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Mit dem Abstand von ein paar Tagen ist es mir ein Bedürfnis, ein paar Sätze zu einer genialen Woche anlässlich der Finnmaster-Veranstaltung 2018 zu schreiben.
Ich habe selten so ein sehr gut organisiertes Event erlebt. Das fing mit der äußerst freundlichen Einweisung bei der Anreise an - englischsprachig, gut verständlich und lächelnd! OK, das Wetter war genial - ständig anhaltend blauer Himmel und Sonne (wir sind Ostseeanwohner.....) tat der Seele auch gut. Wir waren mit unserem Wohnmobilstellplatz an der Kaimauer mit Blick auf Boote und Wasser äußerst zufrieden, die sanitären Bedingungen (für Seglerfrauen schon wichtig) fast luxuriös - das Reinigungspersonal immer präsent und verständnisvoll.
Es gab immer großzügige Bewirtungen nach den Races (ob durchgeführt oder nicht), Erdbeeren, die ihren Namen verdienten, der Sekt floss in Strömen, die Tapas von höchster Qualität. Wir Damen hatten ein abwechslungsreiches Programm mit diversen Ausflügen, kurz zu erwähnen einen tollen Tag im La Roca del Vallès- Shoppingcenter, glaubt mir, selten sind wir Finn-Frauen so nett verwöhnt worden.
Das Sportprogramm mit Nutzung des Fitness-Centers - Yoga am Morgen - Liegen und Sonnenschirme am Strand -war ein Rundumverwöhnprogramm.
Der Festabend war sicher für die Organisatoren ein Kraftakt: 500 bis 600 Leute zufriedenzustellen ist nicht einfach: aber es gab zu Essen (immer Geschmacksache, wo war es besser?), wunderbare Weine und Musik für Oldies, perfekt!
Die Siegerehrung war wieder ein Überraschungsevent in jeder Hinsicht! Anders, aber toll! Wir hatten eine super schöne Woche, Danke an die Spanier! Gerne wieder - aus meiner Sicht!
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Spectacular prizegving at the Finn World Masters

José Luis Doreste claims Finn World Masters after El Balís delivers champagne conditions

The 1988 Olympic Finn gold medalist, José Luis Doreste, from Spain, has won the 2018 Finn World Masters at El Balís, Spain after the holding on to his narrow points lead on the final day. Antonio Poncell, from Chile, sailed the best day to take second, while Giacomo Giovanelli, from Italy did just enough for third.

The forecast predicted wind, plenty of it, but on arriving at the club, the sea was flat and lifeless. However something was developing and it wasn’t long before a building easterly was in place and beginning to show some life. The first race was tricky with several large shifts causing abandonments and restarts, but the wind finally stabilised at 9-12 knots and the fleet enjoyed two great races.
Jose Luis Doreste on Day 5
Many sailors jumped the gun and picked up one or two starting penalties, which changed the overall standings somewhat. In the Yellow group, the defending champion Vladimir Krutskikh, from Russia, took a win, but couldn’t match that in the other race to end up fourth overall. Thomas Schmid, from Germany won his second race to end up ninth.

Antonio Poncell dominated the Blue fleet and nearly won both races, but former champion Andrew Budzien from Germany, ended his week with a win, a few boatlengths ahead of the Chilean.

Over on the other course, in Red fleet, Paul McKenzie, from Australia, and Christoph Burger from Switzerland took the wins, while in Green fleet, Brit, Simon Percival took the win after the winner was black flagged, and Aleksander Kulyukin, from Russia, took the second race. Percival was the second lowest scorer of the day after Poncell.
Simon Percival
Patience has been a key part of the championship with three days of no racing. The lack of wind flummoxed the organisers, who had gone to great efforts to put on one of the best organised Masters championships ever. No stone was left turned in their pursuit of creating the perfect event. The result was a credit to the club, the principle organisers and more than 100 volunteers and officials who made it all happen.

At the closing ceremony, Miguel Angel Mateo, who had the vision for the initial approach to the Finn Masters, was thanked and presented with a memento, not only for bringing the event to his home club, but also for developing and building the Catalan Finn fleet to the position of strength it now occupies.

Throughout the week, while the lack of wind was frustrating, the Finn Masters are old and wise enough to know that you cannot beat nature, and spent the days in long conversations, looking at sail trim and making friends. Several sailors commented that they really enjoyed the opportunity to spend so much time talking with their fellow Finn sailors and just enjoying being here. Despite the reduced racing schedule, everyone has had an enjoyable stay at the Club Náutico El Balís.
Start of Race 4
After a 30 year gap it would seem Doreste has lost none of his Finn skills. He also picked up the Grand Grand Masters title.

“I am happy to return to sail the Finn. I have not sailed Finns for 30 years and I am really impressed with the power and strength of the class with 350 boats sailing here with such good materials. I am really convinced that the Finn class will survive, and I would like to continue sailing Finns. Next year I will try to be there. I like Denmark.”

“My goal this year was to finish top ten and in the medals of the Grand Grand Masters, so I am very happy with the final results.”

On the organisation “Very, very good. I have been in many races where we didn’t have any wind, so that is something you can’t fight. From the club side I think they have done everything possible to make sure that everyone is comfortable. They have worked very hard. And on the water it has also been very tough for them, and very good racing.”

Runner up, Poncell, and Grand Masters winner, was surprised at his success.

“I never thought about this success. Chile is a little country down in South America and our fleet is very new, but we are pushing hard for the Finn class and we are very happy being here and having such a success. I am so happy, Thanks very much to the Finn class for keeping us alive and we keep on pushing and making sport, and that’s what we are looking for.”

Giovanelli takes third overall, and was the first Master.

He was also impressed with the level of ogansisation. “Perfect organisation, though unfortunately there was not much wind, but altogether it has been an amazing event. I have had fun, stayed together with friends and made new friends, and I hope to participate also in Denmark next year.”

“It’s always an emotion to be standing there on the podium, even more to be standing alongside sailors like Doreste. One day or another I also hope to be able to win the Finn World Masters.”
Andre Budzien leads Antonio Poncell
Legend Finn sailors are celebrated
The largest cheer as always went to the Legends and Super Legends with a record breaking entry. After a recount, Friedrich Müller, from Germany, won the Legends category for the third time, while Gus Miller, from the USA, won the Super Legends. Gathering 45 Legends on stage was not only an emotional moment for everyone, but proof that Finn sailing can be a sport for life.

We hope to see as many as possible of them next year when the 2019 Finn World Masters is being hosted by the Royal Danish Yacht Club at Skovshoved, near Copenhagen.
There are lots of photos on the Finn Class Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/ with more being added over the next few days
Final results
1 ESP-555 Jose Luis Doreste GGM 6
2 CHI-12  Antonio Poncell GM 8
3 ITA-202 Giacomo Giovanelli M 8
4 RUS-73 Vladimir Krutskikh M 10
5 ESP-17 Xavier Penas GM 10
6 RUS-161 Aleksander Kulyukin M 10
7 ESP-79 Joaquin Blanco Roca GGM 10
8 GER-711 Andre Budzien GM 12
9 GER-193 Thomas Schmid GM 14
10 AUS-22 Paul McKenzie GM 15

Other results
Lady: Tina Sperl
Masters: Giacomo Giovanelli, Vladimir Krutskikh, Aleksander Kulyukin
Grand Masters: Antonio Poncell, Xavier Penas, Andre Budzien
Grand Grand Masters: Jose Luis Doreste, Joaquin Blanco Roca, Francesco Cinque
Legends: Friedrich Müller, Valerii Gusenko, Miguel Alvarez Valls
Super Legends: August Miller, Willi Meister, Ola M Johannessen
Tina Sperl
Masters podium
Grand Masters podium
Grand Grand Masters Podium
Super Legend Gus Miller
An epic end to a great week at El Balís

Follow the event: Results: sailing.org.es/ao/results/fwm2018/colours.html Reports and news: finnworldmasters.com/events/2018 Notice Board and Results: fwm2018.cnelbalis.com/en/default/races/race Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/FinnWorldMasters/ (some coverage on Facebook Live) Footage and interviews is available through FTP on request


José Luis Doreste will lead into the final day at El Balís

Another day waiting in vain for wind at Finn World Masters

The fourth day at the 2018 Finn World Masters at El Balís ended with no more racing taking place, the third day lost, in a week of uncharacteristically light winds. The championship concludes on Friday with just one more race needed to make the championship valid.

While there was breeze most of the day, it was never more than 3-4 knots and, while a feint hope existed that an evening breeze would come in, the sailors waited in vain. The sailors spent the day chatting, making new friends, and generally putting the world to rights.

The forecast for the final day is more promising with moderate to strong winds forecast. The start time has been brought forward to 10.00 to try and get two races in before the wind gets too strong. Many here are really not sure whether to believe it, though the weather briefings each day have been fairly accurate.
Racing on Day 3
Earlier in the day the class held its Annual Masters Meeting, with more than 200 sailors present. The main decisions were approving the submissions to host the 2020 Finn World Masters at Port Zélande, in The Netherlands and the 2020 Finn European Masters in Gydnia, Poland.

There was also a show of hands on future venues, with venues in Thailand and Australia keen to invite the Masters fleet. The sailors were generally in favour of travelling outside Europe, something the World Masters has only done twice, but it has never been to the southern hemisphere.

A maximum of two races are possible on Friday, with many needing the discard which comes into play after that fifth race. Everyone is hoping that the breeze does arrive as forecast, to end the week on a high.

Today we also published a huge gallery of photos from Day 3 on the Finn Class Flickr page. You can see them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/sets/72157691395465300/ together with galleries from each day.
Giacomo Giovanelli
Results after three races
1 ESP 555 Jose Luis Doreste 4
2 ITA 202 Giacomo Giovanelli 5
3 RUS 161 Aleksander Kulyukin 9
4 SWE 5 Fredrik Tegnhed 11
5 GER 193 Thomas Schmid 13
6 ESP 17 Xavier Penas 15
7 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh 16
8 CZE 1 Michael Maier 16
9 GER 711 Andre Budzien 16
10 AUS 22 Paul Mckenzie 16
Racing on Day 3

Follow the event: Results: sailing.org.es/ao/results/fwm2018/colours.html Reports and news: finnworldmasters.com/events/2018 Notice Board and Results: fwm2018.cnelbalis.com/en/default/races/race Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/FinnWorldMasters/ (some coverage on Facebook Live) Footage and interviews is available through FTP on request


José Luis Doreste

José Luis Doreste leads Finn World Masters as racing finally gets underway at El Balís

After three days without wind, the 2018 Finn World Masters finally got underway on Wednesday with three glamour races at El Balís. The 350 boat fleet, split into four groups, each sailed three races in a sea breeze that built from 7-12 knots during the day. The 1988 Olympic champion, José Luis Doreste, from Spain, leads the 350 boat fleet from Giacomo Giovanelli, from Italy, and Aleksander Kulyukin, from Russia.

Racing was rescheduled to start at 12.00 to make best use of the best forecast of the week. The first two days of racing, and the practice race, had been abandoned due to lack of wind.

As expected the race management was perfect with quick turnarounds, square lines and true beats. The fleet was coming ashore by 15.30 after three fantastic races. It was just a great day to be on the water racing Finns.
Laurent Hay
In the Yellow fleet Doreste and Giovanelli shared the line honours. Doreste was unsure about his speed before racing started and surprised himself with how well he sailed.

“We had a very nice day, the wind was not too light, not too strong, and I hope we have another two days like this so we have a very nice championship”

“If I had to choose the wind strength to sail in, it would be what we had today. My boat is very powerful and I have good speed, so I had a very nice day with a 1,2,1. Much better than what I expected.”

Giovanelli, added, “I think it was a very good day. I won one race and in the other had two seconds. So, actually a wonderful day. The conditions were good for me as I am not so heavy. I had great speed and 10 knots is very nice.”

“I know that that the guy who won two races in my fleet was Doreste, so for me it is great to race against him and beat him. I hope the next days will be windy so it will be very nice for all the fleet.”

In the Blue fleet, race wins went to David Huet, from France, Matt Visser, from Australia and Xavier Penas, from Spain.

The 1977 Finn Gold Cup winner, Joaquin Blanco, opened with a 2 and 3, but then slipped up with a 19th to sit in 15th overnight.

“Three good races for all the fleet. A shifty day but it was quite good for me.”

“I had two good races and one further back, as the wind shifted to the left on the last one. I am happy with the first two races, but I also got a jury penalty in the second one when I was second.”

Visser is two places higher in 13th, after an exceptional day on the water with a 5, 1, 15.

He explained, “I have got Jake Lilley’s mast and boat, so I just had speed to burn upwind. In the first race I made some stupid mistakes, but in the second I just kept out of trouble. Blanco was just behind me, he got pinged on the reach, which helped. But he was going faster than me downwind; in fact there were a lot of guys going faster than me downwind. I was just trying to start clean, but nothing makes you look smarter than speed.”
Matt Visser
On the other course areas, arguably the harder fleets with most of the favourites allocated to them today, race wins went to Thomas Schmid, from Germany, defending champion, Vladimir Krutskikh, from Russia, and Phlippe Lobert, from France.

In the Green group, Laurent Hay, from France dominated the first race, had a problem finishing the second due to catching up the previous fleet and crossed second and then got a jury penalty at the start in the third, which left him mid fleet. Antonio Poncell, from Chile, won the second race and Fredrik Tegnhed, from Sweden, the final race.

So that’s a lot of racing in one day. Twelve starts, 11 winners, and only one man won two races, Doreste, who leads overall.

On Thursday, the rescheduled Annual Masters Meeting will take place at 10.00, followed by a 13.00 start o the water, hoping to get two races in. Four races are needed for a series, but after five races, then a medal race can be sailed on Friday.

Tonight is the Masters dinner at the Club Nautico El Balís, when the sailors finally have something to celebrate; apart from being part of the coolest class on the planet of course.
Results after three races
1 ESP 555 Jose Luis Doreste 4
2 ITA 202 Giacomo Giovanelli 5
3 RUS 161 Aleksander Kulyukin 9
4 SWE 5 Fredrik Tegnhed 11
5 GER 193 Thomas Schmid 13
6 ESP 17 Xavier Penas 15
7 RUS 73 Vladimir Krutskikh 16
8 CZE 1 Michael Maier 16
9 GER 711 Andre Budzien 16
10 AUS 22 Paul Mckenzie 16
Thomas Schmid
Follow the event:

Results: http://sailing.org.es/ao/results/fwm2018/colours.html?k=111
Reports and news: https://finnworldmasters.com/events/2018
Notice Board and Results: http://fwm2018.cnelbalis.com/en/default/races/race
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinnWorldMasters/ (some coverage on Facebook Live)
Footage and interviews is available through FTP on request

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