Valerian Lebrun wins Finn World Masters at Mar Menor with one day to spare

Valerian Lebrun wins Finn World Masters at Mar Menor with one day to spare

by Robert Deaves Oct 14 5:53 PM PDT
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Day four of the 2021 Finn World Masters on Mar Menor in Murcia, Spain produced even more great races, with Valerian Lebrun of France claiming the title with one day to lose. He took an insurmountable 17-point lead on the final day. Filipe Silva of Portugal remains in second with Spaniard David Terol in third. Thursday’s victories went to Terol and Lebrun.

Another postponement ashore was lifted to await the wind, which arrived well around 2:00 p.m. and gradually strengthened throughout the afternoon, peaking at around 8-12 knots at the end of the second race. The sky was blue and the air was warm, but the competition was even hotter.

Under the black flag, Xavier Penas of Spain was fastest at the first mark of Race 6, but the race turned into a battle between Terol and Lebrun. Terol took the lead on the second upwind recovery to lead to the finish to take the victory from Lebrun, while Álvaro Ballesteros Martínez De La Cámara of Spain moved up to third.

The start of race 7 also took place under a black flag with several injuries. However, Lebrun had regained his legs and led to the end to win with a wide margin and win his first Masters world title with a race to go. Laurent Hay had a good race to take second place, while Silva took third place.

Some age categories are very close before the last day. While Lebrun also sowed the Masters Trophy, the Grand Masters is led by Laurent Hay from France. Peter Peet and Bas de Waal of the Netherlands follow closely behind so the title will be decided in the final race.

Could he be closer in the Grand Grand Masters, with just 11 points separating Greg Wilcox of New Zealand, who has led all week, Marc Allain of Beauvais of France, and John Greenwood of Great Britain? Hats Fatzer of Switzerland took the lead in the Legend category while Richard Hart of Great Britain has already secured the Super Legend title.

Overall, while Lebrun has won the championship, the remaining top 10 is yet to be determined, and with six boats carrying a letter or high score it is far from decided. Moving day is always postponed until the next day, but Friday is the last day to move.

No one here had any doubts about the long drive to Mar Menor. The race went as planned and was great, the weather was great, the water was clean with fish swimming around your feet when you get started, the hospitality was great, the parties were memorable , the beach was desirable, and the free beer became a treat. Only one day remains of what has been an incredible Finn World Masters.

The race will end on Friday with a final race to settle the top 10 and age categories. The forecast is for lighter winds.

Results after day 4: (top ten, 7 races)

1 FRA 111 Valériane LEBRUN MasterM 12pts
2 POR 21 Filipe SILVA MasterM 29pts
3 ESP 7 David TEROL MasterM 32pts
4 FRA 75 Laurent HAY Grand MaîtreM 35pts
5 NED 148 Peter PEET Grand MasterM 53pts
6 NED 29 Low DE WAAL Grand MasterM 67pts
7 SUI 59 Simon BOVAY MasterM 81pts
8 GBR 74 Lawrence CRISPIN Grand MaîtreM 81pts
9 SUI 7 Christoph BURGER MasterM 86pts
10 NED 41 Karel VAN HELLEMOND MasterM 90pts

Full results available here.

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