Top four advance at Congressional Cup

Long Beach, CA (April 21, 2022) – Taylor Canfield (USA), Ian Williams (GBR), Johnie Berntsson (SWE), and Chris Poole (USA) have advanced to the semi-finals in the 57th Congressional Cup, after a dicey day of sailing in winds grazing the top range for the Catalina 37 fleet.

The mission today was to complete the double round robin series, and ten of the world’s top-ranked match racing teams battled 20 knots of wind for a chance at the Crimson Blazer at Long Beach Yacht Club. Proving their world ranking, it is Williams (#2), Canfield (#5), Berntsson (#7), Poole (#8) that advance.

None of these four skippers are strangers to the rigors of Congressional Cup stages; Canfield, Williams and Berntsson already have in their closets an iconic Crimson Blazer: yacht racing’s equivalent to The Masters’ green jacket. And Poole, who qualified for the semifinals in 2021, has tasted blood.

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