Capping off a solid day of competition against an international field of match racers hailing from Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and the Caribbean, Rodion Luka from the Ukraine won the 6th edition of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup today with a 2-1 victory over Russian skipper Eugeny Nikiforov. [Read more…]
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In Comeback Style, Ukrainian Olympic Sailing Medalist Rodion Luka Wins The 2014 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup
The 6th Annual Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, an invitation only event held each year by the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, will take place on March 4, 2014.
This one-day race sails in the protected waters of the Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten on the one-design Jeanneau SunFast.
Previous race winner Colin Rathbun shares his experience of sailing on the lagoon saying, “There are a couple of hidden lanes in the madness, but it’s like match racing in a mine field!”
Dispatching fellow Virgin Islander Cy Thompson in two straight races in the best-of-three finals, after going undefeated in seven races during the early round-robin qualifying tournament, 24-year-old Virgin Islands sailor Taylor Canfield won the 2013 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup.
Sports and travel photographer Leighton 0’Connor was onboard for some of the racing:
Canfield and Clarke will be racing racing aboard Plaxon’s Melges 32, Team INTAC, in the upcoming St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
In Dominating Fashion, Virgin Islands Skipper Taylor Canfield Wins Budget Marine Match Racing Cup 2013
With a flawless performance from start to finish, 24-year-old Virgin Islands sailor Taylor Canfield did not lose a race today en route to a dominating victory in the fifth running of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup. Canfield and his stellar crew-four-time Canadian Olympian Richard Clarke, and accomplished Caribbean sailor Mark Plaxton – went undefeated in seven races during the early round-robin qualifying tournament, and then dispatched fellow Virgin Islander Cy Thompson in two straight races in the best-of-three finals to earn the winner’s purse of $5,000.
Runner-up Thompson took the second-place prize of $2,000. In the petit final, last year’s Budget Marine Match Racing champion Colin Rathbun of the B.V.I. beat Russian Eugeny Nikiforov to earn the third-place check of $1,000.
The Budget Marine Match Racing Cup, a pre-cursor to the 33rd edition of the Heineken Regatta starting on February 28, kicks off tomorrow. Accomplished British Virgin Islands sailor Colin Rathbun will return to defend his 2012 title and tops an impressive field of world-class challengers and ex-Olympians in the fifth running of this event.