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Wickford Regatta, Wickford, RI, June 8 and 9, 2024

 

The Wickford Regatta is for several classes of small boats and is conducted off Cold Spring Beach, which is at the end of Beach Street, Wickford, RI. The sailing area will be on the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. The venue is open on Friday, June 7 for setup and practice.  Racing will be on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9.  Skip Whyte is the Principal Race Officer.  The regatta fees range from $90 for the Wicked Deal registration between March 1 – 20, $110 for the Great Deal Registration between March 21 and May 10, $130 for the Late Registration between May 11 and June 6, and $145 for the Procrastinator’s Registration on June 7 and 8th.

 

The race website is at: https://wickford.mysailspace.com/

Thames Yacht Club

New London, Connecticut

2024 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 May 30, 2024 through July 11, 2024 and the Summer Series is July 18, 2024 through August 29, 2024. 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.  These races start at 6:00 pm. The fee for either the Spring or Summer series is $25 or $40 for both series.

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

Thames Yacht Club registration: https://thamesyc.org/tyc-racing-2024/

2024 MC/Finn Horserace regatta at SLSC, July 6 & 7, 2024

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.

Thames River Finn Championship at TYC, July 12, 13, 14, 2024

Thames Yacht Club

New London, Connecticut

 

A group of TYC sailors started this event in 2022 and have decided to continue it since we had a great time and now have an established 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.  While the racing is competitive, the fun is even greater as this is an informal and relaxed regatta. This event is open to all Finn sailors whether you would like to race or recreationally day sail and enjoy the social aspects of the regatta. For more information, check the Thames Yacht Club website, https://thamesyc.org/tyc-racing-2024/ or contact Dave Hemenway at dave@classicfinns.org.

Toilet Bowl Regatta, Cazenovia, NY,  August 3 & 4, 2024

Willow Bank Yacht Club

Cazenovia, New York

55th Annual Finn Toilet Bowl Regatta

August 3 & 4, 2024

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 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/

Manchester Yacht Club, Manchester MA, September 14 and 15, 2024

Manchester Yacht Club is looking forward to hosting the NAs Prep Regatta 14 – 15 September 2024. 2024 marks the 131st season for Manchester Yacht Club (MYC), which is located Manchester, MA which is north of Boston- approximately a 2 hour drive from Newport. Surrounding harbors include Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, and Gloucester. MYC has a field that is ideal for trailer and boat storage with fresh water supply and a barn for equipment storage. Boats can be “dollied” from the field to a well-protected beach (approximately 200yds) located next to the Town’s “Chowder House”.

The racing venue will be open ocean to the East of Bakers’ Island and South of House Island and Gales Ledge nun. This venue is approximately 2NM from launch site. The prevailing summer breeze is usually for the SW but when transitioning to fall conditions it can vary. There is plenty of room in this venue so that courses can be set without any “land effects”.

Competitors are welcome to arrive on Friday Sep 13 to practice.

MYC will be looking to its members to house competitors.

I would imagine competitors arriving Friday so can add that to the schedule.

Saturday:
0800            Donuts and Coffee
0700 - 0900     Check in
0900            Skipper’s Meeting
1000            Harbor Start
1600            No sequence to commence after 1600
1800            Pizza and bar will be open

Sunday:
0800            Donuts and Coffee
0900            Harbor Start
1400            No sequence to commence after 1400
1600            MYC Chowder and Awards with MYC Fall series.

Alex Felton is coordinating this event and can be contacted at afelton@comcast.net

The 2024 Finn North American Championship at Sail Newport in Rhode Island

Location:       Sail Newport, Newport, Rhode Island

Dates:            October 2 (Wednesday) – October 6 (Sunday), 2024

Regatta Goals:        

The primary goals of this regatta are to have a fun, safe event that is competitive for modern Finn racers and Classic Finn sailors who are interested in attending a major sailing regatta. Significant efforts will be made to welcome female and younger sailors who have not experienced Finn sailing including having them sail Finns during the regatta. We are planning on having discussions/coaching of the individual races after each day’s racing to improve everyone’s racing and sailing skills. Hopefully, we can get some aspiring advanced youth sailors involved in this. We want this regatta to be a learning experience for everyone including those who may not have experienced performance solo sailing.

One of the major goals of this regatta is to encourage traditional Corinthian sailing where the emphasis is on sailing Finn singlehanded sailboats whether they be modern state of the art racing machines or older refurbished Finns that may have been built sixty plus years ago. There is a long history for Finn sailing and we want to celebrate it by sailing everything from a 1962 fiberglass Finn to the recently completed 2023 Finn made in the USA. While we will be racing our Finns together, there will be separate awards for modern Finns and Classic Finns. In addition, there will be awards for the best female sailor and for the traditional Finn classifications of sailors- overall champion, Top Youth (<23), Top Great Grandmaster (60+), Top Legend (70+) for both the modern Finn and Classic Finn fleets.

Another feature of this regatta is that it will be as ecologically sound as possible following the recommendation of the Sailors for The Sea regatta guidelines. One aspect of this is that in this regatta many older- 30 plus year old- recycled/refurbished Finns will be sailed. The Classic Finn Organization has been finding and restoring old Finns for the last three years in the New England region. A preliminary analysis of this regatta showed that it may be certified as a Platinum Regatta as defined by the Sailors for the Sea Organization.

In addition to conducting a great regatta, we would like to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Finn class. This would entail having the Finn pioneers discussing their Finn experiences and how the class has evolved in the last seventy-five years. We would also like to have a presentation on where the Finn Class’s future. We propose that we have a special dinner on Saturday evening for this event at Sail Newport. This event is NOT included in the regatta fee.

Eligibility:      This regatta is open to Finn sailors sailing modern or classic Finn sailboats. Modern Finns are defined as boats less than 30 years old with composite rigs and sails. Classic Finns are defined as older than 30 years old with aluminum rigs or older carbon rigs. All boats must be properly equipped with safety gear including appropriate flotation and a tow rope. Modern Finns must have a valid measurement certificate and may be inspected for compliance with current Finn Class rules.

For more information, please contact Dave Hemenway at dave@classicfinns.org.

More information will be available as it is developed in the next couple months.

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