Patton signs off in style Down Under
Campbell Patton ended the Sail Sydney Olympic Class regatta with a bang in Sydney, Australia, yesterday.
The 17-year-old won the final race of the eight-race series to finish sixth overall among the 27-boat Laser Radial fleet.
It was the second victory on the water for Patton, who completed an impressive comeback after making a slow start to the regatta earlier in the week.
“It was a great comeback and learning experience,” he said. “I finished sixth overall, which is a big improvement from the first day when I was sitting in sixteenth.”
Patton struggled in the light air conditions that prevailed during the opening two days of the regatta but eventually found his form once the breeze filled in on the iconic Sydney Harbour.
“The last two days have been opposite to the first two, and today [yesterday] was very similar to yesterday,” he said.
“I find that being able to be physical in the boat when the breeze gets up is a real weapon in terms of speed. My speed was great, so results followed.”
The son of Tim Patton, the multiple Bermuda Etchells champion, resides in Australia, where he is taking full advantage of the opportunities available to enhance his skills.
“Being in Australia is really great for my sailing because I can train against the top guys from around the world and still represent Bermuda,” Patton added.
Otto Henry, of New South Wales, was crowned the winner after topping the Laser Radial fleet ahead of Michael Compton. The overnight leader, Mara Stransky, took third place.
Rockal Evans, the only other Bermudian competing at the regatta hosted by the Woollahra Sailing Club, finished eleventh overall in the 26-boat Finn class.
He remained in the top half of the fleet all week and had a best showing of fifth in the fourth race of the eight-race series.
“I’m happy with my results and comparing from last year I can see improvements.” Evans, who is also based Down Under, said. Nicholas Heiner, of the Netherlands, claimed the Finn title ahead of Josh Junior, of New Zealand, and Britain’s Ed Wright.
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