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Monday, September 25, 2023
Greenslade Completes Gold Cup Field

The lineup for the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s Bermuda Gold Cup, a World Championship event of the World Match Racing Tour scheduled October 3rd – 7th, is complete with all 16 entrants confirmed.

Fourteen of the 16 teams were revealed in August with three-time defending champion Taylor Canfield, World No. 1-ranked and newly minted U.S. match racing champion Chris Poole, the reigning Open Match Racing World Champion Nick Egnot-Johnson, the reigning Women’s Match Racing World Champion Pauline Courtois, and the reigning Youth Match Racing World Champion Jeffrey Peterson highlighting the list.

The field was recently completed with the addition of Joshua Greenslade, winner of the Bermuda Match Racing National Championship, and Gavin Brady, a past America’s Cup tactician.

Greenslade won the Bermuda championship by defeating Kelsey Durham in mid-August, 3-1.

“It was a light air day,” said the 32-year-old Greenslade. “In the first two races, Kelsey got out in front of us but made a couple of mistakes that we capitalized on. He got away from us in the third race to win that one, and in the fourth race we played the shifts a little better and got in front and took it to the finish. It was a long, hot day and we were able to do just better than him and got the spot.”

Greenslade raced the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup 2003-06 and the Bermuda Gold Cup in 2013 but hasn’t been match racing much lately as he helps run the youth sailing program at Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. He plans to race with locals Dale Brangman (mainsail trimmer) and Ruiri Brown (headsails trimmer) and Peter Dill (bowman) of Michigan.

“We’ll get out there and see what we can do, hopefully cause some problems for the others,” he said. “You like to think there’s local knowledge in the harbor, but it’s very hit or miss. I just hope the wind’s good are not super weird either way. I hope that I can see something that no one else sees, but I can’t guarantee that.”

The 49-year-old Brady, who finished runner-up in the 2001 Bermuda Gold Cup and last sailed the event in 2005, gained entry through the Oakcliff International, the concluding event of the 2023 US Grand Slam Series (a series of four Grade 2 match race regattas in the U.S.). Brady’s True Blue Racing team lost the final to Poole’s Riptide Racing, but gained the berth because Poole is already entered.

“I’m still passionate about match racing but it’s been hard to fit in,” said Brady, who’s the tactician and organizes the crew for three racing programs. “I’ve spent a lot of time and effort on Maxi 72s, TP52s, Pac 52s, and MOD70s, but little time on my own skills. I thought it was time to hone my skills and it’s been great motivation. I’ve been having a great time doing it.”

The championship trophy for the Bermuda Gold Cup, the King Edward VII Gold Cup, dates to 1907 and is the oldest match racing trophy in the world for a competition involving one-design yachts and is one of the most coveted championships in match racing.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Wednesday Night Sailing Week Eighteen

A total of 26 boats went to the start line for race Day 18 of the Wednesday Night Sailing Series which starts and finishes in the Hamilton Harbor.

Crossfire was the first boat to cross the line clocking a time of 56:26, and with their corrected time of 1:02:15 saw them finish first on the night, Back in Black was the next boat to cross the line clocking 1:06:47, they would finish third on the night, with a corrected time of 1:03:12.

Menace with a corrected time of 1:02:48 were ruled second on the night, Airforce was fourth on the night with a corrected time of 1:03:43, and Falcon finished fifth on the night with a time of 1:04:18.

Click Here to see the Full 2023 Wednesday Night Sailing Race Eighteen Results

Saturday, August 19, 2023
Rodrigues & Ebbin Finish 38th in 29er European Championship
Paul Rodrigues and Christian Ebbin concluded competing in the 29er European Championship 2023 in Sweden.

Four more races was sailed in the Gold Fleet on the final day with the Bermuda pair falling eight places from 30th to 38th place with 265 Net Points.

they finished 26th in the first race of the day, before finishing 38th in the second race, and then 33rd in the third race, before closing out with a 28th place finish in the final race.
Friday, August 18, 2023
Rodrigues & Ebbin Continued 29er European Championship

Paul Rodrigues and Christian Ebbin continued competing in the 29er European Championship 2023 in Sweden.

Four races have been sailed in the Gold Fleet with the Bermuda pair moving up five place from 35th to 30th place with 140 Net Points.

Rodrigues and Ebbin have finishes of 40th, 22nd, 10th, and 17th.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Bermuda Sailors Continue World Championships

The Allianz Sailing World Championships in The Hague, Netherlands continued with Bermuda sailors taking to the water for two more races in the series making a total of eight races.

Sebastian Kempe, Benn Smith, Campbell Patton are competing in the ILCA 7 Men’s World Championships and Adriana Penruddocke is in the ILCA 6 Women’s World Championships.

On Day Five in the ILCA 7 Men’s World Championships, Kempe is leading the Bermuda fleet in 67th with 363 Net Points after finishes of 58th in the first race of the day and the seventh of the series, and 66th in the second race. Patton is in 90th, and Smith is in 121st.

Penruddocke came off the water in 83rd place, she finished 33rd in the first race, before finishing 18th in the second race, she has 250 Net Points.
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