The ‘Trofeo Princesa Sofia’, the fourth of five ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, was the starting gun of the 2014 European sailing calendar.
After a week of tricky conditions a light morning northerly breeze picked up on the final day of racing ensuring a full complement of Medal Races across the ten Olympic events were completed.
The final day in the Laser fleet proved to be successful racing for Australia’s Laser squad coached by Sydney 2000 Olympic Bronze medallist Michael Blackburn with an Australian hat-trick in the medal race. Overall winner Burton took out first place ahead of his training partners AST sailor Mathew Wearn (WA) and Australian Sailing Squad’s (ASS) Ashley Brunning (NSW).
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne winner Tom Burton went into the final race in third position and led the Laser Medal Race from start to finish as he jumped up the leader board to claim gold.
Immediately after the race finish a delighted Burton said, ‘My goal coming here was to win. Two years ago I came third and last year I came second and I wanted to keep stepping it up. I was really disappointed to not win here last year with the points I had and I’m really stoked to win it now. ‘
‘My week wasn’t as consistent as I would have liked but the event turned out to be tough for all as most people had a few pretty big scores. We started off in some light and tricky conditions for the first few days of the event. I was a little inconsistent and found myself in 24th after the first day of racing.
But I had a good first day of finals to put me back in the game and was able to slowly pull my way back towards the top of the fleet. And after a really good day in the first day of finals in 20+ knots and some nice waves I was back in the game at the front of the fleet. It was a good week all round for our whole squad having three in the medal race and in most races an AUS guy was represented at the front of the fleet.’
Matthew Wearn (6) and Ashley Brunning (8) both finished in the Laser class top 10.