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The Finn Olympic Class - Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight)

The Finn is the men's heavyweight single-handed, Olympic class dinghy. 

Originating in Finland, the Finn has been part of the Olympic Games since 1952. The Finn is an intensely tactical boat in which the top ten places are often seconds apart after several hours racing and the fact that the boat is powerful means that it requires a true athlete to get the most out of it.

In strong winds the boat rewards those who are fit and able to discipline themselves to perform the exhausting task of driving the boat full out while managing the tactical and psychological aspects of the race.

Overall the Finn requires an athlete to be exceptionally fit and strong, outstanding in tactics and familiar with the techniques of sail and rig tuning.

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.

Finn - Stats

Designer Rickard Sarby
Year Designed 1949
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  0.17m (6.7in)
Mainsail Area 10.6 m2 (114 sq ft)
Hull Weight 145 kg (320 lb)
Mast Height 6.66 m (21 ft 10 in)
Crew 1
Olympic Debut 1952 - Helsinki, Finland
UK Class Association

Finn British Olympic Medals

London 2012 Gold Ben Ainslie 
Beijing 2008 Gold Ben Ainslie
Athens 2004 Gold Ben Ainslie
Sydney 2000 Gold Iain Percy
Helsinki 1952 Silver Charles Norman-Currey

London 2012 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Ben Ainslie Great Britain (GBR)
Silver Jonas Hogh-Christensen  Denmark (DEN)
Bronze Jonathan Lobert  France (FRA)

Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Top 3

Gold Ben Ainslie Great Britain (GBR)
Silver Zach Railey United States (USA)
Bronze Guillaume Florent France (FRA)


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