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2018 LBYC Patriot Regatta

FICKER FINALISTS BERNTSSON AND BARKER ADVANCE TO CONGRESSIONAL CUP SEMI-FINALS, ALONG WITH CANFIELD AND GILMOUR

Racing continues off Belmont Pier today for the Crimson Blazer

LONG BEACH, CALIF 21 APRIL 2018 – – Does Ficker make you quicker?

Photo Credit: Tom Walker

Stage One of the 54th Congressional Cup regatta wrapped up with the final two races of Round Robins, advancing Dean Barker (USA), Taylor Canfield (USA), Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and Sam Gilmour (AUS) to the semi-finals.

Racing concludes tomorrow Sunday April 22, in this World Sailing Grade One Match Race event, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club.

Both Barker and Berntsson had qualified for Congressional Cup through the Ficker Cup regatta last weekend. A Grade Two regatta, the Ficker Cup is prestigious in its own right, but also a stepping stone to the Congressional Cup; with the top two advancing to this week’s competition. It was founded in 1980 to honor Bill Ficker, a legendary yachtsman who helmed Intrepid to victory in the 1970 America’s Cup, spawning the slogan ‘Ficker is Quicker.’

“We haven’t match raced for a long, long time,” admitted Barker, whose American Magic team represents the New York Yacht Club’s challenge for the 36th America’s Cup. Ficker Cup, he said, “was without question a great opportunity for our team to practice, spend time together and dust out a bit of the rust.”
That training has paid off, as Barker dominated the Congressional Cup; today relinquishing today only his second loss of the series, to fellow Ficker Cup player Berntsson.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels

STAGE ONE, AND DONE

The final two flights of the Round Robin series were raced under hazy skies and a blustery breeze that waned as the day wore on.

Coming into Saturday after a successful Day Three, Ian Williams (GBR) stood just one point out of contention for semi-finals, with two decisive races to go.

Already, rival Harry Price’s (AUS) destiny was set; out of striking range of Stage Two, as was Scott Dickson (USA), Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN), Eric Monnin (SUI), and Chris Steele (NZL).

But Williams was still in the hunt. If he could win both races, and Gilmour or Berntsson lost theirs, the semis were in his sights.

In Flight 16, on the first downwind leg, Price and Williams were bow to bow; but Williams outwitted Price at the gate to take the lead. Splitting the course on the second downwind run, Price covered and began to reel Williams in. But Williams, leeward, pressed him past the layline; hoisting a jib for the final stretch of the ‘downwind’ leg, to capture that win.

In his final match of the day, however, Williams succumbed to Canfield after sailing into slightly lighter air; propelling Canfield into second place, with 13-5.

Meanwhile Barker and Berntsson had a “dramatic” match, with Barker’s start less aggressive than normal – perhaps as he already had his spot in the semis sewn up. But as the match progressed, the tacking duels began, and the racing heated up. By the final downwind leg, Barker forced Berntsson to the pin end of the line; a deliberate infringement on Barker earned Berntsson a red flag penalty. Still continuing to battle, both pros spun upwind with their spinnakers aloft, creating a tangle of wayward kites. Barker’s team, penalized for not keeping clear, watched as Berntsson dumped their chute and slipped across the line. “The drama was at the 120-percent level,” Berntsson said, “complete mayhem.”

Despite that loss, Barker completed the series with an impressive 16-2 record. “It was a tough double Round Robin, with a lot of very close races, but we came out on the right side of a lot of them,” said Barker. “We learned some very good lessons. Going into the semis, I’m very confident we can keep stringing good races together.”

Canfield finished 13-5; while Berntsson and Gilmour edged out Williams, each 12-6.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels

SEMI-FINALS

A haze of warm tropical air settled over San Pedro Bay as the semi-finals commenced. Canfield bested Berntsson in their first match, while Barker clashed with Gilmour. In a fierce bout, which celebrity commentator Tucker Thompson called a ‘trans-Tasman battle,’ Barker attacked Gilmour, who was struggling with an hourglassed spinnaker in the pre-start. “It’s like a cat toying with his prey,” Thompson winced, as Barker continued dizzying attacks on Gilmour, winning the start. Although Gilmour was able to shake it off and recover, Barker continued to extend his lead and finished nearly a minute ahead of his young rival.

Racing will continue tomorrow, with the first to three points advancing to the finals of the Congressional Cup. Petit-final races will also be held to determine third and fourth place, while the balance of the teams compete in a fleet race around the Bay.

HOW TO WATCH 

Enjoy stadium viewing of the Congressional Cup free at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, 15 39th Place, Long Beach, Calif. Parking, facilities and food service are available.

Live commentary on-site, by celebrity announcer Tucker Thompson, is accompanied by large screen TVs highlighting multiple camera angles, including 360-degree Samsung Virtual Reality camera footage from the race boats; and feature segments by Australian Producer/Actress Camilla Jackson, for a fully immersive and entertaining experience. Racing and commentary is live-streamed on Facebook @CongressionalCup and YouTube. Visit www.thecongressionalcup.com for full information.

THE CONGRESSIONAL CUP is one of the most prestigious top-level yachting events in the world. Established by LBYC in 1965, it is recognized as the ‘grandfather’ of match racing, pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring 30 years ago. Each year, this competition for the prestigious Congressional Cup trophy and Crimson Blazer features an elite delegation of the world’s best sailors competing in five days of rousing matches, in the waters off Long Beach, Calif.

 

FINAL STANDINGS ROUND ROBIN

Dean Barker (USA)                           16

Taylor Canfield (USA)                      13

Johnie Berntsson (SWE)                  12

Sam Gilmour (AUS)                          12

Ian Williams   (GBR)                          10

Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN)     6

Eric Monnin  (SUI)                            6

Scott Dickson (USA)                        5

Chris Steele  (NZL)                           5

Harry Price    (AUS)                          4

 

 

PRELIMINARY RESULTS SEMI-FINALS

Taylor Canfield                                 1

Dean Barker                                      1

Johnie Berntsson                             0

Sam Gilmour                                     0

BARKER BOOKS BERTH IN SEMIS, FINAL THREE SPOTS UP FOR GRABS IN CONGRESSIONAL CUP

Photo Credit: Tom Walker

Day 3 Quick Update

LONG BEACH, CALIF 20 APRIL 2018 – –With only two flights left in the 54th Congressional Cup regatta’s Round Robin series – to determine which skippers will advance to the semi-finals – the hard-hitting competition escalated. Dean Barker (USA) and American Magic remained on top, with Taylor Canfield (USA), Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Sam Gilmour (AUS) and Ian Williams (GBR) all within striking distance of qualification.

Congressional Cup Day 3, Long Beach Yacht Club, April 20, 2018 ©Tom Walker

Watch today’s racing live at the Long Beach Belmont Pier or online here: TheCongressionalCup.com

Cover Photo Credit: Tom Walker Photography

 

CONGRESSIONAL CUP GIVES SAILORS & SPECTATORS A TASTE OF THE WILD, WILD, WEST

LONG BEACH, CALIF 19 APRIL 2018 – – More round-ups than a Western movie thrilled spectators, and challenged competitors, on Day Two of the Long Beach Yacht Club Congressional Cup regatta. Dean Barker (USA) and Team American Magic continued to hold the reins at the top of the leaderboard, as racing continued into the second Round Robin.

As the breeze rocketed up to 18 knots, there were wipe-outs, collisions and protests galore. Johnie Berntsson’s (SWE) Catalina 37 was so damaged during contact, it began to take on water; they transferred to the backup boat. And Harry Price (AUS) proved how close race action is to the audience on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier; when his boat knocked a lamppost off the corner of the wharf. It will now be known as ‘Price Point,’ sailors jested.

2018 Congressional Cup – Photo Credit: Sharon Green

Despite chaos and crashes, Chief Umpire Russell Green announced, “Today is one of the best days match racing has seen. Congratulations to all the competitors.” Green has been a World Sailing International Umpire since 1991, involved in the Olympics, America’s Cup and the foremost racing events around the globe. His accolade is a testament to the high level of competition and professionalism exhibited at the Congressional Cup regatta. Racing continues through Sunday, April 22, in the waters off Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, starting around 11:30AM daily.

This afternoon’s thrilling conditions unfolded after a rainy, stormy morning. Strong breeze and significant chop mixed with bloodthirsty sailors – hungry for a spot in the semi-finals – to create a thrilling atmosphere. With seven races remaining in the Round Robins, Barker remains on top at 10-1; suffering his first defeat of the series, to Eric Monnin (SUI). Sam Gilmour (AUS) is in second, 7-4; followed closely by a trio at 6-5: Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Taylor Canfield (USA), and Ian Williams (GBR).

2018 Congressional Cup – Photo Credit: Sharon Green

A collision during the Berntsson vs. Barker match, with both boats heeled way over in the breeze; caused Berntsson’s boat to get holed below the waterline. The slow seepage forced the team to swap to a backup boat. The Long Beach Sailing Foundation maintains a fleet of 11 equally equipped custom-made Catalina 37s specifically for one-design and match racing. The 37-foot keelboats are maintained to identical standards in all performance areas: weight, equipment, rig tuning and sails; to put the onus on the skills and strategies of the competitors.

“We thought the Catalina 37s were unsinkable,” Berntsson said, passing a case of Stella Artois to the repair boat crew, and thanking them for their assistance.

Despite contentious racing, most of the sailors are fairly chummy, frequently traveling to the same events around the world.

2018 Congressional Cup – Photo Credit: Sharon Green

“We’re really good friends actually,” said Canfield, after his rousing bout with Chris Steele (NZE); playing golf and socializing in between M32 racing events in Miami.

That friendship brings with it a good deal of familiarity, though.

“It’s always a challenge trying to figure out where to jibe; if you go to early the trailing boat can take advantage of that.” But with Steele on his tail, he said, “We picked a good spot to jibe, and made his decision very hard. In that situation, you’re almost hoping he tries to roll you, because then he’s stuck out to the right side of the finish line; and that’s just what played out. He got a bit too close, which gave him a penalty.”

“It’s quite funny, because you know what he’s thinking, and vice versa,” added Steele. “It goes back and forth. You gain a little advantage, then give a little way to the other guy. The result can go from what looks like a really comfortable win, to slipping away from you.” Steele lost that match, and sits at 4-7. “We lost three that could have gone our way; which is very frustrating. But it’s exciting racing; it’s all really good fun and all the guys are in really good spirits.”

Double Round Robins continue tomorrow, advancing to semi-finals, petit final, and final racing through Sunday April 22, when the winner hoists the silver Congressional Cup and dons the prestigious Crimson Blazer.

HOW TO WATCH  Enjoy stadium viewing of the Congressional Cup free at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, 15 39th Place, Long Beach, Calif. Live commentary by celebrity announcer Tucker Thompson is accompanied by large screen TVs featuring multiple camera angles, for a fully immersive and entertaining experience. Parking, facilities and food service are available. Races are also live-streamed on Facebook @CongressionalCup and YouTube: visit www.thecongressionalcup.com for full information.

THE CONGRESSIONAL CUP is one of the most prestigious top-level yachting events in the world. Established by LBYC in 1965, it is recognized as the “grandfather” of match racing, pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring 30 years ago. Each year, this World Sailing Grade One competition features an elite delegation of the world’s best sailors competing in five days of rousing matches, in the waters off Long Beach, Calif.

2018 Congressional Cup – Photo Credit: Sharon Green

PRELIMINARY STANDINGS ROUND ROBIN

Dean Barker (USA)                           10-1

Sam Gilmour (AUS)                          7-4

Johnie Berntsson (SWE)                  6-5

Taylor Canfield (USA)                      6-5

Ian Williams   (GBR)                          6-5

Harry Price    (AUS)                          4-7

Eric Monnin  (SUI)                            4-7

Chris Steele  (NZL)                           4-7

Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN)     4-7

Scott Dickson (USA)                        3-8

DEAN DOMINATES! BARKER WINS FICKER CUP, ADVANCES TO CONGRESSIONAL CUP

Johnie Berntsson takes second, to fill Ficker Cup roster

LONG BEACH, CALIF  15 April 2018 – Dean Barker, USA, dominated the 2018 Ficker Cup, to win this Grade Two World Sailing regatta, and advance to the Congressional Cup, which runs Wednesday April 16 to 22, 2018.

Also qualifying for Congressional Cup is Johnie Berntsson, SWE, who finished second in the three-day regatta, which was founded by Long Beach Yacht Club in 1980 to honor legendary yachtsman Bill Ficker.

Barker was nearly undefeated in Ficker Cup, logging an impressive 13-1 record in the Round Robins. His only loss was to Dave Hood, USA: a Staff Commodore at LBYC and winner of the recent California Dreamin’ stop, who used his local knowledge advantage to call a shift to the right side of the course.

But from that point on, Barker was unstoppable, dispatching Leonard Takahashi, JAP, in the semi-finals 3-0; and crushing Berntsson 3-0 in the finals.

“I’m not sure when we stopped match racing,” Barker said; speculating the 2005 Congressional Cup event, which he won, “could be one of the last match racing events I’ve done.” But he certainly hasn’t lost his touch, as evidenced by his steady, cool-headed performance on the waters of Long Beach.

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Sunday delivered a chilly and shifty sea breeze beneath hazy skies. As a backdrop to the racing was the pervasive buzz of Long Beach Grand Prix racing, downtown.

After Barker defeated Berntsson in the final of the Round Robins; he swiftly dispatched Leonard Takahashi, JAP, in the semi-finals; while Berntsson eliminated Chris Poole, USA, 3-0.

In the petit finals, Poole, a late addition to Ficker Cup, placed third, after a 2-1 finish over Takahashi, but admitted he had been mildly surprised to make it to the semis. “Honestly, when we came out here, and our practice day was cut short due to heavy winds, and one of our crew wasn’t here yet, I didn’t think we’d be here,” he said.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels

In a series fraught with fouls – including a black flag disqualification – he said, “Looking back, there’s a little more work to be done, to find that extra gear that Johnie seems to have found.”

Takahashi, finish fourth, said, “I’m still trying to figure out how we got into a position to get to race Dean Barker. It was truly a humbling experience, and I’m thankful to Dean for giving us a lesson.”

“He’s a great sailor; the whole team’s been looking up to him for  years,” added Takahashi, who is just 19 years old. “I’m honored to be able to race against him, and all these guys here.”

Berntsson’s advancement marks his tenth entry into the Congressional Cup. Winner of the Crimson Blazer in 2009, he finished second last year.

At the prizegiving at LBYC, Deon Macdonald, daughter of the late Bill Ficker, was on hand to present the esteemed Ficker Cup to Barker.

“It’s an honor to win the trophy named after Bill Ficker,” Barker remarked. “It’s been a fantastic week, it feels a little like coming home to Long Beach.” Barker has  competed in three prior Congressional Cup regattas, winning the trophy in 2000 and 2005.

“This has been a fantastic opportunity for our American Magic team to go sailing in a competitive environment; and get back into the match racing game. It’s great for the soul to do this kind of racing, and race against these guys here.”

Both Barker, and tactician Terry Hutchinson, are past Congressional Cup winners, (Barker, 2005 and 2009; Hutchinson, 1992) and America’s Cup veterans, kingpins in NYYC’s American Magic campaign to challenge for the AC in 2021. Other crew members are James Baxter, James Dagg, Sean Clarkson, Greg Gendell, and James Lyne, with Jennifer Tille on logistics.

THE CONGRESSIONAL CUP

Congressional Cup racing runs Wednesday April 16 through Sunday April 22, beginning at roughly 11:30AM in the waters off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, where spectators can enjoy commentary and camaraderie as they watch the competition. It is hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, one of the nation’s premiere boating institutions since its founding in 1929. It is located at 6201 E. Appian Way in Long Beach, Calif. For complete information on Congressional Cup please visit www.thecongressionalcup.com

FINAL RESULTS

  1. Dean Barker
  2. Johnie Berntsson
  3. Chris Poole
  4. Leonard Takahashi
  5. Dave Hood
  6. Maxime Mesnil
  7. Peter Holz
  8. Vladimir Lipavski

Cover Photo: Bronny Daniels

CONVINCING LEAD FOR BARKER ON DAY TWO OF LONG BEACH YACHT CLUB FICKER CUP, PRECURSOR TO CONGRESSIONAL CUP

LONG BEACH, CALIF  14 April 2018 – The breeze on Day Two of the Ficker Cup may have been shifty, but “steady” was the name of the game for Dean Barker and team American Magic, as they clung to the top of the leaderboard, with six wins and no losses in the series’ second Round Robin.

The Ficker Cup is a World Sailing Grade Two regatta – prestigious in its own right, but significant as a stepping stone to the Congressional Cup. Founded in 1980 to honor Bill Ficker, a legendary yachtsman who helmed Intrepid to victory in the 1970 America’s Cup and won the Congressional Cup in 1974, it offers world-class match racing action in an equalized fleet of one-design Catalina 37s yachts.

And today, all eyes were on the scoreboard, as Dean Barker, USA, solidified his first place position and advancement to the semi-finals tomorrow, along with Johnie Berntsson, SWE, 5-1. Chris Poole, USA, and Leonard Takahashi, JAP, both 3-3, also proceed to the semis – edging out competitor and LBYC Staff Commodore Dave Hood, defeated in the tie-breaker.

Ficker Cup racing will continue tomorrow Sunday April 15 at approximately 11:30AM off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, where spectators can watch the action live. While today’s breeze built to 11 knots from the southwest, tomorrow’s forecast is for slightly lighter wind conditions.

The top two Ficker Cup finalists will advance to the Congressional Cup, the ‘granddaddy’ of modern world-class match racing, founded by Long Beach Yacht Club in 1965.

“What The Masters Green Jacket is to pro golfing, the Crimson Blazer is to yacht racing,” explained Congressional Cup Chairman Eric Dickinson. “The Congressional Cup is one of the most prestigious yacht racing events in the world and a gateway to the America’s Cup; and the members of Long Beach Yacht Club are proud to present this premier event for the 54th year.”

Full further information and results please visit www.lbyc.org; for information on the Congressional Cup visit www.thecongressionalcup.com

 

Results  Day 2

SKIPPER/NATIONALITY/RANK RR1

W-L

RR2

W-L

1 Dean Barker USA/– 6-1 6-0
2 Johnie Berntsson SWE/154 6-1 5-1
3 Chris Poole USA/54 4-3 3-3
4 Leonard Takahashi JAP/14 4-3 3-3
5 Dave Hood USA/136 2-5 3-3
6 Peter Holz USA/24 2-5 2-4
7 Maxime Mesnil FRA/4 3-4 1-5
8 Vladimir Lipavsky RUS/16 1-6 1-5

2018 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ SERIES-LONG BEACH STOP

April 7-8, Long Beach Yacht Club

Long Beach Stop Results

CDS FINAL RESULTS

COUNTDOWN TO CONGRESSIONAL CUP

54TH EDITION PROMISES SPECTACLE AND SOME SURPRISES

LONG BEACH, CALIF 19 MARCH 2018 – – With just one month to Long Beach Yacht Club’s 54thCongressional Cup regatta, excitement is building! In addition to an all-star lineup for April 18-22 Congressional Cup racing – including five of the world’s top-ten ranked match racing skippers – the lead-in Ficker Cup regatta promises dazzling action too: with sailing legends Dean Barker and Terry Hutchinson mixing it up with match racing’s most up-and-coming skippers.

THE CONGRESSIONAL CUP is one of the most prestigious top-level yachting events in the world.Established in 1965, it is recognized as the “grandfather” of match racing, pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring 30 years ago. Each year, this World Sailing Grade One competition features an elite delegation of the world’s best sailors competing in five days of rousing matches, in the waters off Long Beach, Calif.

This year Ian Williams (GBR) returns to defend his title, against Taylor Canfield (ISV), Harry Price (AUS), Sam Gilmour (AUS), Chris Steele (NZL), Eric Monnin (SUI), Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN), Scott Dickson (USA) and two yet-undecided foes.

Racing will take place starting Wednesday April 18, commencing at approximately 11:30AM daily, at Congressional Cup Stadium off the Belmont Memorial Veterans Pier. The pier offers superb viewing, with live commentary, food and drink vendors, and the camaraderie of other sailing fanatics. Double round robin, semi-finals, petit final, and final races will run through Sunday April 22, when the winner hoists the silver Congressional Cup and dons the prestigious Crimson Blazer!

THE FICKER CUP was established in 1980 by the Long Beach Yacht Club to honor Bill Ficker, winning skipper of the 1970 America’s Cup and Star boat champion. A World Sailing Grade Two match racing event, the Ficker Cup is a distinguished competition in its own right, with lively double round robin racing leading up to a series of finals. But, in addition to the esteemed Ficker Cup trophy, this event is a qualifier for Congressional Cup: launching the top two finishers directly into the fray the following week.

That’s how Hutchinson won his Congressional Cup berth in 1992 – and went on to victory. He returns this year with Barker, Congressional Cup winner in 2000 and 2005. Barker and Hutchinson are representing the New York Yacht Club’s recently announced partnership with Bella Mente Quantum Racing Association, established to challenge for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.

These seasoned pros will be fighting against several promising match racing skippers – including some 20 years their junior, such as Leonard Takahashi – for the right to compete in the Congressional Cup.

Takahashi, a 23-year-old from Japan, swept the Musto International Youth Match Racing Champs World Sailing Grade Two event in December, to earn a Ficker Cup invitation.

But don’t rule out Johnie Berntsson; also competing in Ficker Cup this year in the hopes of an entry into Congressional Cup. Last year, Berntsson was a Congressional Cup invitee: “on fire” according to his rivals, he finished second in the 2017 Congressional Cup, behind six-time match racing World Champion Williams.

All told, April promises to be a month of thrilling world class racing, with three days of Ficker Cup sailing.April 13-15 followed by five days of Congressional Cup racing, April 18-22.

HOW TO FOLLOW

To get a full dose of race atmosphere with stadium viewing, watch live from Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, at 15 39th Place, in Long Beach, Calif.

Ficker Cup: highlights and results will be posted on the web at www.thecongressionalcup.com

Congressional Cup: Live-streaming on Facebook @CongressionalCup and on the Congressional Cup website at www.thecongressionalcup.com. Coverage will include skipper interviews; results and daily highlights; press conferences and special events will be broadcast on Long Beach PADNET local cable channels. For broadcast schedules and more information visit www.thecongressionalcup.com

CONGRESSIONAL CUP SKIPPERS

Taylor Canfield (ISV)

Ian Williams    (GBR)

Harry Price      (AUS)

Sam Gilmour (AUS)

Chris Steele    (NZL)

Eric Monnin    (SUI)

Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN)

Scott Dickson (USA)

FICKER CUP SKIPPERS

Maxime Mesnil (FRA)

Leonard Takahashi (JPN)

Vladimar Lipavsky (RUS)

Peter Holz (USA)

Chris Poole (USA)

Johnie Berntsson (SWE)

Dave Hood (USA)

Dean Barker (USA)

ABOUT CONGRESSIONAL CUP

The Congressional Cup is hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club, renowned for its outstanding hospitality and organization, utilizing the talents and energy of more than 300 member volunteers to host this Grade One competition. Since 1965 the world’s top ranked skippers have come here to vie for the esteemed Congressional Cup and the Crimson Blazer – an honor bestowed to sailing icons like Dennis Conner, Dean Barker, Ken Read, Ted Turner, Taylor Canfield and more. Races are sailed in a fleet of identical 37-foot Catalina monohulls designed specifically for the event, which guarantees an even platform and exciting competition.

 

NAVY CLINCHES PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR CUP TITLE FOR FIRST TIME

MARCH 11, 2018  LOS ANGELES, CA – – On the morning of the final day of the 2018 Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta here, skies finally cleared and the sun broke through for the penultimate race of this prestigious event. 

The College of Charleston Cougars led the fleet of ten boats around the course, in light southerly breezes, capturing their first win of the regatta.

But it was the US Naval Academy’s second place finish in that race, that was the big news. With that, the Midshipmen clinched the 2018 Port of LA Harbor Cup title, for the first time in history.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“We’ve been here since the beginning (2008) and it’s the first time Navy has won it,” said skipper Teddy Papenthien. “It’s just awesome for the program, just huge.”

For the final race of the regatta, Navy held back, easing into a second tier start. “We had it clinched before the start of that race, so we figured we’d just go out and have fun, and see what happened. This is, for all of us, our last intercollegiate race; and for most of us probably our last regatta for a long time. We’ve got two Surface Warfare Officers, three Marines, and two Navy pilots, going off to try some different things.”

Papenthien continued, “This is a huge win for the whole program, because everyone was involved. I’m very pleased and very proud: our crew did awesome.” In addition to the Port of LA Harbor Cup perpetual trophy, the Midshipmen received a take-home half-model of the Catalina 37; and a cash prize from sponsor Community Bank.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

Also making their first visit to the podium was the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos, in second overall. But their day didn’t start out that well.

OCS in the first race, skipper Christopher Weis explained, “We found ourselves pretty deep. But the team worked really hard to fight our way back. We went up the left side and were able to go over a few people.”

That left them in a pack, scrambling for standings in the final race. “Going into the last race, everyone was there,” – UCSB, Charleston, University of South Florida and California Maritime Academy, all vying for podium positions. ‘We were all within a few points of each other. So, in order to get second, we knew we had to get out there and get the job done.”

“I am really proud of how they came out today,” said UCSB Coach Rob Grant. “This is only their second time at this regatta, and racing these boats. We practice on a Farr 40, so I was especially impressed by their boat handling.”

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“And yesterday was pretty rough,” Grant continued. “But today they shook it off and got to work. In that last race they did everything they needed to.”

“It’s all teamwork,” Weis described. “We all worked really well together: the team telling me to keep my head down when I needed to, to keep my air clear; getting the sails up and down, getting around the course. It’s all about teamwork.”

UCSB edged out by just two points USF. The Bulls took third, and were also recognized with the Best Kept Boat Award – for the team who best looked after their race boat.

As the clouds parted and sun beamed down on the fleet, University of Hawaii warmed up. They logged their best finish of the regatta – second place, in the final race.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

Getting used to the boat was their biggest hurdle, explained skipper Michael Pacholski. “It was the first time I got to drive a big boat in a regatta – it was really different. We were having a lot of fun with the starts.”

And today’s lumpy, swelly seas, a trial for many other teams, were no deterrent to the Hawaiian Rainbows – who know a lot about waves. “There were a lot of waves, so we did a lot of steering up wind; bow up, bow down, and had our jib trimmer adjusting constantly, As long as we kept the boat moving it was good; our boat speed was really good.”

“And we really enjoyed the regatta,” Pacholski added – echoing the sentiment of so many sailors.

LAYC hosts competitors, providing all accommodations, meals, hospitality, and outstanding race management.

“It’s awesome, flying out here, having a lot of fun,” said Gunnar Hough, Navy bowman and Executive Officer. “Having all the boats lined up in front of the club, it feels very professional. The Catalina 37s are extremely fun boats to sail as well, and there’s always a solid crew our team puts together, to come out.”

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“A shout out to the club for putting on this amazing regatta,” added Papenthien. “Of all the ones we’ve done, every one agrees this is their favorite. LAYC rolls out the red carpet for us. Everyone is so nice, and the boats we get to stay on are great. You couldn’t dream it up if you tried; it’s so nice – we’re so lucky to be here. A huge thank you to the organizers and sponsors.”

Saturday night, competitors had been regaled by a presentation from sailing rock star, Terry Hutchinson, on the Bella Mente Quantum Racing New York Yacht Club America’s Cup 36 challenge.

He also lauded the “significantly important” impact of programs like the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup. Hutchinson, himself a college dinghy sailor, described his own entrée to big boat sailing as “slow.”

“It’s impressive the support the Port of LA and LAYC put behind this program and the development, for this younger generation of sailors, into bigger, keelboat sailing.”

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta has been held since 2008, sponsored by the Port of LA and hosted by LAYC and Cal Maritime. This invitational one-design regatta is raced in the challenging waters outside the Port of LA aboard an equalized fleet of Catalina 37 sloops, managed and maintained by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. Invitations for the 10 berths are highly coveted, for the chance to win the Port of LA Harbor Cup perpetual trophy, which was deeded to encourage, “…young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing.” College level regattas are typically sailed in small one or two-person dinghies in protected waters. But the Port of LA Harbor Cup provides a rare opportunity for big boat, offshore racing, with large competitive co-ed teams.

For complete information on the Port of LA Harbor Cup and complete results please visit www.layc.org.

FINAL RESULTS

US NAVAL ACADEMY 33

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA 39

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA 41

CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY 44

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 50

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLGY 61

MASS MARITIME ACADEMY 62

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 68

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII 69

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 84

 

NAVY SAILS INTO THE LEAD AT PORT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR CUP

MARCH 10, 2018  LOS ANGELES, CA – – The US Naval Academy Midshipmen sailed to the top of the leaderboard on Day Two of the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta here. Racing concludes Sunday.

Vying against nine other college teams from across the US and Ireland, the Midshipmen logged three bullets, plus one fourth and one sixth, in foggy, drizzly conditions that tested both the talent and tenacity, of competing co-eds.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

”There have been a couple of light races that have been really frustrating for us, but the later parts of the day have been really nice, with good breeze,” said Sean Cornell, skipper of University of South Florida, who won the last race of the day. “We got off the pin well and were fast, and were able to hold the left side of the course,” Cornell explained.

“The starts have been really tricky,” he admitted. “The starting line is really small, so you’re either off the line well or you’re spit out the back. We had a couple of times where we left a few points on the table.”

They finished they day in fourth place with 34 points, just two points behind the University of California Santa Barbara Gauchos, and four points behind California Maritime Academy. “We still have a shot at the podium, Cornell summed. “Tomorrow, go out and get off the line well: that’s our goal.”

Cal Maritime gave a glimpse of their pedigree, winning the third race of the day, and inching ahead of the Gauchos. But it was Navy who was propelled front and center, with a 10-point margin over the second place boat.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

“Of all the regattas we do all year, this is my favorite,” said Midshipmen skipper Teddy Papenthien. “The competition is great, and it’s fun to be here: LAYC rolls out the red carpet for us. It’s an absolute priveledge to come out here.”

The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta has been held since 2008, sponsored by the Port of LA and hosted by LAYC and Cal Maritime. This invitational one-design regatta is raced in the challenging waters outside the Port of LA aboard an equalized fleet of Catalina 37 sloops, managed and maintained by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. Invitations for the 10 berths are highly coveted, for the chance to win the Port of LA Harbor Cup perpetual trophy, which was deeded to encourage, “…young men and women to enjoy the benefits of competitive sailing.” College level regattas are typically sailed in small one or two-person dinghies in protected waters. But the Port of LA Harbor Cup provides a rare opportunity for big boat, offshore racing, with large competitive co-ed teams.

Racing continues tomorrow, Sunday March 11 starting at 11:30AM, with a more favorable forecast for clear skies and 7-10 knots of southeasterly breeze.

Spectator boats are available, to watch the final two races. Or follow the action on Facebook at @LAYCHarborCup – Twitter @layc1901 – Instagram #HC2018 #layc1901

For more information please visit www.layc.org.

Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/Joysailing

RESULTS PENDING PROTEST

US NAVAL ACADEMY 22

CAL MARITIME 32

UC SANTA BARBARA 34

UNIV OF SOUTH FLORIDA 36

CORK INSTITUTE OF TECH 45

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 45

MASS MARITIME ACADEMY 48

UNIV OF SOUTHERN CAL 48

UNIV OF HAWAII 63

MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY 67

For full results go to: http://scores.collegesailing.org/s18/port-los-angeles-harbor-cup/full-scores/