Nicolosi becomes first female winner
Mia Nicolosi made history in the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup at the weekend.
The St Thomas sailor became the first female to clinch overall honours at the regatta, which concluded in light and tricky conditions in the Great Sound on Saturday.
Nicolosi, 13, led throughout the four-day regatta to finish comfortably ahead of nearest rival and top male finisher Adrian Surocca, of Switzerland, and go one better than last year’s second-place finish at the same event.
“It’s good to do even better than I did last year,” she said. “I’m glad I’m getting better.”
Tom Clarke, the principal race officer, added: “Mia was dominant this year, she was the most consistent by far.
“If you look through the fleet, there’s a really good gender balance between the Bermudians and the international kids, which is a great thing.
“We had terrific winds the first two days, pushing the limits of the kids and tiring them out, but they persevered. And the last couple of days have tested their limits on the other side because it’s been light and shifty. It’s really impressive, the depth of the fleet.”
Roko Mohr, of Germany, finished third overall.
Second female finisher was Rebekka Johannesen, of Denmark, followed by Colleen O’Brien, of the United States, in third.
Azhai Smith topped the local leaderboard and was eighth overall with two firsts under his belt.
“It feels good, very good,” Smith said. “I think this is the best I’ve ever done. I didn’t think I was going to be able to [hold my own].
“This definitely makes me want to train harder and do even better. I’m looking forward to the next regatta.”
Christian Ebbin finished eleventh overall, with Jordan Etemadi, grandson of late Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore Jordy Walker, placing fourteenth.
Leyli Walker, granddaughter of the late Walker, was the top local female and 26th overall followed by Genevieve Lau, in 32nd, and Laura Hupman who finished 34th. The regatta was contested in the Optimist dinghy and featured 41 sailors of varying ages from 15 different countries.
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