After being runner-up a year ago, Jeffrey Peterson (USA) and his team of Max Brennan, Scott Mais, and Sammantha Hemans claimed the 2022 Youth Match Racing World Championship title on July 19-23 in Pornichet, France.
“World Champion, those words sound incredible!” noted Petersen. “Looking back, we finished second last year against another American team, on home waters in California, and that was a bitter pill to swallow. So, to win here feels a bit like our redemption.
“We threw everything we had at it. We didn’t get off to a very good start in our competition, but my crew has been really incredible. They’ve given their absolute all and all credit to them. I couldn’t be prouder of them! We’re really happy to have pulled this off for the United States and for our club, and to be able to keep this title in the USA! We’re really stoked and grateful.”
Peterson was third among the 12 teams in the qualifying round robin series, advancing to the Final after wins over Riccardo Sepe (ITA) in the Quarter Finals and Timothée Rossi (FRA) in the Semi Finals. The other finalist, Marius Westerlind (SWE), was no match as Peterson shut him out 3-0.
“We were really very happy to win the semi-final and get through to the final after finishing 8th in the round robin,” noted Westerlind. “We entered the final phase telling ourselves that we had everything to gain, so we gave our all in the final, but Jeffrey really sailed a blinder, so it was tough for us. Even though we were a little disappointed in the moment, we’re really ecstatic to be world number two!”
1. USA Jeffrey Peterson, Max Brennan, Scott Mais, Sammantha Hemans
2. SWE Marius Westerlind, Olle Aronsson, Oscar Engström, Martina Carlsson
3. FRA Timothée Rossi, Thibaut Demai, Charles Henon, Erwan Felio, Clara Bayol
4. FRA Thimoté Polet, Elena Circiello Vaillant, Gaultier Tallieu, Elliot Le Dem, Théo Masse
5. FRA Ian Garetta, Corentin Goulon, Viçenc Girodeau, Yona Blacher, Calixte Benoit
6. ITA Riccardo Sepe, Demetrio Sposato, Simone Orpello, Flavia Shultze, Mattia Sassano
7. DEN Emil Kjaer, Bastian Sørensen, Mads Poder, Jacob Bødtcher-Hansen, Liva Beck
8. AUS Finn Tapper, Will Sargent, Cole Tapper, Ryan Ewings, Jess Tavener
9. BRA Nicolas Bernal, Gabriel Michaelis, Giovanna Prada, Vinicius de Oliveira Pereira, Lucas di Celio Pinheiro da Cruz
10. NZL Robbie McCutcheon, Jack Frewin, Sam Street, Chester Duffett, Sofia Higgott
11. GBR Alexander Colquitt, Rhys Lewis, Harriet Watkins, Joe Bradley, Rebecca Coles
12. IRL Maeve White, Henry Angus, Jack Manning, George Angus, Max McLachlan