Early victory at Finn World Masters
Published on October 14th, 2021
Murcia, Spain (October 14, 2021) – The fourth day of the 2021 Finn World Masters produced yet more great racing, with France’s Valerian Lebrun (above) securing the title with a day to spare. Holding an insurmountable 17 point lead with one race remaining, Filipe Silva (POR) remains in second with Spain’s David Terol in third. The race wins today went to Terol and Lebrun.
Yet another postponement ashore was raised to wait for the wind, which duly arrived around 14:00 and gradually built through the afternoon, topping out at about 8-12 knots by the end of the second race.
Under blue sky and warm temperatures, the black flag waved for the first start as Xavier Penas (ESP) was fastest to the top mark in race 6, but the race turned into a battle between Terol and Lebrun. Terol got the advantage on the second upwind to lead down to the finish to take the win from Lebrun, while Álvaro Ballesteros Martínez De La Cámara (ESP) crossed third.
The start of race 7 also went to black flag with several casualties. However, Lebrun had found his legs and led all the way to win by a big margin and take his first Masters world title with a race to spare. Laurent Hay sailed a great race to take second, while Silva took third.
Some of the age categories are really close going into tomorrow. While Lebrun also has the Masters trophy sewn up, the Grand Masters is led by Laurent Hay (FRA) but Dutch sailors Peter Peet and Bas de Waal are close behind.
In the Grand Grand Masters, just 11 points are separating Greg Wilcox (NZL), Marc Allain des Beauvais (FRA), and John Greenwood (GBR). Hats Fatzer from Switzerland has taken the lead in the Legend category while Richard Hart (GBR) has already secured the Super Legend title.
Overall, while Lebrun has taken the championship, the remaining top 10 is still to be decided, and with six boats carrying letter or high scores, it is long way from being decided. Moving day keeps getting delayed to the next day, but tomorrow is the last day to move.
Racing concludes tomorrow with one final race. The forecast is for more light winds.
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