THURSDAY, APRIL 26: Two-time IOD World Champion John Burnham took the helm again today and drove the Burnham/Rugg IOD team to a comfortable third-place finish in what was the last race of the seven-race IOD ‘A’ Series to take home the series silver. There are six races in the IOD ‘B’ series and then all 13 races are used to decide the overall winner of the Vrengen Gold Cup.
Bermuda’s Penny Simmons won the seventh race and jumped to second in the ‘A’ Series. He was followed Giles Peckham of Cowes UK who was just one point behind. Peckham had suffered with a seventh place in the seventh race after getting caught in the pin end crowd at the start.
Burnham said, “We were having fun out there. We’ve sailed together for a long time. The competition is very close in this fleet. We were leading a race today and missed a shift that set us back in fourth. It was very shifty all day.”
Peckham improved as the wind built to 20+ in the second and third races of the day as he got two bullets to set the pace for the ‘B’ Series. He is now five points ahead of Burnham/Rugg and eight ahead of Tyler Steel who sails for the N.E. Harbor, Main fleet.
“We finally got the hang of the shifts this afternoon, Peckham said. “Initially we were tacking on the shifts quickly and they would just keep on going. In the second race today we went all the way to the right hand corner, tacked and were lifted right up to the lay line.” Peckham and crew are five points ahead of the Burnam/Rugg team in the ‘B’ Series now but there are still four races scheduled for the IOD’s to make it complete.
Thompson Hangs on with One Point Etchells Lead
In the Etchells, Tim Patton with Peter Martin and Hal Kempe came back strong today after posting two fourth places yesterday. He had a second in the day’s first race and two firsts as the wind built to his liking.
The showing today wasn’t enough to take Patton past young Will Thompson, Somers Kempe and Adam Barboza. They posted a 1-2-2 today and lead Patton by one slim point 12 to 13 (low point wins). Great Britain’s James Hudleston/Valdimir Kolinchenko team stands a distant third with 28 points.
Etchells racing concludes Thursday. Two more races are scheduled to conclude the full slate of 11 races for that class.
Smith leads Lasers by Nine
On the laser course each race was a windward leg followed by a reach and a windward leeward on an offset course. Past Sunfish world champion Malcolm Smith continued to pace the fleet. He had a 1-1-2 on the day and continued to lead by nine points. Two-time Race Week winner Rockal Evans climbed back to second place with a 3-3-1 showing while Brett Wright dropped a notch with a 4-4-4 score today.
In spite of being OCS in a race he apparently won, Bermudian Owen Siess remained in fourth place. So Bermuda sailors still hold the top four places in the Lasers. Mark May from the USA replaced Tobin Young from Canada as the top visitor. May is in fifth place. Young had an OCS in race 6 along with Siess. Thirteen races are scheduled for the Lasers which have completed ten after today.
Bacardi’s Bermuda International Invitational Race Week action continues Thursday in the waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound with three races scheduled for Lasers and IOD’s and two for Etchells. Lasers and Etchells should conclude their scheduled races on Thursday. Only the IOD’s are scheduled for Friday if tomorrow goes as planned.
The annual event organized by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club will conclude Friday April 27. The Comets held all of their races on the opening Sunday with Stevie Dickenson and Patricia Young taking the silver. See http://www.biirw.bm/ for details, stories and photos.
Race Week got started Saturday evening with a welcoming reception for competitors, the race committee, sponsors and guests at Bacardi Headquarters. Tuesday night the social schedule continued as everyone was invited to the RBYC for a “Cuba Libre” buffet dinner at 6:30PM followed by a Bacardi DJ party on the club terrace. Prizes will be awarded Friday April 27th at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
The Bermuda Department of Tourism is the official host for Race Week, Yabsta provides event web hosting at http://www.biirw.bm/ and Bermuda Blue has provided regatta wear for event volunteers.
Inaugurated by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in 1927, Bermuda International Invitational Race Week presented by Bacardi has become an established international yachting fixture each spring - attracting top skippers from all over the world.
Bermuda Premium Spirits Limited, local distributor for BACARDI® rum, is the sponsor and has been for the past 13 years. All classes with an active local racing program in Bermuda may invite international sailors to participate in Bermuda International Invitational Race Week. International participation is required for a fleet to compete.