Bromby/Murphy Three-peat Bermuda J/105 Regatta

The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the sponsor/partner Bacardi host their annual Bacardi Bermuda Keelboat Invitational every year just prior to Thanksgiving weekend. For the J/105 fleet, the format is designed to be fun and inclusive of J/105 sailors around the world. The local fleet provides their boats and three crew and invite three international sailors to race with them. In the past, the international crews have come from the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and the Caribbean. The racing format is all short-course W-4s—the Bermudians skipper odd-numbered races, the internationals skipper on even-numbered races. For the first time in the event’s history, one team has posted a three-peat performance. The local Star World Champion Peter Bromby from Warwick, Bermuda partnered with Kevin Murphy from the USA to dominate this year’s series with three bullets and two deuces in their six-race tally to win with just 12 points. While the Bromby/Murphy team may have sailed away with the event, it was nothing like that taking place for the balance of the podium. After six races, three boats finished three points apart. Joining the trio of Trevor Boyce/Mike Neff from Bermuda and Stew Neff from Marblehead, MA, USA was the third Neff, brother Terry from Wisconsin. While posting top three finishes in three races, a last in race 2 and a fifth in the last race gave the trio 20 points, just enough to hang on for the silver. Hot on their heels with a nearly identical scoreline was the duo of James Macdonald from Smiths, Bermuda and Bill Lakenmacher from Seabrook, Texas in the USA. Their last two races were a mirror of the Boyce/Neff record of 2-5, posting a 5-2 to finish with 21 points to close out the podium. For more Bacardi Bermuda J/105 Invitational information, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/15305.

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