Wearn Leads European Laser Championships
Sailing | Published:
Thu 10 May 2018
Matt Wearn has taken the lead at the mid-way point of the
European Laser Championships currently being held in La Rochelle, France.
The Australian Sailing Team member enjoyed a faultless
third day to record two further race wins which sees the 22 year-old currently
holding five race wins and discarded second place.
Fellow West Australian Luke Elliott is in eighth place
overall and has been in good form over the opening days of competition.
Australian laser coach Michael Blackburn summed up a
mixed day for his squad.
"We had two moderate wind races today,” Blackburn said.
"Wearny sailed well to another two wins. In a different
fleet, in the first race, TB (Tom Burton) got caught up in a large pack of
boats over the line and picked up his second black flag.
"He rallied and won the next race. He'll be able to drop both
BFDs after 10 races, but is under heavy pressure for the finals, which start
Burton is currently ranked 37th.
Wearn’s strong form at the European Championships comes after
his recent acknowledgement at the WA Sailing Awards which recognised him as the
WA Male Sailor of the Year.
470 sailors Nia Jerwood and Monique de Vries shared the
crown of WA Female Sailor of the Year, whilst Rome Featherstone scooped the WA Youth
Sailor of the Year.