Wickwire on verge of another title
Peter Wickwire is on the verge of another Bermuda International Race Week title after a dominant display in the Great Sound yesterday.
The Canadian helmsman won both of yesterday’s races in the International One Design fleet and now leads both the B series and overall series heading into today’s final two races.
Overnight leader John Corby, of the UK Daring Fleet, is second in the B series, followed by Peter Rugg and John Burnham, of Fishers Island Yacht Club, in third. Rugg and Burnham are also second in the overall series with the second drop now in play, seven points behind leader Wickwire and his Chester Nova Scotia team-mates, with Bermuda’s Martin Siese third a further six points adrift.
Wickwire and his team-mates clinched the A Series earlier in the week. They had things all their own way in the day’s opening race contested in a six to nine-knot breeze, but were forced to play catch up in the second.
A slow start saw Wickwire and company round the top mark behind the lead bunch. But they managed to put their noses back in front after a executing a smooth gybe on the next leg and protect their lead.
“We have a seven-point lead already with two better drops so tomorrow,” said Wickwire, who won three race week titles between 2014 and 2016 and another as crew last year. “I think we have to have a strong first race and see how it goes.”
“The sailing was difficult earlier in the week. But in the two last race days we’ve really sort of picked up our socks a bit and had some great results and put a little more pressure on the competition.”
Wickwire pipped Siese for the A series title on a tie-break and also replaced the Bermudian at the top of the overall series leaderboard on day four of the regatta.
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