History of the Finn Gold Cup 1990 to 1996

35. Gold Cup 1990

Porto Carras, Greece, July 5-15105 entries from 25 countries
The Canadians almost cleaned up in 1990 with only Lasse Hjortnäs and Eric Mergenthaler stopping a 1,2,3 for Canada. After losing the Gold Cup in the last race of the 1989 event, Mexican Eric Mergenthaler was out to win. He moved into the lead after five races and going into the last race was 19 points clear of Hank Lammens and 34 points clear of Larry Lemieux. However he also had a DSQ in race 2 for pumping, so could not afford a bad result in the final race. As it turned out he was 48th at the gybe mark, pulled back to 31st after the second beat and eventually finished 34th. But it wasn’t enough. Lammens finished 13th and Lemieux 3rd, which dropped Mergenthaler to 3rd overall. It was the first time that a Canadian had won a Finn Gold Cup and they had three boats in the top five as well. Anders Lundmark, who had lead at the first mark four times during the week finally won the last race and ended up 7th overall.

Final Results Gold Cup 1990

1.
Hank Lammens
KC 19
75.7
2.
Lawrence Lemieux
KC 201
77.4
3.
Eric Mergenthaler
MX 33
77.7
4.
Lasse Hjortnäs
D 143
87.7
5.
Mike Milner
KC 4
97.7
6.
Kiko Villalonga
E 106
99.7
7.
Anders Lundmark
S 700
107.7
8.
Alex Cutler
US 1044
107.7
9.
Philipp Malte
DDR 25
113.0
10.
Dirk Löwe
DDR 16
140.4
11.
Simon Gorman
KA 175
146.0
12.
Fredrik Lööf
S 684
149.0
13.
Enrico Passoni
I 722
161.0
14.
Joaquin Blanco
E 179
169.0
15.
Jeremy Fanstone
K 498
171.0
16.
Stig Westergaard
D 155
171.0
17.
Gordie Anderson
KC 171
175.0
18.
Toni Poncell
E 12
178.5
19.
Yuri Tokovoi
SR 21
180.7
20.
Hans Spitzauer
OE 218
181.0
21.
Brian Ledbetter
US 1080
182.0
22.
Richard Clarke
KC 11
184.0
23.
Alexander Rinne
G 1912
207.0
24.
Oleg Khoperski
SR 14
209.0
25.
Thomas Schmid
G 1903
211.0
26.
Mats Caap
S 718
218.4
27.
Armando Ortolano
GR 211
221.7
28.
Tim Tavinor
K 521
225.0
29.
Peter Aldag
G 1920
226.8
30.
Maciej Skibski
PZ 75
229.0
31.
Otto Strandvig
D 146
237.0
32.
Nick Jako
KC 13
240.0
33.
David Drappeau
F 758
242.0
34.
Lauri Rechardt
L 185
250.0
35.
Attila Szilvàssy
M 211
250.0
36.
Arif Gürdenli
TK 211
251.0
37.
A Papantoniou
GR 205
264.0
38.
Haluk Babacan
TK 52
264.0
39.
Ville Aalto-Setala
L 198
266.0
40.
Gerd Griegel
G 1711
268.8

 

36. Gold Cup 1991

Kingston, Canada, August 22-September 2
96 entries from 21 countries
Defending Champion Hank Lammens opened the series with a win and apart from one bad race was always in the leading bunch and took the title by 10.7 points. The weather conditions were very variable and provided some of the windiest conditions of recent Gold Cups. Lammens led until the sixth race, until a string of good results brought Fredrik Lööf into the top spot going in the last day. Any of four boats could have taken the Gold Cup on the last day. Lööf was leading the score sheet, but Lammens, Brian Ledbetter and Oleg Khoperski could also win, but all had already got a bad result, so they couldn’t afford another one. Lööf started badly and was out of it from the start. Lammens won the race to be sure of his second consecutive Gold Cup. Ledbetter was third to finish runner up and Khoperski was seventh in the race to take third overall.

Final Results Gold Cup 1991

1.
Hank Lammens
KC 19
46.7
2.
Brian Ledbetter
US 1080
57.4
3.
Oleg Khoperski
SR 14
77.7
4.
Fredrik Lööf
S 684
80.7
5.
Stuart Childerley
K 503
96.0
6.
Stig Westergaard
D 165
106.0
7.
Xavier Rohart
F 748
109.0
8.
François le Castrec
F 749
115.0
9.
Lawrence Lemieux
KC 201
118.0
10.
Anders Lundmark
S 700
120.0
11.
Hans Spitzauer
OE 218
120.0
12.
Glenn Bourke
KA 182
123.0
13.
Eric Mergenthaler
MX 33
128.0
14.
Richard Clarke
KC 11
129.0
15.
Dirk Löwe
G 14
129.0
16.
Yuri Tokovoi
SR 21
145.0
17.
Michael Fellmann
G 1916
153.0
18.
Malte Philipp
G 25
161.0
19.
Thomas Schmid
G 93
164.0
20.
Peter Aldag
G 1920
167.0
21.
Mark Herrmann
US 1026
172.0
22.
Kiko Villalonga
E 106
178.0
23.
Craig Monk
KZ 237
181.0
24.
Mats Caap
S 718
182.0
25.
Alec Cutler
US 1044
183.0
26.
Luca Devoti
I 789
186.0
27.
David Himmell
US 1066
186.0
28.
Otto Strandvig
D 146
192.0
29.
Richard Byron
US 1060
197.0
30.
Mike Milner
KC 4
199.0
31.
Richard Lott
K 484
200.0
32.
Philippe Presti
F 762
202.0

       

37. Gold Cup 1992

Cadiz, Spain, May 7-17
94 entries from 32 countries
The 1998 Gold Cup was held in
Cadiz as part of the Mundo Vela ‘92, a series of sailing events involving Olympic classes and offshore racers to commemorate the discovery of America by Columbus. At the opening ceremony, Vice President (Sailing) Björn Westergaard, reminded everyone that long before Columbus ‘discovered’ the Americas, a Dane called Eric the Viking had landed there. After two light weather races, the first being won by Oleg Khoperski and the second being won by 57 year old Gus Miller, the wind arrived. Peter Aldag won the third race in strong winds. A day was then lost because the wind was too strong, and then Craig Monk won the windy 4th race. Two races were sailed on the last day. The first went to Xavier Rohart. Craig Monk was leading after five races, but a protest from the jury about his black bands in race 5 affected him so much he dropped out of the last race and applied for average points. In the race Eric Mergenthaler was now the favourite, but his boom broke halfway up the final beat. This meant that either Glenn Bourke or Hans Spitzauer could win if they did well enough - but they didn’t and Brian Ledbetter won the race. Monk’s protest was disallowed and the jury penalised him with a DND which dropped him to 19th overall. This meant that Eric Mergenthaler had finally won the Finn Gold Cup.

Final Results Gold Cup 1992

1.
Eric Mergenthaler
MX 33
61.7
2.
Glenn Bourke
KA 182
64.7
3.
Hans Spitzauer
OE 218
65.0
4.
Brian Ledbetter
US 1080
74.0
5.
Peter Aldag
G 1920
82.7
6.
Hank Lammens
KC 19
83.7
7.
Xavier Rohart
F 748
92.0
8.
Björn Westergaard
D 165
102.0
9.
Oleg Khoperski
IYRU 14
104.0
10.
Stuart Childerley
K 503
106.0
11.
Christoph Bergmann
BL 87
109.0
12.
Stig Westergaard
D 155
109.7
13.
Armando Ortolano
GR 1
110.0
14.
Lasse Hjortnäs
D 143
114.0
15.
Jali Makila
L 212
114.7
16.
Enrico Passoni
I 722
131.0
17.
Anders Lundmark
S 700
131.7
18.
Fredrik Lööf
S 684
132.0
19.
Craig Monk
KZ 237
135.7
20.
Jeremy Fanstone
K 498
140.0
21.
Michael Fellmann
G 1916
144.0
22.
José van der Ploeg
E 105
144.0
23.
Emanuele Vaccari
I 727
147.7
24.
Alexander Rinne
G 31
148.0
25.
Dirk Löwe
G 14
149.0
26.
Othmar M v Blumencron
Z 418
152.0
27.
Philippe Presti
F 762
152.0
28.
Luca Devoti
I 789
156.7
29.
Bart Zielhuis
H 544
161.7
30.
Jürgen Knuth
G 11
171.0
31.
Arif Gürdenli
TK 211
173.0
32.
Gerd Griegel
G 71
176.0

 

38. Gold Cup 1993

Bangor, Northern Ireland, July 9-19
61 entries from 19 countries
No one managed to win more than one race, the overall results saw a different leader after each race and the overall winner Philippe Presti didn’t win a single race. The racing was very close and for the first time in many years a variety of hulls filled the top positions (4 different hulls in top 5). In addition, carbon masts were starting to be used (Lööf and Westergaard). After six races Roy Heiner was leading but with only 6.25 points separating the top 5 places it was all down to the last race. Heiner went the wrong way and ended up 12th. Spitzauer dropped out with gear failure, so now it was down to three. At the last mark Presti in the new Devoti hull was 3rd, Lööf 4th and Richard Clarke sailing the new boat from Larry Lemieux was 5th. Lööf passed Presti but needed to pass one more boat to take the title. But it wasn’t to be. Lööf finished 3rd, and Presti crossed the line 4th, less than half a meter ahead of Clarke. Philippe Presti had won and again Fredrik Lööf would have to wait another year.

Final Results Gold Cup 1993

1.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
28.00
2.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
28.75
3.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
34.00
4.
Roy Heiner
NED 638
34.75
5.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
35.00
6.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
37.00
7.
Jali Makila
FIN 1
47.75
8.
Othmar M v Blumencron
SUI 1
49.75
9.
Stig Westergaard
DEN 155
58.75
10.
Mark Herrmann
USA 1026
60.00
11.
Will Martin
USA 1132
66.00
12.
Anders Lundmark
SWE 699
70.00
13.
Craig Monk
NZL 237
71.75
14.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
101.00
15.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
102.00
16.
David Shelton
USA 1109
104.00
17.
Mark Lammens
CAN 9
106.00
18.
Luca Devoti
ITA 789
108.75
19.
Mauro Fioretto
ITA 791
116.00
20.
Ville Aalto-Setala
FIN 2
122.00
21.
Darrell Peck
USA 1081
124.00

 

39. Gold Cup 1994

Pärnu, Estonia, August 12-21
69 entries from 23 countries
After being the first Olympic class to sail its World Championships in Northern Ireland in 1993, the Finns again found an unconventional place to sail the Gold Cup. Just over 100km away from the site of the 1980 Olympic regatta in Tallinn, the Finns found beautiful sailing water with good winds and good racing: one of the best Gold Cups ever was the unanimous verdict. The weather started wet and windy and ended with more moderate conditions. No sailor won more than one race and the racing was tight until the end. Fredrik Lööf had twice lost the Gold Cup on the last day. This time he took the lead after day two, won race four and then taking each day as it came maintained his points lead over Hank Lammens. Half way through the last race, Lammens had the lead with Lööf in 10th, enough for Lammens to win his 3rd Gold Cup. But José Maria van de Ploeg went more to one side and took the lead. Lööf fought back to 7th while Lammens slipped to 3rd. It was enough for Fredrik Lööf to win the Gold Cup for the first time.

Final Results Gold Cup 1994

1.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
21.75
2.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
24.75
3.
José Maria van der Ploeg
ESP 105
28.75
4.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
30.00
5.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
32.75
6.
Craig Monk
NZL 237
38.75
7.
Dirk Löwe
GER 14
48.00
8.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
57.75
9.
Othmar M v Blumencron
SUI 1
65.00
10.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
77.75
11.
Michael Maier
CZE 304
88.00
12.
Lawrence Lemieux
CAN 201
93.00
13.
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
POL 17
101.00
14.
Dominik Zycki
POL 4
102.00
15.
Sebastien Godefroid
BEL 7
107.00
16.
Darrell Peck
USA 1081
120.00
17.
David Shelton
USA 1137
131.00
18.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
133.00
19.
Jali Makila
FIN 1
134.00
20.
Philippe Rogge
BEL 2
134.00
21.
Mauro Fioretto
ITA 781
136.00
22.
John Driscoll
IRL 1
137.00
23.
Robert Eric Oetgen
USA 1087
142.00
24.
Will Martin
USA 1182
143.00
25.
Kalle Akerson
SWE 700
145.00
26.
Mark Lammens
CAN 9
154.00
27.
Igor Tkachuk
UKR 119
159.00
28.
Paul McKenzie
AUS 165
160.00
29.
James Lyne
GBR 534
164.00
30.
Andre Budzien
GER 70
164.00

 

40. Gold Cup 1995

Melbourne, Australia, January 9-15
65 entries from 23 countries
The 40th Finn Gold Cup was hosted by Black Rock Yacht Club, an off-the-beach dinghy club on Port Phillip. With the exception of Denmark and the Netherlands every Finn country with medal potential had sent its top sailors. Competition was therefore fierce. After conditions ranged from no wind to 25 knots during the first six races, the championship reached its climax with Hans Spitzauer leading defending champion Fredrik Lööf and Philippe Presti just 2 points further back. With no race possible after 3 pm and no wind at 2:45, everyone was convinced that there would be no race. But the wind kicked in and the start gun was fired at 2:59. With the biased line, the boats at the pin were over and a general recall was fired. So, Hans Spitzauer won the Gold Cup as they couldn’t make another start. Spitzauer didn’t win a race but his series score of 7, 2, 2, 2, 8, 4 was consistent enough to win by the smallest of margins. Fleet depth was also shown once more by the fact that the top 14 sailors came from 12 different countries.

Final Results Gold Cup 1995

1.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
17.00
2.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
17.75
3.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
19.75
4.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
28.75
5.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
31.75
6.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
36.00
7.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
42.00
8.
Luca Devoti
ITA 789
44.00
9.
José Maria van der Ploeg
ESP 105
62.75
10.
Michael Maier
CZE 304
64.00
11.
Jali Makila
FIN 215
68.00
12.
Dean Barker
NZL 247
71.00
13.
Peter Theurer
SUI 2
72.00
14.
Karlo Kuret
CRO 110
74.00
15.
Leith Armit
NZL 241
85.00
16.
Othmar M v Blumencron
SUI 1
86.00
17.
Oleg Khoperski
RUS 21
88.0
18.
Paul McKenzie
AUS 208
99.0
19.
Andreas Buchert
GER 6
100.0
20.
Richard Stenhouse
GBR 540
101.0
21.
Larry Lemieux
CAN 201
103.0
22.
Dirk Löwe
GER 14
105.0
23.
Andre Budzien
GER 70
105.75
24.
Emanuele Vaccari
ITA 727
106.0
25.
Philippe Rogge
BEL 2
108.0

 

41. Gold Cup 1996

La Rochelle, France, May 1-10
71 entries from 27 countries
For the first time ever the Finn Gold Cup was combined with the Finn World Masters to bring together nearly 200 Finns from all over the world. The winds were generally strong and as usual the Gold Cup was decided on the last beat of the last race. Initially it looked as if defending champion Hans Spitzauer was going to have it easy collecting a 2nd and two wins. Philippe Presti then scored a 1st and a 2nd, closing the gap. Day 6 saw two windy races both won by Luca Devoti, an achievement not equalled by any other Finn sailor for many years. Going into the last race Spitzauer was 0.25 points clear of Presti with Jali Makila, Karlo Kuret and Fredrik Lööf not far behind. Initially it looks as if the Gold Cup was going to Makila, but a big shift on the second beat brought Lööf and Presti back to the front. Lööf finally won the race with Presti in 5th and Spitzauer in 6th. Philippe Presti had done enough to win his second Finn Gold Cup.

Final Results Gold Cup 1996

1.
Philippe Presti
FRA 762
 
2.
Hans Spitzauer
AUT 1
 
3.
Fredrik Lööf
SWE 7
 
4.
Karlo Kuret
CRO 11
 
5.
Jali Makila
FIN 215
 
6.
Sebastien Godefroid
BEL 7
 
7.
Roy Heiner
NED
 
8.
Yuri Tokovoi
UKR 21
 
9.
Michael Maier
CZE 304
 
10.
Hank Lammens
CAN 19
 
11.
Oleg Khoperski
RUS 21
 
12.
Xavier Rohart
FRA 778
 
13.
John Driscoll
IRL 1
 
14.
Luca Devoti
ITA 789
 
15.
Richard Stenhouse
GBR 540
 
16.
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
POL 17
 
17.
Michael Fellmann
GER 79
 
18.
Thomas Schmid
GER
 
19.
Richard Clarke
CAN 11
 
20.
Peter Theurer
SUI 440
 
21.
Paul McKenzie
AUS 208
 
22.
Walter Riosa
ITA 55
 
23.
Ian Ainslie
RSA 1
 
24.
Dominik Zycki
POL 4
 
 

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