Taylor Canfield of US Virgin Islands defied all odds to win the Monsoon Cup sailing event here on Saturday. Canfield, a wildcard entry, first overcame an imposing challenge in the form of Peter Gilmour by beating him 2-0 in the semifinal of the final leg of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
In the final, which was littered with penalties, Canfield was made to go the distance by Phil Robertson. With the scores level at 2-2, the winner was decided by sudden death. Canfield took full advantage of the errors committed by Robertson.
“This win is the best we have achieved in our careers so far and the guys I’m sailing with — Hayden Goodrick, Mike Rehe, Dan Morris and Rob Dawson — did a fantastic job. We’re the second US Virgin Islanders to win this after Peter Holmberg in 2006,” said Canfield.
Results: Final: Taylor Canfield (ISV, USone) bt Phil Robertson (NZL, WAKA Racing) 3-2; Petit final: Ian Williams (GBR), GAC Pindar) bt Peter Gilmour (AUS, YANMAR Racing) 2-0
Final standings: 1. Ian Williams 130 points; 2. Bjorn Hansen (SWE, Mekonomen Sailing Team) 125.25; 3. Phil Robertson 103; 4. Keith Swinton (AUS, Black Swan Racing) 101; 5. Peter Gilmour 100.25