Fight for final four at 100th Richardson Trophy

Sunday, 14 October 2012

With Double Round Robin nearly completed, two teams look strong for the Semi-Finals, but the remaining two slots will not be determined until tomorrow

After another day of puffy, challenging conditions off Belmont Harbor and just a few flights remaining in the Double Round Robin, two teams look strong to make it to tomorrow's Semi-Final stage in the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes' 100th edition of the Richardson Trophy, sailed at the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC). Reigning champion Don Wilson from CMRC continued his winning ways from yesterday and lost only one match today to ensure he and his team a place in the Final Four.

Current runner-up Nathan Hollerbach from Bayview YC has 14 points to Wilson's 15, but even if Wilson lost his remaining two matches and Hollerbach won his last race to tie on points, Wilson would still win the tie break.

But Hollerbach's current position is threatened by two teams who have found their form in today's racing, along with another that looked strong yesterday, faltered a bit today, but could come back tomorrow.

Great Lakes YC's Steve Lowery and Royal Canadian YC's Terry McLaughlin both did well enough today to present a serious challenge for taking their places in the Final Four at the possible expense of Lake Minnetonka YC's Sam Rogers. The former crew-turned-skipper is tied on points with McLaughlin, but today lost to the Canadians, as well as both Lowery and Hollerbach, so he will need to win the remaining races in the round robin to keep hopes alive to get to the Semi's.

One unfortunate result for Chicago Corinthian YC's Ben Marden occurred today in his match with CMRC's Hans Pusch, forcing him to cede the point in his match. In the pre-start of their race in Flight 23, a fitting broke on the windward shroud of the mast in Marden's boat, collapsing the mast to leeward - fortunately all crew were on the weather side and there were no injuries. The CMRC team logistics team will have a replacement mast fitted overnight to make this boat ready for use in tomorrow's remaining races.

The concluding flights of the second Round Robin start tomorrow at 0900 CDT, followed by the Semi-Finals, Petit Finals and Finals to determine the 100th champion of world's oldest match racing trophy that is not a challenge cup.

Weather conditions may once again prove blustery as a cold front approaches the area to bring strong southerlies and rain, followed by clearing skies and brisk west winds. Results will be updated online at and can be followed on Twitter at @MatchRaceCenter.

CMRC Director Tod Reynolds

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 )