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Finn Masters poised for Caribbean encounter in Barbados


Finn Masters poised for Caribbean encounter in Barbados
 
One hundred and thirty seven Finns from 21 countries are waiting on a beautiful sandy beach under the brilliant blue skies of Barbados as the 2017 Finn World Masters was officially opened Sunday night at the Barbados Yacht Club overlooking the picture book azure waters of Carlisle Bay.

Following directly on from the OK Dinghy World Championship last week, a lot of the sailors arrived early and have been training in the bay to try to get to grips with its idiosyncrasies that became rapidly apparent during the OK regatta. The Practice Race was scheduled earlier on Sunday but a strong wind gusting to 28 knots exceeded the wind limit set by the class and racing was abandoned shortly after the fleet arrived in the start area. It wasn’t all-bad news though as it enabled the sailors to spend more time on the beach enjoying the club’s excellent hospitality.
A little preview to the 2017 Finn World Masters in Barbados.
A preview to the 2017 Finn World Masters in Barbados
The fleet here includes the past three Finn Masters World Champions, Rafa Trujillo from Spain, Vladimir Krutskikh from Russia and Michael Maier from Czech Republic as well as nearly a dozen sailors who have been propping them up for the past few years. The largest team is from Great Britain, with 31 entries, benefitting from the great shipping sponsorship deal from Geest. The fleet is filled with sailors of all ages including 13 Legends, those old enough to know better but having failed miserably to give up Finn sailing before they reached the age of 70. It is quite hard to do.
The Opening Ceremony at the Barbados Yacht Club tonight was attended by Gus Reader, President of the Barbados Sailing Association, Geoffrey Evelyn, Commodore of the Barbados Yacht Club, Bryn Palmer, Commodore of the Barbados Cruising Club, Andy Denison, President of the Finn World Masters, and Senator Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Invest Barbados.
 
Mr Reader opened with a challenge to the Finn sailors, “Just over a week ago we hosted the OK Dinghy World Championships. We are now hosting the hardcore sailors and the winds gods have sent the hard core winds for the hard core sailors.”

Thanking the many volunteers making these events possible he said, “The sailing community in Barbados is committed and generous towards our sport in Barbados. It is my hope these events leave a legacy to Barbados sailing especially the junior sailors."

He also noted, “This is the sixth and our largest championship we have held in Barbados.”

Mr Denison replied, “It's been a long time coming but I think have all been looking forward to this. We've have nothing like this for a long time.”

Then the 2016 Finn World Masters Champion, Rafael Trujillo, presented the trophy to Mr Reader to take care of for the week ahead.

Before Mr Denison declared the championship open, Senator Boyce talked about the long term vision for Barbados sailing to develop the skills of its youth sailors and creating “a vigorous programme of sailing in schools. We want to make sure that the industry reflects all ages of sailors in Barbados.”

He summed up, saying, “Have a wonderful sailing all week and I wish you all wondering sailing and wonderful competition.”

Forecasts for Monday and later suggest even stronger winds…we hope they are inaccurate. Eight races are scheduled over the coming week with five titles up for grabs: Masters, Grand Masters, Grand Grand Masters, Legends and Finn Masters World Champion. Judging by the conditions so far it is going to be a tough but thoroughly enjoyable championship both on and off the water.


Rafa Trujillo opens Finn World Masters defence with two bullets in beautiful Barbados


Rafa Trujillo opens Finn World Masters defence with two bullets in beautiful Barbados
 
The defending Finn World Masters champion, Rafa Trujillo, of Spain, opened his 2017 title challenge with two great wins on Carlisle Bay, Barbados. The 2017 Finn World Masters got underway with strong winds, moderate seas and two tough races. Six times champion Michael Maier, from Czech Republic is second while Laurent Hay, from France, is third.

After the practice races on Sunday was abandoned due to strong winds, a similar forecast for Monday didn’t lend much hope for the racing to keep to schedule. An early AP ashore fuelled that dismay, but then the wind moderated to 18-20 knots and the fleet was sent afloat.

The 140-boat fleet is split into two starting groups, Yellow and Blue, with fleet assignments based on random selection. The Yellow group was widely considered the best group to be in with most of the favorites assigned to Blue. The Yellow group also has a potentially easier ride in strong winds as the outer loop is located closer to shore, so trades flatter water for more shifts against the inner loop which is further offshore.
Highlights from Day 1 of the 2017 Finn World Masters in Barbados
A preview to the 2017 Finn World Masters in Barbados
Maier led the Race 1 at the top before Hay passed him offwind to hold on to win. They swapped places for the second race, with Maier leading from start to finish. Piet Eckert, from Switzerland, picked up to third places.

In the Blue fleet , Trujillo dominated from the front winning both races with ease, while 2015 Finn Masters Champion, Vladimir Krutskikh, from Russia picked up two second places. Karl Purdie, from New Zealand, and Allen Burrell, from Great Britain, completed the top three in each race.

Hay was pretty happy with his day. “It was a good race with strong wind and little shifty. I think the level here is good, with strong guys and heavy guys, and for me it’s a little difficult.”

“My good downwind speed is compensation for the upwind, so I can compete against the heavy guys in these conditions, and the course was not that long, so you should be very dynamic and very speedy on the action.”

“And a lot of fun. It was very pleasant racing in big waves and lots of gusts.”

Trujillo said, “It was a really difficult but fun racing. It was 27-30 degrees temperature and 20 knots and 30 degree shifts. It was quite a challenge. The level of the masters in my group is impressive. We had two general recalls and started with the black flag and everyone was fighting hard for the pin, so it was exciting racing and I am looking forward to tomorrow."

The 2017 Finn World Masters consists of a seven race series from Monday to Thursday, followed by a final race and a medal race on Friday.
Results after two races
1 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo, M 2
2 CZE 1 Michael Maier, GM 3
3 FRA 75 Laurent Hay, GM 3
4 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh, M 4
5 SUI 86 Piet Eckert, M 6
6 NZL 111 Karl Purdie, GM 12
7 GBR 21 Michael de Courcy, GM 12
8 CHI 12 Antonio Poncell, GM 13
9 GER 707 Ulrich Breuer, GM 13
10 GBR 2 Allen Burrell, GM 15

 

 


Mike Maier takes Finn Masters lead in Barbados

Mike Maier takes Finn Masters lead in Barbados

Six time Finn World Masters champion Michael Maier, from Czech Republic, has taken the lead in Barbados after another tough and windy day out on Carlisle Bay. Rafa Trujillo, from Spain, drops to second while Piet Eckert, from Switzerland, moves up to third.

The strong winds is not making anything easy for the 140 Finn Masters enjoying a fabulous championship in Barbados and for the third day in a row, the morning started with 20-24 knots on the race course. With an upper wind limit to start at 20 knots the fleet was held on shore as news from the course changed from heavy seas and 20-24 knots to moderating seas at 18-20 knots.

However on arrival, it was clear that it was going to be another big day with a huge cross swell keeping everyone on their toes.


Highlights from Day 2 of Finn World Masters in Barbados

Yellow fleet was again perhaps the easier of the two fleets to race in and this was capitalised on by last year’s fourth placed Eckert, who led all the way round in huge seas and winds going well past the recorded 22-23 knots. Fellow Swiss, Christoph Burger, also found some pace to cross second while Karl Purdie, from New Zealand, continued his good form with a third. Attrition downwind was high and for most, the goal was just to survive to the mark.

Trujillo built a nice lead in the Blue fleet, chased by Vladimir Krutskikh, of Russia and Marc Allain des Beauvais, of France, with Maier close behind. Trujillo extended on the fleet only to fall into a hole on the final approaches to the finish line. Maier capitalised on that and passed him, only to nearly lose it again as he headed for the wrong finish mark. He recovered and crossed just ahead of Trujillo with Allain des Beauvais sailing a great race to cross third.

With that, the Race Committee took the wise decision to send everyone in for the day. There is only so much fun you can have that is good for you.

Allain des Beauvais summed up the feeling of most people here when he said, “This is a fantastic venue. This is the first time I am sailing my Finn in hot water, and the first time I am sailing with flying fish, taking off in front of me, it is very nice. The beer is fine, the sun is fine, the beach is white, this is absolutely terrible, where will we find this again next time. It’s impossible to conceive.”

“The wind is a bit tricky but it has no density so we can sail when it is windy because it’s not so strong. Today I took the risk of the windshift on the left and was about to cover the fleet and two or three good tacks and the second upwind. I was a bit slow downwind because I am old, but at the finish we were lucky at the last mark with a right wind shift and I passed Krutskihk and finished third.”

On Wednesday the day begins with the Annual Masters Meeting, where, among other business, the 2019 venue will be decided between Skovhoved in Denmark, and Marsala in Sicily.

The 2017 Finn World Masters consists of a seven race series from Monday to Thursday, followed by a final race and a medal race on Friday.
 
Results after three races
1 CZE 1 Michael Maier, GM 4
2 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo, M 4
3 SUI 86 Piet Eckert, M 7
4 FRA 75 Laurent Hay, GM 8
5 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh, M 8
6 NZL 111 Karl Purdie, GM 15
7 SUI 7 Christoph Burger, M 17
8 GBR 21 Michael de Courcy, GM 21
9 GBR 2 Allen Burell, GM 24
10 GER 501 Fabian Lemmel, M 25


Rafa Trujillo back in charge as winds ease for Finn Masters in Barbados

Rafa Trujillo back in charge as winds ease for Finn Masters in Barbados

After two days of very strong winds, the third day of the Finn World Masters in Barbados brought a much needed relief to sailors, with slightly lighter winds, though the racing was perhaps even tougher as almost everyone was now racing rather than just surviving. Rafa Trujillo, from Spain, retakes the lead at the top of the 140 boat fleet with a win in Blue fleet. Michael Maier, from Czech Republic, drops to second, and Piet Eckert, from Switzerland, remains in third.

Allen Burrell, from Great Britain, dominated yellow fleet, leading round the top mark and extending on the chasing pack led by the French sailors Marc Allain des Beauvais and Laurent Hay. The downwind was almost sedate compared to recent days, but the upwinds were still a tough slog against the short step waves, with the occasional huge swell rolling across the course area. Eventually Allain des Beauvais pulled away for second with Christoph Burger, of Switzerland, crossing third.

The Blue fleet contained the past three former champions with Trujillo sailing away for an easy win. There was a giant battle for second place between Eckert and 2015 Masters champion, Vladimir Krutskikh, from Russia. Eventually Krutskikh crossed ahead of Eckert, while Maier recovered to cross fourth and remain second overall.
 
Highlights from Day 3 of Finn World Masters in Barbados


Seventh placed overall, Karl Purdie from New Zealand, did have the day he was hoping for after a series of mistakes left him ninth in the race but he spoke well of the venue.

“It’s awesome to be here in Barbados. The water is so warm, the winds are fantastic. I couldn’t image a better place for the Finn World Masters. It’s a shame I had a bad day today, but it’s just a fantastic place to be, the people are really friendly. Good courses, good waves. The beach is good but it’s better out on the water.”

“The competition is really good. If you make a stupid mistake you are really punished for it. I think each year the standard had gone up, especially from the last time I competed in La Rochelle. It’s a good contest.”

Burger’s third place lifts him to sixth overall.

"This is obviously quite a special place. No one really knew what to expect but we found really nice conditions with pretty strong winds so far. Today was actually the first day with little bit less. The wind shifts a lot, with a lot of puffs, which makes it really interesting and quite a few lead changes through the races and it’s really enjoyable because you don’t really sail a one-way track too much.”

In the morning the Annual Masters Meeting took place in the Barbados Yacht Club. Among the decisions taken were to formally adopt a Masters Europeans to follow on and complement the good work done by the Thé club in Tihany, Hungary, over the last six years with the Euro Cup. Then the vote for the 2019 Finn World Masters took place with a very close decision in favour of the Royal Danish YC at Shovskoved, Denmark.

Otto Strandvig, of Denmark, had jointly presented the bid with Lars Hall. Strandvig said of Barbados.

“It’s perfect, with great racing, and excellent wind, Today was a little bit less wind, and it was really good, just a pleasure to be here.”

“The completion is really tough. It’s really difficult up there, and there are a lot of good sailors, different strength winds, a bit of current so a lot of competition. It has been really nice and warm, the people are friendly. It’s a great party and everything has been well organised.”

On 2019, “It’s going to be a really nice regatta. We are starting the planning the organisation as soon as we get home from here. Shovskoved is a great venue and we promise lots of beer and partying.”

While there have been enough races for a valid series, one more is needed to be completed to introduce a discard and to have a medal race.

Two races are scheduled for Thursday to complete the opening series before Friday’s Final Race and then the medal race to decide the 2017 Finn Masters World Champion.
 
Results after four races
1 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo, M 5
2 CZE 1 Michael Maier, GM 8
3 SUI 86 Piet Eckert, M 10
4 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh, M 10
5 FRA 75 Laurent Hay, GM 12
6 SUI 7 Christoph Burger, M 20
7 NZL 111 Karl Purdie, GM 23
8 GBR 2 Allen Burrell, GM 26
9 GER 501 Fabian Lemmel, M 30
10 GER 707 Ulrich Breuer, GM 30

 

 


Perfect score for Rafa Trujillo and Laurent Hay on Day 4 at Barbados Finn World Masters

Perfect score for Rafa Trujillo and Laurent Hay on Day 4 at Barbados Finn World Masters
 
The defending Finn World Masters champion, Rafa Trujillo, from Spain, added two more bullets on the penultimate day of the Finn World Masters in Barbados and moves into a four point lead at the top. Laurent Hay, from France, also won both his races to move up from fifth to second, while Vladimir Krutskikh, from Russia, moves up one place to third.

The 140 boat fleet, for everyone except the top 10, will now sail one Final Race on Friday, before the Medal Race, which will be sailed just off the Barbados Yacht Club in Carlisle Bay.

Anyone dreaming of a relaxing Caribbean sojourn at these Finn Masters will have been sorely disappointed as the conditions on the water have been about as challenging and tough as any Finn World Masters in recent memory. The upside is that the sea is warm, the air is warm, the sailing is awesome and the beach side is simply fabulous. The racing this week has also been great and very competitive.

It was another tough day on the water with 18-22 knots, a short chop and again a huge swell crossing the course making the downwinds quite tricky to navigate.


Highlights from Day 4 of Finn World Masters in Barbados


Most of the big names were in the Yellow fleet today. Mike Maier, from Czech Republic, led round the top mark in the first race, but then started sailing downwind rather than heading for the outer loop and gave up valuable distance to Trujillo, who later took the lead and crossed the finish ahead of Krutskikh and Marc Allain des Beauvais of France. Maier slipped to fourth. In the second race Trujillo led throughout, this time winning from Krutskikh and Maier.

In Blue fleet Hay was just as dominant to produce a brilliant day on the water. In the first race he won from Uli Breuer, of Germany and Kristian Sjoberg, of Finland. More new faces appeared at the front in the second race with Karl Purdie of New Zealand and Paul Blowers of Britain, crossing second and third.

Ten boats will compete for the medals tomorrow. Eight have the possibility to win the Finn World Masters title, while all have a chance at winning a medal of some colour. All the medals in the Masters and Grand Masters categories will also be decided in the medal race. However, as the only Grand Grand Master in the Medal Race, Marc Allain des Beauvais, has already done enough to retain his Grand Grand Master title, while Henry Sprague, of the USA, has also built enough of a lead in the Legend category to reclaim the title he last won in 2015.

Rob Coutts, of USA and New Zealand, placed fourth in the first race of the day. He is very happy he decided to bring his Finn to Barbados.

“It has been very good, no question about it. It has been a tough competition and everyone sails in a Corinthian manner; it’s fantastic. The race committee and our own class officers have done an excellent job bringing it here. It’s all very good.”

Steve Hayles, from Britain, normally seen on much bigger boats, has only been sailing the Finn for a few years but considers it a very tough challenge.

“Racing the Finn is really tough, and not really my normal deal. I am lucky enough to sail on the TP52 circuit and the racing out here in Finns is a lot tougher. The water is a bit warmer, but it’s an amazing fleet, with amazing quality sailors, a tough boat, and tough but fantastic conditions.”

On sailing in Barbados “Barbados is an awesome place to go sailing. Not many of us have been here before, but there is a fantastic breeze, testing conditions, big waves, and a bit of tide and current. It’s just a really tough race course. You bring a tough boat in a tough fleet, in tough and testing conditions and at the end of it, a fantastic atmosphere, and Barbados for sure is a fantastic place to go sailing.”

The Final Race on Friday is scheduled for the slightly earlier time of 11.30 with the Medal Race expected to start around 13.00. Then begins the job of packing 140 Finns into 18 containers to begin the long journey home.
Results after six races
1 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo, M 5
2 FRA 75 Laurent Hay, GM 9
3 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh, M 10
4 CZE 1 Michael Maier, GM 11
5 SUI 86 Piet Eckert, M 15
6 FRA 99 Marc Allain des Beauvais, GGM 17
7 SUI 7 Christoph Burger, M 21
8 NZL 111 Karl Purdie, GM 22
9 GER 707 Ulrich Breuer, GM 25
10 GBR 2 Allen Burrell, GM 26


Vladimir Krutskikh snatches Finn World Masters title after dramatic Medal Race turnaround

Legends: 2. David Bull, AUS; 3. Charles Rudinsky, USA; 1. Henry Sprague, USA
Legends: 2. David Bull, AUS; 3. Charles Rudinsky, USA; 1. Henry Sprague, USA
Grand Grand Masters: 3. David Hoogenboom, NZL;  1. Marc Allain des Beauvais, FRA; 2. Rob Coutts, USA
Grand Grand Masters: 3. David Hoogenboom, NZL;
1. Marc Allain des Beauvais, FRA; 2. Rob Coutts, USA
Super Legend - Gerd Bohnsack, RSA
Super Legend - Gerd Bohnsack, RSA
Grand Masters: 2. Michael Maier, CZE; 1. Laurent Hay, FRA; 3. Karl Purdie, NZL
Grand Masters: 2. Michael Maier, CZE; 1. Laurent Hay, FRA; 3. Karl Purdie, NZL
Masters; 3. Piet Eckert, SUI; 2. Rafael Trujillo, ESP; 1. Vladimir Krutskikh, RUS
Masters; 3. Piet Eckert, SUI; 2. Rafael Trujillo, ESP; 1. Vladimir Krutskikh, RUS

Vladimir Krutskikh snatches Finn World Masters title after dramatic Medal Race turnaround  

After trailing the leaders all week, the 2015 Finn World Masters champion, Vladimir Krutskikh, from Russia, turned the tables on the fleet to win the medal race and the title as the 2017 Finn World Masters drew to a close in Barbados. Laurent Hay, from France, had his chances, but ended up second, but also took the Grand Masters title as well, while the leader for much of the week and definitely the best sailor here after winning five of his six races, Rafael Trujillo from Spain, ended up third.

It was another, and the last, day of Finn sailing in paradise. And it was another windy, tough day of challenging sailing in Barbados with big winds, big waves and big wind shifts. It was time for the final showdown. The medal race would define who took home the medals and it turned out to be a dramatic, and for some, calamitous, conclusion to an otherwise perfect week of racing in the Caribbean.


Highlights from Day 5 of Finn World Masters in Barbados - Medal race and Prizegiving


First up was the Final Race for everyone except the top 10. Antonio Poncell, from Chile, dominated the Yellow fleet in tough conditions, with a severe chop upwind and a hairy downwind that makes men out of boys. He was followed over the line by Andre Mirsky, of Brazil, and Michel Audoin, of France, who sailed his best race of the week. The win also elevated Poncell to 11th overall to win the Crutch.

In the Blue fleet, the Scandinavians dominated, with the win going to Johan Wijk, of Sweden, from Lars Hall, of Denmark and Ville Valtonen, of Sweden. The downwind mark had drifted away and was replaced by a mark boat, but several sailors got confused and ended up being disqualified after missing out the final mark.

Then, the ever contentious Medal Race was sailed just off the shore of Carlisle Bay and produced a plethora of wind shifts, overall place changes, mistakes from sailors and general turmoil on the race course with 40 degree shifts and huge pressure changes as the wind pulsated off the shore.

The Swiss got to grips with the first beat with Piet Eckert leading Christoph Burger around the top mark. Laurent Hay was third, enough to win the title, with Rafael Trujillo back in sixth. But Hay fouled Karl Purdie at the top and dropped back. Then three sailors, including Trujillo, picked up a yellow flag for pumping on the first downwind in 16-20 knots as the race committee had failed to raise Oscar flag.

Eckert and Burger led round the gate and back out to the left, while Trujillo picked up a shift on the right to close on the leaders at the top to take back the overall lead. Eckert still led, but Vladimir Krutskikh had also recovered well and just crossed Trujillo at the top. Trujillo ducked him, but made an error and dropped his mainsheet, causing their masts to touch. After doing his turns Trujillo was way back and out of contention. Krutskikh rounded second and found his own private wind down the last run to pass Eckert and take the win and his second Finn World Masters title. Hay crossed fourth to take silver while Trujillo crossed sixth to take the bronze.

It has been an extraordinary week of first-class Finn sailing in Barbados, and the sentiment as everyone departed was that the class wants to come back sometime in the future. Next year the Finn World Masters meets in El Balis, in Spain, for what is expected to be a bumper edition.

Final results (medal race result in brackets)
1 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh, M 12 (1)
2 FRA 75 Laurent Hay, GM 17 (4)
3 ESP 100 Rafael Trujillo, M 17 (6)
4 SUI 86 Piet Eckert, M 19 (2)
5 FRA 99 Marc Alain des Beauvais, GGM 23 (3)
6 CZE 1 Michael Maier, GM 25 (7)
7 SUI 7 Christoph Burger, M 31 (5)
8 NZL 111 Karl Purdie, GM 38 (8)
9 GBR 2 Allen Burell, GM 44 (9)
10 GER 707 Ulrich Breuer, GM 45 (10)
 
Super Legend
1. Gerd Bohnsack, RSA
 
Legends
1. Henry Sprague, USA
2. David Bull, AUS
3. Charles Rudinsky, USA
 
Grand Grand Masters
1. Marc Allain des Beauvais, FRA
2. Rob Coutts, USA
3. David Hoogenboom, NZL
 
Grand Masters

1. Laurent Hay, FRA
2. Michael Maier, CZE
3. Karl Purdie, NZL
 
Masters
1. Vladimir Krutskikh, RUS
2. Rafael Trujillo, ESP
3. Piet Eckert, SUI
 
Geest Perseverance Award: Peter Langer-Langmaack, GER
Art of Racing Prize: Uli Breuer, GER

The Crutch (11th): Antonio Poncell, CHI

Full results here. 

 

 

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