The British Finn Association - Finn Sailing in the UK
The BFA Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson memorial fundraiser.
I am sure all BFA members will be aware of the up-coming Bart’s Bash! being 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.
Order forms are available at the bottom of this article *orders received with cleared payment by Friday 5th September will be delivered in time for Bart's Bash.
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.
Website Media Pack
BRITISH FINN ASSOCIATION WEBSITE MEDIA PACK
www.finnuk.org.uk is the website for the British Finn Association and carries comprehensive information on all UK Finn events and advice on how to buy, tune and maintain a
Finn.With links to all the worldwide associations, it is the first port of call for UK Finn sailors seeking advice and includes a very active member’s forum.
If you would like to market your company or organisation on the British Finn Association website please contact;
John Heyes, BFA Chairman.
Tel: +44 (0) 7836 347368
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New Chairman for the BFA.
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Finn Nationals 2014 Race Report
West Kirby Sailing club – July 10 – 13 2014
Twenty three Finns contested the 2014 British Finn Association National Championships, held at West Kirby Sailing Club over a long weekend July 10 – 13. The venue of West Kirby was a new and exciting venture for the class, who were not disappointed.
Finn Nationals 2014 - Results
Results for the Finn National Championships held on the 11th - 13th July 2014 at
West Kirby Sailing Club
The Finn has the best pedigree of all single-handed dinghy's having been selected to compete in every Olympic Games since 1952. It is sailed in more countries that any other single-hander and the list of Finn helms past and present reads like the 'Who's Who' of dinghy sailing - what better advert for this great boat!
But it not just a boat for the 'Squad Sailor', the BFA runs RYA sponsored training and 'try a Finn' sessions for helms of all abilities and we now have fleets throughout the UK from the South Coast to Scotland.
There is an active open meeting circuit from February to November in the UK, plus a wealth of international events all over the globe.
The World Masters (age 40+) usually attracts entries in excess of 250 boats and the 2009 venue of Maubuisson in France was a huge success, a great regatta for the Family holiday beside the beach or by the lake.
If this has whetted your appetite, why not contact our secretary Rory Barnes via the contact us page.
Are you considering joining?
If you are not a member of the BFA but would like to be kept informed of some of the events (for instance try a Finn days!) then please use our contact us page.