The popularity of Dinghy one design courses often leads to the launch of events dedicated to actively competing senior members. In the Finn class, its World Masters Championship is very popular, as the 2022 event will take place on 4-8. July in Helsinki.
But when the Finn is no longer in the Olympics, many young bucks have moved on. Given the rise of the class in the U.S. to the middle age crisis group and the event being open to anyone born in or before 1982, the title of “Masters” has become almost unnecessary.
In addition to the women’s award, the age groups of the spotlight are divided:
• Master (40-49 years old)
• Grand Master (50-59)
• Grand Master (60-69)
• Explanation (70-80)
• Super Legend (80+)
About 125 sailors from 22 countries are expected to take part in the 2022 Finn World Masters event, and it will celebrate its first appearance at the Helsinki Olympics 70 years ago. During the regatta, the first Olympics will be commemorated many times, when the mighty Paul Elvstrøm won the first of his three Finnish gold medals.
Well-known Finn World Masters President Andy Denison, “I am really looking forward to my first visit to Helsinki, which combined with the unique legacy of this year’s first Olympic sailing means that this year is definitely not to be missed.
There are a lot of new names for Finn Masters in the competition, and no recent winners. The latest winner is John Greenwood from 2002, who has worked hard with Tim Tavinor, who is returning to Finnish sailing. From Britain, Lawrence Crispin and Allen Burrell should also do well.
Last year’s Grand Master Frenchman Laurent Hay is still looking for his first overall win, but will face last year’s European champion, Akos Lukats of Hungary, Christoph Christen of Switzerland and an always strong Dutch team led by Bas de Waal. and Karel Hellemond.
The new name that everyone is looking at is the 1996 Olympic silver medalist Sebastien Godefroid, who has not sailed an international Finnish regatta since 2004 while sailing in Finland.