No contest as champions RBYC extend perfect start to fitted dinghy season
Joshua Greenslade and his colleagues on board Contest III maintained their unblemished start to the Bermuda Fitted Dinghy season in Granaway Deep at the weekend.
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club entry swept all three races contested in light breeze to stretch their unbeaten run to six, having also seen off allcomers the previous weekend.
“We were just deciding whether to find your own shifts or sail and try and cover the person behind you and match race them,” Greenslade told The Royal Gazette.
“It was a good day. People did quite well in their roles and we got along quite well, which is good.
“It was fun and we are looking forward to the next race in Mangrove Bay.
“We will try and get some new people in new jobs, so it should be pretty fun.”
The crew of Contest III underwent a subtle change from the one that retained the prestigious Heritage Trophy seven days earlier, with Adriana Penruddocke replacing Geovanni Hayward in the boat.
The RBYC team led throughout all but one race en route to claiming honours at Sunday’s regatta hosted by the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club.
“The first race we were behind Challenger II until the third windward mark out of four and then the other two we were winning at the top mark from the start,” Greenslade added. “At the first mark we were winning apart from the first race.
“All three races to the first upwind we were close with other people and then we started to stretch our legs a little bit and get a bit of a lead to get a bit more comfortable.”
Nathan Bailey, Emily Davis, Roger Mello, Thomas Mahoney and Christopher Adderley were the remaining members of Contest III’s crew.
The RHADC’s Elizabeth II finished second with Sandys Boat Club’s Challenger II third and St George’s Dinghy and Sports Club’s Victory IV fourth.
Contest III are the holders of the prestigious Coronation Cup, awarded to the overall season winner, having won last year’s series that as reduced to six races because of the Covid-19 pandemic.