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Young crew helps N.S. sailor win international regatta

posted May 13, 2016, 7:33 AM by IOD-WCA Webmaster   [ updated May 13, 2016, 7:33 AM ]
Published May 12, 2016 - 3:13pm

Peter Wickwire and his crew have won the International One Design Class at the Bermuda International Invitational Regatta.

Wickwire, representing the Chester, Nova Scotia IOD fleet, beat two IOD world champions, including seven-time world champion Bill Widnall, on the way to his third consecutive win at the event.

“It’s a pretty exciting result for a Nova Scotia-based team,” said Wickwire in a phone interview.

The race featured 65 sailors, making up 13 teams from across the globe, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and Bermuda.

“They’re all invited as the top representatives of their respective fleets, so it was a good result,” Wickwire said.

The competitors raced 10 times at varying distances, where each team is permitted to ignore their worst two scores from the results. Wickwire’s team took home the title, beating Martin Rygh of Norway by four points and winning four of the ten races outright.

Wickwire’s team of Peter Soosalu, Dan MacMillan, Emily Merry and Peter Dixon is the youngest crew he’s ever brought to Bermuda for the event.

Wickwire made the trip to Bermuda with two recent Dalhousie University graduates and one current student in the engineering school.

“I’m the only one who I don’t refer to as a kid on board,” Wickwire said jokingly. “I’m very fortunate I have this group of outstanding young sailors on my team. We’ve had great success in Nova Scotia and abroad.”

Wickwire won Nova Scotia Sailor of the Year by Sail Nova Scotia last year, but credits the award to his young crew.

“My team came with me to the awards and it’s a shared thing,” he said. “My success hinges greatly on the talent of these young, excellent sailors.”

Wickwire has been together with this crew for four years and has seen these young adults grow up in front of his eyes.

The International One Design, is a class of race where competitors are provided with the boats, take turns racing each boat to make it fair, and then decide a winner based on total finishes for the races.

The Bermuda International Invitational, in Bermuda’s Great Sound, took place on the exact area as the 2017 America’s Cup, the oldest event in sailing.

“It was amazing sailing,” he said.

Wickwire said the rest of his 2016 schedule will circle around Halifax and Mahone Bay.