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Finn World Masters - Stefan Fagerlund claims race win on day 3

by Robert Deaves on 12 Jun 2014
2014 Finn World Masters, Sopot © Robert Hajduk / shuttersail.com http://shuttersail.com/
The vagaries of the fickle wind at the Finn World Masters in Sopot, added a new dimension to the mix on Wednesday, day three of the regatta, as only half a full race was managed. Stefan Fagerlund (SWE) won the Yellow group while the Blue fleet didn't even manage to start with very light and patchy winds all day long. A new schedule has been issued for Thursday to catch up the series.

After a series of recalls and postponements Yellow fleet finally got race 3 under way. While many favoured left or right, Stefan Fagerlund (SWE) emerged from the middle to lead round from Allen Burrell (GBR). Burrell briefly took the lead on the tortuous downwind leg with Felix Denikaev (RUS) also passing Fagerlund. However, Fagerlund went found the best pressure on the second upwind and passed both of them and then led down to the reach and final short beat to the finish line. Denikaev got past Burrell on the final upwind to snatch second.

By the time Yellow fleet finished, Blue fleet were still trying to start, but the wind was becoming more and more unstable and 30 minutes later they were sent back to shore with no races sailed.

So with only half of a full two-group race sailed on Wednesday the first order of the day on Thursday is to make up the lost race. The new schedule posted late on Wednesday is for Blue to race first and then two more sets of races. There has been talk all week of the winds finally increasing for the last two days of the championship, so everyone is expecting a solid breeze for Thursday's races.


Fourth place today went to Greg Wilcox (NZL) He said, 'It was a bit marginal today. We had breeze up the first beat. It was quite patchy but it wasn't any different to how it had been. All the good guys came out of the middle. I started about a third down from the boat and tacked to the right, almost up the middle because it was quite a big lefty, and then took a few digs back to the middle. And then down the first run the breeze died out, and on the next beat it flicked to the left, so you could almost lay the mark, which made things easier. But the last beat to the finish was really tricky. It was only short but there was a bit of carnage. The fleet just compressed right up, but Stefan sailed very well to win.'

Fagerlund described his race, 'It was very patchy and difficult but I got a good start and came up in the middle and then worked my way out to the right. Then the shifts went with me and I rounded first. I was under pressure on the very long run because it was very patchy, and Allen and the Russian came on my inside and passed me on the left. The Russian went very low round the mark and I rounded behind Allen. Then it lifted from the left and I passed him again. I led again at the top mark and to the finish. The last beat was very shifty, but I stayed right and then got a header so it was easy for me. Allen went left and lost a place to the Russian.'

On Sopot, 'It's a beautiful town. We've been into town for dinner on a couple of nights and we're staying in a house near here. On the water, they are trying their best to get us sailing out there but it's really difficult in these conditions. We were lucky to get away today. They say tomorrow we will have seven or 8m/s, so then it's another story. There are a lot of guys that will be really fast in that; but you never know...'


The day started with the Masters Annual Meeting with lots of important items on the Agenda. There sailors' tent was packed to capacity and beyond, with the major decisions focussing on future events. After some excelent presentations, it was decided that the 2016 Finn World Masters will be in Torbole, Italy, the first time the event has been held on Lake Garda for many years. Then the vote was held for 2017. The Barbados Tourism Authority had made a great presentation the night before, at which the sailors had consumed a considerable volume of the Mount Gay rum provided for the occasion. The class had been offered a very attractive package, as well as a uniqiue opportunity, and there was unbridled enthusiasm from the assembled sailors to accept the bid. Therefore the 2017 Finn World Masters will be in Barbados. We can't wait.

The meeting also marked the last official engagement of former Masters President Fons van Gent (NED), who passed the mantle to Andy Denison (GBR) at last year's meeting. He had remained on the committee to oversee the transition, but was now retiring completely. Presented with the traditional wine, he then received a full standing ovation from the gathered sailors. His place on the committee is being taken by Philip Baum (RSA).

Racing resumes at 11.00 Thursday.

Results as of 17:46 on June 11, 2014

Overall

 

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, 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

9.0

2

GMaster

200

RUS

41

Felix Denikaev

1962

6.0

9.0

17.0

3

GMaster

34

GBR

2

Allen Burrell

1964

11.0

3.0

17.0

4

Master

126

ITA

55

Walter Riosa

1966

17.0

4.0

29.0

5

Master

225

SUI

86

Piet Eckert

1968

15.0

14.0

34.0

6

GMaster

8

AUT

7

Michael Gubi

1959

14.0

10.0

41.0

7

GMaster

213

RUS

51

Mikhail Petriga

1957

9.0

12.0

45.0

8

Master

169

NED

29

Bas, De Waal

1966

8.0

24.0

46.0

9

Master

236

SWE

22

Stefan Fagerlund

1966

2.0

49.0

52.0

10

Master

212

RUS

20

Alexey Marchevskiy

1968

35.0

7.0

55.0

11

GMaster

99

GER

193

Thomas Schmid

1959

3.0

44.0

57.0

12

Master

156

NED

7

Cees Scheurwater

1967

35.0

20.0

61.0

13

Master

217

RUS

205

Sergei Stepanov

1973

18.0

12.0

62.0

14

GMaster

176

NZL

15

Greg Wilcox

1960

37.0

23.0

64.0

15

GMaster

135

NED

54

Joos Bos

1955

14.0

13.0

65.0

16

GMaster

205

RUS

34

Aleksandr Kasatov

1962

10.0

31.0

70.0

17

Master

45

GBR

52

Will Patten

1965

28.0

19.0

73.0

18

Master

119

HUN

50

Akos Lukats

1972

30.0

34.0

79.0

19

GMaster

91

GER

909

Udo Murek

1961

36.0

26.0

82.0

20

GMaster

256

GER

17

Kai Schrader

1964

20.0

42.0

83.0

21

GMaster

16

CZE

318

Martin Plecity

1957

13.0

38.0

84.0

22

GGMaster

134

NED

10

Nanne Boot

1952

25.0

30.0

85.0

23

GMaster

152

NED

35

Bas Proper

1955

49.0

28.0

93.0

24

GGMaster

226

SUI

1

Hans Fatzer

1948

45.0

29.0

93.0

25

GMaster

229

SUI

13

Peter Kilchenmann

1956

48.0

36.0

96.0

26

GMaster

49

GBR

720

Julian Smith

1964

17.0

54.0

96.0

27

Master

154

NED

67

Ronald Ruiter

1973

42.0

30.0

100.0

28

Master

231

SUI

25

Till Klammer

1968

25.0

34.0

101.0

29

GMaster

82

GER

122

Holger Krasmann

1961

34.0

5.0

105.0

30

Master

144

NED

780

Jan Willem Kok

1968

32.0

7.0

107.0

31

GMaster

77

GER

208

Uwe Kinast

1955

16.0

52.0

109.0

32

GMaster

191

POL

99

Wlodzimierz Radwaniecki

1964

29.0

57.0

109.0

33

GMaster

13

CZE

67

Josef Jochovic

1962

23.0

57.0

111.0

34

GMaster

96

GER

111

Haacks Rainer

1961

47.0

27.0

111.0

35

GMaster

253

ITA

2

Marco Buglielli

1960

2.0

2.0

123.0

36

Legend

48

GBR

77

Howard Sellars

1941

38.0

29.0

125.0

37

GGMaster

31

FRA

40

Joseph Rochet

1952

50.0

42.0

126.0

38

GMaster

14

CZE

1

Michael Maier

1964

1.0

10.0

130.0

39

GMaster

29

FRA

99

Marc Allain Des Beauvais

1956

3.0

15.0

137.0

40

Master

224

SUI

5

Christen Christoph

1970

7.0

11.0

137.0

41

GMaster

75

GER

114

Jacek Kalinski

1963

52.0

35.0

138.0

42

Master

23

ESP

315

Santiago Reyero

1971

51.0

39.0

140.0

43

GMaster

195

RSA

1

Greg Davis

1957

13.0

9.0

141.0

44

GGMaster

158

NED

95

Wobbe, De Schiffart

1954

46.0

73.0

141.0

45

GMaster

171

NED

31

Hans Zuurendonk

1961

37.0

64.0

141.0

46

Master

211

RUS

161

Aleksandr Kuliukin

1973

21.0

2.0

142.0

47

Master

59

GER

707

Uli Breuer

1966

19.0

6.0

144.0

48

Master

175

NZL

2

Ray Hall

1967

10.0

15.0

144.0

49

GGMaster

170

NED

50

Jan Zetzema

1954

18.0

8.0

145.0

50

GMaster

155

NED

5

Rene Sala

1957

41.0

49.0

145.0

51

GGMaster

249

USA

74

Henry Sprague

1945

119.0 BFD

16.0

146.0

52

GMaster

228

SUI

4

Jiri Huracek

1955

55.0

48.0

147.0

53

GMaster

113

GRE

71

Panagiotis Davourlis

1960

27.0

3.0

149.0

54

GGMaster

138

NED

101

Chris Frijdal

1953

5.0

25.0

149.0

55

Master

180

POL

28

Cezary Jakubowski

1972

61.0

17.0

149.0

56

GMaster

187

POL

26

Boguslaw Nowakowski

1957

43.0

54.0

149.0

57

GMaster

242

SWE

14

Stefan Nordstroem

1964

27.0

8.0

154.0

58

GGMaster

131

NED

4

Ruurd Baerends

1953

23.0

13.0

155.0

59

Master

111

GER

212

Rainer Wolff

1965

4.0

33.0

156.0

60

Master

28

FIN

22

Ville Valtonen

1965

6.0

32.0

157.0

61

GMaster

140

NED

55

Eddy Huisman

1961

24.0

14.0

157.0

62

GMaster

121

HUN

1

Peter Sipos

1956

20.0

18.0

157.0

63

GMaster

150

NED

46

Hein Pieter Okker

1959

19.0

21.0

159.0

64

GGMaster

160

NED

820

Hennie Van Den Brink

1945

80.0

5.0

160.0

65

GMaster

199

RUS

21

Vladimir Butenko

1962

9.0

32.0

160.0

66

GMaster

235

SWE

2

Svante Collvin

1960

51.0

28.0

162.0

67

GMaster

74

GER

84

Michael Huellenkremer

1955

56.0

80.0

163.0

68

GMaster

55

GER

62

Uwe Barthel

1955

44.0

1.0

164.0

69

Master

244

UKR

8

Taras Gavrish

1974

28.0

18.0

165.0

70

GGMaster

67

GER

35

Hans-Guenter Ehlers

1947

39.0

67.0

166.0

71

Master

232

SUI

83

Beat Steffen

1967

26.0

22.0

167.0

72

GMaster

22

NED

22

Peter Hubregtsen

1964

30.0

36.0

167.0

73

GGMaster

215

RUS

142

Yury Polovinkin

1949

119.0 BFD

40.0

168.0

74

GGMaster

68

GER

202

Rolf Elsaesser

1951

40.0

11.0

170.0

75

GMaster

65

GER

45

Sundermann Dirk

1959

15.0

79.0

171.0

76

GMaster

7

AUS

278

John Warlow

1962

21.0

31.0

171.0

77

GGMaster

21

DEN

11

Jens Makholm (Mik Mak)

1950

7.0

46.0

172.0

78

GGMaster

161

NED

1

Jan Van Der Horst

1954

46.0

65.0

173.0

79

GGMaster

2

AUS

242

Bob Buchanan

1948

40.0

16.0

175.0

80

Master

58

GER

19

Andreas Bollongino

1965

65.0

62.0

176.0<