Milo Gill-Taylor (GBR) tops 2013 Renaissance Re Jr Gold Cup — Hattie Rogers (GBR) Top girl and 5th overall
By Laurie Fullerton
Hamilton, Bermuda, Oct 12, 2013- The winner of the ReniassianceRe Junior Gold Cup was decided in the final race on Hamilton harbour today with Milo Gill-Taylor of Great Britain finishing in fourth place today but earning the necessary points to win the overall regatta with 84 points.
“Today was the best part of a really great week and I had really hoped to come to Bermuda and win this event,” said Gill-Taylor. “I learned a lot by coming here and I really enjoyed it. Gill-Taylor placed six points ahead of second place finisher Max Quirk of Australia who just had to stay in the top 10 to win it but in his final race he did not sail his best race and ended up in second place overall six points behind the winner.
“I mainly got stuffed on the first beat and I thought I was OK but then Milo got a shift and pulled away. Basically, I ended up getting stuck on the right and going around the bottom mark with a bunch of other sailors. That is when I think I shot myself in the foot,” Quirk said. “But, I feel like I finished on a high and still did really well when I look over the fleet - there were so many good sailors here.”
For Hattie Rogers of Great Britain, her final race today was a true triumph as she was the first to cross the line on Hamilton harbor in view of the entire spectator fleet. Her win today put her in fifth place overall. She also won the top female trophy as well as the Anniversary Trophy for her first place finish today.
By Laurie Fullerton
Hamilton, Bermuda, Oct 12, 2013- The third day of racing in the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup was a true reversal of fortune for the competitors who saw a 100-degree wind shift during the second race leaving those on the right side of the course in a strong position – while those leading the race fell behind as the breeze was snuffed out on their side of the course during the final race of the day.
Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup leader, Australian Max Quirk, 14, has sailed consistently in a somewhat inconsistent regatta for other competitors and is still in first place with 92 points. He is 26 points ahead of second place Milo Gill Taylor who has 118 points, and third place Lukas Hesse of Germany with 86 points.
“I went a little too far to the right hand side on that second race and when the wind did a major shift I found myself in 10th place,” Quirk said. “I had a challenging first race where I sailed through dirty air and played the shifts so that I made it from the back of the fleet to seventh place in the first race. In the second race there were a lot of sailors who fell back after the wind shift but I was fortunate. I feel you have to take what you are given. It might not have been a standard race, but it is still racing around the course.”
By Laurie Fullerton
Hamilton, Bermuda, Oct 11, 2013- Competitors in the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup saw the leveling out of the playing field today with results putting Australian Max Quirk in first place with 44 points after two days of solid racing. Milo Gill Taylor from Great Britain is in 2nd place with 58 points and Hattie Rogers of Great Britain is in third placed with 63 points.
“When I came here to Bermuda, I really did not expect to be in the lead,” Quirk said. “But, I will take it.”
Quirk who at age 14 appears to be growing taller every days says that, “I feel this is probably going to be my last Opti regatta because I am getting really tall now but it has been great racing today. I think I may be almost too tall for the Opti now.” The young Australian hopes to move into the Laser fleet as he grows. He says with all the excitement building in Australia about sailing recently, many youths are starting to think big there.
“It would be my dream to be in the Olympics or as a tactician on an America’s Cup boat someday,” Quirk said.