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2015 Finn Nationals entry open now!

2015 UK Finn National Championships; July 10th , 11th , 12th  2015

The 2015 Finn National Championships will be held at Hayling Island Sailing Club and will incorporate the first leg of the Trans-Manche Jean-Jacques Godet Trophy.

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The Notice of Race is available here and pdf2015_Finn__Blaze_Nationals_NOR_v2.1.pdf  along with the entry form; 

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Sailing Instructions now available here: pdfHISC_Nationals_SIs_.pdf

The BFA organisers would urge you to complete an entry form and return it along with the appropriate remittance to the Hon. Secretary as soon as possible. If you have any queries please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The entry fee includes a meal on Saturday evening and the Godet Cocktail evening on Friday 10th. The BFA AGM will take place after sailing on the Saturday.

Accomodation at the sailing club is now fully booked, but a list of local accomodation and B&B's is available here:docHayling Island SC accommodation list

Event Programme

Thursday 9 July 2015 - Registration at HISC Race office from 14:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Friday 10 July 2015 - Registration at HISC Race office from 09:00 to 12:00 hrs.

Friday 10 July 2015 - First race warning signal at 14:55 hrs

Saturday 11 July 2015 - First race warning signal at 11:55 hrs.

Sunday 12 July 2015 - First race warning signal at 11:55 hrs.

A reminder for those intending to enter the Trans-Manche Jean-Jacques Godet Trophy 2015 and wish to take advantage of the discount ferry deal with Brittany Ferries kindly negotiated by our French friends, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the confidential code to use to claim your discount.

Ten camper van parking spaces are available , or click here for local accomodation list:docHayling Island SC local Accommodation list.doc

Demand for accommodation is high when sailing events are taking place, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact the Club to check availability via email or by telephone on (44) (0)23 92463768 between 09:00 and 17:00 hrs.

Or use for the HISC accommodation booking portal in the Hayling Island SC website

We look forward to seeing many Finn sailors at our premier event of the year and welcoming visitors from France as well as Classic, Junior and Masters entrants. Come and join the fun!


Team GBR at the Finn Master World’s – a brief round-up.

An 18 strong BFA squad enjoyed a good time this week at the Finn World Masters in what at times were trying and tricky sea breeze conditions.

The regatta started on Sunday in perfect conditions – 10 knots and sunshine, with your Chairman (GBR 61) leading the first lap of the practice race (peaked too soon!) That evening a colourful opening ceremony was held including tradional Greek dancing and the handing over of a Finn flag signed by all the 204 competitors. IMG 0323

When racing began in earnest on Monday, Allen Burrell (GBR 2) had a good first day, playing the far right side of the beat in the soft sea breeze and scoring a great 6th and 2nd to lie joint third overnight. Poor John Torrance (GBR 99) didn’t have such a happy time – rammed on the second start by one of the top Russian contenders that resulted in the hull/deck joint being split open. In true Finn community tradition everyone rallied round and the boat was repaired overnight and the Russian who declined to do his turns or retire was rewarded with a DNE disqualification that sank his podium bid. Sander (GBR 1) had a good day with a 12th in race two – proving what he can do when he tries!

The next day looked much the same wind conditions but for no obvious reason Al’s tactic of starting late at the Committee boat and immediately tacking right didn’t pay and saw him buried deep as the soft thermal breeze flicked left and right. John H’s slightly more middle right route had the same result with both recording their worst score of the series – ouch!  However, Jean- Louis Simons (GBR 617) in his first World Masters managed to find some clear wind despite also staying right-ish and worked the shifts right at the front and hung on brilliantly to score an impressive 4th place.

Both John and Allen managed to bounce back in the second race of the day. The wind flicked left just before the start and racing to the port end the pair headed hard left as the fleet all stayed right. The breeze built from out to sea and reached the left-hand corner first and built to a solid 12 knots plus. John with a light air sail flying, was at his (short!) full stretch to keep ahead but was just crossed by Finn France President Marc Allain De Beauvais (FRA 99) at the windward mark who came in from the right. A great race ensued with the Russians moving up impressively and Walter Riosa (ITA 55) battling with Allen for 3rd spot. 18145503642 fb9e51cfae o

Some of the favourites however were not enjoying the great conditions. Five times champion Mike Maier (CZE 1) was hit and his boat damaged, ending his title challenge. Another former winner and several times runner up Andre Budzien, (GER 711) also looked out of the running after picking up a 59 and 33 on the first day, recovering to his more normal form with a 2nd and 7th.

Wednesday was a single race day after the Masters AGM (talk of a new ‘Super Legend’s’ category for 80+ sailors…) and with the sea breeze better-established decent conditions were provided. Allen notched up another strong score with a 6th and Mike de Courcy (GBR 708) had his best race, passing Al upwind but then losing him downwind to finish just astern in 7th. Meanwhile, quietly chalking up some amazingly consistent results, considering the conditions, was BFA Secretary Martin Hughes (GBR 567) with a 15, 17, 19, 13, 24. Not far behind was another steady sailor, Will Patten (GBR 52) with a similarly impressive 17, 19, 17, 63, 11. International Finn class Scribe Robert Deaves (GBR 10), sailing a loan local ‘neo-classic’ sailed cleverly to drag it round in 17th, narrowly losing the photo finish with GBR 61. Howard Sellars (GBR 77) had his best day too, with a flying start and a 22nd as the reward.

That evening the hosts put on an impressive Finn dinner at a smart beach front venue, over looking the race course. More Greek dancing ensued from a troupe that inciuded some of the sailors partners who had been taking lessons during the week. DSCF2300

Kavala’s hot and sunny conditions disappeared overnight on Wednesday to be replaced by a cold wet drizzle and the patchiest wind most of us have ever experienced. Contrasting forecasts predicted either 2-6 knots or thunderstorms and 20 knots, leaving some sailors in a state of stress as to which sail to take and where to put the mast.

Race 6 was eventually started after several attempts as a weak southerly tried to establish its self but it was intensely frustrating, as a gust would seem to come towards you and immediately fizzle out. Negotiating the left-over slop as the wind built and then died was hugely challenging and frustrating as we picked our way slowly to the top mark.  Dave Potter (GBR 65) managed it better than most thanks to a good start to claim his best race in 11th and Allen recovered from a bad first leg to record an 18th.

The second race of the day was to many a race too far for the Race Committee who had previously been diligent to abandon races with 20 degree shifts and start again. With the windward leg even patchier than the previous race progress was painfully slow but when the majority of the blue fleet was completely becalmed on the final run the race many called the validity of the race to question. With the yellow fleet finishing the final ‘upwind’ leg to the finish on a run they seem determined to let it go. The leaders of the blue fleet managed to scramble across the line before it died completely and the Committee boat hastily fled the scene, leaving a good 2/3rds of the blue fleet still becalmed on the penultimate leg!

A final race was attempted on Friday morning with a weak offshore breeze that lasted until the leaders approached the windward mark and then died, resulting in it being abandoned. The fleet sat around as the sun came out and killed off the gradient breeze as a fickle sea breeze tried to establish. With the clock ticking toward the 2.0pm Medal Race start the Committee eventually abandoned the race and headed back to shore to set up the Medal Race show down. Allen Burrell, lying in 6th was the sole BFA representative and lined up against the three Russians, two Italians, two French, UKR 21 and NED 881. A light breeze at the start soon died and the race was stopped and re-started in not much more, never really exceeding 5 knots. Few tactics were possible in such conditions and the race was not a great spectacle, with the sailors just trying to make progress upwind. The wind filled in from the other side to Allen, leaving him to play catch-up that was never going to happen in the conditions and so he slipped to 9th on the double points scoring. 18267841772 88217f527c oHowever the result does nothing to diminish his huge success in yet another top 10 finish – especially in a week when many stars had results that kept them out of the medal race.

The deserved overall winner Vladimir Krutskikh (RUS 7) is a 42 year old two times Olympian and apart from Allen most of the medal race fleet were either Olympians or had done Olympic selection campaigns, which underlines how high the bar is now placed. However there is still great racing throughout the depth of the fleet and I would thoroughly recommend the experience to all BFA sailors.18083889880 8e14e05267 o

Overall it was a great week, racing in the hot sun with good organisation overseen by Masters President Andy Denison with technical & measurements matters in the hands of fellow BFA members Richard Hart and Rory Barnes. Special thanks must go to Ray New, who selflessly organised with great care and efficiency the container shipping of 8 of the British boats. The smooth running and attention to detail of the shipping arrangements meant that the boats arrived on time in perfect condition, allowing the sailors to concentrate on the sailing. Thank you Ray.

Next year the event is scheduled for Garda in Italy, so start your planning now!

See final results here:World Masters results

See photo gallery here: Finn Masters 2015

John Heyes - GBR 61


Charter boats required for UK Nationals

We have received several enquires about the availability of boats for the UK Nationals at Hayling Island, 10-12th July. The BFA would like to help as many boats as possible enter the event as it helps keep the entry fee down and a strong entry is good marketing for the class.

If you have a second boat you are not using or will not be able to attend the event please consider chartering your boat to a visiting Finn sailor and help make the 2015 Nationals a record year.

Please send details of any boats available and the charter fee required to the Chairman so we can pass on a list of boats available to interested sailors.

Many thanks




2015 Calendar update

The RYA has changed the dates of the Autumn Ranker Series - see the updated Calendar here:



UK National Championships 2015

The Finn National Championships in 2015 will be held at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Hayling Island over the weekend of July 10th - 12th and is shaping up to be a great event. This year we hope to welcome as many of our French friends as possible to make it a fun, friendly event with prizes for all. Racing will be spectacular in the awe-inspiring Hayling Bay, the venue for many a world championship.

We need your help as Finn sailors to make this event the best National Championship. In addition to the normal categories for Juniors, Open, Masters, Grand Master, Great Grand Master and Legends, this year we will also be incorporating the Classic Nationals which will include all classic boats and the recently established ‘Classic with Carbon’ Finns. A ‘Classic with Carbon’ Finn is a boat built before 1985, but with a carbon rig and a modern sail. This is a new venture for the BFA. We also hope to see as many as possible Classics with Carbon racing at Hayling for a new trophy, kindly donated by Graeme Macdonald. The trophy features a classic Finn and is an actual piece of memorabilia from the Rome 1960 Olympic Games – well worth the center of attention on any mantelpiece. Ideally we would like to get 60 Finns racing at this event as it is a perfect summer race venue, with easy and protected launching at all states of the tide.

We suggested to the Chairman of Finn France that there should be a trophy for the combined UK and French Nationals and we are pleased to announce the inaugural 'Jean Jacques Godet Cup' for sailors who compete in both the UK Nationals and the French championships held at St Pierre Quiberon immediately following the UK Championship.Cognac Godet (a very fine cognac maker from La Rochelle established in 1782) has kindly laid on a Cognac Cocktail party for the Friday evening at Hayling Island, which will be followed by the Championship Dinner on the Saturday night (all included in the entry) - many thanks to Jean Jacques Godet, a member for the French Finn fleet. The start of the first race on the French Nationals has been put back to 3pm on Monday 13th July to accommodate those traveling over from Portsmouth. A group booking on Brittany will be made in early January with specific rates (Portsmouth 20:00 on the Sunday evening arriving St Malo around 08:00am, then 2 hours crossing Brittany towards St Pierre). Contact Marc Allen De Beauvais to register your interest  see  - Ferry travel to the French Nationals article above.

For full information on host club Hayling Island Sailing club click here: Hayling Island SC Finn National Championships 2015
A list of local accomodation is available here:docHayling Island local accommodation list

The NOR is now available, click here to download:





The BFA congratulates our new World Champion!

I am sure all members of the BFA would like to congratulate Giles and Ed on two more outstanding performances at the Finn Gold Cup in Santander, Spain.

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The British Finn Association has had a remarkable record at the Gold Cup in recent years, providing the winner in 9 out of the last 13 Championships and have been on the podium 11 times in the same period.

Giles Scott sailed a hugely impressive series to claim his second Gold Cup title and the consistent Ed Wright made the podium for the fifth year in a row. Whilst Giles only had to complete the medal race safely to secure his win, Ed grabbed the bronze in a close tussle with Jonathan Lobert (FRA) on the last beat by choosing the right side, moving up from ninth to third in better pressure than the French Olympic bronze medallist.

Well-done guys and the battle for the Rio 2016 selection now look even closer!

See the photo gallery from Robert Deaves in the Santander final day report, or if you missed the excellent BBC1 Sailing World Championships Highlights programme yesterday (Saturday27th), catch it now on iPlayer. A great insight with indepth comment from Shirley Roberston, Iain Percy and Paul Goodison.


The BFA Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson memorial fundraiser.

I am sure all BFA members will be aware of the Bart’s Bash! race that was run in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation on the 21st September. This global sailing race and fundraising event has been designed to join together thousands of sailors worldwide in a race to set a new Guinness World Record, raise money for the Foundation, inspire the next generation and to remember Bart - a great Finn sailor, friend and inspiration to many BFA members.

The BFA Committee has been considering how we can best support the event and rather than try to create a national Finn race that might conflict with existing local races, it was decided to support the Foundation directly by raising funds from the sale of an exclusive Bart Simpson memorial shirt and cap, featuring Bart’s personal Finn sail number GBR 6.

Many thanks to those of you that have already bought shirts and caps. Your orders have raised over £500 for the Foundation which has now been passed to the ASSF, with a futher donation to come from the second order.

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Order forms are available at the bottom of this article *We are now putting together a second order so still time to buy your shirts and caps for this worthy cause. They will continue to be available whilst there is demand.

As with Bart’s great mate Ben Ainslie who has now made his Finn sail number an integral part of his America’s Cup brand, we thought it best to honour Bart’s memory and mark his time as one of Britain’s top Finn sailors by withdrawing the personal sail number from further use by members in the same way GBR 3 is now permanently reserved for Ben. The only time the BFA would release the GBR 6 number in the future would be if either of Bart’s sons; Freddie or Hamish ever takes up the Finn. The Committee would like to thank Dave Walker for kindly agreeing to give up the use of PN 6 for this worthy cause.

Read more: The BFA Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson memorial fundraiser.


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