Keystone’s Snyder first in Bermuda Int’l J24 class |

Keystone’s Snyder first in Bermuda Int’l J24 class

Keystone sailor Scott Snyder showed the world some Dillon Reservoir style sailing April 25-30 in Bermuda International Race Week. He won the 11-boat J24 Class in this annual international regatta. Snyder was the only international winner in all five classes.

The racing, hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, was held in Bermuda’s Great Sound.

Snyder and his crew from Colorado and New York got off to a stellar start with first-place finishes in the first five races sailed over three days.

On the fourth racing day he got a 2,4,3 score. He and his crew computed the possibilities of anyone beating them if they dropped two 12-point, did-not-sail scores. They would win anyway, so they stayed ashore – not racing on April 30 – to take first place. Snyder’s team had 14 points.

Bermudian Trevor Boyce, last year’s J24 Race Week winner, came in second with 18.

Snyder’s home club is the Lake Dillon Yacht Club, the Nation’s Highest Yacht Club at 9,017 feet above sea level. The reservoir was still frozen solid when he left for Bermuda, so this was his first time on the water this year.

Snyder has sailed in five Bermuda International Invitational Race Weeks. 2010 was the fourth as a skipper.

The skipper and crew for USA 194, Snyder, Greg Schertz, Brian Simkins, Tim Wilkes and Michael Dannecker, comprise a truly national team with members of the Denver Sailing Association in Denver, the Centerpoint Yacht Club of Long Island, N.Y., and the Canandaigua Yacht Club near Rochester, N.Y.

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