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Mull warned would happen many decades ago, the traditional Clubs, International Classes and Regatta Weeks have been superseded by sponsorship, media and professionalism at World Sailing.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:–vote-and-hope

On the Finn, please read Robert Deaves “Legacy of an Olympic Legend” on

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 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

Cory Sertl AGM voting delegate, WS Council
Gary Bodie WS Council, Events Committee

Betsy Alison WS Council, Para Committee Chair

Stan Honey WS Council, Oceanic & Offshore Chair

Ashley Tobin Constitution Committee

Dina Kowalyshyn Equipment Committee Chair

Tom Rinda Oceanic & Offshore Committee

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Finn Pacific Coast Championships

San Diego (September 19, 2018) San Diego Yacht Club hosted the first of the Finn Trifecta regattas – the Finn Pacific Coast Championships (PCC) this past weekend, September 15-16, 2018. Thirty Finns raced on North Coronado Roads tucked under Point Loma, battling for the championship title. The weekend’s conditions were what SDYC’s Commodore and Regatta


Master Finn Sailors Compete at SDYC’s Finn Masters North American Championships

San Diego (September 23, 2018) It’s been a Finn filled weekend at the San Diego Yacht Club with two back to back Finn regattas: the Finn Pacific Coast Championships (Sept. 15-16) and the Finn Masters North American Championships (Sept. 21-23). This weekend, the Finn Masters North American Championship hosted 29 Master Finn sailors (age 40


Rodion Mazin representing the U.S. Coast Guard wins the 2018 Finn Great Lakes Championship with 5 straight bullets.

Rody bested the fleet of 10 boat fleet that gathered on the shores of Lake Erie off of North Cape Yacht Club in LaSalle Michigan this past weekend in big breez and rain to take home the crown Great Lakes Champion as well as some valuable points in the 2018 LATIS Great Lakes Championship Series


This is the home of 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 boathandling 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.