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31st Knickerbocker Cup

The 31st Knickerbocker Cup (KCup), an international match race event, will take place on Manhasset Bay from August 29 — September 1. Match racing is the format used in the America’s Cup, pitting one boat against another in a series of eliminations to determine a champion. The winner of the KCup will go on to race in the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, a World Match Race Tour event.

The KCup brings a field of top-notch sailors and umpires from around the globe to Manhasset Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) in Port Washington. Ranked #2 in the world, Taylor Canfield, Team USOne, US Virgin Islands, is a veteran competitor in the KCup, but the championship has remained elusive for him — 2013 may be his year. Challenging Canfield will be #12 ranked Nicolai Sehested, Tre-For Match Racing, a young Dane who is also a veteran of this event; and #14 ranked Eric Monnin, Okalys-Corum Team, Switzerland, who is new to Manhasset Bay.

Rounding out the international contingent are David Gilmour, Team Gilmour, Australia, ranked #24; Mark Lees, Team Echo Sail Racing, Great Britain, ranked #33; Stratis Andreadis, Atalanti Racing, Greece, ranked #43; and Ashlen Rooklyn, Ballyhoo Racing, Australia, ranked #46.

The U.S. is represented by three teams: Dustin Durant, Long Beach Match Racing, from California, ranked #26; Chris Poole, Riptide Racing, from Maine, ranked #40, and Stephanie Roble, from Chicago, ranked #7, in the Women’s Rankings and #86 in the Open Rankings.

The teams will be introduced at the Opening Ceremony at MBYC on Wednesday, August 28. There will be social events and spectator boats to view the racing. For reservations, contact Bonnie Doran at 729-5663.

Each team has five or six crew members, sailing Swedish Match 40 sailboats on loan from Oakcliff Sailing, in Oyster Bay. Racing begins Thursday morning and continues through Sunday afternoon.

Fundraising for the KCup and St. Francis Hospital began in April, with the Heart & Sail Gala, honoring Norman Schefer, 30 year supporter of the Knickerbocker Cup; Dr. William S. Knight & Dr. Emia Chan, affiliated with St. Francis Hospital; and Patricia J. Petersen, President & CEO of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

All proceeds from the event will be shared jointly by the Knickerbocker Cup Foundation and St. Francis Hospital. Official Sponsors of the 2013 Knickerbocker Cup include Investors Bank, West Marine, Wells Fargo, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

For more information, visit www.knickerbockercup.org and www.manhassetbayyc.org.