By Laurie Fullerton
Hamilton, Bermuda, Oct 2, 2013- A fall classic returns to Bermuda’s shores on Oct. 10-13 with the 11th annual RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup - a championship of champion’s event for the world’s top Optimist dinghy sailors. With 13 international champions from 17 countries overall, the world’s best will compete in a regatta that includes some 40 Bermudians ranging in age from nine to 15.
The RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup, held at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club ,not only offers many young Bermudians their first taste of international competition, this event is clearly emerging as fertile ground for future world-class sailors. Because it coincides with the Argo Group Gold Cup – the penultimate race on the World Match Racing Tour – the youngsters meet, watch and learn from the best match racing sailors competing today. And many are in fact alumni of past Junior Gold Cup’s including 2012 Gold Cup winner Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands who is returning this year to defend his title.
This event is key to Bermuda’s sailors in that it gives them international experience. They are training in excellent sailing conditions all year round together with experienced, qualified coaches, but lack an extensive and varied group of other Optimist sailors to race against. It is always a huge learning curve for a young sailor to have the chance to line up against some top-level sailors from other nations.
By Laurie Fullerton
Hamilton, BERMUDA: Oct. 7, 2012- Hamilton harbor set the stage for the final race of the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup today. Swiss sailor Damian Suri besting the fleet of 38 international and Bermuda sailors to win the 10th anniversary Renaissance Re trophy for his first place finish today.
Suri had a fantastic race in front of a huge spectator fleet. The race also featured sailors like American Audrey Giblin and Bermudian Chase Cooper very much in the hunt finishing in the top five today.
The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup, the overall top prize, went to Douglas Elmes of Ireland who won it after 11 races with 50 points. Second place finisher Tomas di Luciano of Argentina had 54 points.