Sailing - Marzocchi, Govinden, Mathiot, D’Offay win series | 25 August 2020
Reigning Sportsman of the Year Rodney Govinden was the winner of the latest series of races in the Laser Standard class while Luca Marzocchi continued his domination of the Optimist category whereas Dean Mathiot was also superior in the 4.7 class and Loïc D’Offay triumphed in the Laser Radial category in the races that were held over the weekend.
Govinden had to battle it out once again with his twin brother Roy in the five races where he won four to claim the Hunt Deltel Laser Open category and he told Sports NATION it had been a good competition and that he had enjoyed himself with perfect weather condition in the absence of veteran sailor Allain Julie who has now missed the last two series of races to be relegated to third position.
Marzocchi outclassed his three opponents in the Mason’s Travel-sponsored Optimist competition as he triumphed in all his five races with Laurant Contoret second and Odysius Melanie was third overall.
Marzocchi told Sports NATION that he was very pleased with his performance.
“The competition went well for me and there was good wind and I worked hard to win all my races which is quite satisfying,” Marzocchi said.
Dean Mathiot pipped Ryan Alcindor for the SYA Cup in the 4.7 category as the races were quite tight in this class. Alcindor won three and Mathiot claimed two wins, but the latter just edged his rival by a point and the 15-year-old English River student said that he was determined to retain the three titles he won last season and has been regular at training as he wants to dominate this category.
In the Laser Radial category sponsored by Suns Excavation, Kenny Constance came good in the last five races which he won at a canter and was exceptionally happy with his performance on Saturday.
“I’m very satisfied with the races today as the wind speed was ideal and I could perform to my level compared to two weeks ago when I was not in the right shape and it has been difficult with work commitment,” Constance related to Sports NATION.
However, Constance was unable to retain the top spot after missing a couple of races in the previous series and it was Loïc D’Offay who was the best overall winner of the Laser Radial category whereas Dominique Labrosse was second and Constance was third overall.
The next races will take place in a fortnight and it will be the National Championships which will be held in the Victoria Harbour.