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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.

Ten days to left to keep the Finn in the Olympic Games!

The decisions for choosing events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be decided at the World Sailing Mid-Year meeting at Chelsea Football Club on 10-15th May. In an open letter today, World Sailing President Kim Andersen sets out how he sees the debate and the options that are available. Read the letter in full here.

It is disappointing that he lists as “Option 1 Adding a new Offshore Mixed event”. Whilst he states that the IOC is not demanding changes, they are minded to follow the IOC Agenda 2020 as a “source of inspiration and guidance”. What this means in reality is if they think the IOC wants Sailing to reduce costs, then the offer of free supplied boats for a mixed double handed offshore one design, (such as the new Beneteau Figaro 3) for a Paris Games could be attractive to them.

Andersen’s lists “Option 2: Adding two single-handed technical disciplines (M/W)”

This option appears to throw the Finn a lifeline, and he acknowledges that they need, “an event for men representing a weight range above 90 kg. These event options in combination with existing events will secure the fulfilment of a broad representation of physique for men and women.”

Basically the aim of the Olympic Class equipment review is to maintain or reduce the overall number of athletes to reduce cost to host nations, increase the percentage of female sailors, maintain or reduce the total number of medal events, and reduce costs to emerging nations competing. Hence you can see the appeal to World Sailing of simple solutions such as gender equal, low cost Kite Surfing and a mixed Offshore class of supplied boats. This is rather short-sighted, as the cost for smaller nations to train and campaign in a foil assisted Figaro 3 would seem hugely prohibitive, with the boat alone costing 155,000 Euro plus tax. Apart from the cost, how would an offshore event fit with the Olympics, how would rules be policed out of sight, how would such a weather dependant event work in the tightly packed Olympic schedule?? Watching one boat cross the line alone and then having to wait hours for the next one is hardly going to create huge ratings for Sailing on TV.

The RYA’s view is that the inclusion of Kitesurfing is inevitable, although they agree it has nothing to do with Sailing. Worryingly they would not be adverse to the introduction of an Offshore Mixed event as in their view it ties sailing together. They also seem to be pushing for a Mixed 470 class to help increase the female participation numbers without introducing any additional medals.

The IFA has been campaigning hard for the retention of the Finn as the ultimate test for sailing athletes over 90kg in a proven, low cost boat that can last for years.

There is a petition to World Sailing you can sign here to add your weight to the cause,the letter from sailors includes a few inaccuracies (there is no ‘electronic vote’)  but the intention is good. At the end of the day it may well come down to a single delegate’s vote inside Chealsea’s ground next week….. fingers crossed for the future of the Finn!

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.

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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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