Please select your home edition
Allen Brothers

Happy New Year from the Finn Class

by Robert Deaves 1 Jan 07:21 PST
Happy New Year from the Finn Class © Robert Deaves

Dear Finn sailors, Dear friends,

The International Finn Association wishes you a Happy New Year, with the very real hope that everything will return to normal sometime in 2021.

2020 has been a challenging year for the Finn class in many ways, and while looking back with pride at the few international events that the class managed to hold, a lot more racing was cancelled, leaving a big hole in the calendar. However it was very encouraging to see the enthusiasm and commitment of many of the national associations, determined to run a huge number of events when they were allowed by local regulations. The Finn class is very fortunate to have more than 2,000 active sailors in more than 50 countries across the world, providing an incredibly strong, diverse, and resilient community of like-minded and passionate sailors.

There is much to look forward to in 2021. The European Championship in Hyères, France, in April, will set the scene for an intensive period of racing leading up to the Olympic Games. From Hyères, the fleet travels to Porto, in Portugal, for the Finn Gold Cup, and the final Olympic qualification event ahead of Tokyo, where there is one place for Europe and one for Africa up for grabs.

At the end of May the Finn World Masters returns to highly popular location of Medemblik, in The Netherlands, where there are already nearly 150 entries. In June the Finn Silver Cup returns to Tihany in Hungary, while the European Masters also heads there in September.

However the highlight for the year will be the Tokyo Olympics. Many of those already qualified have been training hard through the various lockdowns, with a large number based in Lanzarote over the winter. Of course, quite a few are also in Auckland as part of various America's Cup teams, managing the delicate balance between Finn training and AC competition.

2020 was envisaged to be a year of evolution and development for the Finn Class, with many new initiatives planned, but the onset of the pandemic meant most of it had to be put on the shelf for a year. However, one thing is for sure, over the coming 12 months, the Finn class will survive and thrive, as it always does.

Throughout its long history one of the perpetual narratives of the Finn class has been that of survival, both as an Olympic class as well as the struggle every Finn sailor knows on the water. When the legs are tired and arms are aching, and it's still a one-mile beat in 25 knots to the finish, a true Finn sailor is able to muster a new energy, a new strategy, a new resolve, and everything remains achievable, however brutal the conditions. It's part of the enduring attraction of the Finn, man against the elements, mastering a powerful boat while overcoming the odds and looking for that perfect wind shift into the finish line.

Nothing in that struggle has changed. The Finn remains timeless.

Thank you for your support through 2020, stay safe, go Finn sailing if you can, and Happy New Year.

Related Articles

Solway Yacht Club June Open
From International Moths to the Laser Grand Prix and much more! Lakeland Laser Grand Prix result: 1st Richard Benson (Tynemouth SC) 2nd Jonathan Nicol 3rd Myles Ripley (Sedburgh School) 4th Dewi Williams (Solway YC) 5th Guy Liggins (Derwent SC) Posted on 15 Jun
West Marine US Open Sailing Series
Champions in five classes decided on Sunday It was a mad dash to the finish in champagne conditions on Sunday at the 2021 West Marine US Open Sailing Series - San Diego. Top athletes competing in the ILCA 7 (Laser), ILCA 6, ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7), Finn, and 29er events this week raced over two days. Posted on 14 Jun
West Marine US Open Sailing Series summer tour
Resuming this weekend in sunny San Diego The West Marine US Open Sailing Series launched in January 2021 with a big splash in Florida over three events at major sailing venues in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Clearwater. Posted on 10 Jun
Zhik's latest Microfleece Hikers
These hikers will keep you warm and fully supported as you work your boat hard upwind and downwind Combining Zhik's revolutionary 3D body mapped panel design, a 1mm thermal neoprene throughout, with 4-way stretch and integrated hiking support, these hikers will keep you warm and fully supported as you work your boat hard upwind and downwind. Posted on 9 Jun
Hempel World Cup Series kicks off today
A total of 350 sailors from 47 countries will race across 8 Olympic classes at the Allianz Regatta The 2021 Hempel World Cup Series will kick off at the Allianz Regatta in Medemblik, The Netherlands today [2 June 2021] and will run through to 13 June with eight Olympic classes and world class talent on the water. Posted on 2 Jun
Finn sailor accosts IOC President over 2024 Events
A double Olympian has quizzed IOC President Thomas Bach over the event changes at the 2024 Olympics Top Finn sailor Facundo Olezza grabbed an opportunity during an informal "ask me anything" Question and Answer session at the 10th International Athletes Forum, to ask IOC President Thomas Bach over the event changes at the 2024 Olympics Posted on 28 May
Tokyo2020: Toughest selection decision announced
YNZ have announced the toughest selection decision of the postponed 2020 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The Yachting New Zealand Olympic selectors have announced which of the Finn world champions they will sent to Tokyo2020, in one of the toughest selection decisions of the postponed 2020 Olympic Sailing Regatta. Posted on 27 May
Paul D. Phelan passes away
Former member of the Canadian Sailing Team in the Finn class and great philanthropist It is with great sadness that Sail Canada shares with the Canadian sailing community the passing of Paul D. Phelan on May 20. He was 70 years of age. Posted on 26 May
Allianz Regatta part of Hempel World Cup Series
The last serious test before Olympics The Allianz Regatta from June 2-13 is part of World Sailing's 'Hempel World Cup Series' for the coming two years. Nearly 300 sailors from 47 countries have been registered for this World Cup event. Posted on 26 May
Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team roster
US Sailing has finalized the names of the 13 sailors US Sailing has confirmed the names of the 13 sailors who will represent the United States at the Olympic Games this coming July and August near Tokyo, Japan. Posted on 25 May
Henri-Lloyd 2021 M-PRO PURE BLACK - FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTERUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER