Finn Masters – La Rochelle – 24.5.2013 – Final Day


  •  Final results top 10

  • 1 CZE 1   Michael MAIER   10(1)

  • 2 GER 711   Andre BUDZIEN   17(3)

  • 3 USA 505   Erik LIDECIS     20(4)

  • 4 LTU 7   Tauras RYMONIS   25(5)

  • 5 NED 41   Karel VAN HELLEMOND   34(2)

  • 6 GER 193   Thomas SCHMIDT   34(8)

  • 7 GBR 2   Allen BURRELL   38(6)

  • 8 FRA 75     Laurent HAY   38(7)

  • 9 DEN 80   Michael STAAL   47(9)

  • 10 GBR 42   Adrian BRUNTON   59(10)


  • Grand Masters: Andre Budzien (GER), Thomas Schmidt (GER), Michael Staal (DEN)   Results Grand Master





  • Legends: Friedrich Muller (GER), Minski Fabris (CRO), Howard Sellars (GBR)   Results Legends



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  • Michael Maier (CZE1) wins the Finn World Masters Championship 2013.   Herzliche Glückwünsche im besonderen auch an die mir persönlich bekannten Andre‘ Budzien (2.)   Karel van Hellemond (5) und Thomas Schmid (6).

  • Das Medal-Race dürfte inzwischen beendet sein. Warten wir also auf die Ergebnisse und verkürzen wir uns die Zeit mit der New Presentation by the Nautical Club of Kavala, Greece, –   Masters 2015
  • Heute fand lediglich jeweils eine Wettfahrt pro Gruppe statt.   Wind ca. 4 bft. Sehr viele DNF.
  • Sailors list for Medal Race

  • CZE1 – Michel MAIER
    DEN80 – Michael STAAL
    FRA75 – Laurent HAY
    GBR2 – Allen BURRELL
    GBR642 – Adrian BRUNTON
    GER193 – Thomas SCHMIDT
    GER711 – Andrea BUDZIEN
    LTU7 – Tauras RYMONIS
    USA505 – Erik LIDESIC
  • Die Startzeit für die Gruppen am Freitag wurde auf 10:30 vorverlegt, damit das Final-Race noch vor dem für den Nachmittag prognostizierten Starkwind stattfinden kann
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Kiwis rule and then Maier takes fifth Finn World Masters

Final days are always difficult for organisers and competitors alike but the final day of the Finn World Masters in La Rochelle was made more difficult by the strong winds and early rain showers that swept through the area. Michael Maier (CZE)) took the world Masters title after winning the the medal race in style, while Andre Budzien (GER) took silver and Erik Lidecis (USA) the bronze.
The day began with the first final colour grouping races for all but the top 10. A much reduced fleet headed out into a solid 15-16 knot very cold breeze and were met by an approaching rainstorm. This ultimately led to a short postponement as the wind killed the wind and the sailors were left slopping around and shivering. However it soon came back but at a reduced strength and one very shifty race was held for Yellow and Blue fleets.
Yellow fleet’s start featured a large left hand shift just minutes before the gun with those at the pin almost laying the top mark on port tack. The wind was back up to 10-12 knots so it was fantastic sailing conditions with nice long waves downwind. The leading group of Ray Hall (NZL), Jan Eckert (SUI), Dirk Meid (GER), Piet Eckert (SUI) and Jurgen Eiermann (GER) had a full on battle around the course, eventually finishing in that order.
In the Blue fleet Karl Purdie (NZL) made it a Kiwi double by winning his second race of the series, leading from start to finish, from Uli Breuer (GER) and Franceso Faggiani (ITA). Both Purdie and Breuer paid a heavy price for failing to immediately retire from races on a second yellow flag penalty earlier in the week and both would otherwise have made the medal race. Purdie’s scoreline of 4, 2, DNE, 1, 31, 1 is perhaps a warning that he will be a force for the future (though perhaps after reading the rules again).
While the group races were rescheduled for the earlier start time of 10.30 to avoid the strongest of the forecast wind, the medal race was strangely
rescheduled for later in the day so that it could be held in the river off the club when the tide had risen sufficiently to lay a course. This was so it could be watched by spectators. It was a gamble as the wind was forecast to rise all day and the Masters has a wind speed limit of 20 knots.
But the medal race got away at 15.30 after one general recall in well in excess of 20 knots. Sailed in the narrow channel just off the marina it was a gusty, shifty race that generally favoured the right side under the town. Regatta leader Michael Maier escaped from a poor start on the first attempt but made the best of the second start to lead round the entire race. Karel van Hellemond (NED) was flagged out of the start for infringing another boat’s water and started last. However he was back in contention at the top mark and moved into a comfortable second place on the second upwind. Third place in the race finally went to Andre Budzien (GER) after a close battle with the chasing pack.
This all meant no overall change in the leading three boats with Maier taking a well deserved and record equalling fifth World Masters title after undoubtedly the toughest of all his five Masters titles. Budzien, the three times champion, took the silver while newcomer Erik Lidecis (USA) took the bronze after not really figuring in the medal race.
This year has featured the largest ever entry at a Finn World Masters, with more and more sailors both qualifying by getting older and being attracted to the fleet by the level of competition. Next year the Finn World Masters heads to Sopot in Poland.

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