sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Finn World Masters - Maier victorious in opening race
Finn World Masters - Maier victorious in opening race

'First day'    Finn Class ©

At the 2012 Finn World Masters, defending champion Michael Maier (CZE) won the only race of the first day, as the tropical conditions continued and produced a long wait ashore in light winds. Laurent Hay (FRA) crossed in second with Neil Robinson (GBR) third.

The fleet was held ashore until nearly 16.00 as the early fog gave way to more high temperatures, sunny skies and very light winds. A sea breeze started to build early on but was never strong enough to start a race until late in the day. However the sailors weren’t complaining too much as it allowed them to watch the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay at the Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli Sailing Club, along with its convoy of branded buses, vehicle escort, press and police motorcade.

First day -  Finn Class ©  

As soon as the Torch had departed Pwllheli, almost as if it was part of the programme, the sea breeze finally strengthened enough for racing and the fleet was sent out for one race. The wind quickly built to 10-11 knots, but after a further postponement, a general recall and a then a black flag start – from which 20 boats were sent home early – it had decreased to 8-10 knots and gradually faded into the early evening. By the time the boats finished it was down to 4-6 knots. The fleet came back to shore around 19.00.

Michael Maier (CZE) was always in charge. Tacking off the line soon after the start he favoured the right hand corner and took an early lead that was never really challenged. Laurent Hay (FRA) had a good battle with Allen Burrell (GBR) for second, but on the final beat Burrell split tacks with the leading two to try and find more pressure on the left. Neil Robinson (GBR) followed Hay to the right and nearly caught him, but when Burrell crossed back, he had lost third place to Robinson.

Race one -  Finn Class ©  

Maier leads race one -  Finn Class ©  

On coming ashore the sailors were treated to free beer, supplied by Carlsberg, and pasta, while the club laid on a barbecue in the evening.

Second placed hay commented, 'We had light winds, so for me it was good conditions. I had a good first leg and rounded after Mike Maier, but he is faster than me and he sailed very well so I couldn't catch him. I had a good fight with Allen Burrell and we were second and third for most of the race, so that was very pleasant. On the last beat I was on the right and Allen went on the left, but I took the advantage there.'

'It's been really nice weather here in Pwllheli so far. We were expecting a lot of rain, so I packed lots of wet weather clothes, but today was a beautiful day and I would be very happy for it to continue all week. The race committee is very good because they put on a good start and it was a tough decision not to send us out too early, but in the end they made a good decision on when to go out. So far it is all perfect.'

Racing continues Tuesday at 12.00. The championship will be decided over a series of eight races with the final race and the medal race for the top 10 on Friday.

Top 10 after day one:

1 CZE 1 Michael Maier
2 FRA 75 Laurent Hay
3 GBR 679 Neil Robinson
4 GBR 2 Allen Burrell
5 ITA 4 Francesco Faggiani
6 LTU 7 Tauras Rymonis
7 GER 711 Andre Budzien
8 FRA 150 Pascal Tetard
9 AUS 8 Dirk Seret
10 GER 700 Martin Hofmann

Finn World Masters website


by Robert Deaves

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97790

9:18 PM Mon 28 May 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

28 May 2012  Finn World Masters - Opening day in tropical Pwllheli
25 May 2012  Finn World Masters - Pwlhelli action preview + Video






News - USA and the World









Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight












2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins by Dobbs Davis, Detroit


















Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead
J/111 World Championships - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   
Extreme Sailing: Tough and testing day on Cardiff Bay - Day 2 + Video   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2!   
2014 Detroit Cup - Quarter-finalists determined   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Best Amatuer final ever!   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Last day images by Andrea Francolini   
2014 Newport Bucket Regatta - Day 1 images by Ingrid Abery   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi in top three - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 1   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Tricky conditions on day 2   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: MC38s Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
2014 IFDS World Championship - Friday's racing images by Tim Wilkes   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT