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Laser Men’s World Championship – Australian Sailing Team in top ten

by Cora Zillich on 24 Nov 2013
Tom Burton - Laser World Championships 2013 Australian Sailing Team
The Laser Men’s World Championship 2013 concluded in Oman yesterday, 23rd November, with two top ten finishes for the Australian Sailing team after Tom Burton (NSW) finished ninth and Matthew Wearn (WA) tenth.

The Championship was won by five time Olympians and double Olympic champion Brasilian Robert Scheidt, who won his ninth World Champion title, while Pavlos Kontides from Cyprus came second and German Philipp Buhl third.

Western Australian Matthew Wearn achieved a personal best and finished for the first time in the top 10 of a major Laser World Championship. With this result, the eighteen-year-old ISAF world ranked number seven, continued his run of strong results in 2013, which sees him qualify for the Australian Sailing Team.

Wearn went into the final race as the best placed Australian in eighth with fellow Australian Sailing Team member Tom Burton on his heels:

'Day seven of worlds was another long day. We waited in shore until after lunch where we went out and waited some more for the wind to come in. The wind never stabilised but the race committee were keen to get a race in so they started us anyway with five minutes till the last signal could be made,' Wearn described the last day of the World Championship.

'I had a terrible race in the very tricky conditions along with a lot of the top sailors. But I did enough to keep my top ten position and finished 10th. I have now qualified for the Australian Sailing Team, which is great and thanks to everyone for all their support through out the week', he said at the conclusion of the event.

After a week of ups and downs for the ISAF world number one ranked Tom Burton was reflective of his week of racing:

'It’s been a bit mixed results-wise for me. I came here wanting to win, I had been in contention to win every regatta I competed at this year and I had high hopes that this would be the same. Unfortunately, it didn’t go the way I planned', he said.

'It has been nearly six months since I raced at full competition level and it showed a little with some of the mistakes I was making although it was a really tricky event', he added.

'My expectations and goals were to at least beat what I did last year which was fifth position. I wasn’t far off in the end but in reality I was well off the pace of the leaders. The top six were at a different level and seemed to do everything right.'

'On a positive note, I strive to reach that level. In the laser fleet it doesn’t take much for the top guys to look really good. I know I can repeat what I was doing this year and that was being in contention to win at most events.'

And about the immediate future Burton said: 'We now head straight to Sail Melbourne, which is a pretty short turn around. The racing is always close with the Australian guys so I am sure it will be another tight battle. My goal is to get back into winning ways and there’s no better time to start than next week. Holding onto No1 World Ranking will be on the cards for this year and I will need to perform some more consistently good results.'

The race week in Oman saw a mixed bag of results for the Australian Sailing Team and Squad with challenging changes offering everything from light winds, big shifts and stormy conditions.

Australian Sailing Squad (ASS) members Ashley Brunning (NSW, ISAF World Ranking #8) finished 30th, Ryan Palk (QLD, ISAF World Ranking #5) 57th and Jared West (QLD, ISAF World Ranking #15) came 59th. Luke Elliott from the ASS Youth Bridging Program finished 56th.

The other Australians who competed in Oman were Victorian Jeremy O’Connell who came first in the silver fleet. 2013 Under 21 World and European Champion Mitchell Kennedy (QLD) finished eighth in the silver fleet.

Australian Sailing is the performance arm of Yachting Australia in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and with support from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC). The Australian Sailing Team is the national representative team for Olympic and Paralympic class sailing.

The Australian Sailing Squad is the development program of the Australian Sailing Team and provides the pathway from elite youth to Olympic level competition.

Rank

Sail Number

Helm

Country

F1

F2

F3

F4

Total

Nett

1st

205239

Robert Scheidt

BRA

12.0

1.0

(26.0)

1.0

83.0

29.0

2nd

205124

Pavlos Kontides

CYP

(16.0)

3.0

6.0

13.0

68.0

42.0

3rd

203170

Philipp Buhl

GER

2.0

15.0

(64.0 BFD)

10.0

150.0

68.0

4th

204567

Rutger van Schaardenburg

NED

(23.0)

14.0

13.0

3.0

129.0

68.0

5th

204666

Jesper Stalheim

SWE

18.0

25.0

2.0

(37.0)

132.0

69.0

6th

204731

Tonci Stipanovic

CRO

(43.0)

6.0

3.0

35.0

156.0

70.0

7th

192384

Juan Ignacio Maegli

GUA

4.0

(19.0)

5.0

5.0

126.0

80.0

8th

203765

Bruno Fontes

BRA

(31.0)

4.0

30.0

14.0

146.0

101.0

9th

199012

Tom Burton

AUS

15.0

9.0

18.0

(31.0)

157.0

105.0

10th

203770

Matthew Wearn

AUS

13.0

41.0

4.0

(52.0)

222.0

118.0

11th

203776

Andrew Maloney

NZL

(33.0)

18.0

10.0

17.0

174.0

118.0

12th

196700

Jean-baptiste Bernaz

FRA

11.0

24.0

(46.0)

32.0

177.0

119.0

13th

196871

Sam Meech

NZL

10.0

10.0

39.0

(45.0)

196.0

125.0

14th

196685

Marco Gallo

ITA

28.0

(64.0 RET)

34.0

2.0

260.0

135.0

15th

202974

Daniel Mihelic

CRO

40.0

7.0

16.0

(47.0)

247.0

135.0

16th

204566

Nicholas Heiner

NED

19.0

12.0

17.0

(30.0)

194.0

138.0

17th

201402

Nick Thompson

GBR

1.0

2.0

64.0 RET

39.0

273.0

143.0

18th

204437

Emil Cedergardh

SWE

34.0

5.0

19.0

6.0

238.0

145.0

19th

197120

Lee Parkhill

CAN

6.0

(52.0)

37.0

9.0

227.0

146.0

20th

202692

Sergey Komissarov

RUS

21.0

11.0

22.0

(38.0)

217.0

150.0

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