The first fay of the U.S. Finn National Championship brought epic conditions, as was promised by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Winds from 16-18 knots gusting to 25, 3-4 ft swell, and warm weather. Oscillating wind shifts with the overall left hand (East) trend throughout the day. First bullet of the day went to John F. Dane (USA 69) and two bullets to Rody Mazin (USA 16). Close behind Rob Coutts (USA 9) and Nikita Mazin (USA 7). Kudos to the Great Grand Masters Rob Coutts, Michael Mark, Peter Frissell, James Bland, and David Pearce for going out there and showing how it’s done. Top Legend Charles Rudinsky, followed by Henry Sprague.
Finn fact: Henry Sprague won all three races of the U.S. Nationals Championship 61 years ago when he was just 15 y.o. Henry, you are truly a stud!
Join the most diverse Olympic class today at http://www.finnusa.org/join-the-class/ Challenge yourself and you will get better in any other class. There is truly no dinghy out there that offers comfortable sailing in winds ranging from 4 to 30 knots. All it takes is some practice and determination.
Pictures by Mike Malloy