Sailing: Bermuda Optimist Nationals Underway

November 9, 2014

The Bermuda Optimist National and Open Championships got underway yesterday [Nov 8] at the East End Mini Yacht Club under blue skies with light breezes.

Leading the pack after day one for the Bermuda Nationals, and fresh off a 2nd place finish at the Jr. Gold Cup is Adam Larson, who won two of the four races sailed today. Right on his heels is Tayte Stefaniuk who just returned from an impressive 34th overall at the World Championships last month. In 3rd is Micah Thomas-Raynor.

Running concurrently to the Bermuda National Championship is the Bermuda Open Championship, which has 16 sailors from overseas entered including last year’s overall champion, Jack Corbett from New Jersey. Adam Larson is the leader in this regatta as well with 9 points followed by Emma Cowles with 16 points from Larchmont Yacht Club sailing here for the first time.

In third with 18 points is Connor Mraz, from New York who was the overall winner at the 2014 Canadian National Championships. Tied with him is Tayte Stefaniuk. Overall, it was a good day for the Bermuda sailors who fill 50% of the top 10 spots.

Also going on at the East End Mini Yacht Club is the Bermuda Nationals Green Fleet regatta, which is dedicated to the beginning racer and is sailed in the protection of St George’s Harbour. Twenty-one sailors including 3 from the United States are entered.

Racing continues tomorrow for all fleets with four more races scheduled.

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