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1999 Europeans - Oostende, Belgium

Finn European Championship 1999 - Oostende, Belgium
 

 

1
GBR 54
Iain Percy
2
2
2
1
3
14
1
4
10
25
2
POL 17
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
1
1
3
5
1
7
6
8
2
26
3
CAN 11
Richard Clarke
8
18
1
8
5
8
4
5
DNF
57
4
GER 79
Michael Fellmann
11
6
7
13
9
23
7
41
6
82
5
IRL 8
David burrows
13
8
12
18
2
3
33
19
12
87
6
SWE 7
Fredrik Loof
6
4
52
14
13
42
2
9
1
91
7
RSA 1
Ian Ainslie
3
5
4
35
BFD
2
12
28
4
93
8
GBR 540
David Mellor
21
3
10
6
8
6
39
23
18
95
9
FRA 1
Xavier Rohart
15
12
9
21
14
5
BFD
12
8
96
10
IRL 1
John Driscoll
20
9
8
26
7
10
23
15
5
97
11
BEL 7
Sebastien Godefroid
5
7
20
23
23
21
3
13
7
99
12
AUS 221
Anthony Nossiter
10
26
5
30
20
27
9
3
3
103
13
CZE 304
Michael Maier
4
33
14
16
4
12
19
29
9
107
14
UKR 21
Juri Tokovoi
7
29
15
4
26
9
8
27
13
109
15
CRO 11
Karlo Kuret
12
11
31
9
16
11
13
26
14
112
16
NED 701
Martijn van Muyden
25
16
16
28
6
15
15
2
31
123
17
AUS 222
Paul McKenzie
31
14
25
27
24
20
10
1
15
136
18
ITA 14
Nenad Viali
14
17
23
12
18
18
28
38
17
147
19
AUS 219
Findlay Taylor
26
25
6
11
21
24
5
34
DNF
152
20
GBR 550
Richard Stenhouse
9
30
19
7
15
25
32
21
28
154
21
ITA 71
Massimo Gherarducci
30
19
64
3
27
16
14
35
11
155
22
ITA 1
Luca Devoti
17
23
43
24
11
36
21
10
DNF
185
23
POL 4
Dominik Zycki
40
10
30
2
22
41
17
24
DNF
186
24
NZL 242
Ian Baker
22
21
68
44
28
1
20
43
21
200
25
GER 6
Andreas Buchert
38
34
18
22
34
32
30
6
29
205
26
FRA 7
Sylvain Chtounder
18
55
13
15
19
35
36
32
37
205
27
TUR 6
Ali Enver Adakan
42
43
34
17
10
39
26
30
16
214
28
NZL 19
Stuart Bannatyne
36
24
54
10
12
28
24
51
32
217
29
GRE 6
Emilios Papathanasiou
19
5
27
56
37
33
25
62
19
221
30
AUS 220
Mark Bulka
29
31
24
38
35
19
27
22
36
223
31
BEL 2
Philippe Rogge
45
48
29
34
39
13
22
7
39
228
32
RUS 8
Evgeny Chernov
27
32
22
29
29
29
BFD
31
38
237
33
NED 733
Stefan de Vries (Jr)
47
40
32
50
50
17
18
18
24
246
34
GRE 1
George Kontogouris (Jr)
34
37
37
39
25
37
48
17
25
251
35
SUI 1
Othmar Mller v. Blum.
35
35
49
49
45
22
11
14
45
256
36
GBR 564
Jamie Lea
16
13
21
25
30
BFD
59
BFD
22
264
37
ESP 100
Rafael Trujillo Villar
23
27
35
46
31
48
BFD
37
20
267
38
CZE 479
Michal Hruby
28
42
28
19
44
30
31
47
55
269
39
AUS 223
Carl Schmidt
49
52
17
33
32
45
34
25
47
282
40
USA 1151
Darrell Peck
41
22
11
53
DNF
38
42
53
23
283
41
SUI 471
Christoph burger
46
39
50
20
17
BFD
44
39
46
301
42
DEN 143
Lasse Hjortaes
65
28
41
60
48
47
35
20
27
306
43
SUI 465
Christoph Christen
52
45
45
32
36
44
43
33
34
312
44
ESP 260
Agustin Juarez
37
38
44
37
38
40
38
65
41
313
45
FRA 11
Mathieu Deplanque
55
DNF
39
36
43
26
50
45
26
320
46
NZL 27
Clifton Webb (Jr)
51
36
DNF
DNF
DNF
4
16
11
DNF
352
47
CAN 1
Eric Oetgen
39
51
55
31
46
55
53
42
35
352
48
GBR 567
Daniel Dixon
48
50
51
43
40
43
49
55
30
354
49
HUN 1
Balazs Hadju
44
54
38
54
42
31
BFD
16
DNF
357
50
POL 41
Andrzej Czapski
43
44
26
41
52
BFD
BFD
46
33
363
51
POL 7
Rafal Szukiel
57
56
46
45
58
51
40
36
53
384
52
GRE 8
Alexandros Dragoutsis (Jr)
56
48
36
52
57
49
BFD
48
42
388
53
USA 1168
Geoffrey Ewenson
59
53
62
57
54
46
37
44
43
393
54
USA 1078
Andrew Kern
DNF
41
56
40
47
34
BFD
58
49
403
55
GER 81
Jan Dietmar Dellas
54
49
53
64
41
52
56
63
40
408
56
TUR 44
Akif Muslubas
60
DNF
42
47
33
BFD
29
BFD
44
411
58
GRE 11
Christos Chionas (Jr)
63
46
40
63
51
BFD
55
57
52
427
57
GBR 555
Simon Stonehouse
53
47
65
55
60
58
41
69
48
427
59
GBR 5
John Greenwood
33
DNF
72
48
BFD
50
45
54
50
430
60
AUS 225
Graeme Taylor
71
15
58
67
56
59
BFD
52
DNF
456
61
GBR 8
Tim Carver
32
DNF
33
62
49
BFD
47
BFD
DNF
457
62
SUI 460
Daniel Brun
70
DNF
60
42
53
BFD
46
56
56
461
63
USA 1138
Scott Griffiths
58
57
63
66
59
53
54
66
54
464
64
CZE 13
Rudolf Lidarik (Jr)
61
DNF
67
59
62
57
51
50
58
465
65
IRL 5
Youen Jacob
62
DNF
57
51
65
BFD
64
40
57
474
66
GER 10
Eberhard Bieberitz
67
58
59
58
DNF
56
58
68
51
475
67
GER 22
Martin Mitterer
64
DNF
48
65
55
54
52
61
DNF
477
68
IRL 10
Colin Chapman
24
18
47
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
479
69
AUS 213
Jake Gunter
69
60
69
DNF
61
63
60
49
62
493
70
GBR 10
Robert Deaves
68
DNF
70
61
67
60
61
64
59
510
71
GER 166
Alexandros Ruck
72
DNF
73
68
63
61
57
67
61
522
72
UKR 47
Sergiy Kotov (Jr)
74
61
75
71
64
62
DSQ
59
60
526
73
USA 1163
Emil  de Balthazar
75
59
66
69
66
64
DNF
DNF
63
540
74
HUN 4
Tibor Pallay (Jr)
76
DNF
74
72
69
65
62
60
64
542
75
BEL 8
Filip Verhaeghe
73
DNF
71
70
68
66
63
70
DNF
559
76
POL 1
Marcin Wojtoniak (Jr)
66
DNF
61
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
595
77
AUT 271
Florian Raudaschl (Jr)
50
DNF
DNS
DNS
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
DNF
596
 
 
 
 
 

1999 Europeans report

 

 

Organised by the LBWB and the Royal North Sea Yacht Club the 1999 Finn Europeans promised to be very interesting, and interesting it certainly was. Sebastien Godefroid was out to defend his title and it was the last chance for Clifton Webb (who turned 21 during the event) to win the Juniors. The sailing itself was quite tricky with strong tides and large waves. For the Italian, Irish and Australian sailors, the regatta was used as part of the Olympic selection process. The regatta was sailed under a new format agreed in Melbourne. Nine races were sailed over six days with one discard after 5 races were completed. In less than 12 knots of wind the course was a trapezoid outer loop and a triangle/windward return in over 12 knots.

 

 

Tough Day!

 

When 20 knots of wind meet with an opposite current of 3.5 knots and air temperature of 10ø, on the North sea, it means a difficult day! Finn sailors, usually known as the toughest, were glad to reach the shore after their two first races of the European Championship.

 

 

The start was planned at 11am and a few sailors decided to go out early to check the current and wind. They had plenty of time to do so...when the rest of the fleet decided to launch, the Oostend-Dover Sea-Cat arrived on schedule (10am) in Oostende, blocking the entrance of the harbour for a good hour! The first race was of course delayed and the fleet (minus 10 sailors training outside) had no choice but to wait on shore for the reopening of the Harbour!

 

 

After one recall, the black flag came quickly to dissuade early starters. Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Iain Percy led at the top mark, with a good distance from Sebastien Godefroid, Ian Ainslie and Michael Maier. The leaders remained in the same order during the race except Sebastien Godefroid who fell to 5th after breaking his boom vang on the reach.

 

 

After a good start, Xavier Rohart was leading the second race. He remained in front during the beat and the two reaches until he broke his cunningham and conceded the advantage to Iain Percy. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (him again!) after rounding the top mark in 16th position, climbed to 6th after the reaches, to second place after the run, and then won the race after a tacking dual with Iain Percy. We are all by now used to the skills and speed of Mateusz, but today, even his father could not believe it!

 

 

Juri Saraskin, had a very boring day. After the motor of his boat broke down at the gybe mark, Juri was left drifting all day without being rescued. Fortunately for him the tide pushed him towards the shore where he landed 5 1/2 hours later!!

 

 

Iain Percy takes Lead

 

The wind, blowing 15 to 20 knots from the west (along the Belgium coast), was again opposite to the current and the black flag was displayed automatically after the first general recall. Australian Anthony Nossiter led the fleet to the top mark with a big lead on David Mellor, and fellow Australians Finn Taylor and Carl Schmidt. Anthony remained in the lead until the last beat. In the meantime, Richard Clarke was working his way up the fleet. After rounding the first mark in 10th position, the Canadian (with his San Diego North sail and a new Devoti boat) made a small gain on the reaches and second beat by hitting the right corner. The race was nearly won for Richard after passing 6 more boats on the run, by choosing to go on the sand bank for less unfavourable current. He followed Iain Percy on the right side of the last beat but continued to the lay line while the Brit came back to cover Mateusz and Anthony. With the wind shifting to the right Richard won with Iain Percy second, and Mateusz third in front of Ian Ainslie.

 

 

It was a bad race for Fredrik L””f who didn't work out the tide as well as Richard. After going right on the run and out of the sand bar, the Swede lost 20 boats against the stronger current. The last beat did not help either and the World Champion collected one of his worst races ever in 53 position!

 

 

With big black clouds rolling towards the fleet, the threat of a thunderstorm and big wind shifts, the second race was postponed. The sky never completely cleared but after a few good showers and a more stabilised wind, the second start was given. Another big black cloud on the left of the course influenced the wind and most of the fleet to this favoured side. Dominik Zycki was well ahead at the windward mark, with Massimo Gherarducci second and Juri Tokovoi third. Dominik conserved his lead on the reaches but Iain Percy passed 7 boats into 4th place behind Massimo, now in third, and Juri Tokovoi in second. The second beat was shortened and Dominik conserved his lead, with Juri Tokovoi and Iain Percy coming closer behind. The run did not cause many upsets and Dominik, still in front on the last beat had to fight with Iain Percy who finally passed him 100 meters before the finish. Using a Latini mast and North UK kevlar sails, as well as great racing tactics, Iain Percy is at this stage the main threat for Mateusz, with a 3 point lead over the Pole. First Junior is George Kontogouris in 35th place.

 

 

Mateusz Kusznierewicz Back in First!

 

Once again, the Harbour was closed for nearly an hour while the Finn fleet was leaving the shore for their day's race. As a result, 20 boats including a few coaches and rescue boats got stacked in the harbour. When they finally escaped it was well past starting time! Fortunately, the start had been postponed to give them the chance to start but the 5 minute gun went as soon as they arrived. The weather forecast had been promising less wind but 17 to 20 knots were recorded on the racing area. The current was in the same direction as the wind but the waves were as high as 2 meters. "It was the perfect conditions for me," declared Mateusz after coming back to shore with a 3rd victory. "The waves were bigger and longer than yesterday. This is when I am the best!" Leading from start to finish, the Gold medalist did not take any chances. With no big clouds and steady wind, speed was the more important factor. Second place was shared by Iain Percy, Michael Maier and then finally David Burrows across the line. Iain Percy took third place in front of Michael Maier and Richard Clarke.

 

 

After 5 races, Mateusz claimed back the top position from Iain Percy. The Brit is only 1 point behind and with a 15 point break on Richard Clarke in third place, the end of the regatta looked like turning into a dual. George Kontogouris is still leading the Junior division in 38th place in front of Stefan De Vries, 46th and Alexandros Dragoutsis 54th.

 

 

Iain Percy Back in the Lead Again

 

Race 6 started on time at 11am, after a notice was given to all competitors to leave the harbour before 9.40am and the closure of the harbour. The conditions were once again very enjoyable with a nice breeze averaging 10 knots and bright sunshine. As usual the black flag was hoisted on the second attempt. It resulted with 4 disqualifications and another general recall. The third start was the good one and 4 more heads dropped!

 

 

The kiwis, who had not particularly shone in this regatta decided to catch up with good results. Ian Baker, after a rocket start, was leading the fleet to the top mark from the right side just ahead of Clifton Webb (well rested from his 2 days break following a neck injury) and David Mellor. On the small reach (trapezoid outer loop) and the downwind, the New Zealanders protected their advance, Ian Baker 100m in front of Clifton, while Ian Ainslie passed David Burrows and Dave Mellor. Ian Baker conserved his lead to win the race from Ian Ainslie and David Burrows.

 

 

Race 7 started under black flag (8 boats DSQ) with a favoured pin end of the line. Fredrik L””f and Luca Devoti along with Finn Taylor, Sebastien Godefroid and Richard Clarke, crossed in front of everyone and remained on the left side, favoured at the time. Sebastien Godefroid took the lead on the run but unfortunately, touched the leeward mark and lost places while doing his 720 penalty turn. In the meantime, Iain Percy gained ground on the downwind legs. While the last beat didn't provide many opportunities, Iain Percy took the lead on the run in front of Fredrik L””f while Mateusz slipped down a few places to 7th after being 'yellow flagged' for pumping. Iain Percy won his second race and took the overall lead, 6 points in front of Mateusz.

 

 

Australia Day!

 

The wind was light (8 to 10 knots) today from the North, the sea was flat despite a slight swell and the current strong (1.8 kn) running across the wind. The pin end of the line was favoured but the right side of the course looked like the way to go, as a result, both ends of the starting line were busy. Anthony Nossiter, Paul McKenzie and Richard Clarke started at the pin end, went to the left before crossing the fleet to the right. The Aussies were in front at the top mark (Nossiter 1st, McKenzie 2nd). Richard, overlaid the mark and passed 4th, just in front of Martijn van Muyden and Iain Percy. Martijn, very fast down wind, took the lead during the run (trapezoid outer loop). On the second beat, while the 3 leaders sailed more conservatively in the middle, Richard Clarke went hard right. Paul McKenzie rounded the top mark just ahead of Anthony Nossiter and Martijn. Iain Percy gained one place, in front of Richard, Andreas Buchert and Philippe Rogge. On the last downwind, Martijn's speed led him to second place, in front of Anthony, but wasn't enough to pass Paul McKenzie, winner of the race. Iain Percy remained in 4th position and increased to 9 points his overall lead over Mateusz, 8th. Richard Clarke is now unbeatable in 3rd place in the overall results, with 36 points break on David Burrows. Black flag casualties: Jamie Lea, Akif Muslubas and Tim Carver collected their second one today!

 

 

The guest stars of 'In the busy Oostende Harbour' new episode are: Andy Kern, Ian Ainslie and Emilios Papathanasiou. After missing the Finn departure time this morning and ignoring the red lights on their way out, the 3 sailors had a close sight of the Ferry coming in the Harbour! They made it on time to the starting line but may be disqualified if the Chief of rescue wins a protest against them tonight!

 

 

Iain Percy is the new Finn European Champion!

 

Until the end, Mateusz Kusznierewicz had a chance to beat the Brit after finishing in second position behind Fredrik L””f in today's intense race. For that, Iain had to finish at least 9 places behind the Pole. With everyone counting the sailors across the finishing line, the suspense reached its climax when Iain Percy finally crossed...in 10th place to win the championship. Once again, the victory escaped Mateusz by a 'little' deadly point. Once again his defeat is served by Fredrik L””f, who won the race only half a meter from the Gold medalist, after a fierce tacking dual to the finishing line. Mateusz is not bitter: "I am still happy with the way I went today and during this regatta. My worse result is an eighth place and for me it is a great achievement."

 

 

And to beat him it needed a very talented and focused sailor: Iain Percy has surely all these qualities and many more! When asked about the recipe for his victory, Iain's answer is very clear and analytic. "I have good fitness and I was also very focussed for this regatta. I had here the ideal conditions for racing as it is exactly what we get on the other side of the Channel. If I am a bit slower than Mateusz down wind I am faster upwind." Today, Iain had it all again, but with a "too conservative start and lots of stress," it was the hardest race for Iain.

 

 

Richard Clarke who had secured his third position yesterday already, did not sail on the last day. Michael Fellmann took 4th place and won his place in the Olympics!

 

 

It was a very close regatta in the Junior division as well, with Stefan de Vries winning the title from George Kontogouris, only 1 place and 5 points ahead of the Greek. Third place goes to Clifton Webb who scored some good results (4, 16, 11) despite a sore neck and 4 DNF. At the age of 19, Stefan is happy with his results. "I did not have time to train as much as I wanted. I had to concentrate lots of time on my studies this year. So I am really happy with winning this title."

 

 

In 10th place is John Driscoll who is counting on the Kiel week regatta to get even with David Burrows for his last Olympic qualification opportunity. While Sebastien Godefroid is disappointed in 11th position in a regatta many people expected him to win, Anthony Nossiter is satisfied in 12th, 5 places ahead of Paul McKenzie and 7th from Finn Taylor in the first Olympic selection regatta for Australia. Luca Devoti has won his ticket for Sydney 2000 after being the first Italian after Hyeres, SPA and the European Championship.

 

 

Many thanks to the Royal North Sea Yacht Club, Regatta organisers and sponsors who provided the Finn sailors with a great regatta and fair sailing. Thanks also to the Lefebvre sailmakers who were kept very busy by the Finn sailors and the sail measurer (your reporter) during this event!

 

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