Hamilton, Bermuda (March 16, 2018): Stephan Baker representing the USA, is the pre-regatta favorite to win the 16th Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup when it starts May 9th. With four days of racing in this international invitational Opti regatta, three days are scheduled to be sailed in Bermuda’s Great Sound May 9th through May 11th. The regatta finishes on May 12th in Hamilton Harbour during an intermission in the finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup.
Stephan is no stranger to Bermuda as he collected the Bermuda Nationals Open Championship title in 2017, but he will be tested further this May going up against a world collection of top sailors all invited to sail against Bermuda’s best. Countries sending top sailors this year include ARG(F), AUS, DEN, ESP, POL, GBR(F), GRE, ISV, IVB, ITA, NOR, NZL(F), SWE(F), SUI, URU, USA.
The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup attracts a spectacular group of young international sailors to compete against Bermuda’s top Opti sailors. Bermuda National Champion Ahzai Smith should expect to do well, along with other Bermuda National team sailors Racheal Betschart, Christian Ebbin, Laura Hupman, Sebastian Kempe, Magnus Ringsted and Nicole Stovell.
Almost all overseas Opti sailors have now confirmed their invitations. The skipper’s ages range from 11-15yrs with four of the international sailors being girls and we have sixteen different nations from North America, South America, Europe, Oceania and the Caribbean represented.
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is proud to host this incredibly talented group of young sailors in Bermuda and thank Renaissance Re for making it possible.
The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup web pages may be reached by clicking on the logo or through the Renaissance Re Jr Gold Cup menu tab on the Argo Group Gold Cup home page www.argogroupgoldcup.com