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Evans steps up Tokyo bid with podium

Plain sailing: Rockal Evans, right, poses with his prize after his impressive display Down Under last weekend

Rockal Evans delivered a podium display at the New South Wales International Finn State Championship in Australia last weekend.

The Bermudian sailor finished third among the 15-boat fleet with three top three finishes, including a first in the penultimate race of the six race series.

Summing up the regatta, Evans said: “Day one was a bit of a shocker because I didn’t hit my performance targets and chose the wrong equipment to sail with that day.

“I was confident my training sail had some more life in it for the regatta, but I was completely wrong.

“I had no straight-line speed with the old sail and wasn’t happy at all, although I only had myself to blame.

“Day two, I was more prepared, sail-wise, with my newer sail that I only had used once before.

“I was confident that I would have better straight-line speed and that was all I needed to get better scores to end the regatta in third place.”

The podium display was Evans’s third in the Finn class.

Rafael Trujillo won the regatta hosted by the Cronulla Sailing Club with Jock Calvert finishing in second.

Evans moved to Sydney a year ago and will be based there for the next two years as he intensifies his qualifying bid for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The 30-year-old is vying for one of only three available Olympic spots from the North and South American region and competes in the same single-handed Finn class in which his late grandfather Howard Lee represented Bermuda at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976.

“The Finn is a very technical boat,” Evans said. “The rig tune-up and sail combination with the mast has to be perfect with your height and sailing style.”

The Finn first appeared at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, 1952 and is the most longstanding of any Olympic dinghy class.