Former Sailor Canfield No.1 in World Tour
Dec. 4, 2013
On the last day of November, Taylor Canfield and his sailing team became the champions of the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
Taylor Canfield is a 2011 Boston College graduate, and is the first of head coach Greg Wilkinson's former sailors who has taken on a career in professional sailing. While at Boston College, Canfield won national championships in four different disciplines, the co-ed national championship in 2010 and 2011, and a number of ICSA titles.
Canfield left Boston College and joined a U.S. match racing team. In November of 2012, Canfield was ranked ninth in the world. Never one to settle, Canfield continued his drive to the top and joined the World Match Race Tour in 2013. The USone Sailing Syndicate, co-founded by Canfield and teammate Hayden Goodrick, competes against the top teams in the world, and was recently recognized as the number one contender in the World Match Racing Tour.
The final events were held at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. Canfield and USone raced against Phil Robertson and his crew of Kiwis from New Zealand in the first semifinal. Ian Williams, a British sailor and four-time world tour winner, was competing in the second semifinal. Canfield would have clinched the World Tour with a win, but Robertson came out ahead. The only chance Canfield had to remain atop the rankings was for Robertson to defeat Williams in the finals. After a number of penalties set back Williams and his crew, Robertson secured victory in the Monsoon Cup and Canfield, spending a full year on the Tour for the first time, celebrated as he earned the top ranking in the world. Williams and Robertson finished second and third, respectively, in the World Tour rankings.
It was the first time that the winner of the World Tour had not been determined prior to the final event. Canfield and the USone team are optimistic moving forward as they hope to continue their success in 2014 in the most competitive sailing landscape.