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Europeans - Marseille, France
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Silver Cup (U23 Worlds) - Balatonfured, Hungary
Registration and Measurement • 20-22 August
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Racing 22-27 August (2,3,2,3,2,1)
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Finn Gold Cup - Balatonfoldvar, Hungary
Registration and Measurement • 1-3 September
Practice Race • 3 September
Racing • 4-10 September (Medal Race 10 September)
2017.finngoldcup.org (coming soon) • http://spartacus.hu

 

January 2017

 
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2002 Finn Gold Cup - Athens, Greece

 
 
Pos
Sail No
Helm
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Pts
1
GBR 3
Ben Ainslie
6
2
5
1
1
2
2
8
19
2
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
5
91
16
3
2
1
3
7
37
3
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanasiou
1
1
13
91
3
10
9
5
42
4
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
7
4
15
6
7
5
7
11
47
5
ESP 100
Rafael Trujizo Villar
21
6
1
14
25
3
4
1
50
6
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
3
19
7
4
18
11
1
6
50
7
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
11
33
6
2
17
13
6
12
67
8
FRA 73
Guillaume Florent
2
15
3
28
9
16
17
9
71
9
GBR 6
Andrew Simpson
12
40
8
7
24
26
5
2
84
10
FRA 17
Pascal Rambeau
25
14
9
15
4
7
16
37
90
11
GBR 541
Chris Brittle (J)
32
7
18
17
26
4
13
13
98
12
GBR 15
Charlie Cumbley
9
5
10
29
8
12
30
27
100
13
BRA 10
Joao Signorini
10
17
4
9
13
18
91
33
104
14
IRL 8
David Burrows
18
69
23
19
12
14
14
23
123
15
CZE 1
Michael Maier
49
3
38
13
39
6
10
16
125
16
SWE 7
Kristian Aderman
19
35
12
16
6
22
28
25
128
17
CRO 25
Marin Mizura (J)
20
8
28
20
19
23
11
29
129
18
NED 6
Stefan de Vries
13
18
17
12
14
21
38
36
131
19
USA 1176
Gregory Skidmore
31
11
27
91
5
9
23
28
134
20
CRO 14
Nenad Viali
8
37
33
25
37
19
12
4
138
21
AUS 221
Anthony Nossiter
14
9
41
10
66
40
8
19
141
22
DEN 7
Soren Holm
17
91
30
11
27
8
19
34
146
23
POL 12
Waclaw Szukiel
51
21
11
22
38
48
15
3
158
24
NZL 27
Clifton Webb
38
10
21
33
30
30
18
31
173
25
SWE 736
Johan Tillander
22
25
49
44
10
35
33
10
179
26
FRA 7
Sylvain Chtounder
27
22
22
30
91
34
22
26
183
27
GBR 577
Dave Mellor
46
20
50
5
56
29
20
18
188
28
SLO 5
Gasper Vincec (J)
91
24
29
21
11
36
35
35
191
29
BRA 109
Jorge Zarif
34
26
40
31
54
15
24
21
191
30
BRA 1
Bruno Prada
60
28
2
39
45
44
21
14
193
31
NED 785
Jaap Zichlhuis
4
12
31
8
23
25
91
91
194
32
POL 7
Rafal Szukiel
47
13
19
43
20
32
32
44
203
33
SUI 477
Christoph Burger
37
45
91
24
15
37
26
22
206
34
FRA 11
Mathieu Deplanque
26
41
14
26
48
20
34
56
209
35
USA 1161
Morrison Hart
15
16
24
41
31
43
41
53
211
36
USA 1170
Geoffrey Ewenson
24
36
25
91
32
28
39
38
222
37
SWE 734
Anders Nilson
28
71
39
32
29
24
40
30
222
38
GRE 12
Apostolos Karnoutsos
48
27
47
23
22
91
31
39
237
39
IRL 10
Aaron O'Grady
54
51
42
38
21
17
27
47
243
40
IRL 5
Youen Jacob
43
39
20
45
91
53
25
20
245
41
RUS 1
Vladimir Krutskikh
56
42
51
50
28
31
29
15
246
42
AUS 228
Josh Beaver
23
60
34
18
60
38
47
42
262
43
FIN 216
Tapio Nirkko (J)
44
23
36
48
41
47
37
48
276
44
USA 40
Bryan Boyd
39
48
43
49
16
35
51
73
281
45
GRE 8
Alexandros Dragoutsis
33
29
52
62
33
33
49
52
281
46
CAN 4
Mike Milner
30
59
35
37
53
41
45
40
281
47
GBR 2
Adam Cowling
40
38
26
35
34
65
52
66
290
48
RUS 7
Vladislav Kapitonov
63
32
45
42
44
45
36
46
290
49
GBR 550
Matt Howard
36
52
48
36
91
39
60
24
295
50
ITA 15
Michele Marchesini
58
43
32
52
75
27
53
43
308
51
TUR 7
Akif Muslubas
29
56
46
34
50
42
54
68
311
52
CZE 9
Michal Hruby
50
55
37
27
49
62
42
61
321
53
ITA 11
Walter Riosa
35
44
56
40
51
64
91
41
331
54
UKR 21
Sergey Kotov (J)
53
80
58
66
46
49
56
17
345
55
CAN 41
Christopher Cook
16
78
44
53
35
91
91
45
362
56
GBR 593
Edward Greig (J)
71
47
66
61
57
55
57
32
375
57
ITA 841
Filippo Caporali
57
61
60
46
36
60
91
55
375
58
BRA 100
Mauricio Bueno
66
49
62
91
40
52
44
63
381
59
GER 126
Paul Kessler
45
63
68
54
70
58
43
54
385
60
BLR 8
Vladislav Aleinikov
42
46
55
57
65
59
91
65
389
61
NED 80
Sander Willems
52
64
73
55
52
56
48
64
391
62
USA 78
Andrew Kern
69
54
91
47
62
70
46
49
397
63
DEN 9
Thomas Laursen
91
31
57
58
59
51
91
51
398
64
GER 81
JanDietmar Dellas
59
66
69
59
47
50
50
67
398
65
NED 784
Albert Jurgens
62
34
53
51
69
61
91
69
399
66
AUT 271
Florian Raudaschl
41
50
67
60
91
46
91
50
405
67
GER 121
Thomas Finke (J)
73
57
70
65
42
69
55
57
415
68
ESP 292
Miguel Santaursuca Vilas
64
70
64
64
63
54
59
58
426
69
GRE 11
Pachomios Papastefanou (J)
77
30
75
56
67
72
65
74
439
70
HUN 61
Tibor Pallay
65
83
59
63
61
57
63
72
440
71
POL 9
Piotr Zoltowski (J)
67
77
54
91
55
71
62
60
446
72
ITA 890
Iacopo Tacchino (J)
91
62
63
67
80
63
61
75
471
73
GRE 1
Aggelos Boubouras (J)
76
53
74
73
73
67
66
70
476
74
GER 150
Gunter Hoffmann
70
65
77
70
43
77
91
76
478
75
BLR 7
Ivan Korotkevith (J)
75
81
71
69
91
68
58
62
484
76
NED 804
Cees Scheurwater
61
68
91
72
74
66
64
91
496
77
GRE 71
Panagiotis Davourlis
82
76
65
74
68
73
91
59
497
78
POL 40
Robert Polczynski
55
74
61
68
64
91
91
91
504
79
NED 788
Pim de Visser (J)
68
67
82
77
72
79
68
79
510
80
NED 787
Nanno Schuttrups (J)
78
75
76
76
58
75
91
78
516
81
HUN 2
Peter Sipos
74
58
81
80
77
78
91
77
525
82
GRE 62
Kostantinos Mitropoulos (J)
79
73
84
75
71
81
69
91
532
83
RSA 468
Boris Miladinovic
84
85
78
79
82
74
67
80
549
84
AUS 223
Dean McAullay
72
79
72
71
91
91
91
91
567
85
HUN 30
Bence Sipos (J)
91
91
80
78
81
80
91
71
572
86
HUN 6
Pal Gaszton (J)
81
72
85
91
76
76
91
91
572
87
GER 92
Detlev Guminski
80
84
79
81
79
82
91
91
576
88
GER 12
David Guminski (J)
83
82
83
82
78
83
91
91
582
89
DEN 200
Jonas HoeghChristensen (J)
91
91
91
91
91
91
91
91
637
89
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
91
91
91
91
91
91
91
91
637
 
 
Finn Gold Cup 2002 Report
by Corinne Rolland-McKenzie.
 
The 2002 Finn Gold Cup was sailed in Athens, Greece from July 22 to 28 and provided Great Britain with its first World Champion for 26 years - and someone who had been in the class just six months.
 
Day one
Emilios Papathanasiou proved that he is the king at home after winning the first two races with ease. For everyone else it was a hard day. The capricious wind, favouring the right side of the course early afternoon, turned constantly to the left, with three major shifts during the afternoon. The first one cost the first race, cancelled as the leaders had the finish line in sight! Class newcomer, Joao Signorini from Brazil, had fought hard to remain in the lead, 100 meters from a race victory, but the checked flag was flown and great hope turned into bitter frustration. The 100 degrees shift that had hit the top of the course didn't leave any other option to the race committee. Emilios Papathanasiou, placed in the last 10, as well as many top Finn sailors who had taken a bad option, blessed the wise decision of the race committee and the PRO George Sklavounos!
 
The start of the first race was given again in light conditions and a small chop. The left side was again favoured. Jaap Zielhuis shared the lead with Nenad Viali until Emilios came from fourth at the last top mark to win the race. Guillaume Florent made his way back from a 15th place to second across the line in front of Sebastien Godefroid. First Junior was Marin Misura in 20th position.
 
The second race of the day started under Q flag and a triangle course after a clean first start. Emilios led all the boats going to the left. He increased his lead on the reaches and the last run. After the first leg to the windward mark, the wind decreased to 12 knots. The Q flag for 'free' pumping was unchanged until the bottom mark allowing the sailors to demonstrate their pumping skills!! The second major shift of the day happened on the second reach. The wind turned more drastically on the last beat. Ben Ainslie made the largest gain to finish second in front of Michael Maier and Karlo Kuret. Marin Misura, the Junior from Croatia, finished in 8th.
 
Day two
Ben Ainslie from Great Britain took the lead overall after two beautiful races. With no less than two Olympic Medals and World titles in the Laser class, the British sailors is making a brilliant debut in the Finn class. After placing fifth in the first race of the day, Ben claimed victory in the second. Early regatta leader, Emilios is now in 22nd place after two bad starts and breaking his rudder in the last race after a collision.
 
The wind had settled to a stable direction and varied only from 8 to 12 knots in a very choppy sea. The committee used the windward leeward course in both races and produced high quality and fair racing.
 
The first start was given under individual recall and as usual the pin end was crowded. Rafael Trujillo got clear on the left side of the course to lead the race, to the finish. Brazilians Bruno Prada and Joao Signorini placed in second and fourth places with Guillaume Florent from France in third.
 
Sebastien Godefroid, Ben Ainslie and Michael Fellmann fought to the finish to cross the line within two meters of each other! Following them, Christoph Burger made a last effort to catch a wave that cost him the race - he collected his second yellow flag from the jury!
 
Race four got under way with 20 boats fighting for a pole position at the pin end, Emilios hit another boat and had to start way back after taking his penalty turn. After a rocket start, Michael Fellmann rounded the top mark in front of Ben, Gregory Skidmore and Mateusz Kusznierewicz.
 
Ben passed the German on the second beat, only by a boat length. They entered the last run to the finish with a 30 second lead on Mateusz and Joao Signorini.
 
Day three
Ben Ainslie and Mateusz Kusznierewicz reigned on the third day of racing, winning one race each and placing second in the other. The two Olympic Medalists displayed great racing skills, especially on the downwind legs, under the watchful eye of the Jury. The Pole was now back in contention for the title after discarding a race disqualification following two yellow flags on the first day of racing.
 
The wind varied between 8 to 14 knots towards the end of the last race. The sea was flat with waves starting to appear on the last run.
 
The start of race five was given under black flag, after a general recall. The wind had settled since the previous day and minor shifts made racing tricky. Pascal Rambeau led to the top mark. "I started in the middle of the line and played with the shifts." He was soon passed on the downwind leg by Ben. Mateusz and Emilios closed the gap at the second top mark and passed the Frenchman on the run. Ben claimed his second victory followed across the line by Mateusz, Emilios, Pascal Rambeau and Greg Skidmore.
 
Danish Junior Jonas Hoegh-Christensen had to withdraw from the race and the Championship after getting a third disqualification by the jury for pumping upwind!
 
The second race of the day (race six) started with winds averaging 12 knots. The line was even and the wind shifting slightly across the course. Rafael Trujillo first at the mark, lost some ground on the run but kept the lead. The Spaniard entered the last run to the finish with Ben and Mateusz on his tail. A real show of downwind techniques was displayed with Mateusz winning the contest and the race. "I finally had some great fun downwind, the waves were big enough to allow good surfing." Ben took second place in front of Rafael Trujillo. British Junior Chris Brittle placed fourth.
 
Day four
After waiting several hours at the Olympiakos Yacht Club for a storm to pass over Athens, Finn sailors left for the seventh and eighth race of the Championship with a strong sea breeze.
 
After a general recall, the race started under black flag for an Olympic triangle and 'free upwind pumping'. A few sailors decided to go back to the yacht club after the wind increased to 20 knots and lift the sea to a 2.5 meter rolling waves.
 
Sebastien won the race in what he describes as being his favourites conditions: "It was great fun out there, I love these big waves, a pity there wasn't a second one!!." The start was slightly favoured at the committee boat. Andrew Simpson went to the left to reach the top mark in front of Sebastien and Mateusz. The wing mark was hidden by the big waves and the top sailors went too high. Sebastien and Mateusz were the first one to locate it and took the opportunity to pass Andrew. Ben and Sebastien passed Mateusz and Andrew on the second beat. Sebastien took the lead on the last run and Ben made the most of his 90kg to finish second in front of Mateusz.
 
Day five
The 90 sailors engaged in the Finn Gold Cup came into their last day of sailing with hope to finish the championship with two good races. The conditions were perfect with nice big waves and medium wind. After the end of race eight won by Rafael Trujillo, the sailors were sent back to the yacht club with a postponement. Still expecting to go out again to enjoy the good conditions for the last race of the championship, sailors and coaches were disappointed when the racing was definitely cancelled.
 
None of this will bring to disrepute the magnificent performance of Ben Ainslie and his fellow competitors, Mateusz who takes second and Emilios in third position.
 
The top three Juniors are Chris Brittle who has retained his title, Marin Misura and his training partner, Gasper Vincec from Slovenia.
 
The top nine countries to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics (under ISAF approval and protests) are: GBR, POL, CRO, ESP, BEL, GER, FRA, BRA and IRL
 

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