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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Bermuda Keelboat Regatta Set to Start

The November end of season international regatta, the Bacardi Keelboat Regatta (BKR), is back for another installment. The regatta will see three fleets racing in the Great Sound starting November 15th and concluding November 17th with Etchells, J105 and IOD Fleets taking to the waters.

Bacardi is once again the title sponsor with Bermuda Tourism Authority as a supporting sponsor. A spokesperson from Bacardi stated, “Bacardi has always been a strong supporter of sports and in particular sailing, both in Bermuda and internationally, and is very pleased to once again support this event. The international flavor of sailing competition and the natural comradery that goes with it resonates with Bacardi’s values. We wish all the competitors three days of great sailing in the pristine waters of Bermuda”.

Once again the Etchells will be using this event as their 2018 Nationals which is a qualifier for 2019 Etchells Worlds. The field should see tight competition between the five competitors: Joshua Greenslade (BER), Mark Watson III (BER), Tim Patton (BER), John Hele (CAN) and Peter McLennen (USA).

The J105 fleet is fielding its usual strong contingent of competitors with international helmsmen and crew hailing from the US and the UK paired with an equal compliment of local sailors onboard each boat. Most have participated in the event several times over the years annually yielding one of the strongest gathering of amateur sailors in Bermuda. The team of Peter Bromby and Chris Murphy remain favorites, but racing is again expected to be tight. There are seven J105s competing this year in a Bermuda Series where the Bermuda skipper drives, alternating races with the international skipper for the International Series and combined results for the AXA XL Overall Trophy. This regatta continues to be the class’s signature event of the season.

The IOD series continues to grow each year – there will be a total of nine IODs out competing for the Armada Jug. There will be 2 local skippers in the IOD fleet. Leading the group is the perennial fleet champion Patrick Cooper who is joined by veteran skipper Bob Duffy. Cooper won the event last year and will be looking to repeat. Making up the rest of the fleet are 7 overseas participants from the United States and Canada. Nick Schoeder from North East Harbor, Maine. Joining him from North East Harbor is Rick Echard, a frequent visitor to the Island and keen IOD sailor.

From Baltimore is Courtney Jenkins who has raced in Bermuda a number of times but is returning after an absence of many years. He will be among the favorites to win the event. However, the most experienced participant is Evan Petley-Jones from the Nova Scotia IOD fleet. He recently won the IOD class in Chester Race Week and will be hungry to add the Bacardi Keelboat trophy to his successes this year. There are a lot of newcomers this year: Manhattan Yacht Club, the newest IOD fleet are 2 competitors, Caner Dinlenc, Eivind Karlsen and Oliver Coolidge from the Nantucket fleet.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Bermuda Open and National Optimist Championships

The Bermuda Open and National Optimist Championship 2018 hosted by the Sandys Boat Club concluded in the Great Sound.

Local sailor Christian Ebbin was crowned the Champion among the 62 Championship Fleet, Ebbin had 5 wins out of the 8 races sailed during the opening two races started the final day with his worse finish crossing the line 8th, he would then pick up a 2nd place finish, Ebbin would then win the next race before closing out with a 2nd place finish to claim the title with 15 Net Points.

Another local sailor Sebastian Kempe finished in second with 32 Net Points and American sailor Cort Snyder finishing in third 40 Net Points.

Click Here to see the Full 2018 Bermuda Open and National Optimist Championships Championship Fleet Results

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Bermuda Open and National Optimist Championships

The Bermuda Open and National Optimist Championship 2018 hosted by the Sandys Boat Club are underway in the Great Sound.

Christian Ebbin is the Championship Fleet Leader after 8 races with 10 Net Points, Ebbin has 5 wins out of the 8 races sailed, Sebastian Kempe is in second with 20 net Points and Griggs Diemar is in third with 22 Net Points.

After Two Days of racing and a total of 8 races sees Jade Smith leading the Green Fleet with 19 Net Points, Owen Dibbley is second with 21 Net Points and Matias Drew is in third place with 22 Net Points.

Click Here to see the Full 2018 Bermuda Open and National Optimist Championships Green Fleet Results

Click Here to see the Full 2018 Bermuda Open and National Optimist Championships Championship Fleet Results

Sunday, October 28, 2018
Argus International Gig Regatta 2018

The Argus International Gig Regatta 2018 saw 17 pilot gig crews rowing against each other at three events held around the island over the past week. This is the Bermuda Pilot Gig Club's second International Rowing Regatta and organizers thanked all of the sponsors, community supporters, BPGC members, and volunteers who made it all possible.

Day Two of racing was moved to North Shore off of Admiralty House Park due to strong SE winds but that did not deter the crews or spectators who had a great view as each gig jockeyed for position around the course with three buoy turns and a final leg straight into 20 knot winds. These traditional pilot gigs can handle rough seas but they require a coordinated and strong crew to get them moving quickly in such conditions.

The Ladies' crews took to the waters in the first two heats of the day which led to six teams qualifying for a very exciting final. The SPBC Salty Sirens were second around the first turn in the final, but overtook the ladies from Cotehele Quay shortly after and led the rest of the way around the course.

The Men's crews closed out the day of racing with a timed start based on the results of their first race of the day. Team Jurassic held off the SPBC Wonder Stroke crew for the final race but the Wonder Strokes took home the winning trophy for the Men's Division.

Overall Ladies' Standings:

1st - SPBC Salty Sirens

2nd - Cotehele Quay Rum Runners
3rd - East End Gigglers
4th - SPBC Nauti Gals
5th - Team Jurassic
6th - Jerry & the Pacemakers, Row Cornish, No Buoys
9th - Trian-Gals
10th - London Cornish
11th - Island Paradise

Overall Men's Standings:

1st - SPBC Wonder Stroke

2nd - Stragglers
3rd - Team Jurassic
4th - Rock Island
5th - Rowing Pains
6th - London Cornish
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Bermuda Sailors Conclude Etchells World Championships

The 2018 Etchells World Championships came to an end on the Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Australia.

The final two races of the 2018 Etchells World Championship saw Australian Martin Hill own the day with a 1st and 6th place finish to hold his lead and take the title with 46 Net Points. Sailing with Sean O’Rourke, Julian Plante, and Mat Belcher, Hill’s team averaged 10.6 points across the 9-race series to win by 17 over Mark Thornburrow from Hong Kong second with Matthew Chew from Australia two points further back in third.

The final day of racing saw officials able to get two races in, the Bermuda team of Tim Patton, Campbell Patton and Rockal Evans sailing Incentive finished in 75th place overall with 507 Net Points.

They would finish the first race of the final day in 78th and then they closed out with a 42nd place finish in the final race which was their best finish of the Regatta.

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