The British Finn Association - Finn Sailing in the UK
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.
2015 Membership renewal reminder.
Many of us were out enjoying the great weather over the Easter weekend and practicing for the first BFA event of the year, the Inland Championships at Alton Water on the 18/19th April - we look forward to seeing you all there.
Most members have now returned their 2015 subscriptions but a number have yet to do so and there will be a checking procedure in place at the Inlands. If you are planning to attend, please send your completed form and payment to the Membership Secretary before then to avoid having to spend all your beer money on your BFA subs! Download the 2015 renewal form here:
2015 Calendar update
The RYA has changed the dates of the Autumn Ranker Series - see the updated Calendar here:
Discount ferry deal for French Nationals
The plan is for all boats to travel on the Sunday 12th July sailing, straight after the UK Nationals to reach St Malo on the following morning, in time to arrive in St Pierre de Quiberon mid morning in time for the first race of the French Nationals at 3pm on the 13th. Full contact details for who to speak to at Brittany Ferries are included.
To book your accommodation, including campers, at the ENV, (French National Sailing School) please contact Marielle Jaouen who speaks English on 00 33 2 97 30 30 30 or Yves Noesmoen, the Vice Manager on 00 33 2 97 30 30 25.
Quiberon is always a firm favourite of anyone who has raced there and the hospitality is legendary, so don't delay and book it up today!
Place available in Container to Kavala
We have one space come available in the BFA container to ship boats to the Masters Worlds in Kavala. Cost is £400, deposit required with booking, first come first served. This is a great opportunity for the lowest cost option for shipping to the Masters.
Dinghy Show Round-up
BFA members who made the trip to Alexandra Palace last weekend were rewarded with the first sight of two exciting new Finn models.
The Burnham built Petticrows design was on display on the Allen Brothers stand and looked well built to a high degree of accuracy. To aid measurement the template positions are inscribed in the mould and so accurately positioned on every hull. Similarly the centerline is permanently marked on the transom to allow accurate positioning of the rudder fittings and to check alignment of the centerboard and mast by laser sight.
For those with big hands, Tim Tavinor has increased the control line area of the side decks to allow easier handling of the lines - otherwise the interior layout is fairly standard. The Allen Brothers fit out looked good with some nice blocks and neat roping solutions.
Over on the Devoti Stand there was not one but two Finns on display - the Devoti Classic Finn (their current model, not a pre-1985 boat!) and the new Devoti D-Fantastica. The Fantastica model has been optimised by Juan Kouyoumdjian and included a couple of noticeable styling differences, a flush gunwale to the transom and a cut-away gunwale on the bow. The photo from astern looks a lot flatter than the current boat and more like a Fairey transom and the mid-section quite different so it will be interesting to see how it goes. Inside the layout was pretty much identical to the previous model with no new refinements in evidence.
With the Palma regatta coming up at the beginning of April it will be intriguing to see how the first boats out of the new moulds from both builders fair.
Also spotted for the keen Finn sailor - a well designed and powerful kicker bracket on an OK that looks as if it would be perfect for a Finn from Synergy Marine and for those trying to get fit for the new season a neat and cost effective hiking bench that packs away produced by David Page Associates.
Many Finn sailors met up over the weekend and the BFA 'Sail a Finn flyer' proved popular on both the Finns displayed. Ian Percy visited on Saturday and was impressed with Steve Sampson’s modeling of the Bart Simpson memorial shirt and wanted to buy some. A further order can be arranged if you missed out firth time round, just return the order form available here:Bart_Simspson_memorial_shirt_order_form.doc
Remember to return your 2015 Subscription renewal as soon as possible and I look forward to seeing you all at the Inland Championships at Alton Water on 18/19th April
New Petticrows interior
Petticrows control line detail - more space for bigger hands!
Petticrows builder Tim Tavinor with the famous Mike Till.
Devoti D-Fantastica flush transom - the classic Devoti shape can be seen in the distance for comparison.
OK Kicker lever from Synery Marine - the white wheel is grooved to hold the strop as it is pulled vertical, adding power at the full on position.
Inland Championships 2015
The BFA Inland Championship has been booked for the 18-19th April at Alton Water in Suffolk.
All Finns are very welcome with racing for the raceboat fleet, classic Finns and Classic with Carbon - all with individual prizes and sponsorship from Jerry Andrews at Copy IT Digital Solutions Ltd
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