Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup - Douglas Elmes emerges victorious

by Laurie Fullerton on 9 Oct 2012
2012 Renaissance Re Jr Gold Cup finals. ©Talbot Wilson Talbot Wilson - Copyright
Hamilton harbor set the stage for the final race of the 2012 Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup. Swiss sailor Damian Suri besting the fleet of 38 international and Bermuda sailors to win the tenth anniversary Renaissance Re trophy for his first place finish.

Suri had a fantastic race in front of a huge spectator fleet. The race also featured sailors like American Audrey Giblin and Bermudian Chase Cooper very much in the hunt finishing in the top five today.

The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup, the overall top prize, went to Douglas Elmes of Ireland who won it after 11 races with 50 points. Second place finisher Tomas di Luciano of Argentina had 54 points.

'I know today I had to cover Tomas from Argentina and so that is all I did. It worked out well. It was the right thing for me to do,' Elmes said, who has been sailing consistently well over the four days in both rough and light air conditions. 'I am really amazed that I won the Junior Gold Cup. It is fantastic.'

Although Elmes had a very strong event, particularly in the shifty conditions on the Great Sound, Suri outpaced the fleet today and played every shift on Hamilton harbor.


'It was pretty cool to come in first in front of all the spectators,' said Suri, who jumped out of his Optimist and into the warm Bermuda water the minute he crossed the finish line. 'I think I am now the only one in the regatta to get three bullets. I think I had a lot of good luck and many of us practiced the strategy of going to the left of the course. That seemed to work out well. It is just such a great place to be as it is beautiful, warm and great people.'

As this was the 10th anniversary of the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup it seemed most fitting that a former junior Opti sailor who attended this event in 2003 won the Argo Group Gold Cup today. Taylor Canfield, who is from the US Virgin Islands and is in his early 20s, was brought here by Peter Holmberg when he was 14.

Canfield claims he caught the match racing bug then. He said, 'I think when I was here nine years ago I did better in the heavier breezes, but the great camaraderie that we had than has continued. I think international Optimist sailing is so great for the sport. It inspired me then and I aspired to come back here and win the Gold Cup.' He won the Gold Cup today 3-0 over Johnie Berntsson of Sweden.

There is no doubt that the event stays in the minds of both the young sailors from overseas but it also raises the level of sailing for Bermuda’s youth sailors who would not normally get to meet world’s best. The support for youth sailing here has always been important to people like the late Dick Kempe and in his honor Chase Cooper was given the inaugural Dick Kempe award for being the top Bermuda sailor in this event. Cooper finished in seventh place overall.

'I definitely would love to race in the Gold Cup someday,' Cooper added. 'I think this regatta went really well and I didn’t think I had been sailing well all summer, but things really improved for me this week.'

Bermuda’s Cecilia Wollmann also won an award for being the top girl finisher in the event.

The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup has had the kind of support that enables sailors to dream of their own futures as sailors and for event chairman Somers Cooper they could not have done it without sponsorship support like this.


'The kids love coming here because they know the competition is good and they really get to get out there with the best,' said event chairman Somers Cooper. 'This event is also unique because it is tied to a world class match racing event. The young kids get to see and establish their sailing heroes and it continues to inspire their love of sailing and the sport. We really do have to thank our sponsor for making this happen. We could not do it without RenRe Junior Gold Cup website

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Laser creator Ian Bruce passes away (1933 - 2016)
Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. His legacy to our sport, Canadian sailing and his beloved Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club will be praised and honoured for years to come.
Posted on 24 Mar
Rio 2016 - Kiwi women sailors jump to escape Olympic Selectors' axe
Two New Zealand sailors will head overseas on self-funded campaigns to gain selection in the New Zealand Olympic team Two New Zealand women sailors will head overseas on self-funded campaigns to gain selection in the New Zealand Olympic team in what is expected to be the final round of announcements.
Posted on 18 Mar
T Clewring One DesignSouthern Spars - 100Schaefer 2016 660x82