The Australian Sailing Team is in good shape on Day 2 of the 2019 Laser European Championship in Porto, Portugal, with Luke Elliott at the top of the leaderboard after taking another win, Tom Burton moving into fifth place and Matt Wearn in ninth.
Every sailor’s wish came true when a nice sea breeze piped in under sunny skies and the Australians enjoyed the conditions they have become used to at home in summer.
Elliott added a further win and a third place to his results, and able to drop his 10th place of yesterday, was happier with his second day and overall scorecard, commenting: “Yeah, today was good. We had a lot of fun with the sun shining, a nice sea breeze and some good waves. I think as sailors, everyone likes those conditions a lot, but I really enjoy them!
“You can’t win the regatta in qualifying though, so I’m just taking each day as it comes, leaving everything out there,” he concluded.
Burton, the Rio gold medallist in the Laser, mirrored Elliott’s results to move up to fifth overall. “A better day for me,” he commented. “There was more breeze, so it’s easier to have some consistency with some good starts and speed,” he remarked.
“The points are all still close (just seven points between first and ninth places), so we just bide our time a little bit, until the Gold fleet.”
A pair of top six results for Matt Wearn, who is now ninth placed and within cooee of the top players, while Finn Alexander is 11th placed and in close contact with those at the top of the standings after also scoring top six results.
“A pretty solid day for me today,” Alexander said after finishing eighth and third in his races. “I made a couple of silly errors, which forced me to make some big comebacks. However, I was happy to be able to chip away throughout the day.
“At the end of the day, the aim of the game is to get through qualification cleanly to hold you in good stead for finals sailing,” Alexander ended.
The fifth Australian Sailing Squad member, Mitch Kennedy is 22nd overall after scoring 11th and eighth places.
Two back-to-back races are scheduled per day with racing to start from midday. The boats are divided into three fleets and sail a qualifying series of at least four races, followed by a final series.
The Laser Europeans continue tomorrow through to Saturday in Porto, Portugal where 42 athletes from around the world are taking part.
Laser Standard (162 boats)
1: Luke Elliott (AUS) 5 points
2nd: Karl Tapper (FIN) 6 pts
3rd: Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) 7 pts
5th: Tom Burton 9 points
9th: Matt Wearn 12 points
11th: Finn Alexander 15 points
22nd: Mitch Kennedy 22 points
Laser Radial (120 boats)
1st: Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) 4 pts
2nd: Sarah Douglas (CAN) 11 pts
3rd: Emma Plasschaert (BEL) 12 pts
17th: Mara Stransky 26 points
29th: Elyse Ainsworth 44 points