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Aussie and Kiwi await local pair

Local Argo Group Gold Cup hopefuls Joshua Greenslade and Lance Fraser will be looking to get their campaigns off on the front foot in Hamilton Harbour tomorrow.

Fraser (Team Digicel Business) will face Keith Swinton (Australia) in his opening Group One round robin flight while Greenslade (Team Royal Bermuda Sailing Academy) will lock horns with Phil Robertson (New Zealand) in his opening Group Two flight.

Fraser, the youngest skipper in this year's Gold Cup fleet, is looking forward to his meeting with Swinton who is currently ranked fifth in the ISAF rankings.

“I've never raced Keith so that should be interesting,” Fraser said.

“I've known him for a few years from doing this event and he's a good guy and obviously a really good sailor from the Tour so it will be a tough race. “Hopefully we can put something together and get some momentum going for the rest of the day.”

Fraser is also scheduled to face Simone Ferrarese (Italy), Eric Monnin (Switzerland), and Adam Minoprio (New Zealand) today.

Greenslade, who is making his Gold Cup debut this year, also hopes to grasp some early momentum in his opening match-up with Robertson who is ranked 13th in the ISAF rankings.

“We're just going to go out there and try and execute and hopefully come away with a win and get the ball rolling in the right direction,” he said.

Greenslade will face past Gold Cup winner Ben Ainslie (England), Nicolai Sehested (Finland) and Bjorn Hansen (Sweden) in his remaining flights today.

Defending champ Taylor Canfield (US Virgin Islands) will open his title defence against Poland's Marek Stanczyk in his opening Group One round robin flight.

The forecast for today's start of the $100,000 Gold Cup calls for strong east-southeasterly breezes with stronger gusts around showers and a possible chance of thunder.

“It will definitely be breezy out there for the start and hopefully it's not too breezy where we end up with some damage,” said regatta chairman Brian Billings.

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Photo by Talbot Wilson

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Published October 07, 2013 at 6:27 pm (Updated October 07, 2013 at 6:27 pm)

Aussie and Kiwi await local pair

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