Today’s racing featured the eight crews in the Repechage Round. Six crews already advanced to tomorrow’s Quarter-Final Round and two crews have been eliminated. That leaves the eight remaining crews sailing the Repechage Round on the waters of the Hamilton Harbor with the top two advancing to the Quarter-Finals.
The winds continued to blow between 5 and 10 knots from the west, the lightest conditions of the week.
Jeppe Borch’s Borch Racing Team and Johnie Berntsson’s Berntsson’s Sailing Team have advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup. Borch finished the Repechage Round with a 6-1 record while Berntsson posted a 5-2 mark.
They join Chris Poole’s Riptide Racing, Ian Williams’s Team GAC Pindar, Phil Robertson’s China One Ningbo, Torvar Mirsky’s Mirsky Racing Team, Eric Monnin’s Capvis Swiss Match Race Team, and Taylor Canfield’s Stars+Stripes in the next round.
After five flights of the Repechage Round Borch and Berntsson had the inside track to the Quarter-Final Round.
Borch had won all five of his matches while Berntsson was 4-1. Borch won a crucial match against Nicklas Dackhammar in Flight 5 while Berntsson defeated Dackhammar in Flight 4.
Those are important tiebreak victories for both skippers with just two flights remaining.
Dackhammar and Anna Östling were both 3-2 but needed victories in their final two matches as well as help from other crews in order to gain one of the two top spots. Matthew Whitfield was 2-3, while Mati Sepp, Jelmer van Beek and Lance Fraser were all 1-4.
Repechage Round Provisional Standings
1. Jeppe Borch, 6-1 2. Johnie Berntsson, 5-2 3. Nicklas Dackhammar, 4-3 4. Anna Ostling, 3-4 5. Matthew Whitfield, 3-4 6. Lance Fraser, 3-4 7. Jelmer van Beek, 2-5 8. Mati Sepp, 2-5