Rory Caslin won by one-point in Gold Fleet Optimist sailing on the weekend. *File photo
Rory Caslin won by one-point in Gold Fleet Optimist sailing on the weekend. *File photo

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: Rory Caslin edged Chase Cooper by one-point in Gold Fleet Optimist sailing on the weekend.

They were part of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s Autumn Series sponsored by Hardy.

A total of twenty-two (11 Gold and 11 Silver fleet) optimist sailors from the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) competed in the challenging light and shifty conditions, just south of Shaw Park in Spanish Point.  

Rory Caslin was 10 points ahead of Antonio Bailey who came third. 

In the Silver Fleet, UK Champion Matilda Nicholls finished the day two points ahead of Kieran Swann and 10 points ahead of Joe Arrowsmith.

Overall for the Hardy Series in the Gold Fleet, Cooper has an eight-point lead over Caslin and is 18 points ahead of third placed Antonio Bailey.

In the Silver Fleet, Nicholls is the series leader by five points over Kieran Swann and she is 19 points ahead of Joe Arrowsmith.  

The Hardy Autumn Series #1 is now at it's halfway mark with approximately 10 more races to go.

This Sunday the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club will host the Fall Optimist Championship, which will be a 2011 World Championship Team qualifier event for the BODA sailors.

Also this past Sunday, the RHADC hosted the budding Green Fleet optimist sailors in Hamilton Harbour.  

There was a turnout of over 30 sailors from different clubs.  

The Green Fleet consists of novice sailors that are eager to try their hand at learning how to race.  

Green Fleet races allow on-the-water coaching for the back half of the fleet and have a strong emphasis on fun while learning in a relaxed setting.  

Prizes and recognition were given to the sailors at the RHADC following the racing.

Two more Green Fleet race days are scheduled this fall season as well as a clinic with legendary Green Fleet coach Tom Coleman, sponsored by Riihiluoma's Flying Colours.