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7 January 2013, 10:22 am
Burton Bosses Brunning At Australian Laser Championships
Tom Burton in control, once again
Tom Burton in control, once again

Australian Laser Championships
Tasmania, Australia

Tom Burton (AUS) bossed Ashley Brunning (AUS) at the Australian Laser Championships in Tasmania, Australia to claim the Laser title.
World #1 Burton was in control all week and notched up six bullets on his way to the title and finished ahead of Brunning in eight of the 11 races. The victory is Burton's second consecutive victory having won gold at ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.

Burton finished the regatta on 13 points compared to Brunning's 19 with Ryan Palk coming through in third on 31 points. The first youth sailor was West Australian Matthew Wearn who has moved up from the Radial to Standard.

Three straight bullets on the final day in the Laser Radial classes saw Tristan Brown wrap up the title. The 23-year-old Western Australian won nine of the 11 races, finishing with the river again swept by strong northerly winds, gusting to 35 knots and bringing 40 degrees of extreme heat.

Brown, a member of Perth's Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and the Fremantle Sailing Club, dominated the 71 boat Laser Radial throughout the regatta, run by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.

In the qualifying series, in which the fleet was split, he had six wins and two seconds and yesterday he won all three gold fleet races to decide the final places.

"It was a very hard regatta, the winds were quite strong at times and very shifty and it was the same today," he said after the final gold fleet race."We had heaps of wind for the final race.

Second overall in the Laser Radial class went to Victorian Tom Vincent and third and fourth to two other West Australians Mark Spearman, also a member of RFBYC and FSC, and Benjamin Walkemeyer, from FSC. Vincent, Spearman and Walkemyer were the three top youth sailors.

For Spearman it was another good result in his bid to again qualify to represent Australia at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Limassol, Cyprus.

"I won the Laser Radial gold medal at the previous Youth Worlds in Ireland and hope to do well in next week's Australian Youth Sailing Championships, also in Hobart. I got third in the open nationals and I aim to win at the youth nationals next week," Spearman said.

In the Laser 4.7 class Victorian Jack Felsenthal continued the winning form he has shown at the Audi Showdown, Sail Melbourne and Sail Sydney, winning six of the 11 races for a net 14 points, 18 points clear of WA sailors Conor Nicholas and Christopher Charwood.

Peter Campbell (As Amended by ISAF)
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