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This is the home of UK Finn sailing where you will find our race calendar, information on international regattas, training, tuning & technique advice, an active forum & marketplace plus all the info you need to start Finn sailing. See the latest membership benefits from our supporting Partners.
John Torrance – The BFA is sad to report the sudden death of John Torrance on Wednesday 19th. John reportedly collapsed whilst out to dinner and efforts to revive him failed. John was a hugely enthusiastic Finn sailor, a class measurer and had been working hard to grow the Finn fleet around his local area in Burnham-On-Crouch. A flag officer of Creeksea SC and an organiser of Burnham Week, John recently arranged a Finn Class start in Burnham Week and was always on hand to offer advice and help to fellow Finn sailors. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife and sons. Further news will be posted when we have it.
Mike Till – We are sad to report the passing of longstanding BFA member Mike Till, who sadly lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday,11th October. Our sincere condolences go out to Kathy and daughters Rosalind and Juliette. Mike was for many years the BFA Master’s Representative and had many great friends around the world from regularly competing at the World Masters. His last Finn event was at Lake Garda this year where he enjoyed a great time, sailing with old friends again and being good company to all of us there – Mike you will be sadly missed but remembered with a smile! There is a touching tribute from his daughter on his Facebook page.
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.
Giles Scott maintains Great Britain’s dominance in the Finn class with a fifth successive gold medal!
Scott won his first gold medal with a race to spare, racking up a massive 32pt lead with a second place in the 10 knot medal race on the Sugarloaf course, off Rio’s Copacabana beach. Scott followed in the wake of Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy to take Great Britain’s tally to five successive Finn gold medals.
The BFA sends our heartiest congratulations to Giles and his coach Matt Howard for a thoroughly professional campaign and perfect race execution under all the pressure of the Olympic stage. We just hope his boss at Land Rover BAR allows him some time off to defend his Olympic title at Tokyo 2020!
Congratulations to Ben Cornish on his second UK National Championship and to runners up Pete McCoy and Hector Simpson. Thanks to Christchurch SC for a well organised, fantastic event – 59 boats, great racing and perfect weather.
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.