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Opening day of Finn World Masters in La Rochelle

The racing on the opening day of the 2013 Finn World Masters in La Rochelle was simply fantastic. Despite the cold inclement weather, with low cloud, non-stop drizzle and temperatures around 10 degrees, about 95 per cent of the fleet went racing and a grand time was had by all.

After the first two races, three times champion Andre Budzien (GER) shares the lead with Erik Lidecis (USA), sailing his first Masters, after both sailors won both races in their respective fleets. Karl Purdie (NZL), in his first year in the Finn is in third after a 4, 2. Allen Burrell of Britain is in eighth place after an 11 and 4.

Taken from back of a Finn using a stern mount and GoPro camera set to time lapse imagesClick image for a larger image

While the real surprise of the day was that four time champion Michael Maier (CZE) got beaten twice, Karl Purdie put in two great results to sit one place ahead of Maier. Twice the OK Dinghy World champion, he switched to the Finn last year. “Coming from the OK to the Finn was not too much of a transition, apart from the free pumping that is."

Sailing in the Yellow fleet, Lidecis said, “I had two mid-line starts, managed to punch out OK. In the first race it went pretty hard right but I was left. Luckily it came back to the left enough for me to cross the fleet and the rest was just about following the course."

Was he surprised to win both? “Yes, it's exciting. It's great to beat Maier twice. I think he's not too happy about that. But that's cool. If it ended today I'd be happy. To come all this way and in a boat I've only sailed twice and do this is just great.”

Lidecis is being coached here by the 2010 Finn World Champion Ed Wright (GBR). “I've learned a lot from him. He so driven and focused and just pushes me all the time, so he's definitely made a big difference.”

Both races in the Blue fleet went to Budzien, though he had a harder time than Lidecis. Both blue fleet races had one recall. In the first race Tauras Rymonis (LTU) led at the first with with Budzien in third. Budzien pulled through downwind to take the win. In the second race he rounded the top mark in 30th but surged through to the lead downwind again. He lost two places on the next upwind but retook the lead on the final downwind to win his second race of the day.

The general recalls for the second race took their toll with 39 black flag disqualifications across both fleets. Two more races are scheduled for Tuesday, with less wind forecast and also less rain. The sailors live in hope. The championship concludes on Friday.

Finn - Masters World Championship - Results after 2 races (285 entries)
1  GER  711 BUDZIEN Andrea SCHWERINER YC 1 1 2
1  USA  505 LIDESIC Erik BCYC ABYC 1 1 2
3  NZL  111 PURDIE Karl WORSER BAY BC 4 2 6
4  CZE   1 MAIER Michael YCR ROUDNICE 3 3 6
5  LTU   7 RYMONIS Tauras LFA/NAUTIKUS 3 6 9
6  SWE   22 FAGERLUND Stefan SODERTALJE BATKLUBB 6 5 11
7  FRA   75 HAY Laurent Y C ILE DE FRANCE 12 3 15
8  GBR   2 BURRELL Allen THORPE BAY YACHT 11 4 15
9  ITA   2 BUGLIELLI Marco CIRCOLO VELA ROMA 5 15 20
10  GER  707 BREUER Uli YC RURSEE 17 4 21
10  GER  707 BREUER Uli YC RURSEE 17 4 21
11  NZL   10 HODGENBOOM David WAIUKU YACHT CLUB 13 8 21
12  NZL   2 HALL Raymond WAIUKU YACHT CLUB 8 14 22
13  SUI   63 GAUTSCHI Thomas BIELERSEE 7 16 23
14  NED  881 VAN VIERSSEN Thierry ROYAL YC LOOSDRECHT 7 17 24
15  CRO   1 MINSKI Fabris YC LABUD 9 15 24
16  DEN   6 HALL Lars ROYAL DANISH YC 2 24 26
17  NED   41 VAN HELLEMOND Karel HWH KWVL 15 11 26
18  NZL   9 COUTTS Rob NOUVELLE ZELAND 13 13 26
19  SUI   55 HEINZ Beat SEGEL CLUB URI 4 23 27
20  DEN   80 STAAL Michael DRAGOER SEJLKLUB 6 21 27
Other Leading GBR:
25  GBR   6 MACKIE John PORT DINORWIC SC 24 9 33
27  GBR  642 BRUNTON Adrian HAYLING FERRY SC 29 7 36
37  GBR   20 DENISON Andrew CHRISTCHURCH 18 26 44
40  GBR  679 ROBINSON Neil MENGEHAM RYTHE SC 37 10 47
41  GBR  635 PERCIVAL Simon CHRISTCHURCH SC 42 6 48
42  GBR   17 BLOWERS Paul GURNARD 37 12 49
44  GBR  711 PETIT Simon MENGEHAM RYTHE SC 31 22 53
52  GBR   61 HEYES John MENGEHAM RYTHE SC 41 24 65
53  GBR  708 DE COURCY Michael MENGEHAM RHYTHE SC 50 16 66

Robert Deaves
20 May 2013 22:27 GMT


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