Ian Ainslie reports from the European Finn Masters Cup at Tihany, Lake Balaton, Hungary

 
 
 

In olden times, Hindus were expected to go through four stages of life—the life of a student, the life of a house-holder, the life of a retired ascetic and the life of a renunciate monk. These stages were prescribed by the scriptures to gradually lead Hindus away from the pursuit of enjoyment to its renunciation in favour of the spiritual world.

In modern times, it has been dictated that Finn sailors go through the stages of life as a student, masters, grandmasters, great grandmasters before finally attaining the ultimate enjoyment and renunciation of piety: the legend.

50 odd old bullets from 10 countries descended upon the picturesque peninsula of Lake Balaton for the 4th Euro Finn masters regatta to celebrate the renunciation of growing old. The event was held, as usual, at the excellent facilities of THE (Tihany hajos egylet). Early autumn is the best time for racing on Balaton. The water and air temperatures are still warm and the wind starts to rouse from its summer torpor. The race committee ran nine excellent races with a few free pumping legs conveniently interspersed with mostly light/medium conditions to allow time for the effects of voltarin to kick in.

Racing was close and competitive. The top four overall had all competed in the Olympics during their 'student' phase of life. On Balaton, there is seldom a very obvious way to go, making it very easy to get a high score. It is common for there to be different influences on each side of the course. it was better to commit to a side of the course and go for either the shift on the left or the better pressure on the right. Being too conservative up the middle, seldom works.

There was a range of equipment used but, as usual the Finn's longevity allows for many older hulls to do well. Pata, the Hungarian Finn builder/ innovator/ tinkerer/fleet benefactor was responsible for the majority of the hulls and masts in the fleet. There was a range of sails used. The speedy Russian guys used WB sails, as did Tonyo (third overall). These are powerful but are able to open the upper leech which is helpful to keep the boat accelerating when the legs get tired. Also impressive were the Doyle stratis sails. They seemed quick and easy to keep moving fast, which is useful when you have to keep your eyes out of the boat. Taurus was the fastest upwind in the lighter stuff and he used a polyester North sail.

Despite my dismay (and the wife's chortling) at having a newly earned GM status, 'old' is always 10 years older than your current age. So, when I get old, I aim to have the fitness and shape of a Jiri Outrata (GGM winner) or Freidich Muller (Legend winner). I will achieve this by following their example of intemperance and continuing to sail a Finn. Probably with an idiotic grin of pleasure on my face.

Website: http://www.thesail.hu/english/regatta-teams/ and www.finnmastersec.corg

Gallery

Results:

Rank Fleet SailNo HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Nett
1st GM RSA 1 Ainslie Ian 1.0 1.0 (9.0) 8.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (12.0) 9.0 22.0
2nd M LTU 7 Rymonis Tauras (22.0) 7.0 5.0 5.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 (16.0) 28.0
3rd GM HUN 7 Székely Antal 6.0 2.0 3.0 (11.0) 9.0 7.0 4.0 2.0 (47.0 DNF) 33.0
4th GM HUN 211 Szilvássy Attila (14.0) (47.0 OCS) 8.0 1.0 7.0 5.0 14.0 5.0 5.0 45.0
5th M HUN 5 Huszár Géza 10.0 4.0 7.0 10.0 4.0 (12.0) 6.0 (11.0) 4.0 45.0
6th M RUS 20 Marcherski Alexei 26.0 3.0 1.0 (27.0) 11.0 6.0 (47.0 OCS) 7.0 1.0 55.0
7th M CZE 43 Hyrs Ladislav 13.0 5.0 (21.0) (17.0) 10.0 4.0 11.0 10.0 3.0 56.0
8th GM RUS 51 Petriga Mikhail 11.0 (20.0) 6.0 (22.0) 3.0 9.0 3.0 6.0 20.0 58.0
9th GM RUS 3 Borovyak Alexey 16.0 (17.0) (29.0) 2.0 15.0 10.0 13.0 1.0 7.0 64.0
10th M HUN 50 Lukáts Ákos (19.0) 6.0 4.0 16.0 (19.0) 14.0 12.0 8.0 10.0 70.0
11th M HUN 88 Majthényi Zsombor 2.0 21.0 2.0 3.0 17.0 (47.0 DNF) 9.0 17.0 (36.0) 71.0
12th M UKR 8 Gavrish Taras (28.0) (47.0 OCS) 10.0 15.0 12.0 16.0 5.0 14.0 2.0 74.0
13th GGM CZE 8 Outrata Jiri 15.0 8.0 (23.0) 9.0 14.0 2.0 8.0 23.0 (27.0) 79.0
14th GM RUS 21 Butenko Vladimir 8.0 18.0 11.0 20.0 (25.0) 15.0 (47.0 DNF) 3.0 6.0 81.0
15th GGM CRO 110 Cicarelli Luksa (18.0) 15.0 16.0 4.0 (18.0) 11.0 18.0 9.0 12.0 85.0
16th GGM RUS 142 Polovinkin Jury 5.0 19.0 (31.0) (34.0) 8.0 19.0 10.0 13.0 15.0 89.0
17th GM HUN 2 Sipos Péter 4.0 12.0 (28.0) 6.0 23.0 23.0 15.0 16.0 (30.0) 99.0
18th GM CZE 75 Skalicky Vladimir 17.0 16.0 (27.0) 19.0 6.0 17.0 7.0 (21.0) 17.0 99.0
19th M HUN 51 Rutai István 20.0 (24.0) 24.0 7.0 13.0 8.0 19.0 (25.0) 14.0 105.0
20th L GER 146 Müller Friedrich 7.0 11.0 19.0 25.0 16.0 13.0 21.0 (28.0) (28.0) 112.0
21st GM HUN 18 Demeczky Mihály 25.0 13.0 18.0 (26.0) 22.0 25.0 17.0 (27.0) 8.0 128.0
22nd M RUS 16 Khudiakov Oleg 12.0 9.0 13.0 13.0 20.0 20.0 (27.0) 47.0 DNE (24.0) 134.0
23rd GM RUS 71 Kleimann Leonid (34.0) 14.0 25.0 21.0 21.0 22.0 26.0 (30.0) 18.0 147.0
24th GM FRA 53 Corcaud Gilles 3.0 (35.0) 35.0 14.0 5.0 33.0 28.0 32.0 (47.0 DNC) 150.0
25th M RUS 4 Baniko Alex (33.0) 25.0 17.0 (35.0) 24.0 21.0 22.0 18.0 23.0 150.0
26th M HUN 972 Mónus Gyula 27.0 (30.0) 15.0 18.0 27.0 18.0 29.0 (33.0) 19.0 153.0
27th GGM HUN 95 Farkas József 23.0 32.0 (37.0) 12.0 (35.0) 34.0 34.0 26.0 11.0 172.0
28th GM HUN 961 Varga Attila 24.0 (31.0) (33.0) 28.0 28.0 24.0 24.0 20.0 26.0 174.0
29th M LTU 8 Babikas Dangis (38.0) (34.0) 32.0 24.0 31.0 28.0 30.0 22.0 21.0 188.0
30th M LTU 29 Janulionis Adomas (36.0) 33.0 22.0 (40.0) 33.0 31.0 16.0 29.0 29.0 193.0
31st GGM HUN 9 / CRO 52 Beliczay Tamás 35.0 26.0 (38.0) 32.0 (36.0) 26.0 20.0 24.0 33.0 196.0
32nd GGM HUN 4 Antal Gábor 9.0 10.0 12.0 30.0 (47.0 DNC) (47.0 DNC) 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNC 202.0
33rd GM HUN 150 / CZE 81 Csányi Zoltán 29.0 27.0 30.0 (42.0) (37.0) 35.0 31.0 19.0 35.0 206.0
34th M HUN 20 Elek Péter 32.0 23.0 34.0 33.0 (47.0 DNC) (47.0 DNC) 23.0 38.0 25.0 208.0
35th GM GER 2 Peters Nils 31.0 (37.0) (47.0 DNC) 29.0 34.0 30.0 32.0 31.0 22.0 209.0
36th L AUT 320 Gál Csaba 37.0 29.0 (47.0 DNC) (38.0) 30.0 29.0 33.0 15.0 37.0 210.0
37th M HUN 143 Wchovszky László 40.0 22.0 20.0 (47.0 DNC) (47.0 DNC) 47.0 DNC 25.0 47.0 DNF 13.0 214.0
38th GM HUN 64 Szűcs Balázs (39.0) 36.0 39.0 (47.0 DNC) 26.0 27.0 35.0 34.0 31.0 228.0
39th M HUN 69 Stadler Csaba 21.0 28.0 26.0 31.0 29.0 (47.0 DNC) (47.0 DNC) 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNC 229.0
40th M HUN 27/77 Andrik Szabolcs 30.0 (47.0 DNC) 14.0 23.0 32.0 (47.0 DNC) 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNC 240.0
41st GM HUN 26 Zsitvay Szilárd (41.0) 39.0 (40.0) 39.0 38.0 32.0 37.0 37.0 34.0 256.0
42nd GM HUN 3 Szalay László (47.0 DNC) 38.0 36.0 (41.0) 39.0 36.0 39.0 36.0 38.0 262.0
43rd GGM HUN 140 Mészáros Gábor 43.0 41.0 (47.0 DNC) 36.0 (47.0 DNC) 47.0 DNC 38.0 35.0 32.0 272.0
44th M HUN 111 Újvári Gábor 42.0 40.0 41.0 37.0 (47.0 DNC) (47.0 DNC) 36.0 39.0 39.0 274.0
45th L HUN 401 Szolvik Gyula (47.0 DNC) (47.0 DNC) 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNF 40.0 37.0 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNC 47.0 DNC 312.0
46th GM RUS 41 Denikaev Felix 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 47.0 DNE 423.0
 

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