| The magazine ends with an in depth interview with Rodrick Casander, from the Netherlands, a Finn Legend (over 70 years old). He remembers the very early days of the class when road trailers barely existed and explains why he came back to the Finn in 1996, aged 52. |
“The Finn dinghy has class and outstanding performing capacities and even being a small boat it outperforms many other (faster or bigger) boats. If you have sailed it, it is easy to understand why it has been the Olympic choice during all of its life. Its level of racing is higher than that of any other class. No wonder you will recognize so many names of great Finn sailors in the America’s Cup and other prominent regattas. It is physical demanding. Finn sailors are amongst the strongest athletes. Next to this, the Finn community is a strong family and the class members are very supportive of each other. In the 25 years I have been sailing the Finn, I have made friends from all over the world. This is something I have not come across in any other class in this way and it makes me proud to be a Finn sailor.”
He says success in sailing, as in anything, is about finding your level.
“If expectations are low enough, satisfaction is guaranteed, so if you are not satisfied it might very well be your expectations are set too high. Not everyone is sailing at an Olympic level and highlights are not necessarily about winning prizes. We all want to be first, but only one person can. You have to be ‘greedy’ but stay realistic. People say, it is the road to your destiny, that will give you the most satisfaction and I think that is true.”