To mark its 60th anniversary in 2009, the International Finn class is planning to publish an extensive photographic collection to record six decades of Finn sailing in style and is making an appeal for any potential material.
The book will be professionally produced and printed and a limited number of copies put on sale sometime during the summer of 2009.
The Finn was designed in 1949 by Rickard SARBY from Sweden as his entry into a competition to find a replacement for the Firefly as the singlehanded dinghy in the Olympic Games. Since then it has appeared at every Olympic Sailing Competition and has made an indelible impression on the sailing world with scores of world-class sailors passing through its ranks.
The editor of this collection, Robert DEAVES, is currently searching for as many photos as possible to include in the book, both old ones and newer ones, and already has former and current sailors worldwide hunting through their attics and basements.
He is especially hoping to track down photos of some of the very early years of the class as well as shots from major races, Olympic Games and photos of the old and famous. Of course there will also be many from more recent times.
If you have any photos that Robert can use, would like to contribute some material to the project, or you know the whereabouts of photos of Finns that might be useful, Robert can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
More details about the project can be found at the class website www.finnclass.org