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Patton makes steady progress at Etchells Worlds

Tim Patton continued his steady form at the Etchells World Championship 2012 in Sydney, Australia yesterday.

The Bermuda Sailing Association (BSA) president finished 36 and 35 in yesterday’s two races, the third and fourth of the regatta, to remain 40th in the overall 74-boat fleet.

Patton and crew Roley Lenox-King and Andrew Cooper have been a model of consistency so far in the nine race series and will undoubtedly be looking to remain on par or do even better when racing resumes today off Sydney Heads.

The team have placed as high as 35th and finished no lower than 44th so far Down Under.

“The competition is incredibly deep,” said Patton, who is making his 24th appearance at the Etchells World Championships this year. “so a mid-fleet finish would be great.”

The Bermudian sailor’s best finish to date at the Etchells World Championship arrived at the 1988 event held in Perth, Australia where he placed fourth overall.

Also competing Down Under this week is Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) sailor Mark Watson.

The Argo Group CEO and Newport Bermuda Race veteran slipped ten places down the leader board from 44th to 54th after posting finishes of 41st and 65th in yesterday’s races.

Watson began the world-class regatta on a high after finishing 24th in the opening race but has been unable to maintain that solid form ever since.

But with six races remaining the RBYC skipper still has time to turn his fortunes around and finish the regatta on a much better note.

Racing resumed yesterday after being abandoned the day before due to large seas and heavy winds that were deemed unsafe for the Etchells fleet.

However, competitors were greeted by calmer and more favourable conditions yesterday.

Aussie Tom King currently leads the Etchells fleet Down Under ahead of compatriots Jud Smith and previous leader Graeme Taylor.

In fourth is legendary Australian skipper and past Etchells World Champion John Bertrand.

Bertrand rose to sailing fame after skippering Australia II to victory in the 1983 Americas Cup to put an end to 132 years of American dominance in the match racing spectacle.

The Etchells World Championship 2012 is being hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron as part of the club’s Sesquicentenary celebrations.

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Published February 23, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 23, 2012 at 8:05 am)

Patton makes steady progress at Etchells Worlds

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