Banks Finn Dinghy One Design Sails

Eric Wilson, maker of the world's most successful Finn sails, has now joined the Banks Sails group. In 1996 Eric's customers won Gold and Silver Olympic medals in addition to the prestigious Finn Gold Cup. These sails are now available through Banks Sails in the UK at a competitive price. The sails are made at Eric's Banks Sails Wisconsin loft, cut to match the customer's mast, be it carbon or aluminium, from materials selected and tested by Eric.

All prices are exclusive of VAT and delivery.


Cut from Finn 3.8 PolyPreg complete with elastic luff & foot, battens, tell tales, cunningham block, clew slider, window, insignia, sail numbers and sailbag

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for class royalty label (per sail)

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UK delivery rolled in protective tube:

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Banks Finn Dinghy Covers

Finn dinghy: Banks Sails

Flat top covers

Easy to fit and can be used with the mast up or down. The main halyard attachment webbing ring helps the cover to shed water.

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Finn dinghy: Banks Sails

Over boom covers

For the ultimate in weather proofing, the over boom style ensures that water will not collect in the cover and allows air to circulate.

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Finn dinghy: Banks Sails

Trailing covers

Trailing covers are top covers without openings for masts and shrouds. They reduce drag considerably when towing.

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Finn dinghy: Banks Sails

Under covers

Undercovers protect the hull of the boat from knocks and scratches, particularly when trailing. Our undercovers are handmade from quality nylon.

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Finn Data Sheet

Finn Class

The Finn dinghy is the men's single-handed, cat-rigged Olympic class for sailing. It was designed by Swedish canoe designer, Rickard Sarby, in 1949 for the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. Since the 1952 debut of the boat, the design has been in every summer Olympics, making it one of the most prolific Olympic sailboats as it is the longest serving dinghy in the Olympic Regatta It currently fills the slot for the Heavyweight Dinghy at the Olympic games. It has been contended that the Finn is the most physical and tactical singlehander sailboat in the world.

Although the Finn hull has changed little since 1949, there have been developments to the rig. The original spars were made of wood until the late 60’s and early 70’s when there was a slow change to aluminum masts. Aluminum is significantly more flexible and gives more control over sail shape. It became commonplace after the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich when they were first supplied to Olympic sailors. Recently, carbon fiber masts have become common place in competitive Finn fleets. The sails too have gone through revolution and are now commonly made of various laminates such as technora, polyester, and Kevlar. The class rules are overseen by the International Finn Association.

Finn Specifications
Current specifications
Crew 1
Draft 0.17 m (6.7 in)
Hull weight 107 kg (236 lb)
LOA 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
LWL 4.34 m (14 ft 3 in)
Beam 1.47 m (4 ft 10 in)
Mast Length 6.66 m (21 ft 10 in)
Mainsail area 10.6 m2 (114 sq ft)
D-PN 90.1
RYA PN 1060

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About Company

Banks Sails was founded because of the demand for dinghy and small keelboat sails designed by Bruce Banks and later by Ken Rose. They quickly established a reputation as an innovative supplier of top quality dinghy and small keelboat sails.

Contact Details

Telephone:01489 582444
Main Website:

372 Brook Lane,
England, SO31 7ZA