The 2019 Bermuda National and Open Championships concluded on the Great Sound and the Hamilton Harbor as one hundred and eighteen young sailors took to the waters for the final day of racing.
Christian Ebbin was crowned the Bermuda Optimist National & Open Championships Champion on the Great Sound as his strong performances in 2019 continued.
Ebbin led after the opening day that saw the sailors race four races, and another four races took place today as Ebbin won the first three races of the day and then finished 6th. He finished with 11 Net Points, 10 points ahead of the second place finisher Freddie Parkin who had 21 Net Points and Tyler Lamm was third with 30 Net Points.
Nicole Stovell was the Female Champion on the Great Sound after finishing 14th overall with 87 Net Points, the second female finisher was Laura Hupman who was 16th overall with 96 Net Points and the third female finisher was Bella Shakespeare from the USA, she was 19th overall with 116 Net Points.
The Green Fleet was won by Oliver Soares with 17 Net Points, but he finished with the same Net Points as Cody Rans. Soares in the four races on the day on the Hamilton Harbor had finishes of 2nd, 8th, 3rd and 7th, while Rans won the first two races of the day, he then finished 4th and 16th. Shiloh Cruickshank finished third in the Division with 21 Net Points.
Arabella Parker was the top female finisher in the Green Fleet with 65 Net Points finishing 7th overall. Kenya Gannon-Trott was the second female finisher and 11th overall with 84 Net Points and the third female finisher was 12th overall Madeleine Doyle with 88 Net Points.
The 2019 Bermuda National and Open Championships got underway in the Great Sound and the Hamilton Harbor as one hundred and eighteen young sailors took to the waters.
Christian Ebbin is leading the Championship Fleet after 4 races in the Great Sound. Ebbin has 8 points, this after finishing 3rd in the first race, second in the second race, second in the third race and winning the final race of the day.
Magnus Ringsted is in second he has 15 points, he recorded finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 4th and Jaspar Niellsen from the Cayman Islands is third with 18 points.
Oliver Soares has 5 points after four races and leads the Green Fleet in the Hamilton Harbor, Soares won the first two races, before finishing second in the third race and then he won the final race of the day.
Cody Rans is in second with 11 points and Shiloh Cruickshank is third with 14 points.
Due to the inclement weather Day One of the 2019 Bermuda National and Open Championships was called off.
One hundred and eighteen young sailors will take to the waters of Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound for a now two day event.
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Bermuda National and Open Optimist Championships
One hundred and eighteen young sailors will take to the waters of Hamilton Harbour and the Great Sound this weekend to compete in the 2019 PwC Bermuda National and Open Optimist Championships.
Competitors, ranging in age from 8-14 years, will be representing Bermuda’s major sailing programmes, in addition to 28 sailors from overseas, including 21 from the US, five from Canada, one from the Cayman Islands and one from the United Kingdom.
“One of the goals of the event is to bring the world to Bermuda, so that our sailors can experience a high level of competition without having to go overseas,” says Dede Cooper of the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA).
The standard is indeed high with fourteen of the US sailors representing the US National Team while the lone British sailor is the reigning UK National Champion.
“The US National Team uses our regatta as one of their four team practices and that speak volumes for how highly they regard Bermuda for the high level of competition as well as a sailing venue,” says Cooper.
This year’s regatta is hosted by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) and runs from Saturday, November 9th through Monday, November 11th with racers competing in either the Championship Fleet, in the Great Sound, or the Green Fleet, in Hamilton Harbour.
The event requires extensive logistic coordination including relocating virtually every Optimist on the Island to the RHADC plus, through the support of international boat builders McLaughlin, importing 26 Optimists for the overseas sailors.
“"It's quite the logistical challenge requiring a large team volunteers and Club staff,” says Neil Redburn, the Regatta Chairman. “We need to distribute lunches, help the sailors rig their boats, and launch 118 Optimists. There are two race committees managing roughly 60 boats each, recording the scores and making sure the sailors stay safe and have fun. And then we do it all again on Sunday and Monday!"
The Championship Fleet features the more experienced and competitive sailors, with the top 10 local racers qualifying to represent Bermuda at the South American Championships in Argentina next year.
Meanwhile, the Green Fleet serves as an introduction to racing for sailors who are newer to the sport, with the focus more on learning and having fun than competition.
“Opti Nationals” kicks off with registration and a pasta dinner for all the sailors on Friday evening at the RHADC and culminates with a prize giving on Monday afternoon.
“We’re looking forward to being the host club this year and welcoming the sailors and parents from all Bermuda’s sailing programmes and overseas,” says Willie Forbes, the RHADC Commodore. “The young sailors, and volunteers, will all be pretty tired at the end of it but they will have a lot of fun.”
Sunday, November 03, 2019
Evans Finishes 5th in New South Wales Championships
It was yet another day of testing conditions, as Rockal Evans came off the water after Day Two of the New South Wales Finn State Championships in 5thd place.
Two more races were staged on Day Two with the Regatta ending after 4 total races.
Evans finished the first race of the day and the third of the Series in 6th and then finished 5th in the second race, to end the Regatta with 23 Points.