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Clean sweep for Bromby and Murphy

No stranger to success: Bromby, left, captured the title in the Etchells class during the 2013 BSA National Keelboat Championships (Photograph by Colin Thompson)

Chequemate, with skippers Peter Bromby and Chris Murphy sharing the helm, recorded a clean sweep of honours during Saturday’s final day of the Bacardi Bermuda Keelboat Regatta in the Great Sound.

After a delayed start because of a lack of breeze, the crew of Chequemate did enough to clinch overall, the Bermuda series and international series in the J-105 fleet, winning six of the ten race series and finishing no lower than fifth.

Bromby posted three victories to clinch the Bermuda series comfortably, while Murphy won the international series also with three victories to his credit.

Overall, Chequemate finished 11 points clear of its nearest rivals.

Second in overall, the Bermuda series and International series, were Trevor Boyce and Stuart Neff, in Yabsta, while Jon Corless and John Barnett, in Mayhem, were third overall.

Corless, a flag officer of regatta hosts the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, also rounded off the podium in the Bermuda series in third, while Mark Riley, in Back in Black, was third in the international series.

In the Viper 640 fleet, Rockal Evans came from behind to pip Somers Kempe, the overnight leader, to the line.

Evans won four races, including the last three of the seven race series. After making a drop he finished two points clear of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club commodore, who did not cope as well as his rival in the conditions. Peter Miller rounded off the podium in the Viper 640 fleet.

Blythe Walker, meanwhile, cruised to victory in the International One Design fleet with eight victories under his belt, including six consecutive bullets.

Patrick Cooper was second, closely followed by Philip Crain who shared the helm with co-skipper John Henry in third.