Rockal Evans continues to enjoy success Down Under
Rockal Evans enjoyed another fruitful weekend of sailing in Sydney, Australia.
The Bermudian made a perfect start as a trimmer aboard the 52-foot yacht, Gweilo, that claimed line honours and the IRC title on handicap in the seventh stage of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia 2021-22 Ocean Pointscore Series last Saturday.
Matt Donald and Chris Townsend’s TP52 completed the Port Hacking Race in 3 hrs 14 mins 5 secs to take victory after being pushed hard by rival David Doherty’s Matador in a close battle, which saw the two boats separated by just 49 seconds at the line.
“The race went as plan from start to finish to come out on top,” Evans told The Royal Gazette. “It was an offshore race that headed south of Sydney Harbour and I was on the aft grinding pedestal again trimming the main sail.”
Fourteen boats competed in the race down to Port Hacking and back contested in 14 to 16 knot breeze.
It is the second time in a month Evans has savoured victory with the team having helped them clinch division honours and finish second overall in the City of Sydney Cup, which forms part of the Australia Day Regatta, the world’s longest running annual sailing regatta.
The multiple Bermuda national champion’s weekend then got even sweeter after producing another dominant display competing in the Finn dinghy in the 2022 Woollahra Sailing Club Summer Series 24 the following day.
Competing in light and shifty breeze, Evans won the opening two races and finished second in the day’s third and final race in the single-handed dinghy, which his late grandfather Howard Lee represented Bermuda in at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
“Light and shifty conditions in Sydney Harbor; struggled to get off the start line in each race and had to come from behind to take two wins and a second,” Evans said.
“I was really happy with my results and how I managed to fight back each race to be in the hunt.”
Evans has now achieved five wins in the Summer series to date and leads the Spring Series by seven points over nearest rival Rob McMillan with two race days remaining.
He also clinched the bronze medal competing against Olympic and America’s Cup-calibre sailors in the International Finn New South Wales State Championship in Sydney Harbour last month.
It is the second time Evans has secured the bronze medal at the event having also done so in 2018.