Aspiring mariners considering Olympic activities assess their skills and body type, then select the equipment that best matches those variables. But for taller men, those options have diminished.
Over the past half-century, the Soling (1972-2000), Tempest (1972-76) and Star (1932-40, 1952-72, 1980-2012) have disappeared. The change happened for different reasons, with a move by the International Olympic Committee to modernize the format and equipment, finding no suitable event for the Finn (1952-2020).
Class organizations and vendors thrive under Olympic status, with guaranteed participation and regularly updated equipment. After Tokyo 2020, the Finn class are now grappling with their new paradigm, although just like the Star, who has a great history in the sport, the Finn may even thrive looking to the future.
To improve the odds, the class organization will recruit what many consider the best place on earth – Lake Garda in Italy – for the 2022 Finn Gold Cup in Malcesine on Lake from May 15 to 21.
Seeking to maintain the Finn Gold Cup as its flagship event, this popular venue has proven to be a huge success for other one-design classes, and host Fragila Vela Malcesine already has a long history of Finn class sailing.
The annual International Finn Cup is the oldest regatta organized by the club, having hosted for 41 years, while the club has also hosted the European Finnish Championship twice, in 1979 and 2001. The Finn World will also be remembered by many. Masters 2016 organized on Lake Garda. which attracted 355 Finns, the biggest Finnish event ever.
One-design classes thrive on their community, and now without the increased professionalism of Olympic Sailors and the influence of the IOC and National Federations, this community can perhaps catch their breath, relax and build on their history.