA 53 HUN 92 BEL 76 GER 888 HUN 14 HUN 2 CZE 211 POL 2 HUN 6 POL 83 HUN 72 POL 70 HUN 69 HUN 191 AUT 19 HUN 32 HUN 280 HUN 12 HUN 777 CZE 18 HUN 17 RYF 137 RYF 18 HUN 23 HUN 411 UKR 17 HUN 21 HUN 33 UKR 88 HUN 64 HUN 95 HUN 91 TUR 33 HUN 140 AUT 21 HUN 972 HUN 117 HUN 111 SUI 26 HUN 81 HUN 46

Vladimir Skalicky Antal Gábor Pata Sergii Maliuta Jiri Outrata Josef Jochovič Attila Szabó Szabolcs Andrik Gergely Gerencsér Matouš Červenka Zoltán Csányi Martin Plecitý Gilles Corcaud László Taubert Paul Goossens Craig Dalgarno Béla Bíró Peter Sipos Martin Kalol Andre Skarka Mihály Zoltán Demeczky Blazej Wyszkowski Noel Nedbal Artur Siwik Csaba Stadler Attila Varga Gerald Raschke Zoltan Balla Levente Várnai Marton István Peter Ratosi David Heneš Graham Douglas Albert Nazarov Evgeny Dzhura Csaba Gera András Gosztonyi Anatoliy Lukiyan Andras Gero Zoltán Horváth Mykola Novikov Balázs Szűcs József Farkas Béla Szigethi Ali Türkşen Gábor Mészáros Erich Scherzer Gyula Monus Zoltán Vincze Gabor Ujvari Adrian Schmidlin Imre Solymosi Attila Dömötör

GGM (42) 33 29 31 17 19 17 GGM 15 40 22 7 29 47 (66) M 38 23 7 (bfd) dnc 8 7 L (51) 22 26 42 51 18 3 GGM (57) 31 21 48 20 35 8 M 13 26 33 (45) 38 34 19 M 36 47 15 21 26 23 (55) M 33 10 23 34 36 (38) 33 M 48 29 (53) 13 41 21 31 GM 56 25 (ufd) 27 27 30 18 GGM 18 (44) 34 26 42 32 42 GGM 37 18 25 35 30 (53) 50 GM (67) 20 55 19 32 40 45 GGM 40 51 31 30 (52) 25 37 GGM 35 34 (58) 15 34 55 43 GM 31 32 46 32 43 (61) 36 GGM 34 28 48 44 28 (59) 39 GM 53 (63) 40 33 39 31 27 GGM 39 (58) 47 18 49 44 29 GGM 27 30 45 49 37 50 (51) L 28 36 42 43 47 46 (63) M 26 38 (54) 50 50 39 41 M 44 45 39 56 31 42 (60) GM (dnc) dnc 38 17 nsc 37 30 GGM 23 52 56 40 58 (62) 54 GGM 32 (72) 49 41 48 63 52 GM 46 49 37 (61) 60 57 58 M 55 39 64 38 46 (72) 65 M 59 46 (66) 59 44 49 56 GM (64) 57 59 62 45 43 49 M 63 64 51 (70) 40 60 38 GM 47 55 57 (63) 59 52 47 M 65 (73) 36 66 53 41 61 M 49 (70) 70 58 65 36 48 GM 61 54 62 37 (67) 67 59 GM 41 65 (ufd) bfd ufd 45 35 M 69 56 (71) 54 61 56 46 L 58 (71) 61 47 63 66 53 M (72) 68 72 64 35 54 57 GM (73) 67 68 39 57 58 62 GM (71) 50 41 68 62 65 69 L 60 69 69 46 64 51 (71) GGM 62 59 43 55 (dnf) 71 73 GM (75) 61 63 51 56 68 64 L 68 (74) 44 53 66 69 70 GGM 66 43 73 67 55 (74) 67 M 54 48 52 69 (dnc) dnc dnc M 45 53 67 60 (dnc) dnc dnc GM (74) 60 60 57 69 64 72 GGM 70 62 65 65 54 73 (74) GGM 52 66 (dnc) dnc dnc dnc dnc M (dnc) dnc dnc dnc 68 70 68

146 160 161 162 163 163 168 169 183 183 194 195 211 214 216 220 221 223 226 238 242 244 257 278 283 285 307 307 313 315 316 317 322 326 340 342 342 348 350 351 355 359 363 363 370 371 379 381 382 389 430 440

Legends: BŁAŻEJ Wyszkowski POL, Jiri Outrata CZE, Andras Gero HUN

Great Grand Masters: Andrew Bill RYF, Zdenek Gebhart CZE, Alexey Borovyak RYF

Grand Masters: Cees Scheurwater NED, 1 Bas De Waal NED, Felix Denikaev RYF

Masters: Taras Havrysh UKR, Akos Lukats, HUN, Vladimir Stasyuk UKR






hose Finn Masters who went to Kavala in 2015 will he 2023 Finn World Masters will be held at Campione T remember an amazing week of sailing, hospitality Tdel Garda on Lake Garda, with provisional dates the and Greek food and wine. Therefore, many sailors were first week of September. delighted to hear that Kavala will once again host the Finn World Masters, in 2023.

The proposed venue will be the Sailing Club of Kavala MP, located about 12 km west of the town of Kavala. The sandy beaches of Nea Iraklitsa are a major summer tourist destination in Northern Greece. Nea Iraklitsa belongs to the Municipality of Paggaion and combines the sea and the beauty of Mount ‘Paggaion’ (or ‘Pageo’). It is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque tourist resorts in the region of Kavala. The whole municipality is named after the nearby Mount Pageo, famous since antiquity for its gold mines, successfully run by King Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great. The fertile land of the Pageo region plains has a long tradition in olive tree and grape growing, with Bibline Wine of Pageo being a wine of exceptional quality since Hesiod’s times. LAUNCHING Launching will be from the beach, which can easily handle more than 400 Finns. There is space for campers and ample accommodation in the town. The area was voted in Airbnb, as one of the 10 places worldwide in growth rate in apartments and rooms for 2019. Apart from apartments and rooms there are also hotels 5-minutes from the venue. The prices, especially in May, are very reasonable. You can read more about the bid and the area, with many more photos, in the presentation on the website, along with several videos, including a fly-past of the race area, the venue and the beaches. A visit is planned during 2022, so there will be lots more information on the website once that has taken place.


The host is Univela Sailing, which has been open since 2012 with the specific intent to host training and regattas. Campione del Garda is a unique place on the north-west side of the Lake Garda with specific wind conditions, perfect for sailing. Univela is the hub of national and international water sports activities on the Brescia side of Lake Garda. The Univela building was chosen by the Italian Sailing Federation as the headquarters of the Federal Sailing Center in Italy: Olympic Preparation Center (CPO) for the athletes of the Italian team in preparation for the Olympics and of the FIV youth teams. It has hosted more than 30 national and international championships

Univela also includes 42 rooms hostel with 2 and 4 beds able to accommodate a total of 70 people, a restaurant and coffee bar, parking cars, vans and motorcycles, space for campers, camping and caravans. There is a 12 metre high hangar for rigged boats, an 850 meters wide ramp, drying room, gym and free Wi-Fi. The sailing club covers an area of approximately 10,000 square metres. More information at:




he 2024 Finn European Masters will return to Cannes, 20 he 2021 Finn World Masters should have been in T Punta Ala, Italy, ten years after it was last held there. Tyears after the same club held the Finn World Masters. The It is remembered as one of the best venues the Masters host club will be the Yacht Club de Cannes, which has also has ever visited. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, the organisers felt that they would not have been able to commit in 2022, and they were fully booked with events in 2023, so the Masters Committee offered it for 2024.

It will be organised again by the Centro Velico Punta Ala at the beautiful PuntAla Camping Resort, a 27 hectare camping site and holiday park located in a Mediterranean pine forest adjacent to the an unfeasibly beautiful and long beach. During the summer months (April-October), there is a regular afternoon thermal breeze, which makes sailing pleasant and fun. The sea surface is never too rough and it allows good sailing even with strong winds; protected from strong currents and rough waves. The organisation has held many other international events over the years. During the summer months the water temperature is between 18° and 24°C. The waters are clean and certified by international organisations which control the quality of the environment. The Gulf of Follonica, in front of the Island of Elba, encloses an area of the Mediterranean Sea well protected from strong currents and very strong winds. Following the trends of the eco-tourism sector, in synergy with the sensitivity of environmental issues – the PuntAla Camping site works to recreate a ‘natural lifestyle’, an approach that has been acclaimed and rewarded by national and international environmental organizations. For more information about services and accommodation, please visit the website

organised the Semaine Internationale des Finn.

Located at the Pointe Croisette, the infrastructure of the Yacht Club de Cannes is organized in an area of approximately 600 square metres including offices, locker rooms, sailing and competition school, 130 berths reserved for members, a crane and a club house with bar and restaurant, and a private harbour with crane. On the water, there are two possible race areas – East Bay and West Bay – protected by the islands of Lérins. Cannes is one of the most attractive Mediterranean destinations, with spectacular beaches an in addition to the Vieux Port and Le Suquet, which bring a picturesque supplement to the area. Cannes is world famous for its film festivals and yachting events. There is a huge range of accommodation in Cannes, from upmarket hotels to budget conscious apartments. Everyone can find accommodation that suits them according to his budget, with most bookable online. Transport Located 27 km from Nice Côte d’Azur airport, Cannes can be reached in less than 30 minutes. Nice Côte d’Azur serves 90 destinations with direct flights, and almost 50 airlines Cannes is linked to all major European cities by road. The city is connected by the A8 motorway, ‘La Provençale’ (exit Cannes La Bocca or Mougins/Cannes), from Aix en Provence to the west and Italy to the east. The city of Cannes has excellent connections via TGV and express train, which link it to all French regions and the major cities of Europe. Finns Today there are 25 Finns based at the YC de Cannes where many regattas are organised throughout the year, including the for the International Finn Week since 2003. In 2004, the Yacht Club De Cannes was the host of the Finn World Masters with 192 competitors.




blissfully forget about not being young any more ristian Sjöberg returned to Finn sailing in 2016 and was K immediately hooked. He is now part of the organising committee for this year’s Finn World Masters in Helsinki. He talks here about his journey, and the future of the class as well as looking forward to this year’s major Masters event. I got acquainted with the sea and sailing from a very young age aboard the family sailing boat cruising the Finnish archipelago for a couple of weeks every summer. When deemed old enough I was entrusted with my own Optimist, sailing it come rain or shine. I was lucky enough to have some friends who also had dinghies, which meant we were able to spend a lot of time just playing around and sailing around the islands close to where we lived in Helsinki. Sailing gave us a lot of freedom and kept us busy, as long as we remembered to be home by dark. We had no guidance

and learned everything by doing it ourselves. I remember vividly one late autumn having sailed our dinghies a long way outside Helsinki, coming back to Särkkä island – famous for being the location of the 1952 Olympics prize giving – and being totally wet and frozen without anything dry to change into, we realised we had grossly infringed the rule of being at home by dark but had no money to call home from the phone booth to let someone know that we were alive (which was usually the case). The oldest of the boys however showed us a way to make a call without a coin and thus this very essential skill was passed on to us young ones there and then. What we did not however manage to do was to elicit any pity from our parents and were left taking the bus home in our wet clothes. From then on, having sailed a boat called Flipper Scow with a friend of mine I switched to the Europe dinghy with racing starting to become a lot more frequent. My exposure to the Finn was basically zero before 1980 but after the Europe class worlds in Helsinki in 1980 the newly crowned Olympic gold medallist in the Finn, Esko Rechardt, arrived and announced to us after our prize giving that we would now become real sailors, Finn sailors. Almost then and there some four or five Finn dinghies were bought from some of the foreign sailors who had attended the Finn Europeans in Helsinki before the Olympics and within a few years we were some four to six Finnish sailors touring the international Finn regattas under the auspices of our gold medallist. Return Having been mostly absent from any serious sailing since 1988 but having tried a new Finn in 2014 I took part in the FWM 2016 in Torbole and have not been able to shake it off since. Whilst revisiting and reliving an old fling is never a good idea, this anyhow came pretty close, but without the adverse consequences. The feeling of surfing down big waves in heavy air, heeled dangerously to windward takes some beating and one tends to, in that fleeting moment, blissfully forget about not being that young any more. The Masters fleet is very diverse when it comes to the sailors experience and motivation and it is very nice to see how many different people can find satisfaction on so many different levels. When the absolute race result itself becomes less important there is much more time to enjoy the company of others and even the actual travelling to and from events can be made into a joy. Having gotten used to travelling from Finland to the southern Europe in a non-stop fashion in our youth I was amazed by the effect of firstly inviting my better half to the trip itself and ultimately of outsourcing the whole planning of the travel itinerary. Whilst sailing mostly provides us with a way to relax and maybe shield us from a hectic life and a chaotic world, that tranquillity and luxury can easily be shattered as we have seen. The fact that some of us Masters have had to rush home to step right into the line of fire to defend their home and families from aggression has forced us, understandably, to take a stance. We can only hope that our friends stay safe and that we at some point can have an approach that allows for more nuances. Motivator Sailing the Finn at this age is a great motivator to keeping fit. The class is also extraordinarily versatile in the sense that almost anyone in the 80-120 kg weight bracket can tune their boat to a competitive level. Of course it has to



international events to a Ranking status to increase participation in a defined series across different countries.

be admitted that I, being quite light, do sometimes hark back to the good old heavy-jacket days when the extra weight was something you simply could clip on before the start. Currently my only comparison to the Finn is the Dragon, which I do some sailing in every now and then. The class has a tremendously high standard but if I tell you that I refer to it as ´The Bus´ you probably know how I experience it compared to the Finn. I do however reserve myself the right to change my mind with age… I think that Masters Finn sailing can continue to grow from here. We actually have surprisingly few top sailors from the 1980 and 1990s in the class and we should look at ways to entice more to join us. It is not a surprise that the grand masters category is the most popular as having reached 50 years of age one tends to have more time as family and work responsibilities are more manageable. The class is in a transformation that will probably be very abrupt after the loss of the Olympic status but also because of the reduced activity during the pandemic. This year’s FGC will therefore be very important as it will show us where we are. Whereas before, our organisation could act more like a custodian of the Finn heritage we are now faced with a totally new situation. Most 2020 (2021) campaigners have stopped sailing the Finn and this is also sadly true for most of the juniors. In the absence of Olympic status the class has to be able to provide something else to attract new and young sailors. Either as a springboard to some other class or by creating special events that would enhance the careers of sailors. There is still a large cohort of recent campaigners whom have just left the class and of whom many still have aspirations within sailing. Some kind of special event(s) that would gain recognition outside the class might be needed to lure some of the recent heavy hitters back into their boats. Besides looking into the feasibility of special events we also need to decide if it makes sense to continue with separate masters events. Already now it looks like this year’s Finn Gold Cup would consist of over 80% Masters. Outside the championship events we have a tremendous amount of Masters activity spread across different countries. It might also be worthwhile looking into elevating some

Helsinki As we all know it will be 70 years since the Finn debuted in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. It is a great honour for the Finnish Finn sailors to host all you Masters in the same waters and we will do our best to make you enjoy your stay in Finland. Helsinki is ready to welcome the Masters to this great event. The regatta is in the middle of the Finnish summer and we are expecting very nice conditions with typical temperatures around 20°C and wind 8-17 knots. It can be a lot hotter as well. In 2021 we had over a month of daily max temperatures over 30°C. The Masters fleet in Finland has grown rapidly since the announcement of the hosting of the FWM2022 with 24 Finnish entries currently. The local association has been very active in arranging training for some of the newcomers with many also travelling to warmer climes during the winter for training. A large group will also turn up in Malcesine in May. Amongst the FWM entries to date we have that of Lauri Rechardt, Finnish representative in the 1988 Olympics and Europeans 1989 bronze medallist whilst foreign pedigree will be represented by the likes of Sebastien Godefroid from Belgium, the silver medallist from 1996 Atlanta Olympics and for example Thomas Schmidt, the Gold Cup winner from 1987. In addition the entry list includes twice Finn World Masters winner John Greenwood, 1976 Finn Gold Cup winner Magnus Olin and the two recent Finn European Masters winners, Filipe Silva and Akos Lukats. I look forward to see you all in Helsinki.

Left: 2018 Finn World Masters, El Balis, Spain Top left and above: 2021 Finn World Masters, Mar Menor Right: 2019 Finn World Masters, Skovshoved



Masters events across the world

UK Masters

Swedish Masters

UK Masters and Open Championship

A healthy entry of 36 boats from over 13 UK clubs travelled to Mengeham Rythe SC on 26-27 June for the 2021 Masters Championship and open, including several new recruits to the growing British Finn fleet. Expat David Kitchen even flew in from South Africa and spent two weeks in a quarantine hotel to be there. Saturdays forecast of a south-easterly breeze of 7 knots proved accurate with Rodney Cobb the early leader in the first race. However, Open entry, Jim Downer rounded first, with Kristian Sjöberg close behind. The downwind legs proved a tactical challenge. Downer won from John Greenwood and Sjöberg. Race two offered more of the same with Downer again showing the way, from Simon Percival and Lawrence Crispin. With the light south-westerly beginning to falter, the final race of the day was quickly started, with both Downer and Sjöberg caught out by the one-minute rule. The breeze was now very patchy and it was Greenwood who crept over the line first, ahead of two Legends, Cobb and Richard Hart. Ever the gentleman, Richard commented, ‘I was up and down in the race, but just lucky to be in third when it was stopped.’ The forecast for Sunday put a couple of legends off, but once out over the bumpy bar, the seas flattened off and wind dropped to a more comfortable 12-15 knots. Beating against the tide,

Polish Masters The 2021 Polish Masters Championships took place on the Zegrze lake from 13-15 August. There were 13 entries. Marek Jarocki won a very close regatta ahead of Piotr Pajor and Jacek Binkowski. Jarocki won three races in the nine race series, while Pajor didn’t win any and Binkowski just two. Other race wins went


Greenwood took the left hand side off the pin end and taking the gun from Crispin followed by Allen Burrell. With the wind gradually reducing through the cloudy afternoon, race 5 was swiftly begun as the wind flicked left. On the second upwind, Martin Hughes struck out boldly into the full tide out to sea, and was rewarded with a 15° shift, that took him from around sixth to first around the windward mark, a position he held from Al Burrell and Sjöberg. The final race brought heavy rain showers that suppressed the breeze further at times and created frustrating holes around the finish line. Downer again took the gun from Hughes and Sjöberg, but Greenwood had done enough to take the title. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

GBR 5 FIN 201 GBR 74 GBR 49 GBR 33 GBR 2 GBR 90 GBR 13 GBR 635 GBR 567

John Greenwood (GGM) Kristian Sjoberg (GM) Lawrence Crispin (GM) James Downer (O) Kieron Holt (M) Allen Burrell (GM) Richard Sharp (GM) Roman Khodykin (M) Simon Percival (M) Martin Hughes (GGM)

12 23 24 28 30 37 39 42 46 47

to Artur Siwik, Juliusz Reichelt (2) and Błażej Wyszkowski. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

POL 100 POL 23 POL 21 POL 70 POL 38 POL 83 POL 27 POL 85 POL 115 POL 127

Marek Jarocki Piotr Pajor Jacek Bińkowski Artur Siwik Juliusz Reichelt Błażej Wyszkowski Piotr Rosiński Wojciech Nadolski Lucjan Bladowski Jan Kominek


20 24 26 26 30 37 49 65 71 71

Swedish Masters The Swedish Masters Championship took place in Karlstad on 18-19 September, as part of the Sola Cup, the final Swedish Cup event of the year. It had fewer participants than usual, with 12 sailors at the start, including three non-Masters. Race wins went to Daniel Miles (3), Stefan Nordström (1), Erik Åberg (S) and Pär Friberg. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

SWE 15 SWE 14 SWE 91 SWE 2 SWE 21 SWE 16 SWE 99 SWE 688 SWE 111

Daniel Miles GGM Stefan Nordström GM Pär Friberg GGM Svante Colvin GGM Mats R Karlsson GGM Henrik Rydell GM David Berg M Håkan Stööd GGM Torsten Jarnstam L

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Dutch Masters Dutch ONK/Masters Combined with the Dutch Nationals the 2021 Dutch Masters was sailed at KNZ&RV Muiden instead of the usual Medemblik. With 60 participants it was the biggest fleet in years, and although the wind forecast for Saturday was poor three good races were sailed. After day 1 only Eric Bakker and Peter Peet were leading with Bas de Waal in third place. After some nice beers and excellent food at the club Sunday brought Prosecco conditions, with average 8 to 14 knots and partly clouded skies with very close racing. Ten metres difference on the finish

NA Masters North American Masters The 2021 North American Masters Championship was sailed on the Coronado Roads in San Diego from 1012 September. Greg Morton pulled into a solid lead as early as the first day of racing and never let up. Winning races 5 and 6 on Saturday and finishing second in race 7, Morton’s victory was confirmed. Morton earned the North American Masters title with a mere 11 points, finishing four out of eight races in first. “I just seemed to have a little more wheels than I’ve had in the past. I haven’t sailed in a Finn since last February and then just jumped into this I impressed myself too. The conditions couldn’t have been more perfect and the Race Committee did a really fine job,” said Morton. The fight for second place between Rob Coutts and James Buley, who finished third with 24 points, really came down to the final race. Coutts was able to stay ahead of Buley, finishing third in race eight. Buley was stuck in the middle of the fleet and finished the final race in eighth, allowing Coutts to take second overall. The conditions on the water were typical champagne San Diego sailing conditions. Winds ranged from 7-15 knots. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

USA 2 USA 9 USA 18 USA 47 USA 19 USA 59 USA 61 USA 444 USA 49 USA 70

Gregg Morton (GM) Rob Coutts (GGM) James Buley (GM) Robert Kinney (GGM) Phil Ramming (GGM) John Reiter (GM) Lee Hope (GM) Roland Fournier (GM) Michael Downing (GGM) Michael Entwistle (GGM)

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line could easily cost you eight places. It was hard work until the last metre. Peter Peet sailed a 1,2,3 and was crowned as “King Peter” Dutch champion and Masters Champion. Legend: Wouter Molenaar; Grand Grand Master: Roel van Olst; Grand Master: Peter Peet; Master: Karel van Hellemond 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

NED 148 NED 29 NED 703 NED 69 NED 41 NED 7 NED 73 NED 98 NED 1037 NED 25

Peter Peet Bas de Waal Eric Bakker Jelte Baerends Karel van Hellemond Cees Scheurwater Ronald Ruiter Nanno Schuttrups Jan-Willem Kok Gert van der Heijden

New Zealand Masters

Italian Masters

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Italian Masters Enrico Passoni won the Italian Finn Master Championship, held in Viareggio from June 18-20. The event had a record attendance of 60 boats from five countries, but the excessive heat and a bad he wind forecast, meant that several races were abandoned or shortened. On Friday there were two races with winds between 5 and 8 knots, after which Gubi (5-1) and Passoni (1-5) led on equal points. On Saturday, after the first race was cancelled due to lack of wind it was always resailed in conditions at the limit and shortened on the first lap, with the victory of Lorenzo Tesei in front of Francesco Cinque and Bruno Catalan. Finally, on the last day, two races took place: one shortened on the first lap which was won by Michael Gubi. In the second the wind increased up to 1011 knots, which allowed free pumping. Marco Buglielli took the win from Roberto Strappati and Enrico Passoni. The regatta was won by Michael Gubi, with very constant in placings and winner of two races (5-1-18-1-5). Michael finished only three points ahead of Enrico Passoni (15-7-6-3), who won his fifth Italian Master’s title. The excellent Francesco Cinque (27-2-21-4) who, with the exception of the fourth race, raced flawlessly, placed third. Completing the top 10: Taras Havrysh, Roberto Strappati, Marko Kolic, Matteo Iovenitti, Vladimir Stasiuk, Ferdinando Colaninno and Andrea Lino. The Challenge Trophy dedicated to Sergio Masserotti (former finnist and class secretary) was therefore won again by Enrico Passoni, while the category awards were assigned to Roberto Strappati for the Masters (40-49 years), Ferdinando Colaninno for the Grand Masters (50-59), Passoni in the Grand Grand Masters (6069), Legend category, Bruno Catalan. The Masters’ assembly, met during the Championship and decided to hold the 2022 Masters Championship in Bracciano.

Burnsco New Zealand Masters The Burnsco New Zealand Masters was held at Waiuku, south-west of Auckland. Karl Purdie again won but didn’t have it all his own way in the tricky conditions, only winning three of the nine races sailed. Russell Wood, Mark Perrow, Ray Hall, David Hoogenboom and Tom Dodson all took a win apiece to keep it close in the light winds. The races were run in a variable 3-8 knot southerly to south-easterly, by the usual professional Waiuku crew. Consistency was key with race leaders at the top mark often being swallowed by the pack by the time they reached the next bottom mark. Connecting gusts was vital on the snakes and ladders courses. It was Waiuku at its finest producing some of the most exciting and mentally challenging conditions a Finn sailor could hope to find anywhere. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

NZL 111 NZL 1 NZL 4 NZL 10 NZL 2 NZL 12 NZL 28 NZL 22 NZL 17 NZL 193

Karl Purdie Tom Dodson Mark Perrow David Hoogenboom Ray Hall Alistair Deaves Russell Wood Dirch Andersen Ilia Ovsiiko Gerrit Bearda


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downwind techniques and speed in light winds

Otto Strandvig on light wind technique inning in light air in a Finn requires both training and W technique, but not least a strong elastic JC Strap. The ends of the elastic are attached to the middle of the

boom and run through a block on the bow, making sure that the sailor has full control over the boom and does not have to wait for the wind to push the boom out. We recommend 12mm elastic that can only be pressed straight through the bow block and it must be so short that it can sit half-tight in the centreboard’s uphaul blocks. Remove the elastic when you are not sailing so that it does not become slack. It is important that all lines run smoothly and that the boat works so that you do not mess with it during a race. In the following, a number of factors that need to be taken into account will be reviewed. The goal is for the boat to sail itself, so that the boat is steered without rudder pressure and not as usual where you as the helmsman provide the direction with the rudder.

How do you control? When the boat is horizontal, the water flows symmetrically past the hull, but if the boat tilts just a few degrees, the flow becomes asymmetrical and the boat will turn. A good exercise to get a feel for this is to drop the tiller in light weather on flat water and steer the boat by moving your body from side to side. When the boat steers itself it will be in balance and there is no resistance from the rudder. This means that the centre of effort of the sail is vertically above the centre of effort of the hull. The centre of effort of the sail is roughly located in the centre of the sail, so the dinghy must be heeled to the point where the two centres come over each other. At low speeds, the boat can be heeled further without compromising the boat’s ‘resistance’ through the water than when getting up to speed. In the Finn you can put a foot under the traveller or arrange yourself with a toe strap to make it happen. The hull’s centre of effort is also located behind the sail’s centre of effort and the distance between the two determines how easy the boat is to turn. If you sit completely aft and thus move the hull’s centre of effort aft, the boat will be more directionally stable. If you sit on top of the centreboard, the boat will be very easy to turn, which you can use in a flat sea. If the speed is below 4 knots, you no longer need the entire waterline and then you can consider moving to get the wide stern of the hull out of the water and thus reduce the wetted surface, which is one of the components that provides resistance. If you work systematically with the above elements, you can reduce the hull’s resistance under different conditions and at the same time manoeuvre without using much force.

What gives speed? There are two components that can give speed: gravity and the sail. We utilize gravity by sailing downwards as much as possible and at least not sailing upwards. To sail downwards requires waves and in light winds it will be flat water or swells. Since we must not pump in light winds, we must have another tool and no one has better tools than our friends from the Laser class. Their technique is roughly that, with the centreboard almost completely down, turn up on the leading edge of the wave at the same time as they ‘trim’ the sail, ie de facto pumps, heel the boat into the wind, so it starts to bear away and at the same time release the sheet. They turn 40-50 degrees while the sheet runs out and when the boom is at about 90 degrees, the flow is reversed on the sail and the sailor gives a good jerk, which should coincide with the stern being lifted by a wave. The Finn is heavier and less manoeuvrable than the Laser, but the technique works fine with a little adjustment. The most important thing is that the boat must under no circumstances sail sideways, so the centreboard must be well down. In fact, there is almost no resistance from the board, so you can experiment with letting it go completely down. Hold the sheet directly from the boom and remember that trimming is not an extra pump when you are changing direction. The latter is not permitted under Rule 42. How to do it in practice? The sail must be trimmed downwards before rounding the top mark. If you guide the Cunningham, inhaul and outhaul through a nylon eye that is attached to a hole in the edge of the boat, then you can slacken all three lines with a snap just before you reach the top mark. Ease the sheet and let the boat bear away itself by heeling into the wind. Adjust the vang so that the leach / the three upper battens flex and when it is in place, you can possibly raise the centreboard. Hold the sheet and adjust so that you feel the sail pull. Adjust the various components until you are satisfied with the speed and then focus on the tactics. If there is current then establish a transit to support you in sailing a straight line ‘course over ground’ to the mark (unless you can get out of the current). If there is a gust of wind, bear away and follow it. Head up when the gust is gone. If there are other boats Avoid clumps of boats as much as possible because the wind tends to move over larger groups of boats. Do not be stressed that there is a boat trying to cover you. Instead, try to find the edge of the cover, where the wind can have a slightly higher speed and can be turned 5-10 degrees. If it’s a really annoying sailor, try to create distance with a handful of roll gybes - when you are in a fight, it is okay to gybe more often than if you are alone, where Rule 42 sets an upper limit. When you get to the gate, you must choose the favourable mark – as a starting point the mark that is closest to the top mark. Therefore, it is important to have the gate inspected before the start so that you have the geometry in place. If there is a traffic jam at the gate mark you have chosen, then it can be an advantage to stop the boat at the three-boat line so you secure an inner lane so you do not get bad air on the first part of the upwind. Wind

0-5 knots

5-10 knots

Flat water

Sit still, heel boat, sit completely still, sail by the leech, now sit still, boat must not sail sideways, sit still…

Balance, clear air flow on all leeward telltales, adjust vang to support sailing long ‘S’ shapes


Body weight on traveller, centreboard almost all way down, roll gybe when pressure disappears; if wave and wind directions are differing then try different angles and tacks of sailing

Centreboard almost completely down, (head up + sheet in / release sheet and bear away / sail by the leech with the boom at 90 degrees). Repeat




Annual Masters Meeting MINUTES Due to the cancellation of the 2021 Finn World Masters, the 2021 Annual Masters Meeting was held online through a Google Form. It was run from around 0900 UCT on Wednesday 26 May and closed after 12.00 UCT on Friday 28 May. 75 Finn Masters responded. 1. President’s Report Good morning all, It is with heartfelt thanks that I extend our sincere gratitude to Medemblik and Finn Club Holland for all the input given in attempting to host the Finn World Masters. Subsequent to the cancellation, the FWM committee unanimously decided to offer the 2025 Finn World Masters to Holland, in the hope that it would be third time lucky. We are pleased they have accepted our offer to host in 2025. On behalf of the Finn World Masters we are also deeply grateful to the Spanish sailing authority and the province of Murcia for stepping in and hosting our championship later this year. We remain hopeful that this can go ahead. Thank you all for being understanding. You can rest assured that the decisions taken have been guaranteed by the committee and our sole intent was in the interest of the Finn Masters. With this in mind, we will need to tweak our rules to accommodate any future pandemic/ catastrophes. We set a task that was effectively a vote on the change for Mar Menor. By setting a target of 100 entries before this AMM, the fact that we had 124 entries on day two of the announcement, was enough for us to proceed. I would like to welcome Phil Chadwick and Andreas Bollongino to the committee and extend my huge thanks to Philip Baum and Rolf Elsasser, for the time, effort and energy they given to us over many years. Fortunately, it’s not a departure from the class. Congratulations to Greece and welcome to the new venue on the outskirts of Kavala for 2023 in this pretty unspoilt area of Nea Peramos. Once again, we look forward to the Greek hospitality and the opportunity to sample the fine delights. The next big event is the Europeans at Thiany, which for a number of you, is a perfect stop off to the world championship. The sponsors and organisers of the Europeans have put a huge amount of effort into hosting the event and I hope


that you take the opportunity to get together in large numbers and enjoy a fine regatta. Hopefully, the world will start to get back to some form of normality and we can resume our business as usual. See you all soon. Andy 2. Approval of the 2020 Minutes The minutes from the 2020 AMM were approved: 70 approved with 5 abstentions. 3. Matters arising Q: Due to the loss of the Finn from the Olympics, to save the Gold Cup event it may now be necessary to combine it with the FWM. Will the Committee now reconsider this and find a way to make it successful? A: This is primarily a concern for the IFA AGM and Council and not within the remit of the Finn Masters Committee. 4. Future events The following Finn World Masters are confirmed: 2022: Helsinki, Finland 2023: Kavala, Greece (approved as only bid for 2023) 2024: Punta Ala, Italy 2025: The FWM Committee offered the 2025 FWM to Holland and this has been accepted. The next available year is now 2026 and this will be voted on in 2024. The following Finn European Masters are confirmed: 2022: Hospitalet, Spain (provisional TBC) 2023: Campione, Lake Garda, Italy Both these were approved by the FWM Committee due to no proposal being presented before the two year deadline. The next available year is 2024 and this will be voted on in 2022. 6. Election of officers Phil Chadwick and Andreas Bollongino will join the FWM Committee to replace Rolf Elsasser and Philip Baum Approved by 72 with 3 abstentions 7. Accounts FWM Income and Expenditure 2020 Summary Despite the cancellation of the FWM 2020, a profit was recorded for the year, largely due to the generosity of Masters and FWM2020 sponsors. Travel restrictions also meant that upcoming venues were not visited. Costs far exceeded income for the 2020 Magazine, so for the 2021 edition costs would be much reduced. The 2020 IFA fee was €2500 and was received in two instalments. The Finn Masters committee consider that a minimum reserve balance of £5000


is required to enable it to provide for activities and venue visits, so despite the tough year in 2020, we were able to build reserves slightly, ready for when we are able to travel freely again. The accounts are now included in the IFA Annual accounting process and as such are audited at the same time. Andy Denison Opening Balance


Income IFA Fee Event Fees* Advertising TOTAL

£2215.00 £6045.90 £1123.00 £9383.90

Expenditure Travel Staff Magazine** Website Misc Bank Charges TOTAL

£130.00 £3347.71 £2533.50 £238.50 £85.10 £24.00 £6360.81

P/L for 2020 Closing Balance

£3023.09 £5736.60

8. Matters arising from the accounts Q: Agenda item 7 should be entitled Cash Report and should contain a statement of opening balance, income and expenses, and closing balance with all details. This cash report should be prepared by an elected treasurer and approved by two auditors. An account sheet from a bank is of no value. A: This has been addressed above Q: Can we see detail behind the Accounts? What is expected to change in light of non Olympic status and when? A: Masters accounts are unlikely to be changed by Olympic status 9. Rule Changes 9.1 Align Rules for FWM and FEM Current situation: No rule Insert H.1.8 If there is no agreed venue and no proposals are presented to the Annual Finn Masters Meeting (AMM), within two years of the expected start, the location of the Finn World Masters may be decided by the Finn Masters Committee. Reason This allows the FWM Committee to seek and decide on a venue if there are no proposals two years in advance. Currently there is no solution if there are no proposals. Passed: 75 approved (100%). 9.2 To allow President to make decisions in extreme circumstances Current situation: No rule Insert A 1.6 In extreme circumstances (such

as event cancellations) and only when required to maintain the continuance of the Finn Masters objectives and events, the President, in consultation with the FWM Committee, can make final decisions regarding any point in this Event Manual, so long as such decisions do not change Class Rules or RRS or significantly undermine the overarching principles of this Event Manual. Reason The last year has shown the need for the President, always in consultation with the FWM Committee, to take decisions that would normally be taken by the AMM, but because of the extreme situation, have had to be taken quickly and unilaterally. Approved: 72 approved with 3 abstentions

10. Magazine The Magazine more or less broke even this year, which was important after a significant drop in income. The FWM Committee would like to thank all those who sponsored adverts and allowed us to produce the eighth edition. 11. 2021 Events The FWM Committee look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the 2021 European Masters, in Tihany and at the World Masters in Mar Menor in October. 12. Comment and feedback 1. Dear FWM Committee / President, Thanks a lot for keeping the ball rolling! 2. I wish to thank the committee for their excellent work - well done :-) 3. Thank you Robert and Andy for all the work done !

4. Difficult times well handled, many thanks. 5. My big thanks to Andy and his team. I respect the great work you all do for the class. 6. Thanks for all your work for the Finn Masters! 7. A vote of thanks to the Committee, out going committee members and incoming committee members in these difficult times. 8. We need to accept Covid 19 vaccinated and Non vaccinated, whatever vaccine is used as the Russians, Hungarians and one Dutch man are all vaccinated with Sputnik V2. The date of next AMM will be July 6, 2022, Helsinki, Finland


2023 26/5-2/6 Early Sept tbc


Kavala Campione del Garda


2024 17-15/5 Sept/Early Oct


Puntala Cannes


2025 6-13/6 Sept


Medemblik TBC



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Upcoming events

Bids for 2026 FWM will be decided in 2024. Bids for 2025 FEM will be decided in 2023

Attendance at Finn World Masters 1970-2021



yearbook – MEDALISTS AND WINNERS 1970-2021 *For the Austrian Hungaria Cup (Presented 1982 by Peter Mohilla and Gy Wossala)

Finn World Masters

1970-2021 1970 St Moritz, Switzerland 1 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands 2 Othmar Reich, Switzerland 3 Worn Clark, South Africa

1984 Lago di Caldaro, Italy 1 Walter Mai, Germany 2 Palle-Steen Larsen, Denmark 3 Friedrich Müller, Germany

1997 Cervia, Italy 1 Wolfgang Gerz, Germany 2 Larry Lemieux, Canada 3 Minski Fabris, Croatia

2010 Split, Croatia 1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Christen Christoph, Switzerland

1971 Medemblik, Holland 1 Andreino Menoni, Italy 2 Othmar Reich, Switzerland 3 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands

1985 Seebruck, FR Germany 1 Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark 2 Klaus Stuffer, Italy 3 Henning Wind, Denmark

2011 PuntAla, Italy 1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 Allen Burrell, Great Britain 3 Uli Breuer, Germany

1972 Gargnano, Garda, Italy 1 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands 2 Andreino Menoni, Italy 3 Beda Zingg, Switzerland

1986 Lagi di Bracciano, Italy 1 Heini Unterhauser, Italy 2 Klaus Stuffer, Italy 3 Georg Oser, Switzerland

1998 Castelleto di Brenzone, Garda, Italy 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Minski Fabris, Croatia 3 Wolfgang Gerz, Germany

1973 - Not awarded

1987 Les Embiez, France 1 Peter Raderschadt, Germany 2 Walter Mai, Germany 3 Ivor Ganahl, Switzerland

1974 Port Carmargue, France 1 Andre Mevel, France 2 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands 3 Vernon Stratton, Great Britain 1975 Port Carmargue, France 1 Andre Mevel, France 2 Othmar Reich, Switzerland 3 Erich Kaspareth, Italy 1976 Port Carmargue, France 1 Andre Mevel, France 2 Laszlo Zsindely, Switzerland 3 Othmar Reich, Switzerland 1977 Port Carmargue, France 1 Georg Oser, Switzerland 2 Heinz Reiter, Germany 3 Andre Mevel, France 1978 Port Carmargue, France 1 Heinz Reiter, Germany 2 P Lebois, France 3 Georg Oser, Switzerland 1979 Port Carmargue, France 1 Karel Hruby, Czechoslovakia 2 C Sturm, Switzerland 3 Andre Mevel, France 1980 Lake Lipno, Czechoslovakia 1 Georg Oser, Switzerland 2 Karel Hruby, Czechoslovakia 3 Jiri Maier, Czechoslovakia 1981 Port Carmargue, France 1 Gy Wossala, Hungary 2 Georg Oser, Switzerland 3 Frank Roth, Switzerland 1982 Lake Neusiedl, Austria 1 Georg Oser, Switzerland 2 Ivan Hoffmann, Czechoslovakia 3 Friedrich Müller, Germany 1983 Port Carmargue, France 1 Heini Unterhauser, Italy 2 Frank Roth, Switzerland 3 Herbert Herwig, Germany


1988 Lido degli Estensi, Italy 1 Hans Fatzer, Switzerland 2 Jiri Outrata, Czechoslovakia 3 Kurt Schimitzek, Austria 1989 Torbole, Garda, Italy 1 Peter Raderschadt, Germany 2 Kurt Shimitzek, Austria 3 Mikael Brandt, Sweden 1990 Altenhein, Switzerland 1 Mikael Brandt, Sweden 2 Friedrich Müller, Germany 3 Jiri Outrata, Czechoslovakia 1991 Port Carmargue, France 1 Kurt Schimitzek, Germany 2 Jochen Lollert, Germany 3 Hermann Heide, Germany 1992 Uppsala, Sweden 1 Roland Balthasar, Germany 2 Herman Heide, Germany 3 Peter Vollebregt, Netherlands 1993 Lake Bracciano, Italy 1 Peter Vollebregt, Netherlands 2 Walter Mai, Germany 3 Jan Bjornberg, Sweden 1994 Diessen, Germany 1 Roland Balthasar, Germany 1 Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic 3 Walter Mai, Germany 1995 Malcesine, Garda, Italy 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Kurt Shimitzek, Germany 3 Wolfgang Gerz, Germany 1996 La Rochelle, France 1 Roland Balthasar, Germany 2 Wolfgang Gerz, Germany 3 Walter Mai, Germany

1999 Maubuisson, France 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Greg Davis, South Africa 3 Jean Paul Gaston, France 2000 Weymouth, England 1 John Greenwood, Great Britain 2 Larry Lemieux, Canada 3 Andrew Cooper, Great Britain 2001 Kingston, Canada 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Hein-Peter Okker, Netherlands 3 Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany 2002 Split, Croatia 1 John Greenwood, Great Britain 2 Minski Fabris, Croatia 3 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2003 Schwerin, Germany 1 Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Roman Teply, Italy 2004 Cannes, France 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Michael Gubi, Austria 2005 Bracciano Lake, Italy 1 Silvio Santoni, Italy 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Allen Burrell, Great Britain 2006 Lake Balaton, Hungary 1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Michael Gubi, Austria 2007 Murcia, Spain 1 André Budzien, Germany 2 Agustin Juarez, Spain 3 Allen Burrell, Great Britain 2008 Medemblik, Netherlands 1 André Budzien, Germany 2 Mihail Kopanov, Bulgaria 3 Han Bergsma, Netherlands 2009 Maubuisson, France 1 André Budzien, Germany 2 Jurgen Eiermann, Germany 3 Laurent Hay, France


2012 Pwllheli, Wales 1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 Allen Burrell, Great Britain 3 Laurent Hay, France 2013 La Rochelle, France 1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Erik Lidecis, USA 2014 Sopot, Poland 1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Akeksandr Kukliukin, Russia 2015 Kavala, Greece 1 Vladimir Krutskikh, Russia 2 Dmitry Petrov, Russia 3 Giacomo Giovanelli, Italy 2016 Torbole, Italy 1 Rafael Trujillo, Spain 2 Vladimir Krutskikh, Russia 3 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2017 Barbados 1 Vladimir Krutskikh, Russia 2 Laurent Hay, France 3 Rafael Trujillo, Spain 2018 El Balís, Spain 1 José Luis Doreste, Spain 2 Antonio Poncell, Chile 3 Giacomo Giovanelli, Italy 2019 Skovshoved, Denmark 1 Vladimir Krutskikh, Russia 2 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 3 Laurent Hay, France 2020 Port Zelánde, Netherlands Not sailed due to COVID-19 2021 Los Alcazares, Spain 1 Valérian Lebrun, France 2 Filipe Silva, Portugal 3 David Terol, Spain


(President’s Cup, Presented 2014) 2014 Aleksandr Kuliukin, Russia 2015 Vladimir Krutskhik, Russia 2016 Rafael Trujillo, Spain 2017 Vladimir Krutskhik, Russia 2018 Giacomo Giovanelli, Italy 2019 Vladimir Krutskikh, Russia 2020 Not sailed 2021 Valérian Lebrun, France


(Finn Veteran Gold Cup - Trophäe Marktgemeinde Kaltern 1984) 1984 Walter Mai, Germany 1985 Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark 1986 Heini Unterhauser, Italy 1987 Peter Raderschadt, Germany 1988 Hans Fatzer, Switzerland 1989 Peter Raderschadt, Germany 1990 Mikael Brandt, Sweden 1991 Kurt Schimitzek, Germany 1992 Roland Balthasar, Germany 1993 Peter Vollebregt, Netherlands 1994 Roland Balthasar, Germany 1995 Larry Lemieux, Canada 1996 Roland Balthasar, Germany 1997 Wolfgang Gerz, Germany 1998 1999 Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic 2000 Hans-Günter Ehlers, Germany Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia (1st GM) 2001 2002 Henry Sprague, USA (1st GM) 2003 Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany 2004 Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic 2005 Marin Mrduljas, Croatia 2006 Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany 2007 Marin Mrduljas, Croatia 2008 Ilias Hatzipavlis, Greece 2009 Francresco Cinque, Italy 2010 Michael Gubi, Austria 2011 Marc Allain des Beauvais, France 2012 Rob Coutts, New Zealand 2013 André Budzien, Germany 2014 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2015 Yuri Tokovoi, Ukraine 2016 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2017 Laurent Hay, France 2018 Antonio Poncell, Chile 2019 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2020 Not sailed 2021 Laurent Hay, France


(Finn World Masters Trophy Builded by Ralf Kratz SV Biblis Germany) 2000 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Mike Till, Great Britain (1st GGM) 2001 Louie Nady, USA (1st GGM) 2002 Minski Fabris, Croatia (1st GGM) 2003 André Budzien, Germany 2004 Larry Lemieux, Canada Alan Tucker, South Africa (1st GGM) 2005 Friedrich Müller, Germany 2006 Friedrich Müller, Germany 2007 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia 2008 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia 2009 Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark 2010 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia 2011 Michael Brandt, Sweden 2012 Pascal Tetard, France 2013 Henk de Jager, Netherlands 2014 Henry Sprague, USA 2015 Francesco Cinque, Italy 2016 Marc Allain des Beauvais, France 2017 Marc Allain des Beauvais, France 2018 José Luis Doreste, Spain 2019 Thomas Schmid, Germany 2020 Not sailed


Greg Wilcox, New Zealand


(Legends Trophy presented in 2012) 2006 Walter Mai, Germany 2007 Seigfried Bohl, Germany 2008 Walter Mai, Germany 2009 Walter Mai, Germany 2010 Richard Hart, Great Britain 2011 Howard Sellars, Great Britain 2012 Howard Sellars, Great Britain 2013 Friedrich Müller, Germany 2014 Richard Hart, Great Britain 2015 Henry Sprague, USA 2016 Howard Sellars, Great Britain 2017 Henry Sprague, USA 2018 Friedrich Müller, Germany 2019 Henry Sprague, USA 2020 Not sailed 2021 Hans Faztzer, Switzerland

SUPER LEGENDS 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

Pedro Jiminez-Meifren, Spain Gerd Bohnsack, South Africa Gus Miller, USA Richard Hart, Great Britain Not sailed Richard Hart, Great Britain


(Ladies Trophy presented 2012) 2006 Bozena Smidova, Czech Republic 2007 Bozena Smidova, Czech Republic 2008 Bozena Smidova, Czech Republic 2009 Brigitte Devilliers, France 2010 Brigitte Devilliers, France 2011 Sabine Breuer, Germany 2012 Sabine Breuer, Germany 2018 Tina Sperl, Austria 2019 Tina Sperl, Austria 2020 Not sailed 2021 No competitors

GOLDEN CRUTCH 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Han van Vierssen, Netherlands Horst Klein, Germany Rolf Lehnert, Germany Herbert Sondermann, Germany Jürgen Kraft, Germany Lucio Nodari, Italy Dieter Borges, Germany Hans-Günther Ehlers, Germany Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic Kurt Schimitzek, Austria Kurt Schimitzek, Austria Herbert Sondermann Claudio Bosetti, Italy Louie Nady, USA Mladen Makjanic, Croatia Peter Raderschadt, Germany Martin Plecity, Czech Republic Nicola Menoni, Italy Bernd Moser, Austria

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

David Potter, Great Britain Laurent Hay, France Francesco Cinque, France Bas de Waal, Netherlands Arwin Karssemeijer, Netherlands Panagiotis Davourlis, Greece Raymond Hall, New Zealand Alexiy Marchevskiy, Russia Henry Sprague, USA Martijn van Muyden, Netherlands Antonio Poncell, Chile Fredrik Tegnhed, Sweden Taras Havrysh, Ukraine Not sailed Paul McKenzie, AUS

EURO CUP 2011-2017 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Ian Ainslie, South Africa Minski Fabris, Croatia Igor Frolov, Russia Felix Denikaev, Russia Ian Ainslie, South Africa Ian Ainslie, South Africa André Budzien, Germany

Balaton Balaton Balaton Balaton Balaton Balaton Balaton

FINN EUroPEAN MASTERS 2018 Split, Croatia 1 Vladimir Krutskikh, Russia 2 Karlo Kuret, Croatia 3 Michael Maier, Czech Republic

2019, Schwerin, Germany 1 Filipe Silva, Portugal 2 Bas de Waal, The Netherlands 3 André Budzien, Germany 2020, Gdynia, Poland 1 Milan Vujasinovic, Croatia 2 Filipe Silva, Portugal 3 Felix Denikaev, Russia

2021, Tihany, Balaton, Hungary 1 Akos Lukats, Hungary 2 Bas de Waal, The Netherlands 3 Taras Havrysh, Ukraine

Coupe Godet Trophy

(Awarded for outstanding contribution to the Finn Masters. Presented by Godet, in 2019) 2017 Richard Hart, GBR 2018 Vasilis Pigadas, GRE 2019 Ray New, GBR 2020 Jan Zetzema & FWM2020 OC, NED 2021 Robert Deaves * NOTE: These lists generally represent the engraving on the trophies. Some trophies appear to have been used for various categories over the years. Where there are inconsistencies or lack of engravings, other names are displayed in italics. It seems some sailors won categories but the trophies were presented to others. Please send any updates, additions or corrections to

About the Finn World Masters Finn sailors of the age of 40 and above are called ‘Masters’ and are divided into age groups. Each year they sail the Finn World Masters and Finn European Masters. Note: If, in a specific year, you reach(ed) the age as listed, the accompanying title is applicable from January 1 to December 31 of that year. All the rules and governing documents for the Finn Masters and the championships can be found in the Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual, which can be downloaded from the Finn Masters website at Category 2022



Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Master 40-49 Born 1973-1982 Grand Master 50-59 Born 1963-1972 Grand Grand Master 60-69 Born 1953-1962 Legend 70+ Born 1952 or earlier Super Legend 80+ Born 1942 or earlier Lady 40+ Born 1982 or earlier NOTE: all ages and years are inclusive of that year

Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Born 1974-1983 Born 1964-1973 Born 1954-1963 Born 1953 or earlier Born 1943 or earlier Born 1983 or earlier

Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Born 1975-1984 Born 1965-1974 Born 1955-1964 Born 1954 or earlier Born 1944 or earlier Born 1984 or earlier




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