Finn (dinghy)

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Current Specifications
Finn dinghy.svg
Finn black.svg
Class Symbol
Crew 1
LOA 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
LWL 4.34 m (14 ft 3 in)
Beam 1.47 m (4 ft 10 in)
Draft 0.17 m (6.7 in)
Hull weight 107 kg (236 lb)
Mast height 6.66 m (21 ft 10 in)
Mainsail area 10.6 m2 (114 sq ft)
D-PN 90.1[1]
RYA PN 1060[2]
Infobox last updated: 13 Aug 2012 [1]
Olympic Class

The Finn dinghy is the men's single-handed, cat-rigged Olympic class for sailing. It was designed by Swedish canoe designer, Rickard Sarby, in 1949 for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Since the 1952 debut of the boat, the design has been in every summer Olympics, making it one of the most prolific Olympic sailboats as it is the longest serving dinghy in the Olympic Regatta.[3] It currently fills the slot for the Heavyweight Dinghy at the Olympic games. It has been contended that the Finn is the most physical and tactical singlehander sailboat in the world.[4]

Design Changes[edit]

Finn dinghies
Finn dinghy

Although the Finn hull has changed little since 1949, there have been developments to the rig. The original spars were made of wood until the late 60’s and early 70’s when there was a slow change to aluminum masts. Aluminum is significantly more flexible and gives more control over sail shape. It became common place after the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich when they were first supplied to Olympic sailors. Recently, carbon fiber masts have become common place in competitive Finn fleets. The sails too have gone through revolution and are now commonly made of Kevlar. The class rules are overseen by the International Finn Association.

Events[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1952:
Finland

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 Denmark (DEN)
Paul Elvstrøm
 Great Britain (GBR)
Charles Currey
 Sweden (SWE)
Rickard Sarby
1956:
Australia

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 Denmark (DEN)
Paul Elvstrøm
 Belgium (BEL)
André Nelis
 United States (USA)
John Marvin
1960:
Italy

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 Denmark (DEN)
Paul Elvstrøm
 Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksander Tšutšelov
 Belgium (BEL)
André Nelis
1964:
Japan

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 Germany (EUA)
Wilhelm Kuhweide
 United States (USA)
Peter Barrett
 Denmark (DEN)
Henning Wind
1968:
Mexico

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 Soviet Union (URS)
Valentin Mankin
 Austria (AUT)
Hubert Raudaschl
 Italy (ITA)
Fabio Albarelli
1972:
West Germany

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 France (FRA)
Serge Maury
 Greece (GRE)
Ilias Hatzipavlis
 Soviet Union (URS)
Viktor Potapov
1976:
Canada

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 East Germany (GDR)
Jochen Schümann
 Soviet Union (URS)
Andrei Balashov
 Australia (AUS)
John Bertrand
1980:
Soviet Union

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 Finland (FIN)
Esko Rechardt
 Austria (AUT)
Wolfgang Mayrhofer
 Soviet Union (URS)
Andrei Balashov
1984:
United States

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 New Zealand (NZL)
Russell Coutts
 United States (USA)
John Bertrand
 Canada (CAN)
Terry Neilson
1988:
South Korea

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 Spain (ESP)
Jose Doreste
 Virgin Islands (ISV)
Peter Holmberg
 New Zealand (NZL)
John Cutler
1992:
Spain

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 Spain (ESP)
José van der Ploeg
 United States (USA)
Brian Ledbetter
 New Zealand (NZL)
Craig Monk
1996:
United States

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 Poland (POL)
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
 Belgium (BEL)
Sebastien Godefroid
 Netherlands (NED)
Roy Heiner
2000:
Australia

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 Great Britain (GBR)
Iain Percy
 Italy (ITA)
Luca Devoti
 Sweden (SWE)
Fredrik Lööf
2004:
Greece

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 Great Britain (GBR)
Ben Ainslie
 Spain (ESP)
Rafael Trujillo
 Poland (POL)
Mateusz Kusznierewicz
2008:
China

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 Great Britain (GBR)
Ben Ainslie
 United States (USA)
Zach Railey
 France (FRA)
Guillaume Florent
2012:
Great Britain

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 Great Britain (GBR)
Ben Ainslie
 Denmark (DEN)
Jonas Høgh-Christensen
 France (FRA)
Jonathan Lobert

Open World Championships[edit]

The Finn Gold cup recognised as the World Championship for the Finn class International Sailing Federation

Junior World Championship[edit]

Master World Championship[edit]

Continental Championships[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]