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Cooper out to build on fine start

Pushing hard: Cooper is one of the hopefuls chasing a spot in Bermuda's youth America's Cup team

Mackenzie Cooper will be looking to build on his fine start to the 2015-16 Intercollegiate sailing season at this weekend’s 2015 United States Team Racing Championships in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Bermuda Red Bull Youth America’s Cup hopeful got the new campaign off to a flyer with St Mary’s Seahawks at last week’s Nevins Trophy in New York.

Cooper and his Seahawks team-mates secured a solid third-place finish among 20 teams at the three division inter-conference regatta, with the Bermudian posting eight top five finishes to finish fourth in the B Division.

The son of Somers Cooper, a past Royal Bermuda Yacht Club comodoore, will now look to pick up where he left off at this weekend’s team racing championships featuring former US team racing champions, collegiate All-Americans, new teams and an impressive pool of sailors who have had success in various disciplines and racing backgrounds.

Cooper will join skippers Ian Barrows and Alex Curtiss on the three-boat team along with crew members Greer Wattson, Catherine Shanahan and Marlena Fauer.

All six sailors, who boast a slew of regional, national and international titles between them, were invited to the event based on their impressive sailing resumes.

Racing will take place in Annapolis Harbor for the esteemed George R Hinman Trophy in the double handed Zim 15 dinghy.