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Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs

by Rich Roberts on 12 Apr 2014
Sweden’s Johnie Berntsson chases leader Taylor Canfield on a downwind leg. Canfield won all five of his matches Friday take sole possession of first place. Rich Roberts
Taylor Canfield won all five of his races Friday to leap into first place and virtually clinch a berth in the semifinals of Stage Two of the 50th Congressional Cup, but he's a hard young guy to satisfy.

'We want to win the round-robins and get to pick our opponent for the semis,' he said.

Four of 18 flights over two round-robins remain Saturday to determine which four sailors will advance to Sunday's sailoffs. And although the 25-year-old pride of the U.S. Virgin Islands as the world's top-ranked match racer would seem a shoo-in---with 11 wins in 14 races---it isn't yet a mathematical certainty.

Scott Dickson, Long Beach's transplanted New Zealander who has sailed the Catalina 37s for half his life, won a start against Canfield and led the whole two laps but, with the opponent only two boat lengths behind, couldn't build enough of a lead to execute a penalty turn at the finish---automatic win for Canfield.


Ian Williams of the UK, No. two in the world, slipped a bit with a three - two Friday to stand ten - four overall, while Francesco Bruni of Italy is at nine - five, with France's Mathieu Richard and Australia's Keith Swinton at eight - six. One of the five must fall, but even 2009 winner Johnie Berntsson of Sweden has an outside chance at six - eight. He has made dramatic comebacks in the past.

Richard, the 2007 winner, slipped a bit with losses to Berntsson, Bruni and Dave Perry, but sailed himself back into the picture---and Canfield into a solitary first place---with a win over Williams in the first match of the last flight. With a narrow lead on the outside he took a chance on port tack at the first windward mark by sailing across Williams, who had the inside position for rounding---and just made it.

Williams protested, but the on-water umpires waved a green flag---no foul---and as the Brit struggled to get around, Richard sailed away.

Richard said later of his opponent, 'They're such a good team, we think there should be double points when you beat Williams.'

The move Richard made to take the lead may be a part of the game plan brought to his team by his coach, Bertrand Pacé, a countryman, and former Congressional Cup and America's Cup competitor who has been working with the team since last year's Monsoon Cup in Asia and will see it through the Alpari World Match Racing Tour this year.

'(Richard) came to me,' Pacé said. 'We're mainly working on tactics and pre-starts. There have been changes in match racing in the last few years. It's a bigger game now with more money.'


Although always, Pacé said, 'the boats are very difficult to sail, especially here when you're leading because the spinnakers are so large.'

That's why, Pacé said, there is more passing downwind, when a following boat can blanket the leader.

That said, Pacé added, 'We're very happy to be here.'

Williams wasn't bothered by the French presence, despite the setback that dropped him from the lead. He'll have another shot Friday at Canfield, who beat him in the first round-robin Thursday.

'I feel we're better prepared every day,' he said. 'We just want to be in the top four.'

Total prize money is $75,000, with $17,500 to the winner through $1,000 for last place.

Racing is scheduled to start daily at 11:30 a.m., conditions permitting. Spectators enjoy incomparable viewing of the races from Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Admission and parking are free; seating, free public shuttles along the pier, concessions and comfort stations are available.


Standings after 14 of 18 flights:

1. Taylor Canfield, USVI, 11-3; 2. Ian Williams, UK, 10-4; 3. Francesco Bruni, Italy, 9-5; 4. tie between Mathieu Richard, France, and Keith Swinton, Australia, 8-6; 6. tie among Johnie Berntsson, Sweden and Simone Ferrarese, Italy, 6-8; 8. Dave Perry, U.S., 5-9; 9. Phil Robertson, Australia, 4-10; 10. Scott Dickson, U.S., 3-11.

Complete Results:

Round Robin - Click Results to see details

  Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Match 4 Match 5
Flight1 Dave Perry 1
  defeated
Mathieu Richard 0
Ian Williams 1
  defeated
Francsco Bruni 0
Keith Swinton 1
  defeated
Phil Robertson 0
Simone Ferrarese 1
  defeated
Taylor Canfield 0
Johnie Berntsson 1
  defeated
Scott Dickson 0
Flight2 Ian Williams 2
  defeated
Keith Swinton 1
Phil Robertson 1
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 1
Taylor Canfield 1
  defeated
Dave Perry 1
Scott Dickson 1
  defeated
Mathieu Richard 0
Francsco Bruni 1
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 1
Flight3 Dave Perry 2
  defeated
Phil Robertson 1
Taylor Canfield 2
  defeated
Scott Dickson 1
Mathieu Richard 1
  defeated
Francsco Bruni 1
Ian Williams 3
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 1
Keith Swinton 2
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 1
Flight4 Francsco Bruni 2
  defeated
Taylor Canfield 2
Mathieu Richard 2
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 1
Ian Williams 4
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 1
Keith Swinton 3
  defeated
Dave Perry 2
Phil Robertson 2
  defeated
Scott Dickson 1
Flight5 Mathieu Richard 3
  defeated
Ian Williams 4
Dave Perry 3
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 1
Keith Swinton 4
  defeated
Scott Dickson 1
Francsco Bruni 3
  defeated
Phil Robertson 2
Taylor Canfield 3
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 1
Flight6 Simone Ferrarese 2
  defeated
Scott Dickson 1
Francsco Bruni 4
  defeated
Keith Swinton 4
Phil Robertson 3
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 1
Mathieu Richard 4
  defeated
Taylor Canfield 3
Ian Williams 5
  defeated
Dave Perry 3
Flight7 Taylor Canfield 4
  defeated
Phil Robertson 3
Ian Williams 6
  defeated
Scott Dickson 1
Francsco Bruni 5
  defeated
Dave Perry 3
Johnie Berntsson 2
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 2
Keith Swinton 5
  defeated
Mathieu Richard 4
Flight8 Francsco Bruni 6
  defeated
Scott Dickson 1
Johnie Berntsson 3
  defeated
Dave Perry 3
Mathieu Richard 5
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 2
Ian Williams 7
  defeated
Phil Robertson 3
Taylor Canfield 5
  defeated
Keith Swinton 5
Flight9 Scott Dickson 2
  defeated
Dave Perry 3
Simone Ferrarese 3
  defeated
Francsco Bruni 6
Johnie Berntsson 4
  defeated
Keith Swinton 5
Mathieu Richard 6
  defeated
Phil Robertson 3
Taylor Canfield 6
  defeated
Ian Williams 7
Flight10 Dave Perry 4
  defeated
Mathieu Richard 6
Ian Williams 8
  defeated
Francsco Bruni 6
Keith Swinton 6
  defeated
Phil Robertson 3
Taylor Canfield 7
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 3
Johnie Berntsson 5
  defeated
Scott Dickson 2
Flight11 Keith Swinton 7
  defeated
Ian Williams 8
Simone Ferrarese 4
  defeated
Phil Robertson 3
Taylor Canfield 8
  defeated
Dave Perry 4
Mathieu Richard 7
  defeated
Scott Dickson 2
Francsco Bruni 7
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 5
Flight12 Phil Robertson 4
  defeated
Dave Perry 4
Taylor Canfield 9
  defeated
Scott Dickson 2
Francsco Bruni 8
  defeated
Mathieu Richard 7
Ian Williams 9
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 5
Simone Ferrarese 5
  defeated
Keith Swinton 7
Flight13 Taylor Canfield 10
  defeated
Francsco Bruni 8
Johnie Berntsson 6
  defeated
Mathieu Richard 7
Ian Williams 10
  defeated
Simone Ferrarese 5
Keith Swinton 8
  defeated
Dave Perry 4
Phil Robertson 5
  defeated
Scott Dickson 2
Flight14 Mathieu Richard 8
  defeated
Ian Williams 10
Dave Perry 4.5
  tied
Simone Ferrarese 5.5
Scott Dickson 3
  defeated
Keith Swinton 8
Francsco Bruni 9
  defeated
Phil Robertson 5
Taylor Canfield 11
  defeated
Johnie Berntsson 6

 Standings:Round Robin

1 Taylor Canfield 11.00
2 Ian Williams 10.00
3 Francsco Bruni 9.00
4 Keith Swinton 8.00
5 Mathieu Richard 8.00
6 Johnie Berntsson 6.00
7 Simone Ferrarese 5.50
8 Phil Robertson 5.00
9 Dave Perry 4.50
10 Scott Dickson 3.00

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