Evans endures mixed fortunes
Bermuda’s Rockal Evans had to settle for a 63rd finish overall at the Finn Open European Championship in Athens, Greece.
Evans endured mixed fortunes throughout the six-day event, to finish with an overall total of 471 net points.
The 30-year-old kicked off the competition with a 71st position out of the 84 competitors before making vast improvements over the next three races sealing a 56th, 55th and event-high 54th placing. A 57th-place finish in race five, was followed up finishes of 66th, 61st and 68th in races six to eight, before finishing up the regatta with an equalling best 54th-place finish in the final race.
Giles Scott, of Britain, took the overall honours to secure his third European Finn title after holding off world champion Zsombor Berecz, from Hungary, on the final day of the championships.
Andy Maloney, from New Zealand, took second overall, while Berecz took third and European Silver. Fifth placed Nicholas Heiner, from Holland, took the European bronze medal while Joan Cardona, from Spain, won the Under-23 European title.
On his success Scott said, “It wasn’t really the plan, but the medal race entailed me and Zsombor going at it a little bit, in a bit of match race which was good fun. Fortunately I managed to get the better of him after the first cross.
“Zsombor was the only guy that could beat me, so I felt I had to go and be aggressive. It’s never nice sailing someone out of a position they had fought hard to be in but you have to work hard to protect your own position.
“I like to think we are all good sportsmen and respect each other well, and I’ve also got a lot of respect for the week that Zsombor and Andy have put together. They are very deserving of the medals they got.”
On winning his third European title Scott added, “It’s a great place to be. Winning a third title is amazing, but ultimately it’s all about what is happening in 18 months time. Every event and every training is trying to build towards that, so this is one little step along that journey to the Tokyo Olympics.”
“It’s great to come here and great to win but always a lot of work to do.