WA sailor Matt Wearn has secured his second major title
for 2018 after claiming gold at the European Laser Championships in France.
Heading into the medal round, Wearn had placed himself in
strong contention for overall victory following a successful week of fleet racing that had
included five bullets (race wins).
It was still all to race for however, with New Zealand’s
Olympic medallist Sam Meech and Cypriot World Champion Pavlos Kontides both
right on his hammer and capable of snatching gold in the medal round.
Having won the Trofea Princesa Sofia regatta in Palma
last month, Wearn proved it was no fluke, earning another race victory in the
final competition of the regatta – which included double points – to secure a
morale boosting win ahead of this year’s World Championships due in July.
Wearn said the World Championships are firmly in his thoughts
after a second title to finish his first international tour for the year.
"It feels great to get another win under my belt this
year, especially at such a big event,” he said.
"I still feel there is plenty of work to be done before
the worlds, but for now it’s time for a little rest before getting back into it
at home. Thank you to everyone for the support throughout the event.”
Fellow West Australian sailor Luke Elliott had a mixed
week, with early form and a top 10 position escaping him through the finals,
eventually finishing in 17th place overall.