The men’s heavyweight singlehanded Finn has been an Olympic dinghy longer than any of the current slate and was designed in Sweden by Rickard Sarby in 1949 for a design competition for a new boat for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. The Finn has an unstayed mast that allows the helm to tailor the very powerful rig to his body size and sailing style.
It is widely regarded as one of the toughest physical challenges in sailing, requiring an extremely fit and strong sailor to drive the 116 kg hull upwind and then, when the wind is over 10 knots, to use free kinetics downwind continually to fan the 10 square metre sail that produces heart rates similar to sprinters. However the Finn is also very tactical, producing very close competition and intense battles on the racecourse.
The Finn is active in 50 countries worldwide has an especially vibrant and widespread Masters fleet which attracts huge fleets to its Finn World Masters.
Emirates Team NZL - Junior and Maloney Racing Each Other To The Olympics
The race to the Olympics is on for Josh Junior and Andy Maloney (both members of the Emirates Team New Zealand winning AC36), but with only one spot available in the New Zealand team, a good result at the Finn Gold Cup is key. Andy Maloney won... (CC Available)
Day Three and the 'cream is rising' - the 49er skiffs launched and the Finns cut through the water off Enoshima. The big story is the Lasers with the old guard leading the young guns - for some it's too late and for others it's within their grasp.
What a difference a day makes - with the trapeze harness weigh-in saga for Brazil and Ireland, Kiwi 49er and AC superstars on joint first and not forgetting the guaranteed Gold medal for Australian, Matt Wearn. No day is the same on the water - let alone the Olympic Games!
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Matt Wearn takes Gold for Australia after dominating the Laser alongside, thankfully after Race 10, Anne-Marie Rindom (Denmark) in her Laser Radial. The pressure is on for Gold in all of the six remaining classes not just for glory but a pro career after the Olympics.
It was a British day on the water in Enoshima - four medla races and three podiums for the GBR Sailing Team. Huge talent and plenty of funding paved the way for Gold, Gold and Silver - but it was tight, very tight...
Ten classes - ten Gold medals. "The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.." - for all of the sailors they put everything into their long road to Tokyo. Back to back Olympic champions became the norm but it was close. Great competition but no time to rest with only three yea...