Light winds forecast for Finals day in Marseille

A long week in Marseille is drawing to a close with up to three more Finn races on the final day, Saturday 13 May. Because of the new format, around 15 sailors can still go home with the European title.

The final Opening Series Race, scheduled for 10.00 this morning will decide who goes through to the Final and Semi Final.

Jonathan Lobert and Anders Pedersen have already done enough to be fast-tracked through to the Final.

Zsombor Berecz is already qualified for at least the Semi-Final.

The other seven places are still up for grabs. All the other top 10 sailors going into today either have a high score on the board or are very close on points to the cut, so still need a good race.

The third place in the Final will come down to Zsombor Berecz or Ed Wright, so that could turn into a match race.

And then, mathematically everyone down to 20th has a chance to qualify for the Semi-Final, if it all goes wrong for those above them.

But after that points do not make prizes, only finishing positions. The top two over the line in the Semi-Final progress to the Final and the top three across the line in that race get the medals.

The forecast for today, well one of them anyway as it changes here pretty fast, is for a light north-easterly slowing dying away to 4 knots and then veering round to just west of south between mid morning and early afternoon with a maximum strength of 7-8 knots.

The Semi-Final cannot start before 13.00. If there is no warning signal for that by 16.00, it will be abandoned and the top five from the Opening Series will go into the Final. The latest time for the warning signal for the Final is 17.00.

If there is no Semi-Final or Final, the championship will be decided by the standings in the Opening Series.

It’s going to be another very long day in Marseille.

One or both of the final races will be streamed on Facebook live. Follow the Finn Class page for updates or the YCPR page.