Evans finishes ahead of Olympic gold medallist
Rockal Evans produced his best showing so far on day two of the Sail Melbourne International in Australia yesterday.
The Bermudian and 2020 Olympic hopeful finished seventh in the Finn class, beating out the likes of Olympic gold medal winner and America’s Cup sailor Giles Scott along the way, to do his confidence the world of good.
“It’s not everyday you beat a Rio Olympic gold medallist Giles Scott and finish just behind world No 1 Nicolas Heiner,” said Evans, who sits in 15th in the standings among the fleet of 32, after three races.
The 30-year old’s impressive display was a good response after making a poor start to the Olympic class regatta the previous day.
“It was a better day and very encouraging,” Evans added.
The race committee could only complete one race yesterday because of poor light and shifty breeze on the waters of Port Phillip, Victoria.
“The race committee sent us back ashore because the breeze was too light and unstable,” said Evans, who is making his second straight appearance at the event.
“They sent us out again late in the afternoon for one race but the breeze never really picked up.”
World No 1 Heiner, of the Netherlands, who fresh off his win at last week’s Sail Sydney Olympic Class regatta, retained the lead in the Finn class despite producing his worst showing of sixth yesterday.
Also making their second straight appearance at the regatta, being hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, is Evans’s compatriot Campbell Patton, who is competing in the Laser Radial class.
Patton slipped from ninth to eleventh in the standings after finishing 13th among a fleet of 32 in the only race contested on the day.
The lead in the Laser Radial class swapped hands yesterday with Mara Stransky, of Australia, replacing overnight leader Maud Jayet, of Switzerland, at the summit.
Stransky, who also hopes to compete at the 2020 Olympics, took third place at last week’s Sail Sydney event.
The Sail Melbourne International, Australia’s premier Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta, concludes tomorrow.