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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Durham Talks to American Sailing Snapshot
Kelsey Durham was racing in Bermuda when the Commodore of the Manhattan Yacht Club noticed his ability on the water. In other words, Kelsey won a few races and soon Michael Fortenbaugh realized having Kelsey aboard Arabella, the flagship of the Manhattan Yacht Club, was a good idea.

Currently, Kelsey is part of the crew of Arabella as it sails around the British Virgin Islands. He lays out his plans for the immediate future

Durham does plan to return home to try and qualify for the 2020 Gold Cup

He has already participated in the offshore passage making course as Arabella traveled from Bermuda to the British Virgin Islands and he has been a crew member on a few ASA/Manhattan Sailing sponsored events.

Spend any amount of time with Kelsey Durham and you quickly realize that if you are in need of a skipper for an important sailing race, he is your man. Also, if you just need a hard-working, smart sailor nearby, there might not be a better candidate.

It is also clear that introducing young people to sailing early on will promote a lifelong appreciation for the sailing lifestyle.

“When I was six years old I participated in a non-profit program called the Whites Island Summer Day Camp in Bermuda. A typical day consisted of sailing and swimming located on Whites Island. My instructors saw my potential at a young age and furthered my access to the industry by introducing me to more opportunities.” Kelsey smiles the way a confident racer tends to do when he explains his beginning in the sport of sailing.

 
 
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Field of 16 Slated For King Edward VII Gold Cup

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The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s 70th Gold Cup for the King Edward VII trophy returns to its traditional format this year with a field of 16 crews plotting to win the venerable trophy and the lion’s share of the $100,000 prize purse.

Scheduled May 11th – 16th, the King Edward VII Gold Cup is the second World Championship-level event of the World Match Racing Tour’s 2020 calendar. Such designation affords competitors greater points on the world tour leader-board and their qualification towards the WMRT Grand Final.

Among the 16 entrants are three past Gold Cup champions, including reigning champion Ian Williams (Lymington, England), two all-women crews, including the World No. 1 and No. 2-ranked skippers, and three dynamite youth crews under 25 years of age, including the reigning Youth World champion.

“It was a club decision to increase the size of the field to 16,” said event chairperson Leatrice Oatley, a Past Commodore of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. “We had a lot of interest expressed from potential competitors and after discussions with the PRO, David Campbell-James, from a scheduling perspective, it was decided the event could accommodate 16 teams. Everyone involved is very happy and supportive that we’ve expanded the event.”

Early entrants include three two-time winners: Williams, the reigning champion who also won in 2006, Johnie Berntsson (Stenungsund, Sweden), who won in 2008 and ’14 and who has also finished runner-up four times, and Taylor Canfield (Miami, Fla.), the 2012 and ’18 champion.

The all-women crews are led by World No. 1-ranked Pauline Courtois (Brest, France), who’s back for a second try at the Gold Cup after debuting last year, and World No. 2-ranked Anna Östling (Lerum, Sweden), a two-time Women’s Match Racing World champion (2014, ’16) who also placed 2nd last year in the Women’s International Match Race Series.

• Johnie Berntsson (49, Stenungsund, Sweden) – World No. 7 Open Match Race Rankings,
• Taylor Canfield (31, Miami, USA) – World No. 31 Open Match Race Rankings, 7th , two-time winner (2018, ’12)
• Pauline Courtois (30, Brest, France) – World No. 1 Women’s Match Race Rankings, 2nd King Edward VII Gold Cup
• Nicklas Dackhammar (30, Gothenburg, Sweden) – World No. 15 Open Match Race Rankings, 4th , 6th place 2018
• Nick Egnot-Johnson (21, Auckland, New Zealand) – World No. 2 Open Match Race Rankings, first New Zealand Match Racing Championship, Nespresso Youth Match Racing Championship and Match Race Germany
• Lance Fraser (26, Toronto, Canada) – World No. 38 Open Match Race Rankings, 6th
• Tom Grimes (21, Belmont, New South Wales, Australia) – World No. 18 Open Match Race Rankings, reigning Youth Match Racing World Champion, 1st King Edward VII Gold Cup
• Maxime Mesnil (30, Le Havre, France) – World No. 4 Open Match Race Rankings, 2nd King Edward VII Gold Cup
• Torvar Mirsky (33, Sydney, Australia) – World No. 27 Open Match Race Rankings, 5th King Edward VII Gold Cup, 5th place in 2019
• Eric Monnin (44, Immensee, Switzerland) – World No. 1 Open Match Race Rankings, 13th , 8th place in 2019
• Anna stling (35, Lerum, Sweden) – World No. 2 Women’s Match Race Rankings, World No. 36 Open Match Race Rankings, first King Edward VII Gold Cup, two-time Women’s Match Racing World champion
• Harry Price (24, Sydney, Australia) – World No. 5 Open Match Race Rankings, 2nd , 3rd place in 2019,
• Jelmer van Beek (25, The Hague, Netherlands) – World No. 11 Open Match Race Rankings, 1st King Edward VII Gold Cup
• Ian Williams (42, Lymington, England) – World No. 3 Open Match Race Rankings, 12th King Edward VII Gold Cup, two-time champion (2019, ’06), six-time Match Racing Worlds champion
• Patryk Zbroja (42, Szczecin, Poland) – World No. 9 Open Match Race Rankings, 1st King Edward VII Gold Cup, 2018 Polish Open Match Racing Champion
Saturday, February 08, 2020
Bermuda Optimist Sailors Conclude Competing in Argentina

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Bermuda Optimist sailors Rachael Betschart, Magnus Ringsted, Nicole Stovell and Christian Ebbin concluded competing in the Semana de Mar del Plata Optimist Sailing Regatta in Argentina.

A total of twelve races were sailed in the regatta with the sailors split into two Division, Ebbin, Ringsted and Stovell ended up competing in the Oro Flight, while Betschart finished sailing in the Plata Flight.

Ebbin finished in 5th place with 45 Net Points. Ebbin finished outside the top 7 only once, which was a Did Not Compete result in race three.

Ringsted finished in 16th with 126 Net Points, while Stovell finished in 58th place with 279 Net Points and Betschart came off the water winning the Division with 144 Net Points.
Friday, February 07, 2020
Bermuda Sailors Continue Competing in Argentina

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Bermuda Optimist sailors Rachael Betschart, Magnus Ringsted, Nicole Stovell and Christian Ebbin continued competing in the Semana de Mar del Plata Optimist Sailing Regatta in Argentina.

A total of three races were sailed on the day with the sailors split into two Division, Ebbin, Ringsted and Stovell are competing in the Oro Flight, while Betschart is sailing in the Plata Flight.

Ebbin move from 10th to 5th place with 41 Net Points. Ebbin finished 6th in the first race of the day, before finishing second in the second race. Ebbin closed out the day with a 3rd place finish.

Ringsted started the day in 29th and following 10th place finish in the first race of the day, a 12thd, and a 9th place finish saw him move up to 16th with 99 Net Points.

Stovell finished the Day in 64th place with 256 Net Points and Betschart came off the water in leading the Division with 141 Net Points.
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Bermuda Optimist Sailors Back in Action in Argentina

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Bermuda Optimist sailors Rachael Betschart, Magnus Ringsted, Nicole Stovell and Christian Ebbin got back on the water competing in the Semana de Mar del Plata Optimist Sailing Regatta in Argentina.

A total of four races were sailed on the day with the Bermuda sailors moving up the leaderboard.

Ebbin move from 65th to 10th place with 30 Net Points. Ebbin finished 7th in the first race of the day, before sailing to victory in the second race. Ebbin finished second in the third race of the day, before closing out the day with a 4th place finish.

Ringsted started the day in 38th and following Did Not Compete in the first race of the day, a 3rd, and back to back 4th place finishes saw him move up to 29th with 68 Net Points.

Stovell finished the Day in 51st place with 94 Net Points and Betschart came off the water in 69th with 125 Net Points.
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