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Finn Class eNews - September 2015

Well, it's been a long and busy summer and a long gap since your last Finn e-News. But the season hasn't ended, it just gets a second wind and carries straight on. This week the Finn class is taking part for the first time at the Saiing World Cup Qingdao where the sailors are competing for the Asian place at the Rio 2016 Olympics. You can follow the action here.

Then in September there are events in Malcesine, La Rochelle and other nice places before the serious stuff begins again with the Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabu at the end of October. As soon as that is done, the sailors head down under for the Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand. After that some will head back over to Rio for more training and local regattas, while some will prepare for the Sailing World Cup in Miami for the next round of Olympic qualification. And this hectic schedule is just a warm up for what comes next year - a full spring and early summer programme followed by the summer Rio Olympics.

By the end of this year we will know 19 of the 23 places on the start line at the Rio Olympics. (Brazil as host nation, 12 from Santander, 1 from Qingdao, 4 from Takapuna, 1 from Melbourne ). The remaining 4 places will come from the continental qualifiers in Miami and Palma. Places not taken or allocated at continental qulifiers will be reallocated from the 2015 Worlds.

It's a great time to be sailing a Finn. There is so much sailing going on it is hard to keep track of all the events, all over the world. There is also a lot going on in the background to develop the class and its appeal - there is a lot more to come.

Here is the latest news and events . If you would like your event covered or promoted in a future issue, or have a photo you'd like to share, please send it to

Pole position

Giles Scott in pole position on the penultimate day at the Aquece Rio Test Event. He has now extended his unbeaten run to more than two years. The next year will be interesting to watch as his win in Rio was his narrowest victory for some time, and only taking the overall lead after the medal race. On the back of that result, he was recently selected for the GBR team for Rio for his first Olympics.

He said, “I have been trying to get to the Games for a long time and I suppose it’s something that always seemed miles out of reach, a bit of a dream. To be in the position to be selected to Team GB is a huge honour and to be going is a lifelong ambition.  But clearly I want more from it than just to say I went."
“I now have 11 months to focus in on the one regatta and hopefully that will enable me to eradicate any noise that other peak regattas would bring in, hopefully it will enable me to be in a better and stronger position for eleven months’ time.”

The Aquece Rio 2015 Olympic test event was one of the tightest events of the year and went right down to the wire to set the stage for what will be a challenging and competive Olympic regatta in 2016. You can see all the photos from 2015 here and relive the exciting medal race here.

Takapuna bound

It's just two months to go until the Finn class heads down under for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. It will be 25 years since the class last held its world championship in New Zealand. The winner back in 1980 was Cam Lewis (USA) - pictured-  narrowly beating John Bertrand (USA) for the second year in a row. Photo by Peter Montgomery. Event website can be found here.
From September 9-13, the European Masters Cup was held at Tihany on Lake Balaton with 45 entries from ten nations. Ian Ainslie led after the first day after three races in 9-13 knots. On Friday only one race was sailed in the weakening wind, and Zsombor Majthényi  took over the lead. After Saturday's two races Ian took the lead back, following two more race wins. The last three races were sailed in an increased wind, with brilliant sunshine. Ainslie preserved his lead and won the Grand Master category as well. Second was Tauras Rymonis and third Antal Székely. Photo gallery here. Full results here.
Sergey Komissarov won Open Russian regatta from Alexey Borisov and Konstantin Lashuk. The traditional annual Open Russian, which includes Russian Finn Association championship and Russian Finn-Masters championship, took place in Moscow during the last week of August. 68 sailors from 18 regions of Russia, Ukraine and Italy took part, including a strong junior fleet of 24.

The fleet provided interesting competition with several Olympians, prize-winners of Finn World Masters and Junior World and European championships. Sergey Komissarov, the leader of Russian national Laser team started well and managed to build a good lead till the end. Vladimir Krutskikh, World Masters Champion, was second before the medal race, but he dropped to be forth after an unlucky finish – but took the Masters title from Dmitriy Petrov and Alexander Kulyukin. In the Juniors Evgeniy Deev (Sevastopol) has won the title from Anatoliy Korshikov and Arkadiy Kistanov. Event website.
The Austrian Nationals were won by Jan Kurfeld (GER), above, from Christoph Christen  (SUI) and Michael Gubi (AUT). More photos here. Results here.
At the KPMG Finn Trophy Attersee 2015, Rudolf Lidarík won the ROFI Trophy, Michael Gubi was second and Vaclav Cintl was third. Results here. More photos here.
Bjorn Allansson (pictured in Cascais) won each and every race of the Pacific Coast Championship at San Diego YC. Scott Hoffmann was second with Henry Sprague third. Results here.

The US Nationals are also in San Diego from September 17-20. 32 entries so far. Website here.
We're not even half way from the last Finn World Masters to the 2016 edition in Torbole, Lake Garda, but pre-entries are coming in fast. Already 45 sailors have signed up for 2016. It is widely expected to be one of the biggest turnouts in the event's history. Sailors can pre-enter here.
Anatoliy Korshikov won the International University Sailing Cup in the Finn class in Moscow. Evgeniy Deev was second and Artur Kotlyarov third.  The traditional event in Finn and Snipe classes took place for the third time in Moscow in August, 18-23. 45 students from 18 Universities competed for the titles.

Moscow Sailing School and the Russian Finn Association gave very attractive conditions for participants in order to develop sailing for students: free charter boats and free accommodation and meals. The competition was at a very high level. Most experienced students took the Finn for the competition while less skilled crews could compete in Snipe. The Finn fleet had 19 sailors including two girls. The wind and weather conditions gave nice range of winds, with 12 good races sailed in a moderate wind. The struggle for the top three places lasted until the last day, and one of the girls, Alexandra Cheremisova (in 71 above), managed to head the fleet several times as well. Event website.
Grab a good book from the Finnshop. Online ordering and more information here
International Finn Cup - Malcesine: 2-4/10 Online entry

Semaine  Olympique Française - La Rochelle: 5-10/10. Website

Italian Championship - Naples: 9-12/10 Website

ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi: 27/10 - 1/11. Event website

NZ North Island Championship - Wakatere: 7-8/11

Auckland Championship: 16-19/11. Event website

ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne: 7-13/12. Website
August 2015 Finnster Calendar - The Russian Finn Association has issued its annual book, in Russian, devoted to people, events and technical & tactical tips. This issue is devoted to the memory of two Russian Finn sailors – Evgeniy Istomin (a very good sailor, but also a coach), and Valentin Danilov, who sailed Finn from 1956 to 2014. The magazine has translated articles from Finnfare as well as interesting tips and interviews from top race officers, coaches and researchers in physics and psychology. As usual it describes events of the year and includes results of all major regattas in Russia. The electronic version is at
Four bids have been received by the IFA for its 2017 Major Championships. These will be voted on at the 2015 IFA AGM in Takapuna on Sunday 22 November. See them here.

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. Contact him for more information.
The Notice of Race for Malcesine Finn Cup has been published here . Online entry here.
August 2015 FINNFARE

Egor Terpigorev (RUS) is featured on the cover of the August edition of FINNFARE, the 150th ediition of the International Finn Class magazine. He was taking part in a Rule 42 clinic held in Valencia before the Finn Silver Cup (Junior World Championship).  This issue is mainly filled with reports from regattas throughout Europe between April and August. More here. Read it here.
Looking for a gift for a Finn sailor or prizes for your event. There are some beautiful Finn half models are available in the Finnshop. More details here.
Photo of the month
Are you tough enough to sail a Finn? No? Well spare a thought for Anna Chueva from Nizhniy Novgorod city. Here she is competing in the International University Sailing Cup in Moscow in August, and showing the battle scars of a close encounter with Finn sailing.
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