Finn Class eNews – August 2017
Finn sailing is very popular. A look at the entry lists for the upcoming major championships will leave you in no doubt about this obvious fact. The Finn Silver Cup and the Finn Gold Cup are both being held on Lake Balaton in the next few weeks and both have attracted very large entries, ensuring great competition right through the fleets at every level.
The U23 Finn World Championship for the Silver Cup, which is being sailed from Balatonfured, has attracted 46 entries, the second highest number in its history. But it is not just a high entry, it includes sailors from 22 nations and three continents. Ages range from 15 to 23 with lots of new young sailors at their first major Finn event lining up against some more seasoned hands.
A week later the Finn Gold Cup begins at Balatonfoldvar, on the opposite shore with 116 entries to date, the highest entry for more than 30 years. It has been eight years since the Finn class had a major championship on Balaton, and then two come along at once.
But before the sailors venture to Balaton there is the not too small matter of the Aarhus Sailing Week 2017, the test event for the 2018 Sailing World Championship, the first selection event for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Racing begins on Tuesday.
The Finn class will be bringing you the latest updates and imagery as all these events unfold. To stay updated on everything as soon as it happens sign up for news alerts and press releases here, and follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instragram accounts.
The August 2017 issue of FINNFARE has been published. Contents include: Marseille Europeans, Barbados Masters, Balaton Euro Cup, Format trials, 1977 Finn Gold Cup and many race results and reports.
You can download a PDF here (5.5 Mb) or read the magazine online here.
116 Finns have so far entered for the 2017 Finn Gold Cup at Balatonfoldvar in Hungary, making it the largest Finn World Championship for 35 years and the 10th largest Finn Gold Cup of all time.
Follow all the news on the event event at 2017.finngoldcup.org
An official pre-regatta Földvár Summer Regatta will be hosted by Spartacus Sailing Club on 11-13 August 2017. This event is the last qualifier round for the Hungarian finn sailors to qualify themselves to the GC so a 30+ fleet and competitive sailing is guaranteed. More information here.
The test event for the 2018 Sailing World Championships, begins in Aarhus next week. Racing runs from Tuesday to Sunday. More info here.
34 Finns have entered to test the waters of Aarhus ahead of next year’s Olympic qualification regatta. The list of entries can be found here.
The 2017 Finn Silver Cup at Balatonfured in Hungary has attracted 46 entries the largest entry since the the last time it was held on Balaton, in 2009.
Follow all the news on the event at 2017.finnsilvercup.org
Photo: Defending champion Philip Kasüske from Germany
Marcus Whitley won the 2017 Queensland State Championships. Marcus, who outgrew a Laser and is a relative newcomer to the Finns, showed a clean pair of heals to some of the more seasoned Finn sailors which included a couple of past Australian Champions. Silver went to local John Warlow and the bronze to John Condie from Sydney.
A new and exciting Finn sailing academy is soon to be launched on Sydney Harbour by NB Sailsports and operated by long time Finn sailor Rob McMillan.
NB Sailsports is currently seeking expressions of interest from Finn sailors who would like to join the academy in October 2017.
Two events are being held in Moscow in August. First up is the 2017 International University Sailing Cup (www.iusc.ru), organised by the Russian Students Sailing League, Russian Students Sport Union and Moscow Sailing School. It is being held on Klyazma and Pirogovo Lakes in Moscow on August 14–21.
Then there is the Open Russian, (www.open-russian.ru) organised by the Russian Finn Association and Moscow Sailing School, which is also being held on the same lakes in Moscow from August 22-27.
Finn Masters Magazine and Yearbook 2017
The fourth edition of the annual Finn Masters Magazine provides a great insight into what makes the Finn Masters scene so popular among sailors of all abilities, nationalities, ages and backgrounds. Includes interviews with many of the top performing sailors in 2016 as well as a wrap up of the season. Essential reading for Masters and anyone interested in why Finn sailing is so popular at the moment.
You can read more about it here or jump straight to the online version here.
2-6 August • Encinal YC • US Nationals
7-13 August • Aarhus, Denmark • Aarhus Sailing Week
17-19 August • Nykøping, Denmark • Danish Championship
18-20 August • Świnoujście, Poland • Polish Masters
19-21 August • Kingston • CORK
20-27 August • Balatonfüred, Hungary • FINN SILVER CUP
22-26 August • Silvaplana, Switzerland • Swiss Championship
22-28 August • Wannsee, Berlin, Germany • German Championship
22-28 August • Moscow, Russia • Open Russian
25-27 August • La Salle Michigan, USA • North Americans Masters
1-10 Sept • Balatonföldvár, Hungary • FINN GOLD CUP