The British Finn Association - Finn Sailing in the UK
The BFA have a wonderful Silver Finn Trophy, which has traditionally been used as a Travellers Trophy. It was first presented in 1963 to Vernon Stratton and has been awarded to many British Olympic Finn sailors since. It is an exceptional trophy and one any Finn sailor should want to get their hands on. This trophy is a real piece of history and one we should all strive to get to see, let alone have our name inscribed on.
This year we have sailed 8 out of the 9 events that contribute to the Travellers Trophy and a considerable number of sailors are in contention to take the trophy home to adorn their mantelpiece for a year. The 2014 winner will come from those who sail at Warsash.
The Open at Warsash on November 8-9th is the last event of the year and the Travellers Trophy will be awarded at there. It is an amazing piece of a silverwork, please come and join the Finn sailors at Warsash and see what you could win next year.
To see where you lie in the current series, click here: Travellers_Trophy_2014_211014-1.xls
A unique chance to own Ben's Olympic sails
Now's your chance to own a piece of sailing history!
Ben Ainslie has generously gifted his three Olympic winning Finn sails to be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. All are usable, or just for memorabilia.
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.
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.
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.
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
Scott leads GBR’s eight medal haul at Rio Test Event
Olympic sailing manager Stephen Park has hailed his team’s ‘substantial progress’ since the 2012 Games, as British sailors rounded off the first Rio Olympic Test Event with eight medals across seven Olympic classes.
New Chairman for the BFA.
John Heyes was recently elected as the new Chairman of the British Finn Association at the AGM during the National Championships at West Kirby Sailing Club.
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