Open Match Racing Worlds To Start On Monday

October 25, 2020 | 4 Comments

After a year in which many regattas were postponed or cancelled due to the novel coronavirus, the specter of International One-Design [IOD] sloops thrashing about Hamilton Harbour is welcomed by all associated with the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing Worlds, which begins on Monday [Oct 26] with gold and silver awaiting the winner at week’s end.

“Our schedule was affected quite a lot, like everyone,” said Eric Monnin of Switzerland, the world’s No. 1-ranked match racer and leading Bermuda Gold Cup veteran who’s making his 13th appearance. “We’ve done some sailing at home since June, but very little match racing. It’s very difficult to know where we stand with the others.”

In his first travel outside of Switzerland since the pandemic began, Monnin said he doesn’t feel threatened by the coronavirus.

“Everyone associated with the event had to get tested within one week of traveling to Bermuda and then again at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport upon arrival. All 69 sailors, race officials, umpires and support staff have tested negative with the regatta set to begin,” the organisers said.

“I’m impressed with the efforts, it’s above expectations,” said Monnin. “Here on the island, the testing is organized very well. It’s much better than I thought. We’ll see how the week goes, but I think we’ll show the world that if you do things responsibly, it’s possible to host a world caliber regatta.

“The prospect of having a world championship event is quite unique,” Monnin continued. “It’s been a long time since the world championship was one event in monohulls. That’s also why this event is so interesting for all of us.”

A look at today’s practice day:

The first warning signal is scheduled for 10.30am Monday morning with Monnin’s Capvis Swiss Match Racing Team taking on Bermuda’s 26-Kelsey Durham and his Triangle Racing Team. Sweden’s Berntsson Racing Team, led by Johnie Berntsson, a six-time finalist at the Bermuda Gold Cup, races top-ranked American Chris Poole’s Riptide Racing in Match 2.

Match 3 sees young Matthew Whitfield’s Dragon Racing Team of Great Britain racing Nicklas Dackhammar’s Essiq Racing Team of Sweden while New Zealander Phil Robertson and his China One Ningbao Team, the reigning world match racing champion, races Sweden’s Anna Östling’s Team WINGS, a two-time winner of the Women’s Match Racing Worlds, in Match 4

In afternoon racing, the Bermuda Gold Cup reigning champion Ian Williams’s Team GAC Pindar of Great Britain races France’s Pauline Courtois and her Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, the women’s World No. 1-ranked match racer, in Match 1. Match 2 sees Denmark’s Borch Racing Team, led by Jeppe Borch, square off against Jelmer van Beek’s Team Dutch Wave of the Netherlands.

In Match 3 the Mirksy Racing Team, led by Australian Torvar Mirsky, a past event and world champion, races Mati Sepp’s Gleam Energy Sailing Team of Estonia. The final match pits the Stars+Stripes Team, led by Taylor Canfield of the U.S., also a past event and world champion, against Lance Fraser of Canada in Match 4.

Bermuda Gold Cup/2020 Open Match Racing Worlds Crew List

  • Johnie Berntsson [48, Stenungsund, Sweden] – Berntsson Sailing Team, Crew: Herman Andersson, Anders Dahlsjö, Eric Malmberg
  • Jeppe Borch [23, Copenhagen, Denmark] – Borch Racing Team, Crew: August de la Cour, Seabastian Pieters, Nikolai Rasmussen
  • Taylor Canfield [31, Miami, USA] – Team Stars+Stripes, Crew:
  • Pauline Courtois [31, Brest, France] – Match in Pink by Normandy Elite Team, Crew: Cédric Chateau, Thierry Douillard, Sophie Faguet, Maelenn Lemaitre
  • Nicklas Dackhammar [30, Gothenburg, Sweden] – Essiq Racing Team, Crew: Nils Bjekås, Björn Lundgren, Jakob Wilson
  • Kelsey Durham [26, Smiths, Bermuda] – Triangle Racing Team, Crew: Alex Ellis, Charlie Lalumiere, Edward Lebens
  • Lance Fraser [27, Toronto, Canada] – Team RCYC, Crew: Andrew McTavish, Rob Scrivenor, Katrina Williams
  • Torvar Mirsky [34, Sydney, Australia] – Mirsky Racing Team, Crew: Nick Blackman, Kinley Fowler, Mal Parker
  • Eric Monnin [45, Immensee, Switzerland] – Capvis Swiss Match Racing Team, Crew: Simon Brügger, Hugo Feydit, Mathieu Renault, Ute Wagner
  • Anna Östling [36, Lerum, Sweden] – Team WINGS, Crew: Julia Lines, Annie Wennergren, Linnea Wennergren, Janel Zarkowsky
  • Chris Poole [31, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA] – Riptide Racing, Crew: Sam Barron-Fox, Matthew Cornwell, Chris Draper
  • Phil Robertson [33, Auckland, New Zealand] – China One Ningbao, Crew: Bradley Farrand, Peter Nicholas, Johanna Thiringer, James Williamson
  • Mati Sepp [52, Tallinn, Estonia] – Gleam Energy Sailing Team, Crew:
  • Jelmer van Beek [25, The Hague, Netherlands] – Team Dutch Wave, Crew: Robin Jacobs, Jorden van Rooijen, Rutger Vos
  • Matthew Whitfield [23, Plymouth, England] – Dragon Racing Team, Crew: Quentin Bes-Green, Max Brennan, Carson Crain
  • Ian Williams [43, Lymington, England] – Team GAC Pindar, Crew: Christian Kamp, Gerry Mitchell, Richard Sydenham

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  1. Liberty Liberty Liberty says:

    Good luck Kelsey! It’s not going to be easy, but you can do this!

  2. John doe says:

    No around the island boat race but they having this. Hope a storm comes again

  3. John Doe says:

    So they can’t have the event

    • Ringmaster says:

      What childish and stupid comments. Who decides what events can take place? PLP Ministers. Go complain to them.

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