Nightmare start for local sailors
Local skippers Joshua Greenslade and Lance Fraser found the going tough during day one of the $100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton Harbour, managing a solitary win between them.
Greenslade was beaten in all four of his races while Fraser finished with a 1-3 record
And they must now quickly discover a way to turn their flagging fortunes around if they are to progress beyond the group stage of the regatta.
Fraser and his Team Digicel Business team-mates — Adam Barboza, Nico Stefani and Michael Rehe — lost their Group One round robin flights against Keith Swinton (Australia) , Simone Ferrarese (Italy) and Adam Minoprio (New Zealand) but managed to salvage some pride after prevailing against Eric Monnin (Switzerland).
Greenslade and his Team Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Sailing Academy team-mates — Blythe Walker, Tom Herbert-Evans and Sean Evans — fared even worse, losing to Phil Robertson (New Zealand), Ben Ainslie (England), Nicolai Sehested (Finland) and Bjorn Hansen (Sweden).
Past Gold Cup winners Williams (4-0) and Ainslie (4-0) and Minoprio (3-0) currently boast the best records in the fleet.
Reigning Gold Cup champ Canfield endured a mixed bag, recording two wins and as many losses.