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January 2018
 
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December 2017
 
December eNews published.
 
November 2017
 
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Notice of Race published and Online Entry open for 2018 Europeans in Cadiz
 
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2017 IFA Annual General Meeting - Agenda and Papers
 
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May 2017
 
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February 2017
 
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Europeans - Marseille, France
Registration and Measurement • 5-7 May
Practice Race • 7 May
Racing • 8-13 May (Final Race 13 May)
2017.finneuropeans.org (coming soon) • www.ycpr.net

Silver Cup (U23 Worlds) - Balatonfured, Hungary
Registration and Measurement • 20-22 August
Practice Races/Rule 42 Clinic • 21 August
Racing 22-27 August (2,3,2,3,2,1)
2017.finnsilvercup.org (coming soon) • www.mvmse.hu

Finn Gold Cup - Balatonfoldvar, Hungary
Registration and Measurement • 1-3 September
Practice Race • 3 September
Racing • 4-10 September (Medal Race 10 September)
2017.finngoldcup.org (coming soon) • http://spartacus.hu

 

January 2017

 
Sailing World Cup Notices are posted here. For those wishing to receive invites to SWC Hyeres, please check Notice No 3.
 
 
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2001 Finn Gold Cup - Marblehead, USA

 

 
1
BEL 7
Sebastien GODEFROID
2
3
10
[14]
9
1
1
2
28
2
POL 17
Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ
[17]
6
8
10
2
2
3
1
32
3
GRE 6
Emilios PAPATHANASIOU
1
10
6
[34]
3
4
4
7
35
4
GBR 541
Chris BRITTLE (JR)
3
14
14
3
[17]
13
7
11
65
5
TUR 6
Ali Enver Adakan
[25]
24
15
12
11
3
2
3
70
6
CAN 41
Chris COOK
13
21
7
2
5
[dns]
15
12
75
7
NED 701
Martijn Van Muyden
27
[dns]
3
20
4
6
12
5
77
8
CRO 11
Karlo KURET
[36]
9
22
17
6
5
13
8
80
9
GBR 15
Charlie CUMBLEY(JR)
18
1
2
8
[23]
17
23
14
83
10
AUS 221
Anthony NOSSITER
22
[26]
13
9
14
14
11
4
87
11
52 FRA 11
Mathieu DEPLANQUE
6
5
11
[29]
10
18
21
25
96
12
NED 785
Jaap ZIELHUIS
8
17
12
[31]
16
15
14
16
98
13
NZL 27
Clifton WEBB
9
[25]
16
11
18
16
16
23
109
14
USA 40
Russ SILVESTRI
14
[ocs]
4
4
13
11
ocs
6
110
15
GBR 6
Andrew SIMPSON
37
20
26
15
1
[dnf]
6
9
114
16
CAN 1
Larry LEMIEUX
7
30
5
1
22
28
28
[dnf]
121
17
FRA 1
Xavier ROHART
16
22
27
28
7
[dns]
9
15
124
18
USA 1176
Greg SKIDMORE
15
[ocs]
18
6
26
20
22
19
126
19
CAN 4
Mike MILNER
20
4
[30]
19
25
10
27
22
127
20
NED 765
Stefan De Vries(Jr)
28
18
[38]
33
20
12
8
10
129
21
GBR 550
Ian CLINGAN
4
27
17
24
[39]
24
20
18
134
22
GBR 577
Dave MELLOR
40
13
23
22
19
[dnf]
5
13
135
23
SUI 471
Christoph BURGER
[39]
15
37
18
15
9
25
21
140
24
USA 1170
Geoff EWENSON
19
36
1
7
[38]
26
26
26
141
25
SUI 1
Othmar Muller Von Blumencron
24
34
32
23
8
7
17
[dnf]
145
26
DEN 7
Soren HOLM
[38]
8
9
27
30
27
24
20
145
27
SWE 7
Kristian ADERMAN(JR)
23
23
25
13
29
23
18
[dnf]
154
28
UKR 21
Sergey KOTOV(JR)
5
12
21
[36]
31
36
33
27
165
29
GBR 537
Sergey Cowling Adam
[33]
7
28
25
33
25
30
29
177
30
AUS 222
Paul Mckenzie
26
[42]
40
35
28
19
19
17
184
31
USA 1140
Brian BOYD
11
41
31
16
21
32
34
[dns]
186
32
IRL 10
Aaron O'GRADY(JR)
31
11
[39]
38
32
30
31
24
197
33
POL 12
Waclaw SZUKIEL
10
33
24
21
34
21
[dnf]
dns
201
34
TUR 7
Akif MUSLUBAS
21
29
20
5
12
[dnf]
dns
dns
203
35
USA 1161
Mo HART
42
19
33
[43]
36
22
32
28
212
36
USA 1151
Darrell PECK
47
39
52
46
24
8
10
[dnf]
226
37
USA 78
Andrew KERN
29
28
19
39
41
31
[dns]
dns
245
38
CAN 7
Matt JOHNSTON(JR)
44
35
36
26
37
[dnf]
36
31
245
39
USA 1169
Andrew PIMENTAL
12
2
35
30
52
[dns]
dns
dns
247
40
GBR 8
Tim CARVER
51
48
29
41
27
34
29
[dnf]
259
41
IRL 5
Youen Jacob
30
32
47
37
44
42
35
[dnf]
267
42
USA 975
August MILLER
48
31
44
[49]
48
35
37
30
273
43
USA 1009
Louie Ady Louie
35
50
34
40
42
38
40
[dns]
279
44
GBR 9
Tim TAVINOR
49
16
49
51
40
29
[dns]
dns
292
45
NOR 1
Petter FJELD
50
38
50
48
35
33
39
[dns]
293
46
USA 11
Patrick WEAVER
45
40
45
42
46
40
38
[dns]
296
47
USA 1172
Fred SERAFIN
34
44
55
52
55
43
[dns]
32
315
48
NED 80
Sander WILLEMS(JR)
43
43
42
47
51
39
[dns]
dns
323
49
USA 74
Henry SPRAGUE
32
37
51
44
47
[dns]
dns
dns
327
50
CAN 44
Ross EMMANS
41
47
48
32
45
[dns]
dns
dns
329
51
USA 17
Tim SLATER
46
46
41
54
49
41
[dns]
dns
335
52
USA 151
Johnny GREENE
53
53
46
53
43
37
[dns]
dns
343
53
CAN 61
John AUDLEY
55
54
43
50
54
[dns]
dns
dns
372
54
USA 1087
Janusz PURWIN
57
49
56
45
[dns]
dns
dns
dns
381
55
USA 7
Bill UPTHEGROVE
52
45
54
56
[dns]
dns
dns
dns
381
56
CAN 1111
Dariusz IWANICKI
54
51
53
57
50
[dns]
dns
dns
381
57
USA 115
Joseph BURKE
56
52
57
55
53
[dns]
dns
dns
389
 
 
2001 Finn Gold Cup
Marblehead, USA
 
It took a lot of effort and determination from the organisers and sailors to make this Finn Gold Cup happen but finally after a week of indecision and struggle, the 2001 Finn Gold Cup produced a new World Champion and Junior World Champion after a testing week of variable conditions.
 
Indecision, as with the previous week's terrible events, the organisers and the class were balanced between safety, the unknown political future, the logistical problems due to transport of people and material and on another hand, half of the fleet already in the US for the National Championship, and the well-known optimism and focus of the Finn sailors.
 
Struggle as Stephen and Rogina Jeffreys, the organisers, Gus Miller and a few European sailors had to deal night and days with customs related problems, rescheduling flights, requesting special visas to Embassies, and trying to get equipment, sailors and officials in Marblehead before the regatta!
 
For some, it proved to be very easy, for others like Ukrainian, Sergey Kotov, nearly a miracle. It took numerous phone calls from the organisers and the help of US Sailing to obtain a visa on time for the young Ukrainian who arrived in Boston on the second day of measurement. His mast, lost on the way by the air company was recovered late on the Saturday night. For some other sailors, it was the generosity of Finn friends, lending masts, booms and other pieces of equipment, which made racing possible. Once again, and more than ever the true Finn spirit was operating!
 
And as a result, the 2001 Finn Gold Cup is counting 60 sailors from 18 countries!
 
The regatta officially started on the 21st of September with registration and measurement carried out by Juri Saraskin, John Koopman and their team. It rained all day, the Lamboley took next to an hour per sailor but everyone was happy to be finally here. The next day, the Lamboley was just a formality, the sun was out and more unexpected sailors arrived in Marblehead.
 
Day one
 
The first start was scheduled at 11 am on the Monday morning. A thick fog welcomed the sailors at the Yacht Club and stayed all day. Sailing was therefore postponed then cancelled by Peter Reggio, the P.R.O.
 
Finnsters took this opportunity to show their diverse skills. The British team kicked the soccer ball while some American sailors were reinventing 'Petanque' using Baseball rules on the Club front lawn. As for the Canadian sailors, they decided to entertain everyone with a Keg of beer. With big waves, strong winds and two races expected the next day (compliments of hurricane 'Humberto'), some other sailors decided to play it safe and have an early night!
 
Day two
 
When the sailors arrived at Eastern Yacht Club, there wasn't much hope of any sailing. The wind was good, the waves not too big, but the fog had decided to stay. Around the club the visibility didn't exceed 200 meters. Very wisely, the racing committee decided on a two hours postponement. The fleet was sent out at around noon after the sky lifted enough to see the surrounding coast. After a couple of attempts to start a race, the bad weather settled in with a fog thickening and walls of waters falling from a menacing sky stroke by lightning. Racing had to be cancelled for the day.
 
The spirit of sailors was lifted by a warm welcome, back at Eastern Yacht Club. Hot chocolate, pasta and M&M's made up for a frustrating day. It was a frustrating day in term of sailing but a very special day as well because Gus Miller was inducted into the Finn Class Hall of Fame.
 
Day three
 
The 57 sailors and the race committee showed their eagerness to go racing and everybody was ready well before starting time on the racing area, 1.5 miles offshore. The sea was flat with a little chop and swell. A very shifty wind between six to eight knots and a cross current made racing tricky.
 
Race one, scheduled at 11 am started with no delay or recall. Emilios Papathanasiou, coming from the right side of the course, rounded the top mark in front of Canadian, Larry Lemieux , Sebastien Godefroid, Mathieu Deplanque and Sergey Kotov. While the wind dropped to four knots on the downwind legs, the Jury started to discipline the fleet and penalise a couple of sailors for pumping and/or rocking. At the end of the run, Emilios had increased his lead to one minute over Sebastien Godefroid, now placed second in front of Larry Lemieux (the only sailor to bring his coach "Dooly" and his dog "Rusty" on the water!!).
 
The second beat again offered some chances and while Sebastien bet on the right side to win enough ground to take the lead, Emilios had gone to the left but had still enough speed to place second. The run was a real duelling for first place, under the careful eye of the Jury. Just behind them another battle for 3rd place opposed Chris Brittle to Ian Clingan. The contest was won by Emilios just before the leeward mark. The reach to the finishing line was just a formality. Sebastien took second in front of Junior sailor Chris Brittle.
 
For race two the starting line was a bit more biased and the committee boat was soon crowded with half of the fleet. A first general recall was followed by an individual recall that penalised Russ Silvestri, Greg Skidmore and Martijn van Muyden. Sebastien took a rocket start at the Committee boat while Emilios, in doubt, decided to come back and restart. Canadian, Mike Milner sailed up in the middle of the course to lead the fleet at the top mark. Sebastien was second in front of Charlie Cumbley and Andrew Pimentel.
 
Charlie Cumbley, played safe in the middle and right side of the course, but the winner of the beat was undoubtedly Andrew Pimentel. First at the top mark, Andrew had not sailed a Finn for the last 15 years! Charlie, in second place, took the lead on the run to win the race. Andrew Pimentel remained in second place in front of Sebastien Godefroid and Mike Milner.
 
Day four
 
Sailing was extremely difficult on day four. The sea was flat but the wind evolved from two to six knots, with lots of shifts and very localised pressure. The current played a big role as well. "What was hard out there," explained Mateusz Kusznierewicz, "was to be able to anticipate the shifts. There were no obvious signs." The very light wind didn't provide many chances either to make up for early bad choices.
The shifts seemed to be favouring the left side on the first beat and the right on the second. Those who didn't follow this pattern, had no chance of coming back!
 
Race three started after one general recall. After a pin end favoured start, Geoff Ewenson took the left side option to round the top mark in first position, closely followed by Andrew Simpson, Soren Holm, Emilios Papathanasiou, Greg Skidmore and Charlie Cumbley. While Geoff was sailing into a bigger lead to comfortably win the race, other positions were slightly upset on the run, where the fleet spread out to find more air. With more pressure coming from the right side of the course, places were gained and lost. Danish sailor, Soren Holm, second at the second windward mark lost 8 places on the last run while Larry had major gains. Across the finish line, Geoff took the gun with a one minute lead over Charlie Cumbley and Martijn van Muyden.
 
Race four started after a short postponement due to a major shift. Canadian "Rookie" Chris Cook, took the lead after hitting the left side. He was closely followed by Chris Brittle, Russ Silvestri. Akif Muslubas, and Larry. Chris Cook, remained in front until the second beat when Larry passed him. "I was between the centre of the course and the right. I knew the right side was favoured but I didn't want to play safe so I tried to control both sides. Larry went further to the right and gained enough ground to pass me." Chris finished the race in second position.
 
The top five sailors after four races show the diversity in the Finn class. Charlie Cumbley, first overall, and team mate Chris Brittle, in third, are both Juniors. Sebastien Godefroid in second place won an Olympic Silver medal in 1996. Mateusz Kusznierewicz in fourth place has an Olympic Gold medal and two World Championships, while Larry "The Legend" Lemieux in fifth place is 20 kilos lighter than his competitors and 25 years older than the regatta leader.
 
Day six
 
"Finally a day of sailing," declared Sebastien Godefroid who enjoyed two windy races on day six. The wind that didn't exceed 8 knots in the first 2 days of the Finn Gold Cup, came in force today with gusts up to 25 knots and big steep waves.
 
Not everyone enjoyed these gruelling conditions. While the fitter and stronger guys capitalised on this tough day, the "light weight" sailors suffered a bit. The wind took his toll hurting many legs and breaking a few masts!
 
The racing Committee postponed the first start for an hour waiting for the wind to strengthen and settle. After setting a triangular course, Race 5 started under 15 knots.
 
Andrew Simpson, took a rocket start from the middle of the line, port tacked the fleet, hit the right corner, rounded the top mark with a good margin to win the race. Second at the top mark was Chris Cook from Canada who finished the race in 5th place. The Canadian, with only 8 months of Finn racing, is now 7th overall, despite braking his mast in the second race of the day. Second and third across the finishing line were Mateusz and Emilios:
 
Sebastien easily won the second race: "I know that I have good speed in this kind of weather. So I planned on a conservative start and caught up on the fleet." In second position was Mateusz and Ali Enver Adakan fin 3rd. Othmar Mller von Blumencron, a Swiss sailor living in the US, had his best day of the regatta. After scoring a 8th in the first race of the day, Othmar, led the fleet around the course up to the second windward mark. "As in race 5, my legs got tired towards the end of the race and the fittest guys started to pass me." He still managed to finish in 7th place.
 
With the wind increasing to 20 knots and gusts of 25, many sailors capsized and masts started to brake. British sailor David Mellor was in second when the tip of his mast broke on the second beat. Chris Cook lost his mast on the reach while Xavier Rohart didn't have a chance to start the second race of the day with his mast snapping 3 minutes before the start. A total of 14 boats (25 per cent of the fleet) didn't start or finish race six. A special mention goes to Gus Miller and Louie Nady who finished both races today.
 
Day seven
 
It came down to the last day of racing to decide on the 2001 Finn Gold Cup Winner (World Champion) and Junior World Champion. With only four points separating the top three, the final day promised some interesting action. The wind was  averaging 18 knots when the first race started, increased to a steady 25 knots with gusts reaching 28 knots in the second race. The sea was a two meters steep swell.
 
"Like yesterday, I was planning on a conservative start," explained Sebastien." I stayed with the others on the first start and decided not to push too hard." Sebastien rounded the top mark in 8th place, then gained a lot of ground on the reaches to place 3rd at the bottom mark behind Mateusz and Ali Enver, who had led from the start. "I was fresh on the second beat, as I had not hiked too much on the first one, and was then able to pass Mateusz," commented Sebastien. Once in second position, Sebastien started to go for Ali, while still controlling Mateusz. He passed Ali Enver just 50 meters before the finishing line. In the Junior contest, Chris Brittle got an advantage over Charlie Cumbley by finishing 7th, while Charlie finished 23rd.
 
The wind increased to 25 knots by the second race and 10 boats headed home! Mateusz gave it all in the final race, knowing it was his last chance to make it providing Sebastien would finish six places behind. The current World Champion and 1996 Gold medalist led the fleet to the top mark and conserved his lead until the second beat. In the meantime, Sebastien, 6th at the top mark, was gaining ground on the Pole to place 3rd at the leeward mark. Emilios Papathanasiou was 7th at the top mark and getting closer as well. On the second beat, Sebastien went more to the right of the course than Mateusz and Ali, in second position, to round the top mark ahead. The second downwind was a hard call between speed and control of the boat. The two leaders were often on the verge of capsizing. "When I passed Mateusz at the second top mark, I knew that I would have to try hard to stay in front of him on the run, we kept pushing each other to the limit until I decided it was better to come second in the race and win the Championship than risking a capsize and lose everything," commented Sebastien after the race.
 
Although Mateusz won the last race, the Pole could not add a third World title to his collection and had to be satisfied with a Silver. Sebastien Godefroid in 2nd position was declared World Champion! Emilios Papathanasiou, 2001 European Champion, finished in 7th place to get Bronze. "I am satisfied with my result as I know that I have tried my best" declared Emilios. "With a bad race early in the regatta, I couldn't take too many risks. Also I didn't have my own boat and the feeling was very different."
 
Chris Brittle finished in 11th place in this last race. The young British sailor not only won the Finn Junior World Championship title but also performed well by taking 4th place overall. First master is Canadian Larry Lemieux in 16th place.
 
Thank you to Eastern Yacht Club for a great Championship. We had a hard start with some sad events and two days without racing. Luckily we had a very efficient racing committee who made the most of a wide range of conditions. The work of the Jury and measurers was first class and all the sailors were happy with their decision to come and race in America.

2000 Finn Gold Cup - Weymouth, England

 
 
1
POL17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
3
2
3
2
1
2
21
13
2
BEL7
Sebastien Godefroid
7
1
2
1
8
19
7
26
3
GRE6
Emilios Papathanasiou
15
8
4
5
42
1
11
44
4
CAN11
Richard Clarke
11
7
5
90
4
16
4
47
5
CZE1
Michael Maier
14
11
11
18
7
3
12
58
6
CRO11
Karlo Kuret
8
37
6
9
10
8
20
61
7
GER79
Michael Fellmann
9
12
12
15
12
36
2
62
8
SWE7
Fredrik Loof
1
19
16
4
20
17
10
67
9
IRL8
David Burrows
6
15
13
20
5
10
18
67
10
TUR6
Ali Enver Adakan
5
16
9
14
21
33
8
73
11
ITA71
Massimo Gherarducci
16
5
19
26
25
7
9
81
12
GBR564
Andrew Simpson
25
25
7
3
19
28
3
82
13
SUI467
Peter Theurer
20
14
15
90
9
14
16
88
14
GBR577
David Mellor
2
20
23
10
16
18
75
89
17
SUI1
Othmar Muller Von Blumencron
15
9
36
21
15
25
13
100
16
NED701
Martijn Van Muyden
10
3
10
13
40
29
36
101
17
FRA1
Xavier Rohat
4
10
8
90
11
27
44
104
18
GBR54
Iain Percy
90
90
1
3.25
2
9
1
106.25
19
ITA14
Nenad Viali
26
18
22
12
34
5
29
112
20
AUS221
Anthony Nossiter
13
23
14
27
3
34
59
114
21
NZL27
Clifton Webb
32
21
18
35
31
6
19
127
22
HUN1
Balazs Hajdu
22
39
24
25
6
48
15
131
23
DEN143
Lasse Hjortnaes
19
42
28
30
17
11
26
131
24
ITA1
Luca Devoti
30
17
17
7
30
35
34
135
25
USA1074
Russ Silvestri
12
28
21
8
90
41
35
145
26
POL4
Dominik Zycki
34
51
20
6
23
22
43
148
27
GRE1
George Kontogouris (Junior)
90
34
33
41
24
4
14
150
39
GBR15
Charlie Cumbley (Junior)
28
40
27
17
27
45
5
155
29
SUI471
Christoph Burger
90
13
43
31
13
31
30
161
30
BEL2
Philippe Rogge
27
48
42
28
26
26
22
171
31
BRA9
Christoph Bergmann
21
29
31
19
35
37
46
172
32
GBR550
Richard Stenhouse
40
22
29
11
33
50
38
173
33
CZE9
Michal Hruby
43
30
26
40
53
15
23
177
34
BRA1
Bruno Prada
57
6
44
37
37
13
49
186
29
SWE27
Kristian Aderman (Junior)
35
31
39
90
45
21
31
196
36
BRA109
Jorge Zarif
35
38
48
23
51
23
33
200
37
FRA7
Sylvain Chtounder
28
4
41
33
43
69
58
207
38
AUS222
PAUL Mckenzie
90
35
25
16
32
39
71
218
39
TUR44
Akif Muslubas
36
36
53
45
28
61
25
223
40
NED7
Stefan De Vries (Junior)
18
33
30
44
44
55
66
224
38
GBR541
Chris Brittle (Junior)
41
90
32
34
14
58
52
228
42
GBR567
Dan Dixon
33
52
37
43
36
40
42
231
43
CAN4
Mike Milner
90
24
56
32
46
53
24
235
44
USA1026
Mark Herrmann
24
90
35
36
29
59
53
236
45
RUS8
Evgeny Tchernov
49
41
47
38
41
43
28
238
46
SUI465
Christoph Christen
31
46
50
29
39
62
50
245
47
RSA1
Ian Ainslie
23
26
90
90
90
20
6
255
48
ITA55
Walter Riosa
52
90
60
47
49
30
17
255
49
GBR12
Neil Macgregor
51
67
59
48
22
42
41
263
50
ESP260
Agustin Juarez
59
27
34
42
57
51
63
270
51
NED781
Jan-Willem Kok
53
57
90
24
56
47
40
277
52
EST8
Imre Taveter
44
54
40
46
54
70
45
283
53
RUS14
Michail Apuhtin
47
60
64
52
50
49
27
285
54
FRA111
Thomas Deplanque
72
65
66
57
47
12
39
286
55
NED744
Wiebe Schippers
63
53
54
54
48
24
90
296
56
AUT1
Hans Spitzauer
46
90
45
90
18
44
55
298
41
GBR8
Tim Carver
41
45
65
22
60
68
90
301
58
ISV1
Ben Beer
48
69
51
49
58
63
32
301
59
BRA106
Fabio Bodra
61
47
52
39
55
56
78
310
60
FRA11
Mathieu Deplanque
37
63
38
53
38
90
90
319
61
CHN1
Li Hong Quan
42
44
67
90
59
60
51
323
58
RUS7
Vladislav Kapitonov (Junior)
62
70
69
56
64
32
47
326
63
FRA14
Daniel Kurbiel
60
49
55
55
73
52
60
331
64
BLR7
Vladislav Aleinikov
45
90
49
50
72
54
64
334
65
UKR21
Sergey Kotov (Junior)
50
56
57
60
65
57
90
345
66
GBR560
Allen Burrell
64
32
62
67
67
74
56
348
67
AUT271
Florian Raudaschl
54
58
68
69
90
38
67
354
68
NED766
Ewout Meijer
73
72
71
71
71
46
37
368
69
GER81
Jan-Dietmar Dellas
62
50
46
58
70
82
90
368
70
NED757
Robert De Jong
67
59
63
78
52
65
62
368
71
GBR1
Sander Kooij
56
61
61
51
69
79
80
377
72
IRL10
Aaron O'Grady (Junior)
55
55
70
61
66
73
70
377
73
NED747
Thierry Van Vierssen
69
73
58
59
68
90
61
388
74
NED761
Cees Scheurwater
76
43
74
70
81
72
57
392
75
GBR13
John De Leeuw
65
77
72
63
62
71
65
398
76
JPN1
Takeshi Kuroda
71
74
66.6
65
75
75
48
399.6
77
ITA52
Franco Martinelli
66
62
75
68
61
76
68
400
78
EST3
Janno Hool (Junior)
74
68
90
73
74
67
54
410
79
UKR7
Tsypko Oleg
70
66
73
62
63
81
90
415
80
GBR4
Russell Ward
77
75
90
64
78
64
72
430
81
GBR10
Robert Deaves
80
71
76
66
79
78
69
439
82
NED730
Richard Tobe
78
64
79
74
80
66
79
440
83
ROM1
Dumitru Fratila
75
76
78
77
76
77
74
455
84
GBR51
Phil Laycock
79
90
77
72
77
84
77
466
85
GBR504
Edward Thorburn
82
78
81
76
82
83
73
472
86
DEN176
Lars Stenfeldt Hansen
81
79
80
75
83
85
81
479
87
GBR552
Chris Farrell
83
80
82
79
84
80
76
480
88
GBR537
Adam Cowling (Junior)
68
90
90
90
90
90
90
518
89
SWE616
Ervin Schomer
90
90
90
90
90
90
90
540
 
 
 
2000 FINN GOLD CUP
WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND
11-16 JUNE 2000
Report by Corrine McKenzie
 
The 2000 Finn Gold Cup, the Junior Gold Cup and Finn World Masters will
be held from the 11th to the 16th of June in Weymouth, England, from the
Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.
 
94 competitors will compete in the same fleet for the World Champion and
Junior World Champion titles. It is the biggest fleet since the 1992
Gold Cup in Cadiz where the same numbers were achieved. With the
remaining 8 spots to be allocated to countries for the Olympic Games,
the 2000 Finn Gold Cup has also attracted a record number of countries.
From the 32 countries represented, 15 have yet to qualify for Sydney:
Austria, Belarus, Brazil, China, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Hungary, US
Virgin Island, Japan, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and USA. Wild
cards excepted, this regatta is the last chance for 8 of these countries
to qualify but some National Olympic committees are also requiring a
certain result from their athletes. While Switzerland is only expecting
a top 20 placings, countries like Denmark, Austria or Holland are more
strict. Lasse Hjortnaes (DEN), has to finish top ten in order to compete
in his 4th Olympics (Lasse competed in 1980, 84 and 88). Hanz Spitzauer
(who is making a last minute come back in the Finn after trying to
qualify in the Soling class) and Junior sailor Florian Raudaschl will
have to place in the top 12 (or top 10 in Kiel) to meet their country
selection critiria. Martijn Van Muyden, after qualifying Holland in the
98 Gold Cup has still to do a top 8 placing in Weymouth to secure his
spot in the Dutch team.
 
Fredrik Loof (SWE) will defend his title for the 3rd time after winning
the Gold Cup in 94, 97 and 99.
 
With the World best sailors participating (25 of the top 30), it is
expected to be a hard fought championship. Among the favourites are:
 
Mateusz Kuznierewicz (POL) 1996 Gold Medallist, 98 World Champion, 99 ISAF World Sailor of the Year, No.1 World ranked.
Fredrik Loof (SWE) 94, 97, 99 World Champion, 93, 95, 98 Vice World Champion, No.2 World ranked
Richard Clarke (CAN) Winner of SPA 2000, Hyeres 2000, Palma 2000, No.3 World ranked
Iain Percy (GBR) 99 European Champion, 99 Pre-Olympic champion, No.4 World ranked
Sebastien Godefroid (BEL) 96 Silver Medallist, 98 European champion, No.5 World ranked
Mickael Maier (CZE) No.6 World ranked
Xavier Rohart (FRA) No.7
Mickael Fellmann (GER) No.8
Ian Ainslie (RSA) No.9
David Burrows (IRL) No.10
 
The Junior Gold Cup was held for the first time in the 1999 Gold Cup in
Melbourne, Australia and won by British sailor, Charlie Cumbley. It will
be disputed this year by 10 Juniors from Belarus, Estonia, Holland,
Greece, Austria and Great Britain who will race with the seniors. Among
the favourites are:
Charlie Cumbley (GBR) 1999 Junior World champion
George Kontogouris (GRE) 1999 Junior World champion
Florian de Vries (NED) 1999 Junior European champion
 
The 31st edition of the Finn World Masters has attracted a fleet of 92.
Larry Lemieux from Canada will set his goal in winning his third title in a row.
 
 
No Gun for Percy
 
English fairness was proven today! When British top Finn sailor Iain
Percy crossed the finishing line well ahead of the Finn fleet during the
first race of the Finn Gold Cup in Weymouth today, no gun was fired!
Iain Percy had been disqualified among 6 others by the Black Flag
rule. Current World Champion, Fredrik Loof (SWE), wins after fighting
with David Mellor (GBR) during the whole race for second. "Iain sailed
very well and was too far ahead for me to worry about him. I was quite
close behind Dave Mellor in third position and I tried to pass him. I
would have been very happy with a second and I feel sorry for Percy."
commented Fredrik Loof after the race.
 
Biggest improver of the day, Mateusz Kusznierewicz came out from the
middle of the fleet to round the second windward mark in 5th position.
and finish 3rd. Despite a bad record in medium conditions, Xavier Rohart
(FRA) impressed us with his consistency after making up for his bad
start on the first beat. He rounded the top mark in 5th place and
managed to keep his place until the end. Ali Enver Adakan has not yet
finish to surprise. The young Turk has been improving steadily since the
start of the year. A 6th in the first race of the Gold Cup confirm his
progression.
 
First Junior is Stefan de Vries (NED) in 18th place.
 
Six boats were disqualified at the start under the Black Flag rule. With
9 races scheduled and only one discard Iain Percy (GBR), Christoph
Burger (SUI), Christoph Bergmann (BRA), Georg Kontogouris (GRE), Paul
McKenzie (AUS) and Mike Milner (CAN) are starting the regatta with a
serious handicap.
 
Racing started under the Black Flag at 12PM, an hour later than
scheduled, after a general recall and a couple of postponements. The
racing committee decided on a triangle course despite the conditions:
the wind was averaging 8 to 10 knots and increased to 12 by the end of
the second beat. The sea remained quite flat with a small chop.
 
Racing will resume tomorrow at 11AM with 2 races.
 
12 June - (Protests pending)
 
Atlanta medallists takes the lead of 2000 Finn Gold Cup.
 
After 3 races, Atlanta Gold and Silver medallists, Mateusz Kusznierewicz
(POL) and Sebastien Godefroid (BEL) are leading the score of the Finn
Gold Cup, in Weymouth, UK.
 
Their outstanding results in today 2 races, 2nd and 3rd for Mateusz and
a win in the first race followed by a second in the last for Sebastien,
give them a good grip on their opponents. Xavier Rohart is 12 points
behind in 3rd place closely followed by Martijn van Muyden (NED) and
Richard Clarke (CAN).
 
With another Black Flag collected today in the first race, Iain Percy,
in 65 position, has missed any hope for a title ...unless he wins
tonight his protests against the racing committee for today's and
yesterday's disqualifications. Percy decided to lodge a protest this
morning against the Racing committee, who disqualified him in the race
where he crossed the line first, after Brazilian, Christoph Bergmann,
got reinstated yesterday from his OCS. Christoph's win wasn't
effortless, especially after he had to call for the local Chinese
restaurant owner to translate for his witness Li Hong Quan!
 
The conditions were quite challenging today with medium to strong wind,
strong current, choppy waves and the arrival of a late thick fog. The
current made sailing especially tricky when the tide changed directions
before the second race.
 
Race 2 started after a general recall under Black Flag, and the
disqualification of 4 boats (Ian Percy, Walter Riosa, Mark Hermann and
Chris Brittle). Young Italian sailor Massimo Gherarducci came from the
right side of the course to take the lead of the race at the top mark,
followed by Sylvain Chtounder (FRA), Sebastien Godefroid (BEL) and
Martijn van Muyden (NED). Sebastien Godefroid retrieved his down wind
speed and passed Sylvain and Massimo. He kept his advantage to win the
race in front of Mateusz who came from 5th after the first beat to 3rd
at the leeward mark and 2nd. Martijn finished 3rd in front of Sylvain
Chtounder , Massimo Gherarducci and Bruno Prada.
 
The second race was easily won by Iain Percy out of the start. New UK
Finn champion, Andrew Simpson was second at the windward mark but lost
each time a few places on the down wind legs to end up the race in 7th.
Sebastien Godefroid passed from third to second on the run while Mateusz
went from 9th to 3rd. Emilios Papathanasiou made the most gains, 10th at
the windward mark, the Greek climbed to second at the bottom mark but
lost a couple of places to finish the race in 4th position in front of
Richard Clarke, Karlo Kuret and Andrew Simpson.
 
The day is not over for the Jury who still have to hear 8 protests. The
results are then, still provisional at this time!
 
Black Death hits Finn fleet!
 
While Iain Percy collected his third Black Flag today, Mateusz
Kusznierewicz and Sebastien Godefroid consolidated their position at the
front of the fleet.
 
The third day of the Finn Gold Cup in Weymouth provided good racing and
a good deal of drama! The Racing Committee raised the Black Flag for the
first start of Race 4, adding a few more heads to the already long list
of "OCS". Bad luck or irony saw Iain Percy on top of the hit list again
for his third disqualification. Despite having lost his protest
yesterday against the racing Committee for his OCS, Iain Percy organised
a crew to film the start today and he hopes that video evidence will
prove him right in his new protest. "The video shows quite clearly that
I am not breaking the line," declared Percy, while waiting for his
protest hearing to take place.
 
Percy is joined on the Black Flag list by World title favorites Xavier
Rohart (FRA) and Richard Clarke (CAN). With only one discard allowed,
they reduced their chances of a Gold Cup title to leave the path clear
for Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Sebastien Godefroid who each claimed a
race today. Mateusz is leading the score at 8 points after a win and a
second place, and is only 3 points ahead of friend and rival Sebastien.
Despite his OCSin Race 4, Richard Clarke climbed to 3rd, in front of
Greek Emilios Papathanasiou 4th and Xavier Rohart 5th.
 
Race 4 was started under Black Flag with a good 15 knot breeze.
Sebastien Godefroid won the race from the start. First at the top mark,
the Belgian increased his lead by 100 meters at the gybe mark (triangle
course). Mateusz Kusznierewicz passed from 12th to 3rd, behind Fredrik
Loof on the first reach to get to second on the second beat. They both
sailed further away from the fleet on the second downwind. Andrew
Simpson, 2nd at the first windward mark, managed to keep good speed on
the downwind legs (his weaker point) to finish in 3rd place in front
of Fredrik Loof.
 
The wind reduced to 10 knots for Race 5, favouring the left side of the
line. Iain Percy had a clear start, went to the left, then crossed
completely to the right to lead all the way until Mateusz passed him on
the last beat. Australian Anthony Nossiter, 2nd at the top mark finished
in 3rd place in front of Richard Clarke 4th and David Burrows 5th.
Balazs Hajdu from Hungary, scored his best result in 6th position.
 
With 15 countries in contention for an Olympic spot, the battle is
getting fierce for the remaining spots, and with ISAF giving an extra
place to the Finn class there are 9 more places available at this
regatta.
 
While Turkey, USA, Hungary, Denmark or Brazil are comfortably placed,
China is the 9th country just in front of Austria and US Virgin Islands.
With 4 races still to be sailed, the options are still open.
 
Only one race is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 14th.
 
Percy reinstated!
 
Iain Percy won last night his protest against the racing committee about
his third disqualification at the start of race 4.
 
The Jury decided last night to consider video and photo evidence in the
protest for redress lodged by Iain Percy, Xavier Rohart and Hanz
Spitzauer in race 4 for Black Flag disqualification. The decisions made
by the Jury are as follows:
 
" The following boats were correctly identified on the course side of
the starting line during the one minute     before the start: SUI 467,
SWE 27, CAN 11, FRA 1, AUT 1. They broke rule 30.3.
 
The following boats were incorrectly identified on the course side of
the starting line during the one minute before he start: GBR 54.
 
Although AUT 1 was incorrectly recorded on the race committee boat as
AUT 4, she was correctly disqualified for breaking rule 30.3.
 
With respect to FRA 1 and AUT 1, redress is denied.
 
With respect to GBR 54, redress is granted and she is to be scored
average points of all races she is not OCS, ZPG or DSQ for rule 30.3. "
 
Therefore, Iain Percy is now 25th on the general results after 5 races
(OCS, OCS, 1, 1.5, 2). The story does not stop here! Iain has asked for
his previous request for redress for race 2 (denied yesterday) to be
reopened on the basis of new evidence in the form of pictures.
 
These issues reopened the debate of the use of videos by the racing
committee when the size of the starting line and the number of
competitors make calling the line difficult. In last night case, the
video showing the line and the sound track recording the count down, led
to controversy between the sailors, jury and racing committee.
 
Sailing is postponed today due to strong wind. Race 6 will be resailed
tomorrow.
 
Mateusz Kusznierewicz wins 2000 Finn Gold Cup
 
Mateusz Kusznierewicz won the 2000 Finn Gold Cup, as a thick fog
cancelled all racing on the last day of the championship, in Weymouth,
UK. Sebastien Godefroid took the Silver while Emilios Papathanasiou is
settling for Bronze.
 
In the Junior Gold Cup, the title goes to young Greek George
Kontogouris. He finishes 27th, only 1 place and 5 points ahead of 99
Junior World Champion, Charlie Cumbley (GBR), while Kristian Aderman
from Sweden takes Bronze in 35th place.
 
Mateusz adds a second World title to his already impressive collection
including a Gold Medal in 96, a World title in 98, and the ISAF Sailor
of the Year award last November. " I achieved today my second goal for
2000. I was hoping for a medal in this year top 3 regattas. I won the
European's and the Worlds, now I hope I can do the same at the Olympic
Games." Despite a strong fleet and very talented opponents, the Pole
never looked threatened. "I came to this championship with a very
different attitude," confided Mateusz. "I decided to sail my own race
without looking at the others. I sailed more freely."
 
Sebastien Godefroid is a satisfied sailor in second place. After an
unsettled period, the Atlanta Silver medallist and 98 European champion
seems to have retrieved his usual top form, 3 months before the
Olympics. "It was a bit strange for me to sail again at the top! In the
last 18 months I have been more used to sail in the pack and try to
fight my way through the fleet. It is a completely different tactic, and
it feels really good!" Sebastien was working on his equipment for the
last year and seemed to have finally found the right combination." I
received this new mast from Latini, 2 days only before the regatta. I
used it during training for only 10 minutes and was convinced straight
away this was a good one!"
 
While Sebastien is using a Latini mast with a UK North, Mateusz went
back to his Willet mast after the Wilke mast he used in the European
championships got recently banned from ISAF, and a Victory sail. "I did
not have great speed here compared with the Europeans where I was
flying! In fact I was struggling upwind and I had to catch up on the
downwind legs," revealed Mateusz.
 
Emilios Papathanasiou in third position is also using the same
combination while Richard Clarke, 3 points away in 4th place remains
faithful to his Willet combined with the San Diego North sail.
 
The last qualifying regatta for the Sydney Olympics, the 2000 Finn Gold
Cup gave the opportunity to 9 countries to get selected for the Games.
Subject to confirmation from ISAF, the following countries should have
qualified:
 
Turkey, Hungary, Denmark, USA, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Estonia and
Austria.
 
Three wild cards will be allocated in the next few weeks at ISAF
discretion.
 
Among the countries having their national selection, Peter Theurer won
his ticket as the Swiss representative, after a close fight with Othmar
Muller von Blumencron. As for the Brazilian nothing is official yet, but
Christoph Bergmann should stand a good chance to go to his 3rd Olympics
after beating Bruno Prada by a few places.
 
As for Martijn van Muyden (NED) and Lasse Hjortnaes (DEN) it is now up
to their Olympic Committee to decide if despite not having achieved
their selection criteria (top 8 for Martijn and top 10 for Lasse) they
will be sailing in Sydney. It would be the 4th Olympic Games for Lasse
who participated in 1980, 84 and 88. This regatta called back some old
memories to the Dane who competed in his first Finn Gold Cup in Weymouth
in1979!!
 
The Finn Gold Cup will be presented tonight to Mateusz Kusznierewicz by
1960 Finn World Champion, Vernon Stratton.

1999 Finn Gold Cup - Melbourne, Australia


 

1

Fredrik Lööf

SWE 7

(14)

5

(14)

4

4

11

5

1

3

2

3

38

2

Mateusz Kusznierewicz

POL 17

8

(13)

3

6

5

3

2

5

4

3

(72)

39

3

Richard Clarke

CAN 11

(30)

(28)

10

9

7

4

6

15

2

4

6

63

4

Iain Percy

GBR 54

(19)

10

1

5

19

1

4

13

1

15

(72)

69

5

Karlo Kuret

CRO 11

5

3

11

(72)

6

5

8

12

(27)

13

9

72

6

Sebastien Godefroid

BEL 7

11

(15)

8

(15)

3

8

9

7

11

5

10

72

7

Michael Fellmann

GER 79

(32)

21

2

1

(37)

25

1

2

20

1

22

95

8

Martijn Van Muyden

NED 701

3

9

17

(72)

1

12

(22)

19

10

19

12

102

9

Xavier Rohart

FRA 1

13

24

5

2

13

7

(72)

4

34

(72)

8

110

10

Michael Maier

CZE 304

(36)

(30)

4

11

26

9

7

20

8

10

15

110

11

Ian Ainslie

RSA 1

22

6

(35)

8

8

17

11

16

19

7

(60)

114

12

Dave Mellor

GBR 540

24

(32)

9

12

17

13

3

(72)

7

6

26

117

13

John Driscoll

IRL 1

15

(41)

7

14

9

29

(72)

3

12

12

31

132

14

Andreas Buchert

GER 6

7

4

20

25

(34)

10

14

(34)

24

25

4

133

15

Nenad Viali

ITA 14

2

34

(37)

16

16

26

10

10

(36)

26

7

147

16

Paul McKenzie

AUS 222

16

36

12

7

10

14

16

8

32

(72)

(37)

151

17

Ian Baker

NZL 242

(62)

(39)

21

17

22

19

13

6

6

21

27

152

18

Philippe Rogge

BEL 2

18

18

22

20

12

28

(30)

21

14

(31)

18

171

19

Peter Theurer

SUI 464

21

23

31

3

(36)

21

25

(35)

18

17

13

172

20

Dominik Zycki

POL 4

12

11

(43)

26

2

2

34

29

23

35

(55)

174

21

Anthony Nossiter

AUS 221

17

27

(72)

21

21

24

19

9

(46)

20

20

178

22

Juri Tokovoi

UKR 21

(54)

(51)

18

13

29

16

31

23

29

9

11

179

23

Jamie Lea

GBR 564

6

(72)

19

42

30

(43)

36

22

5

18

5

183

24

Bartul Misura

CRO 1

1

20

32

22

18

(37)

17

28

15

33

(56)

186

25

Emilios Papathanasiou

GRE 6

25

12

23

36

(72)

6

12

11

39

37

(54)

201

26

Darrell Peck

USA 1151

31

38

6

(72)

14

40

21

14

26

11

(59)

201

27

Richard Stenhouse

GBR 550

10

(72)

16

23

15

32

(72)

33

17

29

28

203

28

Mark Bulka

AUS 220

20

(68)

27

37

11

22

18

24

21

(38)

23

203

29

Leith Armit

NZL 241

(48)

2

33

40

31

15

15

17

(42)

30

32

215

30

David Burrows

IRL 8

29

(46)

26

18

(40)

30

26

27

30

27

2

215

31

Javier Aguado

ESP 1

4

1

(49)

33

(49)

33

20

26

38

28

33

216

32

Finn Taylor

AUS 219

52

16

34

24

35

(72)

(72)

43

16

8

1

229

33

Massimo Gherarducci

ITA 71

(60)

8

24

28

(56)

20

23

25

40

24

45

237

34

Stuart Bannatyne

NZL 19

(58)

35

72

29

43

34

29

31

9

22

14

246

35

Carl Schmidt

AUS 223

38

55

29

10

24

39

(72)

18

(72)

14

19

246

36

Oleg Khoperski

RUS 10

(51)

47

15

27

50

31

24

(72)

13

23

29

259

37

Michael Hruby

CZE 479

27

7

(46)

19

38

38

28

41

31

(45)

42

271

38

Charlie Cumbley

GBR 15

9

40

36

38

23

(53)

39

(72)

28

41

17

271

39

George Kontogouris

GRE 1

26

19

39

41

25

(44)

32

32

(43)

32

30

276

40

Michael Deyett

USA 1146

(53)

33

52

(72)

20

36

40

39

35

46

16

317

41

Christoph Burger

SUI 451

47

(56)

28

34

32

23

27

38

(59)

44

46

319

42

Marc Blees

NED 707

46

22

(51)

43

27

18

45

(72)

25

50

48

324

43

Mike Milner

CAN 4

44

(58)

50

24

41

42

35

37

22

40

(63)

335

44

Clifton Webb

NZL 27

28

44

25

31

28

35

41

(72)

37

(72)

72

341

45

Lasse Hjortnäs

DEN 143

34

29

42

46

72

45

46

36

(56)

49

25

352

46

Bruno Prada

BRA 1

(66)

43

38

35

47

48

33

(72)

51

34

24

353

47

Tyler Bjorn

CAN 1107

35

42

41

(72)

39

49

37

(72)

58

43

21

365

48

Mario Salani

ITA 11

72

67

45

32

53

(72)

38

30

52

16

34

367

49

Walter Riosa

ITA 55

42

31

40

39

44

41

43

(72)

(55)

47

49

376

50

John Callahan

USA 1140

39

(57)

48

45

(52)

51

44

40

33

39

38

377

51

Michele Marchesini

ITA 15

40

(62)

44

30

59

46

(72)

46

48

48

44

405

52

Scott Griffiths

USA 1138

(64)

(63)

53

47

33

50

50

44

49

51

39

416

53

Daniel Bush

NZL 12

23

52

47

50

55

(58)

48

(72)

50

54

40

419

54

Russell Ward

GBR 4

49

25

(72)

(72)

45

52

51

72

47

56

35

432

55

Akif Muslubas

TUR 44

(63)

49

54

44

48

(56)

47

42

54

42

52

432

56

Colin Chapman

IRL 10

43

14

30

(72)

42

27

(72)

72

72

72

72

444

57

David Beyers

USA 1150

61

17

58

53

51

(62)

53

(72)

60

59

41

453

58

Mauricio Bueno

BRA 100

33

60

55

51

61

(65)

(72)

48

63

52

36

459

59

Hong Quan Li

CHN 1

59

37

56

48

(64)

47

52

(72)

57

60

43

459

60

Chic Parsons

USA 1149

57

61

(72)

(72)

46

54

42

72

41

36

58

467

61

Ben Beer

ISV 13

37

48

(61)

54

57

60

58

47

61

(63)

50

472

62

Vladimir Zuev

BLR 17

65

50

(72)

(72)

58

57

49

45

44

53

64

485

63

Mo Hart

USA 1161

(72)

45

59

(72)

54

55

72

72

45

55

47

504

64

Hugh Dimock

NZL 245

45

53

63

55

60

61

56

(72)

(72)

64

57

514

65

Luca Devoti

ITA 1

50

26

13

(72)

(72)

72

72

72

72

72

72

521

66

Patrick Meehan

AUS 165

(69)

66

62

49

65

64

54

(72)

53

58

53

524

67

August Miller

USA 1087

56

59

60

56

(67)

66

57

(72)

64

61

51

530

68

Jake Gunther

AUS 213

67

64

57

52

63

59

55

(72)

62

57

(72)

536

69

Takuya Maeda

JPN 24

55

54

(72)

57

66

67

60

(72)

65

65

61

550

70

John Shallvey

AUS 224

68

65

(72)

(72)

62

63

59

49

66

62

62

556

71

Graeme Taylor

AUS 225

41

69

(72)

(72)

72

72

72

72

72

72

72

614

 

 

 

1999 Finn Gold Cup report

 

The 1999 Finn Gold Cup was held at Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne from 10-15 January. A range of conditions and the new format of 11 races tested the competitors to the limit. Defending Champion Mateusz Kusznierewicz was leading overall until the final race when Fredrik Lööf won his third Gold Cup. Sarah Kingston Reports.               

 

As part of the 1999 Combined Olympic Classes World Championship, the 1999 Finn Gold Cup was held in Melbourne. The Finns were based at the Sandringham Yacht Club together with the International 14s - other Olympic Classes were spread around other yacht clubs around Port Philip Bay. The Finn Class was delighted to return to Melbourne - in 1995 the Gold Cup was held at the Black Rock Yacht Club, and in 1956 the Finns sailed here in the Olympic regatta.        

 

A very strong fleet of 71 Finn sailors from 28 countries competed for the 1999 Finn Gold Cup. It was particularly pleasing to see China, Japan, Belarus and the US Virgin Islands represented this year.            

The 1998 AGM had agreed to change the format and courses for this year. 11 races over 6 days were sailed and in winds lighter than 12 knots the Olympic trapezoid course would be used whilst in stronger winds the traditional Finn Gold Cup course (triangle) would be used.               

 

Day 1

The fleet was tested under light and flukey winds for their first two races, resulting in a frustrating day for many, but some new faces at the top of the scoreboard. The Spaniard Javier Aguado performed the most consistently with a 4th in the first race and a 1st in Race 2. Bartul Misura won Race 1, just ahead of Nenad Viali and Martijn van Muyden. Richard Stenhouse had led throughout the second race, however much to his disappointment was judged to have been OCS at the start.

 

Day 2

With an increased wind, more familiar names were at the top of the results sheet. Michael Fellmann scored a 2nd and a 1st; Iain Percy scored a 1st and a 5th; Xavier Rohart scored a 5th and a 2nd.

 

Day 3

The conditions for day 3 were a complete contrast to the previous day’s high seas and 25 knot winds. A trapezoid course was set for both races under grey overcast skies, flat seas and 7-8 knots of wind. After a general recall and then a start under a black flag, race 5 began with Martijn Van Muyden and Sebastien Godefroid vying for first place around most of the marks. The Dutchman gained a clear 3 boat length lead at the finish. Dominik Zycki made a last minute bid for the finish and beat Sebastien on the line to clinch second place.      

 

Iain Percy led throughout race 6 which started under a black flag, in 10-12 knots of wind. Although Finn Taylor reached the windward mark first, he was swiftly sent home by the Race Committee, having been judged as OCS at the start. The two Polish sailors, Dominik Zycki and Mateusz Kusznierewicz, finished 2nd and 3rd. Percy commented ashore: “In the first race the shifting winds were difficult. I was unlucky in the first and got lucky in the second. This is my first year racing Finns full time and I’d be over the moon if I finished in the top five.”

 

Day 4

Both races were completed in strong winds gusting to 28 knots. Michael Fellmann again showed his supremacy in strong winds by winning race 7 and finishing second in race 8. Mateusz scored a 2nd and a 5th and increased his points score over the rest of the fleet. Fredrik Lööf scored 5th and 1st and knocked Karlo Kuret out of second position. On the other hand, Martijn Van Muyden did not performed quite so well on the windy days and he dropped to 8th place overall. Australian Paul McKenzie had a good day (16th and 8th) and moved up to 9th overall. It was an expensive day for some - Marc Blees and Dave Mellor both shredded their sails just prior to the start of Race 8, and Clifton Webb was forced to retire due to a damaged mast.      

 

Day 5

The first race of the day (Race 9) was started under blue skies, warm temperatures and a constant 11-12 knot wind. The Olympic Trapezoid course was used. Iain Percy had an excellent race, leading from the first mark with Fredrik Lööf rounding the second mark alongside Percy. Fredrik was then given a yellow flag by the Jury for pumping and as a result lost his slight advantage. The Brit took off downwind, in conditions that had freshened to over 15 knots, to win his third race with a clear 100 metre lead over Richard Clarke in second place and Fredrik in third.

 

An increase in wind strength to 15-17 knots meant that the triangle course was set for Race 10. Michael Fellmann yet again showed the fleet that he loves the stronger wind conditions and choppy seas - he flew, and took his third win of the week. Fredrik finished second and Mateusz was third.

 

Mateusz, the defending World Champion, was pleased with his performance on Day 5. Going into the final day, he was reasonably confident “I think my strength is in my preparation for the regatta, to be good in all weather conditions. My focus was to gain good speed both upwind and downwind, and I think this has been my advantage in this championship. I’m happy because I have the silver for sure but I really want to win.” After 10 races, 2 discards were taken into account, leaving Mateusz in first, Fredrik in second and Iain Percy in third.

 

Day 6

The final, 11th race was sailed in a dying north wind that started at about 12 knots and quickly faded to 6 knots at the top of the first beat, and 2 knots by the end. It was a tricky and nerve racking race for most of the top competitors, with none of the medal positions decided before the start. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Iain Percy both had a bad race and subsequently retired. This put the pressure on Fredrik Lööf, but he did just enough - achieving a third place in the race and thus winning the Gold Cup by just one point over the Olympic and 1998 World Champion.

 

As Iain Percy sailed home, Richard Clarke knew that he now had the chance of a medal, “I was involved in a collision near the end of the leg as I tried to cross a starboard tacker but did not make it. After some damage to the right side of the boat and two penalty circles I continued to race and rounded the first mark 10th. I had another stellar run and passed a few guys to round the bottom mark 5th. The rest of the race was very slow and nerve racking but I maintained my composure and only lost one more boat on the final run to finish 6th.” Enough to give him the bronze medal. Having had a bad start to the Championship with a 30th and 28th in the first two races, he performed consistently well throughout the remainder of the races. His achievement not only qualified his country for a place in the Finn event of the 2000 Olympic Games, but his third place assures him of being the Canadian representative for the Finn in Sydney.

 

Summary

1999 has seen a fantastic Gold Cup held in a wide range of conditions. Congratulations to Freddy Lööf for his third Gold Cup win, and many thanks to our hosts - 99 Worlds and the Sandringham Yacht Club.      

1998 Finn Gold Cup - Athens, Greece

 

 
     
1
2
3
4
5
6
Total
1
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
1
24
2
2
9
2
16
2
SWE 7
Fredrik Loof
2
3
10
9
1
5
20
3
FRA 778
Xavier Rohart
19
15
3
1
7
1
27
4
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
8
6
26
3
5
6
28
5
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanasiou
4
27
11
6
8
3
32
6
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
9
5
1
44
3
20
38
7
GBR 54
Iain Percy
26
1
24
4
2
8
39
8
CZE 304
Michael Maier
25
2
14
7
10
11
44
9
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
13
11
33
8
4
15
51
10
CAN 11
Richard Clarke
3
8
23
39
14
22
70
11
IRL 8
David Burrows
7
39
35
5
16
10
73
12
GER 6
Andreas Buchert
11
48
4
23
29
17
84
13
RSA 1
Ian Ainslie
32
4
17
27
6
85
86
14
ITA 14
Nenad Viali
20
28
18
24
12
12
86
15
POL 4
Dominik Zycki
37
13
5
16
17
39
88
16
CRO 118
Bartul Misura
23
18
64
28
21
9
99
17
NED 701
Martijn van Muyden
38
19
20
30
27
4
100
18
GBR 550
Richard Stenhouse
16
23
45
11
26
24
100
19
ITA 71
Massimo Gherarducci
17
26
22
15
22
31
102
20
NZL 27
Clifton Webb
39
9
30
10
19
85
107
21
AUS 221
Anthony Nossiter
12
10
66
21
42
23
108
22
UKR 21
Juri Tokovoi
6
30
19
26
28
42
109
23
RUS 21
Oleg Khopersky
10
34
54
14
32
19
109
24
BRA 1
Bruno Prada
15
29
6
22
41
85
113
25
USA1074
Russ Silvestri
27
17
29
12
36
36
121
26
NZL 242
Ian Baker
21
43
46
13
38
7
122
27
ITA 55
Walter Riosa
56
12
21
32
33
25
123
28
GRE 1
George Kontogouris
28
25
16
41
64
13
123
29
GBR 564
Jamie Lea
65
20
9
18
23
85
135
30
GBR 8
Tim Carver
24
21
12
42
37
85
136
31
AUS 222
Paul McKenzie
85
32
52
25
13
28
150
32
NZL 11
Joe Spooner
59
16
67
35
24
16
150
33
DEN 143
Lasse Hjortnaes
43
42
15
54
25
32
157
34
IRL 1
John Driscoll
47
50
74
17
18
35
167
35
CZE 479
Michal Hruby
30
7
53
46
53
33
169
36
CAN 201
Lawrence Lemieux
45
67
8
53
20
44
170
37
NZL 19
Stuart Bannatyne
33
53
28
34
46
38
179
38
GBR 540
David Mellor
50
85
34
19
57
21
181
39
BEL 2
Philippe Rogge
42
40
25
33
43
43
183
40
GRE 11
Christos Chionas
34
22
36
43
51
85
186
41
ESP 260
Agustin Juarez
36
38
49
47
44
26
191
42
TUR 3
Arif Gurdenli
22
36
50
31
54
85
193
43
SUI 464
Peter Theurer
85
14
37
60
65
18
194
44
NED 696
Wiebe Schippers
35
37
43
38
55
45
198
45
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
5
85
13
85
11
85
199
46
GBR 15
Charlie Cumbley
49
47
38
62
31
34
199
47
ITA 11
Mario Salani
40
54
47
29
40
46
202
48
POL 41
Andrej Czapski
14
55
81
58
15
62
204
49
AUS 219
Findlay Taylor
44
69
73
20
35
41
209
50
CAN 19
Ray Davies
53
33
58
55
68
14
213
51
SUI 451
Christoph Burger
18
56
63
64
48
29
214
52
ESP 100
Rajael Trujillo Villar
29
35
44
85
39
67
214
53
IRL 10
Colin Chapman
60
46
42
36
30
85
214
54
RUS 31
Eugeny Chernov
31
45
51
61
61
30
218
55
FRA 791
Mathieu Deplanque
41
60
41
37
60
49
228
56
USA1151
Darrell Peck
85
52
59
40
34
55
240
57
NED 733
Stefan de Vries
63
41
39
48
50
65
241
58
USA1078
Andrew Kern
48
59
40
57
49
48
242
59
GRE 8
Alexandros Dragoutsis
46
72
7
68
58
85
251
60
USA1149
Chic Parsons
72
31
61
63
62
40
257
61
SUI 456
Christoph Christen
58
64
32
52
67
58
264
62
ITA15
Michele Machesini
54
61
56
51
56
47
264
63
FRA 7
Sylvain Chtounder
62
63
76
76
47
27
275
64
CZE 13
Rudolf Lidarik
70
51
31
73
71
56
279
65
USA1140
John Callahan
71
76
60
45
69
37
282
66
BRA 101
Fabio Bodra
52
58
75
59
66
50
285
67
NED 707
Marc Blees
51
68
62
50
59
63
285
68
TUR 44
Akif Muslubas
66
70
55
66
45
59
291
69
EST 8
Imre Taveter
67
44
57
65
63
68
296
70
GER 81
Jan -Dietmar Dellas
61
57
79
56
70
53
297
71
GRE
Leonidas Pelekanakis
85
77
69
49
52
60
307
72
GER 22
Mantin Mitterer
55
71
68
67
74
51
312
73
NOR 108
Lars Petter Field
64
49
80
70
76
66
325
74
NED 76
Ewout Meijer
85
73
48
78
78
52
329
75
USA1150
David Beyers
69
65
70
74
75
54
332
76
USA1138
Scott Griffiths
57
66
72
69
72
69
333
77
BLR 1
Vladimir Zuev
85
85
27
75
77
70
334
78
USA1087
Charles Hagedorn
68
62
78
72
73
61
336
79
BRA 100
Mauricio Bueno
74
75
65
71
80
57
342
80
UKR 47
Sergei Kotov
75
74
71
79
79
71
370
81
YUG 82
Srdjan Volarevic
73
78
83
80
82
73
386
82
YUG 1
Istvan Boya
77
85
85
85
84
64
395
83
USA1163
Emil de Balthazar
78
85
77
85
83
72
395
84
GBR 13
John de Leeuw
76
85
82
77
81
85
401
 
 

FINN GOLD CUP 1998 REPORT

The 1998 Finn Gold Cup was sailed from 16-23 August in Athens, Greece, on the same water that will be used for the 2004 Olympic Games. Mateusz Kusznierewicz secured his first major victory since his Olympic Gold Medal in 1996, and in doing so became the first reigning Olympic Champion to win the Gold Cup for 25 years. Report and photos by Corinne Rolland-McKenzi

The 1998 Finn Gold Cup organising Committee did some great work on a short deadline after the withdrawal of Durban in April. They were also able to secure important sponsorship from RE/MAX (International Real Estate Group), Super Sport (TV channel specialised in Sport) and SuperFast ferries who offered half price transportation to the sailors for the event. The entrance hall of the Peace and Friendship stadium was converted to a sailing club. In a week, a 600 square meter bare room was fitted with 9 offices, a souvenir shop, a lounge... and all facilities to allow everyone of the 41 organising Committee team members to work. JŸri Saraskin, IFA Chief Measurer was the first one impressed with the facilities: ÒThis is the best measurement area have I come across in all my lifetime as a measurer.

The practice race was as usual, a pale rehearsal of the real thing...all boats crossed the line early, sailed one windward beat and went home!

A few of the following race reports were written by the new World Champion, Mateusz Kusznierewicz.

Race 1

Mateusz’ race report read: The ‘Meltemi’ wind from the Acropolis gave us a lot of fun and work to do during this race. It was very shifty all the time making racing very difficult. After the start it was easy to recognise what was the tactic of whole fleet. Heroes of the right lead by Super-Seb were going closer to the shore catching a late big shift. On the left I saw about 20 boats hitting the corner to find more wind on the open bay. Only myself and Freddy choose the middle. This paid off as we rounded the top mark 1st and 2nd. We felt Emilios and Andrzej on our back but the rest were far behind. During the whole race it was nice to watch from 1st place how the good guys were constantly filling up the top places. Really nice comeback on the finish for Richard Clarke in 3rd by beating Emilios just on the finish.

At the end of his training last week Mateusz had said ÒI have been preparing myself for a long time for the Finn Gold Cup. Now I feel ready. My coach, Andy, told me that the sailing conditions in Athens were similar to what I have at home. So I spent lots of time training in Puck (Poland).

Race 2

Mateusz’ race report read: 'With a long postponement and a lot of wind (Meltemi again) we started the race around 12.30. It has not happened not very often this season, but today we had a 40¡ wind shift just 5 seconds before the starting gun. All of us who started on the vessel side of the starting line were already 150 meters behind the leaders. At the top mark the lead was held by ‘Golo’ Ainslie followed by Iain Percy and Mike Hruby. The wind was shifting a lot during the whole 2 hours and 13 min race. The race was won by Iain Percy followed by Mike Maier and Freddy.

After coming back to the shore, Iain Percy explained ÒWith such shifty conditions, it is much easier to be in front than behind. I only had to stay in the middle during the following beats to secure both sides. Then on the run, I know I am fast. That’s when I increased my lead on the others.

Race 3

Mateusz’ race report read: 'This was the first day with a nice seabreeze. From the beginning until the end of the race we had between 5 and 12 knots. When all the Finn sailors where going out I noticed that all of them are a bit confused because of new weather conditions. I decided to talk about it not only with my coach but also with someone else (Karlo Kuret). Actually during the race we did some different tactics but finally both rounded the top mark in the lead just behind Jamie Lea. The wind paid more in the middle putting still more pressure on the left. Karlo was going well especially on the downwind legs when the Jury paid a lot of attention to all the Bad Boys. Xavier also impressed me and was sailing great in the light winds, finishing 3rd!!! At the end of the race the wind died and Dominik Zycki got a 5th and Andreas Buchert a 4th.

It was the first time that Karlo Kuret had won a race at a Gold Cup. ‘I think that I have a good speed in all conditions thanks to the sail I developed with Victory. These new sails are good in all weather, I always use the same one and it is a big advantage.’ confided Karlo.

Race 4

The start of the race was delayed while the sea breeze established itself but around 2 pm the wind was a steady 12 knots. After a general recall race 4 started at 2.30pm. Xavier Rohart started near the Committee boat before crossing the course towards the left. He rounded the top mark in front of Mateusz and Iain Percy.

The reach started with Mateusz and and Iain Percy trying their best to overtake Xavier. The Frenchman retained his speed, keeping ahead of his followers: 'I just focused on the mark in front of me, without worrying about any one else. I let Mateusz and Iain fight each other and sailed my own race.

At the end of the first reach, Iain Percy had passed Mateusz and at the bottom mark, Xavier was still in front, with Mateusz back in second place. The next beats followed the same pattern as the first. Xavier won the race with a good lead on Mateusz and Sebastien.

Race 5

The sea breeze, similar to the last two days, came late and increased from 8 to 18 knots during the race. The fleet was evenly spread on the starting line with all the regatta favourites grouped at the pin end with the only exception of Fredrik who chose to start at the Committee boat end. ‘My main goal was to start clear from everyone else. I saw that the line was quite even and it didn’t matter to me which side I chose if I had clear wind. I know that I have good speed and that I can point high. With a good start I had the best chance to cross in front of most sailors. The first beat worked exactly as Fredrik had planned. After a good start and constant speed, the Swede was first around the top mark. He was closely followed by Larry Lemieux who enjoyed the light conditions (8 knots).

During the reaches, the wind nearly doubled in strength. At the next windward mark, Fredrik was still in front of Karlo, Ian Ainslie and Iain Percy. The extended run gave Fredrik the opportunity to make the break with his followers. It also allowed Iain Percy to take second position on Karlo. The last beat saw Fredrik winning the race in front of Iain Percy, Karlo and Michael Fellmann.

Fredrik Lššf, despite winning the race easily, was worried by Ian Ainslie at times but especially by Iain Percy, who was very fast on the beat as well as on the downwind legs. Fredrik has been using the same rig since the start of the regatta. 'I try as much as possible to use only one rig for all types of conditions in a regatta. I am using a Latini mast and a Swedish Sobstad (Polyester) sail.'

Race 6

After a postponement from the shore to let the sea breeze settle and a black flag start which cost a few heads it needed another general recall followed by another black flag start for Race 6 to finally get under way.

Only a few chose to start at the pin end of the line. Emilios Papathanasiou took a terrific start around the mark on port tack. Luca Devoti had also selected the pin end but went further to the left on starboard tack. He was the first one to reach the top of the course, closely followed by Emilios. During the reaches, Emilios passed in front of Luca and Mateusz climbed from 6th to second. After the second beat Emilios was still in front of Mateusz. Xavier Rohart, 11th after the first beat was now in 4th place. Luca had a disastrous second beat dropping from 3rd to 25th place and decided to abandon. Mateusz put his Òturbo on during the run to pass Emilios 10 meters before the bottom mark with Xavier Rohart in third place.

The climax of the race was definitely on the last beat. Emilios and Mateusz started match racing each other on the left side of the course. In the meantime, Xavier was making progress further right, until the finishing line came so close that Mateusz finally realised that the real danger now was more in the French than the Greek! He came charging in just to be at Xavier’s side 20 meters before the finish. Xavier, tacking on the line, won the race by a few centimetres!

Xavier Rohart had won his second race of the championship. When asked about his tactics for the last day: ÒI will not worry about the others, I will do my own race and will try to win it as today!

Race 7 - No race

But he didn’t get the chance! The race committee were on the water evaluating options and kept all the sailors ashore in suspense, but when they decided the chances of having a start before the deadline of 2 pm were gone, they sounded the horn. This meant that Mateusz had won the Gold Cup. Since his Olympic Gold medal in 1996, Mateusz has managed to stay at his best to finally win a World title. Fredrik Loof came very close to winning the Gold Cup for a third time. With just 4 points dividing the two, anything would have been possible, but the wind decided otherwise and came too late to allow a race within the time limit. Fredrik will take his place on the Gold Cup podium for the 6th year in a row! Third place goes to Xavier Rohart, winner of two races but only one point ahead of Sebastien Godefroid.

Of course, the ongoing development in the rig, especially in the sail cloth have obliged sailors to up date their equipment to stay competitive. Once again, the new materials (vectran, polyester, monofilm...) have been widely used and proved successful.

All competitors are unanimously grateful to the Hellenic Yachting Federation and Olympiakos for organising such a great event. Principal Race Officer Takis Nikiforides and his Race Committee set the standard for 6 quality races. The IFA thanks the Hellenic Yachting Federation and Olympiakos for putting together a memorable Finn Gold Cup, and congratulates the sailors on some great and exciting racing.

This year’s Gold Cup had the added pressure and excitement of being the first qualifier of the Finn event in the 2000 Games. Congratulations go to the top eight competitors who have successfully qualified their countries for a place on the starting line in Sydney. The next Olympic qualification opportunity will be at the 1999 Gold Cup in Melbourne.

1997 Finn Gold Cup - Gdansk, Poland

 

 

 

 

 

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Total

1

SWE 7

Fredrik Lööf

2

5

9

2

23

2

1

21

2

ITA 1

Luca Devoti

6

3

4

11

4

1

6

24

3

FRA 778

Xavier Rohart

8

2

3

3

16

5

11

32

4

CAN 11

Richard Clarke

13

4

19

10

11

3

4

45

5

BEL 7

Sebastien Godefroid

3

12

11

21

1

7

15

49

6

AUT 1

Hans Spitzauer

9

1

6

12

20

11

13

52

7

UKR 21

Juri Tokovoi

16

6

16

8

5

21

2

53

8

POL 17

Mateusz Kusznierewicz

1

22

18

4

36

4

5

54

9

GRE 6

Emilios Papathanassiou

4

8

1

5

DNF

31

16

65

10

GER 79

Michael Fellmann

10

14

5

13

38

10

17

69

11

CRO 11

Karlo Kuret

27

7

21

6

3

6

28

70

12

RSA 1

Ian Ainslie

14

9

10

9

14

14

19

70

13

GBR 550

Richard Stenhouse

22

17

2

14

OCS

8

9

72

14

ESP 100

Rafael Trujillo Villar

7

11

7

1

34

17

32

75

15

RUS 21

Oleg Khoperski

5

16

8

17

15

16

22

77

16

GER 6

Andreas Buchert

11

20

15

24

10

20

3

79

17

CZE 304

Michael Maier

17

13

12

16

2

22

20

80

18

GBR 540

Iain Percy

18

10

17

7

45

13

21

86

19

NZL 242

Ian Baker

19

27

13

19

9

9

18

87

20

POL 4

Dominik Zycki

12

24

24

37

26

15

10

111

21

SUI 456

Peter Theurer

26

19

26

22

8

19

29

120

22

BEL 2

Philippe Rogge

24

33

20

20

7

26

34

130

23

AUS 208

Paul McKenzie

20

29

33

30

6

18

OCS

136

24

POL 40

Dariusz Migacz

50

52

14

15

18

12

39

148

25

USA 1144

Darrell Peck

23

32

27

18

30

24

36

154

26

IRL 1

John Driscoll

15

21

DNF

27

49

38

7

157

27

ITA 55

Walter Riosa

30

18

22

25

52

32

35

162

28

UKR 1

Igor Tkachuk

33

28

23

33

DNF

25

33

175

29

CRO 14

Nenad Viali

44

31

30

29

47

23

26

183

30

RUS 14

Michael Apoukhtin

36

36

25

26

41

33

27

183

31

CZE 479

Michal Hruby

38

30

28

40

31

35

23

185

32

BRA 1

Bruno Prada

35

34

45

31

12

29

OCS

186

33

EST 8

Imre Taveter

37

23

34

42

21

36

OCS

193

34

GBR 548

Tim Carver

32

44

29

39

13

40

DNF

197

35

NZL 248

Clifton Webb

25

42

36

51

35

37

24

199

36

UKR 11

Denis Knachtchina

40

40

39

43

29

51

12

203

37

IRL 10

Colin Chapman

42

39

32

44

22

27

45

206

38

ESP 105

Javier Aguado

46

15

31

DNF

53

28

38

211

39

POR 81

Henrique Anjos

28

45

DNF

23

48

39

30

213

40

NED 701

Martiyn van Muyden

49

41

35

32

58

34

25

216

41

SVK 1

Marek Valasek

29

46

42

50

33

30

42

222

42

USA 1121

Brian Huntsman

21

50

37

47

24

49

DNF

228

43

IRL 8

David Burrows

31

37

48

28

40

44

50

228

44

USA 1078

Andrew Kern

54

49

41

41

19

41

41

232

45

USA 1146

Michael Deyet

47

35

56

35

46

42

37

242

46

GBR 549

Rowan Chaplin

43

56

40

38

32

61

40

249

47

BLR 1

Vladimir Zuev

53

48

54

55

43

55

8

261

48

SUI 440

Danial Brun

DNF

47

47

45

17

54

51

261

49

CZE 19

Jiri Hyza

48

54

43

36

42

53

43

265

50

USA 1139

John Callahan

52

55

38

59

28

48

47

268

51

NED 707

Marc Blees

59

60

46

54

51

47

14

271

52

GER 81

Jan-Dietmar Dellas

55

26

44

53

62

63

31

271

53

USA 9

Chic Parsons

39

53

51

34

63

43

OCS

283

54

ITA 15

Michele Marchesini

45

25

49

48

DSQ

45

DNF

294

55

CAN 1

Jeremy Millar

57

43

50

46

57

52

46

294

56

TUR 44

Akif Muslubas

63

62

53

52

39

46

49

301

57

NED 702

Jan Willem Kok

34

65

58

57

37

56

61

303

58

HUN 1

Balazs Hajdu

41

38

DNF

49

DNF

50

52

312

59

POL 12

Waclaw Szukiel

61

59

55

61

25

64

56

317

60

POL 7

Rafal Szukiel

60

57

59

62

27

57

57

317

61

BRA 10

Fabio Bodra

56

51

52

56

59

59

48

322

62

POL 41

Andrzej Czapski

51

61

61

60

44

58

54

328

63

USA 1138

Scott Griffith

DNC

58

57

58

50

62

44

329

64

GBR 544

Charley Cumbley

64

63

62

66

54

60

DSQ

369

65

NED 706

Ewout Meijer

65

72

60

63

55

70

62

375

66

TUR 11

Sinan Sumer

62

64

64

70

65

69

53

377

67

POL 75

Jaroslaw Gorski

68

66

65

67

60

68

55

381

68

USA 1128

Mo Hart

DNC

67

63

64

70

65

59

388

69

POL 73

Tomasz Karczewski

69

76

66

65

61

71

65

397

70

USA 975

Gus Miller

72

74

69

73

56

73

58

401

71

GBR 545

Tony Lacey

66

68

72

68

DSQ

67

60

401

72

POL 10

Przemyslaw Nawrocki

77

73

71

72

64

74

63

417

73

SWE 699

Petter Ivarsson

71

77

70

69

68

75

64

417

74

EST 13

Dag Trink

70

71

DNF

DNF

66

66

67

422

75

POL 1

Marcin Wojtoniak

67

70

67

71

DNF

72

DSQ

429

76

ITA 851

Roberto Upazzoli

73

75

68

74

73

76

69

432

77

GBR 331

Richard Hart

74

79

74

75

67

78

68

436

78

ESP 128

Jose Vives Sivera

75

78

73

DNF

69

77

66

438

79

NED 695

Wierd Snieder

58

69

DNF

DNF

DNF

DNF

DNF

455

80

POL 16

Robert Andrzejak

78

80

75

76

72

80

DNF

461

81

POL 11

Machal Szymankiewicz

76

DNF

76

DNF

71

79

DNF

466

 

1997 FGC report

 

On Sunday 6 July the 1997 Finn Gold Cup officially began. During the day  the practice race was held, which consisted of one triangle for most people. The fleet just went to have a look, find out what the starting vessel looked like, and sailed two reaching legs. Then it was time to get back to working on the boat and get scrubbed up for the Opening Ceremony, a very formal affair, which took place in the Town Hall of the beautiful old town of Gdansk.

 

Race 1 - First Race to Olympic Champion

In a 15-18 knot breeze and huge waves, fast sailing wasn't easy. The size of the waves even got the better of some sailors' stomachs. After a general recall the upwind speed of Rafael Trujillo got him to the first mark in first place, followed by Fredrik Lööf, Sebbe Godefroid, Luca Devoti and Mateusz Kusznierewicz. They then had trouble finding the gybe mark, which seemed to be drifting. Freddy adjusted best and was leading when they found it, with Emilios Papathanassiou in second place, and Dominik Zycki in third. Dominik was passed on the 2nd reach by Mateusz Kusznierewicz.

 

On the second beat there was more wind on the right, and it was Sebbe and Mateusz who gained the most, rounding the top mark in first and second place. Mateusz then overtook Sebbe on the run. "It was fun to sail downwind, and I'm fast on the run, but I nearly capsized as well" said Mateusz. On the final beat he managed to retain control to win the first race. Freddy Lööf came second, followed by Sebbe and Emilios. European Champion Luca Devoti finished in 6th place. He was happy, but said he had been really sick for the last 10 days and had no energy.

 

Race 2 - Hans Spitzauer shows great form

He may not have been the fastest man out there, but "Hansi" Spitzauer certainly showed the fleet that his winning Kiel Week a week before was not coincidence.

 

After yesterday's lesson of "GO RIGHT, GO RIGHT", a large part of the fleet put their heads down and went right. In the difficult conditions however (10-16 knots and smaller waves), there were light patches, and there appeared to be more wind on the left. Behind Spitzauer, Xavier Rohart finished second and Luca Devoti third. Another happy camper was Rafael Trujillo from Spain, who is relatively new to the class and is being coached by Jose Maria van der Ploeg.

 

After two races, Fredrik Lööf was leading the table with 7 points, followed by Luca Devoti with 9, and Xavier Rohart and Hans Spitzauer with 10 points each. Mateusz Kusznierewicz seemed to be under a lot of pressure being the local hero (so far he had appeared on TV Gdansk every night) and did not get beyond 22nd place.

 

Race 3 - Emilios wins his first Gold Cup Race

In 20 knot winds the fleet produced 2 general recalls, after which Race Officer Andy Reyman did not want to waste any more time and hoisted the Black Flag. Emilios Papathanassiou reached the top mark first after a 26-minute beat, followed by Luca and Michael Fellmann. The other favourites were not far behind.

 

The reach looked like a bunch of fun. The jury was very visible but understood that the huge waves allowed heaps of freedom and the whole fleet was able to work hard and enjoy the ride. And the rule remains simple: "The harder you work, the faster you go!" Particularly impressive were Luca Devoti, Richard Stenhouse, Ian Ainslie and Xavier Rohart. Emilios retained his lead by staying to the left of Luca, which gave him a LOUD inside overlap at the gybe mark. By the time they reached the leeward mark Luca allowed Hans Spitzauer an inside overlap, while Richard Stenhouse moved up to 4th. Emilios was still happily leading on the run, but all sorts of things were happening behind him. Luca lost his vang and lost 3 places in the last 200m to the leeward  mark.

 

The last beat was a hard hike for most people. Emilios closely covered Richard. "He almost let me escape once", said Richard, "or maybe he was getting tired. I know I was!" Emilios won, followed by Richard, Xavier and Luca.

 

Race 4 - Rafael wins his first race too!

Race 4 went to Spanish Rafael Trujillo Villar, the big man from Spain who spent most of the race in 2nd place, and then trucked past race leader Freddy Lööf on the last beat.

 

It was windier still, up to 22 knots, and the waves didn't look any smaller either. Luca Devoti, Gus Miller, and Chic Parsons more or less port-tacked the fleet and Gus was very happy to end the first leg in the middle of the fleet, but Luca had more in mind, and rounded the top mark in first place. Moaning as usual before the start ("it's when Luca DOESN'T shake his head that something is REALLY wrong", said one of the coaches), he showed excellent boatspeed. He was still leading at the bottom mark, when he slipped, fell into his boat and nearly capsized. It cost him 7 places, he hurt his back, and eventually dropped to 11th. On the second beat Freddy - while in 2nd place - went hard left, while the top group chose to stay just left of the middle. It looked like a dangerous thing to do but he reached the top mark with a small lead over Rafael and Xavier Rohart.

 

The run was a wild one once again, requiring some gybing half way through. On the final beat, it looked as if it was all over, as Freddy had considerably extended his lead on the run. He went left again, but didn't cover as closely as he should have. And big Rafael is superfast in the heavy stuff, so that break was all he needed. With one quarter of the beat left to go he had Freddy where he wanted him and that was that. Xavier Rohart finished an excellent 3rd, which made him the series leader overnight.

 

Race 5 - Sebastien wins shifty race

The day began with less wind (6-10 kts) and less sunshine, but still pretty big waves from the day before. The race started with a couple of recalls. Then three quarters of the way up the beat there was a huge windshift to the right. After the first boats were well around the top mark and reaching, the Race Committee decided to abandon the race and start again. Darrell Peck, who was leading at the time: "I couldn't believe it. Here I was... leading the boat race, and suddenly I see them pick up the gybe mark and take it away. Aaagghh!"

 

So they started again. This time the shift came right after the start, and those who had started at the committee boat end began to look very good. Sebastien Godefroid, who ended up winning the race, said: "Maybe I sailed 85% of the first beat on starboard tack and only 15% on port." Luca Devoti did good business, finishing 4th. With his back still painful, he had a conservative start on the right: "I sailed conservatively throughout the race, and I'm very pleased with my 4th. Now I'm in 2nd position, so there isn't as much pressure as when you're leading."

 

Ahead of Luca after 5 races was Xavier Rohart, who finished 16th. Said Xavier, “ You don't have to win any race to win the Gold Cup, as long as you are always up there. It would be nice to win, though! I've been second too often!" With two races to go and all to play for, there was only 2 points in it between the top five boats.

 

Race 6 - Luca wins by a whisker, and takes lead

The wind was 8-13 kts from the north with a confused wave pattern. The wind was very shifty before the start and after 2 general recalls, the black flag was hoisted, but then the wind shifted hard right again and Race Officer Andy Reyman made an excellent call by postponing the start in the last minute. A new starting sequence was begun and the fleet got underway after the third start (again under a black flag). Luca Devoti started right at the committee boat end, tacked onto port and didn't look back in the first 8 minutes. If you're fast, you have time to be smart, and so Luca executed the strategy he had planned: to sail conservatively. He tacked back until he was just to the right of the core of the fleet, and started playing the shifts. He never looked as if anyone could touch him. Polish Dariusz Migacz sailed an excellent first beat and rounded Mark 1 in 2nd place, followed by Chic Parsons, with Richard Stenhouse, Karlo Kuret, Michael Fellmann, Richard Clarke and Fredrik Lööf in hot pursuit.

 

By the time they reached the leeward mark Freddy had moved up to 3rd. The second beat was fought out more to the left of the course. It saw Freddy move up to 2nd but Luca was defending his lead well. Richard Clarke was now in 3rd place after slowly working his way forward boat for boat. Xavier was now in 6th. On the run, Mad Luca seemed to be running out of steam. With his back still painful he wasn't working anywhere near as hard as Fredrik Lööf and Richard Clarke and had to let them round the leeward mark ahead of him. But it wasn't over yet!

 

With Richard on the right, Freddy in the middle and Luca to the left, Freddy seemed to have the upper hand. Or did he? With only 300 m to go what Luca needed was for the wind to go a little left... And sure enough it did, giving Luca, who couldn't quite make the pin end of the line, the chance to tack on to port and straight back onto starboard right in front of Freddy's bow. What a finish!  Xavier gained one more place and finished 5th.

 

Going into the final race, Luca had 18, Freddy 20 and Xavier 21. Luca is the European Champion, but as he says, he's never won a boat race outside Italy or Croatia! Freddy has won a Gold Cup (1994), but has also lost two on the last day (1991 and 1993).... and Xavier? Well, Xavier is just tired of being second!

 

Race 7 - Freddy takes race and Gold Cup

After a couple of nervous starts with a black flag eliminating 6 boats including Paul McKenzie (AUS), the fleet got underway at 11.45. The Finn sailing instructions allow black-flagged competitors to keep racing if they protest, so Paul flicked his little flag up and went on to win the race, but did not convince the jury that his OCS was an error of the race committee.

 

The wind was shifty but the left seemed favoured. That is when Luca and Xavier made their mistake. Freddy had started to the right of them and after a couple of tacks he decided to go left. He was some 30 metres behind both Luca and Xavier, who never saw him take their transom. Luca: "I wanted to go left! If I had seen him, I would have gone left too, but I thought that he was to my right."

 

At the first mark Fredrik was in 7th, Luca in 13th and Xavier in 23rd place. The three most excited guys in the fleet were Vladimir Zuev (Belarus), Denis Khashina (UKR) and Marc Blees (NED), who rounded the top mark in 3rd, 4th and 5th. Marc was supposed to catch a 6 o'clock flight and before the race he said he was going to retire if it looked as if he might miss his plane, but retire when you are in 5th place in a Gold Cup race? NO WAY!!

 

Fredrik kept edging his way forward while Luca and Xavier were frantically trying to catch up. In order to win the Gold Cup, Xavier needed to finish ahead of Freddy, while Luca could only finish two boats behind Freddy. Freddy wasn't going to let it happen. On the last beat he kept a loose cover on his rivals and even sailed past Juri Tokovoi. And with Paul out of the race, it was in fact Freddy who ended up collecting the days prize, and winning the regatta by 3 points. Juri finished the race in 2nd with Andreas Buchert in 3rd.

 

Great Racing and Great Prizes!

And so another Gold Cup came to an end. With seven terrific races in wonderful weather and good race committee work thanks to Andy Reyman and his team, it was also a very successful one. Thanks, Andy, for a job well done. A nice closing ceremony finished off the event. To his surprise Freddy ended up winning a Polish car, Luca received a beautiful mountain bike (Luca: "Freddy is fit, so he can sit in a car; I'm fat and not fit, so I really NEED a bike!"), and Xavier was given a colour TV. Not bad for a week's racing!

 

In his winner's speech Freddy thanked the organisers and the sponsors ("especially the car sponsor!!"), and then went on to thank Pat Healy, who is leaving the class as VP Development after 7 years, and your reporter who is retiring as Executive Director after 6 years. She was given a gorgeous bracelet by all the sailors - what a way to say goodbye.

 

 

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