Burton retains the yellow leader's bib at ISAF World Cup Hyeres

Laser World #1 Tom Burton (NSW) defends the yellow leader’s jersey on the penultimate day of fleet racing on Friday, 24 April at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, France (22-26 April 2016).

In a light and shifty breeze of three to eight knots, Olympic gold medallists Nathan Outteridge (NSW) and Iain Jensen (NSW) posted one race win in the day’s three races and hold onto third. Australian Sailing Team’s David Gilmour (WA) and Rhys Mara (VIC) also moved up into the top ten and sit in eighth with three more races scheduled for the final day of fleet racing on Saturday, 25 April. 

World Champions in the Men’s 470 Mat Belcher (QLD) and Will Ryan (QLD) move up one spot into sixth and have two more races scheduled on Saturday.

The wind continued to die in the afternoon and resulted in only one race for the Nacra 17 and two for the 49er FX.  In the Nacra 17, Darren Bundock (NSW) and Nina Curtis (NSW) had their best race of the regatta so far and with a second place moved up into the top ten finishing the day in ninth. Jason Waterhouse (NSW) and Lisa Darmanin (NSW) posted a ninth, which put them back into fifth overall.

Six Australian Sailing Team crews sit in a top ten Medal Race position after day three and with minimal separations across the ten Olympic classes, Saturday's last day of fleet racing will decide the positions for Sunday's Medal Races.

The racing will be live broadcast on the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) website www.sailing.org.

The Paralympic boat classes racing concludes on Saturday, 25 April with Australian Sailing’s Sonar team og Colin Harrison (WA), Jonathan Harris (NSW) and Russell Boaden (WA) going into the final race day ranked third. Matt Bugg (TAS) is ranked seventh in the 2.4mR after posting a race win on Friday.  

The Australian Sailing Team is competing in full force at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères with this Olympic and Paralympic class regatta being the first major event on the road to Rio 2016 selection. The top 40 boats of the world's best compete in each of the ten Olympic class events in Hyères after changes to the ISAF Sailing World Cup format and pre-qualification based on the ISAF World Sailing Rankings and a qualification regatta.

Men’s One Person Dingy – Laser

Tom Burton will carry the yellow leader’s jersey into the final day of the 40-boat fleet racing. An eleventh and fifth place was enough to defend his first place in the Laser after three days of racing. He sits five points clear of Croatian Tonci Stipanović.

“The day was alright. We had pretty flat water and just around five knots and to get through a light day without any dramas is a good sign,” Tom Burton said after racing“I picked the wrong side in the first race, went 20th around the top mark and made it up into eleventh, which was a positive and a good indication of my boat speed. In the second race the wind died a bit but I managed a fifth place to defend my first place, which is good.”

Burton leads on 23 points followed by Stipanovic on 28. Nicholas Heiner (NED) is in contention in third on 32 points.

Australian Sailing Team’s Matt Wearn (WA) struggled in the light conditions and dropped back into 17th. But the 19-year old stayed positive keeping the bigger picture in mind:

“It’s good for me to get more light wind situations in at regattas as so far we haven’t had so many light events yet and it’s definitely something I need to work on,” he said. “But even though I had a pretty bad day, the bigger picture is looking pretty good and it’s all about practicing more and getting more experience and hopefully the next races will be a bit better,” he added.

Men’s Skiff – 49er

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the second race of the day on Friday, which together with a 17th and eleventh place meant they held on to third place.

Australian Sailing Team’s David Gilmour (WA) and Rhys Mara (VIC) continued to work their way up the fleet and finished the day in eighth.

“We had three races in pretty light breeze and we managed three places around ten. That’s okay in this level of fleet and we had no blowout races, which is good for us. There were a few things we could have done better, but all in all it was okay. We went up the ranks a bit, but we still can’t have any blowouts on Saturday, as it will still be difficult to get into the medal race (top 10),” David Gilmour said.

“It’s the first regatta in Europe and there are still many things we need to work on, but we’ve already improved throughout the regatta. We also got some new things to work on, but it’s all been promising moving forward.”

Joel Turner (QLD) and crew Lewis Brake (QLD) dropped into 26th, while new combination of Will Phillips (VIC) and James Wierzbowski (VIC) sit in 37th at their second regatta together.

Mixed-multihull – Nacra 17

Olympic dual medallist Darren Bundock and Olympic medallist Nina Curtis had an average regatta over the first couple days, but put in their best race thus far and finished second on Friday.

Unfortunately it remained the one and only race of the day after the breeze died down in the early evening.

“We had a much better day on the water today and came away with a second, which brought us up the scoreboard a bit. First, we didn’t really know what we got as it was really close at the finish. We wanted the race win today and were sailing really well in the very light conditions out there. It was actually quite Rio like with the shifts out there so we really enjoyed it,” Nina Curtis said about the day.

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin are the highest ranked and second Australian boat in the top ten in fifth place after three days of racing. Australian Sailing Squad’s Euan McNicol (NSW) and Lucinda Whitty (NSW) are 24th.

Racing will continue on Saturday, 25 April 2015 from 11 a.m. local time before the top ten medal races on Sunday. Paralympic class racing concludes on Saturday, 25 April 2015.

The Olympic class Medal Races in Hyères will be broadcast live on the ISAF website on Sunday 26 April. 

2015 Australian Sailing Team & Australian Sailing Squad
Results after Day 3, Friday, 24 April 2015

Men’s Two Person Dingy – 470M
– Mathew Belcher (QLD/QAS) & Will Ryan (QLD/QAS) – AST: 13, 8, 15, 4, (20), 3 – 6th
– Alexander Conway (NSW) & Patrick Conway (NSW) – ASS: 35, 19, 21, 24, 12, 36 – 33rd

Mixed Multihull – Nacra17
– Jason Waterhouse (NSW) & Lisa Darmanin (NSW) – AST: 6, 1, (19), 2, 10, 17, 9 – 5th
– Darren Bundock (NSW) & Nina Curtis (NSW) – AST: 14, 5, 14, 14, 8, (16), 2 – 9th
– Euan McNicol (NSW) & Lucinda Whitty (NSW) – ASS: 37, 31, 16, 23, 11, 19, 27th – 24th

Men’s Skiff – 49er
– Nathan Outteridge (NSW) & Iain Jensen (NSW) – AST: (33), 4, 1, 16, 12, 6, 17, 1, 11 – 3rd
– David Gilmour (WA/WAIS) & Rhys Mara (VIC/VIS) – AST: 12, 28, (35), 5, 19, 11 – 8th
– Joel Turner (AST – QLD/QAS) & Lewis Brake (ASS – QLD/QAS) – ASS: 8, (36), 36, 14, 7, 4, 39, 19 – 26th
– Will Phillips (VIC/VIS) & James Wierzbowski (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 28, 24, BFD (41), 31, DNF (41), 34, 33, 26 – 37th

Women's Skiff – 49erFX
– Olivia Price (NSW) & Eliza Solly (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 10, 14, 16, 20, 12, 12, (23), 18 – 14th
– Tess Lloyd (VIC/VIS) & Caitlin Elks (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 16, 10, (40 DSQ), 32, 16, 26, 8, 21 – 23rd

Men's One Person Dinghy – Laser
– Tom Burton (NSW) – AST: 2, (33), 3, 2, 11, 5 – 1st
– Matthew Wearn (WA/WAIS) – AST: 26, (35), 2, 10, 24, 17 – 17th
– Ryan Palk (QLD/QAS) – ASS: (37), 10, 17, 35, 29, 6 – 29th
– Mitchell Kennedy (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 17, 29, 24, 31, 19, 17 – 28th
– Luke Elliott (WA/WAIS) – ASS: (38), 27, 15, 35, 27, 15 – 32nd

Women's One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
– Ashley Stoddart (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 34, 35, 27, 6, 28, 29 – 31st

Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) – Finn
– Jake Lilley (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 6, 26, 17, 19, (32), 20 – 20th
– Oliver Tweddell (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 14, 21, 36, 37, 19, 16 – 29th

Women's Two Person Dinghy – 470W
– Sasha Ryan (QLD/QAS) & Amelia Catt (TAS/TIS) – ASS: 35, 18, 14, 32, 9, 27 – 28th

Women's Windsurfer – RS:X
– Joanna Sterling (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 40, 32, (41 UFD), 27, 25, 31, 37, 36 – 38th

Paralympic Classes

One-Person Keelboat – 2.4mR
– Matt Bugg (TAS/TIS) – AST: 5, 7, (13), 8, 5, 1 – 7th
– Neil Patterson (TAS/TIS) – ASS: 13, 13, 11, 14, 12, (15) – 14th

Three-Person keelboat – Sonar
– Colin Harrison (WA/WAIS) & Jonathan Harris (NSW) & Russell Boaden (WA/WAIS): 2, 1, 2, 3, 3, (6) – 3rd

For all results see here: www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php

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