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DATE WITH DESTINY: World Champion Sailor Hopes To Bring Home Gold To The Virgin Islands

Taylor Canfield at the boat draw at 2012 Monsoon Cup. Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 4 December 2012. Photo: Subzero Images/Monsoon Cup
Taylor Canfield of St. Thomas

HAMILTON, Bermuda – World Champion Taylor Canfield has extended his unbeaten streak to advance to the semifinals of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton Harbor today.

The 26-year-old St. Thomian coped best in the light and fluky breezes that pushed the International One Design sloops around the harbor at pedestrian pace.

Canfield and US One extended their overall unbeaten streak to ten after defeating Chris Steele 3-0 in the first-to-three points quarter-finals.

The 2012 Gold Cup winners posted the best record during the quarterfinals to earn the right to pick their opponent for today’s semifinals.

Canfield chose Minoprio and BlackMatch who edged Phil Robertson and Waka Racing 3-2 in all New Zealand quarterfinal contest.

“We chose Adam because we think he’s a little rustier than the other two,” Canfield said. “Adam hasn’t done a lot of match racing this year.

“Björn looks like he’s on point and Keith has been sailing very well. So we’ll take our chance with my good friend Adam.”

In another close quarterfinal series that could have gone either way Swinton and Black Swan Racing came from behind to beat Ian Williams and Team GAC Pindar, the world match racing champions and 2006 Gold Cup winners. 3-2.

“Full credit to Keith and his crew,” Williams, the five-times match racing world champion, said. “It was hard to know today whether to be ahead or behind at the windward mark.

“All the situations that were fifty-fifty went Keith’s way. They had better execution and deserved to win.”

The remaining quarter-final had Hansen and Nautiska Racing beat Eric Monnin and Team SailBox 3-1.

Swinton, who qualified for the quarter-finals through the repechage, will face Hansen in tomorrow’s remaining semifinal while Robertson, Williams, Steele and Monnin will sail in the fifth through eighth play off.

Meanwhile, Spainard Nacho Davila still leads the RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup fleet.

The female sailor holds a four-point advantage over Mathias Berthet, of Norway, who leap frogged past Ryane Duff, of the British Virgin Islands, to take over second. Duff sits in third five points off the lead pace.

Tayte Stefaniuk has replaced Jordan Etemadi as the leader of the local fleet.

Stefaniuk is tenth followed by Micah Raynor who climbed two places from thirteenth to eleventh. Etemadi slipped from twelfth to thirteenth.

Christian Spodsberg, the defending champion, climbed from tenth to seventh.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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