Tom Burton delivers knockout blow to Laser fleet at World Cup Final

Australia's Tom Burton added ISAF Sailing World Cup Final gold to his 2014 medal haul that includes top honours at World Cup Mallorca and Hyeres.

“It was good racing conditions with flat water and a nice breeze,” commented Burton after racing, “No one got stuck and left behind but there were a lot of yellow flags flying around a bit across the three laps. I got a bit lucky, like you need to in these races and came away with the win.”

Burton had a nine point advantage over compatriot Matt Wearn coming into the Medal Race which gave him some breathing space, “The point's buffer made it a little bit easier. It's always tricky in these races so a point's buffer takes a little bit of pressure off. But you have to go out there and plan to race to win. That's what I did and got a good shift up the first beat and lead all the way round.

“I came here with a plan to win. It was my sister's wedding yesterday so it's nice to win for her. I thought I sailed well here and it's nice to finish the year with a win.”

An Aussie one two was on the cards heading into the day with the youngster Wearn occupying second overall. However his more experienced rivals Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) and Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) drew upon their years of experience.

Stipanovic came through in fourth to move up to second whilst a third for Bernaz was enough for him to take bronze. Wearn came through in eighth which saw him drop down to fifth overall but the experienced gained from the regatta will be invaluable looking ahead.

 
– ISAF Media
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