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Welcome to the British Finn Association…

This is the home of UK Finn sailing where you will find our 2024 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. There are great opportunities to race internationally at the Finn World Masters and the European Championships as well as the prestigious Gold Cup. All these events, together with the two main national events now count towards the Finn World Ranking, which has proved extremely popular with 1331 sailors from 40 countries competing.

Next up and the highlight of the UK 2024 season will be the Rooster UK National Championships, to be hosted by Hayling Island SC from 4 – 6 July. This promises to be a great event, with not just the top British sailors all competing, but also international visitors from Europe and beyond. The dates have been set to dovetail with the French Championships, which follow on from the 8-13th July, a short ferry trip away at Benodet. The Notice of Race for the Rooster British Finn Championships is now available here, and all entries before 1st May will receive a free Rooster shirt. Rooster is kindly sponsoring the National Championships and is offering all members a 10% discount. Online entry is open now via your member home page where you will see the event and be able to book. Please note an International Finn National Association membership is required, or for non-BFA international competitors please set up a webcollect account via the same link here. International entries should use the ‘Sign up!’ link on the top right of the webcollect members page to create an account.

Congratulations to Howard Sellars for winning the Super Legends category at the Finn World Masters in Nea Iraklitsa, Kavala, Greece, placing 102nd overall to take the title from Jan-Eric Floren, from Sweden in 144th overall. In his first World Masters Championship, Nick Craig finished 10th in very difficult, light conditions that only permitted 4 races and no discard and Simon Percival had an impressive 11th, winning him the traditional wooden crutch trophy. Full results here.

The Richard Blowman appeal – a huge thank you to all BFA members who have donated to the fund, we have now reached our goal and the boat has now been purchased for potential Finn sailors to try the boat and borrow for regattas. Please spread the word and invite any potential Finnsters at your club to have a sail in Finn-spiration – so far she has a 100% conversation rate – welcome Ted Curtis to the Finn Fleet! Any interested sailors should contact Mike DeCourcy in the first instance.

Sail on Richard...

 

Huge congratulations to Britain’s Ed Wright for winning the Finn Gold Cup, on Biscayne Bay, Miami.

Traditionally a super-fit heavy airs expert, Ed came back to Finn sailing in a new DC Composites TT2 design Finn after a 3-year break, winning races in both breezy and tricky light conditions, underlining his all-round ability and the great skills and experience that years of Finn sailing instils. Ed Wright last won the Finn Gold Cup 12 years ago in San Francisco, the longest gap in Finn Gold Cup history between the first and second titles.

Ed explained, “Many times I’ve been second or third, so probably I’ve been knocking on the door a bunch of times; it’s a nice feeling to win it again. It was a stressful last day with very light winds, but we didn’t race today in the end so by default I got the win. It’s been a fun week and it’s nice to be back after a few years off the boat, I think it was 2019 the last time I was in the Finn, so it was really nice racing, and I really had a nice week.”

Ed Wright will remain the world champion for 17 months, with the next Finn Gold Cup in Anzio, Italy, in May 2024.

Final results after 8 races
1 GBR 111 Ed Wright 11
2 HUN 80 Domonkos Nemeth 22
3 ESP 161 Miguel Fernandez Vasco 26
4 FRA 75 Laurent Hay 34
5 ITA 171 Federico Colaninno 35
6 USA 186 James Golden 59
7 USA 16 Rodion Mazin 61
8 BRA 53 Pedro Trouche 62
9 ITA 40 Marko Kolic 68
10 BRA 32 Pedro Lodovici 74

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Full photo gallery here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnclassphotos/albums/72177720305643107/

 

 

 

 

 

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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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