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Finn World Masters - German leads 235 strong fleet

by Robert Deaves on 11 Jun 2014
2014 Finn World Masters, Sopot Robert Deaves/Finn Class http://www.finnclass.org
Three-time champion, Andre Budzien (GER) leads the 235 Finn sailors at the 2014 Finn World Masters in Sopot, Poland, after two races were sailed Tuesday, to finally get the championship off to a great, if late, start. Marco Buglielli (ITA) had a 'perfect' day to sit in third, while defending champion Michael Maier (CZE) is third.

While the hot, sunny weather continued, there was another dismal wind forecast for the morning. However, there was a slight hope racing would be possible in the afternoon, after both Sunday's practice race and all Monday's races were cancelled through lack of wind. A light breeze arrived around 11.00 and the fleet set out for another long day afloat, finally coming ashore around 18.00. The wind filled in from the north and built to around 8-10 knots before easing down and settling at 5-7 knots for most of the afternoon. A tricky current also played havoc with the starts with a number of general recalls and black flagged competitors.

Yellow fleet got race 1 under way after around 15 sailors were pulled out under the black flag. Marc Allain des Beauvais (FRA) led at the top, but Andre Budzien (GER) was not far behind and he gradually reeled in the Frenchman and took the lead as the wind all but died on the second upwind. Stefan Fagerlund (SWE) worked his way into second while Allain des Beauvais finished third.

In Blue fleet it was a familiar story with Michael Maier (CZE) leading round the course to win from Marco Buglielli (ITA), who made a big recovery, and Thomas Schmidt (GER). The wind came back in enough to let the fleet finish and then dropped to 3-4 knots for a while.

It took an age to get Yellow fleet off for their second race with initially the wind dropping, and then multiple recalls as the wind and current conspired to make the pin end favoured. Uli Breuer (GER) led at the top but again Budzien came though and had a small lead downwind to win his second race of the day from Aleksandr Kuliukin (RUS) and Panagiotis Davourlis (GRE).


Blue fleet's second race was led from start to finish by Uwe Barthel (GER). Favouring the right side he found a gift of a shift to hold a sizable lead at the top mark, which he never looked like relinquishing. Buglielli again came through to second, while Allen Burrell (GBR) crossed in third.

Budzien commented on the day, 'For me it was nice today. I chose the right side of the start line and I went straight to the right. The rest is a little bit easier if you get to the top mark at the front. Then I was really fast on the downwind. It was good to lose 15 kg in weight, but we will see on Thursday what will happen then.' Stronger winds are forecast for Thursday and Friday.

He thought the race committee did a great job. 'They were very tricky conditions for the sailors and the race team. I think the race officer was right in every decision she made. She abandoned when she needed to, and also gave some BFDs, but it was the correct thing to do.'

Buglielli was also happy with his day, 'It was a perfect day for me. In the first race I had a bad start and I recovered a bit when the wind decreased a bit. I was 25th at the top mark, but I had speed and went the right way downwind and upwind and slowly passed everyone but Maier in the first race. In the second race I had a good start and went to the right and there was a big shift to the right and I was fifth at the top. Then I recovered to second.'

'It's tough because in the first race we had wind and then it went down, and became very shifty and patchy; very difficult. But I like these conditions; they are my conditions. On Thursday and Friday we are expecting a lot more wind and the big guys will kill me. I know that. But it's OK for now.'

A very happy Barthel said, on winning his first ever race at a Finn World Masters, 'There was a big windshift on the first upwind about 20 degrees to the right, so at the first mark I led by about 50 metres. A lot of the guys were a long way away, and it was enough of a lead for me to win the race.' he joked, 'This is my first win, and the last I think.'


So finally, the Finn Masters have two races on the board. Budzien hold a two point lead from Buglielli, with Maier picking up a tenth in the second race to sit in third.

The setting here is just fantastic.More than 200 Finns are lined up in ranks along a beautiful sandy beach; there is a very hospitable host club just behind the tree line and the sailors have been treated to simply gorgeous weather. It has the makings of a great championship, despite the lack of wind until today.

The day ended with a Mount Gay rum party hosted by the Barbados Tourism Authority as part of its pitch to host the 2017 Finn World Masters. This will be presented at Wednesday's Annual Masters Meeting and unsurprisingly has generated a lot of interest. If successful it will be only the second time the Finn World Masters has been held outside Europe. The meeting will also hear bids for the 2016 Championship from Tihany, Hungary, Torbole, Italy and Bracciano, Italy.

2014 FINN WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP

SOPOT POLAND, 6 - 13 JUNE 2014

Results as of 20:36 on June 10, 2014

Overall

Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 235, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Division

Bow #

Nat

SailNo

Name

Birth

R1

R2

Score

1

GMaster

257

GER

711

Andre Budzien

1962

1.0

1.0

2.0

2

GMaster

253

ITA

2

Marco Buglielli

1960

2.0

2.0

4.0

3

GMaster

14

CZE

1

Michael Maier

1964

1.0

10.0

11.0

4

GMaster

34

GBR

2

Allen Burrell

1964

11.0

3.0

14.0

5

GMaster

200

RUS

41

Felix Denikaev

1962

6.0

9.0

15.0

6

GMaster

29

FRA

99

Marc Allain Des Beauvais

1956

3.0

15.0

18.0

7

Master

224

SUI

5

Christen Christoph

1970

7.0

11.0

18.0

8

Master

126

ITA

55

Walter Riosa

1966

17.0

4.0

21.0

9

GMaster

213

RUS

51

Mikhail Petriga

1957

9.0

12.0

21.0

10

GMaster

195

RSA

1

Greg Davis

1957

13.0

9.0

22.0

11

Master

211

RUS

161

Aleksandr Kuliukin

1973

21.0

2.0

23.0

12

GMaster

8

AUT

7

Michael Gubi

1959

14.0

10.0

24.0

13

Master

59

GER

707

Uli Breuer

1966

19.0

6.0

25.0

14

Master

175

NZL

2

Ray Hall

1967

10.0

15.0

25.0

15

GGMaster

170

NED

50

Jan Zetzema

1954

18.0

8.0

26.0

16

GMaster

135

NED

54

Joos Bos

1955

14.0

13.0

27.0

17

Master

225

SUI

86

Piet Eckert

1968

15.0

14.0

29.0

18

GMaster

113

GRE

71

Panagiotis Davourlis

1960

27.0

3.0

30.0

19

GGMaster

138

NED

101

Chris Frijdal

1953

5.0

25.0

30.0

20

Master

217

RUS

205

Sergei Stepanov

1973

18.0

12.0

30.0

21

Master

169

NED

29

Bas, De Waal

1966

8.0

24.0

32.0

22

GMaster

242

SWE

14

Stefan Nordstroem

1964

27.0

8.0

35.0

23

GGMaster

131

NED

4

Ruurd Baerends

1953

23.0

13.0

36.0

24

Master

111

GER

212

Rainer Wolff

1965

4.0

33.0

37.0

25

Master

28

FIN

22

Ville Valtonen

1965

6.0

32.0

38.0

26

GMaster

140

NED

55

Eddy Huisman

1961

24.0

14.0

38.0

27

GMaster

121

HUN

1

Peter Sipos

1956

20.0

18.0

38.0

28

GMaster

82

GER

122

Holger Krasmann

1961

34.0

5.0

39.0

29

Master

144

NED

780

Jan Willem Kok

1968

32.0

7.0

39.0

30

GMaster

150

NED

46

Hein Pieter Okker

1959

19.0

21.0

40.0

31

GMaster

199

RUS

21

Vladimir Butenko

1962

9.0

32.0

41.0

32

GMaster

205

RUS

34

Aleksandr Kasatov

1962

10.0

31.0

41.0

33

Master

212

RUS

20

Alexey Marchevskiy

1968

35.0

7.0

42.0

34

GMaster

55

GER

62

Uwe Barthel

1955

44.0

1.0

45.0

35

Master

244

UKR

8

Taras Gavrish

1974