Please select your home edition
Edition
SOUTHERN-SPARS-OFFICIAL-SUPPLIER-52-SS 728-X-90 TOP

Pieter-Jan Postma lifts Finn World Masters title in Helsinki

by Robert Deaves 8 Jul 2022 09:18 PDT 1-8 July 2022

Just two months after winning his first ever Finn Gold Cup, Pieter-Jan Postma, from The Netherlands, has become the first person in history to also win the Finn World Masters in the same year. He has put together a picket fence score line this week in Helsinki, Finland and has had an amazing time with the Masters fleet. Laurent Hay, from France held on to second while Peter Peet, from The Netherlands was third.

The Netherlands was a major prize winner tonight at the Helsingfors Segelklubb, taking the Nations Cup, and the Club Cup, for Het Witte Huis, as well as many individual prizes in addition to Postma.

The final day of racing was always forecast to be light, and never more than 5-8 knots, and it took nearly an hour to get the fleet away in the fickle breeze. Postma started in the third row but was leading at the top, but couldn't break away from the fleet with Székely Antal from Hungary, never far behind. Gert van der Heijden, from The Netherlands was third.

Postma joins an elite group that have won the Finn World Masters with straight wins and paid tribute to the sailors, the organisers and the rest of the fleet at the prize-giving, on Friday night on the steps of Helsingfors Segelklubb. The original podium from the 1952 Olympics was used, to mark the end of an event that was created to celebrate 70 years since the Finn was first included in the Olympic Games.

Age knows no bounds in the Finn class and the first presentation was for the Super Legends, those over 80 years old. Richard Hart, from Britain, won again, though again said it was probably his last event, something he has been saying for 10 years. Once a Finn sailor...

Hans Fatzer retained the Legends prize that he won last year, while John Greenwood won the Great Grand Masters and Laurent Hay the Grand Masters. Postma was of course top Master. While there are many age categories in the Finn Masters, they all race as one fleet, with inclusivity and community an important ingredient in what makes this event so successful.

This year was the first time the event has been in Finland and the furthest north it has ever been. Next year, the event goes far down south to Kavala in Greece where already the class is expecting in excess of 250 entries, bringing it back to somewhere near pre-covid numbers. For those that think a trip in May to sail with fellow Finn enthusiasts sound like fun, there is more information here and more will be released very soon. finnworldmasters.com/events/kavala-iraklitsa-2023

Overall Results: (top ten, 7 races)

1 NED 842 Pieter Jan Postma 6pts
2 FRA 75 Laurent Hay 25pts
3 NED 148 Peter Peet 35pts
4 POR 21 Filipe Silva 42pts
5 NZL 111 Karl Purdie 55pts
6 NED 41 Karel Van Hellemond 66pts
7 NED 25 Gert Van Der Heijden 72pts
8 GBR 5 John Greenwood 74pts
9 FIN 234 Ville Aalto-Setälä 84pts
10 NED 80 Sander Willems 85pts

Full results available here.

Event website at fwm2022.com

Related Articles

Laurent Haÿ wins International Finn Week
Winning in Cannes for the third consecutive year From 13 to 16 February, the Cannes Yacht Club organised the famous International Finn Week. More than 70 competitors, the majority of whom were foreigners, raced in the harbour of Cannes. Posted on 17 Feb
International Finn Week in Cannes preview
70 competitors from 10 nations expected From 13 to 16 February, the Cannes Yacht Club is organising the famous International Finn Week. More than 70 competitors will race in the harbour of Cannes, with an exceptional line-up. Posted on 10 Feb
29er Euro Cup at Valencia Day 3
Sara and Isa Momplet continue to lead in 29er Sara and Isa Momplet continue to lead in 29er, after the third day for the class, while Terol leads in the Finn, Bermúdez de la Puente and Pumariega in the Snipe and the tandem Fracés-Gil in Vaurien, with three and two races completed in these classes. Posted on 4 Feb
Entry open for 2024 Finn Open Europeans in Cannes
Late season racing in one of the most attractive Mediterranean destinations The 2024 Finn Open Europeans (incorporating the U23 and Masters Europeans) will return to the Yacht Club de Cannes in October. Entry is now open and the Notice of Race is published on the event website. Posted on 16 Jan
The Wise Man of the Solent
Osprey and Moth champion Tony Blachford passed away in December Although nominally a single-hander, Tony Blachford was also known for going afloat with the family dog as crew, which must have been interesting in the cramped cockpit of a Moth. Posted on 12 Jan
2024 Finn Gold Cup returns to Aarhus
The class was last in Aarhus for the 2018 World Sailing Championships The 2024 Finn Gold Cup will be held in Aarhus, Denmark. Hosted by Sailing Aarhus it will be sailed out of the Aarhus International Sailing Centre. Entry opened on Jan 1 and entries are already coming in fast. Posted on 4 Jan
Happy New Year from the Finn Class
75th Anniversary for the class with the Gold Cup set for Aarhus Happy New Year from the Finn Class. 2024 is going to be rather special for many reasons, but chiefly because it is the classes 75th anniversary. The Finn class is buzzing right now and it's an exciting time to be involved. Posted on 1 Jan
Finns flying at HISC
Celebrating a major milestone for one sailor and looking ahead to an exciting 2024 The Finn fleet met at HISC on the 10th December to recognise the top three sailors for the season in club racing, celebrate a major milestone for one sailor and look ahead to an exciting 2024 season at the club. Posted on 24 Dec 2023
Lusitania Christmas Race at Clube Naval de Cascais
Over 200 sailors from 26 different clubs took part Over 200 sailors from 26 different clubs competed in the Lusitania Christmas Race at Clube Naval de Cascais. Posted on 7 Dec 2023
Oldest videos of sailing in Finn dinghies
A look back into our video archive We delve into the past, and round-up all videos which show sailing in the Finn dinghy. Posted on 1 Dec 2023
Zhik 2024 February Outlet - FOOTERJ Composites 2022 - J99 FOOTERupffront 2024 February soft shackles BOTTOM