Legacy Sport Media supported sailor Allen Burrell captures 2013 Finn National Championships in Torbay.
Burrell, the acknowledged master in the breeze, overcame the tricky light airs conditions to win the prestigious title. He now adds his name to the illustrious trophy that dates back to 1956, alongside the great list of top British sailors – Vernon Stratton, Chris Law, David Howlett, Stuart Childerley, Iain Percy, Ben Ainslie and Giles Scott. Last year the event was a key part of the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Regatta and saw 84 boats battle it out in Falmouth Bay, with Giles Scott piping Ben Ainslie and Jonathan Lobert (FRA) to the top spot.
Allen had in fact won the National trophy two years previously at Christchurch, but was beaten by two overseas entrants in the British Open event and felt the title a little hollow. This time round Burrell said, “I am especially pleased to win the event outright on the water this time, ahead of all the international sailors too”.
The Championships attracted entries from all over the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands and Bulgaria. Marc Allain Des Beauvais, President of the French Finn Association put together a strong performance to finish 4th, behind the up-coming George Cooper (GBR) and Neil Robinson (GBR).
Burrell’s result in the glorious hot and sunny conditions in Torbay rounded off a good regatta for the Legacy Sport Media team, as LSM Publishing Director John Heyes claimed 7th spot in the 38 boat fleet.
Full results at: www.rtyc.org/hosted2013/finn/finnnat2013os.html