BODA National Squad Sailors Surge Into Top 10

October 27, 2017

Another tough, breezy day on the Great Sound along with a few scattered rain showers did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 38 RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup sailors.

Upon completion of six races, and at the halfway mark, Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association [BODA] National Squad sailors Magnus Ringsted, Sebastian Kempe, Ahzai Smith and Christian Ebbin are currently in the top 10 positions in the regatta.

BODA Vice President Somers Kempe said, “I am very pleased to see the progression of the Bermuda sailors. The sailors have been travelling overseas and training very hard with their high performance international coach and while the regatta is not over yet, their results show the potential of the BODA National Squad to compete at a higher international level than in the past few years.”

The 2017-2018 BODA National Squad is Magnus Ringsted, Sebastian Kempe, Ahzai Smith, Christian Ebbin, Nicole Stovell, Laura Hupman and Rachael Betschart. Current top Bermuda female sailor Nicole Stovell is new to the Squad and BODA is very pleased to see her position thus far as 4th girl and 16th overall.”

Magnus Ringsted, currently in sixth overall, said, “I like sailing in a strong breeze so these conditions have been pretty good. I’m looking forward to two more days of sailing against some great sailors”

While the Bermudians were putting on a good show and rising upward, Jose Rother of Argentina was flawless winning all three races today and two by a large margin.

Close on his heels is Santiago Pacheco of Uruguay in 2nd and in 3rd overall is Calle Lagerberg of Sweden. Top female sailor is Antonia Schultheis of Malta while younger brother Richard is in 4th overall.

Weather conditions are supposed to change today which may see a shake-up of the leaderboard. Potentially the breeze may drop down to 5-10kts which will favour the smaller sailors in the fleet.

Three more races are scheduled for tomorrow before Saturday’s team Race Championships in Hamilton Harbour and a final three fleet races scheduled for Sunday.

Top 10 are Jose Rother from Argentina, Santiago Pacheco from Uruguay, Calle Lagerberg from Sweden, Richard Schultheis from Malta, Fltecher Walters from Australia, Magnus Ringsted from Bermuda, Sebastian Kempe from Bermuda, William Pank from Great Britain, Ahzai Smith from Bermuda and Christian Ebbin from Bermuda.

The full provisional RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup results follow below [PDF here]:

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