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Patton builds healthy lead in Nova Scotia

Bermudian Campbell Patton is in complete control of the white fleet at the Canadian Optimist Championships in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia.

The 10-year-old is in first place in the Under-11s race, with a commanding lead over his rivals.

In all 13 of the Island’s sailors are taking part at the event, with Patton’s fellow Bermudians also putting in some impressive displays. Matilda Nicholls is lthird, followed by Camilla Chin-Guttet in sixth, George Buckley seventh and Macy Acardi eighth.

The heavier winds have been hard work for many of the Bermuda sailors who are normally sailing in the Bermuda Silver Fleet and Green Fleet.

However, after eight races, Bermuda Gold Fleet sailors Cecelia Wollmann and brother Michael, who have joined the Lake Ontario Optimist Team for their summer training, are still both well placed in the top 10 overall.

Michael Wollmann is second in the Blue FLeet (11-12 year olds), with Benn Smith eighth and Alice Reeves 11. Cecelia Wollmann is fifth in the Red FLeet (13-15 year olds), followed by James Amaral in 18, Peter Dill in 24, Christian Chin-Gurret, 25 and Kieran Swann 30.

“It is a wonderful experience for our Intermediate sailors to come to Nova Scotia and join in the Canadian National Championships, the conditions have been a bit wild at times, but it has been great character building stuff, which is exactly what we had hoped for,” Paul Doughty, the Bermuda coach said.

“If our intermediate sailors can achieve these results, just think what our stronger Advanced sailors could do had they all come to join the two Wollmann siblings.

“Bermuda Optimist sailing has enjoyed a strong revival these past 12 months and the future looks very healthy indeed.

“My fellow coaches in Bermuda should be proud of their accomplishments and hopefully this will give them added encouragement to keep up the good work.”

Michael Wollmann at the start of race nine yesterday afternoon.

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Published August 26, 2011 at 11:01 am (Updated August 26, 2011 at 11:00 am)

Patton builds healthy lead in Nova Scotia

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