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Finn (dinghy)

Class symbol
Current specifications
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 [2]
Olympic class
Building of Finn dinghies in 1952.

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 1
  • Events 2
    • Olympic Games 2.1
    • Finn Gold Cup 2.2
    • Junior World Championship 2.3
    • Master World Championship 2.4
    • Continental Championships 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Design changes

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 commonplace 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.


Olympic Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1952 Helsinki
 Paul Elvstrøm (DEN)  Charles Currey (GBR)  Rickard Sarby (SWE)
1956 Melbourne
 Paul Elvstrøm (DEN)  André Nelis (BEL)  John Marvin (USA)
1960 Rome
 Paul Elvstrøm (DEN)  Aleksander Tšutšelov (URS)  André Nelis (BEL)
1964 Tokyo
 Wilhelm Kuhweide (EUA)  Peter Barrett (USA)  Henning Wind (DEN)
1968 Mexico City
 Valentin Mankin (URS)  Hubert Raudaschl (AUT)  Fabio Albarelli (ITA)
1972 Munich
 Serge Maury (FRA)  Ilias Hatzipavlis (GRE)  Viktor Potapov (URS)
1976 Montreal
 Jochen Schümann (GDR)  Andrei Balashov (URS)  John Bertrand (AUS)
1980 Moscow
 Esko Rechardt (FIN)  Wolfgang Mayrhofer (AUT)  Andrei Balashov (URS)
1984 Los Angeles
 Russell Coutts (NZL)  John Bertrand (USA)  Terry Neilson (CAN)
1988 Seoul
 Jose Doreste (ESP)  Peter Holmberg (ISV)  John Cutler (NZL)
1992 Barcelona
 José van der Ploeg (ESP)  Brian Ledbetter (USA)  Craig Monk (NZL)
1996 Atlanta
 Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL)  Sébastien Godefroid (BEL)  Roy Heiner (NED)
2000 Sydney
 Iain Percy (GBR)  Luca Devoti (ITA)  Fredrik Lööf (SWE)
2004 Athens
 Ben Ainslie (GBR)  Rafael Trujillo (ESP)  Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL)
2008 Beijing
 Ben Ainslie (GBR)  Zach Railey (USA)  Guillaume Florent (FRA)
2012 London
 Ben Ainslie (GBR)  Jonas Høgh-Christensen (DEN)  Jonathan Lobert (FRA)

Finn Gold Cup

The Finn Gold Cup serves as the World Championship for the Finn class.

Junior World Championship

Master World Championship

Continental Championships


  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^
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External links

  • International Finn Association
  • Russian Finn Association
  • North American Finn Class for US and Canada
  • Finn Site - Germany
  • Finn BLOG - Argentina
  • Finn Site - Argentina
  • Finn Association Czech Republic
  • ISAF Finn Microsite
  • Hungarian Finn Class Association
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