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Finn World Masters - German sailor claims narrow lead

by Robert Deaves on 22 May 2013
Great conditions - 2013 Finn World Masters Claire ADB and BFA
With little respite in the weather, the Finn World Masters fleet in La Rochelle completed two more great races in moderate, cold winds. Three time champion Andre Budzien (GER) takes the lead from Erik Lidecis (USA) and Michael Maier (CZE). Race wins went to Budzien, Maier, Paul Blowers (GBR) and Karl Purdie (NZL).

Tuesday opened bleak in La Rochelle 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. 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.

Today the groups were decided using Monday's overall results. Regatta leaders Andre Budzien and Erk 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 Michael Maier is in third, just four points off the lead, but with a win in race four, he matched Budzien's points for the day.

The yellow group got away first with the left side proving favoured. The leading group included Ray Hall (NZL) and Tauras Rymonis (LTU) 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 (GER) 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 (GBR) took a great win after rounding the top mark in fifth. He crossed the finish just ahead of Svend Vogt Andersen (DEN) with Marco Buglielli (ITA) 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 Karl Purdie found his way to the front to take the win from Karel van Hellemond (NED) 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, most likely costing him any chance of a top 10 position.

Blowers explained his race three win, 'I had a reasonable start and I wanted to go centre right up the first beat, and I had a working compass today, so I could the shifts happening. I got round the top mark in fifth and had reasonable speed on the other guys and took one boat on each leg of the race and ended up with a very close finish with Svend Vogt Andersen. There was just a couple of feet in it, but I was really pleased to win the race.'

This is Blowers second race win at a Finn World Masters after a race win in Punta Ala at his Masters début two years ago.

When asked why he was here he said, 'The attraction of the Finn masters for me is meeting up with my mates from around the world, sailing a boat that helps me keep fit and a boat that I can be competitive in, as well as sailing with a group of people that have a similar mind set to me. It's just great.'

One of the 'new' Finn sailors here is Svend Jacobsen (DEN), who only got a Finn last year after being attracted by the Masters regattas. One of three former OK Dinghy World champions present this week (Jacobsen won it back in 1963), he said, 'I decided to buy a Finn last year after having tried one in a small regatta in Denmark. I then remembered what I heard from Ib Ussing Andersen's father, when we had a conversation between two races in 1962. Ib's father was mid 50s and I was 17 years old. He Said to me 'Svend when you grow old you should change your OK Dinghy for a Finn, because in the Finn you can take a nice walk in the cockpit between two races. This is impossible in the OK.'

'One of the other attractions for me is the Masters regatta. I think it is a great idea, and no other classes seem to have adopted the idea like the Finns have. I stopped dinghy racing in 1995, after having raced the Pirat dinghy for 12 years (after the OK). My reason for giving up dinghy racing was that I felt I was too old - at that time I was 50. It sounds crazy now that I race the Finn, a much more difficult boat.'

He recalls sailing a Finn 50 years ago. 'I tried a Finn at the first Danish championship in 1963. I borrowed an English Finn, No. 10, from James Ware, but that was my first and only appearance in the Finn until now.' Jakobsen lies in 248th place, though the smile on his face says he is clearly enjoying every minute of the racing.

Racing continues on Wednesday, with gentler conditions forecast. Before that the sailors have their annual Masters Meeting where they will decide the venue for 2015, among other business. The championships concludes on Friday.

Results after four races:

Pos

Sail

Competitors

P Net

P tot

r.1

r.2

r.3

r.4

Club/Country

1

GER  711

BUDZIEN Andrea

11.00

11.00

1
1.00

1
1.00

1
1.00

8
8.00

SCHWERINER YC

2

USA  505

LIDESIC Erik

12.00

12.00

1
1.00

1
1.00

7
7.00

3
3.00

BCYC ABYC

3

CZE   1

MAIER Michael

15.00

15.00

3
3.00

3
3.00

8
8.00

1
1.00

YCR ROUDNICE

4

LTU   7

RYMONIS Tauras

15.00

15.00

3
3.00

6
6.00

3
3.00

3
3.00

LFA/NAUTIKUS

5

NZL  111

PURDIE Karl

16.00

16.00

4
4.00

2
2.00

9
9.00

1
1.00

WORSER BAY BC

6

GER  707

BREUER Uli

26.00

26.00

16
16.00

4
4.00

4
4.00

2
2.00

YC RURSEE

7

NZL   2

HALL Raymond

43.00

43.00

8
8.00

14
14.00

2
2.00

19
19.00

WAIUKU YACHT CLUB

8

FRA   75

HAY Laurent

44.00

44.00

11
11.00

3
3.00

23
23.00

7
7.00

Y C ILE DE FRANCE

9

GER  193

SCHMIDT Thomas

44.00

44.00

27
27.00

5
5.00

8
8.00

4
4.00

NRV

10

DEN   80

STAAL Michael

48.00

48.00

6
6.00

22
22.00

10
10.00

10
10.00

DRAGOER SEJLKLUB

11

ITA   2

BUGLIELLI Marco

50.00

50.00

5
5.00

16
16.00

3
3.00

26
26.00

CIRCOLO VELA ROMA

12

NZL   9

COUTTS Rob

53.00

53.00

12
12.00

13
13.00

18
18.00

10
10.00

NOUVELLE ZELAND

13

GBR   2

BURRELL Allen

54.00

54.00

10
10.00

4
4.00

9
9.00

31
31.00

THORPE BAY YACHT

14

SWE   22

FAGERLUND Stefan

56.00

56.00

6
6.00

5
5.00

24
24.00

21
21.00

SODERTALJE BATKLUBB

15

GBR  642

BRUNTON Adrian

56.00

56.00

28
28.00

8
8.00

5
5.00

15
15.00

HAYLING FERRY SC

16

NZL   10

HODGENBOOM David

56.00

56.00

DPI
23.00

9
9.00

12
12.00

12
12.00

WAIUKU YACHT CLUB

17

NED  881

VAN VIERSSEN Thierry

59.00

59.00

7
7.00

17
17.00

30
30.00

5
5.00

ROYAL YC LOOSDRECHT

18

SUI   86

ECKERT Piet

60.00

60.00

20
20.00

10
10.00

19
19.00

11
11.00

ZURCHER SC

19

GBR   17

BLOWERS Paul

61.00

61.00

36
36.00

12
12.00

1
1.00

12
12.00

GURNARD

20

GER   8

EIERMANN Juergen

63.00

63.00

21
21.00

14
14.00

20
20.00

8
8.00

SV BIBLIS



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