The Finn European Championship was officially declared opened last night by sailing "Pope", ISAF President Paul Henderson during a wonderful opening ceremony.
The first day of the Finn European Championship was blessed with great sailing conditions allowing two races in medium to strong wind, waves and blue sky.
The 63 Finn sailors experienced the new "windward-leeward" course under 12 knots, and the revised RRS 42 in the afternoon race when the wind reached 18 to 20 knots.
After 2 races, Jaap Zielhuis from the Netherlands is leading the Championship. He won the first race after passing early race leader, Luca Devoti on the downwind leg and placed 4th on the second. Sydney Silver medallist, Luca Devoti is taking 2nd place overall after placing 6th and 2nd. Rafael Trujillo from Spain is in 3rd position.
Junior leader is Marin Misura from Croatia in 14th position (23 - 10) followed by Jonas Hoegh Christensen from Denmark in 16th position with a 10th and a 25th.
Junior Champion, Chris Brittle got penalised on the second place with a premature start and is pointing in 42nd place.
Race 1 was started under light (8-9knots) and shifty wind. After 1 general recall, the start was given under black flag, penalising 18 years old Greek sailor, Packomios Papastefanou. Luca Devoti led to the top mark but was passed at the leeward mark by Jaap Zielhuis and Rafael Trujillo. Karlo Kuret and Ben Ainslie, also very fast on the run, gained lots of ground. They finished the race in 3rd and 4th places.
After a 2 hour race, the wind had increased to 22 knots. The course was then changed for a triangle and the "Q" flag was up allowing pumping on the downwind legs. After one general recall, the black flag was up again disqualifying 5 boats (Michele Marchesini, Chris Brittle, Anders Nilsson, Akif Muslubas and Sipos Bence).
Once again, Luca Devoti was leading at the top mark with Michael Fellmann (GER). The German took advantage of the reaches and the free pumping to pass the Italian. Turkish sailor, Ali Enver Adakan, gained ground on the last 2 legs to finish in 3rd place. With the wind dying to 12 and 8 knots toward the end of the race, the flag Q was replaced by Flag I, reinstalling RRS 42.
The Finn fleet "behaved" on the run and reaches under the watchful eyes of an experimented Jury. Only 3 breaches of RRS 42 were recorded including 2 at the start and beat (Sergey Kotov and Agustin Juares). The only sailor penalised on the run was Mateus Kusznierewicz.
After 6 hours spent on the water, everyone was glad to arrive at the Cesme Yacht Club for free pasta and home made pastries. Tired sailors, sore legs were hoping for some good rest and a massage. "I miss my Laser!" commented Ben Ainslie. The Olympic Champion is lyying in 6th position after scoring a 4th and a 8th.
One race is scheduled for Tuesday.
Top 10 Overall Results After 2 Races
Position - Sailor - Race Results - Total Points
1. Jaap ZIELHUIS (NED) - 1, 4 - 5
2 . Luca DEVOTI (ITA) - 6, 2 - 8
3. Rafael Trujillo VILLAR (ESP) - 2, 6 - 8
4. Michael FELLMANN (GER) - 11, 1 - 12
5. Karlo KURET (CRO) - 3, 9 - 12
6. Ben AINSLIE (GBR) - 4, 8 - 12
7. Emilios Papathanassiou (GRE) - 8, 7 - 15
8. Andrew SIMPSON (GBR) - 5, 12 - 17
9. Pascal RAMBEAU (FRA) - 7, 11 - 18
10. Enver ADAKAN (TUR) - 22, 3 - 25