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Budzien continues to lead Finn World Masters

by Robert Deaves on 14 May 2008
Defending Finn World Masters Champion Andre Budzien of Germany continued with his winning ways in Medemblik, with two more heat wins to put him into a clear lead with three more races to sail.

On Tuesday two races were sailed in winds from 12-16 knots, with free pumping on all the downwind legs. Starting two fleets of 116 boats each presents numerous problems for the race committee as well as the competitors, but despite several general recalls each day, PRO Erik Vliegenthart (NED) is happy with the way things are going and the start line behaviour of the Finn sailors.

In both of his heats Budzien lead for the majority of the race, executing great tactics, with good boat speed and was always among the first few to the windward mark. He extended downwind to secure each victory. Other heat wins went to Adrian Brunton (GBR), after banging in the generally unfavoured right hand corner on the final upwind, and Allen Burrell (GBR), to add to his heat win from yesterday.

Overall, Budzien has a 10point lead from Mihail Kopanov (BUL) who placed 2 and 3 today, with Jan Willem Kok (NED) in third, also placing 3 and 2 today a further 5 points behind. After Wednesday's race, the discard will kick in, so that should change the results somewhat with many boats currently counting a high score.

There are just two more qualification races to be sailed - one on Wednesday and one on Thursday - before the final gold and silver heats on Friday. At the moment it looks as if there is no one who can stop Andre Budzien from taking his second consecutive Finn World Masters title.

Finn Masters - Leading positions

1 GER 711 André Budzien, M 1 1 1 1 4,0
2 BUL 24 Mihail Kopanov, M 5 4 2 3 14,0

3 NED 780 Jan Willem Kok, M 8 6 3 2 19,0

4 NED 888 Luuk Kuijper, M 11 2 5 6 24,0

5 NED 29 Bas de Waal, M 3 9 10 4 26,0

6 NED 804 Cees Scheurwater, M 10 4 11 2 27,0

7 NED 100 Han Bergsma, M 21 3 2 5 31,0

8 NED 747 Thierry van Vierssen, M 6 5 16 6 33,0

9 NED 30 Hero Mulder, M 2 11 6 15 34,0

10 GRE 71 Panagiotis Davourlis, M 7 7 4 19 37,0

11 FRA 75 Laurant Hay, M 15 8 9 8 40,0

12 FRA 99 Allain des Beauvais Marc, GM 16 16 6 5 43,0

13 USA 24 Conrad Brown, M 4 17 17 10 48,0

14 NED 703 Eric Bakker, M 12 6 13 20 51,0

15 GBR 10 Robert Deaves, M 8 14 14 15 51,0

16 NED 897 Ed van der Steene, M 2 24 11 16 53,0

17 GBR 8 Tim Carver, M 25 11 4 14 54,0

18 NED 27 Paul Kamphorst, M 7 10 27 10 54,0

19 NED 25 Arwin Karssemeijer, M 41 8 9 4 62,0

20 CRO 110 Luksa Cicarelli, GGM 11 18 19 14 62,0

21 GBR 2 Allen Burrell, M 52 1 1 9 63,0

22 NED 62 Alex Breuseker, M 40 5 8 11 64,0

23 GER 310 Ralf Behrens, M 21 15 22 8 66,0

24 ITA 38 Claudio Bosetti, GM 22 17 10 17 66,0

25 GBR 1 Sander Kooij, M 6 12 29 23 70,0

26 DEN 140 Michael Bæk, GM 5 23 37 7 72,0

27 NED 81 Gerko Visser, M 4 12 22 35 73,0

28 GBR 669 Adrian Brunton, M 51 7 15 1 74,0

29 RSA 1 Greg Davis, GGM 64 3 7 7 81,0

30 RSA 51 Philip Baum, GGM 16 21 21 30 88,0

31 DEN 17 Lars Juel Christensen, M 44 9 15 22 90,0

32 DEN 196 Lars Hall, M 61 16 3 12 92,0

33 GBR 61 John Heyes, M 3 40 31 20 94,0

34 RUS 5 Sergey Zabotin, GM 9 46 27 13 95,0

35 DEN 7 Michael Staal, G 48 14 12 21 95,0

36 GBR 567 Martin Hughes, GM 42 15 28 18 103,0

37 NED 77 Jan-Jaap Lamme 30 31 31 12 104,0

38 SWE 734 Stefan Fagerlund, M 17 33 39 17 106,0

39 NED 55 Eddy Huisman, M 17 10 12 69 108,0

40 GER 39 Erich Karl-Heinz, GM 14 20 40 35 109,0

41 CZE 8 Jiri Outrata, GGM 24 24 35 31 114,0

42 GBR 665 Julian C Smith, M 25 26 32 32 115,0

43 GER 209 Steffen Fölsing, M 31 35 23 29 118,0

44 RSA 2 Alan Serritslev, GM 65 33 14 11 123,0

45 FRA 150 Pascal Tetard, GGM 18 34 39 34 125,0

46 NED 11 Henk de Jager, GM 52 22 23 29 126,0

47 GBR 77 Howard Sellars, GGM 39 21 54 13 127,0

48 RSA 540 Alan Tucker, GGM 53 25 30 19 127,0

49 SWE 721 Mikael Brandt, GGM 14 26 47 43 130,0

50 POR 5 Jorge Pinheiro de Melo, M 55 35 17 26 133,0
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