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.
With the much anticipated announcement of the Government’s ‘road map out of Lockdown’, it seems we will be allowed to sail again from March 29th. Consequently the two Spring Series one day events at Christchurch SC and Itchenor SC in March are cancelled, but the Bough Beech Spring Series Open is going ahead on April 17th. Entry is now open, details on the Event Calendar here. The Bosham Open on 24-25th April, and the Southern Area Championship at Royal Lymington SC on 8/9 May are also on and we are hoping for a good local entry for both events. However, the BFA Committee has agreed that as travel restrictions will still be in place and overnight accommodation not open until May 17th, that it would be unfair to count both events as part of the Travellers Trophy series. Therefore the results of the Bosham and Royal Lymington events will be excluded from the final 2021 Travellers Trophy scores, but please join us at both events if you can. The Bosham Open NoR and entry details are on the event calendar here.
As a result of the numerous cancelled events last year the Committee is keen to provide value to members and has elected to grant a £50 discount on the entry fee for the UK Nationals, available to BFA members who renew their membership before the March 1st deadline. This makes the entry fee the Nationals at the Royal Torbay YC on July 9-11th just £40 for those that qualify, so don’t delay – renew today!
2021 will see the Jean-Jacques Godet trophy re-introduced, for the best combined score across the UK Nationals and the French Championships, to be held in St-Pierre- Quiberon the week preceding, from 1-4th July – so book your travel plans as soon as we can.
A successful, carefully socially distanced final Open event of the season was held at Warsash SC on the 10-11th October, 2021, 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.
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.