While Bermuda celebrated its historic America’s Cup success, one of the island’s finest sailors turned his thoughts to “the guy who made this whole thing possible”.
It is possible only a select few of the thousands that descended on Front Street last night would have known the name “Jordy Walker”.
But in the eyes of legendary local sailor, Warren Brown, Mr Walker is the reason why the Auld Mug will be handed out in Bermuda in 2017.
“The America’s Cup would not be coming to Bermuda had it not been for Jordy Walker,” he said.
“At a time when there were no shipwrights in Bermuda and the wooden boats were breaking up Jordy continued to make his yachts up in Dockyard for the Gold Cup teams.
“This meant that all these great sailors from the US kept coming back to Bermuda and learned how to sail here.
“If Jordy Walker had not built those boats and allowed the Gold Cup to continue the America’s Cup would never have come here.
“Those great sailors got a taste for Bermuda and got to know the waters through Jordy’s boats and through the Gold Cup.
“His work is the catalyst that brought the America’s Cup here.”
Walker, a former Olympic sailor and ex-Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Commodore, died in December 2010 at the age of 71.
Full story by Simon Jones in the Royal Gazette
Williams and Canfield knocked out in Semis
by Talbot Wilson
Hamilton BERMUDA, October 26, 2014 - Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team has won the 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup and $50,000 of the $100,000 prize purse. Berntsson defeated Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Racing Team 3-1 in brilliant match racing conditions on Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbour. This is the second time the jovial swede has won the King Edward VII Gold Cup, repeating his triumph of 2008.
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar and Taylor Canfield (IVS) US One were the two competitors who had reached the Semi Finals with the best record. Coming into the Argo Group Gold Cup they were ranked 1 and 2 on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. They lost to Monnin and Berntsson in the Semi Finals. In the Petite Finals, Canfield defeated Williams 2-1 to claim third place, leaving Williams in fourth.
The Final and Petite Final skippers had sailed in 32 Gold Cup events amongst the four.
Williams Through to Semi Final Round still Undefeated
by Talbot Wilson
Hamilton BERMUDA, October 25, 2014 - The 2014 Argo Group Gold Cup Quarter Finals were completed Saturday morning and the Semi Finals, Petite Finals and Finals will all be sailed on Sunday. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar and Eric Monnin (SWI) Swiss Match Racing Team came through the quarters with 3-0 scores. Williams, The Alpari World Match Racing Tour leader at 12-0 is undefeated in all his races.
Racing in the Quarter Finals was postponed from today’s schedule when what little wind there was dropped away completely. Sunday will be starting one hour earlier, almost dawn in Bermuda.
The Quarter Finals pitted Williams against Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing, Taylor Canfield US One against Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team, Monnin against Pierre Morvan (FRA) Vannes Aggio Sailing Team, and an all-Swedish pairing of Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team against Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Stena Sailing Team.
The Quarter Finals were a first to 3-point knockout. The Four winners move on to the Semi Finals and four will go to the Consolation Round to decide places 5-8.
Williams Through Qualifier Round Undefeated
by Talbot Wilson
Hamilton BERMUDA, October 24, 2014 - One flight of the Quarter Finals was sailed Friday afternoon following the completion of the Qualifying Rounds and the selection of opponents and draw for boats.
The Quarter Finals set Ian Williams against Marek Stanczyk, Taylor Canfield against Steffan Lindberg, Eric Monnin against Pierre Morvan, and an all Swedish pairing of Bjorn Hansen against Johnie Berntsson. One match was sailed on Friday before the pro-am sponsor racing.
The Quarter Finals are a first to 3-point knockout. Four winners will move on to the Semi Finals and four will go to the Consolation Round to decide places 5-8. Standings after 1 flight are :
Correction noted below: Johnie Berntsson won his first Quarter Final match Friday against Bjorn Hansen.
We apologize to Johnie for the error.
|Ian Williams||1||Marek Stanczyk||0|
|Eric Monnin||1||Pierre Morvan||0|
|Johnie Berntssen||1||Bjorn Hansen||0|
by Talbot Wilson
Hamilton BERMUDA, October 22, 2014 - Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar who is #1 on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and stands #2 in ISAF rankings going into Stage 6 at the Argo Group Gold Cup had a nearly perfect first day in the Argo Group gold Cup. He won all four of his matches but stands on 3.5 points.
Williams tried to cross Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa in a close match and failed to make it. Bruni's bow roller caught William's backstay and the two boats twirled away locked together for what seemed like an age. Both skippers were penalized 1/2 point for the incident. Williams leads Group 1 going into flight 6 on Wednesday.
Leading Group 2 is Marek Stanczyk (POL) Henri Lloyd Rainmaker Racing, a former Polish Match Race Champion. He finished the first day with a perfect 4 points and no losses. Stanczyk defeated Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets, Eric Monnin (SWI) Swiss Match Racing Team, Nathan Outteridge (SWE) Artemis Racing.
Taylor Canfield ((ISV) US One, top seed in Group 2, has 3 points. He is joined there by Eric Monnin (SUI) Swiss Match Racing Team and Staffan Lindberg (Fin) Alandia Sailing Team
Sailing starts again on Thursday at 9:00 ADT with more Qualifying matches.
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