Video: Sailors In SSL Gold Cup 1/16 Finals

November 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

[Updated] Bermuda’s team is back in action in the SSL Gold Cup taking place in Gran Canaria, Spain, competing in the 1/16 Finals. We will have additional information later on, and in the meantime the live video is below.

Update: Bermuda has concluded competition in this event. The organisers said, “What a scintillating Sunday we had lined up to conclude the SSL Gold Cup 1/16 Finals. With double points on offer everything was to play for, and Fleet 1 was set to be a thriller with three teams tied on points.

“Alas, the wind, or more specifically the lack of it, meant we had to wait, with hunger building, before the first course was served.

“A clean start for the fleet with Hungary managing to get their nose ahead of their competitors. Tahiti chose to tack away early, favouring the right hand side of the course, which proved to be a rare bad move, leaving them in an unfamiliar position at the back of the fleet.

“The Hungarian ‘Shamans’ took full advantage of their excellent start, controlling the fleet behind them with well placed covering tacks to round the windward mark a healthy 27 seconds ahead of the Bermudan ‘Privateers’, the Finnish ‘Northern Magic’ 13 behind them and the Tahitian ‘Black Pearls’ a further 15 seconds adrift.

“At this point ‘The Black Pearls’ will have been cheering ‘The Shamans’ on, buoyed by their huge lead, as if they won it would ensure both teams progress to the 1/8 Finals thanks to their superior points tally going into the golden double points race. ‘The Privateers’ and ‘Northern Magic’ needed a win, with Tahiti remaining last, to qualify themselves.

“The Shamans’ weren’t about to oblige either Finland or Bermuda’s wishes, sailing a perfect race to win ahead of ‘Northern Magic’, with ‘The Black Pearls’ finding more breeze offshore on the final downwind leg, to overtake ‘The Privateers’.

“Joy for Hungary and Tahiti, sorrow for Finland and Bermuda.”

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