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Bjorn Hansen lifts Stena Match Cup trophy for the third time


In a fairytale comeback that had the home crowd whooping and hollering, Bjorn Hansen turned 0-2 into 3-2 in the final of the Stena Match Cup Sweden, lifting the trophy for the third time in a long career.

New Zealander Phil Robertson could only blame himself and his Waka crew for letting what should have been an event –winning position slip through their hands by exiting with three straight losses, including one triggered by a premature start.

For Britain’s reigning world champion Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar their fifth place in Sweden is not too damaging. His main rivals also failed to make the semi-finals, except for Hansen, whose win pushed him up to fourth overall.

Williams still leads the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour with 62 points, one ahead of New Zealand’s Adam Minoprio and these two have a cushion over France’s third-placed Mathieu Richard with 53.

The Alpari now moves to Chicago on 6 August. The scoring system allows skippers to count their best four results but must count the double-points scoring Monsoon Cup finale in Malaysia. It is usually the decider, usually lives up to its precipitational name, but is at least warmer than Europe in December.