Dear all Finn Masters,
It has been a challenging time for all of us both in terms of our normal lives as well as our Finn sailing activities. I hope you and your families remain safe and well.
For the Masters, the committee has been busy with schedules and planning for the future. Therefore we have a number of updates that you should all be aware of as we wait for restrictions to be lifted.
2020 Finn World Masters
I would like to start by thanking Jan Zetzema and his team for the amazing amount of effort and planning that went into the 2020 Masters, which was supposed to be our 50th Anniversary Masters. I cannot imagine the anguish it caused for them to have to cancel, but there was really no other decision to be made and we are grateful it was made so early. I realise some you had issues with Centre Parcs in getting refunds, but I do know that Jan was working very hard on your behalf to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.
2021 Finn World Masters
The 2021 Finn World Masters was supposed to be in Puntala, Italy. Unfortunately, due to the extreme effect of COVID-19 on Italy and the economy there, they felt unable to run the event in 2021 and requested a delay until 2024. We have granted this request, so the 2024 Finn World Masters will now be in Puntala. I know many of you will be disappointed, but we took this decision because we know how many of you want to sail there. It gives them time to get back on their feet after the devastating impact this year.
In the meantime we are investigating into the possibilities for an event in The Netherlands for 2021 and will come back to you as soon as possible on that.
2020 Annual Masters Meeting
While we clearly cannot hold our AMM this year and having an online discussion is not possible for so many people, we will hold a virtual meeting with a voting form. This will be released on Wednesday 3 June, when the AMM should have been held and voting will remain open for a short period to allow everyone to take part.
However the only vote of any substance will be for the 2022 Finn World Masters, for which there is only one bid, from Helsinki. We will keep the agenda as short as possible to cover the basic needs.
2020 Finn European Masters
At the time of writing this is still scheduled to take place. Everything is in flux at the moment, and we will keep options open for as long as practical. Robert is in regular contact with the organisers and some decisions will be made during the coming weeks.
While the future remains uncertain, we are still waiting for bids for the 2023 Finn World Masters, which will be voted on in 2021. The 2021 European Masters is at Tihany on Balaton, but after that the planning is unsure.
I will address you all again in the Masters week, but until then, please stay safe and stay well and hopefully we can all get back out onto the water as soon as possible.