Growing up, Finn Rowe spent his summers swimming, sailing, and participating in other water activities on Lake Geneva. He got more involved in sailing through Geneva Lake Sailing School where he learned the basics and found his love for the sport. Finn’s older brother and fellow sailor opened the door to bigger boats for him at a young age and it was through those experiences that he began to understand the racing side of sailing. He crewed on E-Scows, A-Scows, Melges 24s, and Melges 17s, skippered 420s in high school, and continued to spend time in the X Boat class. By diversifying his sailing and dedicating his time to learning the ins and outs of each boat, Finn became an accomplished sailor at a young age.
Finn was introduced to the 29er, a high-performance feeder class to the 49er, during his freshman year of high school. He fell in love with the speed and intensity of the boat and immediately started on a path to training which led him to compete in his first World Championship event in Long Beach, California, the 2017 29er World Championships. The 29er class gave Finn a glimpse at what was possible in high-performance skiff sailing and he quickly transitioned to the 49er with an Olympic dream in mind. In 2018, Finn moved to Lake Geneva full time, joined his high school sailing team, and traded off between training in 420s with the team and training with his partner, Harry Melges, in the 49er. By the end of 2018, Finn and Harry made the decision to campaign together for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics, and Finn has since worked hard to graduate early from high school in order to devote his time to training with the US Sailing Team.
Date of Birth: 10-30-00
Hometown: Fontana, Wisconsin
Club: Lake Geneva Yacht Club