Mia Nicolosi 2016 Champion, first female overall winner in JGC history

Weather conditions were light and tricky for most of the day, but that did nothing to slow down Mia Nicolosi on her way to victory. The 13-year-old from St. Thomas has become the first girl to ever win the Junior Gold Cup. Second place went to Adrian Surocca, from Switzerland, while German Roko Mohr finished in third.

But despite her record-book win, Nicolosi was unbothered by the genders of the sailors she’d thoroughly beaten over the four-day regatta.

“It doesn't really matter — winning matters. I don't care if it's a girl or boy,” she said.

After finishing in second place in the 2015 edition of the Junior Gold Cup, Nicolosi was proud to have put in an even more impressive performance. “It's good to do even better than I did last year. I'm glad I'm getting better.”

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2016 RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup Day 3

Winning the first race of the day, local sailor Azhai Smith continued his way up the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup leaderboard in the third day of racing.

The 12-year-old who hopes one day to be a part of Bermuda’s Red Bull Youth America’s Cup team moved up one position overall, finishing the day in 7th place.

Very light and shifty winds put a damper on the day’s sailing, with only three of the scheduled four races taking place in the Great Sound.

Taking honors for the day was Uruguayan Santiago Pacheco, who now stands in 5th place overall.

“It was good weather for me,” said the 13-year-old. “I am very fast with light wind.”

Pacheco, who has been sailing since he was six years old, said he’s thoroughly enjoying his first time in Bermuda. “I like everything here. I went to the beach yesterday, and I will maybe go cliff jumping later today.”

Meanwhile, two generations of sailors were able to share a moment out on the water yesterday, as Italian Ubaldo Bruni watched his father, Gold Cup winner Francesco Bruni, flying along in the background aboard the Artemis AC45.

"My dad was trying to see me while he was sailing, trying to have a look. And when he finished he tried to go with the chase boat to see me. I definitely want to be where he is some day.”

With his family now residing in Bermuda, Bruni said he has come to love sailing on the island.

“I like Bermuda as a place because, on the sailing side, there's a range of winds which is nice, and even the temperatures are nice. I like how simple it is here.”

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