Early elimination part of the learning curve for local pair
It's now back to the drawing board for local sailors Lance Fraser and Joshua Greenslade following their early exits from the $100,000 Argo Group Gold Cup.
Fraser (Team Digicel Business) managed three wins but failed to achieve his goal of at least reaching the quarter-finals. He finished eighth among the ten teams in Group One with three points.
Still, the 20-year old skipper reckons he learned valuable lessons during the week.
“It's always a learning curve and each year we do it (Gold Cup) we feel closer to being right there,” he said. “I think we probably sailed better than we did last year across the three days and unfortunately the group's obviously a lot harder than it was last year.
“Even though we sailed pretty well and relatively happy with how we sailed we just made a few mistakes and against the best guys you just can't do that. But we will come back next year and try hard to eliminate some of those mistakes and see how it goes then.
“We don't want to accept getting knocked out in the first round every year as the status quo because these are the best match race guys in the world.
“We have to work towards getting to be the best in the world and a few years down the road Josh (Joshua Greenslade) and other young guys could be winning this event and hopefully someone does it soon.
“We have to be working towards improvement for this event for us and the sport and really get the Bermudian teams back in the quarters and back in the semis.
“Having two young teams here is really good for the sport and good for the event and hopefully we have a really good qualifier again next year with Jesse (Kirkland) and a few other young guys.
“If we can all get together and push each to be better I think you'll see Bermudian teams doing really well in the next few years.”
Gold Cup debutant Greenslade (Team Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Sailing Academy) finished last among the ten teams in Group Two with a solitary point from one win.
The 22-year old skipper now plans to spend more time on the water to enhance his match racing skills to better prepare himself for future Gold Cups.
“I've definitely come up with the notion that I want to do more match racing and I've been talking to Lance about doing more events in the US in the summer,” Greenslade said.
“Going to more events and just seeing the same situations over and over again eventually starts to click inside of your head what you need to do. That's probably the biggest thing I need to get into my head — how to approach all the different scenarios.
As for his performance during his Gold Cup debut, Greenslade added: “There's no reason why we couldn't have done better. But my experience in the boat isn't as good as the other guys.
‘'I've definitely learned you have to be more aggressive in certain areas and a little more conservative in others, and I was a little bit too conservative in my starting.
”I just have to put more time in and do more match racing events and hopefully come back next year and do better.”