Wally Foreman Foundation scholarship holder Matt Wearn has won the laser title at the Hyeres World Cup event in France with a dominant campaign that saw the 23 year-old win eight of 12 races.
Wearn was in a class of his own in the strong breezes of Hyeres and had the regatta victory sewn up in advance of Saturday's medal round, which he went on to win in any case.
He finished the week on 16 points, well ahead of New Zealander Sam Meech (49) and Australian Tom Burton (55).
Wearn said the result would build confidence ahead of an important year.
"It's nice to get a win under my belt in 2019 and relieve a bit of pressure. It always looks good to have the ones (race wins) in the scorecard, it asserts that little bit of dominance," he said.
With a short turnaround ahead of the European Championships in Portugal this month, Australian Sailing Team coach Michael Blackburn emphasised the need for Wearn to stay focused.
"I think the laser fleet is still very open. Matt had a great regatta here but he knows he's only as good as his last race, and there's more to come in two weeks at the Europeans in Porto.”
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