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Burgess helps school win Leukemia Regatta

Local sailor Kyle Burgess helped Christchurch School claim overall honours at last weekend’s Leukemia Cup Regatta in Virginia.

The varsity skipper captured ‘A’ Division honours by a comfortable 16-point margin competing in the Collegiate 420 with female crew Annabel Carrington.

And they did so convincingly sailing in five to 16 knot breezes.

“We won every race and my crew Annabel did an amazing job throughout the entire day,” Burgess said. “The conditions of the regatta started off very light to moderate, the first two races of the regatta we were sailing in 5-7 knots of breeze. Throughout the day the conditions improved and the wind picked up to a breezy 12-16 knots.”

Victory in the ‘B’ Division landed the Seahorses overall honours.

“We were complimented by a very impressive performance in the ‘B’ Division by Christian Johannsen and Carter Little,” Burgess said. “The combined results of the regatta were totalled and we emerged with a first place finish. We won the regatta by 31 points.”

The Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, involving teams which fall under the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association umbrella, is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“Our league raised $6,011 which will go towards benefiting those and their families are being affected by Leukemia or Lymphoma,” added Burgess. “My high school, Christchurch School, received the award for being the top fundraising team in total we raised $3,063 toward the cause. We are very thankful for the friends, family and alumni who donated.”

Last year saw Burgess and Carrington helped the Seahorses clinch the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association State Fleet Racing Championship.

The Seahorses captain was also unanimously voted Sailor of the Year and named to the All-Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association (VISA) team for the second consecutive year.

“Kyle is the glue of the Christchurch Sailing team, always working to improve others as well as himself,” said Seahorses coach Isaac Clark.

* Reigning Argo Group Gold Cup champion Taylor Canfield will be back to defend his crown during this year’s Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT) sanctioned regatta.

The US Virgin Islands skipper won a maiden King Edward VII Gold Cup after besting past Gold Cup champion Johnie Berntsson (3-0) in last year’s final in Hamilton Harbour.

It was Canfield’s maiden Tour win which he followed up with another at the season ending Monsoon Cup in Malaysia.

Also confirmed for October’s Argo Group Gold Cup is 2007 champion Mathieu Richard (France) and Kiwi Adam Minoprio.

Regatta hosts Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) have extended automatic invitations to the eight AWMRT Card Holders while an additional eight invites went to top sailors in the ISAF Match Race ‘Open’ Rankings, past Gold Cup participants and skippers who have consistently sailed at a high level on the match racing scene over the years.

The winners of the Knickerbocker Cup, Detroit Cup, Polish Match event and Bermuda National Match Race Championship will automatically qualify unless they have already accepted an invite.

Those teams that have been initially invited have until April 26 to confirm their involvement. Following this date the Tour Card Holders’ entry will not be guaranteed.

The 2013 Argo Group Gold Cup will be held October 7-13.

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Published April 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm)

Burgess helps school win Leukemia Regatta

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