Finn Silver Cup, Moscow – three more races sets up exciting final day


Finn Focus at the Silver Cup (Junior World Championship), Moscow
Silver Cup – three more races sets up exciting final day

The fourth day of the Finn Silver Cup in Moscow finally produced some great racing. After suffering with light and non-existent wind so far, the 38 strong fleet got in three great races. Race wins went to Julian Massler (GER), Arkadiy Kistanov (RUS) and Artur Ponieczynski (POL), though Kistanov still leads the championship. Ponieczynski climbs to second while Robert Bakoczy (HUN) discards his DNF in the first race to jump up to third.
The race committee tried to use every chance, every opportunity to get a race in. After Thursday’s thunderstorms the air flow was resumed and there was a steady 4-6 knot breeze throughout the day, which enabled three good races to be sailed – and allowed it to become a championship.

The wind pattern was quite tricky but basically the results were determined by the start. The sailors who managed to get good starts, kept their lead until the end, with only small changes in positions and no big surprises. The first race was won by Julian Massler after a good start, reading the shifts well and controlling his competitors. He won from championship leader Arkadiy Kistanov and Andrey Yanitsky (RUS) In the next race, Kistanov came to the front, and managed to read and to forecast wind changes and shifts well after a good start, to win from Egor
Terpigorev (RUS) and Viktor Filippov (RUS). The final race of the day went to Artur Ponieczynski (POL) from Robert Bakoczy (HUN) and Vladimir Soleniy (KGZ).
Arkady Kistanov has extended his lead, but with three races to come everything is down to the last day. He said, „I am happy how things have developed so far, because I thought I would be top five. not first. I think I have good speed in this weather, and this is my native sailing area.”
„This is my fourth season in the Finn and I have sailed the Finn since I was 13 years old. Before that I sailed the Laser 4.7 and Radial for two and a half years.” Who does he think will be his main threat on the final day, „There are too many threats. First of all myself.”
One of the pre-regatta favourite, Oliver Tweddell (AUS), who finished third last year, has not had the best week. He said, „This entire week has been extremely tricky, with fickle winds often making it hard to get proper races in. I must say that the race committee are doing a good job with such difficult conditions. As far as the event goes, I am enjoying the social side and have definitely improved my table tennis skills, but I am not having a very successful regatta.”
Saturday’s forecast is for wind of about 8-10 knots. The Race Committee has decided to run three fleet races without a medal race, but with the last race as non-discardable. An early start at 10.00 is planned. Later, the award ceremony will be held in Moscow Sailing School „Khlebnikov” at 18.00.

Top 10 after 5 races (38 entries)
1RUS 6Arkadiy Kistanov9
2POL 11Artur Ponieczynski 25
3HUN 8Robert Bakoczy25
4GER 127Julian Massler28
5RUS 111Andrey Yanitsky29
6POL 1 Milosz Wojewski30
7 RUS 9 Viktor Filippov32
8RUS 91 Viacheslav Sivenkov37
9RUS 151Vadim Tsvetkov38
10 BUL 855Dimitar Vangelov41
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Finn Focus at the Silver Cup (Junior World Championship), Moscow
Silver Cup – Arkadiy maintains lead after tricky race

)Determined to get at least one more race on the score card on the third day at the Finn Silver Cup in Moscow, the fleet did not come ashore until 21.00 after a long day on the water. Artur Kotlyatov (RUS) won the only race completed, but race one winner Kistanov Arkadiy (RUS) maintains the overall lead.
The fleet has now sailed just two races in three days after all racing was cancelled on Wednesday with very little wind on the lake. The series has been severely hampered so far by very light and changeable winds
Early on Thursday, there was a nice breeze so the second race of the series was started just after midday. But it didn’t last long. The wind started to drop at the end of the first upwind, and effectively split the fleet into two, but then when it died completely while the boats were on the second upwind. The race was abandoned and the sailors were sent back to shore to wait for better breeze. Ashore, the young Finn sailors were given a seminar of Rule 42.
Later in the afternoon, the wind returned and the fleet set sail again. After a general recall, the race was started under black flag with one of the favourites Terpigorev over early. He actually went on to win the race on the water but still scored BFD.
The wind was initially around 8-9 knots but again started to fade away to 3-4 knots in the latter stages, but at least it was enough to finish the race. Artur Kotlyatov finally took the win followed by Oli Tweddell (AUS) and Sivenkov Viacheslav (RUS). The sailors finally arrived ashore amid strong winds and rain at 21.00 as thunderstorms swept through.
In the overall ranking, Sivenkov climbed to second in the overall results behind Arkadiy, with Kotlyatov climbs to third, again making it a Russian top three going into the fourth day on Friday. Racing will restart on Friday at 11.00, wind permitting.
Kyrgyzstan sailor For one sailor here, this is the first time he has ever seen a Finn, never mind raced one at this level. He is Asian, speaks Russian and saw his first Finn in Moscow just one week before the Finn Junior Worlds. Vladimir Solenyi comes from Kyrgyzstan, a country locked between China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, 3,000 km east of the Caspian Sea, the closest open water.
Despite competing at the Asian Games in the Laser Radial and this week in the Finn Junior Worlds, Vladimir had not seen these boats before this event.
The only boats available for training on his country’s beautiful lake Issyk Kul are Optimists, Cadets and local boats, the Looch.
He said, „My coach received an invitation from the Moscow Sailing School, so he asked me to come and sail in Moscow for the Junior Worlds. I was glad to come even if I had never seen a Finn for real before. It is a good experience for me and I can learn a lot. It took me some time to understand the rigging…there are more ropes than on a Laser, but I had good help and now I can do it with no problem and understand how it works.”
The Moscow Sailing School purchased 100 Devoti boats and 100 masts for the 2005 Finn Gold Cup and is now graciously making them available to sailors who are coming to compete in Moscow and also regularly invite sailors from neighbouring countries. This was the case for Vladimir. „What I like most in the Finn is the speed it reaches and how it can glide in not much wind. The difficult part is when it gets windy, then I struggle to keep the boat flat.”
Vladimir works as an Optimist coach in Kyrgyzstan, and is a good sailor and a fast learner. Disadvantaged by his 74 kg in the breeze, he is making the most of the light conditions in Moscow.
„I would like to sail more often in the Finn but we have no boats in Kyrgyzstan, we need Lasers and Finn to train for Asian Games or Finn events.”
In the meantime, Vladimir is enjoying the tough competition among the 38 Finn Junior for the World title. In the first race of the championship, Vladimir finished in a very creditable 13th place in his first ever Finn race, but fared less well in the second race with a 33rd to sit in 24th overall.
Nine races are scheduled from Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th July. The races are being run by Olympic PRO Hans-Peter Hylander from Sweden on Moscow’s northern lake, Klyasminskoye reservoir.
Top 10 (38 entries)

1RUS 6Kistanov Arkadiy6
2RUS 91Sivenkov Viacheslav11
3RUS 28Kotlyarov Artur13
4TUR 27Gozen Cem15
5RUS 151Tsvetkov Vadim16
6POL 11Ponieczynski Artur19
7GER 127Massler Julian21
8RUS 9Filippov Viktor24
9RUS 27Kotlyarov Denis25
10RUS 111Yanitsky Andrey 28
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