I recently came across this promotional video for the Finn.
Wow! I think this must be the most exciting sailing video ever. My heart rate doubled just watching it.
Where has the Finn been all my life? In spite of being a singlehanded sailor for nearly 40 years, I have hardly ever seen any Finns. There was one Finn that used to participate in the pursuit races at Rutland Sailing Club in England when I was a member there. And there is a member at my current club who owns a Finn but I have only ever seen him sailing it recreationally (once.) And I have never sailed a Finn.
By coincidence, the Finns will be sailing their US Nationals at the Sarasota One Design Midwinters next month, and RS Aeros (along with a few other classes) will be there too. I am not sure yet if I will be sailing in Sarasota but it sure would be interesting to see a large fleet of Finns racing there.
I saw some comment online suggesting that some Finn sailors in Sarasota might want to try out RS Aeros. (Aero sailors are always looking to recruit new folk to the class.) I’m not so sure. I think there could be some RS Aero sailors who might be tempted to try out a Finn.
The Finns have a rule that allows the race committee to signal, if the wind exceeds some predefined speed, that unlimited ooching, rocking and pumping are allowed. I see that this option is also in the Notice of Race for RS Aeros at Sarasota. (You can see the RC showing the O flag to signal that this rule is in effect at 0:23 in the video.) Should be interesting. Or maybe just exhausting?
I heard that the Finn is a bit heavier than the Aero.
I heard that Finn sailors are often quite heavy themselves.
And I heard that the Finn is also a bit more expensive than the Aero.
Should I buy a Finn?