Antilles grad Canfield wins Monsoon Cup in Malaysia


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Taylor Canfield went from wild card to champion this week in Malaysia.

The V.I. native took the title at the Monsoon Cup, the Alpari World Match Racing Tour's signature event, and all but secured a card on next year's tour.

"I'm not sure we could have done any more this year," Canfield told the tour's website. "We've been really pleased with how we've performed at the three tour events we were invited to. This is a great way to finish the season and sets the bar for next year."

Canfield was invited to the Monsoon Cup after winning on the tour in October. The Antilles School graduate won the King Edward VII Gold Cup at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Canfield and his crew on US One beat New Zealand's Phil Robertson in a sudden-death final on Saturday.

US One recovered from two penalties to win the final match's first race. Robertson and crew evened the score, but committed two penalties and gave Canfield another lead after the third race. Roberston took the fourth race easily to force the fifth.

Roberston errors gave Canfield a two-boat-length lead to start the deciding race. Canfield held on and became the second Virgin Islander to win the event. Peter Holmberg won in 2006.

"This win is the best we have achieved in our careers so far and the guys I'm sailing with, Hayden Goodrick, Mike Rehe, Dan Morris and Rob Dawson, did a fantastic job here today," Canfield said.

"We definitely want a tour card and if this doesn't prove, I don't know what does. Whatever happens, we'll put in a strong effort next year."

Canfield has been seeking adequate sponsorship to boost his chances of receiving a 2013 tour card. Saturday's win will help his cause.

The AWMRT is the leading professional sailing series featuring nine world championship events and is sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation with "Special Event" status.

- Contact Tim Chapman at 714-9102 or tchapman@dailynews.vi.

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