With the Canadian team of Terry MCLAUGHLIN, Allan MEGARRY, Geoff MOORE, and Rossi MILEV, who won the Knickerbocker Cup in 2003 and 2004, sidelined due to lack of wind, it is difficult to predict how well the Canadians will fare this year.
Obviously, the Canadians are the team to beat. But that may prove difficult with the notoriously shifty winds on Manhasset Bay. According to Ian WILLIAMS, 'the winds were very tricky today. As the land heated up, there were some big holes in the breeze. The trick was to stay out of the holes.' After yesterday's performance, it appears that WILLIAMS and Company, who are racing in the Knickerbocker Cup for the first time, have pretty much figured out local wind conditions, and could very well be the spoiler for the Canadians attempt at a three-peat.
Standings as of Thursday, August 25, 2005:
Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) 5 wins, 0 losses
Simon MINOPRIO (NZL) 4 wins, 1 loss
Laurie JURY (NZL) 2 wins, 3 losses
Jon SINGSEN (USA) 2 wins, 3 losses
Scott DICKSON (USA) 1 win, 4 losses
Christian HAMILTON (GBR) 1 win, 4 losses