Patton and Evans to face world’s best in Melbourne
Campbell Patton and Rockal Evans will put their skills to the test against some of the world’s elite at the Sail Melbourne International which starts tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia.
Patton is competing in the Laser Radial and Evans in the Finn at the Olympic class regatta being hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club.
Evans is making his second straight appearance at the event and hopes to improve on last year’s mid-fleet showing.
“I did this event last year, so I’m looking to do better than before last year,” the 30-year-old said. “I finished ninth in a fleet of 18 but the fleet this year is larger and more formidable.”
Evans managed four top-ten showings in last year’s six race series won by Australian Olympic sailor Jake Lilley.
Likewise, Patton is also making his second straight appearance at the Sail Melbourne International having finished fourteenth in a fleet of 45 with a best showing of fourteenth at last year’s event.
The 17-year-old has plenty of momentum coming into the regatta after overcoming a slow start to finish sixth among a fleet of 27 at the Sail Sydney Olympic Class event last week.
“It was a great comeback and learning experience and I think I can be confident going into Sail Melbourne,” said Patton, who won two races in the eight-race series won by Otto Henry representing New South Wales.
Evans also competed at the Sail Sydney regatta where he 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 series, which was won by Nicholas Heiner, of the Netherlands.
Evans, who is bidding to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, and Patton are both based Down Under.
The Sail Melbourne International, to be contested in Port Phillip, Victoria, will be held from December 12 to 16 and is Australia’s premier Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta.