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)