Paul Henderson, ISAF President and Finn sailor, was at the Finn Gold Cup yesterday. Unfortunately there was too much fog again for any racing, but Paul was present to induct Gus Miller to the 'Finn Hall of Fame' in the evening.
When the Finn sailors arrived at Eastern Yacht club this morning, there wasn't much hope for any sailing. The wind was good, and the waves not too big, but the fog decided to remain. Around the Club the visibility was sometimes limited to the end of the main dock. Very wisely, the Racing Committee decided on a 2 hour postponement.The fleet departed around noon after the sky lifted and the surrounding coast emerged. After a couple of attempts to start a race, the bad weather settled in with a fog thickening and walls of waters falling from a menacing sky, accompanied by occasional strokes of lightning. Racing had to be cancelled for the day.
The spirit of the sailors lifted with a warm welcome back at Eastern Yacht Club. Hot chocolate, hot pasta and M&M's awaited the returning fleet.
A frustrating day on the water became a very special day ashore as the International Finn Class honoured one of its best and truest "Finnsters". American Gus Miller was inducted in the Finn Hall of Fame by ISAF President Paul Henderson. The Finn Hall of Fame recognises the sailing skills and contributions to the Finn Class by 11 great people over the last 50 years. Among them are Richard Sarby, designer of the Finn, Paul Elvstrom, Olympic and Gold Cup Champion, and more recently Fredrik Loof, 3 time Gold Cup winner, Bronze medallist and current Star European and World Champion.
No one could have described Gus Miller's dedication to the Finn sailors as well as Paul Henderson. Gus, a top level Finn sailor himself, has put his heart and soul to help less fortunate sailors sailing the Finn. At the PanAm Games, Olympic Games and various regattas, Gus has always been "The Coach" for many countries. He shares not only his expertise but, most importantly, his love for the boat and for the people who sail it. And as Paul Henderson likes to say: "Once a Finn sailor, always a Finnsailor". This surely applies to Gus, who at the age of 67, is competing again this year in the Finn Gold Cup. His enthusiasm for the boat and those who sail it never wanes. The Gold Cup Finn sailors, coaches, judges and race committee broke into long, loud applause giving Gus a standing ovation for his lifelong work. Congratulations!.