A difficult day for the race committe and the tacticians as 12 boats took part in 2009 Bermuda National Championships for the Butterfield Cup.
First race had R/C Jay Hooper seta 3 lapper, in building breeze. ALl boats had now changed to jibs. Downwind legs were interesting in the unstable air - lots of rocking and rolling. At the finish New Wave, Sadiiqi and spoRHADiC (Lance Fraser). Next race was delayed for over an hour as the breeze died completely and then slowly built to 4-5 knots. That race ended with New Wave, RHADiCal (with Chuck Millican), and Erin.
The third race was more of the same - finish was New Wave, Sliding By and Solaise. Going into the fourth race, with no drops, New Wave had it almost sewn up. After the first lap there were 6 boats arriving at the leeward mark simultaneously - after that lot were sorted out the top four bailed left, leaving Siren and Sadiiqi trucking right. The right was the way to go - a sustained lift gave Sadiiqi a healthy lead which was kept to the end. Sadiiqi, Erin then New Wave crossed.
2009 J24 National Champion of Bermuda - Team New Wave; 2nd Sadiiqi; 3rd Erin. A great showing from both the junior teams.
Thanks to Jay and his team; Becky for the post race social; and the sailors for taking part!