Hyeres Day 6: Australian Sailors Battle To The End To Secure Medals

Hyeres Day 6: Australian Sailors Battle To The End To Secure Medals

The Australian Sailing Team will leave the World Cup Series event in Hyeres, France, with a silver medal and a

The Australian Sailing Team will leave the World Cup Series event in Hyeres, France, with a silver medal and a bronze medal after Mat Belcher and Will Ryan ensured second place in the 470 and Tom Burton fell just short of pinching second in the Laser class.

Tom Burton scored three bullets. PHOTO Jesus Renedo

The Team also achieved two fourth placings, through Finn sailor Jake Lilley, who scored 8 (fourth place) in the Medal Race on Sunday, and 49er pair David Gilmour and Joel Turner, who sailed a BFD in their decisive contest on Saturday which knocked them off a likely podium finish.

Belcher and Ryan, ranked No.1 in the world and Rio silver medallists, delivered a near-perfect win in their Medal Race, but a slow start to the regatta prevented any chance of defending the crown they won at Hyeres in 2017. Swedes Anton Dahlberg and Fredrik Bergstrom sealed the 470 title.

Like Belcher and Ryan, Burton scored three bullets during the week, but paid for a couple of high scores along the way. Burton was within reach of New Zealandโ€™s Sam Meech heading into the Medal Race, but his score of 6 (third place) left him eight points away from second place.

Matt Wearnโ€™s 12 (sixth place) in the Medal Race saw him finish ninth. Along with his teammates, Wearn started slowly but improved as the regatta progressed. The Laser Team now heads into camp before competing in the Laser Euros at La Rochelle, on Franceโ€™s Atlantic Coast, which starts on May 7.

DETAILS:

Local website - www.swc.ffvoile.fr

World Sailing - www.sailing.org/world-cup-series

FULL RESULTS HERE

AUSSIES IN ACTION:

LASER:

Tom Burton - 3, 26, (41), 15,1, 1, 12, 31, 13, 1 โ€“ 3rd

Matt Wearn - 15, 25, 10, (49), 18, 39, 7, 1, 15, 6, 12 โ€“ 9th

Finn Alexander - 20, 45, 4, 20, 16, 35, 13, (56), 29, 2 โ€“ 13th

Luke Elliott - 33, 29, 55, 50, 34, 3, 41, 36, 27, (BFD) โ€“ 39th

Mitch Kennedy โ€“ (DNF), 6, 35, 63, 63, 12, 3, 11, 48, DSQ โ€“ 40th

Dan Self - 58, 44, 60, 56, 23, 33, (65), 52, 50, 52 - 59th

LASER RADIAL:

Paige Caldecoat - 33, 60, 30, (62), 43, 49, 54, 58, 48, 41 โ€“ 59th

49ER:

David Gilmour/Joel Turner - 2, 2, (27), 1, 13, 2, 20, BFD โ€“ 4th

Lachy Gilmour/Ryan Donaldson - 13, 24, (26), 26, 20, 26, 16 - 27th

Kurt Hansen/Harry Morton - (36), 31, 23, 30, 12, 25, 29 - 35th

49ERFX:

Natasha Bryant/Annie Wilmot - 7, 18, 20, 1, 11, 11, (22), 17, 2, 9, 19, 16 - 10th

Amelia Stabback/Ella Clark - 2, 8, 17, 10, 20, 10, 25, 22, 12, (32), 25 โ€“ 14th

470W:

Nia Jerwood/Monique de Vries - 12, (30), 20, 28, 23, 20, 7, 25, 6 โ€“ 23rd

470:

Mat Belcher/Will Ryan โ€“ 8, 5, 6, 10, (24), 1, 1, 15, 1, 2 โ€“ 2nd

Chris Charlwood/Josh Dawson - 17, 23, 15, (35), 20, 25, 28, 31, 33 โ€“ 31st

FINN:

Jake Lilley - 3, 7, 3, 19, (20), 8, 2, 13, 8 - 4th

Oliver Tweddell โ€“ 35, 24, 8, 23, 26, 16, 36, (37) - 28th

Jock Calvert - 12, 17, 28, 37, 36, (39), 31, 32 โ€“ 32nd

Lewis Brake - 22, 38, 33, 32, (UFD), 34, 28, 34 โ€“ 36th

NACRA 17:

Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin โ€“ 16, (BFD), 12, 13, 2, 14, 21, 4, UFD, 2, 4, 10 โ€“ 10th

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