8 May 2011

JM Finn & Co sponsors Finn UK National Championship

The JM Finn, Finn UK National Championships at Christchurch Sailing Club was sailed over the long weekend of 6-8 May 2011. Thirty-two Finns made the journey south to join the ten strong local fleet for seven races in a wide range of conditions on Christchurch Bay...

Ben Ainslie, who is the British hope for a gold medal next year,  was in attendance and herewith are some photos of the event provided with the kind permission of the British Finn Association http://photos.autodetect.co.uk/f203767998 

The British Finn Nationals is now in its 55th year, having been started back in 1956 after Vernon Stratton persuaded the Sunday Times to donate an unused pigeon-racing trophy to the Finn class for its National championship. The Sunday Times Gold Cup, as well as the numerous other trophies on offer at the championship, contain the names of many sailing heroes down the generations. This year, there was added incentive to do well, as it was the second event in the JM Finn Gold Cup Qualifier Series to select the British team for the 2012 Finn Gold Cup, which is being held in Falmouth, UK. 

Andy Denison, Chairman of the British Finn Association said "JM Finn & Co has been a great supporter of the British Finn Association since 2007, as the title holder sponsor of the British Open Championships, and we are very pleased that it has been extended through 2011. In 2012 there is the Olympics in Weymouth and in May the UK is also hosting the Finn World Masters in Pwllheli, which attracts upwards of 250 boats each year. All in all, the next two years will be the best Finn Sailing the UK has experienced for a long time.”

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