Legacy Sport Media sponsored sailor Allen Burrell claims a top 10 spot in the highly competitive 2013 Finn World Masters.
British sailor Burrell came 7th overall out of 285 contenders from 29 countries in the biggest Finn sailing event ever last week in La Rochelle, France.
The exciting medal race was held in an exhausting 25+ knot gusty wind in the mouth of the river, with a roaring tide and short waves. This was the first time the World Masters event has used the double scoring medal race format – last year’s championship planned to but a lack of wind curtailed it taking place.
‘It was tremendously exciting‘, said Allen, after the 10 boats were recall for an early start, ‘ it was really tense on the start line and pretty scary downwind in the huge gusts.’ The short windward/leeward course was held just off the harbour breakwater, where a crowd of spectators had clambered out along to view the spectacle. Burrell started well but was flagged by the on-the-water jury for a dubious port and starboard crossing with Dutchman Karel Van Hellemond which sent him to the back of the fleet after a penalty turn. Burrell staged a remarkable recovery on the short second upwind leg to claim 5th in the race and 7th overall, just ahead of French rival Laurent Hay. Final results top 10
1 CZE 1 Michael MAIER 10 (1)
2 GER 711 Andre BUDZIEN 17 (3)
3 USA 505 Erik LIDECIS 20 (4)
4 LTU 7 Tauras RYMONIS 25 (5)
5 NED 41 Karel VAN HELLEMOND 34 (2)
6 GER 193 Thomas SCHMIDT 34 (8)
7 GBR 2 Allen BURRELL 38 (6)
8 FRA 75 Laurent HAY 38 (7)
9 DEN 80 Michael STAAL 47 (9)
10 GBR 42 Adrian BRUNTON 59 (10)
The May 2013 issue of Rowing & Regatta, published by Legacy Sport Media on behalf of British Rowing, is out now! R&R #70 has increased to a 72-page issue, offering British Rowing members and digital subscribers even more great rowing content…
The latest big event was the GB Rowing Trials at Caversham, offering London 2012 veterans and new blood alike the chance to compete for seats in future GB boats. The big surprise being single sculler Charles Cousins’ victory over Alan Campbell – but R&R coverage delves deeper, providing analysis of the M1x as well as featuring up-and-coming ‘ones to watch’ embarking on their potential row to Rio!
Other headline features include an update on the renamed discipline of Para-Rowing, as Britain’s finest adaptive rowers vie for Paralympic class seats. The GBRow 2013 is an open sea challenge, with competitors setting off to race around Great Britain, and we introduce the contenders. Alongside the regular R&R coaching section, there’s a discussion of the relative merits of cross-training. Also in the interests of fitness, the third and final instalment of R&R’s rowing machine test pits the Oarsport Swingulator against the Oartec Simulator – which of the dynamic due will win out?
Plus there’s a report on the British Masters, 10 tips for Henley Regatta, ‘Hidden Depths’ meets a West Country chef and oarsman, and in the first of a new series of Event Guides we focus on Reading Amateur Regatta.
With the addition of news, letters, coaching, technique, nutrition, history, classifieds, a monthly calendar and more, there’s plenty to enjoy in May’s R&R. Check it out on iTunes for iPhone and iPad, also available on Android for mobiles and tablets, or online via your browser as Rowing & Regatta Digital.