Day 1 of the International 14 Class Global Team Race Challenge was held today on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda, hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
There were 6 teams of 4 entered, including Canada, Great Britain A, Great Britain B, Japan, Switzerland and U.S.A. Racing was in a round robin format. The conditions on Hamilton Harbour were almost ideally suited for the imaginative 'S' courses used for the racing. Winds were between 8-12 knots, and a couple of interesting wind shifts made for some fun and tactical racing.
In the end U.S.A. led the qualifiers into tomorrows semi-finals with a perfect 5-0 record. Second was Great Britain A on 4-1, with Canada in third with a score of 3-2 and Switzerland completing the list with a 2-3 score.
Tomorrow sees the U.S.A. team paired against Switzerland and Great Britain A taking on Canada in a best 2 of 3 series. The winners will sail for the finals and the R.B.Y.C. Challenge Cup. The forecast is for winds of 15-25 knots.
The Worlds Championships start on Friday, November 23rd in Bermuda's Great Sound. There are 54 teams entered from countries around the world.