Sailing News: Finn Sailboats

Sailing News: Finn Sailboats

Finn World Masters

Jurgen Eiermann goes into Friday’s deciding race in his first ever Finn World Masters with a one point margin over defending champion Andre Budzien of Germany. Laurent Hay of France who has led the regatta from the first race has dropped back to third, just one point behind Budzien. Friday’s race is going to be really exciting.

The final qualification race on day four in Maubuisson, France was sailed in a shifting 10-12 knot north-easterly breeze. After several attempts to get the fleet away the race officer moved the mark 20 degrees to port. On the third attempt, which still had a 10 degree port bias, regatta leader Laurent Hay appeared to change his mind and tacked back to the committee boat. But the left end paid off with more pressure in spite of a big temporary shift on the right. Marc Allain de Beauvais (FRA) having started at the pin was first around the top mark while those who started on the right were buried in the 40s.

By the downwind mark Hay had made it up to the mid 20s but lost places again on the final beat to finish 35th. Allain de Beauvais also lost out in the final few meters to the finish, which let the highly consistent Jürgen Eiermann (GER) through to win the race and move up to first overall. Second place went to Peter Bronke (GER) with Uwe Kinast (GER) making it a German top three. Allain des Beauvais finally finished fourth.

There was more drama on the other course as second placed overall Michael Maier (CZE) failed to finish the race, leaving Andre Budzien to claim his second race win and move up to second overall. Baas de Waal (NED) finished second with Stephane Alexis (FRA) in third.

The leader board now looks very different with Eiermann one point clear of Budzien who is one ahead of Hay. Last year Budzien had assured himself of the title before the final day, but there is now a real race on for the title in Friday’s final race.

Eiermann is the most consistent with top four placings every race except race five when he was 13th. Budzien has two wins, two seconds, a ninth and that black flag from Tuesday. Hay has three race wins, a second, an 11th and now a 35th. On Friday the fleet will be split into gold and silver divisions, so the top contenders will all be racing each other for the first time.The title is still wide open. It could be some showdown.

Finn World Masters Results after six races (top 30 out of 264 entries)
1 GER 8 Jürgen EIERMANN 14
2 GER 711 André BUDZIEN 15
3 FRA 75 Laurent HAY 16
4 CZE 1 Michael MAIER 26
5 FRA 7 Stephane ALEXIS 34
6 NED 29 Bas DE WAAL 34
7 BUL 24 Mihail KOPANOV 44
8 DEN 208 Jørgen LINDHARDTSEN 47
9 GER 13 Eckhard DREPHAL 56
10 NED 780 Jan Willem KOK 60

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