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Junior Gold Cup, Bermuda

Ignacio Rogala ARG, wins Junior Gold Cup

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Ignacio Rogala ARG, wins Junior Gold Cup

Renaissance Reinsurance Junior Gold Cup

2009 marks the seventh year in a row that Renaissance Reinsurance has sponsored the prestigious Junior Gold Cup in Bermuda. Run in conjunction with the Argo Group Gold Cup professional World Match Racing Tour event, this mini “world cup” invitational brings some of the most accomplished youth sailors from around the world to Bermuda for this sailing event. The skipper’s ages range from 11-15yrs with 25% of the sailors being girls. They represented twelve different nations from North America, South America, Europe, Oceania and the Caribbean.

After registration and before dinner, the Jr Gold Cup skippers spent some time with two of the best sailors in the world who were in Bermuda to participate in the Match Racing Tour event. Peter Gilmour (AUS) and Adam Minoprio (NZL) chatted with the competitors and gave them pointers to becoming successful adult sailors.

Once in Bermuda local families hosted the young sailors. The backdrop of the Argo Group Gold Cup match racing event, running concurrently with the youth event, provides the real bonus for all the sailors entered in the regatta. They mingled freely with their sailing heroes when back at the dock. They attended the daily press conferences too, getting a taste of life as an international sailor.

For the first three days the racing was held on the Great Sound in 8-20 knots of wind. The final race on the last day was held in the harbour between the petite and finals of the World Tour event, the King Edward VII Gold Cup, in front of a large crowd gathered at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Final Results after 13 races (2 discards)

1st Ignacio Rogala ARG

2nd Owen Siese BER

3rd Axel Munkby SWE

4th Kalin Hillier BER

5th Severin Rothlauf GER

6th Dimitri Stevens BER

7th Paloma Esteban DOM

8th Mathias Robertson CHI

Congratulations to Ignacio Rogala.

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