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Welcome to the British Finn Association…

This is the home of UK Finn sailing where you will find our race calendar, information on international regattastraining, 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.

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.

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.

Balazs Hajdu
IFA President

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.

Ed Wright claims second European title in spectacular medal race.

Ed Wright won his second Finn European title on Saturday, in Cádiz, after a spectacular medal race in high winds and huge waves that nearly resulted in the race being cancelled. Nicholas Heiner, from the Netherlands, had led all week, but several capsizes and a last place left him with the silver, while Max Salminen, from Sweden took the bronze, after winning the race. Read the full report here

Read how the BFA GAC Pindar U 23 Team got on in our latest news here.

Giles Scott returns triumphant!

British Olympic gold medalist Giles Scott confirmed he is still the king of the Finn class with an emphatic win in the medal race at the first World Cup Series event of 2018 in Miami, to take the gold by 32 points. It was a great day for the British Sailing Team, with a 1,3,4 in the Medal Race. Ben Cornish had a great race to claim third ahead of team mate Ed Wright, although their positions were reversed in the overall results. Read the full report here.

© Richard Langdon/Sailing Energy/World Sailing

 

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.

 

 

 

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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.

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