Points climb at Finn World Masters
Published on October 12th, 2021
Murcia, Spain (October 12, 2021) – Bas de Waal (NED) and Jesus Pintos (ESP) may have won the races on the second day of the 2021 Finn World Masters, but it was France’s Valerian Lebrun who extended his lead after a 3,4 on a day when most of the front of the fleet put in at least one high score in the light and very difficult breeze.
Cloud cover for most of the day kept the temperatures lower than yesterday, with a lot less wind at 6-10 knots. It was also really shifty with pressure changes across the race course bringing groups up the fleet and spitting some out the back. There were new faces near the front as some of the top sailors struggled to get anywhere near the front.
Opening the day with a win in Race 3, de Waal took the bullet after the leader for most of the race Nuno es Silva (POR) was black flagged. Australia’s Paul McKenzie recovered well to cross second with Lebrun third. De Waal was himself then black flagged in race 4.
Under the black flag again, race 4 got away after a general recall and long postponement following a wind change. It was a dastardly tricky race with some huge pressure changes. Some of the fleet could do nothing right.
Reading the wind was not easy but Jesus Pintos did something right to take the lead and a huge win. He sits in 48th overall after a 91, 75, 36, 1 scoreline so far. Some way back, Allen Burrell (GBR) placed second – to complement his 58th in the first race of the day – but moves up to 10th overall, while Filipe Silva crossed third.
In the various age categories, Lebrun leads the Masters age group, Peter Peet (NED) in fourth is the top Grand Master, Greg Wilcox from New Zealand in seventh leads the Grand Grand Masters, Henk de Jager (NED) in 34th leads the Legend group and Britain’s Richard Hart in 71st has a huge lead in the Super Legend group for the over 80s.
After four races Lebrun has an 18-point lead from Terol, with Filipe Silva just three points further back. One race is scheduled for tomorrow when the discard will kick in and change the landscape somewhat with many currently counting a letter or high score.
An eight race series is scheduled on October 11-15.
Source: Robert Deaves