Half a century ago on an island nation in the middle of the Atlantic, the idea was born to create an event for Finn sailors over 40 years old. At the class AGM during the 1969 Gold Cup in Bermuda, the Veteran Gold Cup was born. It has developed into one of the largest single fleet regattas in the world. It is, of course, now known as the Finn World Masters. In 2020, the event celebrates its 50th anniversary and is being run by the ever-enthusiastic Dutch Finn sailors who have promised to put on a memorable event both on and off the water. They have set a target of 400 boats, which is not that hard to envisage, with more than 900 Finn Masters worldwide. Several times the fleet has passed 350 entries, so 400 is the next obvious milestone in a class that knows no bounds.
But it is not about the numbers. It's about the boat, the people, the fun, the racing and the parties. The party in 2020 will be bigger and better than ever in a great location, with more new faces and plenty of old ones.
Andy Denison, Finn World Masters President said, "Our 50th Anniversary party has begun; entries are flooding in for what is hoped to be the biggest Finn gathering to date. I would like to thank Finn Club Holland for being very slick and committed to the Finn Masters and for choosing a great venue to host this event."
"Despite the recent Olympic news, we are clear in our vision that the Finn class is one of the most established and successful fleets in the world and hosting quality events has always been at the forefront of our agenda. So to all Finn Masters everywhere, keep fit, keep sailing, and see you in Port Zelande."