At the World Sailings meeting in the United States during the week, it was decided yesterday that Finn was replaced by a two-person mixed boat crew.
2020 at the Olympic Games (last time) in Enoshima, Finn is in the 18th consecutive succession. An outstanding performance of an almost 70-year-old construction!
Finn was designed in 1949 by Uppsala sailor Rickard Sarby. It was a constructor contest called out - to get to the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 a new Olympic single handed dinghy.
In September 1950, the seven contest entries sailed out in Helsinki. Sarbys contest contribution, which he called "Fint", won almost all sails, and the Finnish organizers chose "Fint" for the new Olympic singel handed dinghy. They wanted this to be called Finndinghy.
There we have the explanation for the name Finndinghy. When the worst shock of all Finn sailors settled, hopefully many sailors nevertheless see Finn as a still important sailor for the development of talented sailors all over the world.
Since Finn has such a wide spread around the world as it has today - I'm convinced that the Finn class will still be in the future, and many will continue to sail it. As a positive consequence of 2024 falling out of the OS program, among other things, the Finn Gold Cup (World Championship for Finn) is getting even higher status. This should also be a guarantor that it is still interesting to sail Finn.
We who like Finn should not let us down, but with confidence look at the future. When the Starboat after 2012 fell out of the OS program, many thought it was the end of "Staren", which today is, to a very high degree, a very prosperous class. So I think it will also join Finn!
Sailing Greetings Torsten Jarnstam / SWE 111
Chairman of the Swedish Finn Association