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Bermuda’s Star Sailors League Gold Cup team continues to take shape

Comet sailor Dale Brangman (right) is among the new additions to Bermuda’s Star Sailors League Gold Cup team. (File photograph by Colin Thompson)

Bermuda’s team that will compete at the inaugural Star Sailors League Gold Cup in Switzerland this month continues to take shape with four new additions added to the roster.

Peter Dill, Will Lorimer- Turner, Dale Brangman and Thomas Penruddocke have all been named in the team that will represent the island in the North American qualifying series from May 17 to 22.

Dill will serve as bowman, Brangman and Lorimer -Turner as grinders and Penruddocke as a reserve sailor.

“Pete was boat captain and jib trimmer for Team BDA in the 2017 Youth America’s Cup,” read a team statement. “He has spent time racing on everything from Nacras to GC32s to your more standard keelboats.

“Not only a talented sailor but also insanely strong; Pete is a hard working perfectionist and could easily take on any position on-board.

“Will grew up sailing in Bermuda on everything from Lasers to J24s to a Moth.

“A powerhouse in the gym, we will be relying on Will to bring some serious watts as one of our grinders.

“Dale has competed both on the island and internationally in the Comet class for the past 40 years. ”Not only does he bring a wealth of experience to the team, but has the most positive attitude and a contagious smile.

“Thomas has racing experience in Lasers and Waszps and brings enthusiasm and a keenness to learn with him on the water everyday.”

Former Olympian Jesse Kirkland, Joshua Greenslade, Adrianna Penruddocke and Julia Lines are the remaining team members to have been confirmed to date.

Kirkland, who represented Bermuda competing with his brother Zander in the 49er class at the London Olympic Games in 2012, will serve as tactician, Greenslade as jib trimmer, Penruddocke as floater and Lines as downwind trimmer.

Rockal Evans, the multiple national champion, is the captain of Bermuda’s team while experienced and highly decorated offshore sailor Emily Nagel will serve as vice captain.

Bermuda will compete against Antigua & Barbuda, Puerto Rico and Tahiti in Group One, with the eventual top teams in the group advancing to the next qualifying round.

The SSL Gold Cup is a new international sporting event designed to determine the world’s best sailing nation.

Teams will compete in the identical one-design SSL 47 monohull on windward-leeward Olympic courses during fleet races lasting between 45 to 75 minutes.

Meanwhile, Aspen has been officially named as title sponsor of Bermuda’s team for the next three years.

“Aspen is pleased to support the Bermuda community which has a long and proud history in sailing,” Christian Dunleavy, Group Chief Underwriting Officer of Aspen, said.

“Supporting Bermuda’s SSL team allows Aspen to do our part in helping create future success for a diverse group of aspiring Bermudian athletes.

“We wish the team success in their upcoming training and competition and will no doubt represent Bermuda well."

Nagel said she and her fellow team-mates are “incredibly grateful” to have Aspen come on-board in support of their campaign.

“Their involvement will enable our team to compete on the world stage with a greater level of preparation than otherwise possible,” she added.

“The competition in Grandson will be fierce, and as a team SSL Bermuda are doing all we can to make sure we come out on top and make Bermuda proud.”

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Published May 09, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated May 09, 2022 at 7:53 am)

Bermuda’s Star Sailors League Gold Cup team continues to take shape

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