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Contents Contacts, Calendar & Suppliers 5 News 6 Welcome to Skovshoved 7 José Luis Doreste Triumphs at El Balís 8 Advance Information for Schwerin 2019 17 Antonio Poncell Interview 18 Managing Wear and Tear 20 Great Venue for 50th Anniversary 22 Finn European Masters 2018 24 Masters Events Across the World 26 Bids for 2021 28 Finn Masters Profile 30 Fleet Selection and Tie-Breaks 33 Jan Zetzema Interview 34

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Masters President’s Message

By Andy Denison, GBR 20

ovember 2018 bought us the N unwelcome news that the Finn was being dropped from the

Olympics. This, as mentioned previously is incredibly disappointing for the whole class, affecting a large number of the sailors in the IFA. However, as I write this, decisions may change.

In the meantime it’s business as usual for the masters, we need to keep fit, we need to train and we will continue to compete in the big boys, single-handed powerful boat in our clubs and national and international events. As we know, the Finn class is largely made up of the master sailors. Our vision is the same and physics draws us together as one big, sometimes happy family, a family that sees in excess of 300 boats at a World Championship and a growing family at the newly opened Europeans. With this growth, I wonder should we also be thinking of a spring event? I see the future of the class as remaining strong, we will always be the toughest, physically demanding, singlehanded boat and it will always be an attractive boat for sailors to test their skills and stamina. We want to race it and enjoy it. The Olympic decision has stirred a lot of thoughts, but let’s be clear; the Olympics is an event for a few of the top guys, who may

go on to other things. This is not the end of the road for the Finn, the journey is continuing to expand and my job within the class is to continue to make sure that we have the best sailing and hospitality for all the young-at-heart, active sailors over the age of 40. We have a lot of great events to look forward to in the coming years and especially our 50th Anniversary in 2020, where I am sure, from what we have already seen, the Dutch will put on a great competition and an even better party. We still have to face the question on whether to take the Finn World Masters outside Europe again. Perhaps that now we have the Finn European Masters, this is not as big an issue as a few years back, but I still expect we will have to be content with substantially lower entry numbers if we do venture away from European waters in the near future. Certainly there are more and more bids coming, and these should be encouraged, but ultimately it is up to those attending the Annual Masters Meeting to take that decision. I look forward to meeting you all in Skovshoved in a few months for our 49th Finn World Masters. Andy Denison Finn Masters President



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NEWS 2020 finn european masters in gydnia

he Polish Yachting Association, the Polish National Finn Class T Association and the City of Gdynia will host the 2020 Finn European Masters.

Gdynia can rightfully be referred to as the sailing capital of Poland. Every year a number national, European or World championships are held there. This is due to the excellent conditions in terms of both the wind and the infrastructure. Gdynia is very well connected with an international airport just 20 minutes away by car offering regular flights to most hub airports. There is an international ferry terminal with regular connections to Sweden as well as several container terminals in Gdynia and Gdansk. The marina in Gdynia is the largest and most up-to-date in Poland. One of its strengths is the location in the city centre. It is one of the beauty spots of Gdynia,


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busy with sailors from early spring to late autumn. The organisers have a wealth of experience of hosting major regattas There is an abundance of accommodation nearby including 2-4 star hotels and private accommodation and within a five minute walk from the marina. The racing area is partially protected from the open sea and offers perfect sailing conditions. It is very close to Sopot, where the 2014 Finn World Masters was held. The championship will have an excellent location in the city centre with exciting sailing and recreation facilities. In September the average temperature is 2325 °c, water temperature is 17-19 °c and average wind speed is 11 knots. The event will be one of three Finn events held in Gdynia in the autumn of 2020 with the Silver Cup and Senior Europeans also taking place between the end of August and mid-September.

he 2018 Annual Masters Meeting will be held on T Wednesday 12 June at Skovshoved. There will be bids from three venues for the 2021 Finn World Masters. Details of these can be found later in this magazine.

At the moment there are no bids for the 2021 Finn European Masters. If there is any interest please contact the Masters President as soon as possible. Also, if any club wishes to bid for either event in 2022, please note that the deadline for submission to the Master’s President is February 1, 2020.

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WELCOME TO SKOVSHOVED he Royal Danish Yacht Club (RDYC) or the Kongelig T Dansk Yachtklub (KDY) will host the 2019 World Masters at Skovshoved, one of three facilities it operates north of Copenhagen.

Skovshoved harbour is around 4km north of Hellerup, and is the fourth largest harbour in Denmark, with more than 600 berths. The RDYC has had facilities at the harbour since 1942, and it was hugely expanded recently. It is a vast venue. There is an abundance of storage space for road trailers and boxes. The dinghies will be parked in an open area next to the club slipway, while the coach boats will be kept on pontoons nearby. There is easy access for trucks and large trailers with excellent loading and unloading space. A huge paved area next to the coast and club is available for campers, with electric hook-ups and chemical disposal available for a small fee. There is also a large grassed area beside the club, which can be used for tents and an overflow for camper vans. Those that wish for more formal camping can use the site at Charlottelund Fort, which is around 2km from the club. There is one small hotel at Skovshoved, but many others in Hellerup, 4km away, Klampenborg, 2km away, and Jægersborg, 3km away. In the past sailors have also used sourced accommodation on Airbnb for self-catering near the club at Skovshoved. Of course, the centre of Copenhagen is only 8km away, with an abundance of hotels of all types. As mentioned there is plenty of camping and caravanning, including tents. Racing will take place directly in front of the club in the Øresund, an expanse of water stretching to Sweden 25km away.

There is little current and a small rise and fall in the tide. The depth is good and with the shipping lanes on the Swedish side, there are no restrictions on where to set the courses. The hinterland is largely flat, so racing can be run quite far inshore with no problems. It’s proposed to hold the medal race just off the sea wall, which offers excellent spectating from the club area on a floating pontoon. Launching and recovery for the championship will be inside the marina. It is usual to expect light to medium wind conditions at the time of year for the championship, with air temperature typical of European summer. Water temperature in June is around 15-18°. The event site at, will carry all updates and further information including Notice of Race, information on accommodation, Copenhagen and much more. Essential information will also be mirrored on the Finn Word Masters website for updates later this year. There are also links to enter and make reservations for campers and tents through the Manage2Sail system. Once you have booked and paid, your spot is reserved for you. As this magazine goes to press entry levels are at 240 A reminder also, that the weekend prior to the start of the Masters (May 31st to June 2nd), the Open Danish Championship will take place from Skovshoved Harbor and in the same waters as the Masters. Further details and links are on the websites.

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DORESTE Triumphs

at el BalÍs n winning the 2018 Finn World Masters José Luis Ihave Doreste made history. He is the only person ever to won all major senior Finn titles: the European

championship, the Finn Gold Cup, Olympic Gold and now the Finn World Masters.

That he could come back to the Finn after a 30-year absence and win the title with a 14-year-old boat says as much about the man as it does about the class. It is the first time in a long time, perhaps ever, that a Grand Grand Master had won the overall title. He had surprised himself as much as anyone else, but proved the old adage ‘Once a Finn sailor, always a Finn sailor’. The skills learned in the Finn last a lifetime. The 2018 Finn World Masters was sailed from the Club Náutico El Balís, about 40 km north of Barcelona on the north-east coast of Spain, in the village of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. It turned out to be the second largest Finn event on record, just three boats less than the 2016 Finn World Masters at Torbole, on Lake Garda, Italy. In 2018 the event attracted 352 entries from 32 countries. Club Náutico El Balís is a giant marina complex surrounded by restaurants and bars and was an ideal venue to host the Finn World Masters. In the 48 years of the event, 2018 was only the second time it had been hosted in Spain, so it was long overdue. The club took the Finn Masters to heart and made a huge effort with great social events, meticulous attention to detail and more than 100 volunteers helping throughout the event. Every sailor felt genuinely welcomed.


The defending champion was Vladimir Krutskikh, who was also the winner in 2015. He won in 2017 after a drama filled medal race in Barbados to overcome Rafa Trujillo. However, none of last year’s winners in any category retained their titles in 2018. There was so much depth across the fleet and so many boats on the water, that every point was vital. With four groups sailing each day, one point was the equivalent of four places. Any mistakes were severely punished. The greatest interest during the week was in the Grand Grand Masters category where two former Spanish Finn Gold Cup winners were taking part in their first Finn World Masters. Joaquin Blanco Roca won the Europeans and the Finn Gold Cup in 1977 and went on to finish fourth at the 1984 Olympics. José Luis Doreste won the Europeans in 1987 and the Finn Gold Cup and Olympic Gold in 1988. These two jumped back into the Finn in 2017 and had been training hard for this championship. While both sailed exceptionally well, few would have predicted Doreste to win the overall title, but the light conditions perhaps played to his strengths. Finn sailing continues to grow year on year and the Masters fleets are no exception, with huge fleets across Europe and growing fleets elsewhere in the world. The largest nations were as usual Germany and Holland, but with its largest turnout ever, the home nation, Spain, fielded 24 entries, evidence of the amazing growth in the class there over the past few years.


Super Legends: 1. August Miller, 2. Willi Meister, 3. Ola M Johannessen

Legends: 1. Friedrich Müller, 2. Valerii Gusenko, 3. Miguel Alvarez Valls (not shown)

Grand Grand Masters: 1. José Luis Doreste, 2. Joaquin Blanco Roca, 3. Francesco Cinque

Grand Masters: 1. Antonio Poncell, 2. Xavier Penas, 3. Andre Budzien

Masters: 1. Giacomo Giovanelli, 2. Vladimir Krutskikh (absent), 3. Aleksander Kulyukin

Pos Sail Name Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Net 1 ESP 555 José Luis Doreste GGM 1 2 1 (6) 2 6 2 CHI 12 Antonio Poncell GM 4 1 (20) 1 2 8 3 ITA 202 Giacomo Giovanelli M 2 1 2 (bfd) 3 8 4 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh M 2 1 (13) 6 1 10 5 ESP 17 Xavier Penas GM (12) 2 1 2 5 10 6 RUS 161 Aleksander Kulyukin M 3 3 3 (6) 1 10 7 ESP 79 Joaquin Blanco Roca GGM 2 3 (19) 3 2 10 8 GER 711 Andre Budzien GM 4 (8) 4 3 1 12 9 GER 193 Thomas Schmid GM 1 4 8 1 (13) 14 10 AUS 22 Paul McKenzie GM 5 (6) 5 1 4 15 11 SWE 5 Fredrik Tegnhed GM 6 4 1 (15) 7 18 12 FIN 201 Kristian Sjoberg GM 2 (23) 13 2 2 19 13 BRA 177 Andre Mirsky M 4 8 (17) 4 3 19 14 UKR 14 Volodymyr Stasyuk M 9 5 (29) 5 5 24 15 AUS 5 Matt Visser GM 5 1 15 (bfd) 4 25 16 NED 29 Bas De Waal GM 9 5 5 7 (ufd) 26 17 GER 707 Ulrich Breuer GM 5 7 (17) 4 11 27 18 ITA 5 Francesco Cinque GGM 6 (dsq) 6 10 6 28 19 SUI 7 Christoph Burger M 8 11 10 (bfd) 1 30 20 BEL 1 Wim Henderieckx M 6 12 10 3 (bfd) 31 21 NED 818 Albert Kroon GM (32) 11 6 6 8 31 22 NED 27 Paul Kamphorst GM 8 9 (34) 11 4 32 23 FIN 218 Freddy Markelin GM 3 10 4 (32) 16 33 24 GBR 74 Lawrence Crispin GM 7 (28) 2 14 11 34 25 HUN 50 Akos Lukats M 4 14 (22) 10 6 34 26 UKR 8 Taras Havrysh M 10 15 (20) 3 7 35 27 GBR 635 Simon Percival M 18 (25) 14 1 3 36 28 GBR 2 Allen Burrell GM 6 12 16 2 (ufd) 36 29 EST 7 Harles Liiv M 9 3 18 (bfd) 6 36 30 UKR 69 Sergii Maliuta M 8 4 9 (bfd) 16 37 31 GBR 88 Jonathan Tweedle M 17 4 2 15 (27) 38 32 HUN 7 Antal Szkely GM 7 9 12 (20) 12 40 33 NED 1015 Thierry Van Vierssen GM 11 5 16 (bfd) 9 41 34 ITA 2 Marco Buglielli GM 18 6 5 (bfd) 13 42 35 BRA 32 Pedro Lodovici M (dnf) 13 18 4 9 44 36 GER 289 Lutz Steinemann M 20 5 3 (29) 17 45 37 FRA 96 Florian Faucheux M 21 6 10 (24) 8 45 38 AUT 11 Bernd Moser GM 14 10 7 16 (19) 47 39 NED 703 Eric Bakker GM (33) 8 8 17 14 47 40 NZL 4 Mark Perrow M 12 18 (32) 14 5 49 41 RUS 212 Lanfranco Cirillo GM 8 10 8 (30) 23 49 42 SUI 67 Peter Theurer M 14 (19) 14 19 3 50 43 SWE 77 Per Arne Fritjofsson GGM 16 7 4 (24) 23 50 44 HUN 1 Geza Huszar M 13 11 11 16 (22) 51 45 FRA 66 Philippe Lobert GM (24) 19 1 9 23 52 46 DEN 21 Otto Strandvig GM 23 2 (24) 12 15 52 47 POL 87 Marcin Mrwczynski M 11 8 17 (29) 17 53 48 AUS 68 Jay Harrison GGM 7 18 11 20 (dnc) 56 49 GBR 720 Julian Smith GM 21 10 (25) 12 13 56 50 UKR 10 Valentyn Klymentyev GM 22 13 8 (25) 14 57 51 FRA 61 David Huet M 1 21 (37) 28 8 58 52 SWE 14 Stefan Nordstrm GM (41) 9 22 8 20 59 53 AUS 75 Phil Chadwick GM 9 22 28 4 (bfd) 63 54 GBR 21 Michael De Courcy GM 16 20 19 (37) 10 65 55 POL 100 Marek Jarocki M 32 (44) 10 7 17 66 56 FRA 38 Audion Michel GGM 10 (83) 30 18 9 67 57 GER 194 Axel Shroeder GM 26 21 9 (44) 12 68 58 FRA 28 Sebastien Grall M 11 19 (34) 7 32 69 59 AUS 3 Jake Gunther GGM 18 14 22 (34) 15 69 60 ITA 4 Francesco Faggiani GM 27 (30) 12 25 7 71 61 NZL 9 Rob Coutts GGM (42) 12 21 23 15 71 62 NED 81 Gerko Visser GM 22 16 18 15 (bfd) 71 63 SUI 25 Klammer Till GM 25 15 27 5 (bfd) 72 64 AUS 69 John Alexander GM 35 (54) 17 8 12 72 65 GER 146 Friedrich Mller L 28 17 13 15 (30) 73 66 ESP 39 Jose Maria Pujadas Marti GGM 3 25 16 (bfd) 30 74 67 NED 55 Eddy Huisman GM (29) 23 5 20 28 76 68 GER 62 Uwe Barthel GGM (28) 17 11 25 23 76 69 HUN 88 Zsombor Majthenyi M 19 20 (46) 8 30 77 70 UKR 12 Maksym Krukovskyi M 27 (31) 29 10 11 77 71 BRA 108 Cristiano Ruschmann M 28 (46) 13 11 25 77 72 GRE 71 Panagiotis Davourlis GM 5 15 23 (58) 36 79



2018 FINN WORLD MASTERS – el balis 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146


HUN 10 AUS 33 FRA 44 RSA 51 NED 66 UKR 1 DEN 246 AUT 333 UKR 4 NED 780 RUS 51 ESP 777 SWE 91 GBR 52 GER 202 FRA 86 RSA 1 GBR 35 GER 84 SWE 2 ITA 176 SUI 12 CZE 318 ITA 85 NED 11 GER 19 CZE 1 ESP 123 POR 51 CZE 8 GBR 61 ESP 86 ESP 118 NED 88 ESP 739 FIN 112 SWE 61 MON 234 USA 99 NED 31 ITA 8 BRA 11 POL 26 NED 3 UKR 9 HUN 30 FRA 73 ESP 430 FRA 888 SUI 63 GER 188 NED 5 GER 226 CZE 75 NED 50 SUI 593 POL 38 ITA 73 GER 45 NED 746 FRA 26 HUN 2 RUS 21 CZE 67 GER 998 ITA 111 FRA 111 GBR 90 SUI 32 SUI 88 CZE 80 AUT 7 USA 74 FIN 23


David Schomer M 36 Stuart Skeggs M (52) Christophe Deseilligny GGM 13 Philip Baum GGM 31 Ewout Meijer GM (33) Volodymyr Bogomolkin M 15 Jens Kristian Andersen GM 16 Gerhard Weinreich GM 27 Valerii Gusenko L (50) JW Kok GM 44 Mikhail Petriga GGM 25 Juan Grau Cases GM 17 Par Friberg GM 7 Will Patten GM (36) Rolf Elsaesser GGM 35 Christophe Jean GGM 33 Greg Davis GGM (51) Soeren Vonsild GM 27 Michael Huellenkremer GGM 37 Svante Collvin GM 39 Paolo Parente M 20 Franz Buergi GM 36 Martin Plecit GGM 12 Klaus Heufler GM (56) Henk De Jager GGM 39 Andreas Bollongino GM 34 Michael Maier GM 3 Miguel Alvarez Valls L 30 Felipe Nascimiento Da Silva M (14) Jiri Outrata L 16 John Heyes GM 35 Paco Castaner GGM 31 Xavier Mayoral I Jov GM 19 Chiel Barends GGM 30 David Rivero Martnez M 14 Seppo Ajanko GGM 23 Mikael Nilsson GGM 11 Michael Kurtz GGM 34 Stephen Fuccillo GGM 28 Hans Zuurendonk GM 26 Florian Demetz GM (43) Robert Rittscher GM 47 Boguslaw Nowakowski GGM 36 Gert Woudeberg GGM 21 Yevhenii Antonenko M 12 Zsigmond Kantor M 34 Jean Michel Castillon GM 42 Jesus Pintos GM 20 Mathieu Debonnet M 25 Thomas Gautschi GM 38 Michael Klugel GM 23 Rene Sala GGM 22 Uwe Fernholz GM 31 Vladimir Skalicky GM (57) Jan Zetzema GGM 39 Hans Fatzer L 33 Juliusz Reichelt GGM 43 Luca Taruschio M (ufd) Dirk Sundermann GM (59) Marald Van Reijsen GM 40 Gilles Malservet GGM (56) Peter Sipos GGM 30 Vladimir Butenko GM 50 Jochovic Josef GM 38 Guido Halterbeck GM (53) Bruno Catalan L 42 Pascal Tetard L 13 Richard Sharp GM 19 Urs Huber GM 38 Daniel Mueller GM (50) Martin Jozf GM 17 Michael Gubi GM 22 Henry Sprague L 15 Henri Raty M (64)

16 (57) 19 8 38 15 11 15 (39) 28 12 26 (51) 22 13 14 24 2 33 22 18 19 (34) 30 27 21 (bfd) 18 (36) 26 24 6 21 43 7 13 27 (53) 5 10 24 (36) 8 29 14 35 20 (38) (44) 41 19 20 15 16 31 25 22 19 12 (ufd) 15 (56) 19 21 33 33 13 10 (43) 25 17 20 16 3 (bfd) 34 (45) 3 22 26 42 (60) 23 5 24 20 10 (45) 19 23 41 (44) 9 47 23 18 28 (42) 17 16 31 (36) 16 19 6 7 (dnf) dnf 30 21 23 (32) 11 4 2 dne 29 36 (62) 24 (36) 30 18 22 22 (69) 25 27 35 20 (47) 33 48 (62) 22 10 26 34 (43) 36 17 (48) 35 36 (32) 9 dne 4 (52) 33 28 18 49 (67) 16 21 (44) 41 27 20 12 41 34 28 (58) 6 46 17 29 40 (48) 11 17 (79) 26 52 35 (52) 40 31 42 (46) 17 25 20 35 21 (bfd) 26 38 (45) 35 26 33 35 (39) 28 45 9 (dnf) 53 (70) 26 18 29 31 (47) 38 (53) 35 11 44 37 43 13 28 33 18 (46) 31 27 (46) 26 35 (59) 21 46 12 66 27 22 9 48 39 9 28 13 (62) 36 35 23 14 41 46 41 15 38 (43) 20 (52) 30 24 36 24 (39) 26 28 47 18 33 34 12 (bfd) 41 41 (61) 38 37 41 48 21 (bfd) 37 (74) 30 24 30 26 40 33 dne (88 RET) 5 21 7 15 (bfd) bfd 18 12 (bfd) bfd 45 53 14 21

79 79 79 80 81 82 82 83 84 86 86 86 87 87 88 88 89 89 90 90 90 90 95 97 100 100 104 104 105 105 105 105 107 110 110 111 112 113 114 114 115 116 116 116 118 118 118 119 119 120 120 120 121 121 121 121 122 124 124 124 124 124 124 124 126 129 129 129 129 129 131 132 133 133

147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220

ESP 75 BRA 179 FRA 822 FRA 75 ITA 11 NED 95 SUI 96 RUS 142 RUS 13 NED 82 GER 111 RUS 41 DEN 212 USA 23 SUI 13 FRA 53 FRA 63 AUT 6 SUI 65 GER 997 GER 122 NED 10 FRA 869 ITA 1052 BRA 103 FRA 27 NED 150 NED 58 POR 5 USA 32 NZL 43 ESP 5 ESP 99 RSA 504 NZL 5 FRA 60 GBR 564 NED 35 GBR 631 NED 54 ESP 77 NED 8 BRA 97 ITA 50 SUI 27 FRA 19 AUS 307 SUI 3 NED 4 GBR 13 GER 175 GBR 20 CZE 222 BEL 76 FRA 23 HUN 27 GBR 76 NOR 64 GBR 93 USA 1201 GER 256 USA 101 ITA 1 AUS 6 GER 43 RUS 189 GBR 681 ITA 7 ARG 1 ESP 320 GER 965 ITA 93 AUT 19 GBR 80

Jose Luis Castells GGM (61) 22 58 18 35 Paulo Picchetti GM 24 (51) 23 43 43 Borsi Vincent M 34 (37) 37 36 27 Hay Laurent GM 1 2 44 (dnf) dnf Paolo Cisbani GM 40 47 29 (dnf) 19 Wobbe De Schiffart GGM 29 7 59 (61) 41 Oliver Wirz M 49 (54) 25 31 31 Yury Polovinkin GGM 37 34 38 27 (42) Lev Shnyr M 50 (ufd) 7 41 39 Roel Lubberts GM 58 25 (68) 22 32 Rainer Haacks GM 24 31 42 40 (dnf) Felix Denikaev GM 19 3 28 (bfd) bfd Jan Peetz GM 44 40 14 (54) 40 James Hunter GGM 18 50 30 (bfd) 40 Peter Kilchenmann GGM 13 31 (60) 53 42 Gilles Corcaud GM 32 39 28 40 (dnc) Alain Renoux GM (43) 38 43 26 33 Bernd Rohlfs GM 49 (52) 31 37 25 Bangerter Thomas GGM 15 24 64 (bfd) 40 Jochen Dauber GM (dsq) 65 23 33 22 Holger Krasmann GM 17 59 36 (62) 32 Nanne Boot GGM 52 23 51 (dnc) 19 Regis Baumgarten GM (45) 44 31 28 42 Bastiaan Brouwer M 42 (57) 55 37 14 Luis Felipe G. Mosquera M (45) 39 26 41 44 Pierre Lallemand M 39 27 57 27 (bfd) Hans Klaasen GGM 10 29 25 (dnf) dnf Maxim Berrens M 38 (61) 39 35 41 Jorge Pinheiro De Melo GM 40 33 65 (dns) 16 Charles Heimler GGM 21 42 (63) 49 42 Nick Winters M 31 (61) 41 51 31 Jaume Alis Pallares GM 49 21 38 (54) 48 Gerardo Seeliger L 59 38 51 9 (dnf) Arend Van Wamelen GM 46 37 37 (56) 37 Brendon Hogg GM (60) 35 55 34 34 Jean Francois Cutungo GM 29 30 45 55 (dnc) Peter Vinton GGM 48 45 32 (55) 34 Bas Proper GGM 37 35 47 (50) 40 Richard H A Hart L 56 (62) 44 32 29 Joos Bos GGM 15 (ufd) 30 29 bfd Jesus Turro GGM 41 (56) 55 21 45 Rodrick Casander L 43 (58) 45 48 26 Ricardo Santos M (dsq) 55 dne 13 7 Norberto Felici GGM 10 38 (64) 57 58 Dominik Haitz GM 52 13 (dsq) 42 56 Jean Marc Albert M 29 42 39 (57) 53 William (Bill) Hodder L 35 32 52 44 (53) Carlo Lazzari GM 46 41 (dsq) 21 57 Ruurd Baerends GGM 56 34 46 29 (dnf) Roman Khodykin M (61) 32 52 33 48 Michael Mockel GGM 57 43 (61) 44 24 Andy Denison GM 46 RDG (60) 32 39 54 Petr Vinkl GM 55 (64) 40 32 44 Paul Goossens GM 47 52 (75) 24 50 Daniel Chedeville L 53 (56) 43 39 38 Szabolcs Andrik M (58) 43 51 30 50 Frederik Van Arkel GM 41 57 37 (63) 39 Petter Fjeld GM 45 16 26 (bfd) dnf Tim Simpson GM 48 46 (55) 52 29 David Brockbank GGM (61) 48 42 47 38 Peter Langer Langmaack GGM 24 58 6 (bfd) dnf Peter Frissell GGM 51 (56) 39 46 41 Igor Petukhov GGM 69 (72) 68 14 29 Bob Buchanan L 59 26 48 47 (dnc) Ingo Spory GM 51 (61) 60 45 27 Lukin Sergey GGM 48 (57) 35 52 49 Garry Phare GGM 44 40 54 (bfd) 46 Antonio Pitini GGM 37 (73) 69 27 52 Ricardo Reyes Anderson GGM (61) 56 48 31 50 Miguel Angel Mateo GM 45 47 (67) 59 34 Christian Mullejans GM 62 (65) 32 33 59 Nikolaus Mair L 32 55 54 45 (63) Gerald Raschke GGM 40 36 (70) 63 47 Ray New L (73) 34 73 37 45

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The club’s Finn fleet has been a key part of the growth in Spanish Finn sailing over the last few years, with the Catalonia fleet growing from just a handful of boats five years ago to more than 20 today. Catalonia was where the Spanish Finn fleet first began in the 1950s, so it was a poignant moment to bring the Masters to the region. In the end, only five out of eight scheduled races were sailed, with the event suffering from unusual and excessive inland thunderstorms that killed the normal thermal activity at the coast. They always say, ‘It’s not normally like this’, and that was probably truer this year than ever before. Three days were lost because of no wind. But the five races there were sailed on Wednesday and Friday were exceptional, with perfect race management. Despite all the weather problems, it was a week to remember with the great local hospitality mixed with the fun that Finn sailors get up to whenever they are in the same place. Waiting for the wind is an inescapable part of sailing, but the Spanish wind made the sailors wait far more than is usual, and certainly far more than was expected from the normal conditions at the time of year. Many sailors arrived early to train and get to know the waters, but not many were able to get in more than few hours of sailing in the week leading up to the championship. The practice races on Sunday were started but did not get very far, all racing being abandoned soon after. Despite another beautiful day on Monday, light winds also precluded any racing taking place. A light wind was established late morning and after a short delay ashore the fleet was sent out on the water. While there was a sailable breeze on launching it soon died away in the hazy sunshine leaving the fleets drifting around on a glass like sea. For a while the wind threatened to build from the south, but that too faded and never returned and the fleet were eventually sent back to the harbour. However, the sailors remained positive and happy and enjoyed their day. After coming ashore, they were treated to a beer party and a raffle for the



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daily prizes, on the beach at the event village. The wind abandoned the venue on Tuesday as well. The storms inland were quite obvious with dark clouds telling everyone to party instead of sail. The coast remained largely sunny, so everyone was in good spirits. The day ended with a champagne and strawberry party on the beach, with the daily prizes again being assigned by a bow number raffle and beach games. Despite the lack of racing, the morale of the fleet remained high and everyone enjoyed the fantastic hospitality and sunshine. But enough was enough. By Wednesday everyone was desperate to go sailing, if only to give their livers a break. It was the best forecast of the week at that point. It was time to race. After three days without wind the championship finally got underway with three races completed. The 350 boat fleet, split into four groups, each sailed three races in a sea breeze that built from 7 to 12 knots during the day. In the Yellow fleet José Luis Doreste and Giacomo Giovanelli, from Italy, shared the line honours. Doreste was unsure about his speed before racing started and surprised himself with how well he sailed. Doreste scored a 1,2,1 to end the day at the top of the fleet. Giovanelli also had a

good day to lie in second overall, with Aleksander Kulyukin, from Russia in third. Doreste said, “If I had to choose the wind strength to sail in, it would be what we had today. My boat is very powerful and I have good speed, so I had a very nice day. Much better than what I expected.” In the Blue fleet, race wins went to David Huet, from France, Matt Visser, from Australia and Xavier Penas, from Spain. Visser explained, “I have Jake Lilley’s mast and boat, so I just had speed to burn upwind. In the first race I made some stupid mistakes, but in the second I just kept out of trouble.” On the other course areas, arguably the harder fleets with most of the favourites allocated to them, race wins went to Thomas Schmid, from Germany, defending champion, Vladimir Krutskikh, from Russia, and Philippe Lobert, from France. In the Green group, Laurent Hay, from France dominated the first race, had a problem finishing the second due to catching up the previous fleet and crossed second and then got a jury penalty at the start in the third, which left him mid fleet. Antonio Poncell, from Chile, won the second race and Fredrik Tegnhed, from Sweden, the final race. The whole fleet, and the organisers, breathed a huge sigh of relief. Not only was the championship now underway, but the sailors had had a fantastic day on the water with some great racing. The wind had also deserted the coast for the fourth day, with no more racing taking place, despite waiting in hope all day. So everything was dependent on the final day for a valid championship. A minimum of four races were required for a series, and five were needed for a discard. The forecast was for a building easterly and the start time was brought forward to maximise the chances of racing being possible before the wind increased too much. The predictions were for wind, and plenty of it, but when the sailors arrived at the club, the sea was flat and lifeless. Some people starting packing up in dismay, however the wind soon developed and it wasn’t long before an easterly breeze was in place. The first race was tricky with several large shifts and the current causing abandonments and

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restarts, but the wind finally stabilised at 9-12 knots and the fleets enjoyed two great races, the wind gradually increasing through the day, though it didn’t hit 20 knots until the fleet was long ashore. Many sailors jumped the gun and picked up one or even two starting penalties, which changed the overall standings somewhat. In the Yellow group, the defending champion Vladimir Krutskikh took a win, but couldn’t match that in the other race, and ended up fourth overall. Thomas Schmid won his second race to end up ninth. Antonio Poncell dominated the Blue fleet and nearly won both races, but former champion André Budzien from Germany, ended his week with a win, just a couple of boat lengths ahead of the Chilean. Over on the other course, Paul McKenzie, from Australia, and Christoph Burger from Switzerland took the wins in the Red fleet, while in Green fleet, Brit, Simon Percival took the win after the winner over the line was black flagged, while Aleksander Kulyukin, won the second for seventh overall. After a 30 year gap it would seem Doreste had lost none of his Finn skills. He also picked up the Grand Grand Masters title in addition to the overall title. “I am happy to return to sail the Finn. I have not sailed Finns for 30 years and I am really impressed with the power and strength of the class with 350 boats sailing here with such good materials. I am really convinced that the Finn class will survive, and I would like to continue sailing Finns. Next year I will try to be there next year. I like Denmark, so everything is in my favour.” “My goal was to finish top ten and in the medals of the Grand Grand Masters, so I am very happy with the final results.” On the organisation “Very, very good, but I have been in many races where we didn’t have any wind, so that is something you can’t fight. From the club side I think they have done everything possible to make sure that everyone is comfortable. They have worked very hard. And on the water it has also been very tough for them, but very good racing.”

Runner up, Poncell, and also the Grand Masters winner, was surprised at his success. “I never thought about this success. Chile is a little country down in South America and our fleet is very new, but we are pushing hard for the Finn class and we are very happy being here and having such a success. I am so happy. Thanks very much to the Finn class for keeping us alive and we keep on pushing and making sport and that’s what we are looking for.” Giovanelli took third overall, and was the first Master. He was also impressed with the level of organisation. “Perfect organisation, though unfortunately there was not much wind, but altogether it has been an amazing event. I have had fun, stayed together with friends and made new friends, and I hope to participate also in Denmark next year.” “It’s always an emotion to be standing there on the podium, even more to be standing alongside sailors like Doreste.”

Patience had been a key part of the championship with three days of no racing. The lack of wind flummoxed the organisers, who had gone to great efforts to put on one of the best organised Masters championships ever. No stone was left unturned in their pursuit of creating the perfect event. The result was a credit to the club, the principle organisers and more than 100 volunteers and officials who made it all happen. Throughout the week while the lack of wind was frustrating, the Finn Masters were old and wise enough to know that you cannot beat nature, and spent the days in long conversations, looking at sail trim and making friends. Several sailors commented that they really enjoyed the opportunity to spend so much time talking with their fellow Finn sailors and just enjoying being there. The spectacular and energising prizegiving on the beach, complete with a pulsating backing music and confetti cannons, acknowledged and celebrated the heroes of the week. It was as much a celebration of life as it was the closing of an annual Finn sailing festival that seems to know no bounds, and has no limits.



After the great final day of racing, the prizegiving ended the event on an incredible and emotional high. It was how all prizegivings should be done, with passion, with ceremony and with celebration. There was more than one wet eye in the cheering audience, especially when round 40 amazing Legends took to the stage to be acknowledged and saluted by their peers and friends. But it was with comic irony that after a week of light or non-existent winds, the prizegiving was held in a strong onshore breeze. Friedrich Müller, from Germany, won the Legends category for the second time, while Gus Miller, won the Super Legends by a considerable margin. Gathering 45 Legends on stage was not only an emotional moment for everyone, but proof that Finn sailing is a wonderful and fulfilling sport for life. At the 2018 Finn World Masters more than 350 Finn sailors made a very powerful and convincing statement. The championship brought together some of the most influential, talented and successful sailors in the history of the class for a week of community, friendship, and discussion and, when the wind allowed, some close and exciting racing. It was an incredible statement about the current popularity of not just the Finn class, but also the need for all-inclusive, fun and manageable racing across a huge age range. Sailors from 40 to 83 lined up together to enjoy a common aim: Finn sailing with and

The biggest problem for the last few years has been finding venues big enough to take the fleet. Sooner or later it will expand past 400 entries, and that will bring new opportunities, but even that is still less than 50 per cent of the active Finn Masters fleet worldwide. It’s interesting to note that two years ago the event also attracted more than 350 entries, but in El Balís, more than 100 were first time entries. The numbers keep getting bigger. The growth is unstoppable, and in the end it comes down to the boat and the people. As one Master commented, “What a boat! What a Class!” For an event that started really small on a lake in Switzerland by a group of Finn friends, the Finn World Masters has grown into one of the biggest single class events in the world. It is hot property and will continue to be the main focus for a group of like-minded, enthusiastic, aging athletes who would rather not be anywhere else than sailing against their friends in a Finn. Once a Finn sailor, always a Finn sailor.

against friends, old and new. Some sailors renewed friendships made 50 years ago; many more made new friends that will last a lifetime. Old stories were told again; new stories were created. The Finn class has a heritage that transcends the boats, though the boat is at the centre. While the lack of wind was at times frustrating, the sailors made good use of the time, conversing, teaching, inspiring and exchanging ideas on what makes a Finn go fast, the state of the sport and on life in general. It was what happens in boat parks right across the world, except this was on an epic scale, with five boat parks to visit to explore the people and the boats. Taking part in the Finn World Masters is as much a battle against yourself as it is against your fellow competitors. Former world champions and Olympic gold medalists line up alongside the 83 year old Super Legends or recently converted enthusiasts who only took up Finn sailing in their 50s. All were having fun, enjoying the boat, the hospitality and the huge community of Finn friends from all around the world. For some of the sailors, the Finn World Masters is the highlight of their season, training all year just to be fit enough to compete. For many it is the only event they get to; their one chance for Finn competition. But for everyone who turns up it is a statement of joy, of fun, of intense competition and of life. To dig up another old class adage, ‘The journey is the reward’.





finn european masters 2019 – schwerin, germany he Organising Authority for the 2019 Finn European T Masters, Schweriner Yacht-Club e. V., writes: it’s a pleasure for us to organize the European Masters

Championship 2019 for such experienced senior sailors of the great Finn class. And we warmly invite you to our beautiful city. Schwerin is surrounded by 12 lakes and known for it’s fairytalelike castle which seemingly floats on the waves of Lake Schwerin.

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schwerin 2019 The race area will be located on the second biggest lake of northern Germany. If you haven’t been sailing on this wonderful lake, you can now feel happy to get the chance to do so. It’s known as a very good and challenging sailing area. Big enough for fair and mostly free winds, but still with some surprising wind shifts because of the curved shore line. Due to the nearby Baltic Sea and great water depth in some areas there can be comparatively high waves for a lake. Even in summer the sea breeze from the Baltic Sea frequently reaches the lake with fresh winds. There are many options for accommodation in town you can choose from for your stay in Schwerin. For further information contact the tourist information. Furthermore we can offer some places for tents and caravans close to the sailing club. You can make your reservation for camping on the registration form. Because of limited space in our sailing club there can only be a maximum of 150 starters for the championship. The registration form will be open from the 1st of May. If you like a warm up at the Lake Schwerin you are also invited to our Herbst-Cup from 7th till 8th September. The regatta is also

open for 20 sqm and 15 sqm dinghy cruiser. You will find further information and the registration form on our website.

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drink cold beer riginally from Mallorca, Antonio Poncell was a member of the Spanish Olympic Team for Barcelona O in 1992, but has lived in Chile since 1993. Now a window manufacturer living in Santiago, he returned to Finn sailing in 2016, representing Chile, after a break of some 34 years. He placed 23rd in Torbole, 11th in Barbados and then surprised himself by finishing second overall and winning the Grand Masters in El Balís.

Though he was part of the Spanish Olympic Team, the year before Barcelona he broke his leg and started coaching. For Antonio, coming back to the Finn later in life was in many ways a homecoming. “The Finn for me is so simple; it is my boat. I married a Chilean girl I met at the Olympic Games in 1992 and I moved to Chile in 1993. I asked her to marry me three days after I met her for the first time. She asked me if I was a fool. Our wedding was 14 months later, and now we are a family of four happily sailing in Chile.” “Since that day I did not sail Finns any more until 2016 when I found an old 1985 Bordelani Finn at a club in Chile. It was almost sinking but I borrowed it and in my first sail it was like I had just sailed Finns the day before. I remember thinking, “my old friend, I have missed you so much, but I am back again.”” “When the Greeks made the Olympic Games they were looking for “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, and those words are definitions of our people; no one else in sailing is definitive like this except Finn sailors.” He thinks the Finn is still very relevant to the Olympics. “Every type of sailor should have the right to prepare and compete in the Olympics, so why do we just restrict it to small people? There are millions of people bigger than 90 kg because of genetics and they are very well prepared, they are the epitome of “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, so why not consider them?”

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Antonio started sailing when he was 10 years old following a fishing trip with his father. “One day we were coming back from fishing to the harbour in Andratx, Mallorca, in the small fishing boat of my father and I saw a few Optimists being towed into the wind. I asked my father why these small boys were sailing alone and he explained me that these boats were Optimists and if you want me to buy you one you must get A+ in every single subject at school. I got it and since that

Left: At Torbole • Top Right: In Barbados Others: At El Balís



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day I have never stopped sailing.” Initially he sailed Optimists but quickly grew out of each boat he tried until he ended up in the Finn. “I sailed Optimist for two years but when I was 12 I was too heavy at about 65 kg. Then I started sailing Snipe for 4-5 years, but it was too complicated with a crew and I was too heavy again, and then I discovered the Finn in El Arenal when I was 17. At that time I was 90 kg” “I still sail Snipe and the fleet is very friendly as it is in the Finn class, but in the Snipe I feel heavy and I have to sail always with small people to fit in an optimal weight.” After sailing in three Finn World Masters, he says the first was the most memorable. “So far I have done Torbole, Barbados and El Balís. The most memorable was Torbole because I found so many people that I knew when I was 25 years old. It was fun finding them all together and remembering about the old times.” “The Masters is a time in the year that you make friends and you find nice people; there is always somebody to talk with and to share a beer. Then on the race course we are all the same, doing the best we can and competing with gentleman.” “The masters last year was my best result ever. Other than that I once won Copa del Rey in big boats.” He thinks the Finn class has built a huge Masters following because it attracts a similar type of sailor. “Because all of us think similarly, we want to have fun and with this boat, and we feel alive and powerful.”

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For Antonio, the Finn Masters has everything he needs. “The basics are compete hard, enjoy, meet new friends, drink cold beer; what else you can ask for?” “The boat is easy to sail, no need for a crew, you can sail as many times as you like when you feel like sailing. It is good for big people, it is a powerful boat. You can compete with top guys (Olympic campaigners) together with your old friends. The fleet is extremely friendly Where would he like to sail in the future? “I would like to go back to my roots in El Arenal. Mallorca. For sure I will be there next year for the Finn Gold Cup.” Looking back at El Balis, he is still surprised to have won his category and be second overall.

Chile has a long history in Finn sailing but after some years with no activity is now starting to pick up again. “In 1973 there was a big fleet in Chile, with about 35 boats in the Nationals, but then the class disappeared. In 2016 the class started again and in the last Nationals we were 18 boats. We expect to be about 20 by the end of this year. Our focus now is to motivate young sailors, like my 19 year old son.” “There are two clubs in Chile that have the Finn Class. We have boats dating from 1996 to 2012, but it is improving day by day with sailors getting new masts, sails and younger boats.” “I live in Santiago but I spend weekends in Algarrobo, 30 miles south of Valparaíso. We sail in Algarrobo, Con Con and in summer time we go to different lakes south of Chile, it is paradise. I sail Snipe, J70 and the family have a 45 feet yacht in Puerto Montt to cruise in the Chiloe Channels.”

It was certainly a hard regatta to stay focussed? “There were so many days waiting at the club, trying to relax, but as I had no expectations I was just enjoying it all.” “I never thought I would make it. I had trained so much but I flew to El Balís without any expectation other than to just enjoy the moment. The last day coming back to the club after the regatta, Miguel, the Spanish coach came close to me and said that I was second overall just behind my idol Josele [Doreste]. I could not believe it. It was a dream, a memorable, moment that you keep in your mind forever.”



ROSS HAMILTON ON Managing wear and tear or many Masters sailors in northern climates weather F is a major restriction on how much sailing they can do. For many this entices them to make a short trip

south for a few holiday races. The change of weather is so welcomed that many sail as many hours as they can get away with before packing up to go home. As we get a bit older our joints and muscles accumulate a little bit of wear and tear. In addition the muscle tissue loses a little bit of plasticity and hormone production is not quite the same as a young adult. As a result recovery may take a bit longer than some younger guys and we might carry some pre-existing injuries. Ageing has got the perception as being the cause of a loss of fitness and strength. In reality an increased sedentary lifestyle is more of a cause. We can’t train like a full time professional while managing a company and bringing up kids etc. There’s a simple policy when it comes to anti-aging protocols. “If you don’t use it you lose it”. While staying active will do wonders for your strength and fitness, it is very much easier said than done. Respect must be given to the fact that time to train can be in short supply. People can generally maintain very good levels of both fitness and strength as they age and can actually improve these later in life with some training. The key is how you manage your efforts. As we’ve said there is a change in the body’s physiology and general lifestyle which must be considered. Training like a young athlete is not the answer. Training must, as it is with elite athletes, be reflective of their capacity to recover. Managing your efforts can prevent many aches and pains and prevent many injuries which may occur. The majority of injuries occur through chronic overuse or poor technique. The latter is


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often promoted by fatigue. More acute injuries are often bad luck and apply to everyone. The advice we give to all athletes is to manage efforts and progressively increase the volume and intensity of what you do. As described above, a sudden increase in sailing hours is likely to overwhelm the body. Weak body parts will strain under unfamiliar loading. Fatigue will also impact your ability to maintain sound technique. This is especially evident when hiking over a multi-day event. The technique deteriorates more from lack of technique maintenance, rather than skill. Those who lack the strength to hold good posture etc throughout the event are at heightened risk.


It is very beneficial to do some general conditioning to prepare to be in the boat, especially after a long winter layoff. If this is not achieved then sailing volume should be built up gradually with adequate rest. A day may be enough recovery for an elite full timer, but the reality is they have trained consistently to resist fatigue and simply have less fatigue to recover from. If one day is not enough to recover then two days or more is fully acceptable. The focus should always be on making progress rather than doing more. Masters who employ a more gradual return to the boat, or maintain a little more consistency in their sailing volume will cope with demands much better. It is important to be gradual and consistent instead of being sudden or reactionary. The Masters calendar release should not be


the first day you think about preparing. If that is the case then don’t jump in with full effort. Many Masters have experienced past injury and in some cases have hardware from surgical interventions. There may be genuine restrictions but again, with consistent and manageable exercise you can maintain quite a lot of function. Wear and tear on the body will always be worse for those who are less conditioned. The more you can manage the stress and adapt to it the less likely for adverse affects. The take home message is relatively simple. Maintain a certain level of all year activity to maintain fitness and function. Avoid sudden increases in any activity, sailing included. Use good technique and recognise that fatigue affects technique and promotes injury risk. Avoid situations where there is undue wear and tear. Be sensible with your ability and be confident that you can improve fitness and strength whatever age. Make sure you rest when needed and do not compare or copy others as their lifestyle may support their ability much more. Focus on managing yourself, staying active and staying healthy. Quite often injuries in the boat can be avoided by being sensible with current fitness levels and staying prepared to sail. The winter may be a good time to use the gym to stay active and fit. You do not need a specific sailing program you just need to stay functionally fit and strong. This will benefit all aspects of daily life; not only sailing. Loss of flexibility and fitness are caused more from lack of practice rather than actual loss. If you are getting back into the boat just be conservative and gradual. Don’t let the first time in the boat be five minutes before the start of the Master’s worlds.

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Finn World Masters 2020 – port Zélande he venue for the 2020 Finn World Masters is Marina T Port Zélande, which is located near the southwestern corner of The Netherlands.

Marina Port Zélande is situated on reclaimed land inside a huge dam, with the North Sea on one side and the Grevelingenmeer on the other. Our access was via the pretty coastal route and number of dams, the marina is caught in between two landmasses on the beautiful location of the Brouwersdam with its impressive sandy beaches and sheltered Meer. There is a sluice under the Brouwersdam to keep the Grevelingenmeer salty and maintain its salinity to preserve its original environment, which makes the Grevelingenmeer is the largest saltwater lake in Europe. It is a popular place for holidays and water sports.



The championship will take place on the Grevelingenmeer, a huge expanse of water offering an ideal sailing venue. During our visit, there was an event of some 150 keelboats taking place, a demonstration that there is more than enough room for the proposed two race areas for the Finn Masters. The depth is around 14m and the water is brackish. The surrounding landscape is largely natural areas and quite flat.


The marina has all the usual facilities including one large restaurant/bar belonging to the yacht club, together with


laundrette, wash areas and a large free parking area. It is proposed to use the quay area in front of the marina facilities for boat storage along the whole length of the marina front. A massive event tent will also be constructed in the region of the restaurant. The owners of the marina have indicated that they will put extra slipway ramps in place for the championship and from what we saw there will be more than enough room for the record expected turn out for this event. Launching will be carried out at around 4-5 locations along the quay. Fresh water hoses will also be available. It is proposed to have this event as a cashless event through a card system.


Some 700 m around the marina pathway, and facing the marina, is the popular Holiday-Park Port Zélande - Center Parcs which has a huge array of facilities including food outlets and a supermarket. It is almost a small village, with 700 bungalows on a park covering 27 hectares. It also includes camping sites for tents, caravan and motorhomes. There is limited accommodation in apartments in the marina and it will be possible to book this through an agent (details to follow) you can book direct using the web.


Transportation Air: International airport hub at Amsterdam (110km) and Brussels (160km). Other airports at Rotterdam and Eindhoven Shipping: Container port at Rotterdam (60km) Container storage will be made available at the marina Other notes Bringing a bike would be very useful A forklift for unloading will be available Book accommodation early Links Yachtclub Marina Port Zélande: Marina Port Zélande: Center Parcs:

As this is a very popular resort, it is normally fully booked for this period. Early booking is essential. Further details will follow shortly, but by early we mean now. The same period is 2019 is pretty much already fully booked.


Camping can also be found at Centre Parcs, however the marina is investing in a new camping area at the entrance to the site. This will accommodate tents, motorhomes and caravans (touring) together with all the usual site facilities. For the more adventurous there is also beach side motorhome parking across the road on the seaward side of the dam

Race area

The racing will take place in the Grevelingenmeer, which is on the protected side of the large Brouwersdam. This expanse of water plays host to many racing regattas and from our inspection it seems to me that it is more than sufficient to host the championship. Sailing out of the marina you will quickly come to race area 1. Race area 2 will be located further down the Meer. There are some small islands in the Meer. In 2019 it will host the Laser World Masters.

Ladies Programme

The hosts have informed us that there will be the usual ladies outings, leisure, relaxing and culture, this is being put together by the Dutch ladies. Four very engaged Dutch Finn Ladies will arrange the Ladies Programme, two of whom were involved with a very successful Ladies Programme in 2008 in Medemblik. The 2020 Ladies Programme will be announced around June 2019 and is under supervision of Jacqueline Zuurendonk. Liz Burrell will again liaise on behalf of the Masters Committee to ensure smooth communication between the event and the sailors. On the seaward side of the Brouwersdam there is a huge beach with even larger parking areas. It is extremely popular with kite surfers and windsurfers, as well as sunbathing on the beach or in the dunes.


We were very encouraged by this first visit and think this will make a perfect venue for the 2020 Finn World Masters. The event will be our 50th Anniversary and the Organising Committee from the Finn Club Holland and the Yachtclub Marina Port Zélande are working through a lot of ideas to make this a very special event for us.



Finn european Masters 2018 – split, croatia They had both competed at Euro Cups as well as at a number of world masters championships. But the class had never organized a Masters Europeans and the two of them decided to begin the initiative to organize this with the intention to try to bring it to Split.” “In the meantime, Luksa left us, so in the end Marin and I continued to push it. At the beginning, the story was even such that in the future Europeans would be organized alternately in Split and Balaton, but the class awarded it to Germany and Poland for the next years.” “In any case, it was a very relaxed atmosphere. It was exactly how Luksa told us ... just give them beer and everything will be fine.”

Vladimir Krutskikh wins first ever Finn European Masters he first ever Finn European Masters championship T was organised by Split Sailing Club, in Croatia, from 10 to 14 September 2018. After many years

of the Finn Euro Cup, here finally, the event had evolved, as originally intended into a proper European Championship. In the end there were 65 entries from 16 countries

The race area was located behind Čiovo every day, with light to moderate winds. Every day it was bright and sunny, the main reason everyone came to Split. For the first two days, the fleet enjoyed 12-15 knots of wind with the two planned races sailed each day. On the third day there was a change and after two hours of waiting on shore the fleet tried for a race, but the race officer abandoned and no racing was possible. The last day of the regatta did not have a good forecast, but patience paid off, the clouds drifted away, and in a pleasant 10 knot wind the two final races were sailed. Ranko Alujević, secretary of JK Split said, “The idea of this competition came from the Luksa Cicarelli and Marin Mrduljaš.



Double World Masters champion, Vladimir Krutskikh, led from the first race, picking up three race wins in the first three races. Olympian Karlo Kuret, at his first Finn event for many years was never far behind and drew within one point after the second day. Six times World Masters champion Michael Maier tied with Kuret, and was the only sailor to finish in the top 10 every race. Fourth placed, and winner of the final race, was Mladen Makjanić, from JK Split. He commented, “It was nice sailing. The wind was OK, and we had two active seniors and it was not easy for them. Of course there was Karlo who had long sailed the Finn. I ended up behind them. It was really a pleasure to sail and the competition was great. This time I was sailing in the Finn of Luksa Cicarelli. His son Srđan lent it to me, Milan Vujasinovic gave me a mast and a sail. I plan to buy a Finn in the future, because it is great for my weight, unlike last year when I had to take off some pounds to sail in the Laser.” While Krutskikh took the overall and the Masters division, Maier was first Grand Master, Umberto Grumelli was first Grand Grand Master and Bob Buchanan was first Legend. New perpetual trophies were commissioned for all these categories.

No Sailno Name, 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pnts 1 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh, M 1 1 1 4 (13) 2 9 2 CRO 11 Karlo Kuret, M 2 2 3 1 (23) 4 12 3 CZE 1 Michael Maier, GM 3 3 2 (9) 1 3 12 4 CRO 369 Mladen Makjanic, GM (ufd) 5 5 6 10 1 27 5 ITA 55 Walter Riosa, GM 6 4 6 (8) 8 7 31 6 SUI 5 Christoph Christen, M 5 9 11 3 (21) 5 33 7 GBR 74 Lawrence Crispin, GM 10 6 (28) 7 2 14 39 8 CZE 43 Ladislav Hyrs, M (15) 12 8 10 7 12 49 9 SVK 1 Peter Mosny, GM 12 (20) 15 5 12 13 57 10 CZE 80 Martin Jozif, GM 11 16 10 18 (35) 6 61 11 RUS 41 Felix Denikaev, GM 7 7 24 14 (ufd) 11 63 12 RUS 34 Alexandr Kasatov, GM 18 18 (32) 2 25 9 72 13 UKR 69 Sergii Maliuta, M (ufd) 14 14 13 28 10 79 14 HUN 1 Geza Huszar, M 9 13 12 23 24 (30) 81 15 UKR 14 Voladimir Stasyuk, M 4 8 21 20 32 (40) 85 16 UKR 13 Andriy Podvezko, M 14 (22) 13 21 17 20 85 17 UKR 10 Valentyn Klymentyev, GM 33 24 (35) 17 4 16 94 18 GBR 2 Allen Burrell, GM 8 11 (40) 34 5 37 95 19 AUS 10 John Condie, GM 20 10 4 31 31 (34) 96 20 UKR 12 Maksym Krukovskyi, M 30 (32) 23 22 14 8 97 21 ITA 872 Nicola Menoni, GM 13 29 19 29 9 (dns) 99 22 ITA 23 Umberto Grumelli, GGM 21 23 7 27 (45) 23 101 23 CRO 88 Marin Mrduljas, GGM 23 21 26 (33) 15 18 103 24 CZE 67 Josef Jochovic, GM 17 (31) 29 28 6 24 104 25 RUS 142 Yury Polovinkin, GGM 35 (41) 17 15 11 28 106 26 RUS 3 Alexej Borovyak, GGM 26 (37) 27 19 19 17 108 27 CZE 318 Martin Plecity, GGM (31) 26 30 25 3 26 110 28 RUS 212 Lanfranco Cirillo, GM 16 15 9 12 (dns) dns 118 29 RUS 13 Lev Shnyr, M 24 19 (ufd) 11 50 21 125 30 SUI 51 Ueli Appenzeller, GGM 25 38 (43) 30 18 15 126 31 CZE 75 Vladimir Skalicky, GM 29 28 25 26 (37) 19 127 32 HUN 30 Zsigmond Kantor, M 19 34 16 24 (36) 35 128 33 CZE 222 Petr Vinkl, GM 28 35 18 (43) 22 27 130 34 RUS 25 Anatoly Voshchennikov, GM (39) 27 33 16 26 31 133 35 GER 960 Klaus Antrecht, GGM 36 33 (37) 37 20 22 148 36 POL 26 Boguslaw Nowakowski, GGM 27 36 22 (40) 39 29 153 37 AUS 69 John Alexander, GM 22 25 31 (58) 52 32 162 38 AUS 68 Jay Harrison, GGM 38 (dns) 51 41 16 25 171 39 POL 87 Marcin Mrowczynski, M 32 17 46 (47) 34 45 174 40 HUN 33 Zoltan Horvath, M 47 40 20 44 (49) 33 184 41 FRA 57 Pierric Bourbin, GGM (52) 30 50 42 27 38 187 42 AUS 6 Bob Buchanan, L 40 43 36 36 38 (44) 193 43 HUN 59 Csaba Stadler, M 37 45 34 35 (47) 43 194 44 HUN 8 Zsolt Meszaros, M 41 44 (49) 48 30 36 199 45 HUN 51 Istvan Rutai, GM 48 (49) 39 32 41 41 201 46 FRA 53 Gilles Corcaud, GM 43 42 (ufd) 39 33 50 207 47 AUS 294 Guy Maegraith, GM 34 48 44 38 53 (55) 217 48 AUT 302 Alfred Braumuller, GGM 42 47 42 45 (48) 42 218 49 ITA 10 Diego Giuseppe Carlo Maltese, GM 44 (53) 47 46 44 49 230 50 HUN 64 Balazs Szucs, GM (53) 51 41 49 40 52 233 51 HUN 32 Zoltan Balla, M 45 (55) 48 51 43 47 234 52 FRA 307 Xavier Lacombe, GM 49 (57) 54 53 42 39 237 53 UKR 121 Anton Svishchov, M 50 46 45 (56) 56 48 245 54 HUN 95 Jozsef Farkas, GGM 46 50 53 (55) 51 53 253 55 AUT 337 Christoph Aste, GM 51 (56) 55 50 54 46 256 56 HUN 14 Biro Bela, GM 56 60 (dns) dns 29 51 262 57 CAN 3 Ian Bostock, GGM 54 52 38 52 (dns) dns 262 58 HUN 9 Tamas Beeliczay, GGM 57 (59) 56 54 46 56 269 59 POL 3 Jan Okulicz-Kozaryn, L 55 54 (57) 57 57 54 277 60 AUT 286 Wolfgang Kronstfiner, GGM 58 58 52 (59) 55 57 280 61 CRO 69 Davorin Righi, GM (ufd) 39 dns dns dns dns 303 62 HUN 26 Zsitvay Szilard, GM 59 (dns) dns dns dns dns 323 63 CRO 26 Tonci Kokic, GM (dns) dns dns dns dns dns 330 63 CRO 25 Fabjanko Biocic, M (dns) dns dns dns dns dns 330 63 RUS 137 Albert Nazarov, M (dns) dns dns dns dns dns 330



Masters events across the world

UK Masters

Italian Masters he Italian Master Championship T was held at the end of June in Porto San Giorgio on the Adriatic sea

North American Masters

with the participation of 32 Finns.

he word on the street is that Finn T Sailors love a good blow and that is exactly what was served up at Keyhaven YC on 16/17th June, for the 2018 UK Finn Masters. On an overcast Saturday morning, 27 sturdy sailors turned up to race, either enticed by or in spite of, a pretty feisty forecast.

Combined with a strong U23 and Senior fleet the Masters ended up very close with Lawrence Crispin taking a narrow win from

Kristian Sjoberg and Mike De Courcy.

Crispin impressively put in six top ten results and rightfully earned himself the top honours and his name on the Finn Masters plaque. It was certainly a weekend of attrition with the F5-6 SW becoming a solid F6 gusting 7, and the wind against tide was beginning to kick up quite a chop and was undoubtedly testing the sailors’ mettle. The second day produced a more moderate F5.

Top 10 Masters 7 GBR 74 8 GBR 201 9 GBR 21 10 GBR 2 12 GBR 720 13 GBR 33 14 GBR 750 15 GBR 69 16 GBR 679 17 GBR 20

Lawrence Crispin, GM 49 Kristian Sjoberg, GM 50 Michael De Courcy, GM 54 Allen Burrell, GM 61 Julian Smith, GM 91 Kieron Holt, M 85 Ivan Burden, GM 92 Cy Grisley, M 93 James Cole, M 107 Andy Denison, GM 119

Conditions were unusual, with good wind only on the first day, when only one race was sailed because of big rains arriving in the afternoon. The next two days the sun was shining again, but the wind was variable and fickle, with waves and current. In these conditions almost everybody had mixed results and consistence was a premium. Bastiaan Brouwer, a Dutchman living since several years in Urbino, managed to have all scores in top seven and won with a good margin on Florian Demetz from Caldaro lake and Alberto Bellelli from Bracciano. Master world champion Giacomo Giovanelli was only fourth, followed by the local Luca Taruschio in fifth with all top ten scores. Category prizes went to Bastiaan Brouwer (Master, 1st overall), Florian Demetz (Grand Master, 2nd overall), Umberto Grumelli (Grand Grand Master, 7th overall) and Franco Dazzi (Legend, 8th overall).

1 ITA 1052 2 ITA 8 3 ITA 77 4 ITA 202 3 ITA 73 6 ITA 2 7 ITA 23 8 ITA 9 9 ITA 1 10 ITA 63

Bastiaan Brouwer Florian Demetz Alberto Bellelli Giacomo Giovanelli Luca Taruschio Marco Buglielli Umberto Grumelli Franco Dazzi Igor Petukhov Bruno Fezzardi

17 23 24 25 28 29 29 32 34 37

he Finn Masters North American T Championship hosted 29 Master Finn sailors. The top Master was

Darrell Peck, grinding through four of the eight races in first place. His worst race and discard was a seventh. Behind Peck were two amazing sailors, SDYC’s Commodore Michael Dorgan in second and second overall from last week’s Pacific Coast Championship was Rob Coutts in third. Peck came out from Oregon for the weekend after participating in a handful of Finn regattas in August, making for good practice. “I felt like I had great speed and great confidence. I borrowed a newer mast and sail for this event, so it was a great combination and I only had two bad luck races that I was able to come back from.” A unique twist to this particular Finn Masters North American Regatta was that Commodore Dorgan decided to invite ‘junior’ (age 40 and under) Finn sailors to participate. “It was absolutely fantastic to have the juniors on the course. The more youth you can have involved in the fleet, the more it is going to help it grow.” “The US Finn Class mentions in their mission to promote Finn sailing to the youth, so we did exactly that by having them sail with us today. Plus, they help us older guys pull the boats up the ramp!”

1 USA 22 2 USA 8 3 USA 9 4 USA 817 5 USA 47 6 USA 2 7 USA 117 8 USA 40 9 USA 11 10 USA 61



Darrell Peck (GM) Mike Dorgan (GM) Rob Coutts (GGM) Jeff Solum (GM) Robert Kinney (GGM) Gregg Morton (GM) Michael Mark (GM) Charles Rudinsky (L) Scott Griffiths (GM) Lee Hope (GM)

12 24 26 32 39 43 46 53 59 70

Russian Masters

Brazil Masters

Swedish Masters

he tenth traditional Open Russian T Finn Association championship, combined with the Russian Masters,

n connection with the Sola ISeptember, Cup regatta in Karlstad 15-16 the regatta also included

attracted 50 participants in 2018 from nine regions of Russia and from Australia and Estonia. Many of the strongest sailors of Russia joined the competition. There were 24 Masters taking part.

The weather only allowed sailing on two of the five racing days, but nevertheless the race committee managed to carry out seven races. On the whole the races were tactically complex – there was no clearly expressed advantageous side – the situation constantly changed, and from the racers were required both good navigation under such conditions and a lot of luck. Unfortunately, the final day did not give good wind for sailors and organisers. The medal race started in difficult wind conditions but was later cancelled. Dmitriy Petrov had been leading the race with enough margin from his rivals to win whole regatta. But in the end, Yuriy Bozhedomov took the title of the Open Russian from Alexey Borisov and Arkadiy Kistanov. Bozhedomov also took the Russian Finn masters title. Aleksandr Kasatov was first Grand Masters and Mihail Petriga was first Grand Grand Master. Top 10 Masters 1 RUS 575 4 RUS 71 9 RUS 171 12 RUS 131 14 RUS 34 15 RUS 51 16 RUS 41 17 RUS 13 20 RUS 3 21 RUS 100

Yuriy Bozhedomov, M 22 Dmitriy Petrov, M 29 Aleksandr Kravchenko, M 63 Aleksandr Lauhtin, M 70 Aleksandr Kasatov, GM 77 Mihail Petriga, GGM 86 Felix Denikaev, GM 89 Lev SHnyr’, M 90 Aleksey Borovyak, GGM 103 Dmitriy Ahramenko, M 111

the Swedish Masters

1st Fredrik Tegnhed, 2nd Pär Friberg 3rd Mikael Nilsson. 1st Master: Thomas Dansk. 1st Grand Master: Fredrik Tegnhed. 1st Grand Grand Master: Mikael Nilsson. 1st Legend: Torsten Jarnstam.

he Copa Brasil Master was held T in Brasilia, from April 28 to May 1st. Eighteen boats from the fast

growing fleet in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and our Italian guest got together for the very first Brazil Masters at Paranoa Lake. The Brasilia fleet along with the management of the Iate Clube the Brasilia worked hard to set a fantastic event with plenty of activities onshore as well as great races on the lake.

Polish Masters

The first two races were sailed with a light breeze from the east with 20 degrees windshifts and huge variation in the pressure. Giorgio Bottin from AABB won the first race while Juliano Camargo Rosas from ICB got the bullet in the second one. The second day of the championship also started with an east wind, now at seven knots, and as usual for Lake Paranoá, with big windshifts. Luis Mosquera from ICRJ won the third race and Robert Rittscher from YCP won the fourth race of the championship. Three races were scheduled for the last day. Race five was sailed with 6 knots from the east. Luis Mosquera led the race from start to finish, but was UFD. Marcos Amaral and Carlos Freitas were also UFD. Ian McKee sailing flawlessly won race five. Robert Rittscher won race six and Ricardo Santos won the seventh. In the overall standings, Juliano Camargo Rosas became the first winner of the Copa Brasil Master with Robert Rittscher in second and Ricardo Santos in third. In the awards ceremony all sailors had the opportunity to enjoy a great pasta party offered by Iate Clube de Brasilia and our international guest, Ettore Thermes from Italy.

1 BRA 6 2 BRA 11 3 BRA 97 4 BRA 1013 5 BRA 5 6 BRA 15 7 BRA 111 8 BRA 3 9 BRA 26 10 BRA 74

Julian Camargo Robert Rittscher Ricardo Santos Marco G Calonico Ian McKee Giorgio Bottin Renato Moura Ricardo Velerio Marcus Amaral Carlos Freistas

15 22 29 30 31 32 36 42 47 49

he Polish Masters Championship T was organized by UKS Fir Warsaw. The event was very successful with varied weather from warm sunny moments to rainy moments, from wind F2 to F6.

In the harbour, on Friday after the races there was a barbecue and tasty beer, and on Saturday a gala dinner in shared company. It was a very successful sailing and socializing. Regardless the best sailor, the Master, was Andrzej Romanowski, who won all races. There were commemorative statuettes of the first six places in the general classification and medals of the winners of the age categories. The honorary guest of the regatta was a great Warsaw finnista, the legend of the Polish Finns, Tadeusz Żero. Top 10 Masters

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11

POL 73 POL 26 POL 100 POL 38 POL 25 POL 60 POL 31 POL 15 POL 3 POL 24

Andrzej Romanowski, GM 7 Bogusław Nowakowski, GGM 18 Marek Jarocki, M 19 Juliusz Reichelt, GGM 26 Marek Kubat, M 34 Roman Jabczanik, GGM 43 Maciej Rozkrut, GM 55 Lucjan Bladowski, M 58 Jan Okulicz-Kozaryn, L 65 Wojciech Jankowski, L 78



BIDDING CLUBS FOR 2021 – Puntala, pattaya and biscarosse


he event would be organised by the Centro Velico T Punta Ala with the PuntAla Camping Resort, both based in Punta Ala. The 2011 Finn World Masters was

held here and anyone who took part will remember the amazing location and hospitality.

The venue is located between two marinas: Punta Ala, famous in the world of sailing for having hosted important international regattas, and Scarlino, a new and upcoming marina with a lot of potential in the world of sailing competitions.

The organisation has also held many other international events. 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. 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 event will be hosted within the PuntAla Camp & Resort,


which spreads out inside a Mediterranean pine forest, once an ancient hunting reserve of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. In the nineteen-twenties, the Daddi-Giovannozzi family bought the property where, in 1969, a small camping site was set up in the shade of six hectares of secular pine trees, for a holiday ‘a la naturale’. Over the years the camping site has grown, becoming an open-air structure covering twenty-seven hectares and now an authentic holiday park with multipurpose opportunities of services and hospitality. 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



PATTAYA, THAILAND he Royal Varuna T Yacht Club (RVYC) has hosted

many national and international regattas, including World Championships and official World Sailing events. It is located in a secluded setting beside the Gulf of Thailand in Chon Buri Province, just next to the city of Pattaya.

he Centre Nautique Biscarrosse Olympique T occupies a privileged geographical situation and is perfectly suited for regattas and tourism.

Laemchabang Port & Container Terminal is the biggest commercial port in Thailand, and is just 20 km from the club. Bangkok Suvarnabhumi international airport is 90 minutes from the club. The club is set in a private oasis of tranquility, 22,000sqm in size, large enough to fulfil all event requirements with ease. As the centre-feature, the iconic open air verandah area is serviced by restaurant and bar with seating for 250 people. There are family friendly facilities with swimming pool, volley ball court and pétanque court and young children’s play area. There are expansive gardens with plenty of space for boats, leading onto a secluded sandy beach. Racing will take place immediately offshore. The club’s position on the Gulf of Thailand is unique in offering quality sailing conditions for 12 months a year. The temperature is consistent, winds are generally from N-NE November to February, and SSW the rest of year. The best time to consider hosting an international championship is between March-April or June-July each year when expected conditions would be 10-20 knots daily (March-April and December closer to upper wind range). Because of its extensive experience in running regattas, the club has an in-house team of knowledgeable race officials, staff and volunteers, with a strong organising committee to ensure the smooth running of a championship. The event will gain significant support from the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand and the Royal Thai Navy.

Biscarrosse is the perfect location: the resort opens its doors to the largest stadium of nature you could dream of, the ocean, forests and lakes. The little known lakes are fresh water, no current and maximum safety for all types of crews and even old craft. The region is also famous for gastronomy and Bordeaux wines. The municipality of Biscarrosse is located quite north of the Landes about 30 km south of Arcachon. Biscarrosse is a famous seaside resort. It therefore has a large tourist capacity with 54,350 tourist beds and there are approximately 42,000 beds in outdoor campsites, about 900 beds in traditional hotels, and around 8,600 beds in rental accommodation. There are also 30 restaurants of all types: from fast food to renowned gourmet restaurants. The Centre Nautique Biscarrosse Olympique is located about 80 km from Bordeaux Mérignac airport and 30 km from Arcachon railway station, it is also easy to reach the town of Biscarrosse by the road network: The lake is spread over an area of 3,500 hectares and its depth exceeds 20 meters. Open to the south, by the current of Sainte Eulalie, the average level is maintained by two dams. The area of the lake is large enough for two course areas The Centre Nautique Biscarrosse Olympique, has for many years been involved in hosting major competitions The site has three large launching ramps, between which there are white sand beaches. In addition, a large tent is provided for the catering of competitors and companions, as well as a refreshment bar.



finn MASTERS PROFILE 2018 Finns from 32 Nations entered the Finn World 352Masters 2018 hosted by El Balis Yacht Club, Spain.

Two days of racing were possible during which 5 races sailed in very much lighter winds than for the FWM 2017 in Barbados and the FWM 2016 on Lake Garda, Italy. Racing was cancelled on the other days scheduled for racing as there was less than 5 knots of wind. Boats were randomly allocated into four fleets each day on two course areas each with two starts on each course. The first start sailed an outer loop course and the second start sailed an inner loop course. The winds were mainly in the 5 to 10 knot range with a few stronger gusts. There were prizes for the highest placed boat in each Age Category which is determined by the age that the competitor reached during 2018. This provided strong competition throughout the fleet. Each competitor declared their Nationality, Age Category prior to the event. Each boat was subjected to an Equipment inspection. Details of manufacturers, sail makers and dates were declared and recorded. Richard Phillips (GBR 42) has analysed the data collected at the event and correlated it with the results for each race to produce the information and charts included in this Profile.

Finn Masters


22 of the 32 participating nations featured in the Top 5 positions in at least one race, demonstrating the strength of competition around the world.


The 5 Age Categories are: Master (M) 40 to 49; Grand Master (GM) 50 to 59; Great Grand Master (GGM) 60 to 69, Legend (L) 70 to 79 and Super Legend (SL) 80 years old or more. The GMs (40% of competitors) had 15 to 25 competitors in each set of 50 results. The GGMs (28% of the competitors) were less well represented in the top 50 despite the winner being a GGM. However the GGMs were fairly evenly represented throughout the rest of the fleet. The first Legend was 65th overall which suggests that age becomes a significant limiting factor to success by the time that sailors reach 70 years old. The first of the 5 Super Legends was 233rd. The profile of ages v results at El Balis differs significantly from that at Lake Garda and Barbados which were much windier events and a more pronounced degradation of performance by age. No information was gathered at El Balis about sailor heights and weights. This information is well documented in other surveys of Finn sailors which show that sailors of a very wide range of weights and heights can successfully race a Finn.


The key components of a Finn are the hull, mast, sails and foils. Finn sailors tend to focus on finding the right mast and sail combination for their weight, height and style of sailing.


There was a very wide range of age of Hulls used at the FWM in El Balis. 19 of the top 50 sailors used hulls that were under 4 years old, the winner used a hull built in 2004.

The other 12 Nations were represented as follows:4 Entries - BEL, CHI & RSA; 3 Entries - NOR; 2 Entries - GRE & POR; 1 Entry ARG, BAH, CAN, EST, MON & SVK.




Devoti continues to be the dominant choice for those who finished in the top 10 in each race at El Balis.

North and WB Sails continue to be the sailmakers supported by the majority of the Finn Masters fleet. Doyle, 3FL and One Sails were chosen by a few of the Top 50 sailors. For those who measured in two sails there is no record as to which they used on the two race days. Sails could have been changed between races 1, 2 & 3 or between 4 & 5 but this is unlikely for the majority of the competitors. 13% of the Fleet only measured in one sail.


Each competitor was allowed to register two masts for the event. However, at least 73% of sailors did not present a second mast. Hit and Wilke were the most popular masts with approx two-thirds of the fleet choosing these as mast 1 and mast 2. Pata was also well represented. For those who measured in two masts there is no record as to which they used on the two race days. Masts would not have been changed between races 1, 2 & 3 or between races 4 & 5.


The Finn Class provides an excellent opportunity for sailors of all ages from under 18 to over 80 to participate in World Class competition. The Masters fleet is highly competitive throughout and between each Age Category. Devoti continues to be the Finn of choice. Finn hulls remain highly competitive for at least 14 years. North and WB provide a wide choice of sails to suit individual requirements. A large majority of Finn sailors only measured in one mast. Wilke, Hit and Pata masts were chosen by most of the top sailors. Skill, knowledge, experience and fitness are the prime factors that determine success.



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new random fleet allocation PROCESS FOR 2019 Recently, the FWM has used random selection for fleet racing with a medal race at the end of the week to determine the overall winners. This ensured that any top-end ties arising from the fleet racing were broken in the medal race. However, at last year’s FWM AGM the consensus was that the medal race is not popular and should be dropped. Without a medal race, and because there are randomly selected multiple fleets, it is possible to have a tie at the end of the week which cannot be broken using the RRS Appendix A. For that reason, a new process will be implemented in 2019 using a specially developed computer programme which can randomly select the fleets and also implement a tie-break process to ensure there are no ties at the end of the week. This programme is configured with a process that is determined before racing starts. The computer programme uses the random function generator of Microsoft Excel to select the fleets for racing. Although the probability is that normal RRS Appendix A would break ties after a full week of racing, because of the randomly selected multiple

Fleet Selection and Tie-BreakS he Finn World Masters Championship has been growing in size in recent years with over 350 entries T at Lake Garda in 2016 and at El Balis in 2018. The 2017 event was held in Barbados and had fewer entries. The expectation is that entry numbers will continue to rise.

The large entry numbers have required that racing fleets are split into manageable sizes, usually four fleets on two courses. This is not unusual and occurs in other classes where large entries are experienced, such as Lasers and Optimists. Initial fleet selection can be random or by seeding. Then, at some stage during the week the fleets are split into Gold, Silver, Bronze etc. for the remainder of the week. The winners then come from the Gold fleet. However, the FWM is unique in that it has multiple age categories racing each other during the week and splitting into Gold, Silver, Bronze etc fleets would interfere with the various age category competitions. An appealing aspect of the FWM is that all age categories can race each other all week.

fleets it could be possible to finish with a tie which cannot be broken by RRS Appendix A, especially if there is a reduced race programme due to weather. Current FWM rules state that a championship series will consist of a maximum of 8 races with a maximum of 2 races per day (this can be amended to 3 by the Masters Committee if the series is in danger of not being completed). Four races must be completed to constitute a series. The new programme will initially randomly select fleets for the Practice Race and Day 1 Races. At the end of Day 1 the fleets are randomly selected for Days 2, 3, 4, and 5. However, if there are ties after Day 1 which cannot be broken using RRS Appendix A then Day 2 will be a ‘tie-break’ day, ensuring that tied boats sail in the same fleets on Day 2. This only applies to the top 32 boats. The probability of ties occurring at the end of the week with boats finishing lower than 32nd is very low and will be discounted, so only the top 32 will be subject to tie break rules on Day 2. Days 3, 4, and 5 will be sailed in fleets as randomly selected. This process will guarantee that any ties at the end of the week can be broken using RRS Appendix A. There are contingency plans to ensure this process can be applied in any situation if races are lost due to weather. Full details of the programme and process will be made available at Skovshoved in June. Ray New, GBR 80




A Battle Against


an Zetzema is known to most Finn Masters as J an energetic Dutchman with a ready smile and a welcoming persona. He has started Finn sailing twice

in his life, once as a junior and once as a master, and currently combines his Finn addiction with running a marina and charter business on the IJsselmeer, while sailing a range of other bigger boats. He is also behind the organisation of the 2020 Finn World Masters which will be the event’s 50th anniversary – and big things are planned. Jan started sailing aged five in a 12ft dinghy (the old 12ft Olympic Class), which was restored by his father. Then, “I have started twice in the Finn. Between the ages of 15 and 18 I sailed the Finn as a junior. Then in 2004 my son, Wietze, made me enthusiastic again for sailing the Finn. It was a great surprise to experience the change from an aluminium mast to a carbon mast. It was so much easier to sail with less body work.”

First Finn, H 453 in Sneekweek, c.1970 But his sailing is not limited to the Finn. “We live by the waterfront of the IJsselmeer in Monnickendam. With my family we sail a big boat, a Dehler 34. In addition, I also sail an old Lilia Star and a H-Boat. The Star sails smoothly in little wind. I love sailing it with my wife in the evenings. With the Dehler 34 we are sailing in the club races on Wednesday evenings. The atmosphere is similar to the Finn family: fun in the club, competitive on the water.”

Nine Masters

To date, Jan has sailed in nine Finn World Masters. “Amongst them, the most special were: Murcia: three black flags (they nicknamed me Johnny Blackflag); Bracciano: during a buoy rounding an ‘unknown’ Italian sailor smashed my sail. Nobody had seen anything….but thanks to our Dutch / Italian sailor Luzio Nodari, everything was sorted out properly; Greece, where during the Master Worlds sailors from 21 nations were invited out for a terrific traditional meal by Vasilis Pigadas and his friends; La Rochelle: a beautiful sailing village, with huge wind, fantastic sailing on the waves of the Atlantic (but painful for the body…) and of course Sopot. He says the highlight of his sailing career so far was, “Winning the bronze medal in the GGM at the World Finn Masters in Sopot [Poland] in 2014.” He describes sailing the Finn as a battle against yourself, both physical and mentally. “This is one of the things I like about the Finn. When I started to sail as a Finn master, my group of sailing



friends increased every year. It is like a great sailing family. In the Finn masters I find one of the great things is that we meet and sail in beautiful places all around the world.” “Sailing as a Finn master, is sailing with Finn friends. On the water there is a good battle, and ashore a good drink and nice conversations. Also when waiting for wind you can fill a day or two with talking about equipment and sails, but also lots of personal talk takes place. In this way you get acquainted with a lot of people all over the world.”

50th Anniversary

He is now heavily involved with the organisation of the 2020 Finn Word Masters, which will be held at Port Zélande, just south of Rotterdam. “Marina Port Zélande is situated on a dam which separates the Grevelingenmeer from the North Sea. The area that we will stay in has unique scenery. For the Finn sailors the marina has all facilities, and for the partners there are many nice places to visit and the beach is in walking distance. A nice programme has been worked out.” “In 2008 we organised the Finn World Masters in Medemblik, which was a successful venue. During the winter meeting of Finn Club Holland the idea for 2020 came up to try to get the World Masters to Holland for the 50th anniversary. In the event we are planning every day a “beer on the pier” together with a daily tombola to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Every competitor can be a winner every day.” “We are expecting 400 Finn sailors, but we can accommodate up to 500.”


He thinks one of the keys for the Master to continue to grow is to “keep organising the World Masters at interesting venues, but which are affordable for everybody.” Also to keep costs of

Proud moment. Winning the Grand Grand Master bronze at the 2014 World Masters, alongside Rob Coutts and Henry Sprague

sailing low, “one mast rule, two sails, one rudder, etc” and also to “develop an international master ranking system, so you can sail in several countries and earn points.” Jan is never far from boats and the water. Together with his wife Trees, they own a marina and nautical service centre in Monnikendam. “We run our own charter fleet with Dehler and X-Yachts and a fleet of J/70s. Next to this we offer berthing (our marina has 820 berths), service work and maintenance. At the end of 2019 our daughter Nienke is taking over our company.” “When we took over the Marina in 2002, I had to promise my wife – due to the huge space on the marina grounds – not to buy any boat without consulting her, except when the price was below five hundred Euros. In the second week after we had taken over, I came across an advert of a Vlieger Finn, the old boat of Mark Neeleman. The price was €500. I offered the seller €499 but he held on to his price. I then transferred € 499 and paid the guy one euro in cash… This was the start of my second Finn career.”

NED 50

“In 2004 it really started. For my 50th birthday my family gave me a Devoti Finn with the personal sailing number NED 50. My first World Masters was that year in Cannes. My friends from WV Randmeer really baptised me. After the first start (it was beautiful weather with lots of sunshine and it was hot) we had to wait for the wind. I had noticed the whole race an irritating smell in the boat. When I took off my sailing boots, some white stuff fell out. It smelt disgusting. In the evening I heard that it was a piece of Camembert cheese they had put in.” He admits to liking to sail at events in Italy, “especially Lake Garda in October with the Trophea Andrea Menoni, but also the Finn Semaines in Cannes in February to start the sailing season. The ideal places are those places where you can sail well and also enjoy a nice holiday afterwards. And in Germany: I heard good stories from the year they organised the World Masters.” Like many he is disappointed about the decision to drop the Finn from the Olympics. “Thanks to the development of the carbon mast, the Finn can be sailed by almost every athlete with a weight of 80+ kg. It also is a well-kept one-design class, with strict rules. The nice part is that there is room for development in the rules, such as in the mast and sails.” “In the Finn also the differences between the boats are so little, that sailing a Finn means that it requires sailing and tactical skills. Isn’t this what it’s all about in our sport?”




Finn World Masters he first suggestion for a special T Finn Veteran Gold Cup for sailors over 40 years of age was presented

by Dr. Fred and Heidi Auer at the 1969 IFA AGM in Bermuda. The Auers also organised the first Veteran Gold Cup on the Silvaplana See close to St. Moritz in Switzerland.

1970 18 1971 13 1972 14 1973 20 1974 20 1975 7 1976 ? 1977 28 1978 37 1979 29 1980 30 1981 38 1982 51 1983 48 1984 103 1985 111 1986 83 1987 94 1988 100 1989 101 1990 103 1991 97 1992 85 1993 127 1994 140 1995 132 1996 120 1997 131 1998 132 1999 148 2000 90 2001 32 2002 134 2003 158 2004 191 2005 168 2006 184 2007 136 2008 229 2009 264 2010 167 2011 282 2012 133 2013 285 2014 230 2015 204 2016 2017 133 2018

Even Rickard Sarby sailed in the regatta to represent Sweden. Mel Oskamp won and organised the next event in Holland. From this time stems the tradition that the winner has the right to decide the place of the next Veteran Gold Cup. In 1971, Oskamp invited the veterans to Medemblik. Menoni from Italy won and took the Cup to Lake Garda, where Oskamp won it back in 1972. However, since he already knew how much work it was to organise such a regatta, he declined to do it again and delegated it back to Switzerland. In 1973 at Lac de Neuchatel. De Jong from Holland arrived, looked around and declared that there would be no wind and left again, without even having unpacked his boat. He was right, since only one race was sailed and the title was not assigned. From 1974-1979 the event was held in Port Carmargue, France. Andre Mevel won three titles during this time. In 1978 Heinz Reiter of Germany won the Cup but


history of the

but it was good enough for four races. The veterans were no challenge for Jørgen Lindhardtsen who won with four straight line honours. In 1990, the sailors forced Georg Oser, the Masters organiser to have an ‘Oldie AGM’, and one of its first actions was to rename the event the Finn World Masters. During this time there were generally more than 100 boats attending and in 1999 when 148 boats took part it was considered exceptional. In 1995, Larry Lemieux found out that you didn’t have to be 40 to sail the Finn World Masters, as long as you promise to turn 40 that year. He, not unexpectedly, won the regatta and went on to become the most successful Master sailor at that time, winning four more titles in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2004. In 1996, for the first time ever the Finn World Masters was combined with the ‘real’ Finn Gold Cup in La Rochelle, France, and this was repeated in 2000 in Weymouth, UK. From 2003, André Budzien won three


when he offered to organise it in 1979, a committee was formed to retain the event in sunny Port Camargue. Karel Hruby won in 1979 and turned out to be more stubborn and nobody could convince him not to take the organisation along. So in 1980 the veterans went to Lake Lipno, Czechoslovakia. Whenever the Hruby was in front, the wind died. When Georg Oser was lucky the races were counted. So, finally Oser won his second title far ahead of defender and runner-up Hruby. Oser again delegated the organisation to southern France and Robert Laban. Gy Wossala won, but was not able or willing to stage the next Championship and delegated the 1982 event to Austria. Ivan Hoffmann was leading up until the last beat of the last race, and everybody was thinking of sailing in the CSSR again. However Oser won that race and the title for the third time to ring up Robert Laban for help once more. And he was kind enough to grant it. But it blew a lot in 1983; for some too much. The unexpected winner was Heini Unterhauser from German speaking northern Italy. In 1984 entries exceeded 100 for the first time and they had to divide the fleet into two groups on the small lake. In 1985, an even larger number gathered in Bavaria. Lake Chiemsee offered not too much wind,

Attendance at Finn World Masters 1970-2018





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titles and six more podium places. Also, long time Olympic campaigner Michael Maier reached an eligible age and has so far exceeded Lemieux’s record to win six titles. In 2008 numbers passed 200; there were 229 entries for Medemblik, but this was exceeded the following year and three times since with the record now standing at 355 in 2016. The only problem with the Finn World Masters is that each year a new group of sailors qualify without merit simply by getting older than 40, so the numbers sailing get bigger all the time. And the problem for the organisers is finding a venue large enough for such a big fleet. It is a nice problem to have.

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About the Finn World Masters

inn sailors of the age of forty F and above are called ‘Masters’ and are divided into age groups:

Master (40-49), Grand Master (5059), Grand Grand Master (60-69) and Legend (70 and above).  Each year the Masters, the Grand Masters, the Grand Grand Masters, the Legends and Ladies sail a separate World Championship called the Finn Masters. Also existing are the large local groups of Finn sailors, which are actively involved in national or club level

regattas. Ages vary between 18 and 75 years, but in the Finn Legends some sailors are above 80 years. The binding factor characterising these Finn sailors is that all have a sport-loving, collegial and institution based on friendship and respect. 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.

Category 2019



Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Master 40-49 Born 1970-1979 Grand Master 50-59 Born 1960-1969 Grand Grand Master 60-69 Born 1950-1959 Legend 70+ Born 1949 or earlier Super Legend 80+ Born 1939 or earlier Lady 40+ Born 1979 or earlier NOTE: all ages and years are inclusive of that year

Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Born 1971-1980 Born 1961-1970 Born 1951-1960 Born 1950 or earlier Born 1940 or earlier Born 1980 or earlier

Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Born 1972-1981 Born 1962-1971 Born 1952-1961 Born 1951 or earlier Born 1941 or earlier Born 1981 or earlier




Finn World Masters


1997 Cervia, Italy

2008 Medemblik, Netherlands

1998 Castelleto di Brenzone, Garda, Italy

2009 Maubuisson, France

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

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

1970 St Moritz, Switzerland

1984 Lago di Caldaro, Italy

1999 Maubuisson, France

1971 Medemblik, Holland

1985 Seebruck, FR Germany

2000 Weymouth, England

1972 Gargnano, Garda, Italy

1986 Lagi di Bracciano, Italy

2001 Kingston, Canada

1973 - Not awarded

1987 Les Embiez, France

2002 Split, Croatia

1988 Lido degli Estensi, Italy

2003 Schwerin, Germany

1 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands 2 Othmar Reich, Switzerland 3 Worn Clark, South Africa 1 Andreino Menoni, Italy 2 Othmar Reich, Switzerland 3 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands

1 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands 2 Andreino Menoni, Italy 3 Beda Zingg, 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


1 Walter Mai, Germany 2 Palle-Steen Larsen, Denmark 3 Friedrich Müller, Germany 1 Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark 2 Klaus Stuffer, Italy 3 Henning Wind, Denmark 1 Heini Unterhauser, Italy 2 Klaus Stuffer, Italy 3 Georg Oser, Switzerland

1 Peter Raderschadt, Germany 2 Walter Mai, Germany 3 Ivor Ganahl, Switzerland 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

1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Greg Davis, South Africa 3 Jean Paul Gaston, France

1 John Greenwood, Great Britain 2 Larry Lemieux, Canada 3 Andrew Cooper, Great Britain 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Hein-Peter Okker, Netherlands 3 Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany 1 John Greenwood, Great Britain 2 Minski Fabris, Croatia 3 Larry Lemieux, Canada 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

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


1 André Budzien, Germany 2 Mihail Kopanov, Bulgaria 3 Han Bergsma, Netherlands

1 André Budzien, Germany 2 Jurgen Eiermann, Germany 3 Laurent Hay, France

2010 Split, Croatia

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

2011 PuntAla, Italy

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

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 *For the Austrian Hungaria Cup (Presented 1982 by Peter Mohilla and Gy Wossala.)

Trophy Winners


(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


(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 2001 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia (1st GM) 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 Antonio Poncell, Chile 2018


(Finn World Masters Trophy Builded by Ralf Kratz SV Biblis Germany) 2000 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Mike Till, Great Britain (1st GGM)

* 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

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Louie Nady, USA (1st GGM) Minski Fabris, Croatia (1st GGM) André Budzien, Germany Larry Lemieux, Canada

Alan Tucker, South Africa (1st GGM) Friedrich Müller, Germany Friedrich Müller, Germany Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Michael Brandt, Sweden Pascal Tetard, France Henk de Jager, Netherlands Henry Sprague, USA Francesco Cinque, Italy Marc Allain des Beauvais, France Marc Allain des Beauvais, France José Luis Doreste, Spain


(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


(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

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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 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

Geest Trophy 2017 2018

Peter Langer-Langmaack, Germany Hubert Sparer, Italy

EURO CUP 2011-2017

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Ian Ainslie, RSA Minski Fabris, CRO Igor Frolov, RUS Felix Denikaev, RUS Ian Ainslie, RSA Ian Ainslie, RSA André Budzien, GER

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

GOLDEN CRUTCH 1988 1989 1990 1991

Han van Vierssen, Netherlands Horst Klein, Germany Rolf Lehnert, Germany Herbert Sondermann, Germany



annual masters meeting 2018

Annual Masters

Meeting 24 May 2018 El Balis

Minutes Held at the CN El Balis at 10.00 on 24 May 2018 Present:

President: Andy Denison Secretary: Robert Deaves Committee: Rolf Elsässer, Philip Baum, Henk de Jager Over 200 Finn sailors and a few other supporters The President welcomed everybody to the meeting.

1. Apologies

Marc Allain Des Beauvais

2. Approval of 2017 Minutes

Minutes approved by the meeting, proposed by Gus Miller seconded by Bob Buchanan.

3. President’s Report

The Finn World Masters is becoming a large organisation with the trend only going upwards 100 new sailors at this event New brand the ‘Finn Masters’, although we are the Finn Wold Masters, it is easier to adopt this brand as well to use when we want. Important we consider taking the event to the Southern Hemisphere to recognise the support for the class from that part of the world. However, this would revolve around a sponsored shipping offer. Barbados was a good event to learn how shipping the boats worked and gave those involved experience in this. The 2020 event will be hosted in Holland to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the championship. `Finn European Masters` now adopted as parts of the Finn Masters brand, and will be a success, both events will work well together. Sadly, this past year we have lost two prominent Finn sailors Luksa Cicarelli and Viktor Potapov. Thanks from the President to Liz Burrell for her involvement in organising the companions programme for this event. Allan Burrell accepted a gift on her behalf.


4. Election of Officers

Rolf Elsässer and Philip Baum will continue in their roles for a further 4 years and were applauded by the meeting for their support of the Finn Masters and thanked by the president.

5. Masters Entry Fee

The president explained the history of the entry fee. A lot of venues cannot make the event pay with the requirement the masters fleet needs. Charles Heimler gave some context to the Finn Masters entry fee from his experience of other events around the world offered very good value for the sailor. There were no further questions raised on this matter. Complaint though from the meeting with regards the companion’s fee for the recent evening meal, was countered by another person from the floor who felt it was good value. Another suggestion from the floor was to drop the free drinks on offer, the majority of the meeting felt this would not be a good idea. Question from the floor about the use of a sponsorship template, the president responded in that the Finn Masters have a template which they already use for any event. Suggestion from the floor that Wilke, Devoti, North and WB sponsor the event, the president responded that they already support the Finn Masters magazine. The committee however will take these comments on board for the 2019 event.


6. European Masters

Accepted bids from Split 2018 and Schwerin 2019 It was agreed that this meeting moving forward would agree venues for this event.

7. Medal Race

Proposal from the president that the medal race needs to be flexible within the rules depending on entry and venue. The floor raised the question about consideration of a medal race for each age category Agreement from the floor for the President’s proposal that the medal race needs to be a flexible option within the rules.

8. Accounts

Income £10900 Accounts are available to those that wish to look at them. Accounts are now audited through the IFA, which the president felt was a professional approach to adopt, the meeting agreed.

9. Magazine

The president thanks Robert Deaves for his involvement with the magazine; the meeting applauded Robert for his contribution.

10. Candidates for 2020

Holland, Port Zélande Jan Zetzema from Finn Club Holland spoke about the event and the involvement of the junior members on the organising committee and the benefits this brings. Looking forward very much to welcoming the fleet in 2020.

11. Finn European Masters 2020

Gdynia, Poland Only one candidate so the event will be held in Poland in 2020. Bob Nowakowski from the Polish association explained to the meeting a little of what to expect and again looked forward to welcoming the fleet in 2020.

President was clear to the meeting this was not about voting for a venue for future years but to gauge interest so that both clubs from Thailand and Australia can prepare detailed bids for the event The meeting agreed that both clubs should prepare detailed bids to be submitted accordingly.

12. FWM 2019 – Denmark, Update

14. AOB

Update from Otto Strandvig about the event Companion programme in place Otto gave an update on the container shipping from Maersk. Camping available near venue or another campsite nearby. Looking to have the Danish nationals as a warm up event for the World Masters. Documents on all the above and more will be published soon and available on the World Masters website.

13. Proposal Finn World Masters – Australia and Thailand

Jay Harrison was invited by the President to give an impression of what Sydney can offer in terms of hosting the World Masters Albert Nazarov, representing The Royal Varuna Yacht Club, in Pattaya, Thailand also gave a brief indication on what the event would look like if it travelled to Thailand.

• Proposal from the president to reduce the penalty fee for late entry to the event. This was countered from the floor that early entry certainly of numbers is crucial to the organisation that goes into such an event,. Therefore, the late entry fee will remain. • Process for voting on future venues Proposal from the president to consider a system of making it more accurate rather than a show of hands. Options were discussed around the use of tokens etc The meeting agreed to look into a suitable option. • Gus Miller addressed the meeting and gave a passionate speech about saving the Finn as an Olympic Class. The meeting applauded Gus’ passion for the boat and its sailors • Philip Baum addressed the meeting giving an insight into his role as a `World Sailing

Council Member` and the future of the Finn within the Olympics as well as the future of Sailing within the Olympics Suggestion that we stop seeing the Finn as a heavyweight men’s event but rather a men’s single handed event Urged the meeting to compete fairly in urging your countries to support the Finn The meeting again applauded Philip for his clarity on the current situation. • Henk de Jager asked the meeting to show their support for the helpers at the event by contributing to a collection. • Corinne Mckenzie addressed the meeting about what the IFA are doing to support the Finn and how they are working together with World Sailing. Urged the meeting to all support the Finn and support the youth that are sailing within it. The meeting again applauded Corinne for her support of the class and the challenges that lay ahead.

The president closed the meeting at 11.05 Next meeting: 10 am Wednesday 12 June 2019, skovshoved, denmark




Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual - 2019 Edition CONTENTS Part A – Organisation Part B – Finn Masters Championship Rules Part C – Rules for the Organising Authority Part D – Race Management Requirements Part B shall form part of the rules of the championship and included in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions. Parts C, D, F, G and I are intended as guidelines for the Organising Authority and shall be followed as closely as possible in conjunction with the Finn Masters Committee Parts E and H are intended for bidding clubs. It is the intention of this document that bidding clubs will familiarise themselves with the contents to organise a championship that follows the rules and requirements of the Finn World Masters. It is assumed that by bidding to host an event, and signing the declaration in Part I, that all parties involved in the organisation and management of the event agree to comply with all items in this Event Manual, unless varied in writing by the Finn Masters President.


This section relates to how the Finn Masters Committee shall organise the Finn World Masters and the Finn European Masters championships

1. Structure

1.1 The Finn World Masters shall be managed by an elected President and a committee of up to six members. A Masters Secretary may also be appointed to assist the President. The term for all positions shall be four years, renewable at the appropriate Annual Masters Meeting. 1.2 The Finn World Masters Championship is a World Championship for Finn sailors who will reach the age of 40 during the year of the event. It has to be organised as an event offering good racing in limited wind strength in combination with good socials. 1.3 The Finn World Masters (FWM) Championship of the International Finn Class shall be governed by the Rules of the International Finn Class (IFA); the Racing Rules of Sailing in force at the time of the


Part E – Venue Selection Part F – Finn European Masters Part G – Media Requirements/Guidelines Part H – Bidding Procedure Part I – Organising Authority Declaration APPENDICES (not included here) A1 Timeline A2 Opening and Closing Ceremonies A3 Trophies event; and the Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual. These shall be binding on the Organising Authority (OA) unless varied in writing by the Masters President. 1.4 All documents and messages concerning the Finn World Masters and its championships shall be written in the English language and the language spoken shall be English. 1.5 This document has been created, to bring consistency to the Championships. It provides information about the format, and provides guidance for potential candidate venues. This document will be used as a basis for discussion when the Master’s President visits the location organising a Championship. The President will expect to see that the venue has sufficient resources in place to manage a championship and will report his findings back to the Finn sailors.

2. Annual Masters Meeting

2.1 During the week of the Finn World Masters (usually on the Wednesday morning at 10.00) there will be an Annual Masters Meeting (AMM) for all competitors. The timing will be discussed with the organising committee to ensure it is included in the schedule of racing. 2.2 The OA will provide a suitable room big enough to hold all the competitors for this meeting. Resources available in the venue must include a screen and microphone. A projector can be supplied by the Masters President. 2.3 The time and place shall be fixed by the Masters President and shall be published on the FWM website, www., at least one month before the AMM. 2.4 The Agenda will include: i) Welcome, plus house keeping points ii) Approval of last AMM minutes ii) Bid presentations FWM and FEM two years hence (3/5 minute verbal presentation) iv) Vote/ winner announcements v) President’s Report


vi) Election, or re-election, of the Masters President for a 4-year period. (This President shall automatically be elected Vice-President (Masters) of the IFA Executive Committee by the IFA Annual General Meeting.) vii Election of new member(s) of the Masters Committee to stand for a period of 4 years viii) Finance Report ix) Media, website and magazine x) Next venue update xi) AOB xii) Any item presented to the Masters President in writing at least one calendar month before the Meeting. xiii) Date and place next meeting 2.4.1 Finn Masters may, by a simple majority, decide whether any other business should be added to the Agenda. Any proposals must be handed over to the Masters President at least 24 hours before the start of the AMM. 2.5 It is recommended that the immediate past President remains on the Committee for the year following retirement. The nominee for a new President should be elected to the Committee at least one year prior to becoming President. 2.6 The Masters Fee may be changed at the Annual Masters Meeting for succeeding years.

3. Finn World Masters

3.1 The date and place for the Masters World Championship shall be published on no later than 12 months prior to the event. 3.2 The venue will normally be situated within Europe. However, the Annual Masters Meeting can decide to accept a candidate outside Europe. 3.3 The Organising Authority (OA) will organise and manage the Championship in close conjunction with the Masters President. 3.4 The format will be announced at least two months prior to the event. It will depend on the expected number of entries and what is realistic on the sailing water.

4. Dates of the Championship

4.1 The Championship will be held during the period of Whitsun. 4.2 The Practice Race will be on Whitsunday afternoon in the race area where the racing will take place. 4.3 The first race will be sailed on the Whit Monday. 4.4 The last race will be sailed on the Friday following Whitsunday. 4.5 Other dates will only be considered after discussion with the Masters President.


This section shall be referred to in the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions and shall form part of the Championship Rules.

1. Course

The course (s) of the Finn World Masters Championship shall be exclusive and separate.

2. Eligibility

2.1 The Finn World Masters Championship shall be held annually and is open to all Finn sailors who during the calendar year of the event shall be in their 40th year or older. 2.2 There will be the following categories: a) World Master (the overall winner) b) Master (winner 40-49 years old) c) Grand Master (winner 50-59) d) Grand Grand Master (winner 60-69) e) Legend (winner 70+) f) Super Legend (winner 80+) g) Lady h) Classic Boat (Hull built prior to 1985). 2.3 The Finn European Masters may be held annually and will follow the same rules unless varied by Part F.

3. Format

3.1 Depending on entries, the fleet will be divided into Colour Groups of similar size, which will change each day. The decision about the number of groups will be taken by the Masters President. 3.2 The series will consist of a maximum of eight races. 3.3 A maximum of two races will be sailed on each day; except that three may be sailed to save the series if races have been lost. The decision to sail three races on any day shall only be taken with the approval of the Masters Committee. 3.4 Four races shall be completed to constitute a series. 3.5 Five races shall be completed before a medal race is sailed.

4. Scoring

4.1 The low point scoring system will apply. After five races have been completed, the worst score of each competitor will be discarded. 4.2 In the medal race (if applicable) the scoring points will be doubled and not discarded.

4.3 The results for category groups in B2.2 will use the points the competitors have in the overall results.

5. International Jury

5.1 There must be an International Jury in accordance with RRS Appendix N. It shall include at least six members (two from the organising country and four from other countries) who have proven experience in on the water judging of RRS 42 (Propulsion) and umpiring Medal Racing. At least two should have practical Finn racing experience. If two course areas are being used then the jury shall include at least eight members.

6. Courses

6.1 Courses will be either a windwardleeward course or a trapezoid course. The target time for a race is 75 minutes; the maximum time for a race is 120 minutes. 6.2 When sailing in one starting group the windward-leeward course will be used. When sailing in two starting groups the trapezoid course, with outer and inner loop will be used. When sailing in more than two starting groups, two race areas should be sailed simultaneously.

7. Advertising

The Organising Authority may require all participating boats to display the event sponsor’s advertising in accordance with RRS.

8. Insurance, National Association dues and IFA dues

All eligible boats shall supply proof of National Finn Association membership for the year of the Championship plus hold an insurance certificate showing a minimum third party limit of €2,000,000 or equivalent in another currency. Sailors shall sign a declaration, but will not be asked to present the insurance documents.

9. Race officer (PRO)

The PRO shall be a World Sailing qualified International Race Officer (IRO) and his appointment shall be subject to the approval of the OA and the Masters President.

10. Minimum/maximum wind strength and time limit

10.1 These shall be prescribed in the SIs but no race shall be started in less than 5 knots of wind measured on the Committee Boat at deck level. 10.2 No race shall be started in more than 20 knots of wind measured on the Committee Boat at deck level. 10.3 The decision whether to start a race or not, regarding wind speed, will be taken by the Race Committee.

11. Liability

Each competitor is required sign a form, complying with GDPR regulations, to confirm the following items:

a) A liability clause. b) They have understood and abide by the risk statement as written into the notice of race c) The boat has a valid measurement certificate and the boat meets the IFA Class Rules d) The competitor has a third party insurance to an amount of at least €2,000,000. This amount to be fixed in the NoR. e) The competitor is a member of a National Finn class association f) Media Consent: Rights to use names and likenesses

12. Equipment Inspection

12.1 The items of sailing equipment to be inspected and the measurement procedure will be discussed with the Masters President, but the inspections as mentioned below will always be executed. 12.2 An Equipment Inspection Committee (EIC) will be established. The EIC must consist of at least 3 qualified measurers. The EIC should execute spot checks on the class rules during the Championship on boats selected at random. These spot checks will be executed directly after crossing the finishing line. For this purpose a separate inspection boat shall be available. 12.3 All eligible boats shall present a current valid IFA Measurement Certificate. 12.4 Boats will be measured in accordance with the latest Class Rules and amendments thereto. 12.5 The measurer may check any measurements within the Class Rules at any time during the event. At Equipment Inspection the following items shall be scrutinised: a) Hull: Weight, including checking amount and location of weight correctors. Arrangements to prevent the mast and rudder from becoming detached in a capsize. b) Masts: Max 2 per boat. Weight, centre of gravity and mast limit marks. c) Booms: Boom limit marks, and limiting stop with the boom attached to the mast. d) Centreboard: Maximum projection from the keel. e) Sails: Max. 2 per boat. Only sails that have been certified according Finn Class Rules shall be presented.

13. Final decisions

The final decisions on any matters not covered by the RRS and the International Jury shall rest with Masters President.


This section includes rules that the Organising Authority should consider when organising the championship including all financial obligations. The Organising Authority shall abide by all these rules, unless varied in writing by the Masters President.




1.1 The Organising Authority (OA) may make no deviation from this Event Manual, or Finn Class Rules, without the written permission of the Masters President. 1.2 At all times the OA shall protect the Finn Masters and IFA brand and logos.

2. Obligations

2.1 The OA is financially responsible for the whole event. No funds from the FWM will be available, except for the prizes, as mentioned in C5. 2.2 The Organising Authority shall be responsible for the following a) Travel from home to venue, accommodation and meals for personnel and officials listed in C4.1 b) Prizes for top 10 overall and top 3 in each category. c) Construction and costs of any measurement equipment as directed by the Event Measurer. d) Mid-week dinner free of charge to all sailors and officials e) The OA will provide each competitor with an event shirt. f) The OA will provide each competitor with a small local gift as a memento of the local area. 2.4 During the week (preferably on the Wednesday) there will be a Finn dinner or buffet. This will be included in the entry fee for competitors. Wives or others accompanying will pay for tickets at the race office. 2.5 Other after race parties and social events, e.g. beer and snacks, free or at low cost may be organised at the discretion of the OA. 2.8 The OA must have and display at the venue the national flags of all the competing nationalities. 2.9 The entry fee shall be agreed with the Masters President and shall include the cost of the Masters dinner and a €40 Masters Fee for the Masters account. 2.10 No later than four weeks after the completion of the event, the OA shall pay to the Finn World Masters any balance of the Masters Fee described in Rule C2.9. Interim payments may be requested by the Finn Masters President before the event begins, or after entry fees are received by the OA, and must be paid within two weeks. 2.11 The OA shall provide the Finn Masters President with independent access to a secure office close to the main race offices for the duration of the championship. 2.12 The OA shall provide a room and facilities for the Annual Masters Meeting as described in A.2

3. Organising Authority

3.1 The Organising Authority will appoint one person who will be the primary contact between the Masters President and the OA. Email addresses and cell phone numbers will be provided. 3.2 The OA shall sign a declaration of


compliance with these Rules (Part I). 3.3 The OA will acquire, and take full responsibility for establishing and maintaining all the relevant permissions and licenses required to run the event. This will include liaison with authorities such as the host country’s National Finn Association and MNA, police, military, environmental organisations, local and port authorities, community, health and safety, etc 26.4 It is recommended that the OA has arrangements in place for competitors to purchase third party insurance for the duration of the event, if needed. 26.5 The Masters President reserves to right to collect up to 40 entry fees directly from competitors (about 10% of the number of expected competitors). These payments will serve as the first instalment of the Masters Fee (see C2.9) as well as acting as a Bond to ensure the successful running of the Championship. The Bond may be used at the discretion of the Masters President to ensure compliance with this Event Manual. Upon satisfactory completion of the event, any balance, taking into account any Masters Fees owed, will be released to the Organising Authority.

4. Personnel

4.1 The Organising Authority shall pay for travel, accommodation and meals for: a) Masters President b) one nominated class official (normally the media rep) c) the Class Measurer (s) d) the Jury. 4.2 The Finn Class shall advise which class International Measurer(s) shall be invited. If there is a large fleet (>200) then two are recommended. 4.3 The Jury will be appointed as in B.5 and as directed by the Masters President.

5. Prizes

5.1 The OA will provide prizes for the top 10 sailors in the Overall Results and for the top three sailors in each category. 5.2 The Masters organisation will provide medals for the first three competitors in the categories described in B2.2. 5.3 The Masters President will provide a participation prize for all Legends. 5.4 Perpetual prizes will be awarded according to Appendix A4.

6. Safety

6.1 The Organising Authority shall demonstrate it has an adequate Safety Plan in place. 6.2 There shall be sufficient safety boats in order to secure the competitors safety. There shall be at least 1 patrol boat for 20 competitors. 6.3 Each designated patrol boat shall have 2 capable people on board, of which 1 shall be able to jump into the water to provide assistance, when necessary. 6.4 The Safety Plan should include a


protocol to indicate when a helm is safely ashore if the boat is left on the race course 6.5 Mark boats should be located at the windward and leeward marks while racing is in progress in order to record each boat passing these marks and to ensure all boats sail the correct course. 6.6 There shall be 24 hours a day security on the regatta compound, to continue until 12.00 on the day after the last official day of racing during the Championship, normally Saturday. 6.7 The OA will organise medical assistance and will have contact with a medical doctor. 6.8 When sailing at sea or on a wide lake a tally system is recommended for each racing day. This will be included in the Sailing Instructions, together with the penalty for not having tallied in or out. This will normally be a nominal monetary penalty payable to a local charity.

7. Opening and Closing Ceremonies

7.1 The Opening Ceremony will take place on Sunday evening with short speeches from the OA’s President, the Master’s President and local officials (i.e. the Mayor of the hosting city) as a welcome to the sailors. This will be followed by a snack buffet and drinks for all competitors and their escorts. 7.2 The prize giving ceremony will be held on the Friday, after the last races. It will normally be carried out by the Master’s President together with the President of the OA. 7.3 The national anthem (or other suitable uplifting music) should be played for the overall winner and the winners of each age category. 7.4 The prize giving will immediately be followed by a closing ceremony, with a small party, with drinks and snacks for competitors and their escorts. 7.5 The OA will provide locals gifts for the Measurer and the members of the Jury. 7.6 Result lists will be printed for use in the prize giving ceremony for the overall results and each of the categories. 7.7 The format and sequence shall be as in Appendix A2.

8. Companion’s Programme

8.1 The OA will organise a companion’s programme for the ladies not sailing. 8.2 The cost of this programme will be as reasonable as possible and agreed with the Finn Masters President and the Ladies representative. 8.3 Access to club facilities shall be provided free of charge. 8.4 Ideally, trips to local attractions should be offered on 2 or 3 days during the week when sailing is taking place. 8.5 Charges can be made for trips and for tickets to the mid-week dinner.

9. Arrival and departure

9.1 The OA should be prepared to receive competitors from the Wednesday before

the start of the event. 9.2 The OA must be prepared for a staggered departure of competitors after the Championship with competitors leaving from Friday through to Sunday.

10. Data protection

At no time may the contact information for competitors be passed to a third party for their use. This would be a breach of data protection.

11. Miscellaneous

11.1 The OA should consider launching a Facebook page for the event as soon as possible after the end of the previous year’s championship concludes. 11.2 The following shall be given to the Masters President immediately after the Championship. a) A complete list of entries from the website, including no-show entries (without notification), including addresses, tel. numbers and email addresses. b) Overall results. c) Results for the Masters, Grand Masters, Grand Grand Masters, Results for the Legends, Ladies and the Classic Boats.


This section includes all item relevant to race management, including documentation and requirements fort racing that are not pertinent to the Notice of Race of Sailing Instructions.

1. Documentation

All documentation such as Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions must be approved by the Masters President before publication.

2. Entry Forms And Notice Of Race

2.1 The Organising Authority shall publish the Notice of Race (NoR) and Entry Form in the English language latest during the month of January in the same year of the event, or at least four months prior to the event, whichever is earlier. The NoR, whilst abiding by the RRS, shall be agreed by the Masters President before publication. 2.2 The OA shall use standard templates for the Notice of Race provided by the Masters President. 2.3 The NoR shall not be changed without approval of the Masters President. 2.4 Eligible boats may enter by completing the Entry Form as published on the Finn World Masters website. 2.5 Fully completed entry forms and payments should be received no later than four (4) weeks prior to the event. After completing and sending the Entry Form the competitor agrees to pay the Entry Fee as defined in the NoR, however, only after receipt of payment is a competitor’s entry valid. Entries and/or payments received less than four weeks before the first race,

will be charged 50% more. Entries and/ or payments received after arrival will be charged double the entry fee. No shows without notification will be expected to pay before any entry will be accepted in future years. This rule may be varied in writing by the OA in exception circumstances.

3. Sailing Instructions

3.1 The Sailing Instructions (SI) shall be published by the OA in accordance with the provisions of current RRS, World Sailing Race Standards, IFA Class Rules, and the Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual, and approved by the Masters President no later than 2 months prior to the event. 3.2 The President will, at least 3 months before, provide the standard SI template to the OA. These standard SI will be adapted on limited items by the local organisation. 3.3 The SI shall not be changed without approval of the Masters President. 3.4 Preliminary Sailing Instructions may be published on the event website two months before the first race. The final version will be produced at registration.

4. Jury

4.2 The International Jury should meet with the IFA Representative and/or Masters President before the first race for a policy briefing. The Jury Chairman must not be of the same Nationality as the organising country. 4.3 One national judge may be appointed through the Eurosaf exchange programme. As long as Appendix N is applied, one national judge from the host country may also be appointed. 4.4 The Masters President will recommend the constitution of the Jury. Notwithstanding this, the Jury must be approved by the Masters President, at least 6 months prior to the event. 4.5 There shall be at least one boat with 2 judges per fleet. 4.6 For a medal race, if required, the OA must provide 3 suitable judge boats. 4.7 Rules 42 and 31: The Jury will apply Appendix P of the Racing Rules of Sailing with regard to Rule 42 and may draw attention to boats that break Rule 31 during the rounding of the marks.

5. Format

5.1 The format will be decided by the Masters President at least four months prior to the first race. 5.2 The format could one of the following: a) When sailing in one group, there will be a maximum of eight scoring races. b) When sailing in more than one group there will be a maximum of seven opening series races and, on the last day of racing, one final fleet race and a medal race. For the medal race the top ten sailors in the overall result after the opening series, plus the sailors with equal points to tenth place, will be selected for the medal race.

c) When sailing in more than one group, the groups will be allocated using a system described in the SI and carried out by a person nominated by the Master’s President using provided software. d) Identification of the boats in the different groups will be defined in the Sailing Instructions.

6. Race office

6.1 The Race Office should be open from 08.30 to 19.00, from the first day of measurement. 6.2 Preliminary race results must be available as soon as possible after each day’s racing and posted onto the Official Notice Board. 6.3 The Official Notice Board must be in, or close to, the Race Office.

7. Skippers Meeting

A briefing meeting for the sailors should be held before the start of the practice race, or the first race if no practice race is scheduled. The Race Committee and the International Jury will be introduced to competitors. The Race Officer has to be present. Sailing Instructions should be available well in advance. The Masters President and/or the committee may request additional skippers meetings.

8. Starting signals

8.1 All flag signals should be repeated on all starting line boats. 8.2 Audible signals will be given, when possible by a gun. 8.3 The Committee Boat should display the approximate magnetic compass bearing from the leeward mark to the windward mark in clear, large numbers. 8.4 The Committee Boat shall ensure that it is able to post all boats numbers that have been black-flagged in a manner that is legible from a reasonable distance.

9. Start line

9.1 The start line shall be equivalent to 1.5 times the length of the Finn multiplied by the number of starting boats. 9.2 In addition to the Committee Boat there shall be a pin end boat that shall repeat all flag and sound signals made by the Committee Boat. 9.3 Committee Boat and pin end boats shall display clearly visible line flags at a height of at least 8 metres. 9.4 All flag signals shall be in a prominent position, at least the height of a Finn mast above sea-level. 9.9 In the event of a General Recall, a fast boat must cross in front of the fleet as soon as possible after the signal has been given, clearly displaying the First Substitute flag.

10. Windward mark boat

Wherever possible there should be a mark boat at the windward mark displaying a clearly visible shape or flag, in such a manner as to assist identification of



FINN WORLD MASTERS RULES AND EVENT MANUAL the windward mark. This is particularly important in poor visibility.

11. Time Limits

The time limit for each race and for the latest warning signal on the final day must be specified in the SIs.


This section explains the major requirements for a venue, including location, facilities and what is expected by the Finn Masters

1. Location

1.1 The Finn World Masters Championship shall be sailed on waters that have a record of stable wind directions and good breezes; variable and very light airs venues shall be avoided.

2. Facilities

2.1 Free parking should be available at, or very close, to the venue. 2.2 The OA must ensure that appropriate road signs are in place to guide motorists to the venue from the main arterial routes. Signs must clearly indicate the Finn logo with an arrow to indicate the direction of travel to the venue. Postal or Zip codes of the venue must also be available on the website and in the notice of race. 3.4 Accommodation must be available on or very close to the venue and must have the capacity to provide for 300-400 persons. Every effort should be made for accommodation to be within walking or biking distance from the boatpark. 3.5 There must be space, close (walking distance, or biking distance maximum of 2 km) to the host club, for 60 - 80 campers. There must be electricity and water available on the site. Toilets must be accessible 24 hours a day. The cost for these facilities will be as reasonable as possible. Ideally campers should be accommodated at the club. 3.6 There must be sufficient Finn dinghy parking spaces for more than 300 Finns and more than 250 road trailers on the beach or in the vicinity of the club. Finn parking spaces should ideally be numbered. There must be security in the boat park from three days before the Championship commences until 12.00 on the day after the Championship finishes. 3.7 There has to be sufficient launching facilities to be able to launch and recover the entered number of Finns within a 30-minute period. Sufficient support and assistance must be available to assist competitors in launching and recovery. A system must be in place for the storage of the launching trolleys that will ensure competitors can easily locate their trolleys after sailing. Bow numbers corresponding to boat parking spaces and or individual tally numbers will be made available to the competitors.


3.8 When sailing on salt water the OA should provide sufficient fresh water hose pipes in the boat park so competitors can rinse their boats each day after sailing. 3.9 The OA shall ensure there are adequate communication services, including fast and sufficient wi-fi, for competitors and press. It is recommended that there are separate channels for race committee and jury, media and competitors. 3.10 Trolleys should be labelled with sail numbers/bow numbers and allocated space numbers.


The Rules governing the Finn European Masters (FEM) championship are separate from the Rules governing the Finn World Masters (FWM), except where mentioned in this section. The Finn Masters Committee would like to see the Finn European Masters championship become an established event and to have it run at venues across Europe. This will complement the FWM and cater for the growing number of Finn Masters. While the Finn Masters Committee will oversee the scheduling and bidding process, at present it has no wish to become more deeply involved in the event management and organisation. This will be left entirely to the hosting club, though the Finn Masters Secretary is available for advice and assistance on request.

1. Organisation and Rules

1.1.1 A Finn European Masters championship may (i) be organised each year in addition to the Finn World Masters. 1.1.2 The OA is financially responsible for the whole event. No funds from the Finn Masters will be available. 1.1.3 The championship shall only be held after September 1st, but actual dates must be approved by Finn Masters Committee. Other dates can only be nominated if prior written agreement has been obtained by the Finn Masters President. 1.1.4 The venue will be decided two years in advance by the Annual Finn Masters Meeting (AMM), or by the Finn Masters Committee, if more appropriate, if within two years of the expected start, there is no agreed venue. 1.1.5 Nominations for a venue will follow Part H of the Event Manual. Rules 3.0 and 4.0 shall not apply, and presentations should take no more than 2 minutes plus 2 minutes questions. 1.1.6 Candidates are encouraged to submit bids and paperwork to be published on the Finn Masters website in advance of the AMM. 1.1.7 An International Jury is optional, but advisable. 1.1.8 The Masters Fee, as outlined in C.2.9 will apply.


1.1.9 At all times the OA shall protect the Finn Masters and IFA brand and logos. 1.1.10 Rule B.4 Eligibility, will apply.

2.0 Format

(i) Not mandatory

2.1 The OA or host club has total control over the event format including: number of races, racing days, courses, prizes, NoR, SI. 2.2 The Finn Masters Committee recommend a four-day event with two races scheduled per day. 2.2 The FWM President and Secretary will advise and provide limited assistance on request such as promotion, supplying and checking documents, but will have no organisational control over the event. 2.4 The Finn European Masters perpetual trophies will be awarded.

3.0 Other

3.1 The Media package, as outlined in Part G, may be decided between the OA and the Masters President.


1.1 The main website will be the Finn World Masters (FWM) site: www.finnworldmasters. com. This site will be used for all of the official Finn communications. 1.2 The OA will provide content and manage a microsite on the Finn World Masters website, which will be the event site, for six months prior to the event until the event’s completion. 1.3 The Finn World Masters will provide access for the OA to add content and manage entries. 1.4 The OA may organise a third-party site to handle entries, payments, results and a online noticeboad.

2. Media coverage

2.1 Whenever possible the Finn Class will provide the press coverage of the event with daily reports, photos and videos, published during and after the event on the Finn Class and event websites, electronic newsletters and social media feeds. 2.2 The organisers will supply travel, accommodation and meals to the Finn Class press officer, and (if they compete in the Finn World Masters) their entry fee. 2.3 The organisers may be asked to provide additional on-the-water photographs through a local photographer and to provide coverage of the event in local and national media. 2.3 The OA shall discuss with the Finn Masters President about the possibility, subject to budget, of video or other media production. 2.4 For further details please contact Robert Deaves, Chairman Marketing

Committee of the International Finn Association ( or the Masters President. 3 Media channels and materials 3.1 The Finn class operates an integrated media platform that incorporates many third party and social networking services such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Youtube. These will be the official social media channels of the event, though OA are welcome to create additional event based channels. 3.2 When preparing publicity and marketing, the OA can request photos and videos from the Finn Class for editorial or promotional use. The Finn Class has a large library of photos and video footage that is free for use.

PART H – BIDDING PROCEDURE 1. Nominations for a venue

1.1 Nominations for a venue shall be sent to the Master’s President prior to February 1st two years before the desired year of the Championship. 1.2 Candidates will be sent the Finn World Master Rules and Event Manual and new venues may be visited by the Master’s President as soon as possible. 1.3 After the Masters President has approved the venue and an agreement has been made on compliance with these Rules, an invitation to present the venue and organisation during the next AMM will follow. 1.4 During the AMM a maximum of four potential candidate venues are invited to make a maximum of a 3-5 minute presentation. The presentation shall be supplied digitally, or on a USB drive, in advance of the meeting for publication on the website. 1.5 Normally venue nominations can only be accepted two years in advance, but in special circumstances, a venue can be voted on three years in advance. However, the venue proposal can only be heard, and voted on, if there is a majority in favour of this at the meeting. 1.6 A candidate wishing to organize the FWM shall guarantee a visa for all competitors. 1.7 All bids must be accompanied by a completed and signed declaration form (Part I), and accompanying papers including a proposed budget, and must be with the Masters President one month before the AMM.

This process will be repeated until there are only two venues left, if appropriate. 2.3 The decision will be ratified in the minutes of the AMM and by the Masters President who will confirm the result of the vote in an email to the OA. 2.4 Voting for a venue to host the Finn World Masters or the Finn European Masters will be carried out using tokens, which will be included in the Masters registration pack. These need to be taken to the AMM by the sailor attending. A ballot box will be assigned for each venue and after a short presentation by each candidate a vote will take place, and the sailors will be asked to place the tokens into the venue box of their choice. Only those present may cast a vote.


3. Venue visits

• to comply with all points in the Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual

3.1 All bidders must invite the Masters President and/or Secretary for a 1-2 day site visit, either between placing the application and the AMM where it is to be voted on, or as soon as possible after being accepted if a visit before is not possible. 3.2.1 The Masters President will pay for travel and expenses up to the point of arrival. The bidding country will pay for accommodation, meals and internal travel. 3.2.2 Venues that have successfully held previous Finn World Masters may not be visited.

4. Documentation

4.1 At least one month before the AMM where the venue will be voted on, the Masters President shall be sent the following documentation a) Signed declaration in Part I, agreeing to all parts of the Event Manual. b) Proposed budget for the event c) Brief details on prevailing weather and sailing conditions at the time of year the event is proposed. d) Map or diagram of venue indicating size, boat park areas, race areas, location of nearby accommodation. 4.2 Bidding clubs are welcome to bring or send documentation or promotional items to be handed out at the Finn World Masters championship where the vote will be taken. 4.3 Bidding clubs shall provide a brief article and photos for publication in the Finn Masters Magazine, if a visit cannot be arranged before publication.

ACCEPTANCE OF THESE RULES On behalf of the Organising Authority (OA), the below signed agrees to comply with all the requirements laid out in the Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual and in all matters pertaining to the organisation and running of the _______ [YEAR] Finn World Masters Championship/Finn European Masters. I, _____________of _____________________ [name] (name of Organising Authority/ Yacht Club) agree:

• that any deviation will only be on the written approval of the Finn World Masters President • to pay the Masters Fees (see Rules C2.9 and C2.10) into the Finn Masters account on demand, with the balance payable no later than four weeks following the final race of the Championship On behalf of the Organising Authority ____________________________________ [signature] [print name] On behalf of the Finn World Masters ____________________________________ [signature] [print name]

2. Voting procedure

2.1 After the presentation(s) the competitors present will vote for the venue that will host the FWM two years ahead. 2.2 This decision shall be by a majority show of hands. If all venues get less than 50% of the vote, the venue with the lowest vote will be removed and the vote re-held.



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