Finn Class eNews – February 2020

by Robert Deaves 8 Feb 11:47 UTC


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Finn sailors across Europe are deep in training and preparing for a busy season ahead. This eNews takes a look at most of the early season events and the major championships this year.

Recently the class launched a brief study of Finn sailors worldwide to produce some demographics and get feedback on a variety of concepts and initiatives. The more than 250 reactions gotten up until now will make fascinating reading when the final report is released later in the year.

If you are a Finn sailor, please take the time to have your say – it will only take a few minutes. Find it here

The season begins with the standard events at Cannes and Torbole ahead of the very first significant occasion, the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma at the end of March. While a few of the fleet will stay in Palma for training till the Finn Gold Cup in May, numerous will travel to Genoa for the last Olympic Qualification occasion.

The stark realities of the Olympic continental credentials system, and a fleet size of just 19 at the Olympics, imply that around 30-35 sailors from about 16 European countries will be attempting to win the final location readily available in Tokyo. It is no exaggeration to state this will be a fierce battle.

Three weeks later on the Finn Gold Cup, combined with the U23 World Championship for the Finn Silver Cup, will be kept in Palma. For lots of sailors it will be the final event in their national choice trials, so by mid-May the line up for Tokyo ought to be more or less total. Find the entry kind and Notice of Race here

In the current 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami, U.S.A., 2016 bronze medalist, Caleb Paine dominated the little fleet to win with a day to spare counting 5 race wins and four second locations. More details here.

Canada’s Kyle Martin also cruised an exceptional regatta to place second while Luke Muller took bronze after a week of different conditions. The event likewise functioned as the Tokyo North America Continental Qualifier and leg 2 of the USA Olympic Trials. While Paine recuperated some ground on Muller is the United States trials, Juan Perez Soltero secured the North American Olympic place for Mexico after a hard battle with Bermuda’s Rockal Evans.

After the Finn Gold Cup most Olympic sailors will head to Tokyo, or a minimum of ship their equipment there. There are two other important events to get past. The Finn World Masters has actually been a firm component on any discerning, and aged, Finn sailor’s calendar for several years now, however this year is special with it being the 50th Anniversary of the first event in 1970. The entry list and entry type can be found at fwm2020.com

Entries are currently approaching 200 and there is a lot to look forward to with a comprehensive hospitality and social programme set up, including the opportunity to win a brand name brand-new Finn, which has actually been kindly sponsored by Devoti Cruising and Rowboat Racing Centre.

Gdynia in Poland will be the focus either side of the Olympics with the Open and U23 European Championship being held from 3-11 July and the Finn European Masters from August 31 to September 5. Find details here

Semaine International de Cannes – The International Cannes Week ranges from February 17-21 and is the conventional start of the European season. More details here.

The Mandelli Trophy at Circolo Vela Torbole, on Lake Garda, ranges from 13-15 March. Entry and more information here.

All in all there is a lot to eagerly anticipate and with a busy and interesting season ahead. As normal the Finn class will bring you all the news and highlights every action of the way.

This content was originally published here.