Regarded as the best American match racer in decades, Taylor Canfield joined the United States SailGP Team just weeks before the inaugural event in Sydney Harbour. Given his world-class experience and competitiveness, helmsman Rome Kirby thought he would be the perfect fit for the up-and-coming American crew and he played an integral role during Season 1.
As co-skipper with Kirby, Canfield switched back and forth between being the flight controller and driver, and with new additions to the team for Season 2, he has his sights set on getting better at each event in 2020.
He first rose to prominence in Optimist dinghy out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club before becoming an All-American at Boston College. While with the Eagles, he was the 2010 ICSA Coed Fleet Race National Champion and earned a second-place finish in the team race championship that same year.
Following his amateur career, Canfield quickly established himself on the World Match Racing Tour where he became world champion in 2013. He went on to win four Congressional Cups, in addition to two Argo Group Gold Cups, and won the 2015 M32 Scandinavian Series.
The U.S. Virgin Islands native has been ranked as the top match racer in the world for three of the past five seasons, and has won a grand total of 14 World Match Race Tour events.
He is a co-founder and member of the Long Beach Yacht Club’s Stars & Stripes Team USA that is challenging for the 2021 America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.
Canfield currently lives in Miami, FL and enjoys kiteboarding when he’s not sailing. Outside of sports, he’s an avid ACDC fan and can usually be seen sporting one of the many hats in his impressive collection.