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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.

 

History of the Finn Gold Cup 1990 to 1996

35. Gold Cup 1990

Porto Carras, Greece, July 5-15105 entries from 25 countries
The Canadians almost cleaned up in 1990 with only Lasse Hjortnäs and Eric Mergenthaler stopping a 1,2,3 for Canada. After losing the Gold Cup in the last race of the 1989 event, Mexican Eric Mergenthaler was out to win. He moved into the lead after five races and going into the last race was 19 points clear of Hank Lammens and 34 points clear of Larry Lemieux. However he also had a DSQ in race 2 for pumping, so could not afford a bad result in the final race. As it turned out he was 48th at the gybe mark, pulled back to 31st after the second beat and eventually finished 34th. But it wasn’t enough. Lammens finished 13th and Lemieux 3rd, which dropped Mergenthaler to 3rd overall. It was the first time that a Canadian had won a Finn Gold Cup and they had three boats in the top five as well. Anders Lundmark, who had lead at the first mark four times during the week finally won the last race and ended up 7th overall.

Final Results Gold Cup 1990

1.
Hank Lammens
KC 19
75.7
2.
Lawrence Lemieux
KC 201
77.4
3.
Eric Mergenthaler
MX 33
77.7
4.
Lasse Hjortnäs
D 143
87.7
5.
Mike Milner
KC 4
97.7
6.
Kiko Villalonga
E 106
99.7
7.
Anders Lundmark
S 700
107.7
8.
Alex Cutler
US 1044
107.7
9.
Philipp Malte
DDR 25
113.0
10.
Dirk Löwe
DDR 16
140.4
11.
Simon Gorman
KA 175
146.0
12.
Fredrik Lööf
S 684
149.0
13.
Enrico Passoni
I 722
161.0
14.
Joaquin Blanco
E 179
169.0
15.
Jeremy Fanstone
K 498
171.0
16.
Stig Westergaard
D 155
171.0
17.
Gordie Anderson
KC 171
175.0
18.
Toni Poncell
E 12
178.5
19.
Yuri Tokovoi
SR 21
180.7
20.
Hans Spitzauer
OE 218
181.0
21.
Brian Ledbetter
US 1080
182.0
22.
Richard Clarke
KC 11
184.0
23.
Alexander Rinne
G 1912
207.0
24.
Oleg Khoperski
SR 14
209.0
25.
Thomas Schmid
G 1903
211.0
26.
Mats Caap
S 718
218.4
27.
Armando Ortolano
GR 211
221.7
28.
Tim Tavinor
K 521
225.0
29.
Peter Aldag
G 1920
226.8
30.
Maciej Skibski
PZ 75
229.0
31.
Otto Strandvig
D 146
237.0
32.
Nick Jako
KC 13
240.0
33.
David Drappeau
F 758
242.0
34.
Lauri Rechardt
L 185
250.0
35.
Attila Szilvàssy
M 211
250.0
36.
Arif Gürdenli
TK 211
251.0
37.
A Papantoniou
GR 205
264.0
38.
Haluk Babacan
TK 52
264.0
39.
Ville Aalto-Setala
L 198
266.0
40.
Gerd Griegel
G 1711
268.8

 

36. Gold Cup 1991

Kingston, Canada, August 22-September 2
96 entries from 21 countries
Defending Champion Hank Lammens opened the series with a win and apart from one bad race was always in the leading bunch and took the title by 10.7 points. The weather conditions were very variable and provided some of the windiest conditions of recent Gold Cups. Lammens led until the sixth race, until a string of good results brought Fredrik Lööf into the top spot going in the last day. Any of four boats could have taken the Gold Cup on the last day. Lööf was leading the score sheet, but Lammens, Brian Ledbetter and Oleg Khoperski could also win, but all had already got a bad result, so they couldn’t afford another one. Lööf started badly and was out of it from the start. Lammens won the race to be sure of his second consecutive Gold Cup. Ledbetter was third to finish runner up and Khoperski was seventh in the race to take third overall.

Final Results Gold Cup 1991

1.
Hank Lammens
KC 19
46.7
2.
Brian Ledbetter
US 1080
57.4
3.
Oleg Khoperski
SR 14
77.7
4.
Fredrik Lööf
S 684
80.7
5.
Stuart Childerley
K 503
96.0
6.
Stig Westergaard
D 165
106.0
7.
Xavier Rohart
F 748
109.0
8.
François le Castrec
F 749
115.0
9.
Lawrence Lemieux
KC 201
118.0
10.
Anders Lundmark
S 700
120.0
11.
Hans Spitzauer
OE 218
120.0
12.
Glenn Bourke
KA 182
123.0
13.
Eric Mergenthaler
MX 33
128.0
14.
Richard Clarke
KC 11
129.0
15.
Dirk Löwe
G 14
129.0
16.
Yuri Tokovoi
SR 21
145.0
17.
Michael Fellmann
G 1916
153.0
18.
Malte Philipp
G 25
161.0
19.
Thomas Schmid
G 93
164.0
20.
Peter Aldag
G 1920
167.0
21.
Mark Herrmann
US 1026
172.0
22.
Kiko Villalonga
E 106
178.0
23.
Craig Monk
KZ 237
181.0
24.
Mats Caap
S 718
182.0
25.
Alec Cutler
US 1044
183.0
26.
Luca Devoti
I 789
186.0
27.
David Himmell
US 1066
186.0
28.
Otto Strandvig
D 146
192.0
29.
Richard Byron
US 1060
197.0
30.
Mike Milner
KC 4
199.0
31.
Richard Lott
K 484
200.0
32.
Philippe Presti
F 762
202.0

       

37. Gold Cup 1992

Cadiz, Spain, May 7-17
94 entries from 32 countries
The 1998 Gold Cup was held in
Cadiz as part of the Mundo Vela ‘92, a series of sailing events involving Olympic classes and offshore racers to commemorate the discovery of America by Columbus. At the opening ceremony, Vice President (Sailing) Björn Westergaard, reminded everyone that long before Columbus ‘discovered’ the Americas, a Dane called Eric the Viking had landed there. After two light weather races, the first being won by Oleg Khoperski and the second being won by 57 year old Gus Miller, the wind arrived. Peter Aldag won the third race in strong winds. A day was then lost because the wind was too strong, and then Craig Monk won the windy 4th race. Two races were sailed on the last day. The first went to Xavier Rohart. Craig Monk was leading after five races, but a protest from the jury about his black bands in race 5 affected him so much he dropped out of the last race and applied for average points. In the race Eric Mergenthaler was now the favourite, but his boom broke halfway up the final beat. This meant that either Glenn Bourke or Hans Spitzauer could win if they did well enough - but they didn’t and Brian Ledbetter won the race. Monk’s protest was disallowed and the jury penalised him with a DND which dropped him to 19th overall. This meant that Eric Mergenthaler had finally won the Finn Gold Cup.

Final Results Gold Cup 1992

1.
Eric Mergenthaler
MX 33
61.7
2.
Glenn Bourke
KA 182
64.7
3.
Hans Spitzauer
OE 218
65.0
4.
Brian Ledbetter
US 1080
74.0
5.
Peter Aldag
G 1920
82.7
6.
Hank Lammens
KC 19
83.7
7.
Xavier Rohart
F 748
92.0
8.
Björn Westergaard
D 165
102.0
9.
Oleg Khoperski
IYRU 14
104.0
10.
Stuart Childerley
K 503
106.0
11.
Christoph Bergmann
BL 87
109.0
12.
Stig Westergaard
D 155
109.7
13.
Armando Ortolano
GR 1
110.0
14.
Lasse Hjortnäs
D 143
114.0
15.
Jali Makila
L 212
114.7
16.
Enrico Passoni
I 722
131.0
17.
Anders Lundmark
S 700
131.7
18.
Fredrik Lööf
S 684
132.0
19.
Craig Monk
KZ 237
135.7
20.
Jeremy Fanstone
K 498
140.0
21.
Michael Fellmann
G 1916
144.0
22.
José van der Ploeg
E 105
144.0
23.
Emanuele Vaccari
I 727
147.7
24.
Alexander Rinne
G 31
148.0
25.
Dirk Löwe
G 14
149.0
26.
Othmar M v Blumencron
Z 418
152.0
27.
Philippe Presti
F 762
152.0
28.
Luca Devoti
I 789
156.7
29.
Bart Zielhuis
H 544
161.7
30.
Jürgen Knuth
G 11
171.0
31.
Arif Gürdenli
TK 211
173.0
32.
Gerd Griegel
G 71
176.0

 

38. Gold Cup 1993

Bangor, Northern Ireland, July 9-19
61 entries from 19 countries
No one managed to win more than one race, the overall results saw a different leader after each race and the overall winner Philippe Presti didn’t win a single race. The racing was very close and for the first time in many years a variety of hulls filled the top positions (4 different hulls in top 5). In addition, carbon masts were starting to be used (Lööf and Westergaard). After six races Roy Heiner was leading but with only 6.25 points separating the top 5 places it was all down to the last race. Heiner went the wrong way and ended up 12th. Spitzauer dropped out with gear failure, so now it was down to three. At the last mark Presti in the new Devoti hull was 3rd, Lööf 4th and Richard Clarke sailing the new boat from Larry Lemieux was 5th. Lööf passed Presti but needed to pass one more boat to take the title. But it wasn’t to be. Lööf finished 3rd, and Presti crossed the line 4th, less than half a meter ahead of Clarke. Philippe Presti had won and again Fredrik Lööf would have to wait another year.

Final Results Gold Cup 1993

1.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
28.00
2.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
28.75
3.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
34.00
4.
Roy Heiner
NED 638
34.75
5.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
35.00
6.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
37.00
7.
Jali Makila
FIN 1
47.75
8.
Othmar M v Blumencron
SUI 1
49.75
9.
Stig Westergaard
DEN 155
58.75
10.
Mark Herrmann
USA 1026
60.00
11.
Will Martin
USA 1132
66.00
12.
Anders Lundmark
SWE 699
70.00
13.
Craig Monk
NZL 237
71.75
14.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
101.00
15.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
102.00
16.
David Shelton
USA 1109
104.00
17.
Mark Lammens
CAN 9
106.00
18.
Luca Devoti
ITA 789
108.75
19.
Mauro Fioretto
ITA 791
116.00
20.
Ville Aalto-Setala
FIN 2
122.00
21.
Darrell Peck
USA 1081
124.00

 

39. Gold Cup 1994

Pärnu, Estonia, August 12-21
69 entries from 23 countries
After being the first Olympic class to sail its World Championships in Northern Ireland in 1993, the Finns again found an unconventional place to sail the Gold Cup. Just over 100km away from the site of the 1980 Olympic regatta in Tallinn, the Finns found beautiful sailing water with good winds and good racing: one of the best Gold Cups ever was the unanimous verdict. The weather started wet and windy and ended with more moderate conditions. No sailor won more than one race and the racing was tight until the end. Fredrik Lööf had twice lost the Gold Cup on the last day. This time he took the lead after day two, won race four and then taking each day as it came maintained his points lead over Hank Lammens. Half way through the last race, Lammens had the lead with Lööf in 10th, enough for Lammens to win his 3rd Gold Cup. But José Maria van de Ploeg went more to one side and took the lead. Lööf fought back to 7th while Lammens slipped to 3rd. It was enough for Fredrik Lööf to win the Gold Cup for the first time.

Final Results Gold Cup 1994

1.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
21.75
2.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
24.75
3.
José Maria van der Ploeg
ESP 105
28.75
4.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
30.00
5.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
32.75
6.
Craig Monk
NZL 237
38.75
7.
Dirk Löwe
GER 14
48.00
8.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
57.75
9.
Othmar M v Blumencron
SUI 1
65.00
10.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
77.75
11.
Michael Maier
CZE 304
88.00
12.
Lawrence Lemieux
CAN 201
93.00
13.
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
POL 17
101.00
14.
Dominik Zycki
POL 4
102.00
15.
Sebastien Godefroid
BEL 7
107.00
16.
Darrell Peck
USA 1081
120.00
17.
David Shelton
USA 1137
131.00
18.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
133.00
19.
Jali Makila
FIN 1
134.00
20.
Philippe Rogge
BEL 2
134.00
21.
Mauro Fioretto
ITA 781
136.00
22.
John Driscoll
IRL 1
137.00
23.
Robert Eric Oetgen
USA 1087
142.00
24.
Will Martin
USA 1182
143.00
25.
Kalle Akerson
SWE 700
145.00
26.
Mark Lammens
CAN 9
154.00
27.
Igor Tkachuk
UKR 119
159.00
28.
Paul McKenzie
AUS 165
160.00
29.
James Lyne
GBR 534
164.00
30.
Andre Budzien
GER 70
164.00

 

40. Gold Cup 1995

Melbourne, Australia, January 9-15
65 entries from 23 countries
The 40th Finn Gold Cup was hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club, an off-the-beach dinghy club on Port Phillip. With the exception of Denmark and the Netherlands every Finn country with medal potential had sent its top sailors. Competition was therefore fierce. After conditions ranged from no wind to 25 knots during the first six races, the championship reached its climax with Hans Spitzauer leading defending champion Fredrik Lööf and Philippe Presti just 2 points further back. With no race possible after 3 pm and no wind at 2:45, everyone was convinced that there would be no race. But the wind kicked in and the start gun was fired at 2:59. With the biased line, the boats at the pin were over and a general recall was fired. So, Hans Spitzauer won the Gold Cup as they couldn’t make another start. Spitzauer didn’t win a race but his series score of 7, 2, 2, 2, 8, 4 was consistent enough to win by the smallest of margins. Fleet depth was also shown once more by the fact that the top 14 sailors came from 12 different countries.

Final Results Gold Cup 1995

1.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
17.00
2.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
17.75
3.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
19.75
4.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
28.75
5.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
31.75
6.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
36.00
7.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
42.00
8.
Luca Devoti
ITA 789
44.00
9.
José Maria van der Ploeg
ESP 105
62.75
10.
Michael Maier
CZE 304
64.00
11.
Jali Makila
FIN 215
68.00
12.
Dean Barker
NZL 247
71.00
13.
Peter Theurer
SUI 2
72.00
14.
Karlo Kuret
CRO 110
74.00
15.
Leith Armit
NZL 241
85.00
16.
Othmar M v Blumencron
SUI 1
86.00
17.
Oleg Khoperski
RUS 21
88.0
18.
Paul McKenzie
AUS 208
99.0
19.
Andreas Buchert
GER 6
100.0
20.
Richard Stenhouse
GBR 540
101.0
21.
Larry Lemieux
CAN 201
103.0
22.
Dirk Löwe
GER 14
105.0
23.
Andre Budzien
GER 70
105.75
24.
Emanuele Vaccari
ITA 727
106.0
25.
Philippe Rogge
BEL 2
108.0

 

41. Gold Cup 1996

La Rochelle, France, May 1-10
71 entries from 27 countries
For the first time ever the Finn Gold Cup was combined with the Finn World Masters to bring together nearly 200 Finns from all over the world. The winds were generally strong and as usual the Gold Cup was decided on the last beat of the last race. Initially it looked as if defending champion Hans Spitzauer was going to have it easy collecting a 2nd and two wins. Philippe Presti then scored a 1st and a 2nd, closing the gap. Day 6 saw two windy races both won by Luca Devoti, an achievement not equalled by any other Finn sailor for many years. Going into the last race Spitzauer was 0.25 points clear of Presti with Jali Makila, Karlo Kuret and Fredrik Lööf not far behind. Initially it looks as if the Gold Cup was going to Makila, but a big shift on the second beat brought Lööf and Presti back to the front. Lööf finally won the race with Presti in 5th and Spitzauer in 6th. Philippe Presti had done enough to win his second Finn Gold Cup.

Final Results Gold Cup 1996

1.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
 
2.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
 
3.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
 
4.
Karlo Kuret
CRO 11
 
5.
Jali Makila
FIN 215
 
6.
Sebastien Godefroid
BEL 7
 
7.
Roy Heiner
NED
 
8.
Yuri Tokovoi
UKR 21
 
9.
Michael Maier
CZE 304
 
10.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
 
11.
Oleg Khoperski
RUS 21
 
12.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
 
13.
John Driscoll
IRL 1
 
14.
Luca Devoti
ITA 789
 
15.
Richard Stenhouse
GBR 540
 
16.
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
POL 17
 
17.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
 
18.
Thomas Schmid
GER
 
19.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
 
20.
Peter Theurer
SUI 440
 
21.
Paul McKenzie
AUS 208
 
22.
Walter Riosa
ITA 55
 
23.
Ian Ainslie
RSA 1
 
24.
Dominik Zycki
POL 4
 

History of the Finn Gold Cup 1980 to 1989

25. Gold Cup 1980

Takapuna, New Zealand, February 18-27

66 entries from 14 countries

Picking up where they left off in England in 1979, United States sailors again set the pace and dominated the 1980 Finn Gold Cup, down under in New Zealand. Cameron Lewis continued his private duel with John Bertrand. Going into the last race only 0.9 points separated Lewis and Bertrand. It boiled down to a match race between them. On the last beat in 30 knots wind Bertrand tacked 32 times and Lewis covered 32 times and thus won the Cup. Up to race five, Larry Lemieux was leading overall but finally capsized twice, hit a couple of marks, and was third at the end. Lewis, Bertrand, Lemieux and Menkart had shipped their boats together in one container, and that ‘Container’ as the gang was referred to, won 5 of the 7 races and ended up 1/2/3/5 overall. Most of the Europeans came shortly before the event from a cold climate and lacked time in their boats. The ‘Container’ had practised for weeks before and had adjusted to the climate.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1980

1.

Cameron Lewis

US 1027

29.7

2.

John Bertrand

US 1037

34.7

3.

Larry Lemieux

KC 201

58.0

4.

Kent Carlsson

S 655

70 4

5.

Andy Menkart

US 1028

74.0

6.

Chris Law

K 321

74.7

7.

Graham Deegan

KZ 211

82.1

8.

Tom Dodson

KZ 214

85.0

9.

Jorgen Lindhardtsen

D 142

88.7

10.

John Douglas

KZ 3

108.7

11.

Bruce Deegan

KZ 204

108.7

12.

Richard Dodson

KZ 220

108.7

13.

Leith Armit

KZ 177

118.7

14.

L. Breitenstein

L 1

119.7

15.

Michael Nissen

G 1706

123.0

16.

Esko Rechardt

L 185

133.0

17.

John Ferguson

KA 161

139.0

18.

Dave Schmidt

KZ 222

145.0

19.

Mike McIntyre

K 423

151.0

20.

Graeme Woodroffe

KZ 180

152.0

21.

Rob Woodbury

KZ 190

155.0

22.

Geoffrey Davidson

KA 175

158.0

 

26. Gold Cup 1981

Grömitz, Federal Rep. Germany, July 5-19

110 entries from 22 countries

After three years of US dominance Europe struck back. As much as John Bertrand had dominated the Finn scene in the previous years and Lewis had won the Gold Cup twice, now a new star had risen. Ex Laser sailor Lasse Hjortnäs from Denmark had won 22 out of 24 important individual races in the previous international top events. Everybody expected Lasse to win the Gold Cup as well. However in Grömitz Hjortnäs had gear problems with Carl Buchan’s old Vanguard and dropped back. Instead, Wolfgang Gerz with his fairly old Lanaverre, had tremendous speed and could afford to play it safe. He always started very conservatively but finally had two wins and three 2nds with a 4th as his discard to win the Gold Cup with 9 points, the lowest score since the new Olympic scoring system was used. Wolfgang also was the oldest Gold Cup winner up to now. After the racing Wolfgang consoled Lasse, half as old as himself, that there will be many more Gold Cups to be won, a word Hjortnäs remembered well in 1982, 84 and 85.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1981

1.

Wolfgang Gerz

G 1573

9.0

2.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

29.7

3.

Miroslav Rychcik

PZ 75

49.4

4.

Otto Pohlmann

G 1787

53.0

5.

Jorgen Lindhardtsen

D 142

72.7

6.

Martin Palsson

S 684

76.0

7.

Henry Blaszka

PZ 6

90.7

8.

Tim Law

K 467

94.7

9.

Larry Lemieux

KC 204

95.7

10.

Fillip Willems

B 15

100.0

11.

Patrick Spängs

S 685

115.0

12.

Russ Silvestri

US 1059

115.0

13.

Ivor Ganahl

Z 383

127.0

14.

Michael Nissen

G 1796

130.7

15.

Don Norquist

S 690

131.7

16.

Juan Mägli

GU 1

132.0

17.

Martin Van Leeuwen

H 565

139.0

18.

Monty Spindler

US 1059

142.0

19.

Thomas Schmid

G 1749

142.0

20.

Thomas Rudolphi

G 1689

148.0

21.

Alfis Georgiadis

GR 69

150.0

22.

Wolfgang Mayrhofer

OE 199

151.0

23.

Robert Anoll

US 1058

153.0

24.

Andy Pimental

US 1056

153.0

25.

Mike McIntyre

K 423

162.0

26.

Rob. Woodbury

KC 19

162.0

27.

P. Semeraro

I 666

171.7

28.

Werner Suelberg

G 1511

179.0

29.

Joaquin Blanco

E 179

161.7

30.

Franciso De Angeles

I 655

189.0

31.

Francois le Castrec

F 741

190.0

32.

T. Schmidt-Grael

BL 9

196.0

33.

Jacek Sobkowiak

PZ 7

203.0

34.

Walter Mai

G 1726

206.0

35.

Craig Healy

US 1041

207.0

36.

Lennart Persson

S 680

207.0

 

27. Gold Cup 1982

Medemblik, Holland, September 9-19

126 entries from 22 countries

After 1963, Medemblik was the site of the Gold Cup once again in 1982. The Ijsselmeer generally enjoys good wind conditions, but obviously does not like to be used for the Gold Cup and had poor weather conditions as 19 years before. Only five races were sailed in light winds and sometimes heavy fog. There was a full station measurement for all boats. After Lasse Hjortnäs was nosed out the previous year by Wolfgang Gerz in Grömitz, he won the Cup in this shortened series. In the second race, Lasse was disqualified in a severe five minute rule incident together with 12 other boats. So he only could hope for a minimum of 5 races and therefore one discard. Generally Lasse showed an outstanding ability to pick the correct side on the beats. Henryk Blaszka was the most consistent and ended up second by conservative sailing and good speed.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1982

1.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

28.0

2.

Henryk Blaszka

PZ 6

42.4

3.

Buzz Reynolds

US 996

51.0

4.

Wolfgang Gerz

G 1573

61.0

5.

Terry Neilson

KC 69

72.7

6.

Joaquin Blanco

E 179

90.0

7.

Martin Van Leeuwen

H 565

91.0

8.

Mark Neeleman

H 555

95.0

9.

Francois le Castrec

F 888

98.0

10.

Per Nilsen

N 120

99.7

11.

Tom Jungell

L 200

101.7

12.

Ivor Ganahl

Z 383

105.0

13.

Peter Eriksson

S 679

111.0

14.

Peter Vollebregt

H 535

111.0

15.

Luc Choley

F 100

113.0

16.

James Hahn

US 1034

115.0

17.

Michael Nissen

G 1828

117.7

18.

Karsten Kaufmann

G 1706

119.0

19.

Andy Pimental

US 1052

120.0

20.

Mats Ehrnrooth

L 201

121.0

21.

Miroslav Rychcik

PZ 75

125.0

22.

Lutz Patrunky

G 1806

128.0

23.

Chris Frijdal

H 586

129.0

24.

Juan Mägli

GU 1

130.0

25.

Kimo Worthington

US 1066

131.0

26.

Martin Palsson

S 684

131.7

27.

Don Nordquist

S 690

133.0

28.

Jacek Sobkowiak

PZ 7

137.7

29.

Mark Lammens

KC 19

138.0

30.

Tim Law

K 488

138.0

31.

Jorgen Lindhardtsen

D 142

142.0

32.

Esko Rechardt

L 203 .

142.7

33.

Patrik Spängs

S 685

143.0

34.

Tony Nyren

S 686

148.0

35.

Stefan Myralf

D 148

150.0

36.

Nigel Walbank

K 481

157.0

37.

Sjaak Haakman

H 577

162.7

38.

Jörgen Rosengren

S 699

165.0

39.

Han Beverijk

H 558

173.0

40.

Kurt Schimitzek

OE 2

174.0

41.

Thomas Schmid

G 1793

175.0

42.

Josef Oberbauer

G 678

176.0

 

28. Gold Cup 1983

Milwaukee, USA, August 11-20

94 entries from 25 countries

After all the heck-meck with the station 8/6 in the previous years the Americans decided to teach the Finn world a lesson and staged the 1983 Gold Cup in a pond in the back yard of the Harken brothers in front of the Milwaukee breweries. John Christianson was called back on duty to build the most perfect jig and there was no dispute about what is a Finn or not. Consequently the IFA decided to make the Christianson jig the standard for all future Finn measurement. In the first race the international jury disqualified four potential winners for infringement of rule 60 (Means of Propulsion) setting another standard of highest moral. Most of the races were sailed in light and shifty winds, veering with the sun. Only two races enjoyed fresh air. Without winning a single race Paul van Cleve, from the U.S. Navy, won the Cup in front of Wolfgang Gerz, who had two 1sts but a 25th to count. Terry Neilson also with two victories collected a 33rd in the last race after a DSQ in the first, by going up the wrong side and lost. Mark Neeleman was another potential winner with a 14th as his discard.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1983

1.

Paul Van Cleve

US 1023

54.7

2.

Wolfgang Gerz

G 1573

62.0

3.

Mark Neeleman

H 555

67.4

4.

Mike McIntyre

K 491

88.7

5.

Henryk Blaszka

PZ 6

96.7

6.

Terry Neilson

KC 69

99.0

7.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

105.0

8.

Reynolds

US 996

119.1

9.

John Greenwood

K 495

142.0

10.

Larry Lemieux

KC 201

145.0

11.

Nigel Walbank

K 481

151.7

12.

Larry Kleist

KA 181

154.0

13.

Russell Coutts

KZ 226

158.0

14.

Miroslav Rychcik

PZ 75

159.7

15.

Jorge Zarif

BL 99

160.8

16.

Sjaak Haakman

H 577

161.7

17.

Paolo Semeraro

I 6

172.0

18.

Martin Van Leeuwen

H 565

172.0

18.

Kimo Worthington

US 1066

172.0

20.

Andy Pimental

US 1052

177.0

21.

Peter Quigley

US 1040

190.0

22.

Patrick Spängs

S 585

199.0

23.

Tom Dodson

KZ 229

204.0

24.

Juan Mägli

GU 1

207.0

25.

Roddy Bridge

K 493

208.0

26.

Lutz Patrunky

C 1806

209.0

27.

Lou Nady

US 1009

210.0

28.

Tim Law

K 488

212.0

29.

Jorgen Lindhardtsen

D 142

213.7

30.

Lammens

KC 19

217.0

31.

Alex Smigelski

PZ 1002

218.0

32.

Derek Mess

KC 115

222.0

 

29. Gold Cup 1984

Anzio, Rome, Italy, May 17-27

103 entries from 29 countries

Strong winds up to gale force characterised this world championship. Nice breezes during the measurement days were followed by days of storms, not allowing any race to be sailed. Five days of strong wind allowed 6 races, but on the last day the wind and waves were again too much. Terry Neilson, who was just behind Lasse, would have liked to sail again but Hjortnäs found it to be too dangerous. The old man of the sea Jörgen Lindhardtsen aged 39 was leading overall up to race 4 but later collected 22nd and 20th and was finally third. For his mental son Lasse Hjortnäs, 2/4/11/3/3 was good enough to win the Cup for the second time after 1982, just 0.3 points ahead of Terry Neilson. Larry Lemieux had some water in his double bottom in the beginning, but won two races after he took it out. Buzz Reynolds, who at the time of the Gold Cup thought he was to be the US representative for the Olympics damaged his best mast on the first day in the gale.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1984

1.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

39.4

2.

Terry Neilson

KC 69

39.7

3.

Jörgen Lindhardtsen

D 142

55.0

4.

Lawrence Lemieux

KC 201

62.0

5.

Thomas Schmid

G 1793

70.0

6.

Thomas Oljelund

S 700

71.7

7.

Russell Coutts

KZ 1

77.4

8.

Mark Neeleman

H 555

79.7

9.

Patrick Spängs

S 685

83.7

10.

Buzz Reynolds

US 1073

89.0

11.

Ingvar Bengtsson

S 698

99.0

12.

Martin Palsson

S 684

102.7

13.

Peter Vilby

D 146

104.0

14.

Paolo Semeraro

I 6

121.0

15.

Wolfgang Gerz

G 1573

122.7

16.

Antonio Ferrer

E 170

134.0

17.

Larry Kleist

KA 181

135.0

18.

Mark Page

KZ 2

138.0

19.

Bert Zielhuis

H 544

139.0

20.

Roberto Benamati

I 658

143.0

21.

Juan E. Mägli

GU 1

143.7

22.

Luc Choley

F 100

151.0

23.

Henryk Blaszka

PZ 6

155.0

24.

Jacek Sobkowiak

PZ 7

158.0

25.

Miroslav Rychcik

PZ 75

160.0

26.

Lutz Patrunky

G 1806

163.0

27.

Derek Mess

KC 115

164.0

28.

Johan Hedberg

S 697

164.0

29.

Benedetto Allotta

I 9

168.0

30.

Vilhelm Roberts

L 201

182.0

31.

Peter Holmberg

VI 1

184.0

32.

Jorge Zarif

BL 99

184.0

33.

Roy Heiner

OE 229

187.0

34.

Ron van Manen

H 616

189.0

 

30. Gold Cup 1985

Marstrand, Sweden, June 26 - July 6

101 entries from 25 countries

In contrast to all predictions the wind in Marstrand never increased above force 3 during this Gold Cup. The current was fairly strong. However nobody was able to read it, let alone predict it. Those who neglected it and did not worry about it had the best results. Everyday a different sailor was leading overall. Biased start lines required the severe sudden death five minute rule to be frequently applied and a number of favourites were disqualified. The jury was busy to grant a few additional DSQs. There was only one man, who finished six times among the top 6 boats, Khoperski, however one line honour was scored as PMS. The jury also gave a severe warning because of team sailing. At the beginning of the last race, four people still could have won the cup. Sobkowiak eliminated himself with a bold PMS under the five minute, rule. Peter Vilby played it safe for the competition by sailing closer to 100 than to 1st. The Gold Cup 1985 was open between Oleg Khoperski, who gradually fell back from fourth position, and Lasse Hjortnäs, who improved slowly after a poor start. Finally Lasse was only one place behind Oleg, enough to take the Gold Cup for the third time after 1982 and 1984. There was only 0.1 points between him and Khoperski, the closest win ever between Gold and Silver in the history of the Finn World Championship.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1985

1.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

74.0

2.

Oleg Khoperski

SR 21

74.1

3.

Ingvar Bengtsson

S 698

83.7

4.

Steve MacLoud

US 1070

83.7

5.

Jacek Sobkowiak

PZ 7

89.7

6.

Lawrence Lemieux

KC 201

92.7

7.

Stig Westergaard

D 155

100.4

8.

Brian Ledbetter

US 1080

111.0

9.

John Cutler

KZ 234

112.0

10.

Joaquin Blanco

E 179

118.0

11.

Thomas Oljelund

S 700

129.7

12.

Frank Butzmann

DDR 16

121.0

13.

Henryk Blaszka

PZ 6

131.7

14.

Heike Birke

DDR 19

139.0

15.

Russ Silvestri

US 1074

140.7

16.

Peter Vilby

D 156

146.0

17.

Arnoud Hummel

H 577

153.0

18.

Peter Peet

H 630

161.0

19.

Jörgen Lindhardtsen

D 142

161.0

20.

K. Gordeiko

SR 32

161.0

21.

Mark Lammens

KC 19

162.0

22.

Jaroslav Maciuk

PZ 52

178.0

23.

John Greenwood

K 495

179.0

24.

Derek Mess

KC 115

180.0

25.

Terry Neilson

KC 69

181.7

26.

Marco Passoni

I 8

203.0

27.

V. Roberts

L 210

204.0

28.

Johan Hedberg

S 697

207.0

29.

Lauri Rechardt

L 185

209.0

30.

Miroslav Rychcik

PZ 75

213.0

31.

Tony Nyren

S 509

228.0

32.

Thomas Schmid

G 1793

235.0

33.

Kristian Sjöberg

L 201

236.0

 

31. Gold Cup 1986

Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 5-13

82 entries from 21 countries

The event was clouded by problems. To start with there were measurement problems after a Vanguard with an illegal centreboard was disqualified from the first race. Many sailors were then seen with their boats on their sides working on their centreboards. Then there was the weather conditions which proved very tricky with corridors of stronger wind over the course which favoured those who knew where they were. Then there were protests of team racing in the final deciding race when any of four boats could have won the Gold Cup. Of the five sailors who could have won going into the last race Paolo Semeraro blew his chances by being PMS. Peter Vilby, Frank Butzmann and José Doreste (winner of two races) had a bad race, as did the overall winner Stig Westergaard, who didn’t win a single race but was ahead on points after the final count.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1986

1.

Stig Westergaard

D 155

90.0

2.

Brian Ledbetter

US 1080

97.0

3.

José Luis Doreste

E 109

101.0

4.

Dirk Löwe

DDR 14

107.0

5.

Johan Hedberg

S 700

111.0

6.

Jali Makila

L 207

112.7

7.

Peter Vilby

D 156

116.0

8.

Paolo Semeraro

I 6

120.0

9.

Frank Butzmann

DDR 16

123.1

10.

Christoph Bergmann

BL 96

129.7

11.

Jacek Sobkowiak

PZ 7

135.0

12.

Heiko Birke

DDR 19

138.0

13.

Joaquin Blanco

E 179

143.0

14.

Stuart Childerley

K 503

146.0

15.

Lauri Rechardt

L 185

148.0

16.

Ralf Kadenbach

G 6

149.7

17.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

151.7

18.

Peter Truslow

US 47

173.0

19.

Gordie Anderson

KC 171

173.0

20.

Thomas Schmid

G 1793

175.0

21.

John Cutler

KZ 234

175.7

22.

Roddy Bridge

K 493

177.0

23.

Lawrence Lemieux

KC 201

184.7

24.

Bart Zielhuis

H 544

185.0

25.

John Hofland

H 622

193.7

26.

Mark Lammens

KC 19

194.0

27.

Miguel Noguer

E 162

194.7

28.

S. Fleckenstein

KC 8

197.0

29.

Derek Mess

KC 115

199.0

30.

Timothy Tavinor

K 504

205.0

31.

Henryk Blaszka

PZ 6

212.0

32.

Kristian Sjöberg

L 201

221.0

33.

Henrik Hammelso

D 158

223.0

34.

Enrico Passoni

I 722

223.7

35.

Anders Lundmark

S 708

225.7

36.

Peter Peet

H 630

229.0

37.

Ch. van Voorhis

US 1052

231.0

38.

Arnoud Hummel

H 577

236.0

39.

Welf Lixenfeld

G 1706

238.0

40.

Hans Spitzauer

OE 218

243.0

 

32. Gold Cup 1987

Kiel, West Germany, June 26 - July 7

57 entries from 17 countries

Straight after Kiel Week were held the ‘Kiel Worlds ‘87’, a joint World Championship for several classes. The Finns shared a course with the 470’s, a two hour sail from the beach. Measurement problems again overshadowed the racing, with several boats being found illegal, even after several years of competition, and protests were numerous. In the fifth race, Doreste was already the sure winner of the Gold Cup, finishing second. In the sixth race, Doreste did not have to sail and Lasse Hjortnäs managed a 4th, thus finishing as runner up to Brian Ledbetter.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1987

1.

José Luis Doreste

E 109

19.7

2.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

61.0

3.

Brian Ledbetter

US 1080

83.0

4.

Ralf Kadenbach

G 6

95.0

5.

Roy Heiner

H 638

102.0

6.

O M von Blumencron

G 1892

103.0

7.

Mark Neeleman

H 555

115.7

8.

Welf-Bodo Lixenfeld

G 1706

127.7

9.

Hans Spitzauer

OE 218

129.7

10.

Armando Ortolano

GR 211

139.0

11.

Lawrence Lemieux

KC 201

148.0

12.

Emmanuele Vaccari

I 727

154.4

13.

Stuart Childerley

K 503

154.7

14.

Henryk Blaszka

PZ 8

161.7

15.

John Cutler

KZ 234

164.0

16.

John Irvine

KZ 235

167.0

17.

Louis Verloop

US 1066

169.0

18.

Mike Milner

KC 4

172.0

19.

Peter Vilby

D 156

181.0

20.

Lawrence Crispin

K 498

182.0

21.

Gordon Anderson

KC 171

183.7

22.

Mark Littlejohn

K 481

185.0

23.

Lauri Rechardt

L 185

191.0

24.

Kristian Sjoeberg

L 201

192.0

25.

Thomas Schmid

G 1793

197.0

26.

Wolfgang Gerz

G 1573

197.0

27.

Bart Zielhuis

H 544

200.0

28.

Michael Fischer

OE 223

203.0

29.

Nicolai Suchorokov

SR 1

205.0

30.

Rubën Serra

E 106

210.0

 

33. Gold Cup 1988

Ilha Bela, Brazil, January 31-February 11

48 entries from 11 countries

Almost all the sailors arrived a week early, but unfortunately the boats arrived late because of a queue of ships in Santos harbour. However all boats arrived on time for the Championship. As soon as the Championship began, with measurement and registration, the sun didn’t come out any more and it rained every day. The racing was hard and the sailors were faced with all kinds of different situations and wind strengths. The winner, Thomas Schmid, was the best on the water, leading from race 3 onwards and winning race 4. No sailor won more than one race and going into the last race only Roy Heiner could beat Schmid. But Schmid finished 27th to Heiner’s 28th and after the prizegiving paid for 300 beers for everyone.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1988

1.

Thomas Schmid

G 1903

48.8

2.

Roy Heiner

H 638

58.4

3.

Goran Anderson

KC 171

78.7

4.

Welf-Bodo Lixenfeld

G 1706

81.0

5.

Lasse Hjortnäs

D 143

85.0

6.

Stuart Childerley

K 503

92.0

7.

Lauri Rechardt

L 185

105.0

8.

Peter Tanscheit

BL 68

106.7

9.

Lawrence Lemieux

KC 201

107.0

10.

Brian Ledbetter

US 1080

110.0

11.

Othmar M v Blumencron

G 1892

110.7

12.

Fred Kennedy

KC 221

116.0

13.

Emanuele Vaccari

I 727

117.0

14.

John Hofland

H 622

121.0

15.

Arnoud Hummel

H 577

122.7

16.

Lawrence Crispin

K 498

126.7

17.

Paolo Semeraro

I 716

128.0

18.

Peter Vilby

D 156

130.0

19.

Peter Shope

US 1000

130.0

20.

Kristian Sjöberg

L 201

134.0

 

34. Gold Cup 1989

Alassio, Italy, April 6-16

72 entries from 20 countries

Held in the beautiful Alassio Bay, the wind was the only problem: too much or too little. Among the favourites were Thomas Schmid, Stig Westergaard and Oleg Khoperski. After race 5, Mexican Eric Mergenthaler was leading overall, winning races 1 and 5. Veteran Danish sailor Jörgen Lindhardtsen won race 2, Khoperski won race 3 and Armando Ortolano won race 4. In race 5 Khoperski broke his mast and had to count a 38th in his final score. Still wide open going into the last day, 2 races were sailed in strong winds. Defending Champion Schmid scored a 1st and 2nd to move to 7th overall. Mergenthaler recorded two mid-teen results to drop to second overall and with Stig Westergaard winning the final race, the Gold Cup was his again, after first winning it in 1986.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1989

1.

Stig Westergaard

D 155

54.4

2.

Eric Mergenthaler

MX 33

63.0

3.

Oleg Khoperski

SR 14

63.4

4.

Hans Spitzauer

OE 218

65.7

5.

Dirk Löwe

DDR 16

74.7

6.

Yuri Tokovoi

SR 21

81.4

7.

Thomas Schmid

G 1903

87.0

8.

Armando Ortolano

GR 211

88.7

9.

Enrico Passoni

I 722

89.7

10.

Lauri Rechardt

L 185

103.4

11.

Heiko Birke

DDR 19

107.0

12.

Marco Passoni

I 710

107.0

13.

Mats Caap

S 718

111.0

14.

Lars Bergenzaun

S 698

115.7

15.

Jörgen Lindhardtsen

D 142

121.7

16.

Anders Lundmark

S 700

129.0

17.

Othmar M v Blumencron

Z 418

131.0

18.

Jali Makila

L 212

139.0

19.

Bart Zielhuis

H 544

148.0

20.

Emmanuele Vaccari

I 727

152.0

21.

Per Erik Wall

S 713

153.0

22.

John Hofland

H 6

154.0

23.

Welf-Bodo Lixenfeld

G 1706

165.0

24.

Alexander Rinne

G 1912

175.0

25.

Peter Aldag

G 1893

176.0

26.

Bo Steffan Andersson

S 714

176.0

27.

Roger Schulz

G 1984

179.0

28.

Marco Fioretto

I 701

180.0

29.

Francisco Villalonga

E 106

188.0

30.

Michael Maier

CZ 304

202.0

 


 

History of the Finn Gold Cup 1970 to 1979

15. Gold Cup 1970

Cascais, Portugal August 14-22

160 entries from 34 countries

The biggest fleet in any Finn Gold Cup most likely forever gathered in 1970 It was won and dominated by American sailors with Jörg Bruder winning for his first time, Sprague second and Andre third. After twice finishing as runner up, Bruder - already 37 - feared that this might be his last Gold Cup because of leg injuries. In the last race Bruder had to finish fifth or better in order to win the Cup, no matter what Sprague did. At the start Sprague used every match-race tactic he could in the huge fleet. Trying to hold Bruder back, Sprague luffed the Brazilian into the spectator fleet. But an the last beat Bruder was again leading. Sprague went up what he thought was the wrong side, but it turned out to be the right one. Now Sprague started a tacking duel until Bruder went head to wind because his rudder pintle broke. But Bruder lifted his centreboard in order to take off the pressure from his rudder and twisted the tiller with his bare but mighty hands. Sprague finished fourth and only could watch as the crippled Bruder crossing the line seconds before Andre and Nelis, who had both overstood the line, crossed planing an a screaming reach. It was the most dramatic win of any Gold Cup.

 

Final Results Gold Cup 1970

1.

Jörg Bruder

BL 3

23.7

2.

Henry Sprague

US 868

24.0

3.

Robert Andre

US