World Match Racing Tour: Six Go Up, Six Left To Fight at Congressional Cup - Bjorn Hansen and Ian Williams Go Toe to Toe at the 2015 Congressional Cup
Long Beach, California, USA (15th May): It was worth the wait! Congressional Cup racing was postponed this morning as an unseasonable storm buffeted Southern California. But behind the tempest came clear skies and a steady breeze that climbed from 10 to 16 knots as the last matches of Qualifying and the bottom six repechage were smartly waged.
Earlier in the day, PRO Randy Smith had cancelled the second of the Qualifying round robins, due to lack of time to complete it. Advancement would rely on their standings after the single round robin followed by a six team Repechage.
With the stakes high, the final three flights of Qualifying were fierce; and on the offensive, mistakes were plentiful. Phil Robertson (NZL) lost to Taylor Canfield (ISV); but shut the door on Przemeyslaw Tarnacki (POL) at their start, and went on to take that race. Eric Monnin earned a double penalty for barging at the start of his match with Swinton (AUS) (Monnin lost); while Scott Dickson (USA) and Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) were both OCS for their start (Dickson won). It was ‘no more Mr. Nice Guy.’
After a tense wait, the results of a tie-break were announced: including a surprising penalty against Ian Williams (GBR) that bounced him out of the top six. Advancing directly into the Quarterfinals were (in order) Taylor Canfield (ISV), Reuben Corbett (NZL), Phil Robertson (NZL), Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN), Bjorn Hansen (SWE) and Chris Steele (NZL).
The remainder – Ian Williams (GBR), Keith Swinton (AUS), Scott Dickson (USA), Przemysław Tarnacki (POL), Eric Monnin (SUI) and Dustin Durant (USA) – began the first of a five flight Repechage stage to determine which two will make the Quarter Finals. Three Flights were completed and fast out of the blocks were Williams and Swinton who marched to a 3-0 score leaving them in a strong position to advance but six team rounds are notorious for horrible ties so anything could still happen tomorrow.
The battle to stay alive in the 51st Congressional Cup continues at 11.30 PDT, Saturday 16th May, directly off Long Beach Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier – a thrilling vantage point to watch world-class match racing, right under your nose.
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2015 CONGRESSIONAL CUP RESULTS AFTER QUALIFYING
Taylor Canfield, ISV US One 9 - 1
Reuben Corbett, Corbett Racing NZL 7 - 4
Phil Robertson, NZL WAKA Racing 7 - 4
Joachim Aschenbrenner, DEN Aschenbrenner Racing Team 6 - 5
Bjorn Hansen, SWE Hansen Sailing Team 6 - 5
Chris Steele, NZL 36 Below Racing 6 - 5
Ian Williams, GBR GAC Pindar 6 - 5
Keith Swinton, AUS Black Swan Racing 5 - 6
Eric Monnin, SUI Team SailBox 5 - 6
Dustin Durant, USA Long Beach Match Racing 4 - 7
Scott Dickson, USA Dickson Racing 3 - 8
Przemeyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnaki, POL Energa Yacht Racing Team 2 - 9
REPECHAGE RESULTS AFTER THREE FLIGHTS
Ian Williams, GBR 3 - 0
Keith Swinton, AUS 3 - 0
Eric Monnin, SUI 1 - 2
Dustin Durant, USA 1 - 2
Scott Dickson, USA 1 - 2
Przemeyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnaki, POL 0 - 3
Photo : © Photo Bob Greiser / Congressional Cup / WMRT