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Kiwi Robertson wins world match race title

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/07/2016

New Zealand sailor Phil Robertson has been crowned world match racing champion at the eighth attempt.

The 29-year-old banks a cheque for $US1 million ($NZ1.37 million) after winning the fifth and final leg of the series in Marstrand, Sweden.

Robertson beat Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands 2-1 in the final, raced in gusty conditions, fighting back after losing the first race.

It was the eighth season on the tour for Aucklander Robertson, who has an all-Kiwi crew in his M32 catamaran comprising Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski.

He was delighted to secure a maiden title in the lucrative series after previously finishing third twice and fourth twice.

"We've been a super low-budget campaign," Robertson said.

"We've paid for everything ourselves this season. So we're over the moon, just can't believe it."

The series comprised regattas in Perth, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Rhode Island and Marstrand.

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