Finn Europeans opened in hospitable Hospitalet

Finn Europeans opened in hospitable Hospitalet

 

The Open Finn European Masters Championship was opened Tuesday night at Club Nàutic Hospitalet-Vandellòs, at L’Hospitalet de l’Infant, Spain. Around 70 sailors from 20 nations are ready to compete for the Open and Masters European titles over the coming week.

Racing begins on Wednesday with a series of eight races scheduled until Saturday. With the current title holders unable to compete, there will be some new names on the trophies come the end of the week.

Opening the evening, Irati Cruixent, introduced the club and the town, saying everyone was “Very excited and honoured to host this important competition 26 years after the last Finn Europeans was held here.” He spoke about the long history of organising championships at the club and that everyone and very happy to welcome everyone to Club Nàutic Hospitalet-Vandellòs.”

He was followed by the President of club, Lluís Coll, and Diego García representing the local community.

Representing the International Finn Association, Vice President Kristian Sjöberg, from Finland, welcomed all the sailors to L’Hospitalet, thanked the organisers and wished everyone a good week of racing. He then closed by declaring the 2022 Open Finn European Masters open.

Many of the fleet raced the Spanish Championship over the weekend, in a range of conditions. After the first day was lost with no wind, five races were completed over the next two days. Club member David Terol, who was instrumental in bringing these championships to the club, was elated to win his first Spanish championship by one point from Miguel Fernandez with David Huet, from France in third. The results can be found here.

The weather forecast for the week already looks challenging with very light winds for two days followed by moderate to strong offshore winds by the end of the week. At least the fleet should get a bit of everything. Registration and equipment checks began Tuesday morning and continue through to Wednesday morning, with the first races scheduled from 14.00 on Wednesday.

 

David Terol, ESP – Pic CNHV

 

Spanish Nationals – Pic CNHV

 

Opening Ceremony on Tuesday evening

 

Spanish Nationals – Pic CNHV

 

HOW TO FOLLOW THE 2022 OPEN FINN EUROPEAN MASTERS

VENUE
The 2022 Open Finn European Masters is taking place at Hospitalet de l’Infant, Spain, from 12-17 September, organised by Club Nàutic Hospitalet-Vandellòs in conjunction with the International Finn Association.

EVENT WEBSITE for media
www.finnworldmaster.com

RESULTS and NOTICES
https://www.cnhv.sailti.com/en/default/races/race/text/finn-european-masters-eng-en

SCHEDULE
Tues, 13 Sept  Equipment Inspection/Registration/Opening Ceremony
Weds, 14 Sept Equipment Inspection/Registration/Competitor’s Meeting
Weds, 14 Sept Racing (2 races scheduled)
Thurs 15 Sept  Racing (2 races scheduled)
Fri 16 Sept Racing (2 races scheduled)
Sat, 17 Sept Racing (2 races scheduled)
Sat, 17 Sept Closing Ceremony/prizegiving

PRESS RELEASES
The Finn Class will release international press releases each day during the event. Sign up to receive these at: http://www.finnclass.org/media-finn/newsletter-a-press-release

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Daily highlights will be available on https://finnclass.org/finn-tv/2022-videos
And on https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFinnClass/

PHOTOGRAPHY
Finn Class photos by Robert Deaves will be available here:
https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFinnClass/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/
https://robertdeaves.smugmug.com

and also on the event website.
Please send any requests to robert@finnclass.org

SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow the event through the Finn Class Social Media Channels
Regular updates via Instagram stories and posts: https://www.instagram.com/finnclass/
Race by race updates on Facebook and Twitter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFinnClass/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Finn_Class
Occasional Facebook live video on: https://www.facebook.com/FinnWorldMasters
Daily highlights on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFinnChannel

Hashtags for the event are:
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