Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Congressional Cup - Williams closes on Brady

by Rich Roberts on 30 Mar 2012
Congressional Cup day 3 Rich Roberts © http://www.UnderTheSunPhotos.com
On Day 3 of 48th Congressional Cup Ian Williams raced like the world's No. 1-ranked match racer that he is.

Soon after the defending champion and his crew from the UK reached the dock after a perfect 4-0 day, the team's boat hostess Rebekah Bennett arrived bearing a plate of post-race goodies and wearing the glistening silver tiara they had asked her to display.


The occasion marked their comeback from a modest 2-3 start in the regatta with an eight-race win streak that has them only one step behind early leader Gavin Brady with four matches remaining in the double round robin.

Brady was only 2-2 on the day, including a close loss to Williams that saw them never more than a boat-length apart over the one-third-mile, two-lap windward leeward course in the Long Beach outer harbor. Brady is assured of reaching Saturday's semifinals, with Williams just a breath away.

Winds were more moderate than a day earlier at six knots building to 10, wandering slightly from the southwest. Until the breeze settled in, an active array of California brown pelicans put on a pre-game show for the sailors and spectators, swooping among the milling boats and performing like dive bombers to pluck their lunch from below.

But by the second flight of the day, the scene became more serious than sublime when Williams and Brady lined up.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
The Brit, on a confident roll, started at the committee boat end and went right, as Brady took the left side. They were essentially even when they met at the windward mark, but Williams' starboard tack advantage allowed him to cross Brady and round ahead.

The margin didn't change much in the final mile before Williams won by eight seconds. 'We convinced our boat hostess to wear her tiara,' said Williams, who knows about the influence of royalty. 'That made the difference.' That and, of course, 'We're just trying to improve every day,' Williams said, 'getting used to the boat and remembering how to do it.'

His Team GAC Pinder hadn't raced since December when they won the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia to clinch the 2011 World Match Racing Tour title that elevated them to numero uno on the planet.

Meantime, Brady (11-3) also lost to Laurie Jury (5-9) of New Zealand, but the four-time winner here wasn't overly concerned. 'I don't feel too bad about today,' he said. 'You don't win all 18 [round robin] races. We qualified for the semifinals … and we're having fun.'

But another former winner was struggling. Johnie Berntsson of Sweden, who donned the Crimson Blazer in 2008, is 6-8 after a 2-2 day.

'We're trying to get the team together,' Berntsson said, citing 'strategy problems.' He lost to New Zealand's Will Tiller (7-7) by only two seconds in what could become a turnaround result in the semifinal solution.

The total purse is $60,000, with $10,000 to the winner.

Racing starts approximately at noon each day, conditions permitting.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
Results and standings
Round 11
Johnie Berntsson, Sweden, def. Eric Monnin, Switzerland, 10 seconds.
William Tiller, New Zealand, d. Laurie Jury, New Zealand, 0:15.
Ian Williams, UK, d. Dustin Durant, USA, 0:30.
Gavin Brady, New Zealand-Annapolis, Md., d. Staffan Lindberg, Finland, 0:13.
Taylor Canfield, U.S. Virgin Islands, d. Simone Ferrarese, Italy, 0:12.

Round 12
Jury d. Durant, 0:28;
Williams d. Brady, 0:08;
Lindberg d. Canfield, 1:02;
Ferrarese d. Berntsson, 0:18;
Monnin d. Tiller, 0:11.

Round 13
Williams d. Canfield, 0:03;
Ferrarese d. Lindberg, 0:11;
Tiller d. Berntsson, 0:02;
Monnin d. Durant, 0:20;
Jury d. Brady, 0:06.

Round 14
Berntsson d. Lindberg, 0:30;
Tiller d. Durant., 0:32;
Brady d. Monnin, 1:00;
Canfield d. Jury, 0:10;
Williams d. Ferrarese, 0:17.

Standings (after 14 of 18 rounds)
Brady, 11-3;
Williams, 10-4;
Canfield, 8-6;
Tiller, Monnin and Ferrarese, 7-7;
Lindberg and Berntsson, 6-8;
Jury, 5-9;
Durant, 3-11.

[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]
Congressional Cup website
Naiad/Oracle SupplierNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - This day last year…
Around St Katharine Docks, air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as Clipper Race crew said goodbye 2015 -16 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Around St Katharine Docks, the air was full of nervous energy and a sense of anticipation as the Clipper 2015-16 Race crew said goodbye to the thousands of well-wishers that gathered to bid them farewell on their round the world adventure.
Posted on 31 Aug
2017 Marion Bermuda Race offers front row seats for America’s Cup
Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat Enjoy all the post-race fun and activities at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club and stay on for your front row seat
Posted on 30 Aug
Dodging ducks, savoring summer—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 30 Aug
Full focus on board Oman Air for Extreme Sailing Series St Petersburg
With a lead on the overall scoreboard following their last gasp win in Hamburg the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus With a five-point lead on the overall scoreboard, following their last gasp win in Hamburg, the pressure is on to maintain 100% focus to make sure they perform to their maximum capabilities right up until the final race in Sydney in December.
Posted on 30 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Zhik sailors win 17 sailing medals at 2016 Olympic Regatta
The 2016 Olympic games are over and what a Games they have been - Zhik sailors dominated Zhik sailors won almost 60% of the medals contested at Rio de Janeiro. It was a regatta which tested sailors and gear - with one day being the most severe conditions ever experienced at an Olympic regatta. For the Zhik team riders on the waters of Rio, four years and more of hard work and dedication have paid off for many.
Posted on 29 Aug
Hollandia wins 8 Metre World Cup
After nine race series, Netherlands' Hollandia wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions After a five day, nine race series, Hollandia of the Netherlands wins it with eight points. The racing took place in a range of conditions and Hollandia managed to win every race.
Posted on 29 Aug
Volvo Ocean Race - Enright and Towill ready to go again in 2017/18
Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put their experience to use. Team Alvimedica were the youngest team in the race last edition, and now skipper Charlie Enright and his long-time buddy Mark Towill are eager to put that experience to use. Volvo Ocean race's Jonno Turner caught up with Mark and Charlie to chat about everything from the transition back into 'real life', their reflections on the 2014-15 campaign - and the future.
Posted on 29 Aug
Noroton Yacht Club takes the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Trophy again
The yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water. Every August the biggest question for the NYYC Grandmasters Team Race Regatta is whether this will be the year that Noroton Yacht Club's winning streak ends. Yet even after the age minimums were raised by five years and the event was expanded to 10 teams and three days to stiffen the competition, the yacht club from Darien, Connecticut, still out sailed every other club on the water.
Posted on 29 Aug
The door’s been flung open – again
Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing gets sexier for Tokyo Now whether it was the Champagne or something far more ethereal, there is the chance that sailing may get sexier for Tokyo 2020. Yes, the proverbial door has been cast ajar before, often to much fanfare, and not that much has been achieved.
Posted on 28 Aug