WMRT Copenhague. Triunfo para Taylor Canfield y su US One team, que vence a un increíble Team España de Iker Martinez.

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Canfield cashes in on Martinez mistake to conquer Copenhagen

Taylor Canfield (ISV), US One, has won World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen after beating Iker Martinez (ESP), Team Espana, in the most extraordinary circumstances. After taking straightforward wins in the first two matches of the final, in the third match Canfield found himself in a much tougher battle with the 2008 49er Olympic Champion who was improving by the race.

The early lead went to Canfield who always looked stronger at the start, but Martinez found a way past at the top of the beat. With the gusty wind pulsing hard, both boats nosedived badly on the downwind leg, and they regrouped in time to discover they were rapidly converging – collision course – on the same leeward gate mark. Martinez never gave Canfield mark room, forcing US One to ride over the top of the buoy and hooking it up underneath the trampoline.

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WMRT Copenhague. Iker Martinez se mete en semis y el campeón mundial Ian Williams eliminado.

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Friday the 13th lucky for Canfield but not for Williams

Sally Barkow (USA), Team Magenta 32, was seconds away from eliminating Taylor Canfield (USA), US One, from the World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen today in a thriller of a Quarter Final. But a gust from heaven dragged US One back into the game and gifted Canfield a last-gasp ticket to the Semi-Finals.

The match racing here has been characterised by the most unlikely and unpredictable lead changes. Winning the start used to be everything in traditional match racing. Here, it’s nice to have, but it guarantees nothing. The America’s Cup style boundaries are changing the game massively and when the sailors aren’t racing, they are avidly watching the other matches to learn whatever they can about this new format of gladiatorial combat.

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WMRT Copenhague día 4.

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Bjorn Again

Where to start on a day at World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen that brought so many surprises and upsets? On a sensational day’s racing to whittle the Super Sixteen teams down to the final eight for the Quarter Finals, the biggest surprise came at the end of the day when Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Nautiska Racing, came back from the dead against superior competition. The old underdogs turned around a 0-2 deficit to a 3-2 victory against the younger and much more highly rated Phil Robertson (NZL), WAKA Racing.

The 47-year-old Swede is a late and slightly reluctant convert to the M32 after being one of the top-rated keelboat match racers of the past 15 years or more. Winning Match Cup Sweden has been his speciality in the heavy DS37 keelboats, but the heavyweight Master of Marstrand was not expected to progress beyond the first round. Not only has he achieved that, but the Swede is learning how to master the flighty, lightweight M32 catamaran with remarkable speed.

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WMRT Copenhague día 3. Final de la etapa clasificatoria.


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Berntsson gets upper hand over Barkow in ding-dong battle

Sally Barkow (USA), Team Magenta 32, was pulled up yesterday for swearing live on camera at the World Match Racing Tour in Copenhagen, so she has resorted to an angry growl as her family-friendly alternative to letting off steam.

There was plenty of growling from the Team Magenta 32 skipper this afternoon, but plenty of grinning too in her ding-dong match against Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Flux Team. As the previous M32 Tour event in Fremantle proved a few weeks ago, the lead changes in a catamaran match race can be far in excess of what we saw on the old format Tour in monohull keelboats.

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WMRT Copenhague día 2.


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Maybe Old Dogs can learn New Cat tricks after all

For all their many years of experience on the World Match Racing Tour, Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Flux Team, and Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Nautiska Racing were not expected to make it very far this week in Copenhagen.

For all their many years of experience on the World Match Racing Tour, Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Flux Team, and Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Nautiska Racing were not expected to make it very far this week in Copenhagen.

But the wily old Swedes defied the odds to make it through to the Super 16 without having to submit themselves to the pressure of the Sail-Offs. Out of the four Qualifying Groups, Group 4 was the most competitive. Even Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar struggled yesterday but today the six-time World Champion hit his stride to break clear. For the other four skippers trailing in Williams’ wake, it all came down to who beat who in the last of their seven heats.

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WMRT Copenhague día 1. Buen debut para el español Iker Martinez en el circuito.



Iker Martinez debutó en el circuito con su Team España.

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Sehested and Canfield set early pace in Copenhagen

Nicolai Sehested (DEN), Trefor Matchracing, and Taylor Canfield (USVI), US One, have set the early pace at the World Match Racing Tour Copenhagen, both skippers winning three of their four fleet race qualifying heats today.

Some of the newcomers to the Tour have also showed flashes of brilliance in today’s light conditions, three-time Danish Olympian Michael Hestbaek (DEN), Team Hydra, winning two of his heats against an experienced group that included reigning Tour World Champion Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar. The 49er Olympic gold medallist and Volvo Ocean Race skipper Iker Martinez (ESP), Team Espana, won one of his heats easily, although finished 4th in the next. Consistency is very difficult in these short-course races lasting little more than 10 minutes, and that’s the difference between the talented Tour rookies and the more seasoned M32 sailors like Canfield.

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M32 Scandinavian Series, día 1. Taylor Canfield con su US One team, líderes parciales.


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Canfield shines on opening day

Copenhagen May 5th, 2016. Defending champion Taylor Canfield and his US One team proved that their overall victory last year’s was no fluke, claiming four out of seven races on the opening day of the 2016 M32 Scandinavian Series.

Conditions were relatively stable on Copenhagen’s Tuborg Havn, with the sun out and a chill in the air to remind competitors they are racing their high speed catamarans in Scandinavia. The light to moderate wind was enough for the M32s to sail fully powered up, allowing crews to fly their hulls providing a thrilling sight for the spectators, enjoying the regatta’s shore-based hospitality.

“It was definitely a good day just getting back in the groove,” said Canfield, who last year won all but one of the M32 Scandinavian Series’ five events. “We haven’t sailed together for a couple of months, but everything went well. We are still learning as a team, so today we were figuring out where we can improve – that was the name of the game, but it is always nice to come away with a few wins.”

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Liga de Match Race de la Comunitat Valenciana. Triunfo para el equipo de Sven Stadel y Suso del Toro.


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Sven Stadel y Suso del Toro revalidan el título en la Liga Match Race de la Comunitat Valenciana

Stadel y del Toro vencen en la final por 2-0 a los valencianos de Axel Rodger

El match por el tercer y cuarto puesto se lo adjudica Héctor Vilanova, tras ganar a los locales Rachel Graham

La tripulación del Real Club Náutico de Calpe, liderada por Sven Stadel y Suso del Toro han logrado revalidar el título de campeón de la Liga de Match Race de la Comunitat Valenciana. Una regata, organizada por la Federación de Vela de la Comunitat Valenciana, en colaboración con el RCN de Calpe, que cumple este año su vigesimosegundo aniversario, situándolo así como una de las más importantes de cuantas se celebran el litoral valenciano.

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WMRT Congressional Cup. Triunfo para Taylor Canfield y su US One Sailing Team.


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Record Three-Time Win for Canfield

Long Beach, California, USA (10th April 2016): Taylor Canfield and his US One Sailing Team triumphed in the Congressional Cup, Stage Two of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), after five days of “unbelievable match racing” – making him the first skipper to win three Crimson Blazers back-to-back, in the 52-year history of the legendary regatta.

The five-day World Championship event had been beleaguered with unseasonable weather: light and shifty breezes, rain, and calms. That PRO Randy Smith and WMRT Racing Director Craig Mitchell were able to pull off the series, was a near miracle. The repechage was terminated; series were shortened to first-to-two.

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