Finn racing doesn’t get much better than the opening day of the 2021 Finn World Masters on Mar Menor, in Murcia, Spain. With 12-18 knots of wind and in 25 degrees, two races were sailed in near perfect conditions. France’s Valerian Lebrun took both race wins to take the early lead from Filipe Silva, from Portugal, and Anthony Nossiter, from Australia. 108 Finn Masters from 20 countries are taking part in the 50th Finn World Masters.
Reading the wind today was the key with frequent shifts and lots of pressure changes. Karel von Hellemond, from The Netherlands led at the top in Race 1, but by the gate Paul McKenzie, from Australia, had taken the lead. He maintained that lead at the second top mark but both Silva and Lebrun were close behind. Lebrun has just come from two years of training for Olympic selection and was clearly the best downwind, moving ahead of McKenzie on the final leg.
Racing continues until Friday with six more races scheduled. Two more races are scheduled for Tuesday.
Results after Day 1
1 FRA 111 Valerian Lebrun 2pts
2 POR 21 Filipe Silva 5pts
3 AUS 221 Anthony Nossiter 7pts
4 NED 41 Karel Van Hellemond 10pts
5 ESP 7 David Terol 11pts
6 NED 148 Peter Peet 15pts
7 SUI 7 Christoph Burger 19pts
8 GBR 74 Lawrence Crispin 24pts
9 NZL 15 Greg Wilcox 26pts
10 NED 29 Bas De Waal 29pts