Children and companies joined together in a sail for charity today, competing in the Tyco Pro-Am Regatta during a lay day at the Colorcraft Gold Cup.
Two races were completed on Hamilton Harbour in front of the hosting Royal Bermuda Yacht Club before dark threatening clouds turned to heavy rain, forcing abandonment of a third race.
Peter Holmberg, the fourth-ranked match racer in the world, who sails for the Oracle Racing Challenge for the America's Cup out of San Francisco, California, won the top prize money of $3,000 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bermuda, with help from guest crew members from Renaissance Reinsurance, plus 12-year-old local Optimist sailor Katrina Williams. Holmberg also won $3,000.
"Katrina was great," Holmberg said afterwards. "We gave her the mainsheet to handle and she trimmed the sail throughout the series. It's a big step up from an Optimist dinghy to an International One Design keelboat but she did an excellent job."
Williams, a sailor with the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association, was equally complimentary about her skipper. She spoke with authority. She was fourth at the US Optimist Class Nationals in the Green Fleet at Barrington, Rhode Island last August. "I learned a lot today - about tactics and how to go for it," she said, adding with a grin that she was also happy to get out of school for the afternoon.
Second place amongst the eight boats competing went to German skipper Markus Wieser, sailing with a crew from Sonesta Beach Resort, plus Jesse Kirkland from the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association. They won $2,000 for the Bermuda Riders for Disabled and a matching amount for Wieser.
Andy Green from Britain, winner two years ago of the Colorcraft Gold Cup, raced with a guest crew from Colorcraft, joined by Rajae Woods of the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association. They won $1,000 for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a like amount for Green.
Other results, with skipper, company, charity, junior sailor,affiliation, donation/prize money:
4. Magnus Holmberg, Tyco 1, Agape House, Jevon Morrisey,
CedarBridge Academy, $750.
5. Morten Henriksen, Investors Guaranty Fund, Keep Bermuda
Beautiful, Ed Thompson, BODA, $500.
6. Ed Baird, Cable and Wireless, Bermuda Sailing Association,
Kenton Trott, Berkley Institute, $500.
=7. Dennis Conner, Tyco 2, Hope Homes, Desai Smith, CedarBridge Academy, $500.
=7. Jes Gram-Hansen, Independent Financial Services, Bermuda Diabetic Association, Melvin Martin, CedarBridge Adademy, $500.
Four other charities not represented by boats or crews each
received $500. They were: Pals, T.B.Cancer and Health Association, Sunshine League Children's Home and Committee of 25 for Handicapped Children.