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2002 Europeans - Cesme, Turkey

Finn European Championships 2002 - Cesme, Turkey
 
 
Seq
Sailno
Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Score
1
GBR 3
Ben AINSLIE
4
8
1
9
DSQ*
4
5
1
1
33
2
ITA 1
Luca DEVOTI
6
2
4
2
13*
9
4
10
6
43
3
CRO 11
Karlo KURET
3
9
8
1
5
15
29*
3
7
51
4
ESP 100
Rafael Trujillo VILLAR
2
6
6
6
10
3
19
29*
16
68
5
NED 785
Jaap ZIELHUIS
1
4
10
8
21
6
15
4
29*
69
6
GBR 6
Andrew SIMPSON
5
12
BFD*
7
19
1
9
12
5
70
7
FRA 17
Pascal RAMBEAU
7
11
7
11
6
2
7
34*
26
77
8
GRE 6
Emilios PAPATHANASSIOU
8
7
24
16
1
7
1
DNF*
16
80
9
GER 79
Michael FELLMANN
11
1
2
5
2
32
38*
20
23
96
10
TUR 6
A. Enver ADAKAN
22
3
16
17
22
23*
2
2
12
96
11
GBR 15
Charlie CUMBLEY
17
15
17
10
18
21
12
6
22*
116
12
SWE 7
Kristian ADERMAN
14
34*
22
23
17
19
3
15
4
117
13
DEN 7
Soren HOLM
27
14
15
12
14
18
10
9
DNF*
119
14
CRO 14
Nenad VIALI
28
31
5
13
8
10
36*
14
17
126
15
FRA 73
Guilleaume FLORENT
9
21
BFD*
21
16
20
34
8
2
131
16
CZE 1
Michael MAIER
30
23
12
34*
29
8
11
7
13
133
17
GBR 541
Chris BRITTLE (J)
19
DSQ*
27
15
7
14
8
22
31
143
18
NED 6
Stefan De VRIES
20
27
13
4
24
16
25
21
BFD*
150
19
AUS 221
Anthony WOSSITER
24
24
11
19
23
13
22
17
25*
153
20
SUI 477
Christophe BURGER
39
5
BFD
33
3
12
16
11
36
155
21
DEN 200
Jonas Hoegh CRISTENSEN (J)
10
25
23
18
12
5
24
DNF*
41
158
22
GBR 577
Dave MELLOR
29
19
14
25
28
31
17
32*
3
166
23
IRL 8
David BURROWS
35
13
9
27
20
11
28
55*
30
173
24
POL 12
Waclaw SZUKIEL
26
26
36
24
11
28
21
5
43*
177
25
FRA 7
Sylvain CHTOUNDER
34
22
31
14
4
44
6
23
50*
178
26
SWE 736
Johann TILLANDER
16
18
49*
46
33
27
26
30
8
204
27
AUS 228
Josh BEAVER
15
29
21
22
32
30
30
48*
42
221
28
CRO 25
Marin MISURA (J)
23
10
20
37
15
OCS*
47
42
33
227
29
USA 40
Bryan BOYD
25
38
43
41
37
29
45*
16
10
239
30
AUT 271
Florian RAUDASCHL
21
39
18
DNF*
30
41
14
31
47
241
31
GRE 12
Apostolos KARNOUTSOS
32
41
40
39
40
22
13
18
DNF*
245
32
BRA 109
Jorge ZARIF
51
32
29
OCS*
27
25
50
27
9
250
33
SWE 734
Anders NILSSON
41
BFD*
35
35
34
17
20
51
18
251
34
FRA 11
Mathieu DEPLANQUE
18
17
BFD*
36
43
38
DNF
24
14
254
35
TUR 3
Arif GURDENLI
40
33
30
40
46*
33
18
36
28
258
36
ESP 107
Agustin HUAREZ
44
30
32
38
DNF*
39
33
25
19
260
37
CZE 9
Michal HRUBY
36
20
19
DNF*
25
43
37
50
32
262
38
IRL 5
Jacob YOUEN
56*
45
44
28
35
37
23
13
45
270
39
GBR 2
Adam COWLING
31
46
34
30
26
47*
32
45
27
271
40
UKR 21
Sergey KOTOV (J)
52
36
26
DNF*
DNF
26
46
19
11
280
41
GBR 593
Ed GREIG (J)
48*
43
25
31
38
45
39
38
21
280
42
GBR 550
Matt HOWARD
42
42
33
45*
41
36
41
26
20
281
43
POL 13
Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICS
13
16
3
3
DSQ*
DNC
DNC
DNC
DNC
291
44
IRL 10
Aaron OGRADY
37
40
48
32
31
46
54*
44
15
293
45
FIN 216
Tapio NIRKKO (J)
46
28
38
49*
42
35
48
28
34
299
46
SLO 5
Gasper VINCEL (J)
45
35
39
29
39
40
DNF*
35
38
300
47
POL 7
Rafal SZUKIEL
55*
37
28
42
44
24
35
47
44
301
48
ITA 15
Michele MARCHESINI
12
BFD*
BFD
26
45
OCS
42
33
35
321
49
TUR 7
Akif MUSLUBAS
47
BFD*
41
20
9
OCS
43
46
BFD
334
50
USA 74
Henry SPRAGUE
38
53
37
48
36
34
27
DNF*
BFD
337
51
NED 80
Sander WILLEMS
33
44
42
DNF*
51
OCS
49
40
37
360
52
GRE 8
Alexandros DRAGOUTSIS
43
50
50
43
49
53*
52
43
40
370
53
GRE 11
Packomios PAPASTEFANOU (J)
BFD*
48
46
47
50
42
31
52
DNF
380
54
POL 40
Robert POTCZYNSKI
57*
51
51
51
48
52
40
37
51
381
55
BRA 100
Mauricio BUENO
49
DNF*
45
44
54
49
57
39
46
383
56
HUN 61
Pallay TIBOR
50
49
55
DNF*
53
50
53
53
24
387
57
ESP 292
Miguel Santa Ursula VIRA
53
55
56
DNF*
47
51
44
41
48
395
58
POL 9
Piotr ZOLTOWSKI (J)
59*
52
52
52
56
55
51
56
39
413
59
TUR 11
Sinan SUMER
54
47
47
53
55
48
56
54
DNF*
414
60
GRE 1
Angelos BOUBOURAS (J)
58*
54
53
50
52
54
55
49
49
416
61
HUN 6
Pal GASZTON (J)
DSQ*
57
58
55
58
57
59
57
52
453
62
HUN 30
Sipos BENCE (J)
61
BFD*
54
56
59
56
58
58
53
455
63
GRE 2
Mitopoulos KOUSTOUTINOS (J)
60
56
57
54
57
58
DNS*
59
DNF
465
 
 
 

Finn European Championship 2002 report

 

The 2002 Finn Junior and Senior European Championships were sailed in Cesme, in Turkey from June 29th to July 8th. It was was officially declared open by sailing 'Pope', ISAF President Paul Henderson during a wonderful opening ceremony preceding a week of wonderful sailing. Reports by by Corrine Rolland-McKenzie and Bill Bell (IJ)

 

Day one

The first day of the Finn European Championship was blessed with great sailing conditions allowing two races in medium to strong wind, waves and blue sky. The 63 Finn sailors sailed the new 'windward-leeward' course under 12 knots, and the revised RRS 42 in the afternoon race when the wind reached 18 to 20 knots.

 

Race one

Race one was started under light (8-9 knots) and a shifty wind. After one general recall, the start was given under black flag, penalising 18 years old Greek sailor, Packomios Papastefanou. Luca Devoti led to the top mark but was passed at the leeward mark by Jaap Zielhuis and Rafael Trujillo. Karlo Kuret and Ben Ainslie, also very fast on the run, gained lots of ground. They finished the race in 3rd and 4th places.

 

Race two

After a two hour race, the wind had increased to 22 knots. The course was then changed for a triangle and the 'Q' flag was up allowing pumping on the downwind legs. After one general recall, the black flag was up again disqualifying five boats.

 

Once again, Luca Devoti was leading at the top mark with Michael Fellmann. The German took advantage of the reaches and the free pumping to pass Luca. Ali Enver Adakan, gained ground on the last two legs to finish in third place. With the wind dying to 12 and eight knots toward the end of the race, the flag Q was replaced by Flag I, reinstalling RRS 42.

 

The Finn fleet 'behaved' on the run and reaches under the watchful eyes of an experienced Jury. Only three breaches of RRS 42 were recorded including two at the start of the beat.

 

After six hours spent on the water, everyone was glad to arrive at the Cesme Yacht Club for free pasta and home made pastries. Tired sailors with sore legs were hoping for some good rest and a massage. "I miss my Laser!" commented Ben Ainslie. The Olympic Champion was lying in 6th position.

 

Race three

The day's only race was started under black flag after a general recall. The wind was stable in direction but uneven in strength over the course, varying between 12 and 18 knots.

 

At the top mark, five sailors were disqualified for breaking the start. After recovering from a bad start, Luca Devoti displayed some great upwind speed to lead the fleet for the third time at the top mark. The Italian was followed by Ben Ainslie who passed him on the reaches. The Laser Champion kept his lead, pushed all the way to the finish by Michael Fellmann and Mateusz Kusznierewicz who finished the race in second and third place. After the downwind legs, Luca regained more ground to cross the line in forth position. Croatian Nenad Viali took fifth place in front of Rafael Trujillo who had an amazing recovery, improving from 26th at the first top mark to sixth at the finish after passing 10 boats on the last beat.

 

Three boats were yellow flagged today, all on the beat at the start of the race including Finn legend American 'Super' Henry Sprague for sculling!

 

Day Three

After seven hours on the water and two races sailed today, Michael Fellmann took the lead of the Finn European Championship four points ahead of Luca.

 

Race four

The German scored a fifth and a second in two tricky races with medium and shifty wind. Luca took a bad start on the second race of the day to finish in 15th position after placing second in the first race of the day. "I had a very conservative start," explained Luca. "The black flag was up and I started in the back of the line. I didn't take the right options later and couldn't recover enough." The first race of the day was won by Croatian Karlo Kuret after two hours on the water waiting for the wind to settle.

 

Race five

Emilios Papathanasiou won the afternoon race. "I had a very good start", commented the current European Champion, "I went to the middle of the course to see which side would be favoured. The right looked better so I went there. I rounded the top mark just ahead of Christoph Burger and Sylvain Chtounder." Emilios increased his lead on the run to win the race by a good margin. Michael took second in front of Mateusz Kusznierewicz.

 

Young Ukrainian, Sergey Kotov had a very bad day. He broke his sail in the first race, managed to get back to the Yacht club to change it, but unfortunately missed the start of the second race by just five minutes. The jury had a rather quiet day. After giving a few warnings to the top sailors, everyone sailed within the rule. Ben Ainslie was the only one to collect a yellow flag for pumping.

 

Day four

The competitors arrived at Cesme Sailing Club for day four of the regatta to find little wind and that Ben Ainslie and Mateusz Kusznierewicz had both been disqualified from race five. Both were measurement infractions, Ben having too much centreboard projection and Mateusz for a breach of measurement procedure.

 

Race six

 

With two races scheduled for the day, while everyone was still on the shore with no wind it was announced that the first race would start on time in thirty minutes and the start line was about 40 minutes away. We believe the towing race to the start line was won by the Australian team. Common sense prevailed and after a short postponement everyone arrived at the start to find a 12 to 14 knot wind. The race got away on the first start with four boats OCS, those who went out to the right picked up a big lift which set the pattern for the race. First was Andrew Simpson followed by Pascal Rambeau and Rafael Trujillo Villar.

 

Race seven

Race seven started in similar conditions again favouring the right hand side. Emilios Papathanassiou was sailing low and fast to the right trying to be first to the lift. The locals started to get excited when Enver Adakan led around the last mark. However sailing at the middle of the course trying to protect both sides he was pitted on the line by Emilios who was followed by Kristian Aderman, Luca, the new overall leader, Ben Ainslie and Florian Chtounder.

 

Day five

Another clear day with a 10 to 12 knot wind. The fleet got away on the start with event leader Luca in clear air at the port end and challenger Ben Ainslie at the starboard end. Luca kept to the left hand side of the course and sailed into a patch of low pressure and rounded the first mark mid fleet.

 

Race eight

Enver Adakan was again leading at the first mark and held on for second place at the finish behind Ben Ainslie who had slowly worked his way to the front. In a close bunch followed Karlo Kuret, Jaap Zielhuis, Waclaw Szukiel and Charlie Cumbley. Meanwhile Luca had clawed his way back up fleet to finish tenth.

 

Final day

Going into the final race Ben led Luca by five points with Karlo a further seven points behind Luca.

 

Race nine

The race again started in 12-14 knots. Luca led Ben at the first mark after the right handers ran out of pressure. On the first reach Luca immediately went low and was sailed over by Ben who was then never headed. A 20ø wind shift caused a course change at the windward mark at the end of the second round, however this did little to change the positions at the front of the fleet.

 

Ben, after just six months in the Finn, went on to win the race and the series, second in the race was Guilleaume Florent which was his best result for the series as was Dave Mellor third place.

 

2001 Europeans - Malcesine, Italy

Euroepan Championships 2001 - Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy



1
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanasioo
1
6
11
3
1
9
1
33
32
2
GBR 6
Andrew Simpson
8
4
12
1
22
3
6
4
38
3
FRA 1
Xavier Rohart
11
11
1
7
3
29
11
2
46
4
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
17
12
13
2
2
1
5
26
52
5
FRA 17
Pascal Rambeau
3
7
8
9
20
10
3
12
52
6
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
6
1
15
5
5
22
20
1
53
7
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
2
5
3
11
8
24
16
9
54
8
ESP 100
Rafael Trujillo
27
2
2
31
7
4
18
8
68
9
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
12
3
5
21
6
35
23
17
87
10
GBR 541
Chris Brittle (Jun)
9
17
ocs
20
17
21
7
10
101
11
ITA 71
Massimo Gherarducci
10
48
16
33
16
8
2
19
104
12
CZE 1
Michael Maier
33
13
24
8
14
7
25
15
106
13
DEN 7
Holm Soren
5
25
4
17
35
5
21
ocs
112
14
ITA 15
Michele Marchesini
24
42
25
27
27
2
12
6
123
15
SWE 7
Kristian Aderman (Jun)
15
22
22
12
9
17
26
34
123
16
NED 701
Martijn Van Muyden
dnf
14
33
43
4
14
10
7
125
17
NED 785
Jaap Zielhuis
19
8
36
30
13
18
24
14
126
18
FRA 11
Mathieu Deplanque
14
18
ocs
14
25
47
8
3
129
19
POL 12
Waclaw Szukiel
28
20
28
6
28
15
14
24
135
20
GBR 15
Charlie Cumbley (Jun)
39
15
19
28
24
6
dsq
16
147
21
NED 765
Stefan De Vries (Jun)
20
28
7
4
11
62
dnf
20
152
22
SUI 471
Christoph Burger
4
9
14
39
10
ocs
56
29
161
23
FRA 7
Sylvain Chtounder
32
31
ocs
26
55
12
4
5
165
24
CZE 19
Jiri Hyza
36
40
10
22
29
46
9
25
171
25
GRE 1
George Kontogouris (Jun)
18
26
18
10
37
61
43
21
173
26
BEL 2
Philippe Rogge
37
63
26
19
19
19
31
27
178
27
USA 1176
Greg Skidmore
21
30
dnf
36
38
11
30
13
179
28
GBR 567
Dan Dixon
41
33
23
24
26
32
29
18
185
29
ESP 107
Agustin Juarez
31
27
27
45
15
20
38
32
190
30
GER 81
Jan-Dietmar Dellas
58
21
9
13
18
13
72
61
193
31
CZE 9
Michal Hruby
7
38
39
42
21
34
35
23
197
32
GBR 577
Dave Mellor
46
35
21
15
32
25
46
28
202
33
GRE 12
Apostolos Karnoujsos
54
39
17
23
31
38
44
22
214
34
USA 1161
Mo Hart
26
23
34
34
49
23
37
44
221
35
GBR 550
Ian Clingan
13
10
37
46
12
ocs
53
52
223
36
AUT 271
Florian Raudaschl
53
54
20
49
41
16
19
31
229
37
UKR 21
Sergey Kotov (Jun)
29
41
45
32
44
50
22
36
249
38
EST 8
Taveter Imre
25
34
dnf
37
34
27
36
56
249
39
BRA 100
Mauricio Bueno
40
52
31
41
36
37
34
30
249
40
GRE 11
Tristos Cifionas
16
29
35
50
50
ocs
27
51
258
41
POL 7
Rafal Szukiel
38
43
41
38
30
36
40
35
258
42
TUR 7
Akif Muslubas
34
19
38
25
68
49
dsq
40
273
43
ITA 20
Luigi Masturzo
51
50
30
52
23
31
59
38
275
44
AUT 7
Michael Gubi
45
44
32
29
39
52
51
39
279
45
RUS 7
Vladislav Kapitonov (Jun)
49
46
46
55
45
45
15
46
292
46
DEN 1
J. Hogh-Christensen (Jun)
73
24
40
51
63
dnf
41
11
303
47
IRL 10
Aaron O'Grady (Jun)
30
45
48
35
47
65
45
55
305
48
GBR 13
John De Leeuw
23
49
52
54
57
71
17
54
306
49
GBR 1
Sander Kooy
42
47
49
16
54
63
39
77
310
50
NED 2
Boet Brinkgreve
48
36
50
48
46
70
63
41
332
51
IRL 5
Youen Jacob
69
57
29
40
42
75
54
48
339
52
SLO 5
Vincec Gasper (Jun)
35
37
54
dnf
60
dns
13
57
348
53
POL 13
Michal Rumszewicz (Jun)
44
51
60
58
58
41
dnf
37
349
54
GBR 537
Adam Cowling
50
53
55
61
56
57
32
47
350
55
ITA 82
Roberto Bosetti
dnc
dnc
42
53
33
42
52
53
367
56
EST 15
Janno Hocl (Jun)
67
75
59
47
53
51
28
64
369
57
NED 771
Bastian Kort
62
64
62
66
67
43
48
42
387
58
GBR 51
Phil Laycock
57
62
43
64
43
56
67
dnf
392
59
NED 761
Cees Scheurwater
72
65
61
67
78
54
33
45
397
60
NED 766
Ewout Meyer
65
58
57
69
75
33
47
75
404
61
GER 266
Michael Eller
78
60
44
59
70
55
49
68
405
62
NED 667
Sander E. Willems (Jun)
82
56
69
62
74
26
60
59
406
63
ESP 290
Diego Fructuoso (Jun)
60
59
51
78
48
dnf
65
49
410
64
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
22
16
6
dnf
dnc
dnc
dnc
dnc
412
65
ITA 52
Franco Martinelli
55
61
65
56
66
48
70
70
421
66
NED 779
Hein-Pieter Okker
47
32
dnf
dnf
40
28
dnf
dnf
423
67
POL 40
Robert Potczynski
52
66
70
60
dnf
59
62
60
429
68
HUN 1
Tibor Pallay
75
55
71
63
72
69
42
63
435
69
GRE 7
Agglos Boubouras (Jun)
63
68
72
79
81
44
64
50
440
70
NED 757
Robert Eduard De Jong
dnf
dnf
ocs
44
51
40
55
69
443
71
GER 165
Dirk Meid
77
70
67
75
52
66
61
58
449
72
USA 1163
Emil De Balthazar
61
69
75
70
61
64
58
66
449
73
GER 27
Matthias Wolff (Jun)
76
79
56
72
71
67
50
62
454
74
GBR 8
Tim Carver
88
dnf
ocs
18
dnf
30
dsq
43
455
75
SUI 456
Nick Benz
43
78
58
73
64
73
74
81
463
76
GER 19
Andreas Bollongino
66
83
53
74
62
53
79
76
463
77
DEN 181
Moses Lovstad
56
73
73
68
83
39
73
dnf
465
78
NED 772
Richard Tobe
68
84
66
65
73
77
57
67
473
79
ESP 260
Victor Serrano
64
81
74
76
69
60
68
65
476
80
GER 92
Detlev Guminski
70
76
78
82
65
58
dsq
71
500
81
GER 48
Manfred Poeschl
59
67
64
dnf
59
dnf
dsq
73
506
82
EST 5
Lauri Linkolm (Jun)
79
86
47
57
80
79
dnf
79
507
83
GER 121
Thomas Finke (Jun)
85
77
63
71
82
68
80
74
515
84
ITA 27
Andrea Bianchi
71
72
68
77
76
78
76
84
518
85
CZE 120
Denis Froehlich (Jun)
74
71
76
80
84
76
66
80
523
86
HUN 21
Peter Sipos
80
82
77
81
77
72
78
78
543
87
ITA 88
Maria Giugni Umberto
84
74
dnf
dnf
79
80
71
72
552
88
HUN 27
Bence Sipos (Jun)
86
87
79
83
85
74
75
82
564
89
ITA 75
Jacopo Bianchi
81
80
81
84
dnf
dnf
77
83
578
90
EST 1
Idnurm Juhan
83
85
80
85
dnf
dnf
69
85
579
91
GER 12
David Guminski (Jun)
87
88
82
86
dnf
dnf
81
86
602
 
 
 

Europeans 2001 Report

 

 

The 2001 Finn European Championships was sailed at Malcesine on Lake Garda, Italy and organised by Fraglia Vela Malcesine. Emilios Papathanasiou, after winning the Riva Cup last March, confirmed he is the King of the Lake by taking his first major championship win in fine style. Equally impressively Chris Brittle took the Junior title.

 

 

A record fleet of 91 boats competed in the 2001 Finn European Championship at Malcesine, on the Eastern shore of Lake Garda, Italy. After three days of strict measurement and a practice race, racing took place between Monday June 28th and Saturday July 7th, with nine races scheduled.

 

 

With 24 countries represented and most of the best Finn sailors present, the competition promised to be of the highest level. Mateusz Kusznierewicz was looking to defend his title against many strong opponents. The 2001 Finn Junior European championship title would also be disputed. 2000 winner, Charlie Cumbley would face 19 other Juniors.

 

 

Emilios sets the pace

 

A perfect day on Garda Lake with a nice and constant breeze from the southern end of the lake allowed for the first two races of the championship to be completed. Despite a rather short course (45 minutes in the first race and 55 minutes in the second) and a crowded bottom mark, the 2001 Finn European Championship started with two highly competitive races.

 

 

Emilios Papathanasiou took the lead in the first race after an impressive start at the pin end of the line. Tacking to the left and leading at the top mark, the Greek increased his lead to win the first race quite easily in front of Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Pascal Rambeau. In 4th position was Swiss sailor and sailmaker, Christoph Burger, followed by Soren Holm. The young Dane, 3rd in Kiel is a newcomer in the class after only three months in the Finn.

 

 

After a similar start, Rafael Trujillo took the lead of the second race before being caught up by Sebastien Godefroid on the run. The 1996 Silver Medallist conserved his lead to win the race in front of 'Rafa'. "It will be a very difficult regatta to win. Speed being the most important factor, and tactics very predictable," declared Sebastien Godefroid.

 

 

Perfect sailing

 

What could make a Finn sailor more happy than a big fleet, a long and even starting line, 19 knots of a steady and very faithful southerly wind (it always come at the same time, everyday at around 1 pm!!), 30 degrees, sun, clear blue water...and the breathtaking scenery offered by the steep mountains surrounding Lago di Garda!

 

 

After a few general recalls, racing finally started at 2 pm. The pin end of the line was once again very favoured and places highly fought for. Xavier, Mateusz and Emilios started to the left. The best start went to Estonian Imre Taveter who jumped out in front of Mateusz as the starting gun went. Unfortunately for Imre, his speed could not compete with the Polish bullet who passed him within the first few minutes. The first third of the beat saw half of the fleet tacking two meters from the rocks and the sunbathing spectators...sailing is surely a spectator sport in Lake Garda!

 

 

Soren Holm surprised everyone by once again leading the fleet around the first three marks. Soren is surely the fastest learner in the Finn history! The young Dane battled hard to stay in the top of the fleet and finished in 4th. Rafael Trujillo, Finn training partner until 1996 and Ex-Star crew for Jose Maria Van der Ploeg in Sydney, moved into the lead on the second beat. He kept his lead until the last beat when Xavier finally passed him to win the race. Rafael managed to stay ahead of Mateusz to finish second.

 

 

Bart takes race four

 

The second race of the day proved to be the most difficult of the regatta. The wind had weakened to 10 knots and the left side was no longer favoured. Andrew Simpson won the race just in front of Karlo Kuret after a tough battle around the course. Emilios who was first at the top mark finished in third place. "It was quite a tricky race," confided Andrew Simpson. "The wind seemed to be more spread out than previously and I chose to start near the committee boat. I stayed in the middle and then repeated the same on the second beat. That's where I passed Emilios who had gone more to the left of the course. Karlo was always behind me and I had to try hard not to let him pass me."

 

 

Stefan de Vries finished 4th in the last race of the day to lead the juniors in 10th place overall. Emilios was still leading the Championship on equal points (21) with Mateusz. Andrew "Bart" Simpson was 3rd on 25 points. Tired but happy by two great races, the sailors were welcomed once on shore by a well deserved Pasta and beer party provided by event sponsor, Hasseroder and Bolla.

 

 

Second win for Emilios

 

Garda Lake can offer every kind of sensations from the most exciting to the least! The conditions the next day, with a constant southerly wind peaking to 15 knots in the first race and weakening to eight in the second race, were most predictable. The race was won on the start as there was no chance to play tactically and come back on the following legs. Despite some pressure to the right of the course, a strong current prevented any incursions on this side. Automatically, sailors headed to the left of the course, as far as the rocky coast could allow. In the first race, Karlo Kuret gained the lead by tacking the furthest away on the left side in one of the little bay boarding the Lake. He led until the leeward mark when Emilios just succeeded in breaking the overlap. Emilios won the race with Karlo second and Xavier Rohart 3rd, passing Martijn van Muyden on the line.

 

 

Karlo's revenge

 

Karlo was not happy to lose his chance of winning the race so he had just to repeat the same operation in race five to win it, this time without being troubled by anyone. Karlo crossed the finish line nearly two minutes in front of local sailor Michele Marchesini who was welcomed like a hero by his club friends! Third place went to Andrew Simpson.

 

 

Third win for Emilios

 

By winning his third race of the Championship, Emilios Papathanasiou, confirmed his chances of winning the 2001 European Title. All the favourites started at the pin end except for Karlo, Pascal Rambeau and Massimo Gherarducci who took a good start 50 meters from the left end. They went directly to the left side on the beach. Emilios Papathanasiou who had started as usual the closest to the pin had time to place himself more to the right after watching closely the French and the Italian.

 

 

Pascal Rambeau, who is back in the Finn class after an Olympic campaign in the Soling with Philippe Presti, rounded the top mark in first place, just in front of Massimo Gherarducci. Massimo took the lead on the run in front of Pascal and Emilios. Positions stayed the same on the second beat. Emilios sailed more to the inside of the run to take the lead, just one meter in front of Massimo and Pascal. The first junior was Chris Brittle in 7th position.

 

 

Bart closes gap

 

Today was no different to any other day: the left was again favoured and the start the biggest factor. Sebastien Godefroid explains how he won his second race of the regatta. "The left was still the way to go but one tack to the beach was enough to get in front of the fleet. I started towards the committee boat and I didn't have any fast guys around me. I could then take a fast start and play with my speed to cross in front of the left group. Once in front of them I only had to control them and win the race."

 

 

Emilios Papathanasiou also started at the committee boat, but a small tack to the right lost him too much ground to be able come back with the leaders. A quick victory was lost after he finished 33rd, however he was still leading overall, but the top three places were now open to seven sailors. In the Junior competition, Chris Brittle finished 10th to remain first junior.

 

 

No race

 

After 4 hours wait on Lake Garda, the last race of the Championship had to be abandoned giving the 2001 Finn European Title to Emilios Papathanasiou. The Junior European title went to Chris Brittle.

 

 

Racing was scheduled at 10 am and the southerly was already blowing but all the mountains surrounding the Lake were crowned with threatening clouds. As the morning went by, the wind didn't settle and four hours later, it started to increase. Half an hour before the deadline, the race committee took the wise decision to cancel the race. The sailors headed to the shore when the first raindrops started falling.

 

 

Emilios said, "I have been training a lot here, especially with Michele Marchesini, so I was well prepared. I also lost some weight and I am better in medium to light conditions. I have good speed and am much faster downwind. I was lucky that everything went well for me." This is the first European title for Emilios who came third at the 1997 Finn Europeans in Split, Croatia. Andrew Simpson, who has been sailing in the Finn for only one year, took second place. Xavier Rohart took bronze. Campaigning in both the Finn and the Star class, he has proved his ability to compete efficiently in both classes.

 

 

In the Junior division, 19 years old, Chris Brittle takes the Junior European Title but more importantly, finished in 10th place overall. Second Junior is Kristian Aderman in 15th place. Charlie Cumbley takes the third place in 20th position overall.

 

 

A special thank you to Fraglia Vela Malcesine who organised a superb regatta. FIV, the racing committee and the Jury all worked hard, allowing for eight good races and a high level championship. Congratulations to the winners but also to all the Finn sailors for their sportsmanship and great spirit.

1999 Europeans - Oostende, Belgium

Finn European Championship 1999 - Oostende, Belgium
 

 

1
GBR 54
Iain Percy
2
2
2
1
3
14
1
4
10
25
2
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
1
1
3
5
1
7
6
8
2
26
3
CAN 11
Richard Clarke
8
18
1
8
5
8
4
5
DNF
57
4
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
11
6
7
13
9
23
7
41
6
82
5
IRL 8
David burrows
13
8
12
18
2
3
33
19
12
87
6
SWE 7
Fredrik Loof
6
4
52
14
13
42
2
9
1
91
7
RSA 1
Ian Ainslie
3
5
4
35
BFD
2
12
28
4
93
8
GBR 540
David Mellor
21
3
10
6
8
6
39
23
18
95
9
FRA 1
Xavier Rohart
15
12
9
21
14
5
BFD
12
8
96
10
IRL 1
John Driscoll
20
9
8
26
7
10
23
15
5
97
11
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
5
7
20
23
23
21
3
13
7
99
12
AUS 221
Anthony Nossiter
10
26
5
30
20
27
9
3
3
103
13
CZE 304
Michael Maier
4
33
14
16
4
12
19
29
9
107
14
UKR 21
Juri Tokovoi
7
29
15
4
26
9
8
27
13
109
15
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
12
11
31
9
16
11
13
26
14
112
16
NED 701
Martijn van Muyden
25
16
16
28
6
15
15
2
31
123
17
AUS 222
Paul McKenzie
31
14
25
27
24
20
10
1
15
136
18
ITA 14
Nenad Viali
14
17
23
12
18
18
28
38
17
147
19
AUS 219
Findlay Taylor
26
25
6
11
21
24
5
34
DNF
152
20
GBR 550
Richard Stenhouse
9
30
19
7
15
25
32
21
28
154
21
ITA 71
Massimo Gherarducci
30
19
64
3
27
16
14
35
11
155
22
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
17
23
43
24
11
36
21
10
DNF
185
23
POL 4
Dominik Zycki
40
10
30
2
22
41
17
24
DNF
186
24
NZL 242
Ian Baker
22
21
68
44
28
1
20
43
21
200
25
GER 6
Andreas Buchert
38
34
18
22
34
32
30
6
29
205
26
FRA 7
Sylvain Chtounder
18
55
13
15
19
35
36
32
37
205
27
TUR 6
Ali Enver Adakan
42
43
34
17
10
39
26
30
16
214
28
NZL 19
Stuart Bannatyne
36
24
54
10
12
28
24
51
32
217
29
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanasiou
19
5
27
56
37
33
25
62
19
221
30
AUS 220
Mark Bulka
29
31
24
38
35
19
27
22
36
223
31
BEL 2
Philippe Rogge
45
48
29
34
39
13
22
7
39
228
32
RUS 8
Evgeny Chernov
27
32
22
29
29
29
BFD
31
38
237
33
NED 733
Stefan de Vries (Jr)
47
40
32
50
50
17
18
18
24
246
34
GRE 1
George Kontogouris (Jr)
34
37
37
39
25
37
48
17
25
251
35
SUI 1
Othmar Mller v. Blum.
35
35
49
49
45
22
11
14
45
256
36
GBR 564
Jamie Lea
16
13
21
25
30
BFD
59
BFD
22
264
37
ESP 100
Rafael Trujillo Villar
23
27
35
46
31
48
BFD
37
20
267
38
CZE 479
Michal Hruby
28
42
28
19
44
30
31
47
55
269
39
AUS 223
Carl Schmidt
49
52
17
33
32
45
34
25
47
282
40
USA 1151
Darrell Peck
41
22
11
53
DNF
38
42
53
23
283
41
SUI 471
Christoph burger
46
39
50
20
17
BFD
44
39
46
301
42
DEN 143
Lasse Hjortaes
65
28
41
60
48
47
35
20
27
306
43
SUI 465
Christoph Christen
52
45
45
32
36
44
43
33
34
312
44
ESP 260
Agustin Juarez
37
38
44
37
38
40
38
65
41
313
45
FRA 11
Mathieu Deplanque
55
DNF
39
36
43
26
50
45
26
320
46
NZL 27
Clifton Webb (Jr)
51
36
DNF
DNF
DNF
4
16
11
DNF
352
47
CAN 1
Eric Oetgen
39
51
55
31
46
55
53
42
35
352
48
GBR 567
Daniel Dixon
48
50
51
43
40
43
49
55
30
354
49
HUN 1
Balazs Hadju
44
54
38
54
42
31
BFD
16
DNF
357
50
POL 41
Andrzej Czapski
43
44
26
41
52
BFD
BFD
46
33
363
51
POL 7
Rafal Szukiel
57
56
46
45
58
51
40
36
53
384
52
GRE 8
Alexandros Dragoutsis (Jr)
56
48
36
52
57
49
BFD
48
42
388
53
USA 1168
Geoffrey Ewenson
59
53
62
57
54
46
37
44
43
393
54
USA 1078
Andrew Kern
DNF
41
56
40
47
34
BFD
58
49
403
55
GER 81
Jan Dietmar Dellas
54
49
53
64
41
52
56
63
40
408
56
TUR 44
Akif Muslubas
60
DNF
42
47
33
BFD
29
BFD
44
411
58
GRE 11
Christos Chionas (Jr)
63
46
40
63
51
BFD
55
57
52
427
57
GBR 555
Simon Stonehouse
53
47
65
55
60
58
41
69
48
427
59
GBR 5
John Greenwood
33
DNF
72
48
BFD
50
45
54
50
430
60
AUS 225
Graeme Taylor
71
15
58
67
56
59
BFD
52
DNF
456
61
GBR 8
Tim Carver
32
DNF
33
62
49
BFD
47
BFD
DNF
457
62
SUI 460
Daniel Brun
70
DNF
60
42
53
BFD
46
56
56
461
63
USA 1138
Scott Griffiths
58
57
63
66
59
53
54
66
54
464
64
CZE 13
Rudolf Lidarik (Jr)
61
DNF
67
59
62
57
51
50
58
465
65
IRL 5
Youen Jacob
62
DNF
57
51
65
BFD
64
40
57
474
66
GER 10
Eberhard Bieberitz
67
58
59
58
DNF
56
58
68
51
475
67
GER 22
Martin Mitterer
64
DNF
48
65
55
54
52
61
DNF
477
68
IRL 10
Colin Chapman
24
18
47
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
479
69
AUS 213
Jake Gunter
69
60
69
DNF
61
63
60
49
62
493
70
GBR 10
Robert Deaves
68
DNF
70
61
67
60
61
64
59
510
71
GER 166
Alexandros Ruck
72
DNF
73
68
63
61
57
67
61
522
72
UKR 47
Sergiy Kotov (Jr)
74
61
75
71
64
62
DSQ
59
60
526
73
USA 1163
Emil  de Balthazar
75
59
66
69
66
64
DNF
DNF
63
540
74
HUN 4
Tibor Pallay (Jr)
76
DNF
74
72
69
65
62
60
64
542
75
BEL 8
Filip Verhaeghe
73
DNF
71
70
68
66
63
70
DNF
559
76
POL 1
Marcin Wojtoniak (Jr)
66
DNF
61
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
595
77
AUT 271
Florian Raudaschl (Jr)
50
DNF
DNS
DNS
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
596
 
 
 
 
 

1999 Europeans report

 

 

Organised by the LBWB and the Royal North Sea Yacht Club the 1999 Finn Europeans promised to be very interesting, and interesting it certainly was. Sebastien Godefroid was out to defend his title and it was the last chance for Clifton Webb (who turned 21 during the event) to win the Juniors. The sailing itself was quite tricky with strong tides and large waves. For the Italian, Irish and Australian sailors, the regatta was used as part of the Olympic selection process. The regatta was sailed under a new format agreed in Melbourne. Nine races were sailed over six days with one discard after 5 races were completed. In less than 12 knots of wind the course was a trapezoid outer loop and a triangle/windward return in over 12 knots.

 

 

Tough Day!

 

When 20 knots of wind meet with an opposite current of 3.5 knots and air temperature of 10ø, on the North sea, it means a difficult day! Finn sailors, usually known as the toughest, were glad to reach the shore after their two first races of the European Championship.

 

 

The start was planned at 11am and a few sailors decided to go out early to check the current and wind. They had plenty of time to do so...when the rest of the fleet decided to launch, the Oostend-Dover Sea-Cat arrived on schedule (10am) in Oostende, blocking the entrance of the harbour for a good hour! The first race was of course delayed and the fleet (minus 10 sailors training outside) had no choice but to wait on shore for the reopening of the Harbour!

 

 

After one recall, the black flag came quickly to dissuade early starters. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Iain Percy led at the top mark, with a good distance from Sebastien Godefroid, Ian Ainslie and Michael Maier. The leaders remained in the same order during the race except Sebastien Godefroid who fell to 5th after breaking his boom vang on the reach.

 

 

After a good start, Xavier Rohart was leading the second race. He remained in front during the beat and the two reaches until he broke his cunningham and conceded the advantage to Iain Percy. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (him again!) after rounding the top mark in 16th position, climbed to 6th after the reaches, to second place after the run, and then won the race after a tacking dual with Iain Percy. We are all by now used to the skills and speed of Mateusz, but today, even his father could not believe it!

 

 

Juri Saraskin, had a very boring day. After the motor of his boat broke down at the gybe mark, Juri was left drifting all day without being rescued. Fortunately for him the tide pushed him towards the shore where he landed 5 1/2 hours later!!

 

 

Iain Percy takes Lead

 

The wind, blowing 15 to 20 knots from the west (along the Belgium coast), was again opposite to the current and the black flag was displayed automatically after the first general recall. Australian Anthony Nossiter led the fleet to the top mark with a big lead on David Mellor, and fellow Australians Finn Taylor and Carl Schmidt. Anthony remained in the lead until the last beat. In the meantime, Richard Clarke was working his way up the fleet. After rounding the first mark in 10th position, the Canadian (with his San Diego North sail and a new Devoti boat) made a small gain on the reaches and second beat by hitting the right corner. The race was nearly won for Richard after passing 6 more boats on the run, by choosing to go on the sand bank for less unfavourable current. He followed Iain Percy on the right side of the last beat but continued to the lay line while the Brit came back to cover Mateusz and Anthony. With the wind shifting to the right Richard won with Iain Percy second, and Mateusz third in front of Ian Ainslie.

 

 

It was a bad race for Fredrik L””f who didn't work out the tide as well as Richard. After going right on the run and out of the sand bar, the Swede lost 20 boats against the stronger current. The last beat did not help either and the World Champion collected one of his worst races ever in 53 position!

 

 

With big black clouds rolling towards the fleet, the threat of a thunderstorm and big wind shifts, the second race was postponed. The sky never completely cleared but after a few good showers and a more stabilised wind, the second start was given. Another big black cloud on the left of the course influenced the wind and most of the fleet to this favoured side. Dominik Zycki was well ahead at the windward mark, with Massimo Gherarducci second and Juri Tokovoi third. Dominik conserved his lead on the reaches but Iain Percy passed 7 boats into 4th place behind Massimo, now in third, and Juri Tokovoi in second. The second beat was shortened and Dominik conserved his lead, with Juri Tokovoi and Iain Percy coming closer behind. The run did not cause many upsets and Dominik, still in front on the last beat had to fight with Iain Percy who finally passed him 100 meters before the finish. Using a Latini mast and North UK kevlar sails, as well as great racing tactics, Iain Percy is at this stage the main threat for Mateusz, with a 3 point lead over the Pole. First Junior is George Kontogouris in 35th place.

 

 

Mateusz Kusznierewicz Back in First!

 

Once again, the Harbour was closed for nearly an hour while the Finn fleet was leaving the shore for their day's race. As a result, 20 boats including a few coaches and rescue boats got stacked in the harbour. When they finally escaped it was well past starting time! Fortunately, the start had been postponed to give them the chance to start but the 5 minute gun went as soon as they arrived. The weather forecast had been promising less wind but 17 to 20 knots were recorded on the racing area. The current was in the same direction as the wind but the waves were as high as 2 meters. "It was the perfect conditions for me," declared Mateusz after coming back to shore with a 3rd victory. "The waves were bigger and longer than yesterday. This is when I am the best!" Leading from start to finish, the Gold medalist did not take any chances. With no big clouds and steady wind, speed was the more important factor. Second place was shared by Iain Percy, Michael Maier and then finally David Burrows across the line. Iain Percy took third place in front of Michael Maier and Richard Clarke.

 

 

After 5 races, Mateusz claimed back the top position from Iain Percy. The Brit is only 1 point behind and with a 15 point break on Richard Clarke in third place, the end of the regatta looked like turning into a dual. George Kontogouris is still leading the Junior division in 38th place in front of Stefan De Vries, 46th and Alexandros Dragoutsis 54th.

 

 

Iain Percy Back in the Lead Again

 

Race 6 started on time at 11am, after a notice was given to all competitors to leave the harbour before 9.40am and the closure of the harbour. The conditions were once again very enjoyable with a nice breeze averaging 10 knots and bright sunshine. As usual the black flag was hoisted on the second attempt. It resulted with 4 disqualifications and another general recall. The third start was the good one and 4 more heads dropped!

 

 

The kiwis, who had not particularly shone in this regatta decided to catch up with good results. Ian Baker, after a rocket start, was leading the fleet to the top mark from the right side just ahead of Clifton Webb (well rested from his 2 days break following a neck injury) and David Mellor. On the small reach (trapezoid outer loop) and the downwind, the New Zealanders protected their advance, Ian Baker 100m in front of Clifton, while Ian Ainslie passed David Burrows and Dave Mellor. Ian Baker conserved his lead to win the race from Ian Ainslie and David Burrows.

 

 

Race 7 started under black flag (8 boats DSQ) with a favoured pin end of the line. Fredrik L””f and Luca Devoti along with Finn Taylor, Sebastien Godefroid and Richard Clarke, crossed in front of everyone and remained on the left side, favoured at the time. Sebastien Godefroid took the lead on the run but unfortunately, touched the leeward mark and lost places while doing his 720 penalty turn. In the meantime, Iain Percy gained ground on the downwind legs. While the last beat didn't provide many opportunities, Iain Percy took the lead on the run in front of Fredrik L””f while Mateusz slipped down a few places to 7th after being 'yellow flagged' for pumping. Iain Percy won his second race and took the overall lead, 6 points in front of Mateusz.

 

 

Australia Day!

 

The wind was light (8 to 10 knots) today from the North, the sea was flat despite a slight swell and the current strong (1.8 kn) running across the wind. The pin end of the line was favoured but the right side of the course looked like the way to go, as a result, both ends of the starting line were busy. Anthony Nossiter, Paul McKenzie and Richard Clarke started at the pin end, went to the left before crossing the fleet to the right. The Aussies were in front at the top mark (Nossiter 1st, McKenzie 2nd). Richard, overlaid the mark and passed 4th, just in front of Martijn van Muyden and Iain Percy. Martijn, very fast down wind, took the lead during the run (trapezoid outer loop). On the second beat, while the 3 leaders sailed more conservatively in the middle, Richard Clarke went hard right. Paul McKenzie rounded the top mark just ahead of Anthony Nossiter and Martijn. Iain Percy gained one place, in front of Richard, Andreas Buchert and Philippe Rogge. On the last downwind, Martijn's speed led him to second place, in front of Anthony, but wasn't enough to pass Paul McKenzie, winner of the race. Iain Percy remained in 4th position and increased to 9 points his overall lead over Mateusz, 8th. Richard Clarke is now unbeatable in 3rd place in the overall results, with 36 points break on David Burrows. Black flag casualties: Jamie Lea, Akif Muslubas and Tim Carver collected their second one today!

 

 

The guest stars of 'In the busy Oostende Harbour' new episode are: Andy Kern, Ian Ainslie and Emilios Papathanasiou. After missing the Finn departure time this morning and ignoring the red lights on their way out, the 3 sailors had a close sight of the Ferry coming in the Harbour! They made it on time to the starting line but may be disqualified if the Chief of rescue wins a protest against them tonight!

 

 

Iain Percy is the new Finn European Champion!

 

Until the end, Mateusz Kusznierewicz had a chance to beat the Brit after finishing in second position behind Fredrik L””f in today's intense race. For that, Iain had to finish at least 9 places behind the Pole. With everyone counting the sailors across the finishing line, the suspense reached its climax when Iain Percy finally crossed...in 10th place to win the championship. Once again, the victory escaped Mateusz by a 'little' deadly point. Once again his defeat is served by Fredrik L””f, who won the race only half a meter from the Gold medalist, after a fierce tacking dual to the finishing line. Mateusz is not bitter: "I am still happy with the way I went today and during this regatta. My worse result is an eighth place and for me it is a great achievement."

 

 

And to beat him it needed a very talented and focused sailor: Iain Percy has surely all these qualities and many more! When asked about the recipe for his victory, Iain's answer is very clear and analytic. "I have good fitness and I was also very focussed for this regatta. I had here the ideal conditions for racing as it is exactly what we get on the other side of the Channel. If I am a bit slower than Mateusz down wind I am faster upwind." Today, Iain had it all again, but with a "too conservative start and lots of stress," it was the hardest race for Iain.

 

 

Richard Clarke who had secured his third position yesterday already, did not sail on the last day. Michael Fellmann took 4th place and won his place in the Olympics!

 

 

It was a very close regatta in the Junior division as well, with Stefan de Vries winning the title from George Kontogouris, only 1 place and 5 points ahead of the Greek. Third place goes to Clifton Webb who scored some good results (4, 16, 11) despite a sore neck and 4 DNF. At the age of 19, Stefan is happy with his results. "I did not have time to train as much as I wanted. I had to concentrate lots of time on my studies this year. So I am really happy with winning this title."

 

 

In 10th place is John Driscoll who is counting on the Kiel week regatta to get even with David Burrows for his last Olympic qualification opportunity. While Sebastien Godefroid is disappointed in 11th position in a regatta many people expected him to win, Anthony Nossiter is satisfied in 12th, 5 places ahead of Paul McKenzie and 7th from Finn Taylor in the first Olympic selection regatta for Australia. Luca Devoti has won his ticket for Sydney 2000 after being the first Italian after Hyeres, SPA and the European Championship.

 

 

Many thanks to the Royal North Sea Yacht Club, Regatta organisers and sponsors who provided the Finn sailors with a great regatta and fair sailing. Thanks also to the Lefebvre sailmakers who were kept very busy by the Finn sailors and the sail measurer (your reporter) during this event!

2000 Europeans - Al Arenal, Spain

Finn European Championship 2000 - Al Arenal, Spain
 
 
 
 
1
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
2
3
2
1
1
2
1
14
12
2
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
10
10
5
4
3
5
3
13
40
3
IRL 8
David Burrows
5
6
4
10
14
1
8
18
48
4
CAN 11
Richard Clarke
6
19
7
11
4
4
10
6
48
5
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
17
7
3
14
DSQ
8
2
1
52
6
CZE 1
Michael Maier
1
4
21
15
6
13
14
10
63
7
SWE 7
Fredrik Loof
16
14
14
2
2
14
15
2
63
8
NED 701
Martijn van Muyden
9
26
9
8
15
16
4
3
64
9
FRA 1
Xavier Rohart
44
1
6
3
8
11
7
41
77
10
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanasiou
15
2
23
12
5
6
16
31
79
11
GBR 564
Jamie Lea
8
38
27
6
25
9
6
7
88
12
RSA 1
Ian Ainslie
31
17
8
5
10
26
9
20
95
13
TUR 6
Ali Enver Adakan
7
41
18
13
17
10
13
26
104
14
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
18
23
13
7
11
39
11
22
105
15
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
26
11
25
22
21
3
5
19
106
16
ITA 71
Massimo Gherarducci
14
5
15
19
18
15
23
28
109
17
AUS 221
Anthony Nossiter
13
16
12
23
29
20
20
9
113
18
HUN 1
Balazs Hadju
19
DSQ
19
16
16
21
12
30
133
19
AUS 222
Paul McKenzie
22
31
11
35
22
12
34
12
144
20
SUI 467
Peter Theurer
12
25
28
20
23
18
42
21
147
21
FRA 7
Sylvain Chtounder
21
DNC
20
9
9
22
37
35
153
22
ITA 14
Nenad Viali
59
12
22
33
30
17
29
16
159
23
BEL 2
Philippe Rogge
46
8
26
25
19
27
38
17
160
24
GBR 15
Charlie Cumbley
4
24
17
26
DSQ
23
DSQ
4
167
25
SUI 1
Othmar Muller von Blumencron
34
13
31
32
12
24
27
32
171
26
DEN 143
Lasse Hjortnaes
35
15
DNF
21
7
37
46
11
172
27
NED 7
Stefan de Vries
25
35
32
28
27
DSQ
18
8
173
28
GBR 540
David Mellor
33
DSQ
10
18
13
35
22
52
183
29
ESP 1
Javier Aguado
30
20
41
24
38
30
28
15
184
30
POL 4
Dominik Zycki
40
50
38
17
33
19
19
39
204
31
EST 8
Imre Taveter
36
22
29
27
24
34
33
43
205
32
ITA 15
Michele Marchesini
28
27
34
34
RDG
32
31
24
207
33
ESP 260
Agustin Juarez Marrero
24
34
48
39
43
29
17
29
214
34
GBR 541
Chris Brittle
45
28
24
29
45
7
40
53
217
35
FRA 11
Mathieu Deplanque
42
36
49
44
28
28
36
5
219
36
CZE 9
Michal Hruby
11
45
36
43
31
25
39
40
225
37
GRE 1
George Kontogouris
37
37
33
30
20
51
48
25
230
38
POL 12
Waclaw Szukiel
20
44
45
41
35
46
21
27
232
39
SUI 471
Christoph Burger
63
40
16
36
26
38
41
44
241
40
RUS 14
Mikhail Apukhtin
29
32
42
55
42
50
26
37
257
41
NED 781
JW Kok
32
30
39
42
49
31
47
36
257
42
POL 7
Rafal Szukiel
38
54
50
31
48
52
24
23
265
43
SUI 465
Christen Christoph
48
42
35
45
51
33
30
34
267
44
RUS 8
Evgeny Tchernov
43
29
30
51
37
41
53
42
272
45
GRE 12
Akis Karnoutsos
54
33
37
37
40
47
35
DNC
282
46
GRE 11
Christos Chionas
50
9
53
47
46
42
43
50
286
47
GRE 8
Alexandros Dragoutsis
57
48
55
40
36
36
25
48
287
48
UKR 21
Sergey Kotov
52
39
51
38
34
43
59
33
289
49
AUT 271
Florian Raudaschl
49
21
43
46
50
53
45
38
291
50
GBR 54
Iain Percy
3
18
1
DNC
DNC
DNC
DNC
DNC
298
51
GER 22
Martin Mitterer
23
52
52
48
47
49
32
58
302
52
CZE 3
Rudolf Lidarik
39
47
44
49
41
40
DSQ
47
306
53
FRA 14
Daniel Kurbiel
51
49
47
54
44
48
44
55
336
54
GER 8
Jurgen Eiermann
62
43
46
53
39
45
52
DNC
339
55
SUI 440
Walchli Dominique
27
51
57
56
52
56
55
46
342
56
GER 81
Jan-Dietmar Dellas
60
53
40
57
54
44
58
49
354
57
RUS 7
Vladislav Kapitonov
47
46
54
52
53
54
54
51
356
58
NED 761
Cees Scheurwater
41
59
56
59
56
59
51
57
378
59
NED 766
Ewout Meijer
65
58
58
50
59
61
49
45
379
60
GER 48
Manfred Poeschl
53
55
60
60
57
58
56
56
394
61
NED 760
Wouter Molenaar
58
57
61
58
55
57
57
54
395
62
SUI 462
Franz Burgi
61
56
59
61
58
55
50
60
398
63
GER 92
Detlev Guminski
56
63
DNC
63
61
63
DNC
61
435
64
GER 2037
Matthias Wolff
66
60
62
DNC
DNC
65
60
59
441
65
POL 9
Piotr Zoltowski
67
62
64
64
63
64
62
63
441
66
NED 725
Hans Willekes
64
DNC
DNC
65
60
62
61
62
442
67
NED 753
Bas Proper
55
61
DNC
62
DNF
60
DNC
DSQ
445
68
GER 1939
Rolf Weber
68
64
63
66
62
66
63
64
447
 
 
 

European Championship 2000 report

 

 

The 2000 Finn European Championships were held from the 7th to the 15th April 2000 inclusive, in the waters of Arenal (Mallorca-Baleares) organised by the Club Nautico el Arenal, with the collaboration of the Real Federacion Espanola de Vela and Federacion Balear de Vela. Mateusz Kusznierewicz won his first European Senior title, having won the Junior Europeans on two occasions. The winner of the 2000 Junior Europeans was 19 year old Charlie Cumbley, the current Junior Finn World Champion.

 

 

Day One

 

The first race was started in a 6-8 knot southerly wind and overcast skies on a humid day. After several general recalls the black flag was displayed and the 68 boat fleet got away cleanly. The seemingly traditional way to sail in this wind direction at Arenal proved to be correct as all the leaders came from the left hand side. The light wind tested the patience of every sailor and the fleet soon spread out, with few changes in position. Michael Maier lead round the first mark and extended his lead throughout the first race. Iain Percy, was second around the first mark closely followed by Mateusz Kusznierewicz. These two had a close race until Iain was penalised for rocking on the second beat and Mateusz got past and they finished second and third. 19 year old Charley Cumbley was fourth, followed by David Burrows who had also taken a penalty on the first reach. The international Jury, lead by Fernando Bolin from Spain, penalised eight boats for rule 42 infringements and made several warnings to individual sailors.

 

 

Day 2

 

At the start of the first race the wind was from the north-west at eight knots; by the end of the day there was a steady 18-20 knots. The first beat proved crucial. Xavier Rohart was the first to find out, he started at the starboard end of the line, (rather than the favoured port end),to enable him to go to the right hand side on the first beat. Having rounded the first windward mark ahead, he lead all the way to the finish. In the second race of the day, again the black flag was needed after two general recalls. On the last beat of the afternoon's race the heavier and fitter sailors came through , the wind having increased to 20 knots. Iain Percy had a good lead over Mateusz around the last leeward mark, he lost some of his lead during the beat due to making more tacks to cover his position, Sebastien Godefroid also caught some distance, finishing third.

 

 

Day 4

 

The black flag was used after only one general recall, the leading sailors all started on the left hand side and went left up the first beat. Mateusz made the biggest gain to lead at the first mark, followed by Sylvain Chtounder and Luca Devoti. There was a good battle amongst the following group, Fredrik Loof and Xavier Rohart ending up in second and third respectively.

 

 

After a clean first start in the second race, the correct way on the first beat was again left. Karlo Kuret lead around the first mark, closely followed by Mateusz. Sylvain Chtounder had to take a 720 after a conflict with Mateusz just before the windward mark. This allowed Fredrik through ahead. During the first run, conditions were marginal for surfing, Karlo was one of those penalised for rule 42 infringement, while taking his 720, Mateusz went through and lead to the finish. The battle for second was fought hard by Fredrik, Karlo and Richard Clarke and saw Fredrik going through at the end of the last run. The final reach to the finish saw many places change and close finishes between competitors all through the fleet.

 

 

Mateusz had a convincing lead overall after 5 races with one discard on 6 points, Xavier Rohart was in second on 18 points, third to sixth place were separated only by 6 points. Sadly, defending champion, Iain Percy had retired from the regatta due to an illness.

 

 

Day 5

 

Again there were several general recalls, and after some adjustment to the line and a black flag the fleet got away. The favoured side of the beat was the left. David Burrows lead at the first mark. The start has proved to be crucial and the ability to be able to go off the start line to the favoured side of the beat essential. 18 year old Chris Brittle made a good start and first beat, rounding the first windward mark close behind Burrows. Michael Fellmann had his first good race of the championship rounding the first mark in third and staying there to the finish. Xavier was in fifth place at the second mark but down the run dropped to eleventh when pushing the boat just to far and capsizing. Karlo Kuret continued to dominate the top ten finishing fifth. Mateusz showed his blistering boat speed and tactics coming through to second position from starting at the wrong end of the line, rounding the first mark in twentieth position.

 

 

Although the forecast was for the sea breeze to fill in this did not happen, and just as before the left paid. Sebastien won the first leg closely followed by Mateusz. Nothing seems to get in the way of the Pole as he again dominated, overtaking Sebastien downwind to finish first. Mateusz has not yet had a place outside the top three in this regatta He has sailed in Arenal over the past eight years and knows the behaviour of the weather here.

 

 

The current leader of the Junior championship was Charley Cumbley two points ahead of defending Champion Stefan de Vries.

 

 

Day 6

 

Another glorious day with sunshine and 8-10 knots of wind. The first beat saw many overstand the top mark as the wind changed 15 degrees. The conditions again dictated that the favoured side was left on the first beat. Jamie Lea led the fleet round the first mark followed by Anthony Nossiter, Fredrik Loof and leading Junior Charlie Cumbley. Lea sailed well downwind, holding his lead from Loof and Nossiter. The second beat was different to the first, the wind increased, filling from the seaward side first (right). This saw Fredrik round the mark first, Britain's Jamie Lea fell to seventh. After rounding the first mark in seventh, Sebastien picked up places throughout the race, the second windward mark saw Fredrik ahead of Sebastien, they had a gybing dual down the last run ending with Sebastien leading the final reach to the finish. Martijn Van Muyden finished strongly in third.

 

 

Mateusz had his worst race of the regatta finishing 14th. But he was able to discard this race to become the 2000 Finn Senior European Champion, his first European title since he won the Junior title in 1996. The ninth race could not be held due to time restrictions, reducing the championship to 8 races.

 

 

The two leading juniors Charlie Cumbley and Stefan de Vries fought hard in today's race finishing fourth and eighth respectively. The hard work put in by all the younger Finn sailors increases the level of competition in the whole fleet. The top three Juniors Charlie Cumbley, Stefan de Vries and Chris Brittle all had at least one result in the top ten, showing that training and hard work pays - it will not be long until they have more races in the top ten.

 

 

In today's race there was a battle for second overall won by Karlo Kuret who said that it was hard, as not only were the conditions tricky but also it was necessary to keep a close eye on David Burrows and Xavier Rohart. Richard Clarke had another good race finishing 6th today bringing his overall position up to fourth.

 

 

The race committee responded well to changes in the wind and conditions, setting excellent lines and courses. The sailors very much enjoyed the regatta, only one day was lost due to too much wind and the organisation both on the water and ashore was run in a very professional manner by Club Nautico Arenal lead by the president of the race committee Guillermo Patino.

 

 

It was good to see so many sailors here from countries that had not yet qualified for the Olympics. The top fifteen sailors all came from different countries, the battle will be tough for the medals at the Olympic Games. Mateusz Kusznierewicz won this event convincingly with a total of 12 points over eight races this shows that his hard work put in over the winter months in Australia and New Zealand has paid off.

1997 Europeans - Split, Croatia

European Championships 1997 - Split, Croatia
 
 
 
 
 
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Total
1
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
2
35
6
1
4
6
19
2
FRA 778
Xavier Rohart
14
4
3
19
3
1
25
3
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanassiou
10
9
1
20
1
9
30
4
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
9
1
11
22
7
2
30
5
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
15
3
5
24
8
7
38
6
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
5
7
4
17
OCS
5
38
7
AUT 1
Hans Spitzauer
7
6
9
DSQ
6
11
39
8
GBR 550
Richard Stenhouse
38
17
2
9
5
10
43
9
UKR 21
Juri Tokovoi
4
5
10
14
12
16
45
10
CZE 304
Michael Maier
18
2
16
12
15
3
48
11
UKR 1
Igor Tkachuk
34
19
12
16
2
14
63
12
ESP 100
Rafael Trujillo Villar
30
10
8
31
11
4
63
13
CRO 118
Bartul Misura
13
8
13
13
19
17
64
14
AUS 208
Paul McKenzie
27
18
20
2
14
15
69
15
ITA 55
Walter Riosa
3
20
23
7
18
32
71
16
CRO 14
Nenad Viali
20
24
7
3
21
24
75
17
CZE 479
Michal Hruby
6
13
19
15
26
36
79
18
IRL 1
John Driscoll
19
48
17
10
10
25
81
19
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
24
14
14
18
13
26
83
20
CRO 1
Minski Fabris
1
12
33
27
33
12
85
21
USA 1121
Brian A Huntsman
25
28
21
6
24
18
94
22
ESP 105
Javier Aguado
22
16
22
23
16
19
95
23
RUS 14
Michail Apuhtin
21
11
15
21
29
34
97
24
GRE 2
Manolis Marselos (J)
11
21
25
43
23
23
103
25
USA 1144
Darrell Peck
49
30
30
5
20
20
105
26
POL 4
Dominik Zycki
29
25
31
40
9
13
107
27
RUS 21
Oleg Khoperski
43
23
18
38
25
8
112
28
ITA 15
Michele Marchesini
16
31
36
4
31
37
118
29
GER 6
Andreas Buchert
12
36
28
26
34
21
121
30
POL 40
Dariusz Migacz
33
15
26
36
35
22
131
31
GRE 1
George Kodogouris (J)
45
29
32
32
17
27
137
32
POL 7
Rafal Szukiel (J)
8
42
38
28
28
46
144
33
USA 9
William Chic Parsons
51
34
27
11
38
39
149
34
POR 81
Henrique Anjos (J)
41
27
29
29
32
33
150
35
SVK 1
Marek Valasek
26
32
34
50
36
29
157
36
RUS 2
Vladislav Alienkov (J)
39
37
45
25
22
40
163
37
NZL 27
Clifton Webb (J)
28
39
43
33
27
49
170
38
ITA 11
Mario Salani
32
33
35
48
OCS
28
176
39
ROM 1
Dumitru Fratila
50
43
51
8
41
38
180
40
GRE 11
Christos Chionas (J)
23
50
37
49
45
31
185
41
CAN 1
Jeremy Millar
35
OCS
40
44
40
30
189
42
ITA 71
Massimo Gherarducci (J)
17
47
24
47
DSQ
DSQ
191
43
TUR 44
Akif Muslubas
31
46
47
37
37
42
193
44
ITA 25
Arando Battaglia (J)
42
38
44
41
30
43
194
45
FRA 760
Erwan Taulois (J)
36
26
41
39
DSQ
DSQ
198
46
GER 81
Jan-Dietmar Dellas
52
40
39
45
39
35
198
47
TUR 6
Ali Enver Adakan (J)
40
41
46
30
48
45
202
48
GER 175
Martin Mitterer
44
45
49
34
46
44
213
49
CRO 111
Damir Vrdoljak M
48
22
DNF
DND
42
47
215
50
RUS 1
Evgeni Chernov
53
44
52
46
44
41
227
51
SVK 10
Peter Palmaj (J)
46
49
53
35
47
51
228
52
SVK 110
Martin Vano
37
52
50
42
50
52
231
53
CZE 13
Rudolf Lidarik (J)
47
51
42
OCS
43
48
231
54
HUN 177
Peter Beliczay
54
DSQ
48
51
49
50
252
55
POL 1
Marcin Wojtoniak (J)
DNF
DSQ
54
DSQ
51
53
 
270
 
 
 

1997 Europeans report

 

Opening Ceremony

This was on Saturday evening at the club. It was a nicely organised affair, arranged by Karlo's father, Leo Kuret. A number of VIP's such as the mayor of Split, the Admiral of the Croatian Navy made speeches. With neither the IFA President nor either of the Vice presidents present, it fell upon your Executive Director to give a speech on behalf of the class.

The following morning Race Officer, Ivo Scuric, led the skippers meeting. In consultation with IFA, it was agreed that if the racing was unfair due to the weather, Ivo could call it off anytime. Ivo also told the fleet that the bow numbers had to be placed no more than 10 cm from the stem and from the top. Unfortunately everyone had already put their stickers on after being told by the race office that it didn't really matter where they put them. Needless to say, most people didn't put them 10 cm from the bow or the deck. Everyone had to take the stickers off again and put them in the correct places: tears & bubbles were the result, but the race officer promised that whoever lost or damaged the stickers as a result of moving them could have new ones!

 

Race 1 - 1978 Champion Minsky Fabris Wins

This had to be postponed due to lack of wind. "It's not normally like this" was the first comment heard and everyone just smiled. Where had we heard THAT before? The postponement flag eventually went down at 3.30 pm and everyone went out.

 

Imagine a 57-year-old Croatian, a Finn hero of the seventies, winning the first race of the 1997 Finn Europeans in his home town of Split, Croatia. People jump in the water at finish, fireworks start to happen, and the whole race committee is ecstatic. Minski Fabris came 2nd at the Europeans in Turkey and he won the Europeans in 1978. Minski competed in the 1976 Olympic Games in Kingston (13th) and in the 1980 Olympics in Tallinn (11th).

 

There were many place changes, because the conditions were tricky. Luca Devoti had it all figured out and finished 2nd and fellow Italian Walter Riosa came third. Mateusz Kusznierewicz finished 5th, and Sebbe Godefroid was 9th. The best junior was Rafal Szukiel, who finished an excellent 8th overall. Manolis Marsellos, who finished 3rd in the Junior Europeans last year, was the 2nd junior with an 11th place overall.

 

Race 2 - 1996 Silver Medalist Takes Race

Yet another postponement, but this time the race officer decided to send the fleet out as soon as he thought the wind would fill in. Xavier Rohart and Sebastien Godefroid started pretty far left, but consolidated by sailing on the rhumb line. After a 20-minute beat they got to the first windward mark in 1st and 6th position. In between were Michael Maier, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Henrique Anjos and home town hopeful Karlo Kuret.

 

On the first reach Mateusz briefly overtook Michael at the gybe mark. Sebbe was now in 4th, while Hans Spitzauer had moved up to 5th. At the leeward mark the top four had not changed but had created a little gap between themselves and the pack led by Hansi Spitzauer. The first part of the second beat showed some major changes, when Xavier lost the lead. Said his coach Daniel Dahon: "He started to worry about lack of boat speed and forgot to look around him. Then he missed some shifts." It took Xavier from 1st to 4th in 200 metres. Sebbe Godefroid took over the lead straightaway. By the 2nd windward mark Michael Maier and Sebbe were 1st and 2nd. Mateusz was now in third, but got penalised by the jury for pumping at the end of the run. Sebbe wasn't about to make a mistake on the final beat. He won the race followed by Michael. Karlo Kuret gained 5 places on the last leg and finished 3rd, with Xavier right behind him. Juri Tokovoi sailed a good final leg, too and finished 5th.

 

Race 3 - A First Win for Emilios

Held in about 10-15 knots, the first beat proved that the way to go was right and that Emilios Papathanassiou was the man to beat. He rounded the first mark in first place, closely followed by Richard Stenhouse. Stenhouse was motivated - frustrated after a 38th and a 17th, he was ready for a good one. Richard, Mateusz, Emilios and Karlo kept changing places, with Richard leading on the second beat and the run. Emilios eventually led from Richard at the last bottom mark after a spectacular run with beautiful waves. Richard would have been able to give Emilios a harder run for his money if his halyard hadn't unclipped in the final beat. Amazingly, he hung onto 2nd place! Meanwhile, Xavier Rohart climbed from 9th to finish a very rewarding third. Best junior was Manolis Marselos in 19th place. He leads the Juniors from Polish Rafal Szukiel by 31 points.

 

Race 4 - Luca Wins Race On The Final Shift

At the start the fleet immediately split. Most of the favourites went left, but Luca Devoti, who had started at the race committee boat end, went hard right and rounded in 2nd place. In front of him was Chic Parsons. Third around the mark was Paul McKenzie and then Michele Marchesini and Walter Riosa went round. Said Juri Saraskin: "this looks like the Open Italian Championship!" Both Paul and Luca passed Chic on the 2nd reach but by the bottom mark Luca was leading. Luca did a nice job controlling the leading group. Paul was right on his tail. Michele rounded in 3rd place. Emilios lost 4 places after tacking too close to Sebbe and politely did turns. Paul overtook Luca on the run and the wind picked up and went left. With a 6-second lead Paul tried to cover Luca, and then.... after a bit of match racing close to the finishing line, Paul let Luca go to his right maybe 30 metres. "If Luca now gets a right shift and points high he can make the line...! Luca got the shift, pointed his bow up and piped Paul to the post. What a finish after a two-hour battle.

 

It was a day when experience mattered, and it was not surprising therefore that the Juniors had a tough day of it. Best placed junior was Russian Vladislav Aleinikov in 26th place, followed by Rafal Szukiel in 29th, Henrique Anjos in 30th and Ali Enver Adakan in 31st.

 

Race 5 - Another win for Emilios

Race 5 started with the wind coming from a completely new direction, south east at 10-12 knots. It was Emilios Papathanassiou who reached the top mark first and even though he lost the lead to Ukrainian Igor Tkachuk on the first reach, he managed to regain it at the last bottom mark, and so it was Emilios who was the very happy winner of Race 5. Igor Tkachuk had his best result, finishing 2nd.

 

Most of the top seeds managed to have good results, keeping them in the running. Xavier Rohart finished 3rd, and Luca Devoti 4th. Spitzauer, who went around the first mark in 22nd place, fought his way back in excellent style, eventually finishing 6th. Sebbe Godefroid, too, did well to salvage a 7th after coming to the top mark in 15th place. All in all, a terrific race that took the leaders 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete.

 

Race 6 - Last race to Xavier

Race Officer Ivo Scuric gave the fleet half an hour to recuperate before he called them to the start again. The starting line was set up more or less where the previous race had finished, which saved everybody a lot of time. Luca was now leading overall with Emilios second. The wind had built up to 12-15 knots. In the choppy weather it was Spanish Rafael Trujillo who led the fleet around the first mark, closely observed by his coach, none other than Jose Maria van der Ploeg, the reigning champion (for one more day!).

 

Rafael could not hang on to first place, but succeeded in finishing a very creditable fourth. By the time they reached the gybe mark heavy-weather sailor Xavier Rohart was leading and he held onto it to the finish. Xavier had a very good day, which put him in 2nd place overall. Sebbe Godefroid finished 2nd, Michael Maier was 3rd and Mateusz, after the disappointment of an OCS in the morning, was strong enough mentally to bounce back and finish in 5th place.

 

After 6 races, Luca Devoti was leading by 6 points over Xavier Rohart, another experienced Finnster, but who has yet to win a title. In joint 3rd place were Emilios Papathanassiou and Sebbe Godefroid.

 

The junior results show that Greek Manolis Marselos was still leading. His fellow countryman George Kodogeuris is in 2nd place, but that place was not safe, as Polish Rafael Ezukiel was only 7 points behind. Clearly the Juniors were having their own battle in the middle of the fleet, but that makes their achievement all the mere remarkable. They manage to keep an eye on each other and know exactly where the competition is. It is not easy to fight for a championship when the big guys are in your way all the time! At the same time it is also great experience for them to sail in such a big fleet, and to sail against the top guys.

 

The Final Day - No Race but...

Imagine a day without sailing but full of excitement nevertheless

 

The Finn class spent a whole morning waiting for wind. knowing that if there was no start by 3 pm, all would be over. The Race Committee was looking for wind. Luca Devoti was jumping up and down and pacing the boat park, but god of the wind Aeolus was his independent self and did not arrive. The Race Committee knew that if they had no wind by 1.30 PM they would have to cancel racing, and they tried their best to make it happen. They decided very wisely however that there was not enough wind to send the fleet out, and reasoning that no race was much better than a Mickey Mouse race they fired the guns and ended the regatta.

 

That was the sign for the Finn fleet to start looking for Luca Devoti. On the way to find Luca, they ran into brand new Junior Champion Manolis Marselos, so he was thrown into the water no more than 3 minutes after the race committee decision. Meanwhile everybody joined in the search for Luca, with cameras, champagne bottles and some big Finn sailors to make sure Luca did not escape without a bath.

 

He was found in the waterfront restaurant and the rest was easy. When Luca came out of the water and got sprayed by champagne, the whole fleet was there to cheer and applaud him. It was a terrific moment for Luca, but also for all the sailors and organisers, the event had a very worthy champion. At age 34. with an Olympic regatta and many, many Finn European and World Championships behind him, Luca had finally done it; he was the 1997 Finn European Champion!

 

Being interviewed by Croatian television, Luca said that the championship had been very well organised, that he really loved Split and that he would like to come back. Luca, who said at the opening ceremony press conference that after a 7th, a 3rd and a 2nd, he was now going for gold, still feels that there is more out there for him: "Let's face it. In 15 years of Finn sailing. I have never won a regatta outside Italy or Croatia.

 

It is easy to forget the juniors in the hype of the big boys' event. They had a terrific battle going on, though, which is much harder, not just physically, but particularly mentally than most people realise. They see the big guys in front of them every race, and know they have a long way to go, yet hang in there and continue to do battle. There are so many new young guys in the class now that they have started to ask for a Junior World Championship.

 

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