Bermuda fail to qualify in Star Sailors League Gold Cup
Bermuda’s time on the water at the Star Sailors League Gold Cup has come to an end after they failed to progress from the 1/16 finals on Sunday.
Heading into the final event in the four-race series, Bermuda had an outside chance of qualifying in the top two spots in the four-team group but needed a win and other teams to underperform.
Neither of those things happened as skipper Rockal Evans and his crew could finish only fourth in the race, which was won by Hungary.
The Bermuda crew, racing as the Privateers, made a solid start and were in second position rounding the first mark, 27 seconds behind the Hungarians, but their efforts began to falter and they were passed by both Finland and Tahiti, eventually finishing 2min and 41 seconds behind the leader.
Hungary’s victory, which came with double points, gave them top spot with 17, two points ahead of Tahiti, who picked up the second qualifying spot. Finland finished on 11 points, with Bermuda on seven.
While disappointed not to make progress, Evans was pleased with how his team performed across the two weeks.
“Overall it was a great experience and we made improvements in our boat handling throughout the event,” Evans said.
“Our weak point was our downwinds compared to the other teams in the lighter breeze. With it just being four boats racing at once every decision is very critical, but overall the group did well during the event and put some of the top teams in the world to the test. We are looking forward to taking the next step in the next championship.”