sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Congressional Cup - Williams closes on Brady
Congressional Cup - Williams closes on Brady

'Congressional Cup day 3'    Rich Roberts ©
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.

Congressional Cup day 3 -  Rich Roberts ©

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.

Congressional Cup day 3 -  Rich Roberts ©

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.

Congressional Cup day 3 -  Rich Roberts ©

Congressional Cup website


by Rich Roberts

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95437

5:37 AM Fri 30 Mar 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World























America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US