Kempe places sixth at Orange Bowl
Sebastian Kempe produced Bermuda’s best showing at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in six years.
The Saltus Grammar School pupil finished sixth in an overall fleet of 211 Optimist sailors and fourth in the 13 to 15 age group.
Kempe achieved four top-three showings during the 12-race series, including three bullets, giving him the early lead at the regatta, which finished on Sunday in Miami, Florida.
He remained in contention for honours before unfavourable light air conditions on the final two days took its toll.
“Very happy with my result given the light weather at the end of the regatta,” said Kempe, whose impressive showing was the best by a local since Chase Cooper finished eleventh at the Orange Bowl in 2012. “Great to end the year on a high note.”
Kempe’s finest moment of last year came at the Optimist North American Championship in Mexico in July, where he placed second overall.
Rachael Betschart was Bermuda’s top girl in Miami, finishing 66th overall, with P.J. Rodrigues finishing in 70th on her international debut.
Ethan Thompson, who came 116th, and Sophia Dias, 160th, were the island’s top performers among the boys and girls in the Silver fleet. Jack Adderley, who placed twelfth, and Ciarra Wells, 35th, were the top local boy and girl in the Green fleet.
Bermuda was represented by the largest contingent it has sent to the regatta hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club comprising sailors from the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, Sandys Boat Club and Visionary Sailing Academy.
Cort Snyder, of the United States, was the overall winner among the Optimist fleet, with compatriots Henry Allgeier and Brayden Zawyer claiming top honours in the Silver and Green fleets respectively.