Defending Laser Sailing World Cup champion Tom Burton showed his liking for off-shore breeze conditions in Abu Dhabi over the week and had a strong regatta.
Tom Burton AUS repeats Gold in Abu Dhabi
After kick starting the event with a second place and a race win, he took hold of the leader’s jersey and kept it throughout.
In the 20-boat Laser class, Tom Burton AUS went into the final top-ten medal race with a three-point lead over five-times Olympic medallist Robert Scheidt BRA. A third place there secured him the overall win and gold medal.
With an offshore breeze of 8-13 knots switching to a sea breeze later on, Australian Tom Burton was always in control in the Laser, taking third place in the Medal Race to comfortably secure gold ahead of Cypriot winner on the day, Pavlos Kontides CYP.
“It was another great event here in Abu Dhabi. Very different conditions to last year and quite different to what was expected but good to get all the racing in with minimal waiting around,” Tom Burton said after racing.
“It’s great to get some tough racing in the lead up to next year and having all the top Laser guys here was great. To come away with the win after not racing for a while was good and I’m happy with the way I was sailing although know I’m not at 100% yet.”
A closing sixth place finish was enough to see another Australian, Matthew Wearn AUS, squeeze past five-time Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt to take the bronze after the Brazilian closed with a disappointing ninth.
Attention now turns to the start of the 2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup series that commences in Melbourne, Australia in the middle of December later this year.