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Finn Class News - February 2015


It is a busy week in Finn sailing with three events starting or just finished. 2013 World Champion Jorge Zarif just wrapped up his seventh consecutive Brazilian title in Rio. The Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week is just beginning in Cadiz, and Sail Auckland gets underway on Thursday.

The 2015 Finn season is stacking up to be another great year of Finn sailing with some great venues lined up for all the major class championships. First up is a welcome return to Split, Croatia in May for the European Championship, followed shortly after by the first visit of the Finn Masters to Greece. So far just over 130 older Finn sailors have entered for what will be a very special event. For the youth in the class, the Silver Cup is being held in Valencia, the home of the Dinghy Academy, at the end of June. Then in mid-August the fleet heads to Rio for the Olympic test event. Finally in November, the Finn Gold Cup heads down to Takapuna, New Zealand for a great conclusion to the season and the second Olympic qualifier.

Here is the latest news and events in the Finn Class. If you would like your event covered in a future issue, or have a photo you'd like to share, please send to media@finnclass.org.

The website for the 2015 Finn Open and Junior Europeans in Split, Croatia, is now live, with online entry open. Please sign up at: www.finneuropeans.org/ec2015

The last time the Finns had an event there the wind did not cooperate and the fleet ended up sailing some races as the sun set. Hopefully we will have better wind this year
2014 Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook

The 2015 edition of the Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook has been published. This issue includes interviews with Aleksandr Kuliukin, the Russian bronze medalist from the 2014 World Masters; the indomitable Henry Sprague who took the 2014 Grand Grand Masters title; Chris Watts, a regular jury member at the Finn World Masters; Walter Riosa, boatbuilder and Masters category silver medalist; and Yuri Tokovoi and Vladimir Krutshikh, coaches with Team Fantastica, now returning to Finn sailing. Read more here.
Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic dominated the Lauderdale YC Olympic Classes Regatta to win from Caleb Paine and Piotr Kula. Full results are here. Photo of Gaspic chasing Paine by John Payne.
A week later Giles Scott produced a masterclass of Finn sailing to easily win the first ISAF Sailing World Cup of the year in Miami. In unusual conditions for Miami he took an early lead that Ivan Kjlakovic Gaspic chipped into in the second half of the week, but could never quite overcome. Third place went to Jake Lilley after his best performance to date, including winning the very tight medal race. Full reports and results here. Photo by Walter Cooper
With Melbourne and Miami already done, the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup will continue in Hyères, Weymouth & Portland, and then for the first time the Finns will race in Qingdao, China. Palma and Medemblik are being used as selection events for the last places available in Hyères and Weymouth where entries are capped to a maximum of 40. The final will again be held in Abu Dhabi in October. Vasilij Zbogar (SLO 573) won the 2014 final (above). ISAF Sailing World Cup website here.
Deniss Karpak won the traditional start of the season event in Europe at the Semaine Internationale de Cannes 2015 sailed in mainly light winds. Laurent Hay took second and Filippo Baldassari third. Full results here. Photo by Claire ADB.
Joe McMillan (AUS 22, left) won the Australian National title, at Black Rock YC, from Ian Mckillop and Matt Visser. Full results here.
Zsombor Berecz won the 39th Christmas Race in Palamos from Milan Vujasinovic and Frederico Melo. Results here.
Pre-registration is open for the Finn World Masters in Kavala, Greece. So far 130 Masters have entered. 2015 will be the first time the Worlds Masters have been held in Greece. 
Sign up here: http://www.finnworldmaster.com/kavala-2015/pre-registration
 
In December, Giles Scott won the Copa Brasil de Vela 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, from Josh Junior and Caleb Paine. Results here.
Pieter-Jan Postma won the New Zealand Nationals at Lyttelton in January from Josh Junior and Matt Coutts. Pictured is Gerrit Bearda, first Great Grand Master. Full results here
UPCOMING EVENTS

Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week
begins on Wednesday 25 February in Cadiz. There are lots of big names competing in the Finn class. Here's a video from Fabian Pic of the boys warming up.

The event website is here: http://www.aow2015.blogspot.com.es

Then Oceanbridge Sail Auckland begins on Thursday 26 February. Event website is here: http://www.sailauckland.org.nz
 
Jorge Zarif has just won his seventh Brazilian Championship in a row. Photo by Fred Hoffmann.
The event website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand can be found at www.finngoldcup.org/2015. The Notice of Race has been published and online entry will open soon.
The 2015 Silver Cup (Junior World Championship) is being held in Valencia from 28 June to 5 July. There will be some Finns available for overseas sailors. Please contact Corinne McKenzie to organise and reserve a boat. Above: last year's fleet in Hoorn.
The Notice of Race for the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2015, the Olympic Test Event, has been published... Read more here...http://www.sailing.org/news/39872.php
Looking for a gift for a Finn sailor or prizes for your event. There are some beautiful Finn half models are available in the Finnshop. More details here.
Photo of the month
Giles Scott (centre, GBR 41) flies off the start line in Miami to continue his unbeaten record since September 2013. As the European season gets under way how long will this continue? Photo by Walter Cooper
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