FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US SAILING Communications Manager
DETROIT, Mich. (September 18, 2010) – The competitors racing at the U.S. Match Racing Championships completed the final three flights of the round robin stage, the consolation round, and the semifinals on Saturday. When the dust settled this evening, Taylor Canfield of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, and Shawn Bennett of the St. Francis Yacht Club advanced to Sunday’s final by winning their respective semifinal match-ups.
Canfield finished the round robin stage with an 8-1 record and the number one seed. He was followed by three-time champion Dave Perry (Pequot Yacht Club) at 7-2. Bennett finished third at 6-3 after his win over Mike Buckley (Hyannis Yacht Club) in the final match of the 15th flight. Buckley grabbed the fourth seed with a 5-4 record.
Canfield took on Buckley and Perry dueled with Bennett in the semifinal series, with the first teams to win two matches advancing to Sunday’s final. Both Canfield and Bennett got off to great starts en route to their match one victories. In match two Bennett got off to another early lead, but Perry claimed the advantage halfway to the windward mark and had a slight lead after the mark. However, Bennett reclaimed the lead soon after. Perry had the inside track on the second windward mark. The two boats jibed and Bennett caught a puff that pushed him into the lead for good, and Bennett advanced to the finals with a 2-0 win.
Canfield was penalized after the start and Buckley took an early lead and never looked back. In the third and final match, Canfield jumped out to an early lead. The race was close halfway to the finish line when Buckley was penalized and Canfield cruised to victory and a 2-1 win. The battle for this year’s Prince of Wales Bowl continues tomorrow morning with the finals and petit finals (Perry vs. Buckley).
There was a pair of upsets in the consolation round. The tenth seed Brad Funk (Lauderdale Yacht Club) upended the fifth seed Kent Colpaert (Bayview Yacht Club), 2-0. The ninth seed Chris Nesbitt (Balboa Yacht Club) defeated the sixth seed Leonid Vasiliev (Oakcliff Sailing Center), 2-0. The seventh seed Mark Johnson (Neenah Nodaway Yacht Club) blanked eighth seed John Pearce (Ithaca Yacht Club), 2-0.
The U.S. Match Racing Championship is a US SAILING Adult National Championship hosted this year by Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club. Teams are sailing in Ultimate 20s on Detroit River in this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 3 event.
The highest placing eligible skipper in this event will qualify to represent the U.S. in the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup. The winning skipper will also receive an invitation to race in the 2011 Knickerbocker Cup, a Grade 2 event and World Tour Qualifier. Also, the highest placing skipper who does not receive an invitation to the Congressional Cup from that event’s organizational authority will receive an invitation to race in the 2011 Ficker Cup, a Congressional Cup Qualifier and Grade 2 event. The U.S. Match Racing Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Dry Creek Vineyard, Hobie Polarized, and Gill North America.
UPDATED EVENT FORMAT
Stage 3: Petit Final Series – First to win two races. Determines places 3-4 in the regatta.
Stage 4: Final Series – First to win three races. Determines places 1-2 in the regatta.
* Format is subject to change by the organizational authority.
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About US SAILING
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
About Rolex Watch U.S.A.
Since Rolex Watch U.S.A. first presented timepieces to America's Cup defenders in 1958, the company has consistently recognized and encouraged excellence in every important arena of competitive sailing, including US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics preparation, US SAILING championships, disabled sailing, offshore, one-design and women's events.
About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the sole distributor and licensee of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, Central America, US and Canada. Gill is an apparel and accessories leader in the worldwide marine industry for over three decades and specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company tests, designs and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Available through hundreds of dealers nationally, Gill NA is the sole distributor and licensee of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America, where it is the top selling yachting clothing brand. For more information on Gill NA, visit the company website at http://www.gillna.com/or contact Lance Jones at Gill NA, (678) 730-5581 5581 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Dry Creek Vineyard
Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard is located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, just outside of the charming wine country town of Healdsburg. The winery is known for producing some of California’s finest Fumé Blancs and Zinfandels. In addition to these “flagships,” Dry Creek Vineyard is also known for excellent Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. In 1997, the family released a new vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate Endeavour vineyard. Then, beginning with the 2004 vintage, the family introduced a new proprietary blend called The Mariner. Each wine has redefined the concept of terroir as the winery continues shape their portfolio for future success. Dry Creek Vineyard owns over 200 acres of vineyard land, primarily in Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. For more information on Dry Creek Vineyard please visit www.drycreekvineyard.com.
About Hobie Polarized
Hobie Polarized is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of polarized eyewear. The brand’s innovative lens technology allows total glare reduction, 100% UV protection, enhances contrast and provides optimum visual acuity. The company’s products are sold worldwide and are used by watermen at all skill and lifestyle levels. The Hobie Polarized headquarter is located in Plainview, New York. For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.hobiepolarized.com.