Four-time Congressional Cup winner Ian Williams booked his semi-final place in the 57th Congressional Cup.
Williams and his newly branded Team Gladstone’s Long Beach claimed a spot on the top of the leaderboard despite a three-year absence from Congressional Cup racing.
He is joined by defending champion Taylor Canfield of the USA, Johnie Berntsson of Sweden and Chris Poole USA after a lively day of sailing in winds hitting the top range for the Catalina 37 fleet at Long Beach Yacht Club in the five-day regatta.
In Friday’s semi-final Ian Williams (GBR) will face Johnie Berntsson (SWE), while Taylor Canfield (USA) meets Chris Poole (USA).
Williams took 7 wins from his nine round robin races Thursday, only topped by Canfield with 8 wins. Chris Poole went through with 6 wins and Berntsson with 5.5 wins.
An important win for Williams was that over five-time winner Canfield in a thrilling match, where the adversaries sparred around the entire course, with Williams finishing just two seconds ahead of Canfield.
The Semi-finals start Friday . . . weather permitting.
1. Taylor Canfield (USA)
2. Ian Williams (GBR)
3. Johnie Berntsson (SWE)
4. Chris Poole (USA)
5. Jeppe Borch (DEN)
6. Emil Kjaer (DEN)
7. Harry Price (AUS)
8. Dave Hood (USA)
9. Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL)
10. Pearson Potts (USA)