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Finn Class eNews - March 2015


The European sailing season gets properly underway on Monday as the first major European event begins in Palma. The Princesa Sofia Trophy is traditionally the first major European event of the year, attracting virtually all of the main players. This year is slightly different as it has lost its Sailing World Cup status and is being used by ISAF as the qualifier for the final 10 places at the Sailing World Cup Hyeres, which is being held later in April.

As a result of this new strategy for sailing, a number of top names will be absent in Palma having already qualified for Hyeres, though the entry is still high at 79. There will be two foci of interest in Palma. The first is who will make the cut to sail in Hyeres, which under the new rules will be limited to 40 entries. Ten sailors will qualify in Palma to add to the 30 chosen from ISAF's World Ranking List. The second will be the performance of the new boats that many sailors have been trialling over recent months. Several builders have new models for 2015 so it is shaping up to be an interesting week.
 
Scott is defending the title he won last year, but will have a hard time to continue his unbeaten run. He will be up against the runner-up at last years ISAF Worlds Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO), London2012 bronze medalist Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) and Josh Junior (NZL). Palma will also mark the return, again, of the London2012 Silver medalist Jonas Høgh Christensen (DEN). He hasn't sailed since placing 11th in Santander last year, and has just announced his return to Olympic sailing with a new campaign for Rio2016.

It's going to a busy season ahead with the SWC events and qualifiers, and also the European Championship in Split during the second week of May. For those who need to qualify for the SWC events, it is going to be almost non-stop sailing between now and middle of June.

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.
Pieter-Jan Postma won the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland in February after a shortened series in a range of conditions. Andrew Murdoch stole second place from Josh Junior after winning the final race. Results here.
Jonathan Lobert won the Andalusian Olympic Sailing Week in Cadiz, but without winning a single race. Last year's winner Zsombor Berecz took second from a fast finishing Thomas Le Breton who won two races on the final day. Results here.
Zsombor Berecz won the Open Internacional Vela Olimpica, in Valencia, from Alican Kaynar and Alejandro Muscat. With six winners from six races, it was a very close event with lots of position changing in the shifty winds, though the leader at the first mark won generally won the race. Gallery of photos here.
The website for the 2015 Finn Open and Junior Europeans in Split, Croatia, is live, with online entry open. Please sign up at: www.finneuropeans.org/ec2015
 
Pre-entry continues for the Finn World Masters in Kavala, Greece. So far 180 Masters have entered. Sign up here.
The Dinghy Academy in Valencia is going from strength to strength. Established two years ago by 2000 Olympic Finn silver medalist Luca Devoti as a way to develop the skills of aspiring Olympians in a group training environment, it has come of age and is ready to take the next step forward. More and more sailors are benefitting from his unique experience and coaching style, and the first class facilities offered at the Academy, which is located in the extensive grounds of the Real Club Náutico de Valencia.
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Video: Dinghy Academy in Valencia goes from strength to strength. 
Egor Terpigoprev won the Palma Training Regatta against a fleet of 25 boats from Caleb Paine and Thomas Le Breton after five races. Results here More photos here
Ioannis Mitakis won 9 out of 10 races to take the Athens Eurolymp Week from Antonis Manolakis and Michael Staal. Results here
Eduard Skornyakov won the Sochi Christmas Regatta - the first stage of Russian Finn Class Cup, from January 3-8. Junior Finn sailor, Vitaliy Kuvaev was second with  Piotr Oleynikov in third. Results here More photos here 
Arkadiy Kistanov won the second stage of Russian Finn Class Cup in Sochi after a tight battle with Egor Terpigoriev, who placed second and Alexander Kulyukin in third. Results here 
The Russian Finn Association also took part in the Moscow International Boat Show from March, 10-15. More photos here
Registration is up and running for the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Early entry fee is until May 4th. Video
Grab a good book from the Finnshop. Online ordering and more information here
Coppa Italia 2015 started in Anzio on March 21-22, with five races sailed in a nice south-easterly and waves. Enrico Passoni won in style, dominating with four bullets. Giacomo Giovanelli and Walter Riosa were second and third on equal points. Matteo Savio was first of the four Juniors and fifth overall. The next Coppa Italia event is in Castiglione della Pescaia on April 11-12. Results here Video here
UPCOMING EVENTS

Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma: 28 March to 4 April. Event website

ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: 20 -26 April. Event website
OTHER NEWS

A new version of the Rule 42 Breaches for Finn has been released. More here.

Finn Class Rule 42 page with lots of videos is here.

The Notice of Race for the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2015, the Olympic Test Event, has been published...
Read more here.
 
This video has surfaced of a legendary Finn class event, the 1969 Finn Gold Cup in Bermuda. In spite of the poor quality, worth watching. 
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.
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.
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 tough conditions in Hoorn.
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
Not quite 500 days to go now, now more like 497, but the countdown has well and truly begun and this year will be an important step along the way for those hoping to be racing in Rio next August.

On Tuesday 24 March, Rio de Janeiro celebrated 500 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first to be staged in South America. To mark the date, the Olympic mascot, Vinicius, took in the beauty of the city from the top of the Sugarloaf cable car.
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