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Logue and Caslin crowned champions

Will Logue and Rory Caslin are Bermuda Open and National Optimist Champions respectively after two days of intense racing in the Great Sound.

American Logue held off Justina Pacheco, the Domincan Republic national champion, to claim the Open title with the pair heading into the 11th and final race still harbouring championship aspirations.

The event, hosted by the Sandys Boat Club (SBC) and run in conjunction with the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA), saw a day taken off the schedule due to high winds from Tropical Storm Dean which slid by the island on Friday.

A total of 20 local sailors as well as the 34 foreign guests made up the record fleet.

Heading into the final day, Logue was the leader, sitting on 13 points after six races, two points ahead of Pacheco and three ahead of New Jersey’s Audrey Giblin.

The champion now adds the Bermuda Open to his resume that includes the US Team Trials championship as well as a runner up medal at the UK Nationals this summer.

Rory Caslin held off stiff opposition from Rory Caslin to claim the National title after the pair were separated by two points heading into the final day of competition.

Caslin sat on 39 points, while Cooper (39) Ceci Wollmann (51) were in hot pursuit of the top spot.

The tone for the two days was set in the opening race on Saturday, with race officer Peter Bromby handing out 14 black flag penalties in race one for boats who were over the starting line within a minute of the start gun.

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Published November 14, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 14, 2011 at 8:33 am)

Logue and Caslin crowned champions

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