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25 August 2010, 09:57 am
Luke Lawrence (USA) Is 2010 Finn Junior World Champion
Luke Lawrence (USA)
Luke Lawrence (USA) has won the 2010 Finn Silver Cup and named Finn Junior World Champion

Finn Silver Cup 2010
San Francisco, USA

On the day of his 20th birthday, Miami sailor Luke Lawrence wins the 2010 Finn Junior World title. The Finn Silver Cup - what a great birtdhay present!
"Winning this event was my main goal this year. I have trained hard since spring with my coach John Bertrand. My learning curve has been great. It has been quite stressing at time with difficult sailing conditions and good competition. I am happy because I was able today to go out there and do the job!"

The final race of the Finn Silver Cup was non-discardable and there was still everything to play for. Luke Lawrence (USA) went into the final day with a one point lead over Ioannis Mitakis (GRE) and Caleb Paine (USA) just one point further back in third overall.

The day started with sun and wind from the East. The AP flag went up to postpone racing until the westerly filled in the bay. Racing started at 15:00 local time after a general recall. It was a nerve raking race with light wind and event leadership changing through the race. Paine was first to the top mark while Lawrence rounded in eleventh place. The run against the current provided the biggest opportunities to gain or lose. While the top five sailed the run down the middle of the course, Oliver Tweddell (AUS), Egor Terpigorev (RUS) and Luke Lawrence (USA) went close to the shore. "With the side being so shallow, there was much less current close to the shore. There was also an opposite current starting to form towards the end of the run. I waited until every one there gybed towards the gate. We all made big gains. On the second run we went again close to shore and very low to be pushed to the gate by the current."

Terpigorev won the last race with Tweddell second and Lawrence third. Fourth place in the last race goes to the fleet youngster RJ Bay (USA) who at the age of 16 is looking forward more Finn racing!

Luke Lawrence takes the title, three points from European Junior champion Ioannis Mitakis and Oliver Twedell (AUS). The Silver Cup is the first Finn event for the 19 years old Australian who has started sailing the Finn only four months ago.

Most Junior sailors will stay in San Francisco to race the Finn Gold Cup which will take place from 27 August to 4 September. "My objective is to make the top 30" says Lawrence. "This is where I finished in the Finn Europeans last May. But for now I will have a good break and sail the 18 ft skiff!"

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Corinne McKenzie (As Amended by ISAF)
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