Team Stars+Stripes wins Bermuda Gold Cup, Open Match Racing World Championship

HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Skipper Taylor Canfield and Team Stars+Stripes have won the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship.

The victory was Canfield's third at the Bermuda Gold Cup and second Open Match Racing World Championship.

"I can't thank my team enough,'' Canfield said. "I put us in a lot of tough spots this week and they got us out of almost every one of them. We're excited to be out racing again, and to come away with a win is unbelievable. We're thrilled.''

Canfield and crew won $30,000 from the $100,000 prize purse. His crew includes Mike Buckley, Victor Diaz de Leon, Mike Menninger and Eric Shampain. They wore social justice statements on their gear, including Black Lives Matter, Respect, Equality, Justice and Freedom.

Stars+Stripes took three of four races against British skipper Ian Williams' Team GAC Pindar. New Zealander Phil Robertson and his China One Ningbo crew placed third after defeating Jeppe Borch's Borch Racing Team from Denmark in the petite final.

All participants were tested multiple times while on the island and there were no positive cases of COVID-19.