It’s the day before the Finn European Championships start and it is blowing hard in Marseille. The Practice Race was scheduled for this afternoon, but with a solid 25-30 knots mistral on the race area, later gusting over 35 knots, it was abandoned by 14.30. But the sun is out, and there is plenty of activity around the boat park and the regatta centre here at the Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc.
The forecast for at least the next 36 hours is for continuing strong north-westerly winds followed by a brief lull on Tuesday before strong winds return from the east.
Read on for how to follow the championship over the coming days.
The 2017 Senior and U23 Finn European Championships is being hosted by the Yachting Club de la Pointe Rouge in Marseille, France. The sailing base is about 4 km to the north of the club at Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc.
5 – 7 May 2017 Measurement/Registration
7 May 2017 Opening Ceremony
7 May 2017 Practice Race
8 – 12 May Opening Series (9 races)
13 May 2017 Final Opening series race followed by Semi-Final (4-10 in Opening Series) and Final (1-3 from Opening Series plus 1-2 from Semi-Final
13 May 2017 Closing Ceremony & Prize Giving
A list of all entries can be found here: http://www.ycpr.net/inscriptions/finn2017/listing.php
Results will be posted here:
All event documents will be posted here: http://2017.finneuropeans.org/documents
The Jury Noticeboard can be found here:
Daily photo galleries will be posted on
All photos are free of rights for editorial use only, with credit to photographer.
For specific requests please contact Robert Deaves
The Finn Class will release international press releases each day during the event. Sign up to receive these at:
TELEVISION and VIDEO FOOTAGE
Daily VNR of sailing footage for TV and media of 1-2 minutes will be produced by Beau Outteridge Productions and available for download here.
Interviews of sailors in English and home language will be carried out on demand only and made available for download, subject to schedules and available time. Please send requests to Corinne McKenzie or Robert Deaves.
Daily highlights will be made available through Facebook and uploaded to the Finn Class YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thefinnchannel
All highlights, and all other Finn Class videos, can easily be found at: http://finnclass.org/Finn-tv
Finals day will be covered live through Facebook Live.
Follow the event on the Finn class social networks.
Hashtags for the event are: #finneuros #finnclass
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/finn-class
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/finnclass/
Finn Class Media Manager
Mobile: +44 (0)7932 047046
Finn Class Executive Director
Mobile: +33 (0) 670 10 18 13
ABOUT THE FINN EUROPEANS
Back when World Sailing was the IYRU it used to organise a European dinghy Championship for a crew of one, which was sailed in a class chosen by the host nation with supplied boats. From 1956 until 1962 the Finn was the logical choice for each host nation. The IYRU released control of the event after 1962 and from 1963 onwards the International Finn Association picked up the tradition and it became the Finn European Championship.
For past results please look here.
The idea of a Junior European Championship was born at the 1966 IFA AGM as a solution for sailors under 21 years old, with the first championship being held at Balatonfüred, in Hungary, the venue for this year’s U23 World Championship. Initially held as a stand alone event to encourage financial support from host nations, more recently it has been combined with the Senior European Championship. Since 2017 it has been rebranded as the U23 European Championship.
Past results here.