The Finn dinghy has been selected to compete in every Olympic Games since 1952. It is sailed in more countries that any other single-hander and the list of Finn helms past and present reads like the ‘Who’s Who’ of dinghy sailing.
The cat-rigged Finn dinghy designed by Swedish canoe designer, Rickard Sarby, in 1949 for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Although the Finn hull has changed little since 1949, the rig has certianly changed. Originally spars were made from wood, later aluminium was used and more recently carbon fibre.
The sails too have improved dramatically and are now commonly made of Kevlar.