Lamphere wins Finn US National Championship

Published on April 15th, 2014

The 2014 Finn US National Championship attracted 22 competitors to Fairhope, AL on April 11-13. Hosted by Fairhope Yacht Club, competitors came from throughout the US, Russia, Canada and South Africa and spanned ages from 19 to 72. The 8-race series was held under beautiful sunny skies, warm temperatures and mostly medium breezes, with the last day seeing gusts to 20 knots.

After a string of 3 firsts in seabreeze winds on the first day, Gordon Lamphere looked strong although John Dane finished close behind in those races. The second day brought offshore shifty conditions, with local stalwart Michael Mark posting the low score of 1,2,4 to solidify himself in third place. Going into Sunday’s remaining 2 races, Lamphere held a 1 point lead over Dane who held a 5 point lead over Mark.

The last day saw offshore winds ranging from 10-20 knots. Dane won the first race tying the series and setting the stage for a great finale. However, Lamphere proved too strong and motored into first place early in the last race and held on to win his first Finn National title.

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Report by Michael E. Mark

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