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December FINNFARE showcases huge amount of Finn sailing in 2021

by Robert Deaves 5 Dec 2020 02:13 PST

The December 2020 issue of FINNFARE showcases extraordinary amount of Finn sailing that has happened this year despite the lockdowns and cancelled events.

In his opening address, IFA President Balazs Hajdu notes, "It is very encouraging and pleasing to see the number of national regattas that have taken place worldwide, despite the lockdowns and travel restrictions, many of which you can read about later in this issue of FINNFARE. Whenever possible, our national associations have been running COVID secure racing when windows of opportunity were opened, even if briefly in some cases. So many thanks to all national organisers, associations and sailors for keeping the Finn spirit alive during these difficult times."

While the bulk of this edition covers the latest news, along with events and updates from 13 member countries worldwide, there are also summaries from the Europeans in Gdynia and the Silver Cup in Canet.

Regular contributor, Ross Hamilton, from Hamilton Sport, lays out some ideas and thoughts for training through the winter and through lockdowns.

"As the European winter settles in and lockdowns shut us down, sailing may come to a temporary halt. Whether we like it or not the factors that keep us on land may be completely out of our control. For some, this will signal time for a welcome break and time for a change of focus. For others it is unwelcome and one which can be very demotivating and frustrating."

There is also a feature on Russian Finn sailor Victor Koslov, who died in October.

"A physicist, he was well known as Finn sailor, was a member of the USSR national team, was twice USSR Finn champion, and placed 6th place at 1966 Gold Cup. Despite the fact that he did not win any major medals, his contribution to the development of the Finn class in Russia and the USSR can hardly be overestimated.

Viktor Kozlov was remarkable not only for his sailing, but in general he was interesting as a wonderfully erudite person. His life experience, knowledge and intelligent behaviour on the water were very influential in educating young and older sailors.

The following abridged conversation with Viktor Kozlov goes beyond pure recollections and exposes his fascinating philosophy of the sport of sailing, and Finn sailing in particular, which many sailors will closely identify with."

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