Please select your home edition
Edition
Protector 728x90

Finn Open and Junior European Championship - Action absent on day 1

by Robert Deaves on 23 Jul 2013
No racing - 2013 Finn Europeans Robert Deaves/Finn Class http://www.finnclass.org
The 2013 Finn Open and Junior European Championship got off to a slow start in Warnemünde, Germany, as the sailors waited patiently onshore all day as the wind failed to stabilize at anything more than a paltry four knots. It was finally abandoned for the day at 17.00.

On the plus side it was a beautifully sunny and hot day, but there is little that is more dangerous than 100 Finn sailors with nothing to do. The sailors were given regular updates all day but were told to be prepared to go afloat at any time in case the wind arrived. There was a light breeze in the harbour but it was clear that outside the situation was different with a maximum of four knots recorded and an average of 2-3 knots. Finally at 17.00 the wait was over and the sailors sent home with no racing.

Rob Lamb (GBR), the PRO said, 'We had a light breeze with three knots – but there were spots without any wind at all', said Robert Lamb 'I hoped until the end to get a sea breeze, but we didn’t. But tomorrow we are stepping it up – we are supposed to get a Force 3, which is ideal.' Filippo Baldassari (ITA) commented, 'The decision has been absolutely right. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. In this case we prefer to wait here onshore.'

Defending Champion Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) added, 'I have waited for wind at several regattas, that’s part of this sport.' About his chances this week he was cautious, 'I have studied a lot this year, and have had some exams lately. We will see what will happen here. But this wind is good for me, since I am the specialist for those conditions.'

Several of the coaches here are former Finn sailors now passing on their experience to the younger generation. John Bertrand (USA), silver medalist at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 is coaching the Australian team of Jake Lilley (AUS) and Oliver Tweddell (AUS), while John Culter (NZL), bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympics, is coaching Josh Junior (NZL) and Andrew Murdoch (NZL).

Cutlter said, 'I'm only in the coach boat but it's good to be back in the Finn fleet. It's great to see what's happened in the past 25 years, and it's all looking pretty positive for the class actually. Josh and Doc are both new to the class, and we just take it as a methodical process, so we rig it up, make a few changes one at a time and see what seems to work best. We're not trying to be super clever, we're just running a methodical programme stepping through the controls and the tuning and seeing what works.'

On his return, 'I always had a good time in the class and always look back with good memories of my time sailing the Finn and the Olympic campaign, so I thought well, if I can fit this is with my other sailing and things I am doing, it would be a good thing to do and especially having two sailors who are good and motivated, it's good to be involved again.'

On his two sailors, 'I think there is a lot of potential left. They are both new to the class and this is their first season and they've done pretty well already, so the good thing is they both have good skill set and they had good results in the Laser class, so they know how to start and sail, so it's just about getting a better understanding of the equipment and how to sail a Finn really quickly.

'Just looking at the results, Josh is a little bit younger and probably doing a little bit better, but it's still early days at the moment, and I think the important thing is that as a group we keep learning about what makes the boat go fast.'

New Zealand is bidding for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup, a decision that will take place at the 2013 Finn Gold Cup in Tallinn, Estonia next month. 'It would be great if we can get the Gold Cup down to Takapuna. We all know there are great sailing condition there, and it will be in the European winter. I am sure there will be a couple of lead up regattas such as Sail Auckland and the Nationals beforehand, so rather than sitting in Europe freezing away, come down to New Zealand and do some sailing.'

When was the last time he sailed a Finn, 'Surprisingly I sailed one for about five minutes here last week and I quite liked it. Before that it would have been when I sailed against Craig Monk leading up to Barcelona for about a month and then before that the last race of the Olympics in 1988.'

In contrast John Bertrand started coaching Finn sailors three years ago and now coaches the Australian team. He said, 'It's great to see our generation come back in and help the younger generation. I think we have a fair bit to offer plus it's nice to see it from a new perspective as well so I think it's a good combination.'


Bertrand won the Europeans in 1979 and then, 'I got invited to the East German Nationals here in Warnemünde and I managed to beat Jochen Schümann in his home town. I was quite a popular winner. It was back when it was the DDR, and behind the Iron Curtain and it was quite an adventure for me to come here. I hadn't been exposed to any Communist nation before. My impression when we rolled in was that it was pretty grey, drab and very controlled and I stayed at the hotel by the beach and I remember at night the spotlights scanning the beach for boats coming ashore and people trying to leave so it was quite an experience. Coming back now, wow, what a difference. It's fabulous. It's a beautiful spot.'

'Here I am coaching Jake and Oli and it's a been a great experience. I am really excited about this new generation coming into the class since the 2012 Olympics. I predicted there would be a lot of interest with some sailors coming out of the Laser class, and some of the old guard is going to see some new talent come in. It's almost like what happened when I came into the Finns [in the late 1970s] because we came out of the Laser class and then it was the new guard and the old guard, and I suspect that this generation is going to rise to the top in the next couple of years. And they are all a lot bigger than we ever were.'

With more wind forecast for Tuesday, the race committee now plans to attempt three races but at the earlier start time of 11.00. The championship continues until Saturday when the final race and medal race will be Finn Europeans website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNorth Technology - Southern SparsProtector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

JJ Giltinan Trophy - Waka wall helps Yamaha to Hat-Trick in Race 1
A group of 20 wakas paddling across the course for the opening race helped New Zealand's Yamaha to win A group of 20 wakas paddling across the course for the opening race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy helped New Zealand's Yamaha to win the first race of the seven race series. 'The wakas were massive,' said Yamaha skipper Dave McDiarmid. 'We couldn't get to the bottom mark. They were in a solid line - about four deep - there was no gap.
Posted on 25 Feb
JJ Giltinan 18fters - Yamaha wins first race in rain and murk
New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in race one of JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship New Zealand champion Yamaha came from behind to score a brilliant win in race one of the 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, sponsored by The winning Group, on Sydney Harbour today.
Posted on 25 Feb
JJ Giltinan Trophy - ILVE in action ahead of the JJ's - Video
The ILVE 18ft Skiff Team are back and in a brand new boat. Now see it in action! The ILVE 18ft Skiff Team are back and in a brand new boat. We brought you the video of how they turned it into a silver bullet with a mirror-finish chrome vinyl wrap. Now see it in action!
Posted on 24 Feb
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Invitation Race runs out off puff
2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship began on Sydney Harbour when Australian 18Ft League conducted Invitation Race The 2017 JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship regatta began on Sydney Harbour today when the Australian 18 Footers League conducted the traditional Invitation Race for all 26 regatta entrants. Unfortunately for the crews, there was little, or no, wind for the duration of the race and the course had to be shortened to just three legs as the fleet was almost becalmed.
Posted on 24 Feb
Spectacular new self-catering villas in Vassiliki
Now Wildwind not only provide top spec equipment but can also offer luxury villa accommodation. Now Wildwind not only provide top spec equipment, highly experienced RYA qualified instructors and a location with one of the most reliable wind patterns in the sailing world, but can also offer luxury villa accommodation.
Posted on 23 Feb
Sanya awarded Youth Sailing World Championships
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport is pleased to announce that Sanya, China will host the 2017 edition The 2017 selection process opened in November 2016 after the Israeli Sailing Association exercised the right to withdraw from hosting the 2017 edition as a final contract had not been concluded.
Posted on 22 Feb
Have you tried foiling yet? Top tips from Marko at Wildwind
Wildwind invested in foiling kits for some of their Laser fleet, converting the standard Laser in to a flying machine. In 2016 Wildwind invested in foiling kits for some of their Laser fleet, converting the standard everyday Laser in to a flying machine. ‘Can it be that easy?’ we here you cry, well you’re right but fortunately the Wildwind staff are not ones for turning down a challenge and have put a lot of time in to finding the optimum techniques so that you can be flying as soon as possible.
Posted on 19 Feb
A great excuse for FINNtastic racing – Finn Masters Magazine
It must be close to the start of the European Finn season, with the publication of the Finn Masters Magazine this week. It must be close to the start of the European Finn season, with the publication of fourth edition the Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook this week.
Posted on 17 Feb
Seventeen O'pen BIC sailors now selected for the America's Cup
Seventeen O’pen BIC sailors have now been selected to participate in the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen Seventeen O’pen BIC sailors have now been selected to participate in the America’s Cup Endeavour O’pen, held in conjunction with the America’s Cup Finals, June 15-18 in Bermuda.
Posted on 12 Feb
Treasures of the sailing scene united in 'hidden class connection'
Joining the hidden class connection means getting connected with a Magic Marine store nearby the home base of the class. Joining the hidden class connection means getting connected with a Magic Marine store nearby the home base of the class.
Posted on 8 Feb