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More news on the Finn Class Facebook Page and Twitter feed

January 2018
Major Events for 2018
Open Europeans • Cadiz, Spain • 9-17 March
Finn World Masters • El Balis, Spain • 18-25 May
Finn Gold Cup (World Sailing Championships) • Aarhus, Denmark • 30 July to 10 August)
Finn Silver Cup (U23 Worlds) • Koper, Slovenia • 25-31 August
Finn European Masters • Split, Croatia • 11-14 September
December 2017
December eNews published.
November 2017
Two new Finn books published.
Notice of Race published and Online Entry open for 2018 Europeans in Cadiz
The 2018 Finn Class Calendar is now available to purchase
September 2017
2017 IFA Annual General Meeting - Agenda and Papers
August 2017 eNews
May 2017
For all news, reports, results and photos from the Finn European Championships in Marseille please go to the event website at 2017.finneuropeans.org
February 2017
Notice of Race Published and Online Entry Open for 2017 Open and U23 European Championship in Marseille. Event website here.
Major Championships for 2017:

Europeans - Marseille, France
Registration and Measurement • 5-7 May
Practice Race • 7 May
Racing • 8-13 May (Final Race 13 May)
2017.finneuropeans.org (coming soon) • www.ycpr.net

Silver Cup (U23 Worlds) - Balatonfured, Hungary
Registration and Measurement • 20-22 August
Practice Races/Rule 42 Clinic • 21 August
Racing 22-27 August (2,3,2,3,2,1)
2017.finnsilvercup.org (coming soon) • www.mvmse.hu

Finn Gold Cup - Balatonfoldvar, Hungary
Registration and Measurement • 1-3 September
Practice Race • 3 September
Racing • 4-10 September (Medal Race 10 September)
2017.finngoldcup.org (coming soon) • http://spartacus.hu


January 2017

Sailing World Cup Notices are posted here. For those wishing to receive invites to SWC Hyeres, please check Notice No 3.
New Documents:
Sailing World Championships Test Event Qualification System
7 –13 August 2017: Aarhus, DENMARK • Download

Aarhus 2018 Sailing World Championships Qualification System
30 July–12 August 2018 : Aarhus, DENMARK Download

All current news articles can be found in the menu on the left. Archived news can be found under the NEWS menu above.



November 2015

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How to follow the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand

Media coverage of the 2015 Finn Gold Cup

October 2015

Major Championship dates for 2016

Europeans - Barcelona: Friday 4 to Saturday 12 March (racing from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 March)

Finn Gold Cup - Gaeta: Thursday 5 May to Friday 13 May (racing Sunday 8 May to Friday 13 May)

Finn World Masters - Torbole: Friday 13 May to Friday 20 May (racing from Monday 16 May to Friday 20 May)

Silver Cup - Aarhus:  Sunday 3 July to Saturday 9 July (racing from Tuesday 5 July to Saturday 9 July)

September 2015

Attention all Finn Gold Cup competitors: Martin Robitaille has room for an extra Finn hull going from Auckland to Valencia, Spain after the Finn Gold Cup. Price: 1800 euros. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. him for more information.

September e-Newsletter can be found here.

April 2015

Entry is open for the Europeans in Split here and the Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna here

eNews for March

March 2015

Preliminary Notice of 2015 IFA AGM

February 2015

eNews for February

January 2015

Website for the 2015 Europeans is live. Online entry is open.

2015 Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook is published.



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Archived News


December 2012

FINNtastic Games released. More here. Also on Kindle

August 2012

London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition

GOLD - Ben Ainslie

 SILVER - Jonas Høgh-Christensen

 BRONZE - Jonathan Lobert

Go to  our Olympics Micropage for all reports and photos

July 2012
Our Olympic coverage has now started. For all the latest news, quotes and photos go to our Olympics Micropage. Racing runs from Sunday 29 July to the medal race on Sunday 4th August.

June 2012
Michael Maier wins his fourth Finn World Masters in Phllheli, North Wales. Giles Scott wins in Weymouth, Caleb Paine wins in Medemblik and Deniss Karpak wins in Kiel. But Caleb Paine wins the 2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup from Brendan Casey and Zach Railey.

May 2012
Ben Ainslie wins his sixth Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth from Ed Wright and Jonas Hoegh-Christensen.

Giles Scott won the JP Morgan Asset Management Open UK Nationals from Ben Ainslie and Jonathan Lobert in Falmouth, UK. Finn Gold Cup is next. Lee Whitehead has a massive selection of images from the nationals and these can be found at www.photolounge.co.uk

April 2012
Attention all sailors coming to Falmouth for the JP Morgan Asset Management Finn Gold Cup. The entry deadline has been extended to April 22 due to some sailors having problems making payment online. Please ensure your entries are registered by this date.

March 2012
Check out the great photo galleries from the Europeans. This one by Marina Prinzivalli

Follow the LIVE BLOG now at: http://www.finneuropeans.org/ec2012/index.php/news-blog or click the link below. Racing runs from 19-24 March

February 2012
The webiste for the Silver Cup is up and running at http://www.cerclevoilebordeaux.com/silver-cup/accueil.htm. Online entry is not open yet but sailors are advised to book accommodation early.

The 2012 Finn Masters Euro Cup will be held in Tihany, Lake Balaton from 5-9 September.

January 2012: 
Entry open for 2012 Finn Gold Cup in Falmouth

Entry open and Notice of Race for the 2012 Europeans in Scarlino.

Entry for the 2012 Finn World Masters in Pwllheli is now open at www.finnworldmasters2012.info


December 2011: Giles Scott wins the 2011 Finn Gold Cup from Pieter Jan Postma and Ed Wright. All the news was here: www.finngoldcup.org

The 2011 Finn Gold Cup has officiallly been opened in Perth Australia. Follow the event on class blog at www.finngoldcup.org

A DVD of photographs by Dianthe Chirino during the 2011 Masters is now available. More: http://www.finnworldmaster.com/2011.htm#DVD

Book your accommodation early for the 2012 Finn Gold Cup. Links are on the event website at www.falmouthfinnfestival.com.

Invitation to the Russian Open 11-18 September. Download

Website for Europa Cup open: http://www.finnmastersec.com/

August 2011: Past IFA President Vernon Stratton passed away on August 20. Among many acheivements, he was instrumental in making the Finn class what it is today. He will be missed by many and our thoughts are with his family. More here.

Ben Ainslie convincingly won the Olympic Test Event at Weymouth, with Jonathan Lobert picking up the silver and Pieter Jan Postma the bronze.

July 2011: Arkadiy Kistanov won the Finn Silver Cup in Moscow.

Giles Scott wins the 2011 Finn European Championship

Josip Olujic wins the Junior European Championship

Follow the Europeans in Helsinki on the blog on the event website with regular updates and the Twitter feed.

July 2011 - AGM Agenda and papers are published. Please read before the meeting on Thursday 7th July in Helsinki so the meeting can flow as smoothly as possible. The AGM will be at 6pm at the VIP tent at the regatta venue. Europeans starts in Helsinki on Saturday 9th.

June 2011 - Ed Wright won the SWC events in Medemblik and Kiel but Ben Ainslie won the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth. Ainslie won the 2011 SWC from Wright and Giles Scott. Michael Maier won his third World Masters in Punta Ala out of a fleet of 284 boats - the largest ever Finn fleet.

May 2011 - At the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, the Finn gets its place confirmed at the 2016 Olympic Sailing Compettion in Rio de Janeiro.

Ben Ainslie dominates again in Hyeres at the end of April. Ed Wright wins Olympic Garda from Denis Karpak and Vasiliy Zbogar. Masters pre-entries pass 300. Delta-Lloyd Regatta starts May 24, closely followed by Sail for Gold, World Masters and Kiel Week in June.

April 2011 - Pre-entry for the World Masters is now at 250 boats from 28 countries. If you haven't entered, then do so here. Ben Ainslie dominated in Palma, winning 7 out of 11 races. Next up is Hyeres with the first race on April 24. Sign up for our press releases if you haven't done so already.

March 2011 - Moscow Sailing School has opened the official
website of the 2011 Silver Cup at http://silvercup.sailingschool.ru
All potential participants and coaches can register there. The Notice of race has also been published.

To date there are 196 entries from 25 countries for the Finn World Masters in Punta Ala. Register here

There are also 87 entries for Palma , starting 2 April.

February 2011 - The International Finn Association Class Rules now includes the lower pumping rule limit of 10 knots for Sailing World Cup and IFA Major Events. This change has been accepted by ISAF and the Finn class rules have been changed accordingly.

January 2011 - Giles Scott won the second SWC event with a great performance at the Rolex Miami OCR.


December 2010 - Jonathan Lobert won the Perth International Regatta, though the medal race was not sailed. Ben Ainslie won the first SWC event at Sail Melbourne. Both events suffered from wind problems.

November 2010 - ISAF Council have approved the Events Committee's provisional events slate for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with the Finn recommended for the 'Men’s 2nd one person dinghy (heavy)' slot. This decision is provisional and subject to final confirmation at the ISAF mid year meeting next May.

Follow the Perth International Regatta at www.perth2011.com
Sail Melbourne runs from 12-18 December. http://sailmelbourne.com.au

September 2010 - At the end of August, the Silver Cup in San Francisco was won by Luke Lawrence after a thrilling medal race off the St Francis Yacht Club.

Then Ed Wright won the Finn Gold Cup on the Berkeley Circle in a dominant fashion, taking five race wins out of 11 races and only once outside the top five. Rafa Trujillo took the silver while Giles Scott took the bronze. It was a testing and fitting end to a tough and competiive season. And it's just going to get tougher from here on in.

August 2010 - Giles Scott won the final SWC event of the year at Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth beating Ben Ainslie into fourth place. Jonathan Lobert sailed well to finish second with Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic in third. The fleet has now moved to San Francisco for the Silver and Gold Cups from 20 August to 5 September.

July 2010 - Welcome to the new IFA website. This new site uses the Joomla! CMS to better manage and organise the content, so we hope it will better serve the growing needs of the site's users. The old site contained more than 1,000 pages, so it will take time to transfer all the material to the new site. So if you find anything that isn't there, it will hopefully be there soon and if you find anything that doesn't work, please let us know so we can fix it. In the meatime we hope you enjoy this new site and find it useful.

June 2010 - Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic followed his European title with wins in Medemblik and Kiel. Just one more event remains before the Gold Cup. In August the fleet heads for Weymouth for the final Sailing World Cup event of the year at the 2012 Olympic venue.

May 2010 - Congratulations to Ivan Kljakovic gaspic and Ioannis Mitakis on successfully defending their Senior and Junior European titles in Split, Croatia. Next up is the Delta-Lloyd Regatta in The Netherlands as sailors build up to the big one, the Silver Cup and the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco, USA, which is promising to be a spectacular and memorable event for all.







Finn format trials survey: The pros and cons

Following requests to trial a ‘first across the line’ race format, the Finn class carried out trials at two events early in 2017 – the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma and the European Championship in Marseille. Both were designed around a winner-takes-all final race where the first boat across the line was the winner. As expected, both events produced a lot of feedback, good and bad, and after the Europeans the Finn Class organised an online survey to assess the success or otherwise of the trials and gather further feedback.

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FINNFARE December 2017 150

December 2017

Finn Gold Cup on Balaton, U23 World Championship, Wooden Finn restoration, FIDeS update, World update, 2017 AGM and Accounts

Download a PDF here or read the magazine online here.




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