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Contents Contacts, Calendar & Suppliers 5 News 6 Welcome To El Balís 7 Second Masters Title For Vladimir Krutskikh 8 You Soon Learn That There Is Plenty To Learn 14 Upcoming Events 16 Strength Training For Finn Sailing 18 A Fine Experience 20 Ladies Programme 22 Balaton Masters Euro Cup 24 Masters Events Across The World 26 Bidding Clubs For 2020 28 Finn Masters Profile 30 Seeing The Light 33


History of the Finn World Masters About the Finn World Masters

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Finn World Masters 1970-2017 Trophy Winners Annual Masters Meeting 2016 Minutes Rules and Event Manual

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Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook - the official publication of the Finn World Masters ISSUE NO. 5 • MARCH 2018 The Finn Masters Magazine is a non-profit publication that is distributed free of charge to all active Finn masters who are IFA members through their National Finn Association, as well as other interested parties connected to the Finn World Masters around the world. Articles, race results, photographs and reports from countries are always welcome. All advertisement enquiries should also be addressed to the Editor. A media pack is available on www.finnworldmasters.com

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COVER PHOTO: Challenging starts at the 2017 Finn World Masters in Barbados. Photo: Michael Kurtz

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Masters President’s Message

By Andy Denison, GBR 20

l Balís is ready and waiting for us. With the entry approaching E 270 at the time of writing this, I am

quietly confident that we will see an impressive turnout for the 2018 Finn World Masters. There is no excuse for not attending this Masters championship; the conditions are predicted to be warm with a favourable Mediterranean breeze and the usual relaxed social scene. The Ladies programme is more organised than ever, thanks to Liz Burrell and the girls at the club, so there will be more than enough for everyone to do.

Our calendar is filling up. We are looking forward to the first Finn European Masters in Split this September, have Copenhagen and Schwerin in 2019, and have several good bids for 2020, which we will vote on in El Balís and also already some interest for 2021. The voted raise in the Masters Fee that went through in Barbados has bought about a lot of discussion from sailors who were not at the 2017 AMM, and together with the previously agreed rate to El Balís, it has taken us to an entry fee level that many of you are not comfortable with. You may remember that in Kavala we voted to raise the entry fee to €200, and with the Masters Fee raised to €40 in 2017, we

should in future have an entry fee of €240. For many clubs this may not be enough, but we will endeavour to properly address this issue at the outset so there are no unexpected surprises. This first became an issue in Torbole and we have had a balancing act with the clubs to try and find a level that works for all. In the end, these increases reflect today’s costs of running an event. For many years the Masters kept the entry fee artificially low, so the increase may now seem excessive, but it still on the low side compared to many similar events, and provides much more value in it for the sailors. We are always trying to find ways to increase that value and give you more for your money. Now that we have adopted the Euro Cup to create the Finn European Masters, we have a programme throughout the year that caters for all. Our committee support is with the OA of the Europeans ensuring that this event is at the standard to which we have become accustomed. I look forward to seeing you all in El Balís. Andy Denison Finn Masters President



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NEWS ScHwerin for masters Europeans in 2019

fter the Annual Masters Meeting A in Barbados voted to have an annual Finn European Masters

Based on decisions taken in Barbados, and to allow the organising committee the maximum amount of time to prepare for the championship, the Masters Committee took the decision to award Schwerin the 2019 Finn European Masters. Previously Schwerin has hosted the 2004 Finn World Masters.

Ronald Bieber

(FEM), the Masters Committee received a bid from Germany to host the 2019 FEM at Schwerin.


ver the winter the Finn Class lost two of its most dedicated legends. O First on December 10, 2017, Victor Potapov was killed as a bystander after a car accident in Moscow. Potapov won the bronze medal at the

1972 Olympic Games in the Finn class. He returned to Finn sailing in 2008 as a Grand Grand Master. Then in February, Luksa Cicarelli, from Labud YC in Split, died after a practice session in his Finn while preparing for the 2018 Finn World Masters in El Balís. He capsized on the way back to harbour, suffered a head injury and never recovered. He was a well known Finn sailor, who sailed his Finn almost every day from Labud YC. He won the Finn World Masters Grand Master title in 2001 and the Grand Grand Masters title in 2007, 2008 and 2010. He would have been sailing in El Balís this year as a Legend, for Finn sailors over the age of 70. Only last year he won the bronze medal in the Legend category at the Euro Cup on Lake Balaton.

two books were published in 2017 on the Finn Class at the Rio Olympics Between a Rock and a Hard Race is the story of the Rio Olympics, and of the journey of the 23 Finn athletes who took part in Rio. At over 250 pages, it is a unique look at what it takes to qualify and compete at the Olympics. Paperback available for £13.50. Between a Rock and a Camera Lens is the story of the Rio Olympics in photos. The book includes more than 400 colour photos from the Olympics as well as daily insights and quotes from the sailors who took part. There has never been a book like either of these two books. They complement each other perfectly 6


ne thing we all knew from O Barbados was that the beer is cold, but did you know that ‘the beer was still cold’?

Due to popular demand and several requests we have brought out a photo book from the Finn World Masters in Barbados. Synonymous with the long running theme during the event, the book is titled ‘The Beer Was Still Cold’. ‘The Beer Was Still Cold’ contains almost 400 photos on 100 glossy pages. The amazing collection of photos covers the racing, the opening and closing ceremonies, and shows the venue and the many sailors and companions. It is a fun-filled and entertaining reminder of an incredible experience in Barbados. Softback • 100 pages • 150gm gloss paper Price: £13 (UK), £16.50 (Europe) and £19 (Rest of World) More details on finnworldmaster.com

and tell and show the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Finn Class in a way never attempted before. Limited edition hardback from £18. More info: finnclass.org/shop

2018 Finn WORLD MASTERS – El Balís


EL BALÍS he Club Náutico El Balís first opened around 50 years T ago and is experienced in running events of all sizes and is really looking forward to welcoming as many Finn

sailors as possible during the Finn World Masters in May. As this issue goes to press entry levels are hovering around the 270 mark. It seems fairly certain we should end up at around 300, which will make it one of the largest Finn World Masters ever. From an organisation side everything seems in hand and the club is going to great efforts to make sure that everyone is welcome and that all needs are taken care of. The event is being run from an active marina, so there is a certain amount of juggling going on to accommodate the needs of berth holders and other tenants while their marina is invaded by 300+ Finn sailors and their companions. The club located on the coast by the small Mediterranean village of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, which is about half an hour’s drive north from Barcelona. Although there are no hotels in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, distances from the harbour are very short and there are many options in Mataró and Caldes d’Estrac. In addition to hotels, there are campsites and apartments or houses for rent are on offer. More information can be found on the event website. The local Finn fleet is growing in numbers and it is very pleasing to see a large Spanish entry for this year’s Masters. Among those are former world champions José Doreste (also Olympic gold in 1988) and Joaquin Blanco.

Companion’s programme There is an amazing companions programme organised. You can read more about this later in this issue, but in summary. Companions must fill in the entry document and send it to Valles Tour, the official Travel Agency of the 2018 FWM Championship. The programme has two parts: companions’ fee (which includes a long list of activities and also the ticket for the Finn Dinner to be held on Wednesday May 23) and excursions (many and varied options). More details are on the website. Motorhomes The location of the motorhomes has been changed in order to provide more comfort and better service during the Finn World Masters. The new location will be at the ‘levante’ dock (Easter quay), next to the clubhouse. Please note it is important to notify time of arrival in order to be available for helping with parking arrangements. Parking slots will be assigned consecutively according to the arrival order. This procedure will not affect leaving arrangements.



Michael Kurtz, Claire ADB, Robert Deaves


Second masters title for

vladimir krutskikh

ne hundred and thirty seven Finns from 21 countries O headed to Barbados in June 2017 for the first ever Finn World Masters in the Caribbean. They were treated to fantastic sailing conditions in the very warm azure waters of Carlisle Bay, with flying fish and turtles,


launching from a pristine sandy beach at the Barbados Yacht Club, which was always the perfect host.

The racing was as challenging as it ever is at the Finn Masters, with winds generally at 20-25 knots, but it was also so much fun to race Finns under the Caribbean sun and skies. The defending champion Rafa Trujillo led almost all the way until the final day, when a mistake in the medal race let the 2015 champion, Vladimir Krutskikh, escape to take the win. Trujillo dropped to third, while Laurent Hay sailed a spectacular week to take second overall, as well as the Grand Masters Trophy. As ever, there were stories within stories, with battles throughout the fleet for the various categories, and for many, a personal challenge just to get round the course and back to the beach for cold beers, rum punches and good companions. The fleet included the most recent three Finn Masters World Champions, Trujillo, Krutskikh and Michael Maier, in addition to a dozen sailors or more who had been propping them up for the past few years. The largest team was from Great Britain, with 31 entries, benefitting from the great shipping sponsorship deal from Geest. The fleet was filled with sailors of all ages including 13 Legends, those old enough to know better but having failed miserably to give up Finn sailing before they reached the age to 70. At the opening ceremony, the local speakers spoke about the legacy of running sailing events in Barbados, especially to the youth of the island. The Finn World Masters was the sixth event that this small island had run in recent years and followed on directly from the OK Dinghy World Championship the previous week. After the practice race was abandoned because of strong winds, Trujillo opened his week with two great wins on Monday, in still strong winds, moderate seas and close racing. Six times champion Maier was second while Hay was third. The fleet was held on shore early in the day as the strong winds continued, but were eventually released. It was still a very windy day though with awesome offwind legs in big seas that


Super Legend: Gerd Bohnsack, RSA

Legends: 1. Henry Sprague, USA, 2. David Bull, AUS, 3. Charles Rudinsky, USA

Grand Grand Masters: 1. Marc Allain des Beauvais, FRA, 2. Rob Coutts, USA, 3. David Hoogenboom, NZL

Grand Masters: 1. Laurent Hay, FRA, 2. Michael Maier, CZE, 3. Karl Purdie, NZL




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CHI 12 GER 501 NZL 2 GBR 21 FIN 201 USA 9 SWE 75 BRA 177 NED 29 SVK 470 USA 74 DEN 6 FIN 22 AUS 61 SUI 83 NZL 10 GBR 65 GBR 720 GBR 37 RUS 41 GBR 17 USA 12 NED 31 SUI 25 GER 111 FRA 38 RSA 51 NED 62 GER 251 SWE 14 DEN 21 GBR 10 RUS 21 FIN 112 USA 11 RUS 212 GBR 1 GBR 86 NZL 20 FIN 228

Antonio Poncell, GM 5 8 (31) 7 7 9 1 Fabian Lemmel, M (16) 4 5 5 9 14 9 Raymond Hall, GM 10 13 4 6 8 7 (dsq) Michael de Courcy, GM 7 5 9 14 11 (15) 4 Kristian Sjoberg, GM 13 14 8 10 3 8 (dsq) Rob Coutts, GGM (2) 6 (23) 11 16 4 14 7 Johan Wijk, GM 20 (52) 13 12 8 5 1 Andre Mirsky, M (28) 12 23 5 11 7 2 Bas de Waal, GM 9 16 10 10 5 11 (ocs) Andrej Holak, M 13 6 15 12 (dnf) 9 9 Henry Sprague, L (1) 15 10 9 (dsq) 16 13 5 Lars Hall, GM 18 15 7 16 (dns) 11 2 Ville Valtonen, GM (24) 17 14 8 21 6 3 Mark Jackson, GM 11 18 15 11 12 (26) 10 Beat Steffen, M 14 9 8 9 17 24 (dns) David Hoogenboom, GGM (3) 4 19 (dsq) 18 14 16 12 David Potter, GM 5 16 16 (24) 20 20 6 Julian Smith, GM 10 14 11 17 13 13 (dnf) Steve Hayles, M 19 11 (dnf) 15 10 19 14 Felix Denikaev, GM 8 21 16 7 13 (30) 24 Paul Blowers, GM (30) 20 28 15 18 3 8 Steve Landeau, GM 17 (dnf) 7 36 10 19 7 Hans Zuurendonk, GM 16 7 24 19 (32) 17 13 Till Klammer, M 15 28 13 22 (29) 10 8 Rainer Haacks, GM 20 8 (dnf) 11 19 21 17 Michel Audoin, GGM 27 19 (29) 21 15 12 3 Philip Baum, GGM 8 12 14 (dns) 18 23 24 Tim van Rootselaar, GM 19 (29) 18 20 12 12 23 Mark-Raimondo Bayer, M 29 13 (34) 21 16 18 15 Stefan Nordstrom, GM (dns) 25 12 22 25 24 6 Otto Strandvig, GM (dns) 4 6 14 14 10 dsq Robert Deaves, GM 22 10 18 23 (40) 27 18 Vladimir Butenko, GM 18 24 23 23 20 (30) 12 Seppo Ajanko, GGM 11 17 25 27 22 21 (36) Scott Griffiths, GM 23 37 12 (42) 15 26 11 Lanfranco Cirillo, GM 22 24 38 9 17 (39) 16 Sander Kooij, GM (38) 27 20 17 21 15 26 Fergus Allan, GM 17 27 20 29 30 (dnf) 4 Christopher Wells, GM 21 28 28 18 23 (36) 11 Harri Kokko, M (40) 22 17 31 30 23 13

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RUS 73 FRA 75 ESP 100 SUI 86 FRA 99 CZE 1 SUI 7 NZL 111 GBR 2 GER 707



Vladimir Krutskikh, M (1) 2 2 Laurent Hay, GM (1) 1 2 Rafael Trujillo, M (2) 1 1 Piet Eckert, M (3) 3 3 Marc Allain des Beauvais, GGM (1) (26) 5 Michael Maier, GM (2) 2 1 Christoph Burger, M 4 (11) Karl Purdie, GM (3) 3 (9) Allen Burrell, GM (12) 3 Ulrich Breuer, GM 7 6


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Masters: 1. Vladimir Krutskikh, RUS, 3. Piet Eckert, SUI, 2. Rafael Trujillo, ESP Other prizewinners: Geest Perseverance Award: Peter Langer-Langmaack, GER, Art of Racing Prize: Uli Breuer, GER, The Crutch (11th): Antonio Poncell, CHI



2017 FINN WORLD MASTERS – BARBADOS were often a battle to just survive. The 140-boat fleet was split into two starting groups, Yellow and Blue, with fleet assignments based on random selection, though opinions on what is random varied widely. Trujillo said, “It was a really difficult but fun racing. It was 27-30 degrees temperature and 20 knots and 30 degree shifts. It was quite a challenge. The level of the masters in my group was impressive. We had two general recalls and started with the black flag and everyone was fighting hard for the pin, so it was exciting racing.” Maier took the overall lead on Tuesday after another tough and windy day out on Carlisle Bay. Trujillo dropped to second while Piet Eckert moved up to third. The strong winds continued and, after holding the fleet ashore early in the day, the race committee sent everyone ashore after one race was sailed as it was getting a bit hairy. There is only so much fun that is good for you. Eckert led his group all the way round in huge seas and winds going well past the recorded 22-23 knots. In the other fleet, Trujillo built a nice lead and extended on the fleet only to fall into a hole on the final approaches to the finish line. Maier capitalised on that and passed him, only to nearly lose it again as he headed for the wrong finish mark. He recovered and crossed just ahead of Trujillo to take the overall lead. Marc Allain des Beauvais summed up the feeling of most sailors when he said, “This is a fantastic venue. This is the first time I am sailing my Finn in hot water, and the first time I am sailing with flying fish, taking off in front of me, it is very nice. The beer is fine, the sun is fine, the beach is white, this is absolutely terrible, where will we find this again next time? It’s impossible to conceive.” Trujillo was back in charge after one race on Wednesday as winds eased slightly, while Maier dropped to second, and Eckert remained third. After two days of very strong winds, the third day brought a much-needed relief, though the racing was perhaps


even tougher as almost everyone was now racing rather than just surviving. Trujillo, dominated his fleet to win from Krutskikh and Eckert, while Allen Burrell won his race with a great performance over Allain des Beauvais and Christoph Burger. The make of the medal race was slowly taking shape. Burger commented on the day, “This is obviously quite a special place. No one really knew what to expect but we found really nice conditions with pretty strong winds so far. Today was actually the first day with little bit less. The wind shifts a lot, with a lot of puffs, which makes it really interesting and quite a few lead changes through the races and it’s really enjoyable because you don’t really sail a one-way track too much.” The fourth day, Thursday brought perfect scores for both Trujillo and Hay, each adding two bullets each after another windy, tough day. Krutskikh moved up one place to third. Most of the big names were in the Yellow fleet, with everyone trying to get some valuable points advantage into the medal race. Maier had his chances, but sailing the wrong course and gave up hard earned distance. Trujillo later took the lead for his first win of the day and led throughout the next race. In Blue fleet Hay was just as dominant to produce a brilliant day on the water to remain in touch with Trujillo. Steve Hayles commented on sailing in Barbados, “Barbados is an awesome place to go sailing. Not many of us have been here before, but there is a fantastic breeze, testing conditions, big waves, and a bit of tide and current. It’s just a really tough racecourse. You bring a tough boat in a tough fleet, in tough and testing conditions and at the end of it, a fantastic atmosphere, and Barbados for sure is a fantastic place to go sailing.” The final day began with the final mace for everyone except the top 10. Antonio Poncell, from Chile, dominated the Yellow fleet in tough conditions, with a severe chop upwind and a hairy downwind. In the Blue fleet, the Scandinavians dominated, with the win going to Johan Wijk. The downwind mark had drifted away and was replaced by a mark boat, but several sailors got


confused and ended up being disqualified after missing out the final mark. Then it was time for the final showdown. The medal race would define who took home the medals and it turned out to be a dramatic, and for some, calamitous, conclusion to an otherwise perfect week of racing in the Caribbean. With the course set just off the beach, it produced a plethora of wind shifts, overall place changes, mistakes from sailors and general chaos on the race course with 40 degree shifts and huge pressure changes as the wind pulsated off the shore. After trailing the leaders all week, the 2015 champion, Krutskikh, turned the tables on the fleet to win the medal race and the title. Laurent Hay, from France, had his chances, and ended up second, but also took the Grand Masters title as well. Trujillo, the regatta leader for much of the week and definitely the best sailor of the week after winning five of his six races, ended up third. Three sailors, including Trujillo, picked up a yellow flag for pumping on the first downwind in 16-20 knots as the race committee had failed to raise Oscar flag. Then, having clawed his way back, Trujillo made a fatal mistake and did penalty turns after dropping his mainsheet which caused his mast to touch Krutskikh’s as they rounded the final top mark. Krutskikh, passed early leader Eckert and went on to win the race while Trujillo dropped to sixth. The title was going back to Russia. Anyone dreaming of a relaxing Caribbean sojourn at these Finn Masters will have been sorely disappointed as the conditions were about as challenging and tough as any Finn World Masters in recent memory. The upside was that the sea was very warm, the air was warmer, the sailing was awesome and the beach side was simply fabulous, while the racing all week was close and competitive. Do we want to go back? You bet your Mount Gay we do.

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RUS 51 GER 960 GER 145 GBR 93 GER 226 GER 17 AUS 267 RSA 571 NED 67 DEN 1 DEN 80 SUI 63 SWE 91 GBR 33 AUS 305 CZE 222 SWE 71 SUI 1 GBR 20 GBR 52 GER 909 GBR 635 GER 122 GBR 35 NZL 23 AUS 6 AUT 350 RSA 574 SWE 2 USA 101 AUS 68 USA 40 GER 202 GBR 80 NED 34 NZL 3 GBR 42 AUT 19 GBR 750 GBR 13 GER 57 AUT 7 NED 8 FIN 145 RSA 600 GBR 564 AUT 21 GER 112 GBR 62 NED 13

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27 15 (33) 19 25 28 22 25 18 17 (38) 24 28 26 25 32 29 25 22 (34) 10 32 (40) 22 20 34 17 18 6 29 32 25 33 (dnf) 19 48 (dns) 21 33 24 16 5 9 25 33 28 23 31 (dns) (48) 43 24 13 27 27 17 33 (34) 25 27 31 18 19 37 31 26 13 37 (dns) 14 12 (dns) 19 26 9 25 dnf (dns) 30 30 41 26 22 21 (42) 26 31 28 36 33 22 52 47 27 (dns) 19 20 15 21 32 41 (46) 31 34 25 34 42 19 26 28 33 (dnf) (41) 39 30 34 26 41 21 24 (43) 40 37 34 29 27 36 36 21 (43) 38 32 29 33 22 35 35 28 39 (dns) 29 (dnf) dnf 31 27 22 20 39 (51) 39 39 32 25 20 31 33 (dnf) 30 44 40 32 37 21 (47) 30 45 47 28 23 36 (dnf) 29 41 51 34 32 39 36 33 (45) 38 38 28 33 38 (dsq) 47 40 31 (51) 48 44 32 35 43 16 35 31 34 (43) 43 42 33 31 37 (dnf) 34 44 38 35 47 38 36 42 29 (49) 32 45 45 (dnf) 36 33 42 25 38 41 40 35 42 (45) 30 43 35 35 45 38 29 (dns) (50) 41 46 48 36 35 27 46 49 (dnf) 39 42 43 23 42 42 45 (53) 51 36 28 44 (50) 37 41 41 41 42 34 34 22 44 43 (dnf) dns (dns) 35 37 24 55 32 dnf 36 44 43 45 (48) 45 40 14 7 26 (dns) dns dns dns (dsq) 26 dns 40 49 31 43 39 (dns) dnf 46 39 37 31 53 46 (dnf) 51 39 37 36 47 (dns) 43 44 50 46 39 44 47 41 (49) 47 47 44 45 (dns) 42 55 53 44 33 35 30 32 (dns) 37 dns dns 41 45 48 50 (54) 50 45


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2017 FINN WORLD MASTERS – BARBADOS 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 133 133 133 133

GER 69 SVK 11 GER 256 SUI 57 AUT 302 USA 99 GBR 58 GER 62 GBR 77 GBR 787 GER 103 SWE 20 GBR 100 CZE 22 SWE 100 NZL 213 NZL 19 GER 214 AUS 8 USA 801 SUI 3 GBR 739 NZL 193 SWE 44 RSA 570 GBR 777 USA 32 GER 293 MON 234 SUI 2 GBR 67 GBR 721 AUT 322 CAN 3 GBR 4 GBR 553 NED 72

Thomas Huber, GM Robert Poor, M Peter Langer-Langmaack, GGM Rudolf Baumann, GGM Alfred Braumueller, GGM Stephen Fuccillo, GGM Paul Brown, GGM Uwe Barthel, GGM Stewart Mitchell, GM Steve Popple, GM Ralf-Udo Lemke, GGM Gosta Eriksson, GGM Matthew Walker, M Milos Mares, M HansPeter Hylander, GGM Maurice Duncan, L Denis Mowbray, GGM Bernd Schulz-Stuecher, GM James Ley, L Eric Stiverson, GM Carlo Lazzari, GM Paul Ward, GM Gerrit Bearda, GGM Bengt Stromberg, GGM Gerd Bohnsack, SL (1) Howard Sellars, L Charles Heimler, GGM Georg Siebeck, L Michael Kurtz, GGM Helmut Klammer, L Gary Pearson, GM Graham Dale-Jones, L Wilhelm Kasinger, GGM Ian Bostock, GGM Russell Ward, GM Paul Beasley, GGM LacusJan Groenhout, GM

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jake gunther INTERVIEW – aus 3 Apart from Finn sailing, “I spent many years racing Etchells and had some great moments in the class. As we didn’t have any big fleets of Finns in Australia it provided a chance to race in good fleets against some very good sailors. Funny thing is most of the good guys were Finn sailors at some time so the racing was very similar. I also sailed Lasers at times, as my son is an amazing Laser sailor. I raced Tasers for a few seasons but this was always my second boat.”


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that there is plenty to learn ake Gunther is a Finn World Masters regular. His J first event was in 1999 in Maubuisson, the year the championship really took off with 148 entries, the largest entry up until that time. Since then he has been to 12 more events.

Jake started sailing aged about seven on a local lake but said it was all just for fun. “I still have a vision in my mind from that time of skiff Moths sailing in 20 knots; it was easily the most exciting thing I had ever seen. My father had died when I was a baby so there was no handing down of knowledge going on, it was just totally organic for me.” His family moved to the UK when he was eight so he only did a little sailing through that period. “I do remember sailing dinghies when it was snowing and how much I loved it.” In his teens he sailed various boats but became fascinated by the big offshore races and all those “crazy” adventures in the 70s and 80s. “I built a 33-foot offshore boat in my twenties and sailed it every day and everywhere. We did lots of offshore racing in her and mucked about in various dinghies. I just loved boats and sailing became a huge part of my thoughts.”

He remembers the highlight of his sailing career so far as winning the Australian Finn National championships in 2004 and many good results in the Etchells class including 3,4,6,7 in the Worlds, State titles and “a thousand wins at club level”. On top of this he has put in some great results at the Masters over the years. He believes the Finn is the purest form of sailing. “The truth is any really good sailor has to sail a singlehander at some stage and the Finn is my choice. In my mind it is the purest sailing you could possibly do. No other boat offers the connectivity with the wind and waves like a Finn. And no other boat offers the unbelievable closeness in racing.” He continues to be attracted to the Finn and the Masters events because the Masters perpetuates the fact that sailing the Finn is a sport for life and offers a real and credible centre point to his sailing. “The standard is real and honest and there are so many great sailors at this event that you would have to be crazy not to see how amazing it is. There is nothing more inspiring than getting beaten by a guy 10 years older than you. It simply says that everything is possible and if you keep fit you can enjoy your sailing for many years to come.” “I have tried to get to every Masters since 1999 and have done 13 so far. My most memorable was my first as I made so many new friends and had a very crazy regatta. I loved Split and sailed very well at PuntAla. They have all been fantastic and I guess that is why I just keep coming back.” He thinks the Finn class has built a huge Masters following simply because “the boat is so adjustable and really does suit a wide age, weight and fitness range. When it is windy the big guys get up and when it is light the smaller sailors are terrifying. Every dog has his day in this class, which offers a camaraderie that is second to none. The organising committees are doing a great job choosing really great venues and guiding the event so well. The event really does go from strength to strength.” He thinks the current format is pretty good. “Really I actually think we have got it pretty right. There have been so many great people involved in the management and it shows in the way that there are so few problems.”


Then the challenge of the Finn came along. “There was a time when I thought I could sail anything but the Finn came along and completely challenged me. That was in about 1993 and it is still challenging me. Like all things I took it on with a vengeance and sailing the Finn soon became a lifestyle not a hobby. I went to the US in 1995 and did a heap of sailing with some great guys that were all working towards the Atlanta games.” “This was such a big learning curve for me and I often say that I may have been able to sail before this but these years were when I learnt to race properly. The Finn gave me that. Sailing with guys like Larry [Lemieux], Hank [Lammens] and Richard [Clarke], you soon learn that there is plenty to learn.”



amazing guy. Motivation and tenacity have resulted in a really solid growth period.” But there are many keys to growth. “Motivated sailors, easy access to good equipment and everyone just having fun and getting along. Then others see this and they just want to be part of it.”


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In terms of possible future venues he’d like to see the Masters pick, he mentioned previous venues that made a lasting impact. “There are plenty that I think we shouldn’t go to, but it would be nice to go back to Maubuisson and PuntAla as these are such good venues that are very suited to the masters.” Jake is now living back in Australia, where there is something of a revival in Finn sailing going on. “It’s an amazing story. I have sailed the Finn in Australia for many years and currently we are having a ball. There is so much growth going on in this great class. There have definitely been some key ingredients like Rob McMillan, who seems to have made it his life’s ambition to build the Finn class and share his love for the boat. Our current class president, Phil Chadwick, is also an

Outside of sailing he runs a construction company that builds apartment buildings and bespoke houses, but his other love is music and is something of a country music star, recording under the name of Jake Jackson. “Well I have a lot of fun making music and singing. I have had some success with different things but an album that I did in 2014 got a heap of airplay and resulted in a top ten single. I’m currently trying to finish another album but sailing seems to be getting in the way as usual.” And finally, does he think it is realistic to venture outside Europe again? There has been much talk of perhaps taking the Finn Masters to Australia. “Honestly I don’t think it is realistic to go to Australia. I will get in trouble for saying this but I do see the Finn Masters as a European event and unless somebody came up with a great shipping deal it would be a little unfair to drag the whole fleet to the other side of the world unless there was a very strong feeling from the fleet that they wanted to go. There are some great and very suitable venues down here but it would require a strong consensus. It can get windy down here so that may be tricky too.”



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plit has always been a popular venue for the Finn S class with regular visits over the years. JK Split will be the venue for the 2018 Finn European Masters. You can find all the links, documents and online entry through finnworldmaster.com.

he Royal Danish Yacht Club (RDYC) or the Kongelig T Dansk Yachtklub (KDY) will host the 2019 FINN 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°. Keep on eye on finnworldmaster.com for updates later this year.


Sailing Club ‘Split’ was founded in 1950, which makes it one of the oldest sailing clubs in Croatia. Investing in sailing and educating generations of sailors has been a primary goal over the years. Sailors from the club have won medals in World and European championships and represented Croatia at the Olympic Games. In the last 12 years the club has successfully organised a number of major national and European events. Contact: Sailing Club “Split”, Lučica 4, 21000 Split, Croatia. Tel: +385 (0)21 384340, Fax +385 (0)21 384340, Email jk.split@gmail.com, www.jk-split.hr

Sailing conditions

There is a choice of three race areas, one inside and two outside the bay. The expected weather conditions within the racing area during the championship dates are: daytime temperature 24–30°C; sea temperature 24°C; prevailing wind NNW 12-16 knots; general weather conditions: clear and sunny. The predicted tidal conditions for the dates of the championship are within 1 metre and will have no impact on the launching or sailing areas. Average current flows towards the east at 0.5 to 1.0 knot and has minimum impact on race course and no impact on launching sites.


The distance from Split airport is 20 km (around 30 min by public transport). The distance from the railway station and port is 3 km (around 10 min by public transport). SC ‘Split’ is situated in the heart of Split so public transport is available and frequent.


Split is second-largest city in Croatia. It is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived. Free of mass tourism and always buzzing, this is a city with just the right balance of tradition and modernity. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) and you’ll see many bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split life has been going on for thousands of years. Split’s unique setting and exuberant nature make it one of the most delectable cities in Europe. The dramatic coastal mountains are the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic and you’ll get a chance to appreciate the gorgeous Split cityscape when making a ferry journey to or from the city.


ROSS HAMILTON ON Strength training must complete, we must also teach them to move in efficient ways. Resistance training is without a doubt the most effective way to achieve this. A large proportion of the adaptations to resistance training come from an improvement in neuromuscular patterns and more effective movement patterns. The muscles become more accustomed to engaging at the right time and right sequencing. This makes movement more efficient and forceful. We now know that age plays a very significant role in strength levels however, the “use it or lose it” principle is much more at play than age. One can maintain and improve strength at any age. It is more likely that other lifestyle factors such as work and family commitments prevent strength work and therefore detraining occurs.

Strength training for

Finn sailing

and staying injury free he Finn is a big powerful boat. The loads that are T associated with Finn sailing are high and many of these loads must be controlled using our bodies. Our

joints are pretty strong and can handle enormous loads when applied in the right patterns. If they are applied suddenly or from an awkward angle their strength can be massively compromised. The supporting structures can absorb a lot of force at times and prevent any damage occurring.

Muscles and ligaments have an elastic property that allows them to absorb a certain amount of force. The stronger the muscles are, the more force they can generally handle. Often these forces during pumping or flattening the boat through a tack involve the whole body rather than single muscles. There is a chain of movement and muscle actions that support this. Generally larger muscles will take up the big portions of work needed. The problem is that we are only as strong as our weakest link. Smaller, weaker muscles are the ones to break first. Often their failure is what results in strain or a more serious injury. The best method of injury prevention is preparation. Not only must we strengthen and condition the muscles for the work they


In terms of what strength work is suitable the answer is anything, if done correctly. Freeweights or simple calisthenics will all help maintain strength. The trick is to ensure proper form technique and most importantly, breathing. Large multi joint exercises such as squat and deadlift will use more muscle mass than single joint or fixed pattern lifts such as with gym machines. The loads will be higher and so too is the risk. But the rewards are also present and with correct technique massive improvements can be made. In addition we recognize that core stabilization is key in preventing injuries around the spine. These particular exercises will engage more core muscles under load than any “Core exercise”. The philosophy with our training is that if you create a better athlete you will have a better sportsman, whatever the sport. If you improve the quality movement, strength, power and stability you will have a much more well rounded functional body whatever the task. If you choose to incorporate strength training, you must think about technique first. It is essential to seek proper coaching from the very beginning. No program from the internet will out-train proper form and technique. In terms of the focus of the program, your program should look at using full range movements using multi-joint, multi plane exercises. You never know when you will land at a funny angle in the boat and this is when you want as much muscular support and balance as possible to prevent a twist or strain. There are thousands of exercises and training methods available. The best one is the one you can follow. An excellent program performed poorly will always fall behind a poor program followed to perfection.

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Look at gyms nearby that have a little more focus on sports and athletes over general health. The expertise will generally be more suitable to your needs. Find a professional Strength & Conditioning coach who will look at your movement competency when putting together a program. Try to avoid buying online programs as more often than not they are generic one size fits all approaches. There must be some form of consultation in the process. Do not be daunted by the gym as we all start new and clueless. Confidence and common sense are the only things you need to start. Almost all previous injuries and issues can be worked around and many are not an issue any more with how the science has developed. There is no perfect quick fix answer to how you should train or prevent injury. We all get unlucky at times and we are all different. The trick is how you approach things. Without a doubt if you adopt a strength program which emphasizes full range movement and stability under load, you will feel a lot better and more confident during any sort of boathandling. If you examine the top sailors in the class you will see how much emphasis they put on strength. They realize that the more strength they have the more control they have on the boat, the smoother they can be and the more they can endure. If you have any questions about your training feel free to find me on facebook with Hamiltonsport and ask or email.



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A FINE EXPERIENCE BY Robin Toozs-Hobson – GBR 635


n January 2015 a Dufour 46 yacht arrived in St Lucia as IUK’s part of the ARC race. On board was a multitude of the finest dinghy sailors. A Lucian/Swedish friend, Nick Forsberg and I were invited to join them for the Grenada Regatta where we promptly finished well outside the chocolates but enjoyed sampling the usual Grenadian hospitality. If you have not done a Caribbean regatta (which is different to a regatta in the Caribbean) then add it to your bucket list. One member of the plentitude of talent was Mr Julian Smith and as a result of a variety of conversations both Nick and I were entertained with the notion of racing Finns in Barbados in 2017. I competed (after losing 30 odd pounds and a 30 year layoff from Fireballs) in the 2010 Fireball Worlds and then was due to compete (but lost my helm to him deciding to get divorced so I sailed over

anyway) in the 2013 505 Worlds in Barbados. I know the venue and the joy of sailing dinghies out there. Sail a Finn? Can’t be that difficult, what could possibly go wrong? Nick ducked out, he eventually went sailing for a couple of months helping deliver another Dufour from Tahiti to Fiji. For me, I negotiated a Finn and then rented space on my yacht in order to offset the cost.


Negotiations and advertising resulted in a pair of Scottish Finn sailors, Fergus Allan and Stewart Mitchell, signing up to join Julian and I for the duration. The four of us gelled and it would not be untrue to say the world was put to rights over the odd beer or two on board. Now whilst I have been sailing for 40 plus years, it had been eight years since I last sailed a single hander (Phantom). Pre Caribbean living I was mainly a dinghy crew (Osprey, 505) but naively I was still a leg-end in my imagination and learning to sail a Finn can’t be that hard? Surely? I had met up with Julian a couple of times when back in the UK and he let me have a brief go in his Finn at Mengeham. 30 minutes, bit upwind, bit reaching, slightly downwind, yes, I can sail these. Julian was sure he could add some polish with a week or so of training. Julian had arrived in St Lucia whilst I was doing a transatlantic delivery. I got stuck in the Azores due to bad weather but had arranged for him to have access to the boat and then arranged friends to entertain him whilst I struggled to sort flights back. He suffered greatly spending his days on the beach and kite surfing whilst I fought the weather and the airlines. As soon as I got back we sailed for Martinique to provision and whilst there we discovered that the containers had not been delivered to site yet. Pressure was off and a pleasant weekend was had in St Annes, Martinique. On the Sunday night we then set sail for Barbados and had 16 hours of ‘the washing machine’ that is the windward trip to Carlyle Bay. We found a good spot to park where we could enjoy the crystal clear water for snorkeling and morning swims, sitting about 200 metres off Barbados YC. Job done, let the practice commence.


Tuesday morning we took our boats out of the container and leisurely training started whilst the OKs held their worlds. Julian was fairly bullish that he could get me up to



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speed. To be fair, the winds were down from what we later experienced racing and it was almost pleasant. Various friends had offered advice: ‘hike till you puke’, ‘pump like a mofo on the run’ ‘wear a helmet’, that type of thing. Julian, with the patience of Job, then explained the set up. Upwind, you set the foot position and then adjust the deck position and then you pull the top of the mast to a preset measurement and measure the poundage. Ooookkk. What about rake? What about traveller? What about playing the sheet? What about grinding on the vang? Well it doesn’t kind of work like that. You pull the main til it touches the deck then hike and steer. You adjust the outhaul (rarely) and mostly it’s Cunningham on or off cos you will be overpowered. Oh. Don’t forget to hike and oh, don’t pull on any vang. Downwind, well power up and pump down until you get by the lee when the wind indicator will spin which tells you you are going fast. Pump in when it feels like its falling in to windward and release when you it feels like falling in to leeward. Remember to pull on the kicker to control the leech but let it off before you gybe. When gybing roll the boat and step through, always sit on the side, towards the back but roll it and step through. Remember to let the tack off as you come round the mark. The tack? What? I had about six days of practice, no capsizes, comfortable (???) hiking and was feeling ok.


My first ever race in a Finn. Practice race. 25 knots easily. It’s blowing. Not comfortable here. Race abandoned. Phew! My first ever race in a Finn. Race one. 25 knots, easily. Why is everyone parked on the line two minutes before the gun? Why is the line for 70 only long enough for 50? Why is it so biased? Spat out the back. I used to be good at starting. Restart, still second row. Going well, in the twenties last tack, let go of the tiller, boat tacks, extension in the sail, capsize, finish 39th. Next race. Pin end is it. Third boat up. Eventual Russian winner has his bow on my transom as gun goes. Bias means instant tack. I’ve got this. Bang to rights. Perfect. Capsize. Yellow fleet coming through cos mark is close to start line. Brilliant. Capsized and still boats behind. Head off to wrong windward mark. Realise mistake. Set off on reach. Kicker comes undone. Last at windward mark. Have to race and have two downwinds without kicker. It’s windy. Fly upwind taking boats, lose it all downwind but still finish 51st and not last. Result.

Tuesday. 25 knots, easily. What could possibly go wrong? Lousy start, infringe starboard boat, 360, Capsize on run – 39th. Second race, abandoned, thank you, thank you, thank you. Wednesday – 25 knots, easily. Capsize on way out as 30 knot gust plus 20 degree shift was a tickle from above. Lousy start. Storming beat and sneak in from port. Touched the mark with sail. 360. Capsize on run. 39th. Thursday. Launch in surf. Sadly there is a cameraman who watches me get run over by Finn with 2 tonnes of water aboard as we attempt to launch. Told Michael Maier suffered same fate. Good company. Have to clean out 10kg of sand on way to start. 25 knots, easily. Lousy start. Clunked by very nice (as it later turns out) German competitor who did not see me and just tacked. Call protest and carry on. Hit mark – 360. No capsize but up to 32nd. Finish race and reach for water bottle. Capsize. Second race. Lousy start, good beat. Double flood on the run as boat decides to teach me a lesson. 25th. Getting better. Friday. Last race. 25 knots, easily. Lousy start but avoided everything apart from heading for loose mark going towards St Lucia. Caught boats that passed me with mark transgression on upwind but the pack I was chasing got away. 20th.


It’s over. I can barely walk. The knees and thighs are on fire but I’ve achieved my promise to finish every race. Plan a) wasn’t last Plan b) double figures Plan c) top half. Missed that by nine points and two positions but hey, I’m more than pleased. Andy Denison, very nice man, beat me by 2 points.

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What did I learn? 1) The Finn cannot be mastered in two weeks (and I sadly suspect that was my first and last event) 2) Because of the first point, pick an expert to set the boat up and just sail as best you can. (Thanks Julian.) 3) The Finn fleet is the nicest bunch of masochists I have met since the young conservatives introduced me to Miss Spankies afternoon tea parties. I had a great couple of weeks, met some fantastic people and was made to feel very welcome by the fleet. Almost makes me want to sail a Finn… Robin Hobson is a 58 year old cripple, courtesy of the Finn, but he sails and charters his Fountaine-Pajot Bahia Catamaran ‘Shadow’ in the Caribbean and misses dinghy sailing like crazy.



Ladies programme in el balís 2018 rooms, lounge, gym and of course the bar. The club has also arranged an impressive list of activities and trips all included in this package as below. • Yoga classes four mornings during the week. • Guided tours of Saint Andreu de Llaveneres, Mataro and Caldes d’Estrach, these are the local villages where most participants will be staying. • Entrance to the Picasso museum • Free shuttle to an outlet shopping centre • Plus various other goodies and there are rumours of some extra village activities yet to be confirmed. There is another option to buy just the Finn dinner ticket with access to the club but as you see the package offers so much more.

LADIES PROGRAMME with LIZ BURRELL back to the Ladies/Companions programme. Welcome

A programme of social activities for the family and friends accompanying the sailors has been an integral part of the Finn World Masters events for many years. Obviously this is first and foremost a sailing event however what makes the Finn Masters special is the family atmosphere with many couples and families making it an annual trip where possible. They do say happy wife, happy life. I myself have had some really fun and interesting times on these excursions, I have visited many places that I would not have otherwise seen and have made some friends along the way from both my own and other countries. Sure you can explore independently but it’s a great way for us all to get to know each other better. Unfortunately for the last few years the programme has been sadly missing and after possibly having one too many rum punches in Barbados, I agreed to help coordinate the programme to avoid this disappointment and keep all of us supporters happy. I am therefore pleased to say that the programme is back this year in El Balis Spain, where they have worked incredibly hard to produce a varied programme of activities and excursions. The format is slightly different this year with an excellent entry package option as below as well as individual excursions to be paid separately. Some pre payment is requested which does make the organisation and planning much easier. The entry package option includes a ticket for the Finn Dinner, access to the Yacht club facilities including the pool, changing


In addition to this they have organised a full programme of excursions through a local travel agent which include of course trips to Barcelona as well as to a monastery, a vineyard and other nearby cities and museums. As you can see El Balís are making a huge effort to welcome us and hopefully there is something there for everyone. I am sure that this year’s event will be one to remember. Hope to see you there. All the details to this year’s programme are on the event website: http://fwm2018.cnelbalis.com/en/default/races/race-news and their Facebook page


Saludos Liz Burrell (GBR2)

2018 European Championship: 3rd, 4th, 7th • #blackbooms

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Finn Masters Euro Cup 2017 and Olympians, who had a great regatta in very demanding and sometimes tricky conditions.

first day

On the first day of the regatta there was no chance for any racing. There was some wind during the day but only close to the harbour, which did not allow a race course to be set. In the afternoon a thunderstorm came which brought some wind but it was too strong and shifty to allow racing, so eating the roast pork and chicken with some beer and wine was the only sports activity the sailors could have that day.

second day

The next day the wind was very promising. The weather was a bit cloudy, but still warm and the forecast was very good, with winds blowing all day from the north. The organisers were able to finish three races in the strong, but still tricky, winds, where displaying the Oscar flag was not a question. In one of the races there was a gust with 26 knots which was a bit hard to handle for some of the competitors, but

Andre Budzien claims Balaton Masters Euro CuP his year the seventh edition of the Finn Masters Euro T Cup took place again in Tihany, Lake Balaton hosted by the friendly club of Tihanyi Hajós Egylet (THE), writes Marton Beliczay.

The timing of the regatta was not the same due to the fact that the Masters Worlds was outside Europe; the club wanted to propose an opportunity for those who could not afford the go to Barbados, but still wanted to do some Finn sailing in the time of Pentecost. Also, all the buildings in the marina will be demolished and the construction of a new one is going to start at the end of the summer, which would have prevented organising a regatta in September. We saw the biggest fleet ever in the history of the regatta with 89 entries from 15 countries participating, including many Masters world champions


11 GER 8 12 UKR 1 13 RUS 3 14 CZE 33 15 CZE 4 16 CZE 75 17 RUS 1117 18 UKR 13 19 UKR 55 20 HUN 88 21 POL 26 22 ITA 111 23 GER 157 24 AUT 11 25 CZE 8 26 HUN 4 27 CZE 43 28 UKR 10 29 POL 2 30 HUN 1 31 CRO 110 32 HUN 907 33 AUS 22 34 HUN 41 35 POL 100 36 RUS 13 37 HUN 1111 38 POL 38 39 GER 118 40 GER 146 41 HUN 2 42 HUN 59 43 GER 811 44 HUN 8 45 ITA 140 46 HUN 972 47 HUN 6 48 CZE 80 49 RUS 142 50 HUN 27

1 GER 711 2 UKR 8 3 RSA 1 4 CZE 318 5 HUN 7 6 HUN 11 7 AUT 333 8 CZE 67 9 UKR 14 10 HUN 50

Andre Budzien, GM 1 1 2 2 Havrysh Taras, M 3 2 15 (46) Ian Ainslie, GM 7 6 1 9 Martin Plecity, GGM 10 3 (29) 14 Antal Székely, GM 5 7 10 (52) Péter Haidekker, GM 6 11 (ufd) 6 Gerhard Weinreich, GM 8 13 (21) 19 Josef Jochovič, GM 13 14 8 (17) Vladimir Stasyuk, M 4 15 18 (25) Ákos Lukáts, M (dnf) 10 3 1

Jürgen Eiermann, GM 56 Volodymyr Bogomolkin, M 57 Alexey Boroujak, GM 64 Ivan Rames, GM 65 Zdenek Gebhart, GM 66 Vladimir Skalicky, GM 71 Andrew Bill, GM 72 Andriy Podvezko, M 82 Oleksandr Gusenko, M 84 Zsombor Majthényi, M 85 Boguslaw Nowakowski, GGM 87 Bruno Catalan, L 94 Frank Dinnebier, GM 95 Bernd Moser, GM 100 Jiri Outrata, L 103 Gábor Antal, GGM 109 Ladislav Hyrs, M 111 Valentyn Klymentyev, GM 112 Andre Skarka, GGM 112 Huszár Géza, M 113 Luksa Cicarelli, L 115 Botond Berecz, GM 116 Paul Mckenzie, M 121 Zoltán Bartos, GM 124 Marek Jarocki, M 126 Lev Shnyr, M 127 Imre Scholtz, M 136 Juliusz Reichelt, GGM 138 Oliver Bronke, M 139 Friedrich Müller, L 142 Péter Sipos, GGM 145 László Taubert, GM 151 Michael Knoll, M 152 Zsolt Mészáros, M 153 Ennio Cozzolotto, GM 154 Gyula Mónus, M 158 Mihály Demeczky, GGM 158 Jozíf Martin, GM 160 Yury Polovinkin, GGM 161 Andrik Szabolcs, M 163


51 RUS 71 52 GER 42 53 RUS 137 54 DEN 39 55 FRA 53 56 POL 87 57 POL 27 58 GER 30 59 GER 3 60 GER 92 61 RUS 18 62 HUN 95 63 HUN 114 64 HUN 30 65 GER 35 66 HUN 33 67 CZE 119 68 GER 119 69 HUN 69 70 HUN 32 71 HUN 961 72 GER 137 73 LTU 7 74 HUN 140 75 POL 3 76 POL 31 77 HUN 51 78 AUT 320 79 HUN 111 80 HUN 9 81 HUN 81 82 HUN 1225 82 HUN 64 82 GER 979 82 HUN 26 82 AUT 330 82 ITA 23 82 GER 34 82 CRO 44

(6) 1 (40) 9 15 17 2 7 10 39

6 21 23 36 37 40 42 42 47 53

Leonid Kleimann, GM 165 Jürgen Kraft, L 166 Albert Nazarov, M 172 Jacob Dalgaard Nielsen, M 172 Gilles Corcaud, GM 177 Marcin Mrowczynski, M 181 Piotr Rosinski, GM 190 Ralf Heim, GGM 191 Walter Mai, L 199 Detlev Guminski, GGM 203 Evgeny Dzhura, M 203 József Farkas, GGM 204 Zoltán Kovács, M 216 Zsigmond Kántor, M 219 Hans Günter Ehlers, L 219 Zoltán Horváth, M 224 Martin Transvky, M 236 Peter B Peter, L 238 Csaba Stadler, M 244 Zoltán Balla, M 261 Attila Varga, GM 267 Karl Schmid, GGM 272 Rymonis Tauras, GM 281 Gábor Mészáros, GGM 292 Jam Okulicz Kozaryn, L 294 Maciej Rozkrut, GM 294 István Rutai, M 295 Csaba Gál, L 295 Gábor Ujvári, GM 303 Tamás Beliczay, GGM 321 Imre Solymosi, GM 324 László Szalai, GM 360 Balázs Szűcs, GM 360 Stefan Haak, GM 360 Szilárd Zsitvay, GM 360 Tina Sperl, M 360 Umberto Grumelli, GGM 360 Dieter Borges, GGM 360 Borut Cinin Sain, L 360

fourth day

On the last day the wind was not so promising. We had northeasterly winds with 2-3 knots in the morning, which kept the fleet ashore. Around 11 o’clock, the wind picked up and we had sometimes even 10 knots which looked very promising. Unfortunately just before hoisting the orange flag, the wind stopped and prevented any more racing. Even though we had a few shifts which looked like something was coming, they only lasted for 10 minutes. At 2 pm the RC decided not to wait anymore and finished the event. After five races, the top six overall and the top three in every age category received prizes handed by the Mayor of Tihany. The only super legend, Walter Mai received a prize as well for his accomplishments. I think all of us would be happy to be able to sail the Finn over the age of 80. We hope to see you again soon with a new clubhouse, but the same hospitality. most managed to finish safe and in time. After the three races, all the competitors had low batteries and everybody went to sleep early after sharing their experiences next to a beer or two. The race winners of the day were André Budzien and Ian Ainslie with two and one wins respectively.

third day

The third day started the same way, but it was sunny. The wind was a bit shiftier, but still good to race in it. The organisers had to change the course many times and the fleet sailed two races that day before the wind died. The RC remained on shore and tried to set a course, but the wind was too light and shifty to be able to start a third race. Winners of the day were Ákos Lukáts and Taras Havrysh. The top three after the day were André Budzien, Taras Havrysh and Ian Ainslie. In the evening the competitors went up to the city close to the ‘inner lake’ where excellent food and a spectacular view was waiting for them.



Masters events across the world

UK Masters

Polish Masters

North American Masters

he British Finn Association UK he North Sails Polish Masters T Masters and the final Open T took place in Świnoujście (Bay meeting of the year was supported of Pomerania) in August with 12 by 29 sailors, most of whom were at least Masters, with a spattering of Grand Masters, Great Grand Masters plus one Legend. While the U23 squad turned out in force to fight for the Open title and provided excitement and the occasional lesson for the old hands, Alex Atkins was the best of the Masters to take the 2017 title.

1 GBR 96 2 GBR 98 3 GBR 28 4 GBR 81 5 GBR 581 6 GBR 61 7 GBR 707 8 GBR 2 9 GBR 69 10 GBR 567

Hector Simpson Cameron Tweedle Jack Arnell James Skulczuk Alex Atkins, M John Heyes, GM Callum Dixon Allen Burrell, GM Cy Grisley, M Martin Hughes, GGM

8 12 19 21 29 29 36 39 39 54

participants. The prize for the regatta winner was a discount voucher for Finn sail sponsored by the North Sails who also sponsored a clinic conducted by multiple Finn national champion Wacław Szukiel before the Nord Cup regatta in June. The races were preceded by a three day clinic managed by the Gold Cup 1981 bronze medalist and triple Polish national champion Mirosław Rychcik. In medium winds and strong current the three-day competition was finally won by Andrzej Romanowski from Marcin Mrówczyński and Marek Jarocki. The event was also a trial of a new regatta area with open sea conditions, long waves and strong current making competition hard. 1 POL 73 2 POL 87 3 POL 100 4 GER 146 5 POL 26 6 GER 92 7 POL 55 8 POL 38 9 POL 27 10 POL 31

Dutch Masters uring the weekend of the 2nd D and 3rd of September the Randmeerrace as well as the ONK Finn Master 2017 were sailed. Two titles in one event, a nice “polder model”.

Over 50 active competitors were going after the nice prizes. And that was not going to be easy as the weather forecast promised no wind. On Saturday too little wind came from the south, so we had a delay. The race committee saw wind from the North and started the race. Our chairman Chris showed us how you do things in Harderwijk. A nice first place. In the second Chris had the same intentions but his enthusiasm was overwhelming and he started just a little sooner than the rest of us. Tijmen van Rootselaar won this second race, closely followed by Eric Bakker. Evgenia, one of the female participants, sailed to a beautiful sixth place, right behind Chiel Barends. The wind remained, increased and


Andrzej Romanowski Marcin Mrówczyński Marek Jarocki Friedrich Müller Bogusław Nowakowski Detlev Gumiński Lesław Świstelnicki Juliusz Reichelt Piotr Rosiński Maciej Rozkrut

decreased with sometimes tricky changes in direction. We managed to sail four races with the pumping flag on one leg of the course. Cees Scheurwater saw this immediately and put all of his energy in that moment. However the last race of Saturday was also won by Tijmen. Eric Bakker was leading at the end of the day. The weather forecast for Sunday was awful as far as the wind was concerned. Very little wind on Sunday but we did go sailing. We only did one race. While passing the start boat many suggestions were made to end this suffering. Tijmen won this one too, thus having three first places. The wind was gone and the committee decided to end it. The final scores were counted up. Dutch Champion Master: Eric Bakker (GM). 1st Master: Ronald Ruiter (NED 67) 1st GGM: Jan Zetzema 1st Legend: Pax v.d. Griend 1 2 3 4

NED 94 NED 703 NED 27 NED 66

Tijmen van Rootselaar, S Eric Bakker, M Paul Kamphorst, M Ewout Meijer, GM


12 15 26 32

he 2018 North American Masters was held at North Cape Yacht T Club from August 24-27 with 22 entries.

1 USA 35 2 USA 101 3 USA 67 4 USA 40 5 USA 117 6 USA 12 7 USA 9 8 USA 74 9 CAN 27 10 USA 23

Darrell Peck Peter Frissell Remko Boot Charles Rudinsky Michael Mark Steve Landeau Rob Coutts Henry Sprague Simon Van Wonderen James Hunter

14 16 21 32 35 39 40 42 51 51

5 GER 700 6 NED 995 7 NED 82 8 NED 7 9 NED 50 10 NED 128

Martin Hofmann, GM 36 Arjan Vos, S 38 Roel Lubberts, GM 38 Cees Scheurwater, GM 44 Jan Zetzema, GGM 45 Harry v.d. Pavert, GGM 53

Russian Masters

Italian Masters

Swedish Masters

he Italian Master Championship he Swedish Masters took place was held on Bracciano lake with at the Sola Cup in Karlstad from T T the 42 Finns. 9-10 September

he traditional The 2017 Open T Russian Finn Association Championship (Open Russian) was

held in Moscow from August, 22-27. The regatta was the final stage of Andrey Balashov Cup and a stage of Russian Cup in Finn class. It is also the Russian Finn Masters championship.

The timing of the regatta was selected to the windy period. This year the weather did not disappoint sailors and organizers: all races were sailed with good wind and sun. Lake conditions with gusts and shifts from numerous clouds made the races very interesting and unpredictable. The bronze medal in the Open Russian and the first Masters was taken by the experienced athlete, Yuri Bozhedomov, from Sevastopol. 1 RUS 12 2 RUS 88 3 RUS 575 4 RUS 32 5 RUS 111 6 RUS 171 7 RUS 41 8 RUS 707 9 RUS 17 10 RUS 14

Konstantin Lashuk 17.9 Mihail Yatsun (J) 44 Juriy Bozhedomov (M) 53 Aleksey Zhivotovskiy 54 Kirill Luzan (J) 60 Aleksandr Kravchenko (M) 75 Felix Denikaev (GM) 79 Viktor Pil’gunov (J) 103 Vasiliy Kravchenko (M) 119 Georgij Emeretli (J) 120

Three days of fierce competition with seven races in west and north winds from 10-18 knots were demanding for the fleet and saw a replica of the early 90’s fight between Enrico Passoni and Emanuele Vaccari, writes Marco Buglielli. Enrico dominated the first three races, while Emanuele started slowly but won other three races. In the end Enrico Passoni grabbed his third Italian Masters title with two points on Emanuele. Third place went to Franco Martinelli, who was at ease in the windy conditions. Category prizes went to Roberto Benedetti (Master, 4th overall), Enrico Passoni (Grand Master), Francesco Cinque (Grand Grand Master) and Bruno Fezzardi (Legend). The meeting of Italian Masters decided that in 2018 the Italian Masters will be held in Porto San Giorgio, on Adriatic sea, and elected Gino Bucciarelli as Masters’ representative.

1 SWE 60 2 SWE 5 3 SWE 15 4 SWE 2 5 SWE 61 6 SWE 69 7 SWE 14 8 SWE 77 9 SWE 28 10 SWE 99

Martin Pluto 11 Fredrik Tenghed (below) 14 Daniel Miles 20 Svante Colvin 22 Micke Nilsson 28 Erik Åberg 29 Stefan Nordström 31 Per Arne Fritjofsson 33 Lasse Wastesson 40 David Berg 46

New Zealand Masters ay Hall won the New Zealand R Masters in Waiuku with an almost perfect series. He won the

first six races before closing out to win with a race to spare.

1 ITA 6 2 ITA 68 3 ITA 52 4 ITA 114 5 ITA 2 6 ITA 8 7 ITA 77 8 ITA 67 9 ITA 5 10 ITA 920

Enrico Passoni Emanuele Vaccari Franco Martinelli Roberto Benedetti Marco Buglielli Florian Demetz Alberto Bellelli Gino Bucciarelli Francesco Cinque Alberto Romano

11 13 26 38 43 45 51 56 57 63

1 NZL 2 Ray Hall, GM 10 2 NZL 4 Mark Perrow, M 17 3 NZL 10 David Hoogenboom, GGM 22 4 NZL 22 Dirch Andersen, GM 27 5 NZL 18 Gerard Lelieveld, M 40 6 NZL 23 Alan Dawson, GGM 44 7 NZL 193 Gerrit Bearda, GGM 66 8 NZL 123 Tane Dawson, AM 73 9 NZL 23 Ryan O’Sullivan, AM 75 10 NZL 27 Jim Goodaire, GGM 76



BIDDING CLUBS FOR 2020 – port ZÉLANDE, pattaya and gydnia



arina Port Zélande is located in the region of M Zeeland, in The Netherlands, bordering the North Sea. The Finn World Masters would be organised

he Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) has hosted many T national and international regattas, including World Championships and official World Sailing events. It is

The proposed venue is a Centre Parcs Bungalows park with space for another 140 campers. There is a beer garden, restaurants and all the facilities you expect from a holiday park. Apartments are located directly near the water; most of them with launching facilities. Marina Port Zélande is a homeport for cruiser and racing crews as well as for dinghy racing. It is a friendly resort for sailors and their families, as well as a multifunctional marina including sailing, diving, surfing, kitesurfing. From the marina it is a 1km walk to a beautiful north-sea beach. The racing would take place on Lake Grevelingen (Grevelingenmeer), a closed off part of the Rhine-Meuse estuary on the border of the Dutch provinces of South Holland and Zeeland. It is situated between the islands of Goeree-Overflakkee (South Holland) and Schouwen-Duiveland (Zeeland) and was closed off as part of the Delta Works. The Brouwersdam, a dike connecting the two islands on the west, closes off the Grevelingen from the North Sea. The Grevelingendam, the dike on the east, blocks the inflow of Rhine and Meuse water. The Grevelingenmeer is the largest saltwater lake in Europe and is a popular place for holidays and water sports. And nearby for the ladies programme there is Rotterdam, the famous towns of The Hague and Scheveningen, the old harbour towns of Zierikzee, Veere, Vlissingen and the former delta works at Neeltje Jans.

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

under supervision of Finn Club Holland using the race management services of Sailservice.org.


located in a secluded setting beside the Gulf of Thailand in Chon Buri Province, just next to the city of Pattaya.



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.

The 2020 Finn World Masters will be our 50th anniversary event, so the committee tried to encourage bids from central European venues to offer the best possibility for a celebratory event. The dates are 31st May – 5th June Port Zélande is bidding to host the Finn World Masters in 2020 The Royal Varuna Yacht Club is happy to host the Finn World Masters in 2020 or 2021. Gdynia is bidding to host the 2020 Finn European Masters, which will be run in conjunction with the Senior Finn European Championship, most likely the following week. There are full bidding papers from all three venues on the Finn Maststers website at finnworldmasters.com

he Polish Yachting Association, the Polish National T Finn Class Association and the City of Gdynia are bidding to 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, 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 23-25 °c, water temperature is 17-19 °c and average wind speed is 11 knots.



finn MASTERS PROFILE 2017 ne hundred and thirty-seven Finn sailors from 21 O Nations entered the Finn World Masters 2017 hosted by the Royal Barbados Yacht Club and the Barbados Cruising Association between 2 and 9 June 2017.

Finn Masters

PROFILE Attendance by nation and age category

Master Finn sailors are allocated to categories based on their age in the year of the event. Trophies are awarded to the winner of each age category. The competitors in Barbados included one Super Legend (SL) 80+ years old, 14 Legends (L) - 70+; 37 Grand Grand Masters (GGM) - 60+); 65 Grand Masters (GM) 50+; and 20 Masters (M) 40+ participated.

compared with the results of a similar survey undertaken at the FWM 2016 in Torbole, which was held in non tidal waters with similar wind conditions.

Key Observations

The wind during the event was stronger than most had expected. Many were sailing in survival rather than racing mode in the windier races. There was also a long sail to and from the racing area. A few competitors did not start any of the races. The size of the FWM fleet at 137 was much reduced from the 355 at Torbole in 2016, probably due to the logistics of sending Finns to the venue and the absence of a Finn for other events in Europe for a minimum of 8/10 weeks. Although 36% of the entries were from the UK and Germany, the most successful nations based on the best three results for each nation were Switzerland, France and New Zealand. There were three or more sailors from 15 Nations. Spain, Chile, Brazil and Slovakia each had top 20 positions but only one or two sailors.

Performance v Age of helm

It can be seen from the “Performance v Age� chart that there is some correlation between age and performance in that 16 of the top 20 competitors were under 55 years old, two did not disclose their age and nobody was over 64. 20 competitors were under 50 years old but they gained six of the top 20 positions. 16 of the 52 over 59 years old were placed lower than 99th, six were in the top 40. It is noticeable that there is a significant falling off in performance between the 50 to 54 year olds and the 55 to 60 year olds. See below for a more detailed analysis.


Prior to the start of racing all the Finns, sails and masts were processed through the Measurement checking procedures under the careful scrutiny of Klaus and Birgitte Luttkus who also encouraged sailors to compete and return the Sailor and Equipment Survey Forms.


The data provided by sailors has been correlated to the overall results of the seven races, which were held in strong winds (15 to 28 knots) on the sea in tidal waters. The overall profile has been

Performance v Weight of helm

Whilst none of the competitors weighing under 85kg reached the top 40, the top 20 included sailors weighing between 85 and 115kg, with nine weighing under 100kg, nine weighing 100kg or more and two unknown (No Questionnaire returned). 49% of competitors weighed between 90 and 99kg. 10% weighed under 85kg and 10% weighed over 110kg. Sailors in the 90 to 94kg range were the most successful in the prevailing conditions.

Performance v Height of helm

The fleet ranged in height of helm between 164 and 200 cms (Torbole 170 to 203 cms) with the majority being in the 175 to 190 cm range. The mean height of sailors at both Barbados and Torbole was 183cms. At least 18 of the top 20 at Barbados were in the 177 to 189 range and it is difficult to spot any correlation between height and performance within these ranges. At the FWM in Torbole there appeared to be no significant advantage in the 175 to 185 cm height range and possibly a slight advantage with being taller based on a smaller sample size.





The key elements of a Finn are the hull, mast, sails and foils. Finn sailors tend to focus on finding the right mast for their weight and level of fitness and then match the sails to the mast. There was a high response to the Equipment survey questions at Barbados, with 112 of the 137 competitors providing some information about hulls, spars and sails, compared with 56 out of 355 at Torbole.

Competitors were permitted to measure in two masts. 121 disclosed the manufacturer of their first mast and 13 disclosed a spare mast. Of these 100 indicated the year in which their first mast was made and eight their spare mast. Wilke was the mast favoured by the majority of the fleet, and by approx 2/3rds of the top 40. 20% of the Top 40 used a Hit mast. Pata was favoured by several in the top 25 and Concept also featured.

Age of Masts


The year of manufacture of masts used by the Top 40 has been analysed. Only 13% of such masts were manufactured before 2010. Popular years appear to be 2011, 2013 and 2016. No pre 2000 masts were disclosed by anybody in the fleet.



Just over a third of the top 25 Finns were built in the one and a half years prior to the event; a third were five or more years old. The oldest boat in the top 40 was built in 2003. 5% of the hulls were built prior to 2000. 30% of the fleet were sailing in boats built in the two and half years before the event, 60% of the top 25 did so. This suggests that the top sailors are taking the Finn World Masters very seriously and/or there is a performance advantage in the new boats which was not evident from the Torbole survey, possibly due to the much more limited amount of data provided by competitors. Finn sailors not in the top 40, had boats built in most years from 1995 to 2017 with no clear benefit for any particular age of boat. The results of the Finns built in 2015, 2016 and 2017 have been analysed in more detail. The chart shows the percentage of boats used by sailors achieving results indicated by the year in which the Finn was built.

Devoti was the predominant builder of Finns sailed at the FWM in 2017 with 98 of the 120 for which builders were disclosed. Petticrows built 8 of the Finns used that were made since 2015. Devoti was the choice of 22 of the top 25 which also included a Hi-Tech. Wilke had at least two Finns in the top 40 and Petticrows had at least one. It will be interesting to see what Finn sailors decide to use at the FWM 2018 in El Balis and whether the lighter conditions that are expected will produce a different picture.

Sailors were allowed to measure in two sails for the championship. 122 disclosed the sailmaker of their first sail and 103 their second sail. There is no record of which sail was used during each race. North Sails was named as the maker of 50% of the sails and was thus the primary sailmaker chosen by the FWM Fleet in Barbados, WB sails being used by approx 1/3rd of the Fleet and Doyle made 13% of the sails. Other sailmakers were mentioned once or twice by a few sailors. The Top 25 had a more even usage of these three sailmakers



Finn MASTERS PROFILE 2017 (cont.) indicating that WB and Doyle are making inroads into North’s dominant position.

Age of Sails

As would be expected at a major championship the vast majority of competitors measured in sails that were less than three years old. However, whilst a higher proportion of the Top 25 were using sails made in 2017 than the rest of the fleet, some were using sails made in 2015 or earlier.

Age to start sailing a Finn

One started sailing a Finn at 14 years of age, one when 66 years old, a quarter were under 20 years old and a quarter were over 45 years old when they started. You can start sailing a Finn at any age!

Finn Racing experience

Of the 56 sailors indicating how long they had sailed a Finn one claimed 56 years; one was in their first year and six in their second year, a quarter had sailed a Finn for less than 7 years, half for less than 14 years and a quarter for more than 27 years!

Finn Nationals experience

Two, out of the 94 responding, sailed in their first Finn Nationals at 15 years old. More surprising only a quarter were 26 years old or less, suggesting that there remains potential for a lot of past Finn sailors to rejoin the Class as a Master! Also, with a quarter sailing their first Finn Nationals at age 50 or more, the Finn clearly continues to attract the more seasoned sailor.

Finn World Masters experience

Analysis of Results by Age of Sailor by Race

In the conditions that prevailed in Barbados with high humidity, winds regularly above 20 knots, significant waves and a long sail to and from the race area, fitness was at a premium and so it is not surprising to find that the age of sailor was a significant factor in performance. To find out whether age also impacted on endurance for the duration of the event an analysis of results by race has been carried out. The first chart shows the results of those that finished each race. This indicates that Masters and Grand Masters appear to be similar whilst Grand Grand Masters and Legends are similar to each other but at a significant disadvantage to Masters and Grand Masters. A significant number in each age category did not race some races and in a few races many did not finish as indicated in the charts below.

35 sailors out of 99 responding had not previously sailed in a Finn World Masters, a further 15 were at their second FWM and six at their third. One had sailed their first FWM in 1980, two were at their 16th FWM and a quarter had attended at least seven previous FWMs. At least eight competitors had a top 6 position in a previous FWM event.

Finn Silver Cup experience

Only one competitor indicated that they had sailed in a Finn Silver Cup, which is the Finn World Championship for the U23s.

Finn Gold Cup experience

32 of those responding had sailed in a Finn Gold Cup, the World Championship for the Finn Class. There was a wide age range for first participation from 16 to 61 with a quarter first sailing in a Finn Gold Cup by the age of 27 and a quarter when 50+ years old. One competitor’s best result was a medal in a FGC.


Five competitors mentioned a result in the Olympics as one of their best results, three in a Finn, one in an FD and one in a Soling.

Other major racing achievements

Competitors mentioned successes in various International Class World Championships including several with medal positions in the OK Dinghy and one gold in an Etchells.

Other Classes raced

Competitors were asked if they had raced in various classes; the following were mentioned the most: Laser (35), OK Dinghy (24), Optimist (13), Cadet (10), 505 (10), FD (6), 420 (6), Star (4).

Concluding Comments

Previous Sailing Experience

Competitors were asked to provide details of their previous Finn sailing and racing experience, a note of other classes raced and their best racing results together with information about when they started sailing a Finn and their current sailing club.


Many thanks to all those who completed a questionnaire in Barbados or encouraged sailors to do so. It is clear that the Finn is very attractive to a very wide range of sailors in terms of age, weight and height and to those who have previously raced a wide range of other boats at local, national or international level. We look forward to another successful FWM, at El BalĂ­s in May 2018.


Richard Phillips GBR 42

Rodrick Casander interview - NED 8 Hairy experience

Michael Kurtz

I sailed the Finn for four years and then sold it after starting a family, which was a lucky thing to be able to do, as I almost lost my life in the Finn. I capsized training in freezing cold water in March in Loosdrecht. You have to bear in mind that in those days the only protection you had was some funny wide plastic trousers, a pair of boots and a yellow ‘canary coat’ with buttons. It reminded you of the old black and white photographs of men on tall ships. This outfit was topped by a heavy woollen sweater to suck up the water and give you more weight. During the capsize I lost the mainsheet and the boat drifted away far quicker as I could swim in these clothes. It was a hairy ‘don’t try this at home’ experience, I can assure you. My brother in law was a professional diver at that time and he came up with the idea to have a neoprene suit tailor-made. There were no such shops back then. There was only one guy in Amsterdam in the diving business that could make one. So I did that. The problem was that these suits are made for divers whose bodies are compressed due to hydrostatic pressure if going into the deep waters, so these suits were cut far too tight. They were comfortable at 20 or 30 meter down. As a sailor however I had no such intentions to swim as I wanted to stay at the surface of course. The manufacturer had not thought this through and it must have been a funny sight after I had put it on for the first time. I definitely spoke in a very high voice sailing the first couple of times before I had it enlarged. I am pretty sure, I was the first sailor in Holland using a neoprene suit some 50 years ago. Later I owned a Hobi 16 and a Dragon but I did not sail much. It was only after the Olympics in 1996, that I bought the boat of Hans Spitzauer with which he finished fourth in Atlanta after winning the Gold Cup that same year. Roy Heiner snapped the bronze from his good friend before his eyes. But at the party afterwards in the Hyatt Hotel, drinking beer with his mates, the World Champion said: “it is tough to lose a medal, but I am glad it went to Roy” and went on to say with a grin on his face “that now he was the best of the rest”. That was the moment I started sailing the Finn again at the age of 52.



Going back


t was in the aftermath of World War II when I saw the light. Sailing was limited back then, so I started sailing in a self-build sailing-canoe at 14. Later came along an old BM, some 12m2 Sharpies, a Stern, Solo and a Flying Dutchman, which I sailed with my brother Giovanni. I cherish the memories going abroad and taking part in regattas like Kiel, Weymouth and Kingston in a epoch where boat trailers were non existent and had to be made by yourself at a blacksmith.

I remember our journeys being towed for a whole day by a motorboat to go the venues in which you wanted to participate. It simply was the only way in those days. At 21, I stepped into a brand new Vlieger Finn. Guys like Willy Kuhweide, Jorg Bruder, Boudewijn Binckhorst, Elvstrøm, and Andre Nelis were my heroes and let’s not forget Richard Hart who took Gold Cup bronze in 1965 in Poland but still managed to take the Masters Legend category in 2010 and again in Poland in 2014. I remember well having the honour of standing next to him on the podium there and paying him homage. It was a very moving moment. Those years back then, were the time of wooden masts and I still remember well getting out my plane and start shaving masts like a carpenter, checking the wall thickness (they were 10.5 kg at the time) and the misery after you had taken off too much wood trying to shape it. Inventions like Tufnell bailers, to take out the water from your boat, astounded us, like later the news of men walking on the moon. These clever devices were the pinnacle of modernisation at the time.

Going back to the Finn was an easy choice. I wanted a singlehander boat and my weight is 97 kg. Actually it sounds like a negative selection. This is not the case. Of all the boats I sailed, the Finn attracted me the most by far. It sails and feels like a real boat should perform. A Star is also such a boat. The Finn dinghy has class and outstanding performing capacities and even being a small boat it outperforms many other (faster or bigger) boats. If you have sailed it, it is easy to understand that it has been the Olympic choice during all of its life. Its level of racing is higher than that of any other class. No wonder you will recognize so many names of great Finn sailors in the America’s Cup and other prominent regattas. It is physical



seeing the light - Rodrick Casander interview - NED 8 of Finn sailing. The thrill of starting with some 150 boats at one time is awe-inspiring and notwithstanding the fact that of course everybody wants to win and the competition level is very high with lots of Olympic and Gold Cup medallists, the easygoing atmosphere between the sailors is remarkable.

Big home fleets

Holland has a pretty big Finn fleet and there are hardly any sailors that come to Masters age that didn’t campaign in one or more Masters. Holland organised the Masters in 2008 with great success and is running this year in El Balís to organize the event again in two years time. The venue will be Port Zeelande in Zeeland and I can tell you it is an excellent spot. Many people are already busy to make it a once of a lifetime experience. But It will be hard to top Barbados for the sailors that went there. They were spoiled but I can promise you “the beer will be cold” too in Holland.

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demanding. Finn sailors are amongst the strongest athletes. Next to this, the Finn community is a strong family and the class members are very supportive of each other. In the 25 years I have been sailing the Finn, I have made friends from all over the world. This is something I have not come across in any other class in this way and it makes me proud to be a Finn sailor. After returning to the Finn in late 1996, I decided that Split in 2002 was going to be my first Masters. John Greenwood won that one and I ended 42 out of 134 and enjoyed it so much, that I participated ever since. Unfortunately I had to leave out Split in 2010 and I regret it to this day. For me, every year I do not attend the Masters, is a lost sailing year. I had the pleasure of participating in the 2004 Gold Cup in Rio, but for me the Masters is the pinnacle

If expectations are low enough, satisfaction is guaranteed, so if you are not satisfied it might very well be your expectations are set too high. Not everyone is sailing at an Olympic level and highlights are not necessarily about winning prizes. We all want to be first, but only one person can. You have to be ‘greedy’ but stay realistic. People say, it is the road to your destiny, that will give you the most satisfaction and I think that is true. I had the luck to be on the podium of the Masters three times, as a Grand Grand Master and Legend (2 silver, 1 bronze) and of course this is very satisfying, however for me, it is the moments during the race I can give myself a compliment for doing something good. That counts for me as a highlight. For instance (finally) having a good gybe in difficult circumstances (thank you Karl for the excellent advice on that) is a good example. Those little things do make me a happy man. Only a couple of weeks ago, I participated at the Int. Cannes Regatta



On the podium in 2014 in Sopot with Friedrich Müller and Richard Hart and capsized before the start in some 24 knots. In a matter of seconds the boat turned upside down. Subsequently I was swimming for 40 minutes in very cold water but finally managed to upright her and climb back by my own. I raced to the starting line, as the starting procedure was already on its way and arrived there at the moment the blue peter was already down (with the boat half full and ropes everywhere) and then did two races in 20-24 knots finishing 20 and 24 of the 54 participants and taking first Legend (of eight boats) at the end. It certainly is not racing at an Olympic level of course and with a 25th overall you will hardly be news in the local paper but to do it at the age of 73, it is one of my highlights, if you like, that make me proud and gives me so much satisfaction. At my age it is all about the fun trying to beat some youngsters.

Away from sailing

My motto has been always to take as much out of life as possible. This means that there is little I have not done or seen. I have been very fortunate to be able to race classic cars, do parachute jumping, deep sea diving, flying all kind of planes and helicopters, fencing, athletics, wave surfing and so much more. However this was costing me a fortune and not all of them were satisfying in the end. So one day I sat down and asked myself what I liked most. The answer was easy: Finn sailing. So I immediately decided to stop everything else. This was some 15 years ago and I never regretted it for a moment. It is as easy as that.

Not many people know

Five years ago I almost died in a complicated heart surgery and floated for six month between life and death. Afterwards they told me that my good condition had probably saved me. It is my strong belief that the challenging physical side of Finn sailing has helped me a lot in this. So the Finn almost took my life but also saved it. Since my cardiac operation I have limited physical capabilities and just last week I heard the surgeon wants to operate me again within a month. But not to worry; I am going to make the Super Legends. Thinking of the El Balís, I feel better already. The Masters is just what the doctor ordered.


Masters in Schwerin in Germany, Medemblik, the Netherlands and Kavala in Greece were most appreciated by many companions and sadly missed at many other events. Another thing on improving the Masters is better coverage to have better exposure in the media. It should not stop with only photographs or a tracker in the medal race. Drones are simple devices nowadays and can give spectacular shots. Action is what people want to see. Show them what Finn sailing is about. I think the promotional video of Oli Tweddell is a good example for the direction to go. Drones can also be helpful in protests. It should be used much more. Also GoPro cameras can be installed on (some) boats and this footage, including sound, used to join the material of two or three drones and all this put together. Racing must be made easy to understand for the non sailor. It is not the change of formats that are important, they are OK. Instead work on good coverage, have commentators who know the scene and can clearly explain the situations. Maybe this, even enlightened with live graphics with distances, like in the Olympics or America’s Cup. Let’s try to make Finn sailing accessible to a greater crowd and create more exposure to the outside, which in turn will attract sponsors to cut down costs. It is a selffulfilling prophecy. I think there will be few sailors attending a Masters venue, that are not interested in such coverage and it makes excellent history stuff for children who wants to see their (grand)fathers sail ‘in the old days’.

On venues

There are beautiful places all over the world. Miami, Rio, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and many more. Why not go there? However there are two problems: 1. People do not want to miss their boat too long during their sailing season, so this would mean the timing for the Masters must be adapted into the ‘low season Europe period’ for those cases. There is little chance to do otherwise since it will be difficult to have enough charter boats elsewhere 2. Serious financial help from sponsors is absolutely a must. I remember Kingston in 2001, were only 32 sailors showed up. This is not the direction to develop.

Outside Europe?

It simply is a fact that (still) most Finns sailors come from Europe which makes it logical to have these venues there. This said, I highly appreciated the visit to exotic Barbados last year. Therefore it should certainly be considered to venture outside of Europe under the condition that serious financial help is assured by sponsors. Already for this reason, organising the Masters outside Europe on a regular basis will therefore be difficult. Have a good sailing season and keep breathing.

Masters are by definition older guys and safety should be an important topic. I have attended Masters with very limited rescue boats. This not good and we should take decisions in time to prevent accidents. There should be rules regarding the number of rescue boats for countries bidding to organize the Masters. Speaking about boats. The excellent spectator boats at the




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 2012 133 2013 2014 230 2015 204 2016 2017 133

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


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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,

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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

Category 2018 Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Master 40-49 Born 1969-1978 Grand Master 50-59 Born 1959-1968 Grand Grand Master 60-69 Born 1949-1958 Legend 70+ Born 1948 or earlier Super Legend 80+ Born 1938 or earlier Lady 40+ Born 1978 or earlier

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.

2019 Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Born 1970-1979 Born 1960-1969 Born 1950-1959 Born 1949 or earlier Born 1939 or earlier Born 1979 or earlier

2020 Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Born 1971-1980 Born 1961-1970 Born 1951-1980 Born 1950 or earlier Born 1940 or earlier Born 1980 or earlier

NOTE: all ages and years are inclusive of that year




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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 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 Mel Oskamp, Netherlands 2 Othmar Reich, Switzerland 3 Worn Clark, South Africa


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

*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


(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 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Larry Lemieux, Canada Roland Balthasar, Germany Wolfgang Gerz, Germany Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic Hans-Günter Ehlers, Germany

Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia (1st GM) Henry Sprague, USA (1st GM)

Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic Marin Mrduljas, Croatia Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany Marin Mrduljas, Croatia Ilias Hatzipavlis, Greece Francresco Cinque, Italy Michael Gubi, Austria Marc Allain des Beauvais, France Rob Coutts, New Zealand André Budzien, Germany Michael Maier, Czech Republic Yuri Tokovoi, Ukraine Michael Maier, Czech Republic Laurent Hay, France


(Finn World Masters Trophy Builded by Ralf Kratz SV Biblis Germany) 2000 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Mike Till, Great Britain (1st GGM) 2001 Louie Nady, USA (1st GGM) 2002 Minski Fabris, Croatia (1st GGM) 2003 André Budzien, Germany 2004 Larry Lemieux, Canada Alan Tucker, South Africa (1st GGM) 2005 Friedrich Müller, Germany 2006 Friedrich Müller, Germany 2007 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia 2008 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia 2009 Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark 2010 Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

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


(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


(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

GOLDEN CRUTCH 1988 1989 1990 1991 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

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

Geest Trophy

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Peter Langer-Langmaack, Germany

* 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 to media@finnworldmasters.com.



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elsewhere and that for 2019 he and Robert Deaves had visited Denmark and Malta although Malta has since withdrawn their bid. The President also indicated that most of the visiting costs were now absorbed by the potential candidate club.

5. Masters Fee

The minutes were approved.

The website has been upgraded and the President asked people to refer to it for information about the Masters. It was now hosted in USA in the same place as the IFA website. He thanked Jan Kingma, from the Netherlands, for providing the graphics for the FWM Entry Lists.

The President stated that it was necessary to increase the Fee for attending a FWM event from the €20 which was agreed in 2014 to €30. The only income is a £1,800 contribution from IFA and the Masters Fee although this year a small profit was made on the Torbole Triumph book. The main cost is the magazine (€3,500). The extra money is needed to enable Robert Deaves to maintain the high standard of promotional work. Also the class lost money on the Torbole FWM event as the Club had not paid some of the Masters fees and there is little sponsorship income. The cost of visits to bid clubs is shared with the bid club. Will Patten queried whether €30 would be enough and asked that rather than keep coming back and asking for more the fee be set at €40. In response to a question about one off costs, the President indicated that this year two half models were needed instead of the normal one and in 2020 more medals would be needed. The President also said that it was difficult to fix a budget as the fixed costs were the magazine and other costs were fluid. Also the income is unknown and is dependent on entries. The meeting approved the increase to €40 without any dissent.

2. Matters Arising

4. Election of Officers

6. FWMC Contract

Meeting 7 June 2017



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The President welcomed the many new faces to the Finn World Masters and mentioned the sad demise of some, two of whom had been commemorated by the British Team and other sailing friends earlier in the week on the beach.

FWM Magazine Held at the Barbados Yacht Club at 10.00 on 7 June 2017 Present:

President: Andy Denison Secretary: Robert Deaves Committee: Marc Allain des Beauvais, Rolf Elsässer, Philip Baum. Over 100 Finn sailors and a few other supporters The President welcomed everybody to the meeting.

1. Minutes of last AGM


3. President’s Report

The President reported that after three years of organisation and sorting out containers we had finally arrived in Barbados with more entries than initially expected. The President alluded to the rum punch induced decision by competitors to choose Barbados and a naivety in assessing the logistical problems that would be posed.

The President proposed a huge vote of thanks to Robert Deaves (to much applause) for the superb job that he has been doing promoting the class and producing the FWM Magazine. He asked that sailors contribute editorial and alert potential advertisers.


Marc Alain des Beauvais and Andy Denison terms of office had now come to an end and both were willing to be re-elected. Both were re-elected to much applause.

Container Organisation

The President thanked Ray New for organising the containers, a task that massively exceeded what was envisaged. There was large spontaneous applause for Ray and the President presented Ray with a framed montage of photos of Finn sailing. The President mentioned that 355 Finns went to the FWM at Garda in 2016. In 2018 in El Balis there will also be two course areas and he asked competitors to be patient with the problems associated with attracting such large fleets. Commenting on the unfortunate clash with the Euro Cup event this year, which is not under the control of the IFA, the President recommended that the Finn Masters adopt a European Championship. As regards future events outside Europe, the President indicated that there had been interest from Queensland, Australia and


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The President stated that a lot of work had been carried out on enhancing the contract, which is signed by the host club which

is based on trust that they will deliver as promised. No problems are expected at El Balis and the plan is to collect the Masters Fee in advance of the event.

The President indicated that in the past he had not wanted to dilute the FWM but it was now time to embrace a FWM European Championship and build on the Euro Cup hosted in Hungary. It is proposed to hold the Europeans after 1 September each year with bids to be received and voted on at the AGM along with the FWM events. A sailor suggested that the vote for a Europeans should not be held at the same time as the vote for the WC. This suggestion did not find much support. Final details will be worked out throughout the year. In response to Howard Sellars’ question as to whether a Europeans would lead to more FWMs outside Europe, the President indicated that a lot more work needed to be undertaken on the container issue and that the majority of FWM events would continue to be in Europe. Europeans would be held naturally in Europe. A bid has been received from Split for a FWM Europeans and strong interest has been received from Australia and Thailand for a FWM. On a show of hands the meeting voted in favour of the adoption of an annual FWM EC.

8. Financial Report

The accounts are prepared for each calendar year, none were presented at the AGM as the year end had been changed to fall in line with the IFA accounting year.. The President indicated that as of that day there was €7989 in the account including the FWM Fees for Barbados but seven sailors had not yet paid their fees. A total of €1500 was owed from Circolo vela Torbole and despite the best efforts of the FWM and IFA to recover this, nothing had been forthcoming and so the Finns will not be returning there until the fee is paid. The FWM is also owed €740 by advertisers which is expected to be recovered without difficulty.

9. Website & Magazine

It remains the plan to keep the FWM Magazine separate from Finnfare and to use the website as the prime source of information and to allow Robert Deaves to continue to use his creativity to promote the class.

10. Southern Hemisphere

The President reported that Australia is very keen to host a FWM but he had asked for a full feasibility study to be carried out including container costs from around the World. The President allowed David Bull from the Royal Queensland YC to make

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a short presentation about the sailing conditions and infrastructure at Brisbane during which he indicated there was a world class facility and RQYC had been voted as Australian Club of the year. Winds would be in the 15-20 knot range. There is a container port and international airport nearby. He suggested an event in February so that boats could return to Europe for their season although May would be very good with lighter winds. Competitors suggested other venues including Dubai and Thailand. The FWM Committee will investigate the feasibility of events in the Southern Hemisphere and it was suggested that the committee view any proposals prior to them taking the floor for a bid.

11. Bids for 2019

Full details of the bids had been previously published on the FWM website and the President requested that presentations be very brief.

Masala, Sicily, Italy

There were no representatives of the bid club present. The President presented the slides from Masala with additional comments from Lanfranco Cirillo who was asked about the wine - very good - and recovery of fees from Torbole - will assist.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Hall and Otto Strandvig from the Royal Danish Yacht Club made a brief presentation and answered competitors’ questions about likelihood of fog - zero, whether Maersk (largest shipping company in the world based in Denmark) would be able to provide sponsored containers? - not yet asked but hopefully yes’ Water temperature? - 16-18°C. On a show of hands which were counted by several people the vote was Masala - 47 Copenhagen - 55 The President declared the result and asked if there were any objections with the show of hands vote - one objection who

suggested there should be a different voting process. The President asked if the meeting approved the vote. There was general approval that the vote was as stated so the 2019 FWM will be at Copenhagen

12. AOB (raised more than 24 hours before the meeting) Ladies Programme

The President reported that Liz Burrell has offered to run a Ladies Programme at future FWM. Her offer was greeted with applause and approved.


The President introduced Susan Burgess and requested that competitors made a contribution into the bucket she would be taking around during the event for a donation to the beach party that has worked tirelessly during the OK Worlds and the FWM launching and recovering boats. The Finn contribution will be combined with that from the OKs and presented at the Prizegiving.

Container Loading - Friday

Ray New explained in detail the arrangements for loading containers and Customs so that the majority of the containers can be sealed before the Closing Ceremony and Prizegiving at 1930 on Friday, with those seeking specific approval being sealed by 10am on Saturday.

13. Date of Next Meeting

The next AGM will be held on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 at Club Náutico El Balis, Spain.

14. Close

The President declared the meeting closed at 11.00

Next meeting: 10 am Wednesday 23 May 2018, Club Náutico El Balís




Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual - 2016 Edition CONTENTS Part A – Organisation Part B – Finn World Masters Championship Rules Part C – Equipment Inspection Part D – Media Requirements and Guidelines Part E – Bidding procedure Part F – Organising Authority Declaration PART A - ORGANISATION

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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 event; and the Finn Masters World Championship 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 Championship. 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.finnworldmasters. com, at least one month before the AMM. 2.4 The Agenda will include: a) Approval of the Minutes of the last AMM b) Report of the Masters President c) Finance Report d) 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.) e) Election of new member(s) of the Masters Committee to stand for a period of 4 years f) Approval of venue and date of Finn World Masters to be held two years after the current Championships. g) Any item presented to the Masters President in writing at least one calendar month before the Meeting. h) 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. PART B – FINN WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP RULES 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. 1.2 The course of the Finn World Masters Championship shall be exclusive and separate. 1.3 The date and place for the Masters World Championship shall be published on www.finnworldmasters.com no later than 12 months prior to the event. 1.4 The venue will normally be situated

within Europe. However, the Annual Masters Meeting can decide to accept a candidate outside Europe. 2. Organisation of the championship 2.1 The Organising Authority (OA) will organise and manage the Championship in close conjunction with the Masters President. The OA is financially responsible for the whole event. No funds from the FWM will be available, except for the prizes, as mentioned in 22.2. 2.2 The Organising Authority may make no deviation from this Event Manual, or Finn Class Rules, without the written permission of the Masters President. 4. Eligibility 4.1 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. 4.2 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) Ladies h) Classic Boat (Hull built prior to 1985). 5. Dates of the Championship 5.1 The Championship will be held during the period of Whitsun. 5.2 The Practice Race will be on Whitsunday afternoon in the race area where the racing will take place. 5.3 The first race will be sailed on the Whit Monday. 5.4 The last race will be sailed on the Friday following Whitsunday. 5.5 Other dates will only be considered after discussion with the Masters President. 6. Format 6.1 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. 6.2 Depending on entries, the fleet will be divided into Colour Groups of similar size, which will change each day. The decision



FINN WORLD MASTERS RULES AND EVENT MANUAL about the number of groups will be taken by the Masters President. 6.3 The series will consist of a maximum of eight races. 6.4 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. This decision shall only be taken with the approval of the Masters Committee. 6.5 Four races shall be completed to constitute a series. 6.6 Five races shall be completed before a medal race is sailed. 6.7 The format could be as follows: 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, there will be 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 Sailing Instructions 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. 7. Scoring 7.1 The low point scoring system will apply. After five races have been completed, the worst score of each competitor will be discarded. 7.2 In the medal race (if applicable) the scoring points will be doubled and not discarded. 7.3 The results for category groups in B4.2 will use the points the competitors have in the overall results. 8. Entry Forms And Notice Of Race 8.1 The Organising Authority shall publish the Notice of Race (NoR) and Entry Form in the English language 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. 8.2 The OA shall use standard templates for the Notice of Race provided by the Masters President. 8.3 The Notice of Race (NoR) shall not be changed without approval of the Masters President. 8.4 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. The Masters Fee may be changed at the Annual Masters Meeting for succeeding years. 8.5 Eligible boats may enter by completing the Entry Form for the Masters as published


on the Finn World Masters event website. 8.6 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. 9. Sailing Instructions 9.1 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. 9.2 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. 9.3 The SI shall not be changed without approval of the Masters President. 9.4 Preliminary Sailing Instructions shall be published on the event website at least two months before the first race. The final version will be produced at registration. 10. International Jury 10.1 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 will include at least eight members. 10.2 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. 10.3 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. 10.4 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. 10.5 There shall be at least one boat with 2 judges per fleet. 10.6 For the medal race the OA must provide 3 suitable judge boats. 10.7 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. 11. Courses 11.1 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. 11.2 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. 12. Advertising The Organising Authority may require all participating boats to display the event sponsor’s advertising in accordance with RRS. 13. Insurance, National Association dues and IFA dues All eligible boats shall provide the current IFA Class sticker 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. 14. 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. 15. Race office 15.1 The Race Office should be open from 08.30 to 19.00, from the first day of measurement. 15.2 Preliminary race results must be available as soon as possible after each day’s racing and posted onto the Official Notice Board. 15.3 The Official Notice Board must be in, or close to, the Race Office. 16. 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. 17. Starting signals 17.1 All flag signals will be repeated on all starting line boats. 17.2 Audible signals will be given, when possible by a gun. 17.3 The Committee Boat should display the approximate magnetic compass

bearing from the leeward mark to the windward mark in clear, large numbers. 17.4 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. 18. Start line 18.1 The start line shall be equivalent to 1.5 times the length of the Finn multiplied by the number of starting boats. Where there are more than 60 boats on any one start there should be a middle mark, or boat, placed in the centre of the line. This shall not constitute a mark of the course for the purpose of the ‘round the ends rule.’ 18.2 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. 18.3 Committee Boat and pin end boats shall display clearly visible line flags at a height of at least 8 metres. 18.4 All flag signals shall be in a prominent position, at least the height of a Finn mast above sea-level. 18.9 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. 19. 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 the windward mark. This is particularly important in poor visibility. 20. Minimum/maximum wind strength and time limit 20.1 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. 20.2 No race shall be started in more than 20 knots of wind measured on the Committee Boat at deck level. 20.3 The decision whether to start a race or not, regarding wind speed, will be taken by the Race Committee. 20.4 The time limit for each race and for the latest warning signal on the final day must be specified in the SIs. 21. Safety 21.1 The Organising Authority shall demonstrate it has an adequate Safety Plan in place. 21.2 There shall be sufficient safety boats in order to secure the competitors safety. There shall be at least 1 patrol boat for 20 competitors. 21.3 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. 21.4 The Safety Plan should include a protocol to indicate when a helm is safely

ashore if the boat is left on the race course. 21.5 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. 21.6 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. 21.7 The OA will organise medical assistance and will have contact with a medical doctor. 21.8 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. 22. Prizes 22.1 The OA will provide prizes for the top 10 sailors in the Overall Results and for the top three sailors in each age category. 22.2 The Masters organisation will provide medals for the first three competitors in the categories described in B4.2. 22.3 The Masters President will provide a participation prize for all Legends. 22.4 The Masters President will provide all Classic Finns with a gift. 22.5 Perpetual prizes will be awarded to: a) 1st Overall (Austrian-Hungaria Gold Cup) b) 1st Master (President’s Cup) c) 1st Grand Master (With the grapes on top) d) 1st Grand Grand Master (With the Finn model on top) e) 1st Legend (Wide cup) f) 1st Lady (Wide cup with ears) g) The ‘Golden Crutch’ will be awarded to the 11th place finisher in the overall results. h) The Geest Trophy - awarded to the competitor with the highest points score who completed every race 23. 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. 24. Accommodation and transport for class officers and officials The Organising Authority shall pay for travel, accommodation and meals for the Masters President, one nominated class official (normally the media rep), the Class Measurer (s) and the Jury. The IFA shall advise which class measurer(s) shall be invited. 25. Liability Each competitor is required sign a form 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 has a valid IFA sticker, which proves that his IFA fee has been paid. 26. Organising Authority 26.1 The Organising Authority (OA) 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. 26.2 The OA shall sign a declaration of compliance with these Rules (Part F). 26.3 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 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 8.4. Interim payments may be requested by the Finn Masters President (see also 26.6) before the event begins, or after entry fees are received by the OA, and must be paid within two weeks. 26.6 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 8.4) 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. 27. Other facilities 27.1 Free parking should be available at, or very close, to the venue. 27.2 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. 27.3 The OA must have and display at the venue the national flags of all the competing nationalities.



FINN WORLD MASTERS RULES AND EVENT MANUAL 27.4 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. 27.5 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. 27.6 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. 27.7 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. 27.8 When sailing on salt water the OA will provide sufficient fresh water hose pipes in the boat park so competitors can rinse their boats each day after sailing. 27.9 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. 27.10 Trolleys should be labelled with sail numbers/bow numbers and allocated space numbers. 28. Opening and Closing Ceremonies 28.1 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. 28.2 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. 28.3 The national anthem will be played for the overall winner and the winners of each age category. 28.4 The prize giving will immediately be


followed by a closing ceremony, with a small party, with drinks and snacks for competitors and their escorts. 28.5 The OA will provide locals gifts for the Measurer and the members of the Jury. 28.6 The Finn Class flag will be supplied by the Master’s President and will be officially returned to him at the prize giving ceremony. Another flag will be available for all competitors to sign at registration. This flag will, at the closing ceremony, be presented to the OA by the Master’s President. The Masters President will also supply a Finn class flag for the committee boat, which is to be returned to the Masters President after the last race. 28.7 The structure of the Opening Ceremony shall be: a) Stand for host country National Anthem b) Welcome by the host club/other dignitary c) Welcome from the Finn Masters President d) Previous year’s winner to present cup to OA e) Finn Masters President hands Finn flag to OA f) Finn Masters President declares the event open 28.8 The structure of the closing ceremony shall be: a) Stand for host nation National Anthem b) Welcome and thanks by Finn Masters President, with gifts to officials c) Reply by the host club/other dignitary d) Any other presentations e) Prizegiving. Order will be: i) Classic Finn gifts; ii) Legends (all); iii) Super Legend iv) Legends (OA Prize + medals + trophy) v) Ladies (OA Prize + medals + trophy) vi) 11th place prize vii) Grand Grand Masters (OA Prize + medals + trophy) iix) Grand Masters (OA Prize + medals + trophy) ix) Masters (OA Prize + medals + trophy) x) Overall (top 10 prizes + trophy) f) Final speeches g) Finn Masters President hands signed flag to OA h) OA hands back Finn Masters flag to close the event. 28.9 All trophy winners shall sign a declaration of safe keeping before leaving the venue with any trophy. 29. Arrival and departure 29.1 The OA should be prepared to receive competitors from the Wednesday before the start of the event. 29.2 The OA must be prepared for a staggered departure of competitors after the Championships with competitors leaving from Friday through to Sunday. 30. Results 30.1 Result lists will be printed for use in the prize giving ceremony for the overall results and each of the categories in B4.2


31. Miscellaneous 31.1 The OA will provide each competitor with an event shirt. 31.2 The OA will provide each competitor with a small local gift as a memento of the local area. 31.2 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 ticket at the race office. 31.3 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. 31.5 The OA will organise a programme for the ladies not sailing. The cost of this programme will be as reasonable as possible. Ideally, trips to local attractions should be offered on 2 or 3 days during the week when sailing is taking place. 31.6 The OA should plan to launch a Facebook page for the event as soon as possible after the end of the previous year’s championship concludes. 31.7 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. 32. Final decisions The final decisions on any matters not covered by the RRS and the International Jury shall rest with Masters President. PART C – EQUIPMENT INSPECTION 1. Overview 1.1 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. 1.2 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. 1.3 All eligible boats shall present a current valid IFA Measurement Certificate. 2. Equipment 2.1 Boats will be measured in accordance with the latest Class Rules and amendments thereto. 2.2 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 the Finn Class Rules shall be presented. PART D – MEDIA REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES 1. Website 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 a template and access for the OA to add content and manage entries. 2. Media coverage 2.1 Whenever possible the Finn Class will provide the press coverage of the event with daily reports, onshore photos and videos, published during and after the event on the Finn Class website, 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 Championship) their entry fee. 2.3 The organisers will 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 detail please contact Robert Deaves, Chairman Marketing Committee of the International Finn Association (robertdeaves@yahoo.co.uk) 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 E – 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 F), and accompanying papers including a proposed budget, and must be with the Masters President one month before the AMM. 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 gets less than 50% of the vote, the venue with the lowest vote will be removed and the vote re-held. 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. 3. Venue visits 3.1 All bidders must invite the Masters President and/or Secretary for a 1-2 day site visit between placing the application and the AMM where it is to be voted on. 3.2 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. 3.3 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 F, agreeing to all parts of the Rules. 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 to 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. PART F – ORGANISING AUTHORITY DECLARATION 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 Finn World Masters Championship I, [name] of (name of Organising Authority/ Yacht Club) agree: • to comply with all points in the Finn World Masters Rules and Event Manual • that any deviation will only be on the written approval of the Finn World Masters President • to pay the Masters Fees (see Rules B8.4 and B26.5) 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]

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