Light winds set back Finn Europeans but Ben Cornish takes lead
Ben Cornish from Great Britain has taken the lead at the Finn Europeans following a long day on the water after winning the only race possible on a day beset by light winds and abandoned races. Zsombor Berecz from Hungary moves up to second while Anders Pedersen from Norway remains third.
The mistral that has battered the regatta venue for the past two days finally dissipated overnight, and during the morning slowly faded away to leave a light 8-10 knots in place.
Zsombor Berecz, HUN
Highlights from Day 2 of the Finn Europeans
The first attempt at Race 3 was abandoned at the top mark after the wind dropped off with Karpak leading round with a nice lead. After a 90 minute wait, the fleet set off again but not before two general recalls, the second under black flag, which pulled out regatta leader Ed Wright, from Great Britain, as well as fourth overall Max Salminen, from Sweden.
When it finally got going, Karpak again led at the top from Pederson and Cornish. Cornish took the lead on the first downwind playing the pressure variations across the course well, and the extended hugely on the second beat to lead down to the finish.
In the chasing group, Berecz found the best pressure on the run to round the gate almost level with Karpak and then take second. Pederson crossed a close fourth
Ioannis Mitakis, GRE
Soon after, Race 4 got away with a clean start with Ioannis Mitakis, from Greece, leading at the top from Cornish and Nenad Bugarin from Croatia. Mitakis held the lead at the gate, but the wind was down to well under 5 knots at times and soon after the Race Committee abandoned the race and sent the fleet ashore.
The fastest man to the top mark today was definitely Deniss Karpak.
“It was the second hard day here. Today was the opposite to yesterday, up to 5 knots. Wind was hard enough but I was quite fast in both races. We made almost three races today and two of them were abandoned. And I was twice first boat at the top mark so I am happy with my speed.”
“I finished third in the first race after losing a few places to the good guys, but a nice day for me. I am quite fast in light winds but yesterday I was also quick upwind in the breeze and then struggling in 30 knots downwind.”
Anders Pedersen, NOR
Cornish’s win keep the British flag flying at the top of the scoreboard.
“It was a long day on the water just for the one race. The one we got in was a long one. A long course in not a lot of breeze, but good for me as I managed to get the win, which was nice.”
“It was super tight with me Deniss and Anders, especially at the top mark and down the first run, and it started to spread out a bit on the last beat which made my life a bit easier in that light wind”
“It was reasonably tight at the leeward gate but I was quite confident with the numbers I was sailing and we had a reasonable idea where the pressure was coming from at he top right and as it played out it became quite straightforward half way up.”
On his good speed, “We are using some new sails here that we haven’t had much time to test so it’s good to see we are going all right in the breeze we have been targeting.”
“Tomorrow the wind is going back round offshore from the south-east and quite a lot more breeze. Fingers crossed, we’ll be stretching the legs again.”
Nicholas Heiner, NED
This week is also the U23 European Championship, with Oskari Muhinen from Finland mixing it with the seniors in 12th overall, just one place and two points ahead of Henry Weatherall from Great Britain.
The sailors were on the water today for more than seven hours with only one race to show for it. The 10 race Opening Series concludes on Saturday morning, before the Semi-Final and Final on Saturday afternoon.
Results after three races
1 GBR 91 Ben CORNISH 12
2 HUN 40 Zsombor BERECZ 14
3 NOR 1 Anders PEDERSEN 14
4 FRA 112 Jonathan LOBERT 16
5 GRE 77 Ioannis MITAKIS 27
6 CRO 52 Nenad BUGARIN 31
7 EST 2 Deniss KARPAK 39
8 TUR 21 Alican KAYNAR 45
9 AUS 261 Oliver TWEDDELL 51
10 CRO 1 Josip OLUJIC 51
The 2017 Senior and U23 Finn European Championships is being hosted by the Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge in Marseille, France. The sailing base is about 4 km to the north of the club at Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc.
5 – 7 May 2017 Measurement/Registration
7 May 2017 Opening Ceremony
7 May 2017 Practice Race
8 – 12 May Opening Series (9 races)
13 May 2017 Final Opening series race followed by Semi-Final (4-10 in Opening Series) and Final (1-3 from Opening Series plus 1-2 from Semi-Final
13 May 2017 Closing Ceremony & Prize Giving
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ABOUT THE FINN EUROPEANS
Back when World Sailing was the IYRU it used to organise a European dinghy Championship for a crew of one, which was sailed in a class chosen by the host nation with supplied boats. From 1956 until 1962 the Finn was the logical choice for each host nation. The IYRU released control of the event after 1962 and from 1963 onwards the International Finn Association picked up the tradition and it became the Finn European Championship.
For past results please look here.
The idea of a Junior European Championship was born at the 1966 IFA AGM as a solution for sailors under 21 years old, with the first championship being held at Balatonfüred, in Hungary, the venue for this year’s U23 World Championship. Initially held as a stand alone event to encourage financial support from host nations, more recently it has been combined with the Senior European Championship. Since 2017 it has been rebranded as the U23 European Championship.
Past results here.