Welcome to the British Finn Association…
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.
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.
Paris 2024 decisions taken by the IOC.
World Sailing has received confirmation from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board, on the event programme and athlete quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The decisions announced on 7th December came following an IOC Programme Commission recommendation. They were as follows:
Mixed Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) and the Mixed Two Person Dinghy (470) will feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.
Importantly for the Finn class, the IOC would like to further review the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event in order to properly assess the key considerations around safety and security of the athletes. The specific event proposal will be decided as soon as practicably possible but no later than 31 May 2021. Whilst the reasons given for the review does not mention the more pertinent concerns of cost and availability to all nations of two person keelboats, it does at least leave the door open slightly to the Finn making a return. Now is the time for the IFA to get it’s act together and lobby hard for the Finn to be re-selected for Paris 2024!
The athlete quota for sailing at Paris 2024 will be 330, which is a decrease of 20 from the 350 at Tokyo 2020.
A successful, carefully socially distanced final Open event of the season was held at Warsash SC on the 10-11th October, with a challenging 15-20 knot Westerly on Saturday, and a lighter, shifty NNE on the Sunday to suit the more tactical sailors. John Greenwood mastered the mixed conditions to win the final event of the curtailed year from Lawrence Crispin in 2nd and James Downer in third. Read the full report below.
Christchurch Sailing Club hosted the first major event of the BFA Summer calendar, with the UK Masters and Open safely and efficiently held in Christchurch Bay over the 19-20th September – see the full report below.
BFA Speaks out at the World Sailing Conference…
In an effort to support the IFA’s recent submissions to the WS Conference in Bermuda to try to get the Finn back on the Olympic slate for 2024, we asked Hector Simpson to speak for the Finn class to the Events and Equipment committees on behalf of Finn sailors everywhere. What he said was both powerful and emotional and derseves to be read. So here it is….
Crispin takes fourth at European Masters.
Congratulations to UK Masters champion Lawrence Crispin for a great showing at the European Masters on Lake Schwerin, Germany. Lawrence was robbed of the chance to test himself at the World Masters after slicing his hand open in the first race in Copenhagen, so his result in Schwerin was particularly pleasing to see. Read the full report here
James Skulczuk wins the GAC Pindar 2019 UK Nationals!
James Skulczuk of the GAC Pindar U23 squad has won his first Finn Nationals title. James, a product of the successful BFA initiative to develop a pathway for sailors over 85kgs who had outgrown youth classes, overcame a talented fleet of ex British Sailing team members, Olympians and World Champions. Runner up was another rising U23 Squad talent, Callum Dixon who together with Skulczuk has been training and competing on the European circuit all year, building impressive fitness and a winning mentality. Both now head off to Anzio, Italy for the Silver Cup – the highly competitive U23 World Championship, Good luck to you both!
Read the full Nationals report here,
Top five winners at the GAC Pindar Finn Nationals. from left: John Greenwood, Hector Simpson, James Skulczuk, Callum Dixon, Pete McCoy.
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.