Perfect sailing conditions enabled the 2010 RenRe Jr. Gold Cup organizers to easily complete 4 races today with time to spare. Northerly winds ranging from 14 - 18 knots made for quick races and the Race Committee ended up lengthening the course 3 times over the course of the day. They have subsequently amended the Sailing Instructions to allow more that 4 races per day to make up some of the races which were lost on the first day.
Odile van Aahnholt from the Netherlands Antilles (Curacao) was the shining star of the day with a fantastic four races scoring 1, 7, 1, 2 for the day. The "Dutch Pixie" sits in the lead with a slim 1 point margin over Diogo Pereira from Portugal. Christopher Williford from the USA is in third, 3 points off the leader while Rasmus Rosengren from Sweden is fourth. Local Favorite Sam Stan rounds out the top 5 and the podium is wide open with all of the top 10 able to utilize Saturday's enhanced 6 race schedule to make their move.
The local sailors challenged the visitors in the 31 boat fleet with some great sailing. The top 5 are Sam Stan in 5th, Antonio Bailey in 8th, Rory Caslin in 12th, Ellie Wollmann in 15th and Chase Cooper in 16th. Bermuda's sailors are using this regatta as their trials for choosing the 2010 World Championship Team so they are all fighting hard.
Saturday's forecast has the wind from the North at 10 - 15 knots which should bring another fine day of racing.
Complete results are available at http://www.bermudagoldcup.com/renre-jr-gold-cup-mainmenu-57/2010-results.html