"The Finn has been an International class since the 1950s and is sailed worldwide. The Finn due to its long lasting hull and mast is one of the cheapest sailing dinghies to campaign... comparable to those of a Laser campaign.
The Finn is the only truly athletic single-hander for sailors from 90 to 115 kg. The hiking and sailing techniques require a high level of fitness for Olympic competition, and the extreme maneuverability of the boat demands agility as well as strength. At the 2003, Finn Gold Cup Ben Ainslie won the regatta at a weight of 90kgs while with an identical boat, Rafael Trujillo from Spain finished second with a weight of 110 kg.
The quality of Finns produced, along with the technical information supplied by the major builders, sail and mast makers (curves, bends…) now enables sailors worldwide to charter boats and win medals at World Championships, and the very best from other classes to quickly become competitive in the Finn. What differentiate a successful from a less successful Finn sailor are talent and the amount of training. The great particularity of the Finn is its adjustability. With the same boat, sailors from various physiques can adjust very simply the centerboard position or mast rake to adapt the boat to their weight and height to sail competitively.
At the 2004 Finn Gold Cup, Dean Barker finished 12th after 8 years away from the Finn. He declared, “Finns are now so even in construction that it does minimize the difference between sailors and allows me to obtain a good result without having had to spend months selecting my equipment.”
Due to the constant upgrade and refinements of class rules, the Finn is technically innovative with its simple but high-tech rig. The class rules have successfully produced a large number of boats, which are widely acknowledged as having very uniform speed potential, yet have allowed the class to lead the sport in the development and use of new materials and construction techniques."