The Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta in St. Thomas, USVI has kicked off with the annual SeaStar Team Racing event.
Bermuda is represented at the Regatta by twelve sailors that include Joe Arrowsmith, Sammy Dill, Izzy Dutranoit, Benn Smith, Charis Todd, Ceci and Mikey Wollmann, Antonio Bailey, Rory Caslin, Chase Cooper, Peter Dill and Makai Joell.
Fifteen teams were entered the Team Racing event including the Bermuda team heading to the Dominican Republic next month to compete in the Optimist World Championships.
Racing for Bermuda was Antonio Bailey, Rory Caslin, Chase Cooper, Peter Dill and Makai Joell.
The team started well winning their first 2 rounds before losing to LISOT (a US team from the East Coast) but bounced right back beating Puerto Rico and the local team from the Virgin Islands.
Next they faced the ever dominant USA Worlds team and were unable to overtake them. Overall Bermuda finished third for the day with the USA Worlds team in first and LISOT in second.
Coach Martin Jenkins said he was impressed by the team's efforts as they had never team raced together before and they got stronger as the day went on.
Next up for the sailors is Fleet Racing event with 97 sailors from 15 different countries.