Performance evaluation and ranking of 7 rudders for the Finn dinghy
Journal article, 2018

As a follow up to the Olympic Games, commercially available Finn dinghy rudders were
tested to determine their hydrodynamic performance. Seven rudders were tested, out of the nine
different rudder models that were measured for competition at the 2016 Olympic Games, thus
representing a large portion of the rudders used by sailors. The remaining two rudder models could
not be tested, since they are of semi-custom or custom design or manufacture. Each rudder was
tested in seven different conditions, selected to cover a wide range of sailing conditions. The testing
revealed considerable differences, both in performance and handling.


Adam Persson

SSPA Sweden AB

Lars Larsson

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Marine Technology

Matz Brown

SSPA Sweden AB

Christian Finnsgård

SSPA Sweden AB

Journal of Sailing Technology

2475-370x (ISSN)

Vol. 3 01 1-18 2018-04

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