New book documents 60 years of Finn sailing

Marking the end of the Finn's 60th anniversary celebrations, the
International Finn Association is delighted to announce the publication of
'Photo FINNish – 60 years of Finn Sailing', an extensive and highly
illustrated volume compiled and edited by Robert Deaves, but largely written
by some of the biggest names in sailing.

This book primarily contains a photographic record of 60 years of Finn
sailing from its beginnings in Uppsala, Sweden in 1949 right up to the 60th
anniversary regatta back in Uppsala in August 2009. There are more than
1,000 colour and black and white photos covering six decades of Finn sailing
by some of the world's greatest yachting photographers.

In addition, more than 60 sailors have put pen to paper to describe their
unique and personal stories in the class. The vast majority of the written
accounts were specially commissioned for this book, and the sailors talk
candidly and personally about their time in the class, and what it meant to
them. Some are inspirational, some humorous, some emotional, and some even
death defying.

The book brings together more Olympics medalists and former world champions
than ever before. In all there are contributions from 22 Olympics medalists
(9 of them gold) and 23 world and European champions.

Find out what happened to Jochen Schümann's gold medal winning mast of 1976,
how Cam Lewis won his two Finn Gold Cups, how Stig Westergaard funded his
campaign selling strong Danish lager, how Ralph Roberts met Paul Elvstrøm,
how Peter Holmberg won a silver medal with a broken mast, how Oleg Khoperski
defied death while training in Cuba, how Hubert Raudaschl started in the
sail making business, how Estonian Finn sailors were the first free
Estonians to compete in an international sports event, and Gus Miller's part
in that, how John Bertrand became involved in the Finn class while at
college, how Ian Ainslie went training with sharks and about what went wrong
when Ben Ainslie first stepped into a Finn.

Other contributors include: Paul Elvstrøm, Paul Henderson, Hans Fogh,
Valentin Mankin, David Howlett, Peter Harken, Jose Luis Doreste, John
Cutler, Jose Maria van der Ploeg, Oleg Koperski, Stuart Childerley, Xavier
Rohart, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Luca Devoti, Iain Percy, Gilbert Lamboley,
Zach Railey and many more.

This book is a 'must have' for anyone who has ever sailed a Finn or anyone
who aspires to sail a Finn, or indeed anyone who ever wondered what it takes
to be a Finn sailor. In this book you can find out, through the words of
countless Olympic and world champions just what it takes to sail a Finn at
the highest level.

Copies of this book are available through various National Finn Association
or direct through the Finn class website at A full list
of those national associations holding stock is available on the website.

Photo FINNish – 60 Years of Finn Sailing
Price: GBP 25
ISBN: 978-0-9559001-1-2
Pages: 224
Binding: Softback
Release date: December 7th

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