Class Contacts:

Peter Frissell – President president@finnusa.org
Darrell Peck – Honorary president  darrell.peck@gmail.com
Glenn Selvin – Treasurer  treasurer@finnusa.org
Rodion Mazin – Secretary  secretary@finnusa.org
Marcus Ward - Webmaster webmaster@finnusa.org
Terry Greenfield - Chief Measurer measurer@finnusa.org

USAFA Regions

Rob Coutts – So Cal  socal@finnusa.org
Michael Kennedy - Nor Cal norcal@finnusa.org
Marcus Ward – Mountain  rockymountain@finnusa.org
James Bland - Texas  texas@finnusa.org
Peter Frissell – Midwest  midwest@finnusa.org
Paul Rees – South  south@finnusa.org
Al Marshall – East  east@finnusa.org

Upcoming 2019 dates:       2019 Schedule            2020 Schedule

July 6-7: Great Lakes Championship, North Cape Yacht Club, LaSalle, MI (Registration link)
August 10-11: Toilet Bowl Regatta, Willow Bank Yacht Club, Cazenovia, NY
August 16-20: CORK OCR, Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, Kingston, ON (Registration link)
August 23-25: NAC, Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, CA (Registration link)      September 14-15: PCC, San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, CA (Registration link )
Oct 5-6: Finn Gulf Coast Championships, Buccaneer YC, Mobile, AL
Oct 19-20: Jack Dane Finn Regatta, Pass Christian Yacht Club, Pass Christian, MS

News

NACs are back on the WS calendar!

Finn North American Championship is back on the WS calendar as a 100 point event. All sailors have to comply with the conditions of entry, be the current active member of USAFA/IFA, have a valid sail number, and acquire WS sailors ID. For more details click here. To register, visit the event website.

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Henry Sprague wins his third Legends Trophy

Today, Henry Sprague won his third title at Skovshoved Finn World Masters. He placed 12th overall in the fleet of 240 boats. More information about final results can be found at the Finn World Masters website. Congratulations Henry!

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Finn World Masters 2019

Finn World Masters 2019 starts today in Skovshoved, Denmark. Follow our sailors at https://www.manage2sail.com/…/b5a20cc7-61ec-4a1c-a4ca-1f698… USA/Canada entries: Charles Heimler (USA 32), Hans Claesson (USA 155), Henry Sprague (USA 74), James Hunter (USA 23), Kay Statz (USA 13), Michael Mark (USA 117), and Derek Mess (CAN 115) Good luck!    

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This is the home of the North American Finn Sailing where you will find our race calendar, information on regattas, sailing technique and advice, a forum & marketplace plus all the info you need to start Finn sailing.

The Finn is an outstanding boat originally designed by Rickard Sarby for a contest to find a boat for Scandinavian sailing and the 1952 Olympics.  Since then it has been featured in every Olympics.

An outstanding technical boat that favors boat handling and tactics over straight line speed.  With the unlimited pumping downwind in over 10 kts, it is a truly physical boat that rewards the athlete willing to work hard.

Most dinghies are built for smaller stature people but not so the Finn.  The Finn is a big man's boat with average crew weight over 200 lbs.

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 NA Finn Class events and are often seen in the top 10 with the Modern Race Boats.

Background on How the Finn Got Kicked Out of The Olympic Regatta

Just as Gary Mull warned would happen many decades ago, the traditional Clubs, International Classes and Regatta Weeks have been superseded by sponsorship, media and professionalism at World Sailing. It is a new game with a set of new mantras driven by $$$ where sailors have become both a commodity and a consumer. World Sailing has transformed from a global service organization whose shareholders are the competitive sailors of the world into a corporate marketing organization. World Sailing was stampeded into making the destructive change of eliminating the Finn from the Olympic Regatta because the Finn fight is fundamentally about $$$ and not about sailors. You ask why and how? One answer is in a long analysis by Richard Gladwell:

https://www.sailingillustrated.com/single-post/2018/11/21/World-Sailing-2024-Olympic-events-selection-–vote-and-hope

On the Finn, please read Robert Deaves "Legacy of an Olympic Legend" on http://www.finnclass.org

On the day of the World Sailing Annual General Meeting, the US Sailing delegation joined in voting to eliminate the Finn, which is The pinnacle event of the competition, from the Olympic Regatta. This was in part because the Finn had been put in an impossibly concocted Event called Mixed Singlehanded Dinghy six months before. Gary Bodie is on the Events Committee which concocted the single Medal Mixed Singlehanded Dinghy Event.

Before the vote, Cory Sertl and then Gary Jobson gave speeches which gave their opinion on why the Finn should go:
You can watch both statements on http://www.sailing.org/news/88119.php#.W_kwZoXZd7c. Cory Sertl's is at 0:59:20 to 1:00:50 and then Gary Jobson's is at 1:03:40 to 1:11:15.
In contrast György Wossala's statement objecting to the change is at 1:56:30 to 2:00:30; any time György has something to say it pays to listen closely as he almost always turns out to be about 99% spot on.

The annual cost of an Olympic campaign in the Mixed Offshore Keelboat, excluding the cost of the hulls, as estimated by four professional sailors with successful Finn Olympic campaigns, big boat campaigns, double handed transoceanic races, Volvo and AC experience is a minimum of $250,000 up to $600,000. The range is the result of unknown factors in the undefined event. All would want a three boat campaign: two for training and one in a container traveling to competitions in order to be competitive. The training would include participating in transoceanic events. Given the Olympic funding troubles of US Sailing it is hard to see how the US will be able to field a competitive pair in this event.

This fight over the Finn will continue and escalate. A final decision does not have to be made until December 2020.

- Gus Miller

We urge you to contact the US delegates to World Sailing to let them know what you think.

Gary Jobson WS Board, WS Council garyjobson1@comcast.net

Cory Sertl AGM voting delegate, WS Council corysertl@gmail.com
Gary Bodie WS Council, Events Committee garybodie@gmail.com

Betsy Alison WS Council, Para Committee Chair betsy.alison@gmail.com

Stan Honey WS Council, Oceanic & Offshore Chair stan@honeynav.com

Ashley Tobin Constitution Committee amtobin2@gmail.com

Dina Kowalyshyn Equipment Committee Chair dhkhome1234@gmail.com

Tom Rinda Oceanic & Offshore Committee mercofl@aol.com