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Evans drops two places in the ISAF 49er class.

Byline: Gareth Griffiths

CARDIFF sailor Dave Evans happily took what he was given at the ISAF SailingWorld Championships as the 49ers fleet slowly but surely started to heat up in Australia.

Following a failure to get three races in on Wednesday, skipper Evans and crew Ed Powys had to complete the solitary race on what was supposed to be their lay day yesterday.

However it didn't bother Evans too much as he recovered from a poor start to end the only outing in 10th and still in the top 10 overall - albeit a drop from fourth to sixth.

But having feared the worst after a bad getaway off the line Evans, who in lying sixth is just eight points off second, refused to complain at the result he posted.

"Considering the start we had, if you had told us we would have got that result we would have been pretty happy," said Evans, who will face the normal three races today.

"Tenth is a good solid result for us but we still have boats in front of us that we wanted to beat, we didn't do a lot wrong but one missed shift and five boats go past.

"It does feel quite strange to do one race and normally at our 49er World Championships you don't have lay days so it was quite a novelty for us potentially having one.

"It is good to keep it all going as you have got your routines already in place and you can carry them on whereas with a day off you are sat there wondering what to do."

Meanwhile, fellow Welsh sailor Hannah Mills had her rest day as planned after the two scheduled women's 470 races went ahead - her and Saskia Clark 13th and third to now sit seventh.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 16, 2011
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