By Laurie Fullerton
Hamilton, BERMUDA: Oct. 10, 2012 - Bermuda’s young sailor Chase Cooper won the first ever Dick Kempe Award as the top Bermuda sailor in the Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup sailed October 4-7 on Bermuda’s Great Sound and Hamilton Harbour. Cooper finished seventh overall out of 39 entries, 16 from 15 countries and the remaining 23 from Bermuda.
The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup – now in its 10th year – is an event that brings the best young International Optimist Class sailors from around the world to Bermuda. In doing so, it also creates a unique opportunity for Bermuda sailors to host and compete against many national champions who also become lifelong friends.