Day 1 at Finn World Masters - Budzien leads

They may be old, they may be grey and some may even be a bit wrinkly, but that doesn't stop the sailors currently sailing in the Finn World Masters in Medemblik from enjoying tough and competitive racing. Two challenging races were sailed today, Monday, in very different conditions.

In the first the breeze hardly got over 5-6 knots, with lots of pressure differential across the course. In the afternoon, a 12-14 knot wind kicked in producing exciting downwind legs and providing a physical challenge rather than a mental one.

One sailor who got in right in both races was defending World Masters Champion, Andre Budzien of Germany, who won both his heats. The 232 boat fleet has been split into yellow, blue, green and red fleets with each colour racing the others twice, before a gold/silver split on Friday.

In the other heat, race wins went to Jurgen Kraft of Germany and Allen Burrell of Britain. Burrell, a previous double bronze medalist at this event placed 55th in the morning race, but clearly enjoyed the afternoon breeze.

At the opening briefing, Chairman of the International Jury Chris Watts commented, 'Despite sailing a singlehanded boat, Finn sailors are the most friendly and fun bunch of sailors around and it's a real pleasure being here.' On the water, the Jury had little to do, with a few yellow flags in the morning race and even less in the afternoon with the 'O' flag up for free pumping throughout.

Two more races are scheduled for Tuesday with a forecast of stronger winds coming through.

Finn Masters - Leading positions after day 1 - 229 entries

1 GER 711 André Budzien, M 001 2,0 1 1
2 BUL 24 Mihail Kopanov, M 230 9,0 5 4
3 NED 747 Thierry van Vierssen, M 072 11,0 6 5
4 GRE 1 Ilias Hatzipaulis, GM 194 12,0 10 2
5 NED 29 Bas de Waal, M 189 12,0 3 9
6 NED 888 Luuk Kuijper, M 109 13,0 11 2
7 NED 804 Cees Scheurwater, M 049 14,0 10 4
8 NED 780 Jan Willem Kok, M 186 14,0 8 6
9 NED 30 Hero Mulder, M 208 15,0 2 13
10 GRE 71 Panagiotis Davourlis, M 182 16,0 7 9
11 NED 81 Gerko Visser, M 068 18,0 4 14
12 GBR 1 Sander Kooij, M 094 18,0 6 12
13 NED 27 Paul Kamphorst, M 123 19,0 7 12
14 NED 703 Eric Bakker, M 111 20,0 12 8
15 USA 24 Conrad Brown, M 201 21,0 4 17
16 NED 100 Han Bergsma, M 193 22,0 19 3
17 FRA 75 Laurant Hay, M 148 23,0 15 8
18 GBR 10 Robert Deaves, M 218 24,0 8 16
19 NED 897 Ed van der Steene, M 217 26,0 2 24
20 AUS 2 Rob McMillan, M 200 26,0 21 5
21 NED 55 Eddy Huisman, M 031 27,0 17 10
22 DEN 140 Michael Bæk, GM 139 28,0 5 23
23 USA 808 R. Phillip Ramming, GM 071 29,0 22 7
24 CRO 110 Luksa Cicarelli, GGM 145 29,0 11 18
25 FRA 99 Allain des Beauvais Marc, GM 227 32,0 16 16
26 GBR 8 Tim Carver, M 196 35,0 24 11
27 GER 310 Ralf Behrens, M 226 36,0 21 15
28 GER 39 Erich Karl-Heinz, GM 099 37,0 14 23
29 CZE 318 Martin Plecitý, GM 191 41,0 13 28
30 ITA 38 Claudio Bosetti, GM 158 41,0 22 19
31 SWE 721 Mikael Brandt, GGM 078 43,0 14 29
32 NED 62 Alex Breuseker, M 204 44,0 38 6
33 GBR 61 John Heyes, M 008 46,0 3 43
34 NED 25 Arwin Karssemeijer, M 116 49,0 39 10
35 SWE 734 Stefan Fagerlund, M 106 50,0 16 34
36 SWE 735 Johan Wijk, M 121 51,0 38 13
37 NED 54 Joos Bos, GM 159 51,0 19 32
38 CZE 8 Jiri Outrata, GGM 086 52,0 25 27
39 GBR 665 Julian C Smith, M 119 52,0 26 26
40 DEN 17 Lars Juel Christensen, M 140 53,0 42 11
41 FRA 150 Pascal Tetard, GGM 136 53,0 18 35
42 IND 1 Roel van Olst, M 181 55,0 20 35
43 GBR 669 Adrian Brunton, M 003 56,0 49 7
44 NED 1 Jan van der Horst, GM 100 56,0 26 30
45 GBR 2 Allen Burrell, M 007 57,0 56 1
46 GER 217 Carsten Niehusen, GM 150 57,0 28 29
47 RUS 5 Sergey Zabotin, GM 147 58,0 9 49
48 GBR 77 Howard Sellars, GGM 028 58,0 37 21
49 NED 39 Hans Zomer, GM 067 58,0 36 22
50 GER 701 Klaus-Dieter Götz, GM 228 59,0 20 39

Event website: www.finn-masters.nl

Class website: www.finnclass.org
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