Patton produces best finish
Tim Patton will look to make further inroads when racing resumes at the Etchells World Championships in Brisbane, Australia, today.
Patton produced finishes of 51st, his best so far at the regatta, and 69th in the two races contested in ten knot breeze yesterday.
He climbed to 70th in an overall fleet of 94 and 48th in the 63-boat Master Division.
The multiple Bermuda national Etchells champion is competing in the one-design keelboat with teenage son Campbell and Rockal Evans, an Olympic Games hopeful for Tokyo 2020.
Mark Thornburrow, representing Hong Kong, leads the fleet after four races by a five-point margin over nearest rival Martin Hill of Australia. Matthew Chew, also of Australia, is a further seven-points back in third.
Another Bermudian competing Down Under is Jesse Kirkland. Kirkland, who represented Bermuda in the 49er class at the London Olympics in 2012, is competing as crew on board American Jane II, helmed by US national Etchells champion Scot Kaufman.
Kaufman’s team are 32nd overall and fourteenth in the Master Division with a best showing of eleventh. The championship will be declared official after the sixth race is completed, with teams allowed a discard after the seventh race.
The regatta, which finishes on Saturday, is being hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and boasts ten former winners, including American helmsman Stephen Benjamin, who is the defending champion.
Also among the fleet are America’s Cup winners John Bertrand and Grant Simmer.
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