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Finn Class North American Championships 2014 - Day 2

by Rich Roberts on 18 May 2014
Caleb Paine(6) and Rob Hemming cross tacks - Finn Class North American Championships 2014 Rich Roberts
A fair breeze Saturday erased Greg Douglas' opening stumble of a day earlier and lifted the 23-year-old Canadian into first place in the Finn class North American championships at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

'No major missteps at the top mark,' Douglas said, referring to Friday's failure to round the offset mark at the first windward mark of the first race.

He recovered to finish ninth, and even that was expunged when throwouts kicked in after the fifth race Saturday, leaving him with a scoreline of one – one – one – two - two for seven points, two ahead of Caleb Paine, his American training partner, with as many as three races remaining Sunday.



The wind puffed up a bit from Friday's maximum of 4 1/2 knots to a south-southeast flutter of seven to eight knots Saturday.

'That little bit of extra pressure today was just enough for me to get the boat moving,' Douglas said.

Still, there were no whitecaps in sight but the forecast for Sunday was for the most popular Long Beach conditions: 15 knots from the southwest.

'That would be very pleasant and a lot of fun,' said Douglas, who at six - three and 217 pounds has the height and weight leverage to work a Finn.



So although ABYC's own Erik Lidecis moved up to third place in the 18-boat fleet by beating Douglas and Paine in Saturday's last race (one – two - three)' I beat (Douglas) by about a foot,' he said---his 20 points leave him a lot to make up, although at six - ten and 225, 15 knots of wind would help.

'That would be perfect,' Lidecis said. 'If there's 15 knots, I'll stay (in third).'

And when the wind builds past 10 knots, the Finn class usually lifts sailing's anti-pumping rule, noted by the race committee posting the 'Oscar' flag.



'When the Oscar flag goes up,' veteran Henry Sprague (currently fifth) noted, 'all hell breaks loose.'

It might be an interesting day.

The last day of racing east of Long Beach Harbor off Seal Beach is scheduled to start at noon, conditions permitting.



The Finn dinghy, designed by Rickard Sarby in 1949 and first sailed in the 1952 Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland, has been raced in every Olympics since as the longest enduring Olympic class. The two-man Star class is gone from the Games but the Finns sail on as a singlehander for heavyweights, while smaller people sail Lasers.

The leaders (After five of nine races)

1. Greg Douglas, Royal Canadian YC, (9)-1-1-1-2-2, 7 points.
2. Caleb Paine, St. Francis YC, 1-2-(3)-2-1-3, 9.
3. Erik Lidecis, ABYC/Bahia Corinthian YC, (13)-8-2-3-6-1, 20.
4. Philip Toth, Mooloolaba YC, 5-3-5-5-5-(6), 23.
5 Henry Sprague, Long Beach/no club, 3-9-(11)-4-3-5, 24.

Complete Overall Results:

Rank Fleet SailNo HelmName Club Nat R1 R2 Total Nett
1st Finn 6 Caleb Paine St. Francis YC
USA
1 2 3 3
2nd Finn USA 75 Philip Toth MYC
USA
5 3 8 8
3rd Finn USA 741 Andy Kern  
USA
2 7 9 9
4th Finn 5 Greg Douglas Royal Canadian YC
CAN
9 1 10 10
5th Finn USA 40 Chuck Rudinsky  
USA
7 4 11 11
6th Finn 69 Rob Hemming Balboa YC
CAN
6 5 11 11
7th Finn 74 Henry Sprague  
USA
3 9 12 12
8th Finn USA 1214 Peter Connally Newport Harbor YC
USA
11 6 17 17
9th Finn 59 Mike Dorgan San Diego YC
USA
4 14 18 18
10th Finn USA 505 Erik Lidecis BCYC/ABYC
USA
13 8 21 21
11th Finn 23 Jim Hunter  
USA
8 13 21 21
12th Finn 132 Jim Hecht Mission Bay YC
USA
10 11 21 21
13th Finn USA 303 Joe Chinburg Denver Sailing Assoc
USA
16 10 26 26
14th Finn 401 Craig Johnson  
USA
15 12 27 27
15th Finn USA 1066 Glenn Selvin Alamitos Bay YC
USA
12 15 27 27
16th Finn USA 333 David Wilson Ventura YC
USA
14 16 30 30
17th Finn 66 Rich Wright Mission Bay YC
USA
17 17 34 34
18th Finn 100 Santiago Reyero Mission Bay YC
USA
20 DNC 20 DNC 40 40
18th Finn 1213 Andras Nady St Francis YC
USA
20 DNC 20 DNC 40 40
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