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Welcome to the British Finn Association…

This is the home of UK Finn sailing where you will find our 2022 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 levels, but the majority of the UK fleet is made up of Club and Masters sailors who enjoy racing Finns at all levels.

Huge congratulations to John Greenwood, 1st Great Grand Master at the Finn World Masters 2022, in some testing conditions, and 8th overall in a young and impressive fleet, packed with Finn Gold Cup winners and Olympians. 14 British Finn Members competed in Helsinki, John leading the charge in 8th, BFA Secretary Simon Percival in a strong 15th and Lawrence Crispin 21st.
 

Stars of the prize-giving ceremony, using the original Olympic podium from the inaugural Finn medal ceremony in 1952 were the two British Super Legends, Richard Hart and Howard Sellars, both racing in the 24-28 knots and big waves on Wednesday – truly inspirational…

 

BFA congratulates Pete Allam, Sally Reynolds and all the Race Team UK National Championship, at WPNSA Weymouth, for hosting the hugely successful Ronstan UK National Championships – read the full report here.

 

Giles Scott retires from Olympic Sailing 

Along with several other members of the successful British Sailing Team, Giles announced his retirement from Olympic sailing this week. ” I’ve been in Olympic classes sailing now for nearly 14 years, done two Olympic Games, had a really good innings and now it’s time for me to move on to other things. It actually feels OK. If I’m brutally honest it feels just fine. I’ve been doing it for so long and have put so much into it, and I’m lucky to have been successful, and it’s time to do other things. I’ve absolutely loved my Olympic sailing but I feel like it’s been a chapter in a bigger book. I’m sad to be leaving but for sure it’s time to go.”

“The last couple of years were probably the busiest of my life and I took on an awful lot with the America’s Cup while trying to defend my Olympic title. Somehow I managed to keep that gold medal. In honesty I’m not sure how, but I got there just about! I’ve enjoyed my time off, doing some Moth sailing and sailing some bigger boats. I’m getting back with INEOS and the America’s Cup. I’ve still got plenty going on but I am still slowly digesting what I’ve accomplished, not just at the last Olympics but over the past ten years of Olympic sailing.” 

Scott Speaks Out – The BFA  recently sat down with Giles to hear all the secrets of his boat preparation, rig choices, tactics and racing style. An abridged version is published in the April edition of Finnfare, but BFA members can access the full interview here.

Giles Scott wins the last Finn Olympic Gold Medal!

Huge congratulations to Giles Scott and his coach Matt Howard for winning his second and final Finn Olympic Gold medal!

Giles had the composure to restart after two boats were called over the line and then battle his way back to claim the necessary points to maintain his grip on the gold medal in the light, sub 10 knots and lumpy conditions. The Gold was not secured until the very last mark rounding, in a nervy, tight finish that saw Giles move from 7th to 4th to secure the win by three points, whilst all the time the jury boat was breathing down his neck to check there was no illegal pump to gain an overlap. One cool customer!

 
 
 

 

 

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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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