Confidence soaring for Evans and Powys after Kiel silver

25 June 2014 / 18:42

Dave Evans believes he and 49er partner Ed Powys are timing their run of form for this year’s Sailing World Championships  to perfection after taking silver on the final day of the 2014 EUROSAF Champions Cup series in Kiel.

The duo went into the final three-race day for the skiff fleet in second place overall behind German hosts Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel, although a tough first race left them with little room for error in the points standings.

But despite some light winds, they held on to add Kiel Week silver to their victory on home waters at the Sail for Gold Regatta earlier this month.

And with their two main competitions of the season still to come in next week’s European Championships in Helsinki and the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander in September, Welshman Evans admitted it had been a timely result.

“It’s a massive boost for us – every team relies on confidence and I think for us it’s nice to know we’re going well and racing well,” said Evans, whose medal winning performance helped Great Britain secure the series’ top nation trophy for the second year.

“Last year we set off well but tailed off a little bit, and this year we’ve realised what we need to peak for. 

“It’s all about the Worlds and peaking for that. It’s nice to get some medals nailed in the build-up, and we’ve got the Europeans in a week’s time so it’s going the right way.”

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