Barboza aims to defend title

Dana Paxton looks at the line up or the Bacardi Cup match racing in Bermuda

Saturday September 28th 2002, Author: Dana Paxton, Location: United States
The 2001 Bacardi Cup champion, Adam Barboza, returns to Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda this weekend to defend the title he has won for the past three years. At stake are the coveted Bacardi Cup and a berth in the qualifying round for the 2002 Bermuda Gold Cup to be sailed at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC), October 12-20. Spectators are invited to view the action from the grounds of the RBYC.

Barboza summed up his competition earlier today, "the level of sailing this weekend is more daunting than the thought of sailing against some of the unseeded skippers in the Gold Cup.

"Peter Bromby and Paula Lewin are my main competition. Peter is as close to a
professional sailor as we have here in Bermuda and Paula is a tough competitor. This year, it will be more difficult to get through to the qualifying round (of the Gold Cup). Any one of the top four of five skippers could probably win."

Eight Bermudian skippers and their crews have been invited to compete in the two-day event to be sailed in International One Design class sloops. The first- and second-place skippers will have their entry fee to the Bermuda Gold Cup paid by Bacardi and compete as "Team Bacardi."

The eight skippers, and the club/class they are representing, are:

Glenn Astwood, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
Adam Barboza (defending champion), International Etchells Class
Peter Bromby, Sandys Point Boat Club
Paula Lewin, Yngling Class
Mike Lewis, Spanish Point Boat Club
Ray De Silva, Fitted Dinghy Class
Peter Ramsdale, Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club
Blythe Walker, International One Design Class

At 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, the eight skippers will draw the boats and matches they will sail in the round robin. Racing is scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m.

On Sunday morning, the top four teams will sail in the semi-final round, scheduled to begin at 10:50 a.m. The winner of the round robin selects an opponent from the top three finishers. The remaining two skippers/teams will sail against each other.

The winners of the two match-ups will race in the final round to determine the Bacardi Cup winner and runner-up. The losers will race in the petit-finals to decide third-and fourth-place overall.

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