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Challenging competition concludes Down Under

Campbell Patton clinched a top 10 finish as racing concluded at the Sail Melbourne International, Australia's premier Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta.

After challenging race disruptions over the four-day event, the youngster, making his second straight appearance at the regatta, sailed relatively consistent throughout to finish tenth overall in Laser Radial Fleet from a field of 34 competitors.

Patton recorded a ninth-place finish in the opening race, a disappointing nineteenth in the second race, before wrapping up in positive fashion with a series best sixth-place finish in the final race of the regatta to finish on 37 net points. Australia's Frazer Brew took top spot overall with an impressive net score of just nine.

Completing the Bermudian contingent competing at the regatta, hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, was Olympic hopeful Rockal Evans, battling it out in the Finn Class.

Having produced his best showing on day two, where he finished seventh, beating the likes of Olympic gold medal winner and America's Cup sailor Giles Scott, Evans found the going a little tougher on the final day to finish in 16th place overall from the field of 32 competitors with a net score of 91 after eight races in total.

World No 1 Nicholas Heiner, of the Netherlands, fresh off his win at this month's Sail Sydney Olympic Class regatta, showed exactly why he is the world's best by building on his early lead to take the overall victory with a net score of 25.

Steady sailing: Rockal Evans

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Published December 17, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated December 17, 2018 at 11:32 am)

Challenging competition concludes Down Under

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