Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring J-class

ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Burton’s form guide

by Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com on 1 Apr 2014
Tom Burton - ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Australian Tom Burton spent most of the last year as the top ranked Laser sailor in the world. He had been Tom Slingsby’s training partner leading into the London 2012 Olympics and it seemed that much of Slingsby’s Gold Medal speed rubbed off on the younger Tom.

Burton has currently slipped to World ranked number two behind Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, but not for long if the young Aussie has his way.

‘We have a big Australian contingent here in Palma. We have got seven guys here so it is pretty good even just training. It is nice to be able to go by ourselves and still have a decent group and still a reasonable size. But we like to test ourselves against the Europeans.

‘And of course the guy we have to get round at the moment is Robert Scheidt, who has won nine Laser World titles in his early years and Croatian Tonci Stipanovic, who is currently ranked World number one ahead of me. Tonci is getting much more consistent, he won in Miami, Scheidt, who was second there, has the titles and amazing experience and is obviously the most dangerous. Then there Nick Thompson, who was third in Miami ahead of me.

‘There a lot of good guys here. Just looking down the entry list there are heaps of guys that can win races.

‘But I am keen to climb back to top. This season I will be spending more time in the Laser and just be enjoying it and just be keen to go sailing every day which is where I am at the moment.

‘Last year I had a few detours with the Youth America’s Cup and other things so just spending more time in the Laser is building my consistency.

‘Naturally with my body and body weight it suits me better in the light but being from Australia probably helps me more in the breeze because the Europeans are better in the light. I think we have a bit more advantage in the breeze.

‘I think this week I would like it to be windy. It doesn’t really matter. I think the best thing for me is if we get a bit of everything and that will set me up really well.

‘I think if the whole Australian squad sails well this week then we could all be going really well. Matt Wearn’s going really well, he is sixth in the world. Ash Brunning, currently seventh, and Ryan Palk, 16th, are going well too and the younger guys as well. I think they could be winning races as well. Most races I think there will be an Aussie near the front of the fleet anyway.’

Related Articles

So, thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 4 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
Pantaenius – Smooth sailing is more than a favourable weather forecast
Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia As Pantaenius get ready to launch into their fourth year operating in Australia, we get to see why they continue to grow their happy crew of customers. Sitting down with Pantaenius Australia’s MD, Jamie MacPhail, you immediately get a sense that the smooth sailing is a direct result of both their unique product and the marketplace’s willingness to embrace the better mousetrap
Posted on 27 Apr
100 days to Rio, are there potholes and bumps ahead?
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for most crews.
Posted on 26 Apr
Is George Lucas a sailor?
He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic He’s very famous for a lot of things, and justifiably so. One of them is Industrial Light and Magic, which has been instrumental in the making of many of the special effects that have made the digital world so impressive. Gone are the smears of Vaseline along the bottom edge of the clear filter to hide the trolley that was actually transporting Luke Skywalker’s Speeder, for instance.
Posted on 25 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
T Clewring AC72Kilwell - 1Safety at Sea - Baltic - 2