Tom Burton has shot into the lead in the hotly contested Laser class at Sail Melbourne, with a pair of day two bullets suggesting the fire is back in the belly of the Rio Olympic champion.
Burton won both races on another steamy afternoon on Port Phillip Bay, turning around yesterday’s results after which he trailed national team colleagues Jeremy O’Connell and Matt Wearn, who are now second and third, respectively.
“The calibre of our guys is so high, if you’re not right on top of your game you’re not going to win races. Today I probably sailed better. Yesterday I didn’t sail too badly, but just not good enough,” Burton said.
Burton admitted that his post-Rio performances had been below his standard - despite capturing a World Championship silver medal in September - but revealed his aim to return to peak performance by the end of the southern season.
“I set a few goals through the summer, trying to keep training so that in Europe next year I can come at it at 100 per cent,” he said.
“Throughout this year I was just kind of sailing at what my potential was at the time. I don’t think it was anywhere near my fitness levels and motivation levels from previous years. I’m kind of using the Australian summer to get back to that level, hopefully.”
While Burton seeks a return to his best, another team on the build are 49erFX pair Amelia Stabback and Ella Clark, who hold a slender advantage in their class after five races.
“We’ve been together since April, just before we went to Europe, and at the moment we’re not too focused on the other boats,” Stabback said.
“A lot of our improvement is just us being together and working on our processes. We’re one of the newer teams.”
Stabback said the team took some risks in the inconsistent breeze and were punished at times, though overall they were pleased with the outcome.
“We’re trying to get better and better,” she said.
“It’s good having all the other girls in the team, we’re pretty close and if you make a mistake they’re right there.”
In other notable performances on day two, Finn sailor Jake Lilley continued to impress with another two wins to extend his lead over training partner and former Olympic gold medallist, Tom Slingsby, and current Finn World Champion, Max Salminen of Sweden.
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan are locked in a battle with Japan’s Daichi Takayama and Kimihiko Imamura, on four net points each, while a one and a two for David Gilmour and Joel Turner put them ahead of Victorian brothers Will and Sam Phillips in the 49er.
Results for Australian Sailing Team, Australian Sailing Squad and Class Training Squad Members:
Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) - Finn
Jake Lilley (QLD/QAS) – AST: 1,(2),1,1 – 1st
Oliver Tweddell (VIC/VIS) – AST: 3,(5),5,2 – 5th
Lewis Brake (QLD/QAS) – ASS: (12),8,7,4 – 6th
Jock Calvert (TAS/TIS) – ASS: (11),10,6,5 – 8th
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Tom Burton (NSW/NSWIS) – AST: (3),2,1,1 – 1st
Jeremy O'Connell (VIC/VIS) – ASS: 1,(3),2,2 – 2nd
Matt Wearn (WA/WAIS) – AST: 2,1,(3),3 – 3rd
Luke Elliott (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 5,4,4,(7) – 4th
Finn Alexander (NSW/NSWIS) – ASS: 7,8,(16),9 – 9th
Mitch Kennedy (QLD/QAS) – ASS: 9,6,(16),11 – 10th
Two Person Dinghy – 470M/W
Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (QLD/QAS) – AST: 2,1,4,1 – 1st
Chris Charlwood and Josh Dawson (WAIS/NSWIS) – ASS: 4,4,2,2 – 3rd
Carrie Smith and Jaime Ryan (WAIS/NSWIS) – ASS: 3,6,3,(8) – 5th
Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries (WA/WAIS) – ASS: (6),5,6,6– 6th
Sophie McIntosh and Orla Mulholland-Patterson (NSWIS/WAIS) – ASS: 8,(10),9,8 – 8th
Dana Tavener and Katherine Shannon (NSW/NSWIS) – ASS: (9),8,7,9 – 9th
Shelley White and Emma Baillie (QLD/QAS) – ASS: (11),11,10,6 – 11th
Men’s Skiff - 49er
David Gilmour and Joel Turner (WAIS/QAS) – AST: 1,(5),4,1,2 – 1st
Sam Phillips and Will Phillips (VIC/VIS) – AST: (4),4,1,4,3 – 2nd
Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton (NSW/NSWIS) – ASS: 8,7,(10),2,1 – 5th
Lachlan Gilmour and Ryan Donaldson (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 6,2,(7),7,4 – 6th
Jim Colley (ASS) and Simon Hoffman (NSW/NSWIS): 7,9,6,10,13 – 10th
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
Amelia Stabback and Ella Clark (NSWIS/WAIS) – ASS: (3),1,1,2,3 – 1st
Tess Lloyd (ASS) and Harry Mighell (VIC/VIS): – (4),4,2,1,1 – 2nd
Natasha Bryant and Annie Wilmot (NSW/NSWIS) – CTS: 2,2,4,3,2 – 3rd
Caitlin Elks and Hayley Clark (WA/WAIS) – ASS: 1,3,(5),4,5 – 4th
Mixed Multihull - Nacra 17
Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin (NSW/NSWIS) – AST: (2),1,1,1,1 – 1st
Paul Darmanin and Lucy Copeland (NSW/NSWIS) – CTS: 1,(2),2,2,2 – 2nd
Tayla Rietman and Lachlan White (VIS/NSWIS) – CTS: 3,(4),3,3,4 – 3rd
Connor Nicholas (CTS) and Alexander South (WA/WAIS) – (4),3,4,4,3 – 4th
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