Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook 2014

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Contents Contacts and Calendar Looking ahead to Sopot 2014 History of the Finn World Masters Suntouched profile Boat speed and improving performance Looking ahead to Kavala 2015 2013 Finn World Masters in La Rochelle UK Masters Andre Budzien interview Polish Masters Masters Euro Cup 2013 Erik Lidecis interview Dutch Masters Italian Masters/ North American Masters Russian Masters

Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook - the official publication of the Finn World Masters ISSUE NO.1 • JANUARY 2014 The Finn Masters Magazine is a nonprofit 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

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YEARBOOK Finn World Masters Medalists About the Finn World Masters Finn World Masters Trophy Winners Finn World Masters Rules AMM 2013 Minutes

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Masters President’s Message

By Andy Denison, GBR 20

hilst in La Rochelle it became W apparent to me that the Finn Masters are the majority in the Finn

Class worldwide and it was time that we had our own publication.

We have lots to look forward to in the coming years with Sopot, Poland in 2014 and Kavala, Greece in 2015. Looking forward to 2016 we already have Bracciano, Italy and Tihany, Hungary as candidates.

So here it is. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you use it to spread the good news that Finn sailing is not just for the young Olympic hopefuls, but for the rest of your life.

My sincere thanks go to Robert Deaves for giving up his time and putting a huge amount of effort in bringing this to your table and to your laptop.

Whilst the Olympic hopefuls give us something to remind us of what we used to be – youth, fitness, energy, etc – it is important that we embrace and accept what we are now. And make the most of it.

I would also like to thank our advertisers for having some faith in this first edition.

Hopefully this publication will also remind you of some of the great guys that are amongst us today, indeed many of them still sailing competitively.

Don’t forget to take some with you if you are hosting a dinghy exhibition and spread the word around your club. I wish you good sailing over the coming season. Andy Denison Finn Masters President

MAGAZINE EDITOR Robert Deaves, 2 Exeter Road, Ipswich IP3 8JL, England. Mob: +44 (0)7932 047046 Email:

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Events calendar 2014

Finn World Masters Committee 2014

10-14 Feb Semaine Internationale 10-11 May Finnale 17-18 May UK Masters 23-25 May Italian Masters 6-13 June FINN WORLD MASTERS 11-13 July Polish Masters 10-13 July North American Masters 26-31 Aug Russian Masters (Open) 10-14 Sept Euro Cup 19-21 Sept Open Dutch Masters 9-13 Oct CIS Masters (Open) 11-12 Oct Boerenkoolcup

President Masters’ Fleet Andy Denison (GBR 20) 4 Wickfield Ave, Christchurch BH23 1JB, UK Tel: +44 (0)1202 484748 Mob +44 (0)7802 355 522 Email:

Henk de Jager (NED 11) Willem Alexanderlaan 3 5263AZ -Vught, The Netherlands Email:; Tel: +31 736 565 008 Mob: +7 701 754 1813

Cannes FRA Monnickendam NED Christchurch GBR Castiligone d. Pescaia ITA Sopot POL Kiekrz POL Peewaukee, WI USA Moscow RUS Tihany HUN Medemblik NED Sevastopol UKR Loosdrecht NED

Central European Finn Masters may also be interested in:

FINN ALPEN CUP 2014 26-27 April Caldaro Lago di Caldaro 26-29 June Austrian Nationals Wolfgangsee 11-13 July Thunersee-Yachtclubs TYC Niederhornkanne 13-14 Sept Yacht Club Insel Reichenau


More info at: Please check local websites for latest details and information.

Rolf Elsässer (GER 202) Karlsbader Weg 9, 61118 Bad Vilbel Germany Tel: +49 6101 813470 Mob: +49 172 6334163 Email:

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hen Andy first mentioned this idea to me in La Rochelle last year, my immediate reaction was whether we could find enough material to make it worthwhile. I hope you’ll agree that these concerns have been met with a great range of articles and reports in this first issue of a magazine for Finn masters.

Marc Allain des Beauvais (FRA 99) IFA France 62 Avenue Camus, 44000 Nantes, France Tel: +33 (0)285 520 330 Mob: +33 (0)6 07 29 27 56 Email:

So first of all, thanks to all those who have supplied material and supported this first issue. It’s always harder producing something for the first time, but the task was made easier by cooperative help from the many contributors. Thanks also to the advertisers for making this possible. Please do support them.

Immediate Past President Fons van Gent (NED 748) Tel: +31 475 592048 Email:

PAST PRESIDENTS 1978-1992 1992-2008 2008-2013 2013-present

Georg Oser Rolf Lehnert Fons van Gent Andy Denison

*Please note that some committee members will be changed at the 2014 AMM in June

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What became clear during production was how many masters fleets around the world have taken the concept of the masters to heart and created new events to cater for this ever growing sector of the class. There are now dedicated masters events in the UK, USA, Italy, Poland and The Netherlands and I am sure there will be more to follow. Add to this the Euro Cup and the Alpen Cup, which generally attracts masters, and there is a significant series of events that support the pinnacle masters event, the Finn World Masters. At more than 40 years old it now has an incredible culture and heritage that we should nurture and develop, as well as taking care to document and record. Hopefully this magazine will complement other initiatives of the FWM movement in providing a platform for the continued success and growth of the Finn World Masters and the continued fun of Finn masters across the world. I hope you enjoy this first attempt, share it with your friends and that it encourages you to take your Finn to one or more events through 2014. Good sailing. Robert Deaves Editor



Fast communication with other countries is provided by the nearby international Gdañsk Lech Walesa Airport. At present more than a dozen Polish and low-cost carriers offer regular connections to 35 European Union cities. The modern, 39,000 square metre, terminal served 3 million passengers in 2012. Sopot – Airport, 18 km / 30 min by car

Ferry Thanks to its central location in the Gdañsk Metropolis, Sopot takes advantage of opportunities arising from a direct access to the junction of important transport and commercial routes from Western and Northern Europe to Poland, and beyond to Central and Eastern Europe. The proximity of Gdañsk and Gdynia provides access opot is a small Polish town situated on the Baltic Sea to two modern sea harbours offering regular ferry connections to coast between Gdañsk and Gdynia, a natural centre Scandinavia (Karlskrona of the nearly one-million Tri-City agglomeration and the and Nynäshamn, Pomeranian province. In the south the town is bordered by Copenhagen and the Tri-City Landscape Park and its northern border is marked Helsinki), as well as to by 4.5 km long sandy beaches of the Bay of Gdañsk. Germany (Rostock), and direct sea connections including containers and roll-on/roll-off storage types, to harbours almost all over the world. Gdañsk, Polferries – Sopot, 8 km / 15 min by car, Gdynia, Stena Line – Sopot, 15 km / 20 min by car, www.stenaline. pl/promy


Looking ahead

to Sopot 2014

Train By Piotr Pajor, POL 23

In 2014 the Finn World Masters heads to Poland for the very first time in its 44 year history. The host club is Sopot Sailing Club Hestia Sopot, one of the biggest windsurfing clubs in Europe. The club was established in 1983 and has as many as 300 members, both amateurs and professional sailors, including many winners of European and World Junior, Youth, Senior and Master Championships. The club’s best sailor Przemysław Miarczyñski has been one of the best Olympic windsurfers, being both European and World Champion.

Sopot includes a railway line connecting international railways. They lead to Kaliningrad, located just at the northern and eastern border of Poland, as well as in the southern direction, to Bratislava and Prague, and westwards to Berlin. Sopot has a direct railway connection with most major Polish cities.

Car The city is in the vicinity of the junction of four important roads leading to western, southern and eastern regions of Poland. Sopot and the whole Gdañsk Metropolis have access to A-1 motorway which is a part of a European transport route leading from Scandinavia to Mediterranean countries. Main routes: Highway A1 / S7, Freeway S6, Freeway S22 / S7



Sopot is a small tourist town by the sea with a health resort status. Along with Gdansk and Gdynia it is a part of the Tri-City agglomeration, which has over a million inhabitants. On the land side the city is covered by forested hills, on the sea side there’s Hel’s Peninsula, which surrounds the Gulf of Gdañsk. This makes the waters off Sopot’s beaches much warmer than in other places by the Baltic Sea. Thanks to the secessionist tenement houses and villas surrounded by trees, historic parks and beautiful, well cared-for gardens, the city has a unique character. The green areas make up 60 per cent of the city. Thanks to its beautiful scenery, attractive recreational venues, and cultural and entertainment events combined with good public transportation, Sopot is visited by over two million tourists every year.

Clean, sandy beaches stretch along the whole 4.5 km of the Sopot coast, with water chutes, water and beach equipment rental facilities, showers, and charming little pubs and cafés. For a number of years Sopot has been considered the best organised and the safest beach resort in the Pomeranian voivodeship. Safety on the beach is ensured by lifeguards equipped with state-of-the-art live-saving equipment and speedboats. The longest wooden pier in Europe (511.5 m), on Sopot beach is a popular venue for recreation and health walks (the concentration of iodine at the tip of the pier is twice that on land) or public entertainment events, and it also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis. It is an excellent point for observing the World Masters, the Baltic Windsurfing Cup and the Sopot Triathlon taking place on the bay. Sopot pier consists of 2 parts: the famous wooden walking jetty and the Spa Square on land, where concerts and festivities are organised.

Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street (‘Monte Cassino’ or ‘Monciak’ for short) is the street leading down to the pier and the most famous pedestrian precinct in the country, lined with numerous pubs and galleries. In summer it becomes a venue for itinerant street theatres, musicians and artists who exhibit their portrait work. The Forest Opera is an open-air amphitheatre with roofing, one of the most

Finn World Masters 2014 - Info 6 - 13 June 2014 Event website: More information: On club: On Sopot: beautiful of its type in Europe with excellent sound qualities. The theatre, covering 4 hectares, seats 4,400 and the orchestra pit accommodates 110 musicians. Both classical and popular music concerts are organised at the Opera, such as the Sopot Festival and the Opera Festival – a continuation of the pre-war Wagner Festival which in the early 20th Century made Sopot famous as the ‘Little Bayreuth’. The Opera also provides a venue for many entertainment events and one-off concerts. The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Concert Hall, is located at the Forest Opera in Sopot. The Forest Opera and 250 seat Concert Hall are managed by the Baltic Artistic Agency BART on behalf of the city. BART encompasses the Continuo Choir and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic of Wojciech Rajski, famous at home and abroad.

Schedule Friday, 6 June to Sunday, 8 June

Registration and Measurement Sunday, 8 June

Practice race Monday, 9 June - Thursday 12 June

Qualification races Wednesday, 11 June

Annual Masters Meeting & Official Dinner Friday, 13 June

Final race and Medal Race Prizegiving and Closing Ceremony

The Hippodrome Sopot extends over an area of 40 hectares, the site of horse races which can be watched from a beautifully restored, 100 year old pavilion, with numerous festivities, events and concerts.

Aquapark Sopot is the first establishment in the Pomeranian Province to offer comprehensive leisure and water recreation services. Aquapark Sopot has become the favourite leisure destination of local residents and a great attraction for tourists visiting Gdañsk throughout the year. Apart from pools Aquapark offers its customers the World of Sauna, bowling and Pick&Roll Club.

Sopot Sailing Club

Sopot Sailing Club Hestia Sopot is a very good place for sport and for recreation. Situated on the beach of Sopot it offers many possibilities – beach, sun and sea, but also theatres, museums, cinemas, Aquapark and pubs, restaurants and shops. And it’s a very good point for many regional excursions. On the club premises there is also a small hotel, ‘Mesa Sopocka’ restaurant and ‘Słoneczko’ bar, which is open in the summer season.




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Three of the greatest Finn Masters: Georg Oser, Larry Lemieux and Michael Maier

History of the

Finn World Masters

By Peter Mohilla and Robert Deaves

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. 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 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, 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 titles and six more podium places. Also, long time Olympic campaigner Michael Maier reached an eligible age and has so far matched Lemieux’s record of five titles. In 2008 numbers passed 200; there were 229 entries for Medemblik, but this was exceeded the following year and twice since with the record now standing at 285 in 2013. 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.

n 2002, Rodney Cobb, who has ISuntouched sailed in Finns all his life, started Sailboats. It began

as something of a hobby but grew steadily into something that needed full time attention. During this process, Rodney discovered, as so many have before, that running a sailing business and actually sailing does not really mix well and now he is lucky to sail once or twice a year. There are compensations though; being able to keep in touch and even be involved in the development of new products and passing on a wealth of experience and knowledge to successive generations of Finn sailors is very satisfying. Suntouched has always supported young sailors with advice and equipment and has seen many a young hopeful progress to Olympic squad standard. It’s always great to correspond with customers by email and phone but, this year, we decided to completely re-write our website, allowing almost everything but the largest items to be bought online. We have considerably increased our product range, to the extent that we can now supply almost anything a Finn sailor may need. This work is still on-going and new products are being added all the time. Some of the latest arrivals include the Pesola strain gauges, the complete range of Optimum start watches and the GoPro sports cameras. The GoPro cameras play an important part in our new ECoaching programme; buy a GoPro Hero3+ (Black or Silver Editions) from Suntouched and get up to 30 minutes FREE video analysis of your sailing skills from an Olympic Coach or Class Expert. You will get a voice over analysis of your sailing and a suggested programme for future improvement. We are very much looking forward to supporting our customers, old and new at the Masters in Poland this year and are already working on the logistical challenges of getting charter boats to Greece in 2015. The Finn is our passion and it is a joy and a privilege to share the experience of this, the greatest of single handled dinghies, with so many friends and customers worldwide. Advertiser profile



BOAT SPEED TIPS was a 2003 Devoti hired from Jan, it didn’t leak a drop and was a fantastic boat. The guy who recently brought that for only EUR 4500 got the deal of the century.

eing a relative newcomer to the class I must admit to B being surprised to have been asked to contribute my thoughts on how to sail a Finn fast. I am still learning so much. However I consider it an honour to be asked so for what they are worth here they are.

Boat speed and

performance By Karl Purdie, NZL 111

Boat speed Boat speed first and foremost comes from being fit as long as your boat set up is in ‘the ballpark’. And as Masters, and after witnessing the boat park action at La Rochelle, I’m sure we are all pretty much in that ballpark. The fitter you are the harder you work the boat, the better you are able to concentrate and the faster you go. In my opinion a lot of people spend a lot of money on the very latest go fast gear for a very small gain in speed when for a fraction of that cost they could join a gym, work on their bodies (which after all also has added benefits outside of sailing) and make huge gains in speed. That being said if everyone’s fitness is equal then I believe boat speed primarily comes from having the correct mast/sail combination, followed by having a good hull.

My gear selection When I entered the class two years ago I wanted my gear to be competitive from the start. Consequently I purchased a new 2011 Devoti. I didn’t specify any construction details to Martin other than I wanted a hull suitable for a body weight of 95 kg. I leave the centreboard case stiffeners in as the boat just feels noticeably more lively to windward in moderate wind conditions then. Without them in I have found the boat to feel sluggish and actually be slower. He built me a great boat. The boat I used at La Rochelle


My first mast was a C-Tech built from UHM carbon. I used C-Tech because they had built all my OK Dinghy masts and I felt there were some ideas from there that I could bring into the Finn. My sails were matching NZ North designs I had contributed to with Dan Bush. However once Josh Junior began sailing/training with me it became apparent this rig was not as fast as his Wilke/UK North configuration over the wind range, no matter how much I modified it. Consequently for the recent Masters worlds I purchased a new Concept mast and matching UK North sails from Luca. The Masters worlds were such a rush I never had the time to tune the rig correctly, however even when used at ‘guesstimate’ settings it proved to be very quick in La Rochelle. Now having spent some time training with Josh and Andrew Murdoch back in New Zealand I have learnt much more about how to set it up correctly and it is proving to be very fast. The sails I use are the MB1 (light air) and MB2 (medium/heavy air). I really like the MB2 but my MB1 had a bit too much luff curve in it to be really good below about 6 knots. I have just ordered a new RI-0 (the 2014 modified MB1) and Paul is taking some luff round out of that so we shall see how that improves things. Having sailed Josh’s and Andrew’s boats with Wilke masts (we all use Devoti hulls and north MB1/2 sails) I am more than happy with my Concept mast. Luca promised he would build me a fast mast and he delivered on that. As with my boat, when I ordered the mast from Luca I just told him my weight and left all the bend numbers to him….after all he has forgotten more about Finn masts than I will probably ever know. Given enough time and money I am very sure the C-Tech mast could be developed to be a very quick light air rig. Unfortunately right now I don’t have those resources. I haven’t used WB sails but the talk is they are fast light air sails and given their performances at the recent Worlds that’s hard to argue with. Doyle’s are also making some great sails through Rafa using their Stratis cloth. In the future I look forward to trying these sails out. However at the moment I am happy where I am as my boat speed is competitive across the wind range. I can’t comment on Hit masts either, as to date I haven’t used one. However having talked to Jan I know they are constantly putting a lot of work into developing them and are using high tech carbon materials in their manufacture. Certainly many sailors have achieved great results with them.

Rig set up The numbers that I follow are specific to my Concept mast which I know will be quite different from a Wilke or Hit mast. The basic concepts though I believe apply to all.

Light air (0-12 knots) Leech tension = 28 kg (with Wilke masts it’s about 29-30 kg), this tension allows me to sheet close to the deck and onto the deck once the wind increases above 6 knots without having the sail leech too hard. Some vang sheeting is used in winds below 6 knots to bend the mast and shift the draft aft in the sail. As the wind increases above 10 knots a 2 kg chock is placed behind the mast so the leech can be tightened more for height upwind. In winds below say 6 knots the outhaul is pulled out hard and inhaul left right off. This again shifts the draft aft in the lower part of the sail and gives you height upwind. From 8-12 knots the inhaul can be pulled on a little and the outhaul eased for more power. Similarly the traveller position is brought inboard from the boom end sitting on the sheerline (hull/ deck intersection edge) to the boom end being approximately 50-80 mm inboard from there. The centreboard is shifted as far aft as it can go to balance the helm, with just a bit of weather helm remaining for


biggest body issue I have recently found is that after a few hours hard training my knee joints were beginning to hurt. That has now been solved through taking collagen pills and deer velvet pills – apparently these help regenerate cartilage. I don’t know if it does or not but I do know they have got rid of my joint pain.

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If you can bench say 95 kg and bicep curl 18 kg on each arm then you are strong enough. I think also with free pumping now being a normal sailing technique that having a strong core (abdominal muscles) is of the utmost importance if you don’t want to ruin your back later in life.

Free pumping height upwind. The distance from the mast deck slot aft edge to the mast bearing ring aft edge is about 20-25 mm.

Medium air (12-20 knots) From 12-15 knots leech tension is progressively tightened to 33.5 kg and the mast shifted forward in the boat so the distance from mast deck slot aft edge to mast bearing ring aft edge is about 50 mm. The centreboard is correspondingly moved from the aft most position to its forward most position. Inhaul and outhaul are tightened/ loosened as required to depower/power up the sail. Traveller position is also altered from the boom end being slightly inboard of the sheerline (12 knots of wind speed) to about 50-80 mm past the sheerline (15 knots of wind speed). How much leech tension you use is a balance between height upwind, and being over powered through excessive tension. Cunningham is progressively pulled on to depower the rig as careful though to not pull so much on that the sail runs out of luff round and starts to invert....that is slow. From 15-20 knots I keep the mast base where it is and further increase the leech tension to 35 kg. This flattens the sail without unduly increasing the leech tension. At this tension the top of the leech opens sufficiently for my weight/hiking power to depower the rig as you hit waves and wind gusts.

Heavy air (Above 20 knots) Well now to be honest I’m into unknown territory a little as I haven’t had a chance to train against Doc and Josh much in these conditions. However I would imagine the leech tension will then be progressively decreased through removing chocks at deck level to about 32 kg and the traveller released further outboard. The centreboard would simultaneously be shifted to the aft most setting. Cunningham, inhaul and outhaul would all be hard on. All my chocks have written on them how much each one increases or decreases the leech tension. My leech tensions have been arrived at through some quite extensive line ups with Josh and Doc as well as through outside observations of the sail by our coach John Cutler (1988 Finn Olympic bronze medallist) and myself. (Yes we have managed to tempt John into sailing the boat on the light days at least. Hopefully he will enter the Master fleet one day soon. I’m working on it.) This is something anyone can do if you can get a few mates together with a coach boat in attendance. It’s well worthwhile. One boat changes his settings at a time while the others remain the same until you eventually get to the fast setting. Then it’s the turn of your mates. It’s essential you share the knowledge you have gained with them so they can quickly improve too.

Some people get too carried away with this and just pump all the time without looking at why they are doing it. My advice is to start out slowly and only do it to catch the waves you otherwise would not have caught. Pick your moments and be wise about it. Then when you are on a wave look to see how you can immediately link that to another... and then another. With free pumping the rocking is just as important as the pumping and you need good balance as much as fitness and strength. I’m one for one off the boom up to about 18 knots then I go two to one. To start the pump stand up (straight, not hunched), move right forward to the traveller and slightly to leeward so you lean the boat to leeward and the boom end almost hits the water. Then pull the boom back as you also lean back to sitting on the deck. This incorporates a rock and a pump for added acceleration. The big thing then (and this is where the fitness comes in) is to immediately and quickly stand and move right forward in the boat (keeps your weight forward so the boat accelerates down the wave) so you are ready to do it all over again as required to catch the next wave. As you catch and sail down the wave you have two choices – sail across the wave by the lee or on a broad type reach. Which way you go depends on where you see your next best chance for staying on the wave and catching the next. It’s fun! I think the best advice I can give is just go out by yourself and use the technique to catch waves and have fun. Before too long it will become more instinctive. There is no reason at 2:1 why you shouldn’t be standing up and be pumping and rocking in winds up to 25-30 knots. Balance is key then, but trust me it is significantly faster when you get it right.

Why the Finn is great To me it looks fantastic, it glides through the water nicely, and the feeling of power from the rig is awesome. It is the most physically unrelenting boat I have ever sailed and ever will. The people who sail it are a tough breed and know how to handle pain. They are also highly intelligent, inquisitive and know what makes the boat go fast...and are constantly seeking ways to make it go faster. Anyone who has sailed a Finn for a good length of time has my respect. The people in the class from the top to the bottom are also friendly and happy to share their knowledge. People I have recently met overseas who have provided invaluable help and stand out for me are Martin, Jan, Luca, Ed Wright, Rafa and Filippo Baldasaari. Guys like that make a class such as the Finn great. All the NZ Finn sailors are awesome people as well. Here, Ray Hall, in particular has gone out of his way to help me get started. I have always wanted and dreamed of sailing a Finn. Every time I go out I think how fortunate I am to have realised this dream.

Physical fitness and strength In these boats physical fitness is everything. You don’t necessarily have to be all that strong but you do need to be fit. Too often I hear I’m too old, I just can’t expect to compete with the young guys. Rubbish! As long as your body is still working, i.e. joints in good order, there is absolutely no reason, if you really want to, that you can’t be as fit as them. Our biggest problem is finding and making the time to get fit. We have jobs whereas their job is sailing. The



VENUE FOR 2015 FINN WORLD MASTERS – KAVALA, GREECE Under the warm sun of May you can enjoy more walks in the city centre that will take you to the central square, the church of Saint Georgios, the Liberty square and the Town Hall buildings. In the centre, apart from souvenirs that you can find in small local art shops, Kavala offers a great market for the less or more shopaholic.

avala is called the ‘blue city’ and is the largest port of K the Eastern Macedonia region, amphitheatrically built on the slopes of Mount Symvolo overlooking Northern Aegean Sea. Enjoy your walk by the dock of the old port with the numerous fishing boats, stop by Saint Nicholas Cathedral and the spot where the Apostle Paul taught the first Christians and then walk up to the picturesque old town, Panagia district, with the preserved Ottoman buildings and cobblestone alleys.

Looking ahead to Kavala 2015

And when it’s time for a meal, the menu is inexhaustible. Our Mediterranean cuisine includes plenty of fish, seafood, cereals, a little meat, lots of vegetables and fruit. Food is cooked in local olive oil and a variety of herbs are used to enhance its flavour like rigani (oregano), thyme, rosemary, parsley, dill and basil. Once we wish to turn the meal into a feast, we start with our appetisers – ‘mezedes’ – they are so many and enjoyable that we may stick to them and forget about the main dish. An important detail: a Greek meal cannot start unless there is plenty of bread on the table to eat with your starters and your main dish. That can be a meat dish of pork, veal, lamb or chicken or, preferably, a fresh-fish dish. As for the drinks to accompany your meal, there is a wide range of wines (made in the local wineries from the famous locally-grown grapes) to choose from as well as anise-flavoured liqueurs like ouzo or homemade tsipouro. For dessert, why don’t you try yoghurt with honey, or a spoon sweet or ‘karidopita’ (cake of crushed walnuts soaked in syrup). Would you like a coffee after your meal? Have a Greek coffee, then, and simply enjoy.

By Vasilis Pigadas, Vice President of Nautical Club of Kavala While there, pay a visit to the monument-hotel Imaret that will transport you back to the past, to the Museum of Mehmet Ali and reach the castle, the city’s landmark. Walk down the hill past the Roman Aqueduct. Make sure you also visit the Archaeological Museum with prehistoric items and finds from Neapolis and Amphipolis and the Museum of tobacco (Kavala used to be the ‘Mecca of tobacco’ with plenty of companies processing locallygrown tobacco) containing objects and archival material about the cultivation, production and processing of tobacco.


And remember, what makes our meal a perfect feast is not just the good food but the good company and the fun of it. So, get your forks and your best mood. The fun is about to begin. As for entertainment, you can enjoy your evenings and nights out at the city’s cafes, pubs and clubs staying open till late. There are a number of places of interest to see around Kavala. Do visit the archaeological site of Philippi and its museum. In the










ancient city of Philippi, named in 356 BC after Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great, excavations have brought to light ruins from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Paleochristian period. Among them, the octagon, the Roman forum, the Paleochristian Basilicas and parts of the city walls. At the foot of the acropolis lies the remarkable ancient theatre of Filippi, which, in the summer, hosts the Filippi Festival, a major cultural event with performances of ancient and modern drama, classical dance and concerts.

Take a short boat trip to Thassos. Thassos is a green island of olive trees and pine trees reaching the shores. Its coastline is embellished by unique golden-sandy and pebbly beaches and caves. Visit the charming coastal villages of Limenas and Potamia and the peaceful, mountainous villages of Theologos, Panagia and Kazaviti.



And, of course, do not miss a walk on the beautiful beaches of the numerous picturesque bays in and outside Kavala. And why not enjoy your swim in the crystal clear waters which are getting warmer in May? Finally, a piece of advice: sometimes the best activity for one’s inner balance is ‘no activity’, that is lying on the beach, letting your senses feel the touch of the sand and the sea breeze, listen to the waves breaking on the shore, look at the starlit or moonlit sky at night and sell nature’s fragrances...pure magic. Ooops, I nearly forgot, you are coming here mainly for sailing. So, light and steady winds will, in all probability, enable you to test your skills and enjoy sailing. After all, you deserve a fair track that is skill- and not power- oriented. We are planning to make your stay in Kavala as convenient as possible. The centre of the race will be the main harbour of Kavala. There, you can use 50 metre-wide slips, with a parking area for the Finns just by the slips. The marquee, the race office, the hotels and camper’s site are all within walking distance (200 metres). Finally, just a few metres away from the Finns rest area, there are cafes, fast food restaurants, bars, restaurants and shops for your service before and after races.

To reach Kavala you may travel either a. on land, b. on land and by ship or c. by air. a. Travelling from Central or Western Europe, you may take either the E75 highway and enter the country from the Evzonoi customs (Skopje-Greece) or the E79 and enter the country from the Promahonas customs (BulgariaGreece). It is the E79 that you should take if you drive from Eastern Europe. b. Combining car and sea travel, you can take a ferry from Ancona or Bari in Italy to Igoumenitsa and then have a 474 km journey on land from Igoumenitsa to Kavala on the recently constructed highway E90 (Egnatia Road). c. Travelling by plane, you can choose either a flight to the International Airport of Thessaloniki ‘Macedonia’ (SKG) – which is 170 km from Kavala (where you can get to either by coach or by car using car rental service) or a flight to the International Airport of Kavala ‘Megas Alexandros’ (KVA). Transportation companies have informed us that the cost of sending a large container e.g. from England to Kavala and back is approximately 3,500€. The container can easily carry four Finns plus the equipment. In 2014 we are planning to contact the ferry companies and certain airlines in order to achieve better prices.

Join an excursion on Mount Pangeon. Its natural beauty is well attested while its walking paths are ideal for trekking. The Byzantine monastery of Icosifinissa built in the 4th century and the picturesque villages of Moustheni, Kipia, Messoropi, Paleohori and Nikisiani are certainly worth a visit.




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Fifth World Masters Photos: Claire ADB and Robert Deaves

for Mike Maier By Robert Deaves, GBR 10


he 2013 Finn World Masters in La Rochelle, France attracted the largest entry ever for a Finn event. There were 285 registered Finns entered with the massive fleet split into two starts of around 140 boats each. The other major factor of the week was the bad weather. The sunshine of the training days disappeared in strong winds, low temperatures and continuous rain for most of the week. However the racing was fantastic with most sailors enjoying the great sailing conditions off La Rochelle. Day one The wind was 12-14 knots and a big swing in the wind on the first upwind for Yellow fleet came back just in time for Erik Lidecis to lead round the top mark and extend to win. He was followed across the finish by Lars Hall and defending champion Michael Maier. Lidecis then led the second race from start to finish again, this time with Marc Allain des Beauvais in second and Maier again in third. Both races in the Blue fleet were won by André Budzien, though he had a harder time than Lidecis. In the first race Tauras Rymonis led at the first mark with Budzien in third. Budzien pulled through downwind to take the win. In the second race he rounded the top mark in 30th but with Oscar up for free pumping, he surged through to the lead. He lost two on the next upwind but retook the lead on the final downwind to win his second race of the day. After the first two races, three times champion Budzien shared the lead with Lidecis, who was sailing his first Masters. Karl Purdie, also in his first year in the Finn, was in third after a 4, 2. It was a big day for the black flag with 39 disqualifications across both fleets in the second race.

Day two Tuesday opened bleak in with strong winds, rain and low temperatures. By race time, things were marginally better. The rain had stopped and the breeze had stabilised at 10-12 knots.


Top three overall: 1. Michael Maier (CZE), 2 Andre Budzien (GER), 3 Erik Lidecis (USA)

The sun almost showed its face between races, but then the wind kicked back in for the windiest race so far. In spite of all this it was another great day’s sailing, ending with a fantastic reach back to La Rochelle as the wind peaked at 15-16 knots The groups were decided using Monday’s overall results. Regatta leaders Budzien and Lidecis were split, with Budzien having a slightly better day to stay at the top, while Lidecis slipped one place, but just one point behind. Four times champion Maier moved up to third, just four points off the lead, but with a win in race four, he matched Budzien’s points for the day. The Yellow fleet got away first with the left side proving favoured. The leading group included Ray Hall and Rymonis who crossed in second and third, but it was Budzien who took the win. Towards the end the wind really faded away and it almost warmed up, but then a solid and increasing 10-12 knots kicked in for the fourth race which started at the third attempt under black flag. After a big left shift just before the start, which left a lot struggling on the right, Rymonis was again up the front, this time with Uli Breuer ahead and Maier chasing hard. Maier worked his way through to take the lead for his first win with Breuer second and Rymonis third. Between them Breuer and Rymonis had the best day across both fleets. In the Blue fleet a lot of the favourites were struggling in the first race, but Paul Blowers took a great win after rounding the top mark in fifth. He crossed the finish just ahead of Svend Vogt Andersen with Marco Buglielli in third. Lidecis crossed in seventh to lose the overall lead. The fourth blue fleet race also had problems getting away. With the wind increasing Purdie found his way to the front to take the win from Karel van Hellemond and Lidecis. However it was not to be Purdie’s day as he picked up a DNE in the first race of the day after failing to retire from the race following a second yellow flag Rule 42 penalty.


The top 10 sailors before the medal race

Final Results - Finn World Masters 2013

From top: Masters: 1. Michael Maier (CZE), 2. Erik Lidecis (USA), 3. Tauras Rymonis (LTU); Grand Masters: 1. André Budzien (GER), 2. Thomas Schmidt (GER), 3. Michael Staal (DEN); Grand Grand Masters: 1. Henk de Jager (NED), 2. Seppo Ajanko (FIN), 3. Dirk Seret (AUS); Legends: 1. Friedrich Müller (GER), 2. [missing] Minski Fabris (CRO), 3. Howard Sellars (GBR)

1 CZE 1 Michael Maier 2 GER 711 André Budzien 3 USA 505 Erik Lidecis 4 LTU 7 Tauras Rymonis 5 NED 41 Karel Van Hellemond 6 GER 193 Thomas Schmidt 7 GBR 2 Allen Burrell 8 FRA 75 Laurent Hay 9 DEN 80 Michael Staal 10 GBR 642 Adrian Brunton 11 NZL 2 Raymond Hall 12 SUI 85 Jan Eckert 13 FRA 99 Marc Allain Des Beauvais 14 NED 881 Thierry Van Vierssen 15 ITA 4 Francesco Faggiani 16 SUI 86 Piet Eckert 17 SWE 22 Stefan Fagerlund 18 GBR 17 Paul Blowers 19 NZL 9 Rob Coutts 20 ITA 2 Marco Buglielli 21 GBR 665 Julian Smith 22 GER 8 Juergen Eiermann 23 DEN 249 Svend Vogt Andersen 24 GER 65 Stefan Kreiss 25 NED 60 Luuk Kuijper 26 NZL 10 David Hoogenboom 27 GBR 679 Neil Robinson 28 RSA 1 Greg Davis 29 NED 29 Bas De Waal 30 RUS 31 Igor Frolov 31 RUS 41 Felix Denikaev 32 FRA 84 Jean-Pierre Lostis 33 ESP 313 Antonio Parra 34 GBR 86 Allan Fergus 35 SUI 55 Beat Heinz 36 NED 7 Cees Scheurwater 37 GER 997 Jochen Dauber 38 RUS 51 Mikhail Petriga 39 SWE 14 Stefan Nordstrom 40 GER 206 Klaus Reffelmann 41 GBR 6 John Mackie 42 NED 780 Jan Willem Kok 43 GBR 708 Michael De Courcy 44 GBR 635 Simon Percival 45 NED 11 Henk De Jager 46 FRA 66 Philippe Lobert 47 AUS 10 John Condie 48 NED 54 Joos Bos 49 GBR 10 Robert Deaves 50 GER 212 Rainer Wolff

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DEN 6 GRE 71 ITA 67 SUI 63 GER 194 AUS 3 RUS 69 GER 165 NZL 111 GBR 65 FIN 112 GER 707 AUS 8 NED 27 GER 146 GBR 40 AUS 231 GBR 707 NED 49 CZE 8 NED 962 NED 2 ITA 23 GBR 711 CRO 1 AUT 350 FRA 38 AUT 11 GBR 77 GER 175 GER 84 ITA 11 RSA 571 FRA 880 NED 88 GBR 61 NED 95 FIN 22 RSA 51

Lars Hall Panagiotis Davourlis Gino Bucciarelli Thomas Gautschi Axel Schroeder Jake Gunther Denis Kharitonov Dirk Meid Karl Purdie David Potter Seppo Ajanko Uli Breuer Dirk Seret Paul Kamphorst Friedrich Müller Nick Daniels James Mayor Simon Childs Jan-Mark Meeuwisse Jiri Outrata Jan Bart Wouter Molenaar Umberto Grumelli Simon Petit Fabris Minski Peter Grdell Michel Audoin Bernd Moser Howard Sellars Michael Mackel Michael Huellenkremer Paolo Cisbani Andreas Bonhnsack Cedric Hollier Chiel Barends John Heyes Wobbe De Schiffart Ville Valtonen Philip Baum

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The third day was moving day with many changes at the top and several favourites picking up high scores after only one race was sailed. The day had started with the Annual Masters Meeting where Andy Denison replaced Fons van Gent as Masters President and Kavala in Greece was chosen as the venue for 2015.

In the Yellow fleet, Rainer Wolff was first round the top mark from Thomas Schmidt, the 1998 Finn Gold Cup winner. Schmidt had taken the lead by the next leg and extended on the fleet for a nice win. Wolff maintained second place, while Allen Burrell moved through to take third at the bottom of the second downwind and held it until the finish.

Maier sailed a flawless race to claim his second race win and take the overall lead. Budzien sailed one he would probably prefer to forget and dropped to second, while Lidecis placed seventh to end the day on equal points with Budzien.

Maier dominated Blue fleet, leading from start to finish after also starting on the right and benefiting from a sizeable right shift that left those further right footing off to lay the mark.

The forecast for the day was not good. The weather chart showed just 4-6 knots of wind, though as the sun was trying to break through the grey cloud and for the first time in the week it was starting to feel warm. The sailors set out for the race area in just a few knots of wind and it looked like a different place from the last few days.

Second placed Neil Robinson rounded the top mark about fifth and worked through the boats while the French battle for third was won by Laurent Hay from Marc Allain des Beauvais. Lidecis lost some places on the final downwind to cross in seventh, leaving Maier in the overall lead from Budzien (who finished 29th in Yellow fleet) and Lidecis.

However as it got closer to the start the wind picked up to 8-10 knots with complete cloud cover and a distinct drop in temperature. The races were characterised by a gradual shift in the breeze to the right with those who chose the right side looking very pleased with themselves at the top mark.

Day four

90 NED 50 Jan Zetzema 91 CZE 67 Josef Jochoviak 92 FRA 44 Christophe Deseilligny 93 DEN 210 Henrik Elmer Nielsen 94 NZL 43 Nick Winters 95 POL 691 Andre Skarka 96 DEN 1 Franck Hansen 97 CRO 110 Luksa Cicarelli 98 RUS 1117 Andrew Bill 99 POR 10 Jorge Pinheiro De Melo 100 GBR 631 Richard Hart 101 NED 823 Nico Van Wirdum 102 NED 35 Bas Proper 103 GBR 20 Andrew Denison 104 HUN 41 Zoltan Bartos 105 RUS 142 Yury Polovinkin 106 RUS 34 Alexander Kasatov 107 GER 122 Holger Krasmann 108 RUS 21 Vladimir Butenko 109 CZE 222 Petr Vinkl 110 GBR 19 Simon Hoult 111 POL 26 Boguslaw Nowakowski 112 ITA 73 Luca Taruschio 113 FRA 28 Sebastien Grall 114 NED 888 Bas De Regt 115 GER 909 Udo Murek 116 FRA 2 Pierre Mondeteguy 117 FRA 77 Jean Duru 118 RUS 16 Oleg Khudiakov 119 NED 8 Rodrick Casander 120 FRA 4 Renaud De Saint Mars 121 CZE 318 Martin Plecity 122 CZE 75 Vladimir Skalickak 123 GER 60 Thilo Durach 124 FRA 869 Regis Baumgarten 125 RUS 169 Dimitri Akhramenko 126 GER 28 Christian Kayhlwein 127 SUI 57 Rudolf Baumann 128 GER 142 Jonny Paech

129 NED 43 130 NED 703 131 FRA 117 132 GER 62 133 NZL 19 134 FRA 13 135 GER 998 136 GER 202 137 DEN 258 138 GER 19 139 RUS 205 140 NED 1 141 NED 47 142 GBR 656 143 SWE 59 144 FRA 800 145 GBR 1 146 ITA 212 147 FRA 777 148 ESP 315 149 RUS 71 150 ITA 938 151 GBR 80 152 GBR 595 153 FRA 150 154 NED 4 155 NZL 213 156 SUI 13 157 SUI 83 158 ITA 1022 159 SUI 11 160 NED 100 161 DEN 700 162 GER 59 163 SUI 25 164 HUN 69 165 ITA 7 166 FRA 24 167 FRA 897


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Too much wind spoiled the show on Thursday. With the wind whistling through the rigging all morning the sailors waited ashore under postponement for a final announcement at 14.30. By this time the wind afloat had moderated to 14-16 knots

Ronald Van Klooster Eric Bakker François Richard Uwe Barthel Denis Mowbray Henry De Maublanc Guido Halterbeck Rolf Elsaesser Christian Qvist Andreas Bollongino Sergei Stepanov Jan van der Horst Auke Woerdeman Graeme MacDonald Lars Edwall Yves Zoccola Sander Kooij Cirillo Lanfranco Alain Keraudy Santiago Reyero Leonid Klyayman Giorgio Ricci Ray New Edward Thorburn Pascal Tetard Ruurd Baerends Maurice Duncan Peter Kilchenmann Beat Steffen Filippo Petella Hans Fatzer Arend Vanderdsluis Jon Voetmann Detlef Stock Till Klammer Csaba Stadler Antonio Pitini Philippe Hourez Bruno Regout

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and the first fleet was sent out. However by the time they got there it was a solid 24-26 knots and the fleet was turned around and sent straight back in.

Day five The final day of the was made more difficult by the strong winds and early rain showers that swept through the area. The day began with the first final colour grouping races for all but the top 10. A much reduced fleet headed out into a solid 15-16 knot very cold breeze and were met by an approaching rainstorm. Yellow fleet’s start featured a large left hand shift just minutes before the gun with those at the pin almost laying the top mark on port tack. The wind was around 10-12 knots so it was fantastic sailing conditions with nice long waves downwind. Ray Hall led all the way to secure the 11th overall place, while in the Blue fleet Karl Purdie made it a Kiwi double by winning his second race of the series, leading from start to finish.

poor start on the first attempt but made the best of the second start to lead round the entire race. Karel van Hellemond was flagged out of the start for infringing another boat’s water and started last. However he was back in contention at the top mark and moved into a comfortable second place on the second upwind. Third place in the race finally went to Budzien after a close battle with the chasing pack. This all meant no overall change in the leading three boats with Maier taking a well deserved and record equalling fifth World Masters title after undoubtedly the toughest of all his five Masters titles. Budzien, the three times champion, took the silver while newcomer Lidecis took the bronze. And as if the sailors had not had enough of the bad weather, the rain returned briefly during the prizegiving ceremony outside the Société des Régates Rochelaises. It was a fitting ending to the regatta.

The medal race was held much later at 15.30 after one general recall in well in excess of 20 knots. Sailed in the narrow channel just off the marina it was a gusty, shifty race that generally favoured the right side under the town. Maier escaped from a

168 RUS 7 169 USA 975 170 ITA 80 171 NED 963 172 AUS 7 173 GER 293 174 NED 10 175 FRA 40 176 GER 158 177 GBR 564 178 NED 52 179 FRA 100 180 ESP 333 181 NED 895 182 SUI 28 183 DEN 192 184 NZL 3 185 RUS 23 186 FRA 17 187 SUI 9 188 FRA 11 189 GER 116 190 FRA 202 191 FRA 63 192 FRA 50 193 NED 36 194 USA 1214 195 SWE 111 196 FRA 79 197 SVK 101 198 GER 101 199 RUS 25 200 GBR 22 201 SUI 44 202 AUS 68 203 GBR 58 204 NED 22 205 GER 143 206 FRA 113

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207 FRA 822 208 RUS 22 209 NED 814 210 GER 1000 211 HUN 972 212 FRA 74 213 HUN 81 214 FRA 102 215 SUI 12 216 USA 2 217 NED 13 218 NED 32 219 DEN 14 220 GER 55 221 NED 749 222 FRA 111 223 AUS 242 224 DEN 77 225 NED 9 226 GER 89 227 GER 172 228 FRA 86 229 NED 6 230 DEN 33 231 NED 708 232 NED 81 233 GBR 55 234 NED 848 235 FRA 37 236 SUI 4 237 DEN 205 238 GER 75 239 GER 26 240 AUS 198 241 FRA 999 242 GRE 5 243 ITA 920 244 FRA 93 245 RUS 14

Alexandre Lesage Roman Kopylov Martin Tas Ulrich Heinemann Monus Gyula Jean Louis Duret Solymosi Imre Jacques Fauroux Franz Buergi Charles Heimler Harold Lensing Peter Verhoef Jan Verner Nielsen Herbert Sondermann Dirk Hooijer Pierre Chaubard Bob Buchanan Jensen Flemming Bender Jobs Isselmann Günter Kellermann Andreas Siggelkow Christophe Jean Rob De Cocq Christian Poulsen Bert Veerkamp Gerko Visser Mike Till Pax Van De Griend Alain Guillou Jiri Huracek Mogens Petersson Christian Rupp Willi Meister James Ley Jerome Ledoyen Ioannis Giaramanis Alberto Romano Jean Claude Montesinos Vladimir Gorbachev

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246 NED 39 247 ESP 316 248 LUX 35 249 DEN 112 250 GBR 611 251 ITA 881 252 SUI 3 253 FRA 108 254 ESP 21 255 NED 42 256 NED 93 257 FRA 90 258 GER 161 259 GBR 99 260 FRA 83 261 GER 225 262 CAN 3 263 RSA 5 264 SUI 29 265 NED 38 266 NED 748 267 FRA 48 268 NED 943 269 SUI 8 270 NED 786 271 NOR 3 272 NED 56 273 RSA 540 274 RSA 539 275 GBR 14 276 POL 3 277 RSA 570 278 NED 51 279 SUI 002 280 FRA 7 280 FRA 26 280 FRA 58 280 BEL 169 280 NED 14 280 GBR 4

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G a l l e r y By Claire ADB



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UK MASTERS AT WARSASH event leader Burrell well down the fleet alongside Hughes. With the fleet following Blowers to the left of the downwind leg Hughes stayed right and by the leeward mark had established a 20 metre lead followed by De Courcy and Belton. On the windward leg and subsequent downwind Hughes extended to win by over a minute.

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In race four David Potter make a brave port tack start and crossed the entire fleet. Even Sander Kooij, who was OCS, could not trap Potter, who had a 20 metre advantage over Blowers at the windward mark. This was quickly eroded by Burrell and Hughes who took several positions down the reach. The increasing wind created carnage at the wing mark with several swimmers. Hughes lost his advantage by falling over in his boat which then did a full 360 as he lay in the bottom with his legs in the air. Potter and Burrell battled around the rest of the course with Burrell pulling ahead on the final run to take his third first place.

Allen Burrell

wins UK Masters By Martin Hughes, GBR 567

wenty Finns including two classic boats rigged up on T the banks of the river Hamble at Warsash Sailing Club on Saturday, 19 October for the UK Masters and Open event partnered by P&B (South), Crewsaver, Rainandsun, and North Sails. The weekend forecast was for breezy conditions with thunderstorms, but Saturday was perfect with 12-18 knots steady breeze. A windward-leeward course was set and following one general recall the fleet got away at the second attempt. Early front runners included Dan Belton, Julian Smith and Allen Burrell, with Paul Blowers and Michael De Courcy pushing hard. Burrell pulled out a substantial lead by the end of the second beat and went on to win, but Belton was overtaken by Smith on the last run to take second. Race 2 in a slightly increased breeze, now at 14 knots, saw the fleet split at the start with several sailors including Sander Kooij, Michael Webster, Martin Hughes and new Finn sailor Will Patten hitting the right hand corner, but a substantial wind shift under a black cloud put paid to their early advantage as they tacked into a header. Burrell again led around the windward mark followed by Belton, Smith, De Courcy and Blowers. Downwind the fleet battled with the short Solent chop as the tide picked up speed. Hughes staying to the right of the fleet and moved up to second at the leeward mark but a long way behind Burrell. Following Burrell up the next beat Hughes made good gains, but Belton, De Courcy and Smith were all in close pursuit looking to capitalise on any errors. Burrell maintained his lead to take a close fought race followed by Hughes, Smith and Belton. With a fresh 16 knots the fleet got away first time for a two lap third race. The usual suspects of Blowers, Smith, Belton and De Courcy rounded the windward mark ahead of the rest of the fleet with

On Saturday evening the fleet enjoyed a hearty meal in Warsash SC and a chance to share stories of the day’s events over a beer or two. The forecast for Sunday was not looking good but many were hopeful. Sunday morning commenced with briefing for the few sailors who turned up, with the PRO keen to follow the wishes of the fleet to go sailing. A somewhat diminished fleet, with many weary legs, set sail to beat against the tide out of the river. As the Finns headed south on a wet and bouncy reach the wind was steadily increasing. The sailors arrived at the start area to be greeted by an increasingly short steep sea and a wind between 15 and 33 knots. As a large black cloud made steady progress towards the fleet the PRO made the decision to abandon. Nobody argued and all enjoyed a real sleigh ride back to Warsash. We then learnt about the effects of the tornado on Hayling Island, the results of which can be seen on YouTube. The prize giving, supported by our partners at P&B, Rainandsun, North Sails and Crewsaver, crowned Allan Burrell as UK Masters Champion 2013, Martin Hughes as first Grand Master, Michael Webster as first Great Grand Master, Howard Sellars as first Legend and James Cole as first Classic helm. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Allen Burrell Dan Belton Martin Hughes Julian Smith Paul Blowers Michael De Courcy David Potter Nick Daniels John Heyes Will Patten Sander Kooij Vince Hayter James Crew Andrew Wylam Michael Webster Howard Sellars James Cole Jourdan Swindon Andrew Hurst John Barnes

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ANDRE BUDZIEN INTERVIEW ndré Budzien is a three time former Finn Masters A World Champion. Not only did he win three back to back titles from 2009 to 2007 he has appeared on

André Budzien on Finn sailing

Photos: Tosca Zambra

the podium nine times since 2003, a record that will take some beating. In 2013 he won the Grand Masters category for the first time as well as placing second overall. We quizzed him on why the Finn is so special for him and his thoughts on the Finn World Masters.

When did you turn your passion for sailing into a business? What I do with is not really a business. It is my way to live my dreams and give something back into the Finn class and to the younger people. I try to help out with everything that a motivated racing sailor needs on the water to bring him, and his material, in the best shape to reach his goals.

Explain the gear you have used over the years.

How did you start in the Finn? I started Finn sailing in 1980 and my first competition was the GDR Championship in October in Warnemünde. Together with Heiko Birke we pushed the fleet from the back. In the GDR the normal way to learn the first steps in singlehanded sailing was in Optimist, then in the OK Dinghy which I sailed nearly six years from 1975 to 1981, and then I started Olympic sailing in Finn.

What is the motivation for you after so many years?

Pata is one of my oldest friends from the early times in Finn sailing. We had a lot of fun together and I have to say thanks that he offered and provided me the best service and materials over the past 10 years. This is one of the biggest points of success.

What are you looking for in a fast hull or rig and how do you get there from a untested boat? For me the important thing is that the boat is working perfectly, that all the fittings and ropes are in perfect condition and you never have in your mind that something can break. Over the last 10 years I have never missed a race or a training for that reason.

Singlehanded sailing in the way we do (small courses near the beach) over some days is a very nice format to bring families, sport, profession and passion together.

What do you think makes a fast hull?

What were your early years like and how was it different to today’s youth sailing?

And what makes a fast mast and sail?

My early years were fantastic. I learned a lot about sailing, friendship and life. Great sailors like Jochen Schümann, Frank Butzmann, Heiko Birke, Dirk Loewe, Malte Phillip, Ingo Köhn and Jürgen Knuth and so many more were my training partners in this early times and are still friends today

What about your Olympic dreams? My goal was to get a ticket for Barcelona 1992, but I couldn’t take part. In Germany, the trials for this were the 1992 Gold Cup in Cadiz and this was one of my poorest competitions. But I did take part in the Pre-Olympics together with Dirk Loewe in Barcelona in 1990 and this was also a very nice feeling.

Honestly I don’t know and think that for every sailor it can be different.

Both should fit together and very important it should fit to the sailor and to the conditions on the water (wind, waves and so on). This is always the difficult thing to find out what is the best in a practicable time (which the most of us do not have).

What should a mid fleet sailor focus on to make the jump to the front? You need a good mix of training and competition. The most important things for a good (better) place are the start and the downwind performance.

Apart from Finn, what else do you sail and how do you find the right balance? Over the last three years I came back a little bit in the OK Dinghy class sailing during a German Championship in my hometown in Schwerin and it is also a lot of fun – but my great love is Finn sailing.

Roughly how many days a year do you sail, and how many days do you do fitness training? This is a difficult question, but I think I do more fitness than sailing, because sailing needs too much time and for me only makes sense in a group. I tried sometimes to go out alone, but this is no fun for me

Explain how you got involved in the German youth team and what you do to help them? This is one of my most interesting projects. Some enthusiasts and me founded the Finn Team Germany in 2006 to support the newcomers in German Finn sailing with all the help we can give such as material, money, knowledge and more. This is a non profit organisation and we attract donations and have round about 70 members – one of the biggest supporters is the German Finn class of course



POLISH MASTERS Do you see a good future for German Finn sailing?

Mieczysław Popłonyk

Over the past years we have seen good development in German Olympic sailing – the Sailing Team Germany is a platform for motivated young people and last year we got a Finn trainer in the German Federation. I think we have a good chance to come back into the international circus with a young motivated team – the Europeans last year in Warnemünde also gave a lot of motivation to push the German Finn class and the responsible persons in the Federation in the right direction.

wins Open Polish Masters in Sopot

How would you like to see the format for future Finn Masters? I think last years format in La Rochelle was nice, only the groups are too big with around 140 boats. I like the idea of a medal race. The group sailing is OK but the fleets should not bigger that 80-100 boats. This is difficult if we have a fleet like 2013 from about 280 boats. However the rules are, it should be possible to sail in six races with a minimum two times against every sailor. I remember in Punta Ala with the random system, and nice small groups, I never saw some sailors in my fleet. This is not good I think. At the end every completion has its rules and you have to make the best of it as a sailor, as a race committee, and of course with the conditions on the water and on shore.

Do you think it’s getting tougher to get into the top 10? Yes of course. Every year we see new faces and we are getting older ourselves.

Do you think it is a good thing that ex Olympians are starting to get interested? I think we need all motivated master sailors and we are an Olympic class – so for those who are also interested in Finn sailing at an older age, the class has one of the best Masters events in the world. And it is not forbidden to sail the Gold Cup also – at 40 years old if you are prepared enough

What about the numbers coming to the event - do you think we will go past 300, 400? Yes this can happen and I don’t know how we can handle the future. I think a good idea came from the Hungarians to hold a European masters also – probably we need more Masters events over the year. I think to have criteria is the only way if we have to reduce the fleet, but I don’t like the idea; and of course it would be difficult to find the right criteria.

Why do you think that the Masters has become so large? It’s a combination of things. Improvements in gear; we attracting the kind of sailor who likes to travel; people stay fitter for longer and feel they can still do this.

How do you see your future as part of the Finn World Masters? This is a nice question. I think for me I will always come back to have fun if I have time and money and am healthy enough for that kind of sailing

When you see the legends sailing, do you think you will still be doing this in 20 years time? The legends sailing always make me so happy. It is a great honour to see how these people live for what they like. I hope I can be like them in 20 years and give some younger sailors the same inspiration.

Where would you like to see the Masters held in future years? It is on my wish list for many years that the FWM will be held outside Europe and the easiest way would be that in years like that, the event in Europe will be a Europeans on the same date, which also fits in with the idea that we need two or more events these years.

How would you convince someone that the Finn World Masters is worth taking part? Just take the time to take part.

n June 2014 the IChampionship World Masters will

be sailed in Sopot, Poland. One year before that event, from 9-11 August, the National Masters Championship were performed, also as a test event for the organising authority to check what already works fine, and what could be done better. 22 competitors arrived, with guests from Germany and Lithuania. The event was open to all competitors, and even a few juniors and seniors arrived. Three days of racing in very shifty and strong winds verified clearly who was the best. Jeremi Zimny won the Open class, while the top three Masters were Mieczysław Popłonyk, Marek Jarocki and Bogusław Nowakowski. 1 POL 22 Jeremi Zimny O 1 (6) 1 1 1 1 5 2 POL 216 Mieczysław Popłonyk M 5 1 2 (9) 4 5 17 3 POL 17 Marek Jarocki M (9) 2 4 7 6 2 21 4 POL 14 Piotr Mazur O 3 (12) 6 6 7 3 25 5 POL 26 Bogusław Nowakowski GM 2 5 8 8 (10) 4 27 6 GER 146 Friedrich Müller L 10 (13) 7 5 3 8 33 7 POL 71 Mateusz Kobyliński O 4 3 3 10 5 (16) 35 8 POL 23 Piotr Pajor GM (11) 7 5 11 8 6 37 9 POL 4 Jakub Reszka O 6 11 (dns) 2 2 10 41 10 POL 45 Dariusz Czapski M (ocs) 9 13 4 13 7 46 11 POL 99 Włodimierz Radwaniecki M 47 12 POL 10 Jarosław Kula GM 52 13 POL 21 Jacek Bińkowski GM 53 14 POL 75 Marek Krause M 58 15 LTU 27 Rytis Bagdziunas M 62 16 POL 9 Juliusz Reichelt GM 63 17 POL 3 Jan Okulicz L 86 18 POL 25 Marek Kubat M 86 19 POL 19 Tomasz Mikulski GM 88 20 POL 127 Jan Kominek GM 90 21 POL 107 Łukasz Kielnar O 94 22 POL 35 Sławomir Wojciński GM 110 Bogusław Nowakowski



MASTERS EURO CUP 2013 – TIHANY, LAKE BALATON t was the third time the THE (Tihany Sailors Union) Ifrom organised the Finn Masters Euro Cup. 52 competitors five countries came to participate on the five day long regatta in September 2013

For the first day the long distance race and the practice race was scheduled and both of them attracted more than half of the fleet. Since they weren’t part of the series, there was a special prize for the winner of the long distance race. The long distance race started right in front of the harbour, had a mark to round on the west side of the peninsula and finished in front of the harbour. The practice race had the course that was planned for the regatta, simple up and down with two laps, offset mark upwind, a gate downwind and finish with a short reach behind the starting vessel.

Russians dominate

Euro Cup 2013

Much of the fleet couldn’t handle the strong wind, so the PRO hoisted AP over H to wait in the harbour for the wind to calm down. When the fleet got back to shore, everybody was tired and the AP over H was soon changed to AP over A which made Alexei Marchevsky and Igor Frolov the winners of the day by leading with equal points. In the evening everyone was offered lamb and chicken, prepared with fruits and vegetables in the oven and after a few glasses of beer and wine, everybody was happier about the day. On the second day, there was time to repair all the damage and chat with old friends, because there was no wind all day. Roasted pork was offered on behalf of the organisers in the evening, which was prepared in a simple way, yet resulted with lot of satisfaction from the sailors.

By Marton Beliczay, HUN 8 On the first day of the regatta there was a nice northerly wind at around 15 knots. The wind was a bit gusty and there were some lulls and shifts in it, which made racing a little harder in the first race. Igor Frolov seemed to handle it well by winning the first race just before Dmitriy Petrov and Alexei Marchevsky. For the second race the wind picked up a little bit and for the last upwind it was blowing more than 25 knots which was a bit too much for the fleet and resulted in many capsizes and DNFs. The race was won by Marchevsky, second Attila Szilvássy and third Frolov.

Fortunately for the third day the south-westerly wind came in making pretty big waves compared to the lake and provided excellent racing conditions. Three races were held in the 15-20 knots wind which was sailed the best by Frolov, Petrov and Marchevsky who shared the race wins and ended up top three. On the last evening, duck was offered in a restaurant in the city on behalf of one of the sponsors of the event, the Hungarian Electricity PLC. The weather was not the best on the last day, the wind was very light, 3-4 knots or less, and although there was a start which was recalled, there was no racing and the regatta ended with five races. In the afternoon the prizegiving ceremony was held where the top three from every age group got a prize. The main prize for the overall winner was a right to use a fully fitted Pata boat with a Pata mast for one year, and that made Igor Frolov even happier. In 2014 it will be from 10-14 September at the same venue, where you are all invited. You can find more information on the website of the regatta: Hope to see you there.

1 M 2 M 3 M 4 GM 5 M 6 GM 7 GM 8 M 9 M 10 M

RUS 31 RUS 111 RUS 729 RUS 21 HUN 88 RUS 41 HUN 7 HUN 211 RUS 69 HUN 50

11 GM 12 GM 13 M 14 GGM 15 M 16 M 17 M 18 M 19 GM 20 M 21 M 22 GM 23 M 24 GM

Igor Frolov Dmitry Petrov Alexei Marchersky Vladimir Butenko Zsombor Majthényi Felix Denikaev Antal Székely Attila Szilvássy Denis Kharitonov Ákos Lukáts

RUS 77 HUN 18 HUN 270 CRO 110 RUS 100 RUS 16 GBR 65 RUS 205 HUN 4 HUN 11 CRO 524 RUS 51 HUN 41 CZE 75

1 3 (4) 2 (11) 2 3 1 1 (8) 6 5 7 4 (13) 6 9 8 (12) 12 3 10 2 16 9 10 14 11 14 (18)

Igor Khoroshilov Mihály Demeczky Géza Huszár Luksa Cicarelli Dmitry Akhramenko Oleg Khudyakov David Potter Sergej Stepanov Gábor Antal Csaba Nagy Zsolt László Taubert Mikhail Petriga Zoltán Bartos Vladimir Skaliczky

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25 GM 26 M 27 GM 28 M 29 M 30 M 31 M 32 M 33 M 34 M 35 GGM 36 GGM 37 M 38 GGM

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Andrew Bill 89 László Wehouszky 92 Leonid Klyayman 92 Gyula Mónus 96 Alexandr Banko 109 Zoltán Kovács 117 István Rutai 125 Graham Douglas 126 Zsolt Marczell 127 Anatoly Voshchennikov 131 Jury Polevinkin 131 József Farkas 134 Jaromir Sylhavi 138 Tamas Beliczay 139

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HUN 19 HUN 1 HUN 55 HUN 64 HUN 21 HUN 20 HUN 26 HUN 347 AUS 320 HUN 961 HUN 32

Márton Kovács Péter Sipos András Schömer Balázs Szucs László Zsidó Péter Elek Szilárd Zsitvay László Zsindely Csaba Gál Attila Varga Zoltán Balla


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ERIK LIDECIS INTERVIEW sailing community seemed to reach out to me. I was recognised by my employer, my cross fit gym, and by the yacht clubs that I belong to.

You clearly have a natural advantage over a lot of Finn sailors. Does this make a windy day easier for you, or is it still a tough challenge? I have an advantage when hiking upwind, when the wind is over 10 knots. That’s it. Everything else seems like a disadvantage. I am way too big for the boat, so it is very difficult for me to manoeuvre, and I struggle downwind because of my weight. I have had to develop specific techniques to get around the boat, especially in light air. If it’s super light, I would rather stay home than subject myself to the torture of sailing a Finn. I think that a windy day in a Finn is always a tough challenge. It only becomes easier for me when I am fit and I have been sailing a lot. I think that is the same for everyone.

rik Lidecis sailed his first Finn World Masters in 2013 and shocked most of the fleet with two runaway victories on the first day. He finally went home with the bronze to become the first American to pick up a Masters medal. Here he talks about his experience and how he prepared for the event.


Were you surprised to come away with two wins on the first day?

Erik Lidecis

After that, what was your mind set for the rest of the week?

A rookie’s perspective

I don’t think so. I was able to get off the line with speed and clear air in both races, and I went the right way. Usually when that happens, the results are good. I was really focused, and the boat was flying. The hardest part was sailing the correct course in the first race. It was really hard to find the marks, since there were so many marks and boats out there.

Minimize risk and mistakes. I did a good job with the risk part, but I could have leveraged a few shifts a little bit more, which would have improved my score line. I did manage to make a few dumb mistakes, though. In one light air race, I got flagged for kinetics because I was trying to get around one boat. Not very good race management. The 720 cost me a bunch of places. In another race, I totally forgot about the offset mark, which also cost me a few places.

What was Ed [Wright] like as a coach and what are his strong points?

What were your expectations? I was looking for a top ten finish. I have sailed in a lot of large Star boat fleets (100 boats), so I knew what to expect with the big fleet.

How did you find the atmosphere of the event among the sailors? The European Master Finn sailors seem to have a nice camaraderie. I did not spend too much time hanging out since the weather was pretty nasty the entire week, but I did enjoy sailing against all of them. The competition was great. It was pretty cool to see how active and alive the Finn fleet is in Europe. It’s not the same in the States.

On reflection, what was the reality like? I found that the travelling was the hardest part. Just getting to La Rochelle from California took a few days, and my body didn’t catch up to the time change for at least four days. The other tough thing was the weather. It was pretty nasty with the rain and wind. I would have like to have been able to spend a few more days preparing. It all seemed very rushed.

Ed’s great. He worked with me for about a year, preparing for this regatta. He brings a lot to the table. He’s super focused with everything he does. His whole life has been dedicated to being the best sailor in the world. His fitness is insane, and he’s really sharp. All of that good energy seems to seep in by osmosis. He’s been taught by the best, and he knows how to train others. Each training session seemed to link to the previous session. He spent a lot of time working on my fundamentals and technique. To be honest with you, I’ve probably got about another year of working with him before he even starts to teach me the advanced stuff.

What did he add to your event that you wouldn’t have managed without him? He made it easy for me to compete. I chartered his gear and he delivered it to the venue. He set up the boat, mast/sail, and tuned it every day. He controlled the schedule, provided transportation, and knowledge of the venue. He even made sure I was working out every morning, eating right, and spending the right amount of time at the venue. He’s extremely professional, and that’s how I got the result.

What was the best part of sailing the Finn World Masters for you? I’d have to say, finishing the medal race without flipping. It was pretty hair ball out there.

Did you get much reaction back home? Yes. I was providing daily reports on my Facebook page, and I couldn’t believe the amount of people that came out of the woodwork to cheer me on. I got a huge boost from all the support. When I returned home, I received a lot of emails from people congratulating me on my result. The entire Southern California



Will we see you in 2015 and 2015 and future events? I will not be able to attend in 2014. I have been taking care of some health issues, so my fitness is at an all time low. I will not be able to train at all this winter, so it doesn’t make sense for me to come to the event unprepared. If we’re sailing in a venue that has some wind, I may show up in 2015.

When did you start in the Finn, what was your first regatta, and what brought you in to the class? I started sailing the Finn after the Star Olympic Trials in 2008. I wanted to take a break from the Star, but I wanted to keep sailing a highly competitive one design. My first regatta was the ABYC Olympic Classes Regatta, in early 2009.

Describe your sailing career from a young age?

Roughly how many days a year do you sail, and how many days do you do fitness training? I probably sail around 70 days a year, including racing and training. It’s very limited since I have a young family at home. I usually work out 3-4 days per week.

How would you like to see the format for future FWM? I liked the format at La Rochelle. Break the fleets into manageable numbers, and keep the medal race.

Photos: Claire ADB

I started sailing when I was quite young. Mostly Sunfish, and small dinghies. My father owned a Catalina 30, that he liked to race PHRF. At the age of 12, I started working for a local sailmaker. He brought me along with him to race all kinds of big boats. My Dad bought a J-35 when I was 15. We raced that hard for 3-4 years. I sailed on the college team, and wound up coaching after that. I got my first Star boat in 2003, and I have been racing Stars or Finns since then.

Where would you like to see the Finn Masters held in future years? I have no preference as to the venue. The Europeans love the Finn, and it should be sailed where there is good participation. It could work outside of Europe, but the fleet would be much smaller.

How would you convince someone to come to the World Masters? It was pretty cool to see all those boats out there. If nothing else, it’s quite an experience, both culturally and the sailing. Nowhere else can you get that many boats on the line.



OPEN DUTCH MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP/RANDMEERRACE arderwijk is known for its very warm welcome by H the members of WV Randmeer It’s small, but good, although, with more than 60 Finns on their beach…….. That is a number, Peter Aukema in Friesland would kill for. At registration, Jan van der Horst said that we could encounter some trouble with the weed. Especially with this weather. Well, that was very, very true Jan. I had to free my rudder at least 40 times. Theo de Groot was chosen to be the race officer, which was not a simple job with more than 60 boats on the water. The committee had difficulties to get the line right, which resulted in 20 black flags.

Weed, BFD and

Bas de Waal By Wouter Molenaar, NED 2, Translation by Ronald Ruiter

Race 5 went on without NED 2 because of a BFD with eight others – an early arrival at the bar with some cold beers. What I did understand was that Chiel Barends had an issue with the NED 958 at a buoy. So Chiel was hugging the mark while Tijmen and Robert Thole just sailed past them. Thole won, before Joos Bos and van Rootselaar. On Sunday morning the committee used the black flag at the first attempt. Ronald Ruiter didn’t like that at all. Stuntpilot Arend van der Sluis followed the two-tack-strategy perfectly and won the race. Great anxiety for NED 100, but also for NED 40. But more sailors did understand that and it just didn’t happen for NED 40. Barends won the last race, also because de Waal was defending from Thole. Bas de Waal really earned the victory. Too bad for Robert Thole, who had a slow start at this event. Ewout was close the whole weekend and came in third. The fight between the Grandmasters was won by Gerko Visser, just before Joos Bos en Bas de Regt. On the entry list, our world champion Grand Grand Master Henk de Jager wrote: “come and beat the Champ”. And that was exactly what NED 2 did. It was a lot easier than in La Rochelle. In Harderwijk four Grand Grand Masters succeeded. Bart Kraan was the best Legend and Els van de Griend the fastest woman.

The first race was won by Bart Brijder, followed by rising star Peter Aukema. In the second race, the start line was much better and could be used at both ends instead of all 60 boats gathering around the boat. Stressfactor (NED 2) started 60 metres from the pin end and after 150 metres sailing with Tijmen van Rootselaar, tacked to port. By accident that was just the right moment and NED 2 had a nice lead at the top. With only two boats close, Bas de Waal and Aukema, NED 2 chose not to defend first place, so those two gentlemen came closer on the next upwind. On the downwind, de Waal passed NED 2, but at It was a great event. Very relaxed due to the light winds and great the finish he didn’t hear the big horn. That joy was for NED 2, followed weather. by Aukema and Thierry van Vierssen. The 1 NED 29 Bas de Waal, M 3 (bfd) 7 4 5 12 2 33 Friday night ranking was: 1 Peter Aukema, 2 NED 965 Robert Thole, M 5 12 (19) 18 1 3 4 43 2 Stressfactor. The ones that bet on that 3 NED 66 Ewout Meijer, M 13 7 (18) 2 9 4 8 43 ranking, made a million bucks. 4 NED 40 Peter Aukema, M 8 2 11 8 14 2 (19) 45 There was more wind on Saturday, and we had to even hike a little. Unfortunately the first race had to be cancelled, because they moved the top mark instead of the alternate mark. At the new start, van Vierssen showed how to start right at the gun and led from start to finish. He was followed by van Rootselaar and Arend van der Sluis.

Photos: Jan Kingma

Onto race 4 and the same race management: a two tack system was best. But NED 2 was cocky and tried to tack on the windshifts and mowed the weeds off the bottom of the Randmeer. That was bad, bad, bad. But one who really did understand this course was Ewout Meijer. He was consistent each leg and had great success. van Rootselaar was still in front and Gerko Visser just behind.


5 NED 94 6 NED 81 7 NED 54 8 NED 67 9 NED 888 10 NED 2 11 NED 100 12 NED 101 13 NED 43 14 NED 88 15 NED 963 16 NED 76 17 NED 10 18 NED 39 19 NED 4 20 NED 11 21 NED 958 22 NED 55 23 NED 8 24 NED 7 25 NED 45 26 NED 95 27 NED 62 28 NED 56 29 NED 6 30 NED 26 31 GER 115 32 NED 51 33 NED 52 34 NED 38 35 NED 881 36 GER 214 37 NED 27

Tijmen v Rootselaar, S (bfd) Gerko Visser, GM 9 Joos Bos, GM 2 Ronald Ruiter, M 6 Bas de Regt, GM 7 Wouter Molenaar, GGM 14 Arend van der Sluis, GM 80 Chris Frijdal, GGM 82 Ronald van Klooster, M 84 Chiel Barends, GM 88 Paul Douze, GM 88 Klaas Bood, GM 98 Nanne Boot, GGM 101 Hans Zomer, GM 106 Ruurd Baerends, GGM 112 Henk de Jager, GGM 118 Bart Brijder, M 130 Eddy Huisman, GM 134 Rodrick Casander, GGM 135 Cees Scheurwater, M 137 Bas Weyman, M 150 Wobbe de Schiffart, GM 154 Tim van Rootselaar, GM 155 Ad Hermus, GM 179 Rob de Cocq, GGM 181 Peter van Veen, GGM 182 Matthias Vorgerd, GM 192 Maarten Oberman, GGM 192 Henk Meijer, GGM 192 Olaf van Heusden, GGM 202 Thierry van Viersen, M 204 Bernd Schuuz Stuecher, GM 205 Paul Kamphorst, M 213


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2 1 3 8 15 (16) 3 10 14 3 (23) 9 2 9 23 4 23 4 (bfd) 17 (31) 11 11 18 10 14 20 (bfd) 13 11 NED 836 Bart Kraan, L NED 770 Hein Bloemers, GM BEL 15 Alain Denis, GM NED 13 Harold Lensing, GGM NED 900 Dirk Hooijer, GM NED 801 Jelle Remerie, Senior GER 76 Marco Jung, M NED 833 Michel Miltenburg, S NED 18 Johan van Straalen, S NED 943 Roel Lubberts, GM NED 708 Bert Veerkamp, GM NED 848 Pax van de Griend, GGM NED 971 Els van de Griend, GGM NED 32 Peter Verhoef, GGM NED 93 Gelmus Peeters, L NED 767 Stefanie de Niet, S NED 9 Jobs Isselmann, GGM NED 789 Jan Pronk, GM NED 58 Maxim Berrens, M NED 42 Ronald de Haan, GGM NED 866 Tjerk Hofmeijer, S NED 729 Jan Maarten Kingma, M NED 967 Arjan Vos, S NED 783 Teun Lam, S NED 972 Tobias Kirschbaum, S NED 3 Gert van Woudenberg, GM NED 804 Evert Zuiddam, GM

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Italian Masters to Francesco Cinque

Pic: Marina Prinzivalli

By Marco Buglielli, ITA 2

record fleet of 51 Masters (including two from Russia) A gathered on Bracciano Lake for the Italian Masters Championship.

The weather was nice with warm sun but the wind didn’t cooperate and allowed only two races on the first day. The following two days after a long wait ashore and afloat racing was abandoned, just in time to allow the wind to appear. The new Italian Masters Champion was Francesco Cinque, who at last managed to win after two consecutive second places. Second went to defending champion Enrico Passoni and third to Bruno Catalan, who was back in the Finn after a long absence and who won the Grand Grand Master title. Four Legends were present and the winner was Pietro Piram. 1 2 3 4

ITA 5 ITA 6 ITA 111 RUS 41

Francesco Cinque Enrico Passoni Bruno Catalan Felix Denikaev

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5 ITA 9 6 RUS 51 7 ITA 4 8 ITA 85 9 ITA 52 10 ITA 50 11 ITA 920 12 ITA 2 13 ITA 79 14 ITA 84 15 ITA 27 16 ITA 63 17 ITA 955 18 ITA 67 19 ITA 43 20 ITA 41 21 ITA 35 22 ITA 23 23 ITA 77 24 ITA 212 25 ITA 860 26 ITA 938 27 ITA 11 28 ITA 141 29 ITA 179 30 ITA 722 31 ITA 60 32 ITA 48 33 ITA 15 34 ITA 976 35 ITA 900 36 ITA 917 37 ITA 150 38 ITA 18 39 ITA 92 40 ITA 7 41 ITA 51

Franco Dazzi Mikhail Petriga Francesco Faggiani Klaus Heufler Franco Martinelli Norberto Felici Alberto Romano Marco Buglielli Giuseppe Lino Pierluigi Pinzan Andrea Poli Bruno Fezzardi Gianfranco Masini Gino Bucciarelli Pietro Piram Giancarlo Mariani Pier Faccin Umberto Grumelli Alberto Bellelli Lanfranco Cirillo Angelo Cuccotti Giorgio Ricci Paolo Cisbani Giovanni Mela Lorenzo Passani Nicolo Michele Tognozzi Riccardo De Sangro Daniele Passani Renato Irrera Roberto Girometti Massimo Paccosi Ettore Thermes Andrea Pisaneschi Massimo Grossi Marco Minghetti Antonio Pitini Paolo Trambaiolo

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42 ITA 875 43 ITA 78 44 ITA 971 45 ITA 1022 46 ITA 81 47 ITA 72 48 ITA 727 49 ITA 28 50 ITA 108 51 ITA 110

Luigi Masini Bruno De Angelis Roberto Ghisolfi Filippo Petella Paolo Pittoni Andrea Guidi Marco Petroni Giuseppe Stefano Mauro Corsi Martino Rossi Doria

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The 2014 Italian Masters will take place from May 23-25 in Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany (below), 10 km south of Punta Ala. A nice village with a medieval centre on the Tyrrenhian sea, it has ample accommodation and several restaurants for enjoying Italian food and wines. The Club has a tradition in organising Finn events and has hosted several Italian championships. The sea breeze is usually 8-12 knots in May and the beach is very pleasant. The municipality is cooperating and integrating the regatta in a series of sporting events held in Castiglione during May 2014.

NORTH AMERICAN MASTERS AT LAUDERDALE n March, Lauderdale Yacht Club was host to the North I American Masters. North American Masters Sailed in big seas and strong winds, US Class President Rob Coutts dominated to add the North American title to the World Grand Masters title he won in Pwllheli, the previous year. Henry Sprague was the only other race winner to finish a clear second from Vladimir Butenko. In 2014, the NA Masters is being held in Peewaukee in July.

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RUSSIAN MASTERS AT THE OPEN RUSSIAN he fifth Open Russian international regatta, T incorporating the Russian Masters Championship, took place in Moscow from 3-8 September. As usual

this regatta attracted a big number of sailors with five nations represented, as well as sailors from different areas of Russia. It has become one of the largest national Finn regattas each year and one that is growing in popularity due to its easy logistics with ample charter boats available for visiting sailors. The regatta was very lucky with the wind, if perhaps not with the weather. The temperature of 10째C and strong rain during first three days were compensated by strong and shifty wind up to 20 knots.

Open Russian

Masters in Moscow By Vasiliy Kravchenko, RUS 17 Masters results:

Top 3 Masters: 1: Dmitriy Tereshkin, 2: Dmitry Petrov, 3: Vasiliy Kravchenko Top 3 Grand-Masters: 1: Marco Buglielli, 2: Alexander Kasatov, 3: Michail Petriga Grand-Grand-Masters: 1: Yuri Polovinkin Legend: 1: Victor Kozlov, 2: Valentin Danilov

Winners of the Race of Stars

Top 3 Masters

All prizewinners

The racing committee managed to carry out nine good races during first three days. Michele Paoletti demonstrated perfect tactics and took a commanding lead in such tricky conditions and won the championship. It is important to extend this experience over Eastern Europe, and it is time to organise a CIS championship or Eastern European Finn championship. There are also events in Ukraine (Sevastopol and Odessa), and in 2014 there will be a CIS Finn Masters championship, which is intended by Russian and Ukrainian Finn Associations to be held in Sevastopol from October 10-12, 2014.

2013 Russian Open - Final Results 1 ITA 146 Michele Paoletti 1 2 ITA 11 Giorgio Poggi (10) 3 RUS 6 Arkadiy Kistanov 3 4 ITA 123 Filippo Baldassari 5 5 ITA 1 Enrico Voltolini 2 6 BLR 12 Konstantin Lashuk (32) 7 UKR 5 Andrey Gusenko (16) 8 ITA 213 Umberto De Luca 11 9 RUS 111 Dmitry Petrov 9 10 ITA 214 Riccardo Bevilacqua 13 11 RUS 57 12 RUS 14 13 RUS 27 14 ITA 727 15 RUS 17 16 RUS 1 17 RUS 34 18 RUS 31 19 RUS 171 20 RUS 131 21 RUS 61 22 RUS 51 23 UKR 8 24 RUS 29 25 RUS 707 26 RUS 21 27 RUS 3 28 RUS 41 29 RUS 818 30 RUS 205 31 RUS 5 32 RUS 23 33 RUS 80 34 RUS 100 35 UKR 32 36 RUS 172 37 LTU 118 38 RUS 69 39 RUS 102 40 ITA 4 41 RUS 4

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Victor Filippov 97 Dmitry Tereshkin 100.3 Denis Kotlyarov 110 Marco Buglielli 147 Vasiliy Kravchenko 160 Kirill Luzan 164 Aleksandr Kasatov 165 Igor Frolov 167 Aleksandr Kravchenko 176 Aleksandr Laukhtin 184 Vadim Volovik 185 Mikhail Petriga 186 Taras Gavrish 188 Artur Kotlyarov 194 Sergey Sherbakov 196 Vladimir Butenko 198 Aleksey Boroviak 213 Felix Denikaev 215 Sergey Ivanov 219 Sergey Stepanov 221 Sergey Zabotin 245 Sergey Akulinichev 256 Anatoly Korshikov 268 Dmitry Ahramenko 284 Sergey Maluta 289 Kirill Melnikov 304 Donatas Karalus 306 Denis Kharitonov 306 Aleksandr Makogonov 310 Francesco Faggiani 329 Alexandr Banko 333

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Finn World Masters 1970-2013 1970 St Moritz, Switzerland

1983 Port Carmargue, France

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

1 Heini Unterhauser, Italy 2 Frank Roth, Switzerland 3 Herbert Herwig, Germany

1971 Medemblik, Holland

1984 Lago di Caldaro, Italy

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

1 Walter Mai, Germany 2 Palle-Steen Larsen, Denmark 3 Friedrich Müller, Germany

1972 Gargnano, Garda, Italy

1985 Seebruck, FR Germany

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

1 Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark 2 Klaus Stuffer, Italy 3 Henning Wind, Denmark

1973 - Not awarded

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


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

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

1988 Lido degli Estensi, Italy 1 Hans Fatzer, Switzerland 2 Jiri Outrata, Czechoslovakia 3 Kurt Schimitzek, Austria

1989 Torbole, Garda, Italy 1 Peter Raderschadt, Germany 2 Kurt Shimitzek, Austria 3 Mikael Brandt, Sweden

1990 Altenhein, Switzerland 1 Mikael Brandt, Sweden 2 Friedrich Müller, Germany 3 Jiri Outrata, Czechoslovakia

1995 Malcesine, Garda, Italy

2006 Lake Balaton, Hungary

1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Kurt Shimitzek, Germany 3 Wolfgang Gerz, Germany

1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Michael Gubi, Austria

1996 La Rochelle, France

2007 Murcia, Spain

1 Roland Balthasar, Germany 2 Wolfgang Gerz, Germany 3 Walter Mai, Germany

1 André Budzien, Germany 2 Agustin Juarez, Spain 3 Allen Burrell, Great Britain

1997 Cervia, Italy

2008 Medemblik, Netherlands

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

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

1998 Castelleto di Brenzone, Garda, Italy

2009 Maubuisson, France

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

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

2010 Split, Croatia 1999 Maubuisson, France 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Greg Davis, South Africa 3 Jean Paul Gaston, France

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

2011 PuntAla, Italy 2000 Weymouth, England 1 John Greenwood, Great Britain 2 Larry Lemieux, Canada 3 Andrew Cooper, Great Britain

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

2012 Pwllheli, Wales 2001 Kingston, Canada 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 Hein-Peter Okker, Netherlands 3 Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany

1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 Allen Burrell, Great Britain 3 Laurent Hay, France

2013 La Rochelle, France 2002 Split, Croatia 1 John Greenwood, Great Britain 2 Minski Fabris, Croatia 3 Larry Lemieux, Canada

2003 Schwerin, Germany 1 Eberhard Bieberitz, Germany 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Roman Teply, Italy

2004 Cannes, France 1 Larry Lemieux, Canada 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Michael Gubi, Austria

2005 Bracciano Lake, Italy 1 Silvio Santoni, Italy 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Allen Burrell, Great Britain

1991 Port Carmargue, France 1 Kurt Schimitzek, Germany 2 Jochen Lollert, Germany 3 Hermann Heide, Germany

1992 Uppsala, Sweden 1 Roland Balthasar, Germany 2 Herman Heide, Germany 3 Peter Vollebregt, Netherlands

1993 Lake Bracciano, Italy 1 Peter Vollebregt, Netherlands 2 Walter Mai, Germany 3 Jan Bjornberg, Sweden

1994 Diessen, Germany 1 Roland Balthasar, Germany 2 Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic 3 Walter Mai, Germany


1 Michael Maier, Czech Republic 2 André Budzien, Germany 3 Erik Lidecis, USA

About the Finn World Masters Finn sailors of the age of forty and above are called ‘Masters’ and are divided into age groups: Master (40-49), Grand Master (50-59), Grand Grand Master (60-69) and Legend (70 and above). Each year the Masters, the Grand Masters, the Grand Grand Masters, the Legends and Ladies sail a separate World Championship called the Finn Masters. Also existing are the large local groups of Finn sailors, which are actively involved in national or club level regattas. Ages vary between 18

and 65 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. NOMINATIONS FOR A VENUE Nominations for a venue shall be sent to the Master’s President before February 1st two years before the desired year of the Championship. Candidates will receive the Guidelines and will be visited by the Master’s President as soon as possible. After the President has approved the venue and an agreement has been made on the Guidelines, an invitation to present their venue and organization during the next Annual Masters Meeting will follow.

Category 2014 2015 Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Master 40-49 Born 1965-1974 Born in 1966 to 1975 Grand Master 50-59 Born 1955-1964 Born in 1956 to 1965 Grand Grand Master 60-69 Born 1945-1954 Born in 1946 to 1955 Legend 70+ Born 1944 or earlier Born in 1945 or earlier Ladies 40+ Born 1974 or earlier Born 1975 or earlier

2016 Jan.1 – Dec. 31 Born 1967-1976 Born 1957-1966 Born 1947-1956 Born 1946 or earlier Born 1976 or earlier

NOTE: all ages and years are inclusive of that year


(Finn Veteran Gold Cup - Trophäe Marktgemeinde Kaltern 1984) 1984 1985 1986 1987 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

Walter Mai, Germany Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark Heini Unterhauser, Italy Peter Raderschadt, Germany Hans Fatzer, Switzerland Peter Raderschadt, Germany Mikael Brandt, Sweden Kurt Schimitzek, Germany Roland Balthasar, Germany Peter Vollebregt, Netherlands Roland Balthasar, Germany Larry Lemieux, Canada Roland Balthasar, Germany Wolfgang Gerz, Germany Jiri Outrata, Czech Republic Hans-Günter Ehlers, Germany 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


(Finn World Masters Trophy Builded by Ralf Kratz SV Biblis Germany) 2000 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia André Budzien, Germany Larry Lemieux, Canada Friedrich Müller, Germany Friedrich Müller, Germany Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Jørgen Lindhardtsen, Denmark Luksa Cicarelli, Croatia Michael Brandt, Sweden Pascal Tetard, France Henk de Jager, Netherlands

LEGENDS 2010 2011 2012 2013


Richard Hart, Great Britain Howard Sellars, Great Britain Howard Sellars, Great Britain Friedrich Müller, Germany 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

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

* NOTE: These lists represent the engraving on the trophies. Some trophies appear to have been used for various categories over the years.

Finn World Masters


INTRODUCTION The Masters World Championships of the International Finn Class shall be governed by the Rules of the International Finn Class (IFA), the relevant Racing Rules of Sailing in force at the time of the event and the these rules shall be binding on the Organizing Authority (OA) unless varied in writing. All documents and messages concerning this event shall be written in the English language and the language spoken shall be English. ELIGIBILITY The Masters World Championship shall be held on an annual basis and is open to all Finn sailors who during the calendar year of the event shall be in their 40th year or older. • The Classifications shall be as follows: • World Master (the overall winner) • Master (winner 40-49 years old) • Grand Master (winner 50-59) • Grand Grand Master (winner 60-69) • Legend (winner 70+). • Ladies ANNUAL MASTERS MEETING An Annual Masters Meeting (AMM) shall be held during the Masters World Championship Week. The time and place to be fixed by the Masters President and shall be published on the FWM website at least one month before the Meeting, an Agenda which includes: • Approval of the Minutes of the last AMM. • Report of the Masters President • Finance Report • Election of new member(s) of the Masters Committee to stand for a period of 4 years, in conformity with the resigning schedule. • Approval of venue and date of Masters World Championships to be held two years after the current Championships. • (Re-)Election of the Masters President for a 4-year period. This President shall be elected Vice-President (Masters) of the IFA Executive Committee by the IFA Annual General Meeting. • Any item presented to the Masters President in writing at least one calendar months before the Meeting. Finn Masters may, by a simple majority, decide whether any other business should be added to the Agenda, such to be handed over to the Masters President at the latest 24 hours before the start of the AMM. CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES The Masters World 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. T he course of the Masters World Championship shall be exclusive and separate. The date and place for the Masters World Championship shall be published on www.



APPENDICES – MASTERS RULES AND MEETING by the Masters President no later than 12 months prior to the event. The Annual Masters Meeting shall decide on the venue of the World Championship to be held in the second year following the current World Championship. Nominations for the venue shall be submitted to the AMM for their consideration and preferably presented during the AMM by the candidate organization. The choice of this venue shall be by a majority show of hands at the AMM. The venue shall be situated within Europe. The Annual Masters Meeting can decide to accept a candidate outside Europe. NOMINATIONS FOR A VENUE Nominations for a venue shall be sent to the Master’s President before February 1st two years before the desired year of the Championship. Candidates will receive the Guidelines and will be visited by the Master’s President as soon as possible. After the President has approved the venue and an agreement has been made on the Guidelines, an invitation to present their venue and organization during the next AMM will follow. ADVERTISING The World Championship will be a Category C event pursuant to the ISAF Advertising code. The OA may require all participating boats to display the event sponsor’s advertising in accordance with RRS ORGANIZING AUTHORITY (OA) Each Organizing Authority (OA) has to organise and manage the Championship in close conjunction with the Masters President. ENTRY FORMS AND NOTICE OF RACE (NOR) The Organising Authority shall publish the official NOR and relevant Entry Forms in the English language no later than four months prior to the event. The NOR whilst abiding by the RRS shall be subject to the express agreement of the Masters President. The entry fee shall be agreed with the Masters President and shall include the cost of the award dinner and €10 fee for the Masters account. Eligible boats may enter by completing the official Entry Form for the Masters as published on the Finn World Masters event website. Fully completed entry forms and payments should be received no later than two (2) 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. Only after receipt of his payment a competitor’s entry is valid. Entries and payments after the date, 2 weeks before the event, will be charged 50% more. INSURANCE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION DUES AND IFA DUES All eligible boats shall provide the current IFA Class sticker for the year of the Championship plus an insurance Certificate showing a minimum indemnity limit of €1,000,000 or equivalent in another currency. RACE OFFICER (PRO) The PRO shall be ISAF qualified to run an International ISAF event and his appointment shall be subject to the approval of the OA and the Masters President.


SAILING INSTRUCTIONS (SI) The SIs shall be published by the OA in accordance with the provisions of current RRS, ISAF Race Standards and IFA Class Rules and approved by the Masters President no later than 2 months prior to the event. The President will, at least 3 month before, provide standard SI to an OA for next Championship. These standard SI will be adapted on limited items to the local organization. INTERNATIONAL JURY There must be an International Jury in accordance with RRS Appendix M. It shall include at least five members (2 from the organizing country and 3 from other countries) who have proven experience in on the water judging of RRS 42 (Propulsion). At least one should have practical Finn racing experience. The International Jury should meet with the IFA Representative Masters President before the first race for a policy briefing. The Jury Chairman should not be of the same Nationality as the organising country. RACE OFFICE Starting from the first measurement day the Race Office should be open daily from 8.30 am until 7 pm. Preliminary race results must be available as soon as possible after each day’s racing and posted onto the Official Notice Board. The Official Notice Board must be in, or close to, the Race Office. The GPS coordinates of the Race Office will be mentioned in the Notice of Race. MEASUREMENT All eligible boats shall present a current valid IFA Measurement Certificate. The measurement procedure will be considered between the OA and the Masters President. Boats will be measured in accordance with the latest Class Rules and amendments thereto. All eligible boats shall be measured before racing in accordance with the prescribed measurements shown below. The measurer may check any measurements within the class rules at any time during the event. At the measurement the following items shall be scrutinised: Hull: Weight, including check of amount and location of weight correctors. Arrangements to prevent the mast and rudder from becoming detached in a capsize. Masts: Max 2 per boat. Weight, centre of gravity and mast limit marks. Booms: Boom limit marks, and limiting stop with the boom attached to the mast. Centreboard: Maximum projection from the keel. Sails: Max. 2 per boat. Only Sails that have been certified according the Finn Class Rules shall be presented. It is incumbent on each competitor to ensure that all sails are measured and the OA shall make no provision for sails to be measured, which will be entirely the responsibility of each participant 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 Officer has to be present. Sailing Instructions should be available well in advance so sailors can ask questions. Additional skippers meetings may be requested by the Masters President and/or his committee. COURSES The Olympic triangular course or the trapezoid course with inner- and outer loops will be sailed. There shall be a maximum number of 8 races to be sailed over 5 days or as stipulated by the PRO in accordance with weather conditions. No more than 2 races shall be sailed in one day. Races should be approximately 90 minutes in duration as a maximum. GROUPS The scheduled series will consist of maximum eight Heats. Depending on Entries, each Heat will be divided into two, three or four Colour Groups of similar size, which will change each day. The decision about the amount of groups will be with the Masters President. COURSE DIRECTION The Starting vessel should display the approximate magnetic compass bearing from the leeward mark to the windward mark in clear, large numbers. BLACK FLAGGED RACES 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. THE START LINE The start line shall be equivalent to 1.5 times the length of the Finn times the number of starting boats. Where there are more than 60 boats on any one start there should be a middle mark placed in the centre of the line. Such mark shall not constitute a mark of the course for the purpose of the “round the ends rule” 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. 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. MINIMUM/MAXIMUM WIND STRENGTH AND TIME LIMIT These shall be as 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. No race shall be started in more than 20 knots of wind measured on the Committee Boat at deck level. The decision whether to start a race or not, regarding wind speed, will be taken by the Race Committee. The time limit must be specified in the SIs. SCORING The Masters World Championship shall be awarded to the winner of a series of maximum 8 races, of which 4 shall be completed to constitute a series. The Sailing Instructions shall

state that the Low Point Scoring System be used, modified so that if 5 races are sailed, the result of each boat’s worst race shall be discarded. The scoring for the age groups (Masters, Grand Masters, Grand Grand Masters and Legends) uses the points the competitors got in the overall results. RESCUE BOATS There must be at least one RIB rescue boat per 20 competitors. PRIZES The Organizing Authority shall provide prizes for the first ten competitors in the overall results. There are additional prizes (Medals) from the Masters organization for the first 3 competitors in the following categories: • Master (Winner 40-49 years old) • Grand Master (winner 50-59) • Grand Grand Master (winner 60-69) • Legend (winner 70+) • Lady All legends will receive a participation prize from the Masters President. Perpetual prizes will be awarded to: • 1st Overall • 1st Master • 1st Grand Master • 1st Grand Grand Master • 1st Lady The ‘Golden Crutch’ will be awarded to the first sailor outside the prizes in the overall results. The prize giving ceremony should be held as soon as possible after the end of the last race. FINAL DECISIONS The final decisions on any matters not covered by the RRS and the International Jury shall rest with IFA. ON SHORE FACILITIES RECOMMENDATIONS Competitors’ Accommodation: Competitors’ accommodation must be as close together as possible and every effort should be made for accommodation to be within walking or biking distance from the boat park. Accommodation and Transport for Class Officers: The Organizing Authority shall pay for the Class Measurer as well as the Jury

Annual Masters Meeting 22 May 2013 La Rochelle – Minutes Opened by the Masters President. Finn sailors were welcomed by the Masters President Mr Fons van Gent. The masters committee was introduced – Henk de Jager, Rolf Elsaesser, Yves Zoccola and Andy Denison. Julian Smith (GBR 665) took the minutes.

thanked Fons for all of his hard work since 2008 and for contributing the structure and a great platform for the future. A presentation of a half Finn was made to Fons, and a standing ovation followed. AD will be setting up working groups to deal with challenges ahead and requested that everyone ‘like’ the facebook page. Fons resumed running the meeting and confirmed that Marc Allain des Beauvais (FRA 99) will be taking over from Yves.

The Masters venue 2015 Two presentations to be made; 1 - Circola Vilici Amici Vigna di Valle-Lake Bracciano Italy- a consortium of clubs. 2 - Nautical club of Kavala Greece-beach resort to the North.

Approval of minutes from Pwllheli 2012.

Vote taken and showed 76 hands for Kavala, and 55 hands for Lake Bracciono.

Thanks given to Russell Ward (GBR 4) for taking minutes in 2012.

The 2015 venue for the FWM confirmed as Kavala, Greece.

No comments from the minutes, which were agreed.

Andy Denison confirmed that he would visit soon.

President’s report Fons confirmed that he had visited La Rochelle to review preparations for the event, and had visited Sopot (Poland) in February 2013 in preparation for next year. His report is available on the FWM website.

Possible venues for the future

Financial Report Last year in Pwllheli there were 133 entries, donations had been received from HIT masts and Pantaeneus. Costs had been slightly higher than expected due to various expenses but in summary the accout stands at €12,457. This was declared as a good buffer. Jake Gunther (AUS 3) confirmed that he and Howard Sellers (GBR 77) had audited the accounts and all was correct. Masters Committee members standing for re election / resigning.

Other facilities: The following facilities should be available: • Free parking • Campsites with special rates, including sanitary facilities and electric power supply. These sites must be in walking or biking distance. • Communication services for competitors and press • Fresh water in the dinghy park • Launching facilities sufficient to launch the fleet in due time • Emergency medical facilities • Security in camping sites and boat park.

Schedule was presented to the participants

NOTE: The Finn World Masters Organisation Guidelines are available from the Masters President

Andy introduced himself and stated that he had been President of the British Finn Association for 7 years. Andy took over running the meeting and declared his intention to keep a balance within the class. He

Yves Zoccola would not be standing – thanks given by Fons. Fons confirmed that he would be stepping down from the position of President a year early due to shoulder injury; his view was that he wouldn’t continue if he was unable to sail.

2016 – Interest in hosting shown from Portugal, Hungary and Italy. Ongoing interest had been received from Cannes, France and Cascais, Portugal 2019 Maubuisson would like to continue 10 yearly cycle with the Finn fleet. Question/AOB Fons confirmed that presentations would be made available on the Finn Masters website. Howard Sellers requested that the consideration should be made to the Legends when format of racing is being selected, possibly with the opportunity of 2 discards. AD confirmed that this would be a priority. Henk asked that we all sign a photo for long time legend Didier Poissant. Next AMM meeting - will be in Sopot, Poland on June 11th 2014. Fons closed the meeting wishing good luck to Andy Denison. Meeting closed at 1050 hrs.

Fons stated that Andy Denison (GBR 20) would be taking over with immediate effect. And that he was sad to go and had made many friends over the years.



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