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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:docBart_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

Good sailing.


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Petticrows interior

 New Petticrows interior

Petticrows sidedeck

Petticrows control line detail - more space for bigger hands!


Petticrows builder Tim Tavinor with the famous Mike Till.

Fantastica Transom

Devoti D-Fantastica flush transom - the classic Devoti shape can be seen in the distance for comparison.

OK Kickerlever

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

Excellent motorhome and camping onsite - with a  good range of local B&B or hotels.
Will Patten has kindly organised the event with the club and booked a fish & chip meal for all Saturday evening at the Wheelhouse at Woolverstone.
Come and gain some excellent early season practice in a great venue before the UK Masters at MRSC.
Click here for the NOR And SI's:
Martin Hughes
Sailing Secretary

Membership renewal 2015

2015 membership due now!

Your membership subscriptions are now due and whilst we await the implementation of the new online payment system please can I ask you to complete the membership renewal form available below and send it directly to the Membership Secretary, Steve Sampson together with your payment, as soon as possible so that you can receive your IFA sticker in time for the Inland Championships. As a reminder - only paid up BFA members are eligible to enter any BFA events. Fleet Captains - please can you spread the word and ensure all your club Finn sailors complete a renewal to avoid any embarrassment at events.

Steve will be at the RYA Dinghy Show on Saturday 28th, around the Devoti Finn stand or the Petticrows Finn on the Allen Brothers stand and can receive your completed membership forms there if you are visiting.

Many thanks

John Heyes

BFA Chairman 

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Ferry travel to the French Nationals

Discount ferry travel for the Jean-Jacques Godet Trophy

Marc Allain des Beauvais, President of Finn France has kindly negiociated a 20% discount on travel to the French Nationals - the French leg of the Jean-Jacques Godet Trophy which combines the score of the UK and French National championships 2015.

Marc has asked that those who would like to book ferry places contact him as soon as possible with details of:

Number of persons travelling

Return date to UK

Overnight cabin required or not.

Pour le Bureau de l’I.F.A. France, son Président

Marc ALLAIN des BEAUVAIS (Fra 99)

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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 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

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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.


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