Sailing: Hardy Autumn Junior Series Continues

November 1, 2013

The Hardy Autumn Series hosted by RBYC has now passed 60 entries across the Junior and Youth Classes. 40 Optimist sailors, 16 Laser sailors and 7 Byte sailors.

This weekend once again saw light winds make it hard for the Race Officer Jay Hooper to set fair courses. The wind died early afternoon in the Great Sound, so the decision was made to venture out onto North Shore, where 3 races were sailed.

The 18 boat Optimist Fleet was won by Matilda Nicholls scoring three 2nd places, Adriana Penruddocke was 2nd with Campbell Patton third. Today’s results moves Campbell Patton into the lead in the Series.

Overall standings:-

  • 1st Campbell Patton
  • 2nd Matilda Nicholls
  • 3rd George Buckley
  • 4th Adriana Penruddocke
  • 5th Florence Nicholls
  • 6th Adam Larson

In the 10 boat youth class, it was again Benn Smith who dominated the Byte fleet, with father Malcolm chasing him down all day in his Laser Radial. The Smith Family scored first place finishes all afternoon. However the first youth sailor on the Lasers Over all is now James Amaral after another consistent set of results. Ceci Wollmann is 2nd with Anthony Buckley 3rd.

Two time Optimist World Champion and BODA High Performance Coach Martin Jenkins is here in Bermuda Coaching the Bermuda Optimist Squad sailors during the Half Term week. “We had some great winds to train with in the morning; it was unfortunate the winds went light when we started the racing. We will have a good week now practicing together as a Squad.”

Principle Race Officer and former Olympian Jay Hooper worked his Race Team hard all day, the light and variable breezes meant a lot of course changes. “It is great to have so many volunteers helping put on this racing for the kids. The many smiling faces make it all so worthwhile.”

Racing continues next Sunday in the Hardy Autumn Series for Junior and Youth Sailors.

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