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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 Mexico 1968 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).

More details will follow on the BFA Website and we will have the Notice of Race and draft sailing instructions prepared by March.


Travellers Trophy 2014 final results.

The prestigious Finn Travellers Trophy, first awarded to Vernon Stratton was awarded at the season's end open event at Warsash SC on Sunday 9th November.

This year’s Travellers Circuit included a marathon nine events across the country, from Roadford to Felpham and Weymouth to West Kirby, with just two discards to count. As this number of regattas proved too many for most, the circuit will be reduced to a more manageable seven events in 2015 with again two discards.

Despite the distances involved and a demanding job, Martin Hughes made it to six of the nine events and with every result within the top ten made a highly deserving winner of the series. Allen Burrell followed with five events and similar single figure results, ahead of Neil Robinson who also made it to five races with two outright wins.

The idea of the Travellers Series is obviously to boost attendance at open meetings, particularly the smaller, newer events with less attendance. To keep the scoring system simple and clear events with fewer entrants score well – so even if you come last at an event with less than ten boats you will still score a top ten result for the Travellers results!

So if you would like to see this classic and historic silver trophy on your mantelpiece, start planning your 2015 event diary as soon as it is released in the next month. By simply attending all the events you have a good chance of pushing the big boys off the top of the rankings!


 Click here to see the full results: travellers_trophy_2014_211014-2.xls



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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BRITISH FINN ASSOCIATION WEBSITE MEDIA PACK 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.

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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.

Read full story on RYA site 


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.

Read more: New Chairman for the BFA.


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