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Bermuda Race Week 2012 Preview

posted Mar 30, 2012, 8:24 AM by Danielle Lawson   [ updated Mar 30, 2012, 9:12 AM by Danielle Lawson ]

Bermuda International Invitational Race Week starts on April 21st with registration and will continue until the evening of April 27th with prize giving. Racing will consist of 13 races in the Great Sound. This year there are 13 participants in the IODs. Geographically, the participants are from the United States, Great Britain, Norway, Canada and Bermuda.

The Regatta will be hotly contested, as three past IOD world-class champions will headline the event. These are Bermuda’s Penny Simmons, a six-time world champion,
John Burnham from Fisher’s Island, a two-time champion, (who will be co-skippering with Peter Rugg) and Bruce Dyson from Marblehead. Not to be taken lightly, the field will have five past Bermuda Race Week winners. The most recent is the defending champion from Newport Dan Faria who is keen to get back to back victories. Giles Peckham who represents the Daring fleet from Cowes, England won the Vrengen trophy three years ago and is anxious to repeat.  Another prominent Bermuda Race Week winner is Bermuda’s other representative Craig Davis. His knowledge of the Great Sound will help him in his quest for another trophy.  Former Race Week winner, shipwright and prominent 8-metre sailor Bruce Dyson will be representing the IOD Marblehead fleet. Perennial competitor and Race Week winner Jan Petter Roed from Norway rounds out the former winners. He is looking to regain the magic that won him the event.

There will be three other experienced and quality veterans in the event. From the San Francisco IOD fleet is Paul Manning who is returning after a long absence. If the wind blows he could do very well. From Canada and representing the Chester Nova Scotia IOD fleet is Shawn Mulroony their national champion. He will have an experience crew with him and is looking forward to the competition. Shawn owns the IOD “Zephyr” which was one of the original IODs brought to Bermuda in 1937 but now is sailed in Chester. Nantucket IOD fleet representative will be Peter McCausland, who has competed in Bermuda many times. Peter was instrumental in initiating and developing the IOD fleet in Nantucket.

There will be three new competitors this year sailing in Bermuda. From the St. Mawes-England IOD fleet is Marc Migilazzo. He has actually crewed here in Bermuda in IODs several times but this will be his first time skippering. He has the potential to do very well. A co-skippering team from the Long Island Sound IOD fleet has Tim Heckscher and Roderick Thaler coming to the Island for the first time. Our final rookie is Tyler Steel from the North East Harbour Fleet in Maine. This young man is an up-and-coming skipper in their fleet and is keen to learn from the experience. All competitors will find a warm welcome from Bermuda and the host Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Respectfully submitted,

Richard Thompson
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