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Wickford Regatta 2023

Wickford Yacht Club

Wickford, Rhode Island

June 2 – 4, 2023

This is a well known local regatta that welcomes Finns and is sailed on the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.Finn USA Secretary Rodion Mazin provided the following comments:

Nestled on the west side of Narragansett Bay, the picturesque town of Wickford has long been a hub for sailing enthusiasts. With its calm waters and stunning scenery, it's no wonder that sailors from all over the Northeast flock to Wickford for some of the most exhilarating regattas of the season. And as the season opener and, therefore, one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Wickford Regatta draws in sailors and their families alike.

The Wickford Regatta is an exciting event for sailing enthusiasts, and this year, the organizers are emphasizing the Finn class. With already 10 Finns registered, the competition is shaping up to be one of the most exciting ones in recent memory. The racecourse for the Finn class will be set up in the warm waters of Narragansett Bay, which is known for its challenging sailing conditions. The winds can range from 10 to 20 knots, providing the perfect backdrop for a thrilling sailing event. Sailing enthusiasts from around the Northeast gather here every year to test their skills against the elements, and this year's Wickford Regatta promises to be no different.

The organizers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the event is a grand success. Prior to the regatta, a clinic week is being held at the Wild Harbor Yacht Club, where participants can get expert coaching from Rodion "Rody" Mazin. This is an excellent opportunity for participants to fine-tune their skills and prepare themselves for the main event. Some onshore coaching before and after the racing will be offered during the event, free of charge.

The registration fee for the Wickford Regatta is an excellent deal for participants. Those who register between March 21st and May 10th can avail of the early bird offer of $100. Late registrations between May 11th and June 1st will be charged $120, and procrastinators who register on June 2nd will have to pay $135. So, register today and save money.

The Finn class has set a lofty goal this year - to make the Finn class the largest class at the regatta. With 10 Finns already registered, we are on our way to achieving this goal. But we need your help and participation to make it happen. If you're a Finn sailor, then this is the event you don't want to miss.

The Wickford Regatta is not just about racing; it's about camaraderie and sportsmanship. It's a chance for sailors from around the U.S. to come together and share their love for the sport. The Finn class, in particular, is known for its passionate and dedicated sailors who give it their all on the water. If you're a Finn sailor, then you're already part of this incredible community, and the Wickford Regatta is the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and forge lasting friendships.

In conclusion, the Wickford Regatta promises to be an unforgettable event for sailing enthusiasts, particularly those in the Finn class. With its warm waters, challenging sailing conditions, and world-class coaching, it's the perfect platform for sailors to test their skills against the best in the world. So, register today and be a part of this incredible event. Who knows, you may even be crowned the champion of the Finn class at the Wickford Regatta!

Regatta Link: http://wickford.mysailspace.com/

For further information: https://www.wickfordyc.com/racing/wednesday-night-racing/wickford-regatta/

Thames Yacht Club

New London, Connecticut

Thursday Evening Finn Racing

Each evening we have four or five short races for Force 5s and Finns. There is a separate start for each class. The Spring Series is from June 7 through July 19 and the Summer Series is July 26 through August 24, 2023. You do NOT have to be a member of Thames Yacht Club to enter these events and you can join us for just a race or two or register for the whole series.  There is a nominal charge for these races which start at 6:00 pm.

For more information: contact David Hemenway, 860-428-9275 or email: dave@classicfinns.org

Thames Yacht Club registration: https://thamesyc.org/tyc-racing-2023/

Willow Bank Yacht Club

Cazenovia, New York

55th Annual Finn Toilet Bowl Regatta

August 5 & 6, 2023

This great Finn regatta has been held for over 50 years at Willow Bank Yacht Club which is on Cazenovia Lake in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. This club has a nice fleet of Finns that have been active for many years. Bill Smith is the Finn Fleet Captain. I believe camping is allowed on Club property.  This event is known for both great sailing and as a social event.

For more information: https://willowbankyc.com/regatta-information/

Saratoga Lake Sailing Club

Ballston Spa, New York

MC/Finn Horserace Regatta

September 23 and 24, 2023

Saratoga Lake Sailing Club is a beautiful facility on Saratoga Lake that is a good racing venue and a very social club. Camping is allowed on Club property. Tony Massa, a well-known MC sailor, manages this event and does a wonderful job of it. Tony will make sure you feel welcome at this friendly club and the sailing venue is excellent. For more information: https://www.sailsaratoga.org/regatta-calendar.

 

The 2023 Thames River Finn Championship has been cancelled because I have tested positive for Covid. It will be scheduled for the 2024 season.

 

 

Thames Yacht Club

New London, Connecticut

Thames River Finn Championship

October 7, 2023

A group of TYC sailors started this event last year and have decided to continue it since we had a great time last year and now have established a TYC classic Finn fleet.  All of the Finns in the TYC Finn fleet are over forty years old and have been restored by their owners. This regatta will have up to six races on the Thames River with a mix of short and longer races.  Last year’s regatta was very competitive in classic Finns with two former Force 5 National champions competing with the famed Gus Miller who sailed Finns in the Olympics. While the racing was competitive, the fun was even greater as this is an informal and fun regatta. For more information, check the Thames Yacht Club website, https://thamesyc.org/tyc-racing-2023/ or contact Dave Hemenway at dave@classicfinns.org.

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