Berecz gold in Finn test event Tokio

Berecz gold in Finn test event Tokio


Zsombor Berecz secures gold in Enoshima with three way fight for other medals

Article by Robert Deaves, Finn Class

Finn World Champion Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary, has secured the Ready Steady Tokyo Olympic Test Event, with a day to spare after sealing victory on Wednesday in Enoshima, Japan. Nicholas Heiner, from The Netherlands, move up to second, while Giles Scott, from Britain drops to third to set up a three way fght for bronze and silver with Andy Maloney from New Zealand. The race wins on Wednesday went to Alican Kaynar, from Turkey, and Ondrej Teply, from Czech Republic.

The forecast for the day was generally for a light onshore wind, with a lot of low cloud around all morning. The wind remained fairly light and unstable all day with frequent position changes throughout the fleet.

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Kaynar made the best of the first upwind in Race 9 to lead throughout for a comfortable victory from Berecz who rounded in sixth and Maloney, who made the comeback of the day from 20th at the first mark.

The final opening series race, Race 10, got even harder with some big swings. Teply rounded first and led all the way. Berecz had the opportunity to close the series there and then and had worked his way up to fourth, before a rare mistake left him on the wrong side of a big shift. Fortunately for him Scott was still behind him.

Teply went on to win from Anders Pedersen, from Norway and Heiner. Berecz crossed in 12th and with Scott back in 16th, Berecz had won the regatta with a race to spare.

Kaynar has made hard work of this week, so the race win was something of a relief after a high scoring week.

“I started the week very badly. I had quite big results in the first four races and after that I tried to do better and I had some problems with the downwinds, so lost some points there, but then I found my rhythm and moved up to seventh position. I am not so happy with my results, but I think it is positive to have some good results.”

“Today, in the first race I was on the right side and I got some good pressure and finally I had a good downwind and could extend, and I managed to finish first. I was also on the right in the second race, but it didn’t pay off. There was a big shift in the left and I came up quite last.”

“It’s a tricky venue. There is a lot of current and one day we had an offshore wind, so I think it is going to be hard at the Games.”

It has been a challenging week for all sailors, not least because of the heat but also the wind conditions. This is obvious when looking at the results with most sailors having results up and down the fleet. One thing is sure about Enoshima – finding anything resembling consistency is going to be hard, even for the best sailors. To win here you are going to have to be your best, every day. That is what is remarkable about Berecz’s performance, only two results outside the top three.

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Berecz has hardly put a foot wrong this week. He was almost lost for words at the magnitude of his victory.

“Today it was classic sea breeze conditions. In the first race we had 7-8 knots. I had good start and good tactics and I managed to finish second. In the second race I was also there but there was a huge left shift which mixed up the game a bit, but not enough and I secured my first place before tomorrow.”

“I am thrilled with my performance this week and it’s good to know, because this was my big regatta, that we can do very good preparation by ourselves, so we are on a good track and I am very happy for us.”

“Definitely the best regatta I had was last year when I won the worlds, but this one is over that. I had such a great week, such great days, I was sharp all week and this is probably the best regatta of my life that I could manage to put together. I am speechless actually because I am very surprised and very happy that we can achieve this.”

Ready Steady Tokyo will conclude on Thursday with the medal race. It will be a fight between Heiner, Scott and Maloney – three of the best performers all year – for the other medals.

Results after Day 5
1 HUN 40 Zsombor Berecz 24
2 NED 89 Nicholas Heiner 47
3 GBR 41 Giles Scott 48
4 NZL 61 Andy Maloney 57
5 GRE 77 Ioannis Mitakis 73
6 NOR 1 Anders Pedersen 75
7 TUR 21 Alican Kaynar 81
8 BRA 109 Jorge Zarif 86
9 ESP 26 Joan Cardona Mendez 88
10 FRA 112 Jonathan Lobert 88

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Ready Steady Tokyo, the Olympic test event is a series of 10 opening series races from Saturday 17, August to Wednesday 21, August. The top 10 will then sail the medal race on Thursday 22 August.

Many more photos can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos

OK Dinghy Worlds 2019

OK Dinghy Worlds 2019

With the OK Dinghy World Championships beginning next week in New Zealand the fleet sailed a Pre-Worlds during the weekend of 2-3 February. This event is always useful to get an idea of how the different mast /sail combinations are working with most of the top sailors in the class taking part.

Jan Kurfeld (GER 18) on day 1 (Robert Deaves)

Our congratulations to Jan Kurfeld (GER) who won the event, closely followed by Nick Craig (GBR) in 2nd both using Ceilidh Composite Technologies PRO masts.

For further information on the Worlds please use one of the links below.

Event website including results and notice board: 2019.okworlds.org
Wakatere Boating Club website: www.wakatere.org.nz
 
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OK Europeans success

OK Europeans success
Fredrik Lööf, European Champion 2018.

Having placed 2nd at the World Championships earlier this summer Fredrik Lööf from Sweden has won the European Championships after a thrilling final day of racing. After changing material supplier after the Worlds, Fredrik has been working together with Ceilidh and Green Sails to find the best combination to suit him. Racing was close, with 3 sailors  challenging at the top in the great conditions of Bandol. In the last race Fredrik pulled away to secure his first title in his class. Congratulations.

Postma takes bronze at Finn Worlds 2018

Postma takes bronze at Finn Worlds 2018
Finn Class Medallists Aarhus World Championships 2018

Congratulations to the medal winners at the 2018 Finn World Championships which just finished in Aarhus, Denmark. 

Especially rewarding for us was the return of Pieter Jan Postma to the Finn fleet. Having approached us exactly 90 days before the start of this event to work together the team has further developed a new concept of mast performance and control which had given us some success in 2016. At that stage the sailmakers were struggling to keep up with our developments which came too close to the Olympic Games.

With a short but intensive preparation together with PJ, Ed Wright, North Sails UK and Dinghy Racing Centre this time the performance improvement is marked. Our thanks to everyone involved for the enthusiasm, belief and confidence in our design. Also our thanks to the sailors for keeping us on the edge of our seats for the last week.

We are looking forward to the next stage of development to support our sailors during the selection process for Tokyo 2020.

OK Dinghy Worlds 2018

The Ceilidh Composite Technologies OK Dinghy mast dominated the recent OK Dinghy World Championships 2018 held in Warnemünde, Germany. With André Budzien (GER) taking first place after a very closely fought event (Taking Gold with the tiebreaking last race win) our masts were used by 7 of the top 10. The mast has been developed to suit each sailmakers requirements which helped to ensure 3 different sailmakers were represented in the top 10. This year has seen the introduction of our PRO mast, which with added High Modulus material to modify the response of the mast in wind and waves. While this mast suits the more physical sailor our standard mast proved also to be a race winner.

 

Results

 

Soling Mast Prototype

Soling Mast Prototype

Ceilidh Composite Technologies and ‘Group Orion’ are currently developing a new carbon fibre mast profile for the Soling Class. With approval from the Soling Class the first 5 sections have been manufactured to show the possibilities. Including a bend curve which is as good as identical to the current Aluminium spars and detailed finishing to increase reliability and ease of installation the group looks forward to class approval of this exciting development.

 

Carbon fibre Soling mast
Carbon fibre Soling mast

For further information please link here to the dedicated web page.


Carbon Yard for Norfolk Broads

Recently we supplied a new carbon fibre yard for the 94 year old ‘topsail’ rigged ‘Breeze’ on the Norfolk Broads. In order to achieve the required stiffness fore-aft to ensure suitable leech tension on the mainsail the new Soling Mast profile was chosen. At 105mm * 70mm with an integrated sail track this profile gave an improvement of around 50% of stiffness compared to the original carbon tube while weighing in at 13kg for a 7.5 meter spar. 

With a turn-around time of 22 days including transport to the UK the customer was pleased to get on the water at one of the important races in the Broads calendar.

 

For more information and enquiries, please contact us here.

Essence 33 delivered in USA

Essence 33 delivered in USA

The sleek lines of the Essence 33, developed by Yagt B.V. from a classic Hoek Design have allowed Ceilidh Composite Technologies to prove their passion for product development. The detailing of the spars has been completed together with Michel Hof of Essence Yachts, looking at every fitting to improve design and functionality. Internal retrieval lines to take up the slack, simple solutions for lazy-jacks and clean stainless steel fittings have been designed specially for this project. Recently Michel completed delivery of boat number 6 in Greenport, USA. This is the second set of spars that Ceilidh has supplied, and with 2 more sets on order the development and quest for the optimal product remains unabated.