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1 May 2005, 10:07 am
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Bermuda International Invitational Race Week 2005
Hamilton, Bermuda

A Fresh North North East breeze and plenty of sunshine gave sailors perfect conditions for the final races in Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi.
In Friday's racing, Charlie VAN VOORHIS (USA) came on strong in the last three races to win the IOD class and take the Vrengan Gold Cup. Sailing with a strong US team including past Race Week champion Kevin FARRAR, the crew got 1-1-2 on the last day to nip Jon POPE (USA) by 19 to 21. POPE had held the lead going into the day, but scored 3-3-8 to fall two points behind when drops were taken and the score tallied. Giles PECKHAM and Milo CARVER (GBR), representing the Cowes fleet, sailed to third with 39 points.

In the J24 Class Tony PARKER (USA) led from start to finish and ended the series for the Gripper Trophy with 15 points. He sailed Friday to a first and second in steady 14 knot North North West winds in brilliant conditions on Bermuda's Great Sound. Todd OLSON (BER) sailed a steady series, but could not surpass PARKER and ended with 21 points. Fellow Bermudian Trevor BOYCE came third with 32.

Bermuda took the top three spots in the International Etchells Class. Peter BROMBY, Bermuda Olympian and Star Class champion sailed his Etchells to perfection all week and once again won the K.F. Trimingham Trophy. After getting a 3-1-1-1 in the first four races he got a 5 in Friday's first race as he took second ranked Tim PATTON to the corners to protect his position. PATTON took a seventh in that race. BROMBY came back in the final race with a first and PATTON got second. The final score for BROMBY was seven points. PATTON got 14 to edge out Christian LUTHI with 15.

Tom COATES (USA) won the B.W. Walker Memorial Trophy as champion of the J105 Class in Coates who missed the title and came second in 2004 scored six bullets and one third place to take the title. Racing in the J105 class had concluded on Thursday. All week COATES and his crew put in a flawless performance. Taking time from celebrating his victory COATES said, 'We've really enjoyed ourselves and I can say that we will do everything we can to return here next year. It's a wonderful place, and it's my kind of sailing.'

COATES and Canadian John McLEOD, who finished second, shipped their 34 foot yachts from Florida, USA after competing in winter regattas there.

On the Bravo course the dinghies sailed one race to finish their series schedule. In the Lasers it was all Bermuda. Malcolm SMITH took fourth in Friday's competition, but was still able to edge out Brett WRIGHT who took first for that race by 16 to 17. Sara LANE ADDERLEY came third with 28 points. The pair had been deadlocked all week.

The Snipe battle for second and third came right down to the last race. Leo MURPHY and Watt DUFFY finished second by one point over Stephen and Monica IRGENS. This was MURPHY's first trophy in thirty-three race week tries. First place went to Mike IRGENS and his pregnant wife Nina. She had said earlier in the week that the extra weight helped her in the breezy conditions, but she could not hike out very well.

Race Week concluded Friday evening with the traditional prize giving presented by Bacardi and bolstered by plenty of Bacardi brand spirits. Class parties with special prize presentations and much celebration followed.

Talbot Wilson. Image, There was plenty of close racing in Bermuda:© Event Media
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