Discard narrows Finn World Masters lead
Published on October 13th, 2021
Murcia, Spain (October 13, 2021) – Only one race was scheduled on the third day of the 2021 Finn World Masters which had Anthony Nossiter (AUS) lead from start to finish in the light winds only to find he’d been black flagged for the second race running, handing the race win to France’s Laurent Hay (above) while Akos Lukats from Hungary was second and Sweden’s Mats Johnsson in third.
With five races completed, the discard comes into play, and while Valarian Lebrun (FRA) maintains his lead, the margin is now down to five points.
Under a searing sun, the wind remained absent for most of the morning, leading to a one-hour postponement ashore and a further wait on the water while the light breeze stabilized. Race 5 was started in 6-7 knots and built to perhaps 8-9 on the final downwind, but again the sides produced widely different conditions and some more surprise results.
Coming off the pin end, Nossiter made a huge jump on the fleet and was soon a country mile ahead. However, a check on the board as he crossed the finish line affirmed his worst fears and he now has two consecutive black flags.
In his place as winner, second across the line Hay took the race win to move up to fourth overall after suffering his own black flag yesterday. He also takes the lead in the Grand Master category.
Super Legend Richard Hart (GBR) dropped to 78th, but is still the stand-out over 80 year old. Likewise, Greg Wilcox (NZL) dropped to 11th, but still leads the Grand Grand Masters, though double Masters World champion John Greenwood (GBR) has been closing the gap. Dutchman Henk de Jager’s lead in the Legends has also dropped to just three points so there is sill all to play for in many age groups.
Racing continues tomorrow with two more races scheduled. An eight race series is scheduled on October 11-15.
World Master (overall winner)
Master (winner 40-49 years old)
Grand Master (winner 50-59)
Grand Grand Master (winner 60-69)
Legend (winner 70-80)
Super Legend (80+)
Classic Boat (Built prior to 1988)
Source: Robert Deaves