The Cannes Yacht Club is organising the International Finn Week , from 13 to 16 February, with more than 70 competitors.
The year 2024 is off to a flying start for the Yacht Club de Cannes, which welcomes the international elite of the former Olympic solitaire who has seen sailing legends such as Pol Elvström, Russell Coutts, Ben Ainslie, Giles Scott… and France’s Serge Maury, Olympic champion in Munich, and Philippe Presti, two-time world champion.
Designed by the Swede Rickard Starbyen 75 years ago, this 4.50-metre catboat was part of the Olympic series from 1952 in Helsinki until 2020 in Tokyo. It has evolved over the years, modernizing and adopting a carbon mast and composite sails. In vogue, it attracts many young and old sailors, who want to discover or rediscover the sensations of high-level racing in contact, without the pangs of having to find a teammate.
Winner in 2022 and 2023, current world number one in front of 1053 competitors from 37 nations, vice-champion of Europe last year, the Rochelais Laurent Haÿ puts his title on the line during Finn’s biggest event held in France.
In this Olympic year, the Cannes Yacht Club will also organise the 470 European Championships from 4 to 12 May, with no doubt all the contenders for a podium in Marseille for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Three-time junior world champions, Matisse Pacaud and Lucie de Gennes of the Yacht Club de Cannes, will be keen to shine at home.