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Posted: 21.09.2014 - 22:01:52 (GMT)
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US One Sailing Team (L to R) Taylor Canfield (ISV), Mike Rehe (USA), Rod Dawson (NZL) and Hayden Goodrick (USA) winners of the 2014 Chicago Match Cup

US One Sailing Team (L to R) Taylor Canfield (ISV), Mike Rehe (USA), Rod Dawson (NZL) and Hayden Goodrick (USA) winners of the 2014 Chicago Match Cup

Chicago, USA (21 Sept. 2014): In a masterful display of tenacious match race sailing in today’s blustery conditions, Taylor Canfield (ISV) Team US One have successfully defended their Chicago Match Cup title, the only US event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). Canfield’s US One team consists of tactician Rod Dawson, trimmer Mike Rehe and bowman Hayden Goodrick.

Canfield started strong in the 15-20+ knot northerly breeze that puffed and shifted all day, dominating all matches in the first-to-three point Semi Final against Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team and amassing a convincing winning score of 3-0. Williams looked like he would do the same by winning his first two matches against Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets, but then the French team took the third match to bring the score to 2-1. However, in Match 4 Williams once again took control early and kept control to earn his berth in the Finals 3-1.

The momentum Williams had gained in that last match seemed it would carry through to the Finals when taking the start and early lead in the first match. But on the last half of the last run to the finish, Canfield closed the gap down to nil and then got an overlap and control of Williams, who managed to stay clear in hard spinnaker luff from Canfield. Williams then managed to build enough separation to gybe back to starboard at Canfield, luff him hard, and force a penalty on him for not keeping clear. One last gybe back by Canfield on the finish line only earned him another penalty, thus ceding the win to Williams. Score: Williams 1-0.

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Ian Williams leads Taylor Canfield in the Final of the Chicago Match Cup (C) Ian Roman / AWMRT

The second match saw Williams back in control in the pre-start, not only pushing Canfield over the line early at the start, but Canfield earning a red flag penalty for not keeping clear either. After taking his obligatory turn, Canfield was left to follow Williams around the first lap, especially after a right shift on the first run made that leg a parade. But being clever on the last beat put Canfield close, then into the lead that he managed to defend to make the score even at 1-1.

In Petit Final action, Richard led in nearly every turn of both matches against Hansen to win this series for third place 2-0.

In the third match of the Finals, Williams took the right side of the start and never let go control of this match, and was helped by a right shift that deprived Canfield of any passing opportunities. Williams’s narrow lead on the last leg to the finish looked reasonably safe, until Canfield rode a puff to close the gap, overlapped Williams to leeward, and under Tour rules was allowed to luff. According to match umpires Bill Edgerton, Russell Green and Tom Rinda, Williams did not keep clear, and was not in the two-length zone at the pin end of the finish, and therefore earned a penalty before crash gybing to try to get to the line before Canfield. Score: Canfield 2-1.

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Stunning backdrop to the Chicago Match Cup (C) Ian Roman / AWMRT

In the last match, Canfield wanted and took the right and successfully defended this side to where Williams never had a chance to get ahead. Even in one dial-down defence on the first beat, Canfield simply extended his lead more. With the breeze dropping slightly, and the big puffs of earlier matches no longer available to enable the trailing boat any opportunity to catch the leaders, Canfield went on to sail comfortably to the finish and his successful defence of the Chicago Match Cup.

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US One Sailing Team drop the spinnaker at the leeward gate in the final of the Chicago Match Cup (C) Ian Roman / AWMRT

“It was fantastic to defend this event in front of all of our families and friends,” said an elated Canfield. “And I really have to thank my team for an incredible performance this week in only losing two matches. In these conditions when you’re behind never out of it, and this team is incredible: when we were behind they only pushed harder for us to win.”

PROMO: DUTCH MATCH CUP, Stage 5 Alpari World Match Racing Tour

Overall results of Stage 4 Chicago Match Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour

1 Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One
2 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
3 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets
4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team
5 Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
6 Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
7 Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing
8 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX
9 Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby
10 Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox
11 Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center
12 Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing

Finals
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One beat Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 3-1

Petit-Finals
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets beats Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 2-0

Semi-Finals
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One beat Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 3-0
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar beat Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 3-1

Quarter-Finals
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets beat Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 3-1
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team beat Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 3-2
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar beat Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 3-0
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One beat Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 3-0

Repechage
1. Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 6-1
2. Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 5-2
3. Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 5-2
4. Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 4-3
5. Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby 3-4
6. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox 2-5
7. Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center 2-5
8. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing 1-6

Qualifying
Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One 10-1
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 9-2
Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team 7-4
Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 7-4
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 7-4
Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing 5-6
Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby 4-7
Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Team Trifork 4-7
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 4-7
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team 4-7
Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox 3-8
Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center 2-9


2014 Leaderboard Standings after Stage 4

1 Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar 94pts
2 Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets 74pts
3 Taylor Canfield (ISV) USone 73pts
4 Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing 63pts
5 Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX 52pts
6 Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing 48pts
7 Francesco Bruni (ITA) Luna Rossa 20pts
8 David Gilmour (AUS) Team Gilmour 20pts

FULL RESULTS HERE 

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