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Elizabeth II crew end season on the crest of a wave

The crew of Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club’s Elizabeth II in action. (Photograph Tom Clarke)

The crew of Elizabeth II captured multiple victories to end the 2021 Bermuda Fitted Dinghy season on a high note.

The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club entry won one of two fleet races along with the Jubilee Cup to finish as the top boat on the day during the final regatta of the season, which they hosted in Granaway Deep on August 29.

Helmsman Jason Saints and crew got off to the perfect start after winning the St George’s Dinghy and Sports Club Cup in the day’s opening fleet race.

Elizabeth II and St George’s Dinghy and Sports Club entry Victory IV set the early pace at the front of the pack competing in 8 to 12 knot breezes.

VictoryIV was forced to retire after breaking her mast for the second time of the season just before rounding the leeward mark.

Elizabeth II then swapped the lead with Sandys Boat Club’s Challenger II during some tight racing before ultimately taking the win after their rivals got caught out on the wrong side of a wind shift.

Saints and crew savoured more glory after retaining the Jubilee Cup in a match race against Victory IV which they dominated.

They then secured bragging rights for the day after placing second in the remaining fleet race for the Victory Cup behind winners Contest III.

Victory IV suffered more anguish in the second fleet race after capsizing on the first beat to the weather mark.

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club entry Contest III chalked up their second win of the day after prevailing against Challenger II in a match race for the 400th Anniversary Cup.

Joshua Greenslade passed rival helmsman Owen Seise on the final beat to the finish to take the win in spectacular fashion.

Contest III were crowned 2021 Bermuda Fitted Dinghy champions after clinching the season series on August 8 with two race days to spare to retain the coveted Coronation Cup.

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Published September 11, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated September 11, 2021 at 7:54 am)

Elizabeth II crew end season on the crest of a wave

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