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Sailor Stan continues to rule local seas

Promising Bermuda sailor Sam Stan claimed the Gold Fleet title in the Winter Series at the weekend.

Stan, from the the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) dominated the fleet winning by an impressive 40 point margin over Rory Caslin. Antonio Bailey finished in third place, 15 points behind Caslin.

A total of 40 races were sailed with sailors allowed to drop their seven worst races.

In the 30 race Silver Fleet, James Amaral was the clear winner with 39 points followed by Peter Dill in second with 54 points and Matilda Nicholls in third place with 91 points.

Amaral and Dill have been invited to move up to the Gold Fleet for the Spring Series after showing solid results throughout the winter. Part of the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) Winter Series has also been used for the North American Championship team trials.

A total of 15 races of the Winter Series and five races of the Spring Series will form the trials and will determine which seven sailors qualify to represent Bermuda at the IODA North American Championships in Long Beach, California, this June.

Stan is the current leader with 25 points followed by Ceci Wollmann in second with 38 points and Rory Caslin with 39 points.

The next four sailors are Chase Cooper, Michael Barit, Antonio Bailey and Mikey Wollmann. The final five races are scheduled to be sailed in May.

BODA Gold Fleeters Antonio Bailey, Makai Joell, Rory Caslin and Chase Cooper will soon be on their way to the IODA South American Championships in Algarrobo, Chile, from April 1424.

The sailors qualified in mid-February and will be traveling with high performance coach Zizi Stanuil and team leader Leslie Caslin.

Peter Dill (Left) and Winter Series Silver Fleet Champion James Amaral challenge each other during last weekend's racing in Bermuda.

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Published March 30, 2011 at 9:40 am (Updated March 30, 2011 at 9:39 am)

Sailor Stan continues to rule local seas

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