The Finn is a very sporty and agile cat-boat. It is very demanding physically and requires great technical and tactical qualities. The boat was able to benefit from advances in mastering new materials for obtaining light and flexible poles. The cut of the sails also increased permanently. This allowed lighter helmsmen to compete with the “heavyweights”. We find Finn mainly on competitions and pretty little off the racing circuits.


Designed in 1949 by Richard Sarby, a racing enthusiast, the Finn dinghy is a solitary from Finland. In the breeze, the weight needed to win is about 95-105 kg of sudden light sailors is “loaded” sweaters which, once wet, representing a weight of about 25 kg. For a long time it was said that the Finn was a “barbaric” boat. But the Dane Paul Elström – Triple Olympic champion between 1952 and 1960 – said “The most important point of the Finn rig features is the ability to instantly adjust the power to the weight of the helmsman and the wind. This allows any helmsman, provided it has sufficient strength to carry the boat to settle its rig in accordance with its possibilities, and also to all competitors to be virtually tied, then that is impossible in all other series of racing dinghies to large sailing area. ”
Only three years after its appearance, the boat was on the Olympic Games program in Helsinki (1952).

French performances: one tricolor rider was Olympic champion Finn, it’s Serge Maury in 1972 in Munich. The following year (1973), Serge Maury was crowned world champion in the series when the test was held in Brest. More recently, Philippe Presti was illustrated by twice winning the world championship was in 1994 and 1996. Finally, note the current strong performance of Guillaume Florent who got second place at the European Championships in 2006 after winning the bronze medal in 2004.


Circuit regattas throughout the year with between 25 and 60 competitors. ·
series of atmosphere. ·
All skill levels are perfectly integrated. ·
sports and scalable boat. ·
Regattas particularly tight, intense and exciting.

Rigging : cat-boat
Starts : 1949
Overall length : 4,50 m
Midship : 1,51 m
Shifting : 136 kg minimum
Voilure : Grand-voile 10 m²
Architecte : Rickard Sarby
Équipage : 1


The price of the boat (minimum € 5,000). ·
The price of a carbon mast (up to 3000 €); life is however quite long. ·
Quite heavy to handle alone for updates and water outputs.

To learn more, visit Finn France  or come to the club and ask Mathieu DEBONNET our Captain of the Fleet FINN.