Finn World Masters 1970 - 1996

History of the Finn World Masters
 
By Peter Mohilla
 
The first suggestion for a special Finn Veteran Gold Cup for sailors over 40 years of age was presented by Dr. Fred and Heidi Auer at the 1969 AGM in Bermuda. The Auers - in those days the most active force in the Finn Class - also organised the first Veteran Gold Cup on the Silvaplana See close to St. Moritz in Switzerland. Even Rickard Sarby sailed in the regatta to represent Sweden. When the first race was scheduled it was raining and very cold. So most of the veterans would have preferred not to sail. But the Dutch Mel Oskamp declared to be eager to sail, and so the race was started. When the sun came, the wind grew even stronger. It always paid to sail very close to the shore along the Ho-Tschi-Minh-path. Finally Mel Oskamp won and therefore had to organise the next event in Holland. From this time stems the tradition, that the winner has the right to decide the place of the next Veteran Gold Cup.
 
1. Veteran Gold Cup 1970
St. Moritz, Silvaplana See, Switzerland,
18 entries from 8 countries
1.          Mel Oskamp                     H 396         5.6
2.          Othmar Reich                    Z 183          9.9
3.          Worn Clark                       SA 393       12.9
4.          Jakob Janich                      G 945         16.0
5.          Åke Sätre                          S 272          19.0
6.          Rickard Sarby                   S 517          20.6
7.          Louis Schiess                     Z 217          22.0
8.          Marc Lambelet                  Z 221          25.0
9.          Jacques Gillard                  B 77            25.6
 
In 1971, Mel Oskamp invited the veterans to Medemblik. Menoni from Italy won and therefore took the Cup to Lake Garda. where Mel Oskamp won it back in 1972. However, since Mel already knew how much work it was to organise such a regatta, he declined the honour to do it again and delegated it back to Switzerland. In 1973, 14 participants met at Lac de Neuchatel. De Yong from Holland arrived, looked around and declared that on that lake there would be no wind and left again the same hour, without even having unpacked his boat. He was right. since only one race was sailed in very poor wind conditions and the title was not assigned.
 
2. Veteran Gold Cup 1971
Medemblik, Holland, September 17-19
13 entries from 6 countries
1.          Andreino Menoni               L 447          9.0
2.          Othmar Reich                    Z 183          14.4
3.          Mel Oskamp                     H 396         20.4
4.          W. Heisch                         G 1050       54.7
5.          Jacques Gillard                  B 77            39.4
6.          Martin Quadfass                Z 136          60.7
7.          P. Hakker                         H 63           63.0
 
3. Veteran Gold Cup 1972
Gargnano, Lago di Garda, Italy, July 29-31
14 entries from 6 countries
1.          Mel Oskamp                     H 396         5.7
2.          Andreino Menoni               I 447           19.0
3.          Beda Zingg                        Z 271          22.4
4.          Gino Filippini                     I 417           26.7
5.          Jean Gillard                       B 77            35.4
6.          Franco Ciresa                    I 338           37.7
7.          Othmar Reich                    Z 290          43.0
 
4. Veteran Gold Cup 1973
Neuchatel, Switzerland
Because of poor weather conditions the title was not assigned.
 
In 1974 twenty competitors from eight countries met in Port Camargue. Racing was tough with two heats in Force 4 on the first day. which Vernon Stratton won both. When the wind got weaker every day. Stratton faded out. Andre Mevel took over and had difficulties to beat Mel Oskamp.
 
5. Veteran Gold Cup 1974
Port Camargue, France, June 19-23
20 entries from 8 countries
1.          Andre Mevel                     F                 12.0
2.          Mel Oskamp                     H                35.7
3.          Vernon Stratton                 K                48.0
4.          P. Goujon                          F                 53.7
5.          Catalano                            I                  61.7
6.          R. Gorchon                       F                 68.4
7.          J. Goujon                          F                 73.7
8.          Lebois                               F                 77.7
9.          Reich                                 Z                 81.4
10.        Lombard                           SA              85.7
 
Mevel kept the Cup in Port Camargue for 1975. Regular winds from force 1-3 ensured perfect racing with Philippe Soria as the chairman of the race committee. Andre Mevel, in those days the French Finn Secretary, was able to beat Othmar Reich from Switzerland in a 7 boat fleet.
 
6. Veteran Gold Cup 1975
Port Camargue, France, June 24-28
7 entries from 4 countries
1.          Andre Mevel                     F 629          17.7
2.          Othmar Reich                    Z 290          19.4
3.          Erich Kaspareth                 I 368           24.4
4.          Louis Schiess                     Z 217          33.7
 
Andre Mevel won again in 1976 with Laszlo Zsindely runner-up and Othmar Reich third, who had been participating since the first event in 1970.
 
7. Veteran Gold Cup 1976
Port Camargue, France, June 13-19
1.          Andre Mevel                     F
2.          Laszlo Zsindely                  Z
3.          Othmar Reich                    Z
 
The 1977 event had very good participation with 27 skippers from 7 countries. The newcomer Georg Oser, who had learned the basics of sailing just a few years before managed to beat them all, starting a sparkling career in the Veteran Gold Cup regattas. After the race, Georg declined the privilege to organise the next event on the spot and asked the Centre de Yachting Mediterranean, personified in Robert Laban, to organise it again in 1978.
 
8. Veteran Gold Cup 1977
Port Camargue, France, June 11-17
28 entries from 7 countries
1.          Georg Oser                       Z 1              38.0
2.          Heinz Reiter                       G 1594       39.7
3.          Andre Mevel                     F 629          40.0
4.          Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347          41.7
5.          B. L. Morley                     KZ 12         42.0
6.          H. Sellschopp                    G 523         47.4
7.          P. Lebois                           F 713          60.7
8.          Mel Oskamp                     H 1             63.7
9.          E. Kaspareth                     I 368           66.0
10.        C. Sturm                           Z 352          66.7
11.        H.Wildhagen                     G 1518       72.7
12.        Louis Schiess                     Z 217          78.0
13.        J.P. Auzas                         F 647          81.0
14.        Othmar Reich                    Z 290          86.7
15.        Gilbert Lamboley               F 588          90.0
 
By this time the Germans had taken over the majority of participants and so it was only a question of statistics when one of them would win the Cup. In 1978 Heinz Reiter won the Veteran Gold Cup by never winning a race but scoring 3/5/2/2/4 and discarding a 12th.
 
9. Veteran Gold Cup 1978
Port Camargue, France, June 11-17
37 entries from 8 countries
1.          Heinz Reiter                       G 1594       29.7
2.          P. Lebois                           F 713          31.7
3.          Georg Oser                       Z 1              39.4
4.          Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347          52.7
5.          Karel Hruby                      CZ 26         61.7
6.          Othmar Reich                    Z 364          64.0
7.          Andre Mevel                     F 629          69.4
8.          Hans Chiochetti                 I 506           72.0
9.          Erich Kaspareth                 I 627           79.0
10.        G. Schilling                        G 1310       82.0
11.        Hand Dieter Faass             G 1298       83.0
12.        Gilbert Lamboley               F 588          84.0
13.        Mel Oskamp                     H 544         84.4
14.        J.P. Auzas                         F 647          84.7
15.        Sturm                                Z 352          86.0
 
When he offered to organise the Veterans for 1979. a committee was formed to override his ambitions and to retain the event in sunny Port Camargue in the experienced hands of Philippe Soria and Robert Laban. When Karel Hruby was the winner in 1979 he turned out to be more stubborn than Reiter the previous year and nobody could convince him not to take the organisation along.
 
10. Veteran Gold Cup 1979
Port. Camargue, France, June 4-9
29 entries from 7 countries
1.          Karel Hruby                      CZ 26         9.0
2.          C. Sturm                           Z 352          28.0
3.          Andre Mevel                     F 629          38.1
4.          Othmar Reich                    Z 364          41.0
5.          Georg Oser                       Z 2              44.7
6.          J. Termoz                          F 736          45.5
7.          Eric Larsson                      S 596          50.0
8.          Hand Dieter Faass             G 1298       50.0
9.          J. Ask                               S 419          60.0
10.        J. Martin                            F 717          63.7
11.        Hanno Wildhagen              G 1518       65.7
12.        Roland Wenz                     G 1696       67.0
13.        Orounet Lagrange              F 682          68.7
 
So in 1980 the veterans had to go to Czechoslovakia to Lake Lipno. 30 skippers from 7 countries made the trip. The organisation was of highest standard. Seven races were sailed. Whenever the defending champion Karel Hruby was in front. the wind died. When Georg Oser was lucky the races were counted. So, finally Oser won his second title far ahead of defender and runner-up Karel Hruby.
11. Veteran Gold Cup 1980
Lake Lipno, CSSR, June 21-27
30 entries from 7 countries
1.          Georg Oser                       Z                 17.0
2.          Karel Hruby                      CZ              31.7
3.          Jiri Maier                           CZ              49.0
4.          Dr. Egbert Vincke             G                53.7
5.          Walter Schuster                 OE              55.4
6.          Václav Hudec                    CZ              66.1
7.          Othmar Reich                    Z                 74.7
8.          Milo Splitek                       CZ              74.7
9.          Werner Oberheidt             G                81.7
10.        Klaus Schulze                    G                91.7
11.        Erich Kaspareth                 I                  102.0
12.        Helmut Junker                   G                102.0
13.        Miroslav Vejvoda              CZ              103.7
14.        Antonin Vachek                 CZ              106.0
15.        Elmer Rist                          G                109.0
 
According to his habit Oser again delegated the organisation to southern France. Good-natured Robert Laban took the full load once again. 38 skippers from 10 nations came after the sun and some exciting sailing. Gy Wossala had superior speed in good winds and won four races, then finished second behind Georg Oser and did not sail in the final heavy wind race.
 
12. Veteran Gold Cup 1981
Port Camargue, France, June 7-13
38 entries from 10 countries
1.          Gy Wossala                       M                3.0
2.          Georg Oser                       Z                 21.7
3.          Frank Roth                        Z                 31.4
4.          O. Burger                          Z                 42.4
5.          Peter Bohland                    G                52.4
6.          Erich Kaspareth                 I                  62.0
7.          Jiri Maier                           CZ              63.7
8.          Bernd HaIler                     G                67.0
9.          Peter Kron                        G                72.0
10.        Karel Hruby                      CZ              77.7
11.        Eric Larsson                      S                 78.7
12.        P. Gellert                           G                82.0
13.        C. Sturm                           Z                 93.0
14.        Othmar Reich                    Z                 96.0
15.        J. Martin                            F                 97.0
16.        Werner Orth                      G                111.0
17.        Peter Mohilla                     OE              111.7
18.        Hans Dieter Faass             G                112.0
19.        Roland Wenz                     G                113.0
20.        E. Holub                            CZ              119.0
 
Gy Wossala was not able or willing to stage the next Championship in his home waters Lake Balaton and therefore delegated it to Austria. Nice gentle winds for the skippers and sun for the ladies were the predominant features of the 1982 Veteran Gold Cup. Ivan Hoffmann was leading most of the time up until the last beat of the last race, and everybody was thinking of sailing in the CSSR again. However smart Georg Oser won that last race and the title for the third time to ring up Robert Laban for help once more.
 
13. Veteran Gold Cup 1982
Lake Neusiedl, Austria, May 31-June 4
51 entries from 7 countries
 
1.          Georg Oser                       Z 1              21.0
2.          Ivan Hoffmann                   CZ 93         25.7
3.          Friedrich Müller                 G 1683       34.0
4.          G. Wossala                       M 7             34,4
5.          Klaus von Packowski        G 1756       56.0
6.          Peter Mohilla                     OE 1           60.0
7.          Erich Kaspareth                 I 665           64.0
8.          Karel Hruby                      CZ 262       66.0
9.          G. Schilling                        G 7             67.0
10.        Horst Klein                        G 1687       67.0
11.        Adalbert Wiest                  G 1336       67.4
12.        Erich Baumgartner             OE 222       72.7
13.        Gerhard Gfreiner               OE 158       73.0
14.        Klaus Schulze                    G 1704       73.0
15.        Peter Bohland                    G 1562       75.0
16.        Jiri Maier                           CZ 654       75.0
17.        Elmer Rist                          G 998         78.7
18.        Dieter Ottlik                      G 1798       86.0
19.        Werner Oberheidt             G 1810       86.0
20.        V. Chalupnik                     CZ 371       90.7
 
And Robert Laban was kind enough to grant it. However the wind in Port Camargue was already bored by the constant visits of the old boys. Seven times is fine, but eight is too much and so it was determined to expel the veterans from that paradise. Therefore it blew a lot in 1983; for some too much. The favourite, Georg Oser, collected two wins but also twice a PMS and dropped to 10th overall. The unexpected winner was Heini Unterhauser from German speaking northern Italy.
14. Veteran Gold Cup 1983
Port Camargue, France, May 21-28
48 entries from 8 countries
1.          Heini Unterhauser              I 651           24.4
2.          Frank Roth                        Z 334          47.7
3.          H. Herwig                         G 1682       52.4
4.          Werner Oberheidt             G 1810       53.0
5.          Friedrich Müller                 G 1683       55.1
6.          Erich Kaspareth                 I 665           55.7
7.          Andrea Roost                    Z 9              56.0
8.          Peter Bohland                    G 1562       68.4
9.          U. Gut                               Z 409          79.0
10.        Georg Oser                       Z 2              87.0
11.        Bernd Gunther                   G 1565       88.0
12.        Bernd HaIler                     G 1853       93.0
13.        Dieter Ottlik                      G 1798       97.0
14.        C. Sturm                           Z 352          110.0
15.        Elmer Rist                          G 998         111.0
16.        Eric Larsson                      S 596          118.0
17.        Rolf Lehnert                      G 1815       113.0
18.        Hendrik Vincke                 G 1312       115.0
19.        Karel Hruby                      CZ 26         118.0
20.        Hans Dieter Mölls              G 1509       125.0
 
15. Veteran Gold Cup 1984
Lago di Caldaro/Kalterersee, Italy
June 11-15, 103 entries from 8 countries
1.          Walter Mai                        G 1818       6.0
2.          Palle-Steen Larsen             D 147         6.0
3.          Friedrich Müller                 G 1683       28.4
4.          Klaus Stuffer                     I 506           35.7
5.          Jürgen Bärwind                  G 1790       41.0
6.          Jürgen Oberheidt               G 1810       48.4
7.          G.J. van der Werf              H 615         50.7
8.          Heinrich Unterhauser         I 651           52.7
9.          Peter Bohland                    G 1562       54.0
10.        Bernd Gunther                   G 1565       56.4
11.        Walter Schuster                 OE 208       56.7
12.        H. Herwig                         G 1682       59.1
13.        Georg Oser                       Z 1              59.7
14.        Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347          61.0
15.        Alan Tucker                      OE 490       63.7
16.        Václav Hudec                    CZ 10         69.0
17.        B. Burton Barbour             OE 504       69.0
18.        Frank Roth                        Z 334          69.4
19.        Horst Klein                        G 1687       72.7
20.        Klaus v. Packowski           G 1756       75.0
21.        Erich Kaspareth                 I 665           76.0
22.        Franz Steib                        G 1676       82.0
23.        Fabio Albarelli                   I 516           83.7
24.        Dieter Ottlik                      G 1798       84.7
25.        Adalbert Wiest                  G 1836       86.0
26.        O. Andergassen                 I 662           87.0
27.        Günter Kellermann             G 1589       87.0
28.        Herbert Sondermann         G 1 774      98.0
29.        Klaus Weixelbaumer          OE 219       100.0
30.        RoIf Lehnert                      G 1815       101.0
31.        Elmar Rist                          G 998         101.7
32.        Erich Baumgartner             OE 222       103.0
33.        Riccardo Grande               I 147           103.0
34.        Berthold Hailer                  G 1853       105.7
35.        Cornel Mayrgündter          I 694           107.0
 
That is one of the most pleasant spots in the world. Charming vineyards, a comfortable climate, and hospitable people are the main attraction. There is even a small water in between, which they selected for the Veterans: the Kalterersee. They had to divide the fleet into two groups, otherwise it would not have been possible to get the more than 100 boats across the line, already hitting the shores on both sides. Old hand Walter Mai and newcomer Palle-Steen Larsen were equal in overall points before the last race, which was not sailed because there was no wind. So they gave the title to Mai, because he was second in the first race when Palle-Steen ended up 25th.
 
In 1985, an even larger number of veterans gathered in Bavaria. Lake Chiemsee offered not too much wind, but it was good enough for four races. The veterans were no challenge for the professional Jorgen Lindhardtsen who won with four straight line honours. The 110 amateurs behind him enjoyed the event very much.
 
16. Veteran Gold Cup 1985
Seebruck, Chiemsee, Federal Republic of Germany, May 28-31
111 entries from 10 countries
 
1.          Jörgen Lindhardtsen           D 142         0.0
2.          Klaus Stuffer                     I 506           27.0
3.          Henning Wind                    D 157         50.9
4.          Georg Oser                       Z 1              59.0
5.          Heini Unterhauser              I 651           70.9
6.          Berthold Hailer                  G 1853       74.6
7.          Peter Weichel                    G 1869       74.6
8.          Adalbert Or. Wiest            G 1836       81.0
9.          Jürgen Bärwind                  G 1790       100.0
10.        Friedrich Müller                 G 1846       102.0
11.        Palle-Steen Larsen             D 147         106.9
12.        Karel Hruby                      CZ 26         110.0
13.        Peter Mohilla                     OE 1           110.0
14.        G.-J van der Werf             H 615         115.0
15.        Wilfried Balthasar              G 1671       115.0
16.        Louie Nady                       US 1009     117.0
17.        Jiri Maier                           CZ 304       118.0
18.        Hans Wölke                      G 1767       122.0
19.        Egbert Vincke                   G 1705       124.0
20.        Herbert Sondermann         G 1774       125.0
21.        Georg Rieperdinger           C 1876       125.6
22.        Martin Quadfass                Z 406          126.0
23.        Herbert Herwig                 G 1682       130.0
24.        Erich Kaspareth                 I 665           134.0
25.        H.P. Schobert                   G 470         135.0
26.        Peter Bohland                    C 1562       136.0
27.        Horst Klein                        C 1687       139.0
28.        Gerhard Gfreiner               OE 158       153.0
29.        Günter Plinke                     C 1733       155.0
30.        Hans Dieter Faass             C 1 298      158.0
31.        Gerhard Benz                    Z 398          162.0
32.        Dieter Ottlik                      C 1803       164.0
33.        Antonin Vachek                 CZ 311       168.0
34.        Klaus P. Schulze                C 1704       171.0
35.        Gerhard Kohlwig               C 1 724      177.0
36.        Bernd Günter                     C 1565       177.0
37.        Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347          179.0
38.        Jürgen Koch                      G 1066       180.0
 
 
17. Veteran Gold Cup 1986
Lago di Bracciano, Italy May 18-23
83 entries from 7 countries
Four boats dominated the top of the fleet in the mainly light wind regatta, those of Heini Unterhauser, Klaus Stuffer, Václav Hudec and Georg Oser. After a postponement most days due to lack of wind, the breeze filled in early in the afternoon and the fleet managed to complete five of the schedules six races.
 
1.          Heini Unterhauser              I 651           20.7
2.          Klaus Stuffer                     I 508           26.4
3.          Georg Oser                       Z 1              36.7
4.          Václav Hudec                    CZ 10         47.0
5.          Peter Weichel                    G 1869       53.7
6.          Cintl Václav                       CZ 7           58.0
7.          Franz Steib                        G 1667       58.7
8.          Jürgen Bärwind                  G 1790       61.0
9.          Hans-Dieter Faass             G 1298       6.7
10.        Karel Hruby                      CZ 26         67.0
11.        G J van der Werf               H 615         72.7
12.        Horst Klein                        G 1687       73.0
13.        Dieter Ottlik                      G 1803       75.7
14.        Erich Kaspareth                 I 665           78.7
15.        Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347          88.0
16.        Hendrik Vincke                 G 1559       90.0
17.        Elmar Rist                          G 998         91.0
18.        Frank Roth                        Z 334          96.0
19.        H Duckerhoff                    G 1805       99.0
20.        K von Packowski              G 1866       99.0
21.        Herbert Herwig                 G 1682       103.0
22.        H Drexelius                       G 1684       103.0
23.        Riccardo Grande               I 698           107.0
24.        Rodney Cobb                    K 510         111.0
25.        V Chalupnik                      CZ 252       113.0
26.        Marcel Haegler                  Z 410          119.0
27.        Antonin Vachek                 CZ 28         120.0
28.        Petr Topiarz                      CZ 126       127.0
29.        Cornel Mayrgündter          I 694           129.0
30.        Hans Wölke                      G 1767       130.0
31.        Georg Rieperdinger           G 1876       130.0
32.        Hans-Dieter Mölls             G 1509       136.0
33.        Bernd Gunther                   G 1565       139.0
34.        Jürgen Puchert                   G 1801       153.0
35.        Jürgen Koch                      G 1066       153.0
36.        Howard Mitchell                K 373         154.0
37.        Jiri Maier                           CZ 5           157.7
38.        Peter Atzwanger                I 648           158.0
39.        H-P Schobert                    G 470         158.0
40.        O Andergassen                  I 662           164.0
18. Veteran Gold Cup 1987
Les Embiez, France June 7-12
94 entries
Before the event the wind either blew a mistral or there was none at all. So the first race started in no wind and large waves with the wind gradually increasing up to a force 6. Tuesday’s race was abandoned due to too much wind, but then they caught up with two races on the next two days. Peter Raderschadt from Germany won his first Veteran Gold Cup with a 1,1,2,2,3 scoreline.
 
1.          Peter Raderschadt             G 1470       13.7
2.          Walter Mai                        G 1525       23.1
3.          Ivor Ganahl                       Z 393          33.0
4.          Jiri Outrata                        CZ 8           44.4
5.          Friedrich Müller                 G 1846       54.7
6.          Roland Balthasar               G 1665       55.0
7.          Louie Nady                       US 1009     65.0
8.          Henning Wind                    D 154         71.0
9.          Kurt Schimitzek                 OE 2           73.4
10.        Rodney Cobb                    K 491         80.0
11.        Mikael Brandt                   S 366          82.7
12.        Herbert Herwig                 G 1682       103.0
13.        Martin Mitterer                  G 875         104.0
14.        Herbert Sondermann         G 1774       110.0
15.        Han van Vierssen               H 632         110.0
16.        Peter Malm                       D 1             120.0
17.        Dieter Ohlik                       G 1803       128.0
18.        Heinrich Unterhauser         I 726           130.0
19.        Horst Klein                        G 1889       138.0
20.        Rolf Lehnert                      G 1815       139.0
19. Veteran Gold Cup 1988
Lido degli Estensi, Italy May 21-28
100 entries from 10 countries
The big and heavy favourites were excluded this year and a Swiss, named Hans Fatzer, who had not been paid much attention to before was the great surprise. He dominated early on with a 2nd, 1st and 2nd in the light conditions and the strong current, but later in the week Schimitzek, Ottlik and König each won a race. The jury was very strict, disqualifying five boats in the first race.
 
1.          Hans Fatzer                       Z 386          11.7
2.          Jiri Outrata                        CZ 8           21.7
3.          Kurt Schimitzek                 OE 2           36.7
4.          Friedrich Müller                 G 1846       53.0
5.          Dieter Ottlik                      G 1883       59.0
6.          Goerg Oser                       Z 1              63.0
7.          Goerg Rieperdinger           G 1987       72.4
8.          Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347          74.0
9.          Leek Neve                        B 28            79.0
10.        Jürgen Barwind                  G 1790       81.0
 
20. Veteran Gold Cup 1989
Torbole, Garda, Italy May 15-20
101 entries from 10 countries
Fickle and light winds plagued the event as a low pressure system sat on top of the Alps and refused to move. The result was that there was very little wind and the famous southerly wind, the Ora, failing to come up. Peter Raderschadt won for a second time.
 
1.          Peter Raderschadt             G 1470
2.          Kurt Schimitzek                 OE 2
3.          Mikael Brandt                   S 681
4.          Jiri Outrata                        CZ 8
5.          Louie Nady                       US 1009
6.          Gerd Hufner                      G 1500
7.          Walter Mai                        G 1928
8.          Werner Beuck                   G 1772
9.          Friedrich Müller                 G 1846
10.        Adalbert Wiest                  G 1836
11.        Andi Lochbrunner              G 1476
12.        Horst Klein                        G 1489
13.        Heinrich Unterhauser         I 742
14.        Roland Balthasar               G 66
15.        Jack van Hellehond            H 650
16.        Kees Kruyer                     H 538
17.        Handi Hittmer                    G 875
18.        Coppi Herwig                    G 1632
19.        Hans-Gunther Ehlers          G 35
20.        Franz Steib                        G 1667
21.        Manfred Immler                 G 4
22.        Herbert Gondermein          G 55
23.        Georg Oser                       Z 1
24.        Peter Bohland                    G 1562
25.        Jurgen Puchert                   G 1801
26.        Heinz Stammnitz                G 40
27.        Dieter Ottlik                      G 1803
28.        Jiri Maier                           CZ 5
29.        Peter Weichel                    G 1669
30.        Václav Cintl                       CZ 7
31.        Hendrik Vincke                 G 1559
32.        Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347
33.        Henk de Jäger                   H 665
34.        Olaf Burger                       Z 350
35.        Han van Vierssen               H 632
21. Finn World Masters 1990
Altenrhein, Lake Boden, Switzerland
103 entries from 11 countries
Only four races were managed to be sailed in 1990 and the rain was incessant. Mikael Brandt won the first race, came 3rd in the second and held on to his points to win. During the week, the sailors forced Georg Oser (Old Joe) to organise an ‘Oldie-AGM’. During this meeting, it was agreed that the event would be know from now on as the FINN WORLD MASTERS and to have a regular meeting during the event at which new ideas can be discussed.
 
1.          Mikael Brandt                   G
2.          Friedrich Müller                 G
3.          Jiri Outrata                        CZ
4.          Roland Balthasar               G
5.          G Hübner                          G
6.          Herbert Herwig                 G
7.          Laszlo Zsindely                  Z
8.          Heini Mai                          G
10.        Jürgen Kraft                      DDR
11.        Rodney Cobb                    K
12.        Peter Raderschadt             G
 
22. Finn World Masters 1991
Port Camargue, France May 18-25
97 entries
Only four races were managed as the ‘Mistral’ wind whipped up a very rough Mediterranean. And when it was possible to sail there were huge shifts in the wind. However Kurt Schimitzek managed to work them out and won the regatta by a large margin.
 
1.          Kurt Schimitzek                 OE 2           14.0
2.          Jochen Lollert                    G 72           31.0
3.          Hermann Heide                 G 51           37.0
4.          Jiri Outrata                        CZ 8           40.0
5.          Coppi Herwig                    G 1682       66.0
6.          Heinz Stammnitz                G 40           69.0
7.          Peter Raderschadt             G 47           73.0
8.          Louis Nady                       US 1009     73.0
9.          Henk de Jäger                   H 559         82.0
10.        Walter Schuster                 OE 210       83.0
11.        Herbert Sondermann         G 55           97.0
12         Heinrich Unterhauser         I 749           98.0
 
 
23. Finn World Masters 1992
Uppsala, Sweden June 6-12
85 entries 10 countries
In 1992 Roland Balthasar sailed consistently well and chose the correct side enough times such that he didn’t have to sail the last race.
 
1.          Roland Balthasar               G 66
2.          Hermann Heide                 G 51
3.          Peter Vollebregt                H 708
4.          Dieter Borges                    G 34
5.          Jiri Outrata                        CZ 8
6.          Kurt Schimitzek                 OE 2
7.          Andi Lochbrunner              G 1478
8.          Mikael Brandt                   S 682
9.          Axel Kettler                       G 14
10.        Peter Bohland                    G 1562
11.        Jurgen Kraft                      G 42
12.        Henk de Jäger                   H 665
13.        Wilfried Balthasar              G 68
14.        Jochen Lollert                    G 72
15.        Arne Akerson                    S 703
16.        Bernd Gunther                   G 1669
17.        Hennie Van Den Brink       H 600
18.        Jan Björnberg                    S 681
19.        Friedrich Müller                 G 1846
20.        Manfred Immler                 G 4
21.        Manfred Poschl                 G 48
22.        Alfred Blum                       G 1941
23.        Herbert Sondermann         G 55
24.        Hendrik Vincke                 G 1559
25.        Mirek Vejvoda                  G 1559
26.        John Van Altena                H 670
27.        Willi Ross                          G 88
 
 
24. Finn World Masters 1993
Lake Bracciano, Italy May 29 - June 4
127 entries
Races were won by old Finn cracks such as Kurt Schimitzek, Walter Mai, Roland Balthasar, Jan Björnberg and Peter Vollebregt. With the title still up for grabs the last race was cancelled because of too much wind. In race 4 Competitor Joseph Thermoz from France died of of heart attack and the organisers wanted to stop the regatta, but his relatives wanted them to continue. “Old Joe” Goerg Oser, long time organiser of the event, retired as Masters Supreme Organiser and handed the reigns over to Rolf Lehnert.
 
1.          Peter Vollebregt                H 708
2.          Walter Mai                        G 3
3.          Jan Björnberg                    S 690
4.          Roland Balthasar               G 66
5.          Jiri Outrata                        CZ 8
6.          Kurt Schimitzek                 OE 2
7.          Hans-Gunther Ehlers          G 35
8.          Hermann Heide                 G 51
9.          Bruno Catalan                   I 784
10.        Chris Frydal                      H 664
11.        Peter Raderschadt             G 47
12.        Henk de Jäger                   H 665
13.        Lucio Nodari                     H 644
14.        Wilfried Balthasar              G 68
15.        Axel Kettler                       G 171
16.        Walter Schuster                 OE 210
17.        Dieter Borges                    G 34
18.        Andi Lochbrunner              G 14
19.        Friedrich Müller                 G 146
20.        Moreno Brunori                 I 802
21.        Manfred Immler                 G 4
22.        Daniele Daneri                   I 701
23.        Dieter Ottlik                      G 1803
24.        Jürgen Kraft                      G 42
25.        Heinrich Unterhauser         I 1
26.        Klaus Stuffer                     I 761
27.        Horst Klein                        G 49
28.        Rodney Cobb                    K 503
29.        Bernd Gunther                   G 1669
30.        Rolf Lehnert                      G 1815
31.        Laszlo Zsindely                  Z 347
32.        Adalbert Wiest                  G 96
33.        Manfred Poschl                 G 48
34.        Herbert Sondermann         G 55
35.        Kees Kruyer                     H 678
36.        Andres Schooner               H 1
37.        Karl-Heinz Erich                G 1939
38.        Riccardo Grande               I 793
39.        Martin Gretsch                  G 67
40.        Brian Hardy                       K 516
41.        Franz Steib                        G 1837
42.        Albert Ekes                       H 577
43.        Patrick Moore                   K 533
44.        Cornel Mayrgündter          I 694
25. Finn World Masters 1994
Diessen, Ammersee, Germany May 21-27
140 entries
The 140 Masters had every sort of wind condition from 0-6 and after 6 races minus discard both Roland Balthasar and Jiri Outrata both had results of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and therefore exactly the same score of 14.75. Under the scoring system the scores remained tied, so there were two Masters World Champions.
 
1.          Roland Balthasar               GER 66       14.75
1.          Jiri Outrata                        CZE 8         14.75
3.          Walter Mai                        GER 3         25.75
4.          Wolfgang Gerz                  GER 168     25.75
5.          Hans-Günter Ehlers           GER 35       31.75
6.          Peter Raderschadt             GER 47       42.0
7.          Andreas Lochbrunner        GER 44       42.0
8.          Bruno Catalan                   ITA 784      45.0
9.          Pat Healy                          CAN 15      45.0
10.        Mikael Brandt                   SWE 682    53.0
11.        Lucio Nodari                     NED 644    59.0
12.        Werner Beuck                   GER 1         73.0
13.        Horst Klein                        GER 49       73.0
14.        Hans Fatzer                       SUI 427      83.0
15.        Detlev Guminski                GER 92       89.0
16.        Ulrich Matthiesen               GER 110     91.0
17.        Eberhard Bieberitz             GER 10       113.0
18.        Gerhard Gfreiner               AUT 4        113.0
19.        Wilfried Balthasar              GER 68       114.0
20.        John van Altena                 NED 670    115.0
21.        Laszlo Zsindely                  SUI 347      115.0
22.        Walter Schuster                 AUT 210    130.0
23.        Jan Björnberg                    SWE 690    132.0
24.        Heinz Stammnitz                GER 40       136.0
25.        Moreno Brunori                 ITA 802      140.0
26.        Jürgen Kraft                      GER 42       141.0
27.        Franz Steib                        GER 1837   145.0
28.        Alfred Blum                       GER 1941   153.0
29.        Peter Bohland                    GER 1562   154.0
30.        Antonin Gebhart                GER 166     156.0
 
 
26. Finn World Masters 1995
Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy
132 entries from 14 countries
At SPA, a week before the start of the Masters, Larry Lemieux found out that you don’t have to be 40 to sail the Finn World Masters, as long as you promise to turn 40 that year. That wasn’t a problem so Larry drove down to Lake Garda. Larry Lemieux, and not unexpectedly won the regatta, winning races 1,3,and 4. Roland Balthasar won race 2, Bruno Catalan won race 4 and Klaus Stuffer won race 6.
 
1.          Lawrence Lemieux            CAN           8.25
2.          Kurt Schimitzek                 AUT           22.0
3.          Wolfgang Gerz                  GER            23.0
4.          Bruno Catalan                   ITA             24.75
5.          Roland Balthasar               GER            31.75
6.          Minski Fabris                    CRO           37.0
7.          Walter Mai                        GER 3
8.          Peter Raderschadt             GER 47
9.          Chris Frydal                      NED 664
10.        P.D. Phelan                       CAN 222
11.        Hans-Günter Ehlers           GER            70.0
12.        Horst Klein                        GER            72.0
13.        Andi Lochbrunner              GER            74.0
14.        Luksa Cicarelli                   CRO           85.0
15.        Jan Björnberg                    SWE           100.0
16.        Jiri Outrata                        CZE            100.0
17.        Lucio Nodari                     NED           103.0
18.        Hain Wladimir                   GER            117.0
19.        Wilfried Balthasar              GER            118.0
20.        Hendrik Vincke                 GER            118.0
21.        Klaus Stuffer                     ITA             119.75
22.        Adalbart Wiest                  GER            120.0
23.        John van Altena                 NED           120.0
24.        Andrea Roost                    SUI             123.0
25.        Henk de Jäger                   NED           133.0
26.        Dieter Borges                    GER            138.0
27.        Walter Schuster                 AUT           140.0
28.        Dieter Ottlik                      GER            145.0
29.        Han v Vierssen                  NED           151.0
30.        Michael Pandler                 GER            151.0
 
 
27. Finn World Masters 1996
La Rochelle, France May 1-10
120 entries from 14 countries
For the first time ever the Finn World Masters was combined with the ‘real’ Finn Gold Cup. A scoreline of 17-2-2-1-9-1 was enough for Roland Balthasar to take the Masters title for the third time. Fifi Ehlers lead at the beginning of the regatta but faded towards the end. Wolfgang Gerz won the 5th race to take second overall.
 
1.          Roland Balthasar               GER 66
2.          Wolfgang Gerz                  GER 12
3.          Walter Mai                        GER 3
4.          Henk de Jäger                   NED 665
5.          Hans-Gunther Ehlers          GER 35
6.          Chris Frydal                      NED 664
7.          Andi Lochbrunner              GER 44
8.          Bruno Catalan                   ITA 784
9.          Eberhard Biebritz               GER 10
10.        Hermann Heide                 GER 51
11.        Jiri Outrata                        CZE 8
12.        August Miller                     USA 975
13.        Jean Paul Gaston               FRA 772
14.        Sergei Chtmerbalcon         UKR 21
15.        Kurt Schimitzek                 AUT 2
16.        Lucio Nodari                     NED 644
17.        Wilfried Balthasar              GER 68
18.        Jochen Lollert                    GER 72
19.        Hannes Diefenbach            GER 85
20.        Mikael Brandt                   SWE 682
21.        Hans Fatzer                       SUI 306
22.        Sten Waldo                       SWE 711
23.        Erich Scherzer                   NED 711
24.        Jiri Maier                           CZ 304
25.        Bill Bell                              A 10
26.        Franz Steib                        GER 1837
27.        Georg Siebeck                  GER 293
28.        Carsten Niehusen              GER 17
29.        Per Nilson                         SWE 688
30.        Jan Björnberg                    SWE 6
31.        Claude Vauthier                 FRA 764
32.        John Van Altena                NED 670
33.        Karl-Heinz Erich                GER 39
34.        Manfred Poschl                 GER 48
35.        Jurgen Kraft                      GER 42
36.        Horst Klein                        GER 49
37.        Michael Till                        GBR 536
38.        Patrick Moore                   GBR 533
 
 
The problem with the Finn World Masters is that each year a new group of sailors qualify without merit simply by getting older than 40 and so few of the aged skippers kick the bucket! Since 1984 the Masters had regularly attracted over 100 boats, with the highest turnout in 1994 with 140 entries.
 

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