No racing concludes Finn World Masters
Published on October 15th, 2021
Murcia, Spain (October 15, 2021) – The 2021 Finn World Masters concluded today amid a difficult forecast which failed to provide the fleet with sufficient wind for one final race. After a brief hope was dashed, racing was abandoned for the day.
Valerian Lebrun (FRA) had already secured the championship but went out anyway as he ‘was here for fun’. The 2019 European Masters Champion, Filipe Silva (POR) secured second overall, while the top home nation sailor, David Terol, placed third. These three (above) were also the top three Masters for 40-49 year olds.
In the Grand Masters category, Laurent Hay (FRA) took the title he last won in 2017, from the Dutch pair of Peter Peet and Bas de Waal.
Greg Wilcox (NZL), upgrading his old Finn for a modern charter boat at the Worlds, performed beyond his expectations to win the Grand Grand Masters, from France’s Marc Allain des Beauvais and former double World Masters Champion John Greenwood.
Another former World Masters Champion from way back in 1988, Hans Fatzer from Switzerland, won the Legends category in an incredible 35th overall for the over 70s, from Henk de Jager and Filip Willems, both from The Netherlands.
The greatest cheer was again reserved for the Super Legends. Richard Hart (GBR) retained the title he won in 2019. Former Super Legend Champion Pedro Jiminez Meifren from Spain was second with Joop Wuijts from The Netherlands in third.
At a difficult time for sporting events, the local organizers have put on a spectacular show on and off the water. The seven races sailed were amazing, and the after-race socials were extremely popular and quite special. The mid week dinner produced an incredible atmosphere of celebration respect and fun that everyone enjoyed and appreciated.
The 108 sailors from 20 nations who made their way here experienced a beautiful week of sailing and hospitality and were more than happy they made the effort, with many going home full of enthusiasm for the next one.
The 2022 Finn World Masters travels to Finland for the first time ever to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Finn’s first appearance at the Olympic Games. It will be another great party for sure.
Racing was 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