England’s Peckham claims Race Week’s Vrengen Gold Cup
Frequent visitor Giles Peckham clinched the Vrengen Gold Cup on the final day of the 2013 Bacardi Bermuda International Invitational Race Week (BIIRW).
The English skipper lifted the coveted showpiece after winning the overall series for the International One Design (IOD) by a comfortable 11-point margin over nearest rival John Burnham and co-skipper Peter Rugg. Norway’s Jan Petter Roed rounded off the top three.
Peckham, who is a multiple Vrengen Gold Cup winner, was the most consistent skipper during the 13-race series, posting seven top three finishes, including three bullets.
The Daring fleet skipper won the seven race ‘A’ Series while the team of Burnham and Rugg won the six race ‘B’ Series.
Patrick Cooper was the top local skipper in the IOD fleet and fourth overall. Cooper managed five top-three finishes that included a bullet in the penultimate race of the overall series.
George Cubbon, who is competing in next month’s 645-mile Marion to Bermuda Race, was the only other local skipper in this year’s BIIRW IOD fleet. Cubbon finished sixth overall. He managed four podium displays, including a bullet in race 10.
Ludvig Daae won the only official race sailed in the IODs in the Great Sound yesterday. Burnham and Rugg were second followed in third by Paul Manning.
Meanwhile, Mark Watson III has been declared winner of the KF Trimingham Trophy in the Etchells fleet that completed their 12-race series on Wednesday.
Watson claimed bragging rights following a lengthy protest hearing.
Sean Evans was this year’s top sailor in the Laser fleet, the team of Stevie Dickinson and Pat Young retained their BIIRW title in the Comet fleet while honours in the J105 fleet went to skipper James MacDonald. Promising youngsters Chase Cooper (Gold Fleet) and Jay Hall (Silver Fleet) reigned supreme in the Optimist fleet.
This year marked the first time the Optimists have appeared in BIIRW. Optimist sailors competed in a sister regatta dubbed the Alternative Energy Systems (Bermuda) Ltd Optimist BIIRW.