Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Finn UK National Championships win to Rob McMillan

by Robert Deaves on 9 May 2011
Hay leads Des Beauvais - Finn UK Nationals 2011 Claire ADB and BFA
Finn UK National Championships 2011 at Christchurch Sailing Club was held over the 6th to 8th May 2011 and ended in fine style with two fantastic races in near perfect conditions in Christchurch Bay.

Rob McMillan (AUS) won both races to take the open title from Laurent Hay (FRA) by just one point, while two top six finishes for Allen Burrell was enough for him to take the National title for the first time, after many years of trying.

For the final two races the wind had strengthened and shifted to a more southerly direction, making it more stable over the course area. With 14-16 knots most of the day, and brilliant sunshine, it was a fantastic way to end a great championships. After tricky winds so far the sailors enjoyed stretching out and enjoying the great conditions.


Race six was led from start to finish by Rob McMillan (AUS), with Marc Allain des Beauvais (FRA) and Allen Burrell close behind. A third for Burrell was enough to take the overall lead, if ever so briefly. The wind died slightly for the start of the deciding race seven and there was a tricky decision to stay inshore or go offshore. Burrell opted inshore while McMillan went offshore, but it was Neil Robinson who rounded first with McMillan in hot pursuit. Burrell rounded about 10th and the chase was on. While McMillan moved into first, Burrell could only climb to sixth, just two points from taking the open title as well. Robinson finished second while Allain des Beauvais crossed third.


A fifth for early regatta leader Laurent Hay was enough to tie for first overall with McMillan but lose out on count back tie break, as McMillan had won more races.

An emotional McMillan, who has been sailing the Finn since 1983 and won the British title on three occasions before becoming an Australian, said, 'It means an awful lot to me to win the British open as an Australian. To come back here to race against people that you know and like in a great environment, it’s actually quite emotional, and I am really pleased for Allen. I have known him since 1991 when we sailed Solos and to see him become National Champion is just fantastic.'

'It's also great to come back to the UK and see the health and strength of the British fleet, and the fantastic event that Christchurch Sailing Club have put on for us. Today we had champagne conditions, it was perfect.'


The new JM Finn, UK National Champion Burrell said, 'It feels great to have finally won the British Finn Championship. It's taken long enough, but it’s fantastic. Today I was very nervous before the start and that was probably my downfall today. I was sailing a bit conservatively, especially downwind. At the start of the second race I didn't really know what I was doing and went off in the wrong direction thinking, 'what am I doing?'. But I am very happy with the final result.'

Hay, second overall , said, 'It was a very good championships, the club and the people racing are great and it was a very interesting regatta. The English boys are very strong and very fast, so for me this was very good training. I am very happy to have come here. I did not win it this year but maybe next year.'

The championships as well as the qualifier series for next year's world championship have been generously sponsored by JM Finn and Co, one of the UK’s leading privately owned investment managers.

David Higham of JM Finn, who finished 39th in the championship, said that it was a natural and obvious fit for the company to sponsor the Finn class , 'JM Finn are really enjoying their association with the Finn class and I am thoroughly enjoying coming along to events and am grateful for everyone who is making boats available for me to use, and also trusting their boats in my hands, especially after my efforts last year.'

'The event this year has been really great fun and thanks to Christchurch Sailing Club for hosting it so well - it's a fantastic spot here. JM Finn look forward to being associated with the Finn class for hopefully many years to come. With the Olympics coming up next year we are looking forward to supporting the class however we can going forward.'

Final results after seven races (one drop)

1 AUS2 Rob McMillan 18
2 FRA75 Hay Laurent 18
3 GBR 2 Allen Burrell 19
4 FRA99 Marc Allain des Beauvais 35
5 GBR 65 David Potter 41
6 GBR 679 Neil Robinson 43
7 GBR 635 Simon Percival 52
8 GBR 567 Martin Hughes 55
9 GBR 70 George Cooper 56
10 GBR631 Richard Hart 66

Finn UK Nationals: website

PredictWind.comMackay BoatsZhik Dinghy 660x82

Related Articles

America's Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2017
The America's Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2017 - John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson, and Syd Fischer The America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 5, 2017 in San Diego, California, aboard the U.S.S. Midway. Three personalities will be inducted John K. Marshall (USA) Doug Peterson (USA), and Syd Fischer (AUS).
Posted on 29 Mar
Willy Altadill to return for his second edition of Volvo Ocean Race
Willy Altadill, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill. Willy Altadill, the 24-year-old from Barcelona, who made his debut with MAPFRE last race, is the son of round-the-world veteran Guillermo Altadill.
Posted on 29 Mar
The America's Cup Superyacht Program – A true highlight
The 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda will feature the fastest yachts in the 166 year history of the competition Superyachts are a very important part of the America’s Cup and, reflecting the high value of their role in the events that will take place in Bermuda in May and June, a dedicated America’s Cup Superyacht Program was created by the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), in conjunction with BWA Yachting.
Posted on 28 Mar
America's Cup - Talbot Wilson reports from the Practice Series
Bermudan based sailing journalist, Talbot Wilson looks at the first five day practice racing session just concluded Talbot Wilson looks at the first five day practice racing session just concluded in Bermuda. All five America’s Cup teams training in Bermuda have wrapped up the first of six “practice racing periods” allowed under the latest changes to the 2017 America’s Cup protocol. The protocol changes were approved March 16 by the defender, Oracle Team USA and signed by the four challengers in Bermuda.
Posted on 28 Mar
Volvo Ocean Race - Team AkzoNobel leaves Persico
The Simeon Tienpont skippered Team AkzoNobel Volvo65 has left the building facility at Persico Marine in Bergamo The Simeon Tienpont skippered Team AkzoNobel Volvo65 has left the building facility at Persico Marine in Bergamo, Italy to The Boatyard in Lisbon under the custodianship of GAC Pindar. Before she left the yard at Persico the team had a celebration to mark the end of the build phase.
Posted on 27 Mar
America's Cup - First five day round of practice racing concludes
The latest round of America’s Cup Class (ACC) practice racing ahead of the 35th America’s Cup has concluded The latest round of America’s Cup Class (ACC) practice racing ahead of the 35th America’s Cup concluded on a beautiful spring Sunday on the Great Sound. All five America’s Cup teams now based in Bermuda took part in a series of match races in varied conditions, racing each other on a course that closely mirrors that to be used in May and June 2017
Posted on 27 Mar
America's Cup - Oracle picks up some bow protection for docking
Bangin' the Corner team talk Jimmy and the boys on Oracle Team USA through the process of getting some bow protection The Bangin' the Corner team talk Jimmy and the boys on Oracle Team USA through the process of getting some bow protection for their new AC50, before they dock after a long day on the Great Sound, and don't dock like Ben did.
Posted on 26 Mar
Bureau Vallée 2 back in the water in Brittany
The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water The former Banque Populaire VIII aboard which Armel Le Cléac’h won the last Vendée Globe was put back in the water on Friday in Lorient (Brittany), with her new decoration in the colours of Bureau Vallée.
Posted on 25 Mar
America's Cup - Bermuda practice racing videos March 24, 2017
MyislandhomeBDA is videoing the Practice racing and training with the five teams in Bermuda MyislandhomeBDA is videoing the Practice racing and training with the five teams who are based in the venue for the 2017 America's Cup. Here's the set from March 24,2017
Posted on 25 Mar
America's Cup - Coutts hits back at critics over Protocol change
Russell Coutts, has responded to criticism over the recent changes to the 35th America's Cup Protocol Five times America's Cup winner and CEO of the America's Cup Events Authority, Russell Coutts, has responded to criticism over the recent changes to the 35th America's Cup Protocol, allowing testing and racing between Challengers and the Defender in Bermuda ahead of the start of the Qualifiers.
Posted on 24 Mar