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Britain has a rich heritage of success in the Finn at Olympic and World Championship level, but the majority of the UK fleet is made up of Under 23, Club and Masters sailors who enjoy racing Finns at all levels.
World Sailing: Voting irregularities claimed on crucial Olympic vote.
Several members of World Sailing’s Council have complained that their votes at the 2018 Annual Conference were recorded incorrectly. The vote in question was the first on the first day of the Annual Conference held recently in Saratosa. It was to determine whether the controversial 2024 Olympic Events slate, selected in the Mid-Year Meeting should be re-opened and reconsidered.
At the end of the first vote, it was declared that the move to re-open had received 79% of the votes – 4% more than the required 75% threshold. A second vote quickly followed which resulted in the Mixed One Person Dinghy event being dropped and a Mixed Two Person Keelboat event substituted.
At least three Councillors who were against the urgent Submission 037-18 from the Board of World Sailing, have claimed that their votes were either recorded as “Approve” for the controversial issue, or are listed as “Abstain”. A fourth is believed to have made similar claims
All three, Zvi Ziblat (ISR), Peter Hall (CAN), and Georgy Wossala (HUN), spoke against the Submission and said they voted “Reject”. On the Voting Schedule, Ziblat and Hall are shown as “Approve”, while Wossala is shown as “Abstain”.
If the voting sheet is re-scored with the claimed “Reject” options selected, the vote on Submission 037-18 receives 11 “Rejects” with 29 “Approves” or 72.5% and fails to meet the required 75% threshold for the 2024 Events to be re-opened. — Richard Gladwell
Statement from the International Class President:
The International Finn Association (IFA) is extremely disappointed to see the decision taken today at the World Sailing AGM in Sarasota, USA, to exclude any event options for the Finn in favour of adopting the Mixed Two-Person Keelboat.
Most of all we are very disappointed for the many committed Finn sailors affected by this decision, especially the young sailors who have had their campaign ambitions for 2024 cruelly shattered.
We feel the Finn class has become collateral damage in the quest for gender equality and Olympic TV rights income for World Sailing.
It is a great injustice that many of the best athletes in the sport of sailing no longer have an avenue to the Olympics, and we honestly feel the Olympics will be poorer as a result of the exclusion of the Finn.
We know the Finn class will continue to thrive and for the time being we will focus on supporting our athletes as they prepare for Tokyo 2020. In the coming months, the IFA will work towards finding a way back for the Finn on the Olympic programme.
Meanwhile, it is important that all Finn sailors maintain dignity, particularly on Social Media, where there has already been a huge backlash towards the decision. Until Tokyo 2020 everything continues as normal and our sponsor GAC Pindar has already pledged their on-going support for the U23 squad.
The implications for International Finn sailing are yet to be established but the Gold Cup and the Silver Cup will continue as well supported and hugely competitive events. Although the World Sailing Council has made their decision, it has a year to be fully ratified and agreed by the IOC. There are many hurdles still in place before this can happen and a number of key personnel can still influence the final decision. Let’s hope a good women’s single hander can be introduced to balance the number of Finn athletes and restore the Finn to it’s rightful position as the highest form of Olympic dinghy sailing.
Henry Wetherell wins the GAC Pindar 2018 British Championships.
Henry Wetherell clinched his first Finn national title at Mengeham Rythe SC on Sunday after only one further race was possible on the final day. British Sailing Team member Wetherell also took the U 23 title, ahead of GAC Pindar U 23 Cameron Tweedle in second with Grand Master Graham Tinsley third, in his first Finn event. Read the full report here.
The great attraction of the Finn is that you don’t need a brand new boat to be competitive – top regattas are regularly won by 10-yr-old boats. A growing route in for sailors on a budget is the ‘Classic with Carbon’ option – any pre-1985 hull super-charged with a second-hand modern rig. Classic boats are warmly welcomed at all BFA events and are often seen in the top 10 with the Modern Race Boats.
Latest Race Reports…
The Finn fleets have a very active racing programme at all levels from Olympic events though to the equally keenly fought Classic fleet through the CVRDA.
To read the latest regatta reports click the images below.