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353 Finn Masters ready for Championship

The Finn World Masters Championship could break the record of 355 entries set in 2016.

Club Nàutico El Balís, Spain, is ready and at full speed to host the Finn World Masters Championship, which races will run from Monday 21 May until Friday 25 May.

The exact number of registrations will be known during this weekend.

Participants could break the event mark set in Torbole, Italy, with 355 in the 2016 championship. Up to Friday, 353 members are confirmed so the record could be broken.

Practice races will be run on Sunday and the first championship starting gun will sound on Monday, for the 350+ boats from 32 countries.

At CN El Balís, Russian Vladimir Krutskikh will defend his world championship title won in 2017 after defeating in a dramatic finish Rafa Trujillo from Cadiz, who finished second.

Krutskikh, who also won in 2015, will have as toughest opponents Christoph Burger, Piet Eckert and Thierry Van Viersse among others.

Henry Sprague, who won the world championship in 1974, will fight for his third title at the Legends category (70 to 80 yrs). He will have tough competitors this year, especially in light winds.

Other key participants include three-time Legends winner Howard Sellars, who is back at the event, two-time champion Richard Hart and 2013 winner Friedrich Müller.

Time does not go by for the Super Legends. In the last two championships, the event only had one participant at this category, but this year five octogenarians will compete.

Two previous winners, Pedro Jiménez-Meifren and Gerd Bohnsack, will be back at CN El Balís, but the biggest challenge will be assumed by Gus Miller, the oldest member of the fleet.

British 28 Entries

GBR - 13 Roman Khodykin Mengeham Rythe SC M_M
GBR - 14 Steve Sampson Dell Quay Sailing Club L_M
GBR - 2 Allen Burrell Thorpe Bay YC GM_M
GBR - 20 Andy Denison Christchurch GM_M
GBR - 21 Michael de Courcy Mengeham Rythe SC GM_M
GBR - 22 Andrew Wylam Mengeham Rythe SC GGM_M
GBR - 35 Soeren Vonsild WRSC GM_M
GBR - 40 Russell New Christchurch Sailing Club M_M
GBR - 42 Richard Phillips Christchurch Sailing Club GGM_M
GBR - 52 Will Patten RHYC GM_M
GBR - 564 Peter Vinton Warsash Sailing Club GGM_M
GBR - 58 Paul Brown Notts. County Sailing Club L_M
GBR - 605 Colin Evans Chew Valey Lake S.C. GGM_M
GBR - 61 John Heyes Mengeham Rythe SC GM_M
GBR - 63 Keith Fedi Creeksea Sailing Club GGM_M
GBR - 631 Richard Hart Mengeham Rythe S.C. L_M
GBR - 635 Simon Percival Christchurch Sailing Club M_M
GBR - 681 Garry Phare Royal Torbay Yacht Club GGM_M
GBR - 720 Julian Smith Mengham Rythe SC GM_M
GBR - 723 William Chalker TBA SC GM_M
GBR - 74 Lawrence Crispin Stone Sailing Club GM_M
GBR - 76 Frederik van Arkel Chew Valley S/C GM_M
GBR - 771 Paul Smith Warsash SC GM_M
GBR - 777 Howard Sellars Warsash SC L_M
GBR - 80 Ray New Christchurch Sailing Club L_M
GBR - 88 Jonathan Tweedle Oxford Sailing Club / RAFSA M_M
GBR - 90 Richard Sharp Bough Beech SC GM_M
GBR - 93 Tim Simpson Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club GM_M

Club Nàutico El Balís, Spain

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