Cooper impresses on debut

  • Bermuda sailor Campbell Patton

Chase Cooper produced a solid display on his debut at the Rose Bowl Regatta that finished in Long Beach, California, yesterday.

Competing for St Mary’s College, of Maryland, in the double-handed FJ dinghy, the Bermudian sailor clinched the B Division title with crew Kaisey McCallion to help his college to second overall at the two-day regatta hosted by the University of Southern California.

Sophomore Cooper and his American crew achieved six top -two finishes during the nine-race series, that included four bullets, to pip Georgetown University by three points for the B Division title. “Outside of a couple races, I felt good in the boat and was pleased with the result for the team,” Cooper said.

The University of California, Santa Barbara rounded off the B Division podium in third, ten points adrift of the leaders.

Georgetown University dominated the A Division, winning eight of the nine-races contested, to clinch overall honours by a comfortable 20-point margin over Cooper and his St Mary’s team-mates.

UC Santa Barbara rounded off the overall podium in third, a further 15 points back.

Cooper was one of two locals competing as Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club sailor Charis Todd competed for Santa Clara University who finished 20th. Todd competed as crew for one of the two teams representing her college in the A Division where they placed nineteenth.

St Mary’s finished second in the A Division, and University of California, Santa Barbara came third.

Meanwhile, Campbell Patton produced a steady display on day three of the Oceania an Australian Laser Championships Down Under.

The Bermuda sailor posted a 6-7-16 record in the three-races to move up to nineteenth.