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Durant Wins US Sailing Match Racing Qualifier

Long Beach, Calif., August 11, 2019 – Dustin Durant continued his winning streak today and locked in his place at the US Match Racing Championship Finals at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco this October 3 through October 6.

After a 3-year hiatus from match racing, Durant and crew have officially got their groove back. After the 8 and 0 record yesterday, Durant said that he was a little nervous at the start, but following a practice race and logging their first win, it felt that he and his five crewmembers got back in the groove. “The teamwork was there,” the LBYC sailor said.

Trent Turigliatto, LBYC on the right, starts against Nesbitt in the 9th flight

Given that Durant is a four-time Congressional Cup Skipper and a two-time California Dreamin’ Series winner, and following yesterday’s sweep, the top-placed finish today was not a surprise. But with two races scheduled for today, anything could have happened.

The 31-year-old skipper shared the win with Shane Young on main, Neil Rietdyk and Wes Bryne on trim, Jack Bazz in the pit and Ian Paice upfront on the bow.

San Diego Yacht Club’s Chris Nesbitt will be one of the skippers Durant will face in October. Nesbitt also had a second strong day. Currently ranked 29th in the world and 5th in the US, Nesbitt competed here earlier this year in both the Butler Cup and Ficker Cup and has already qualified for the US Match Racing Championship. He won his first match today against Trent Turigliatto who arrived for today’s races with a sprained ankle and (adding insult to injury), incurred a penalty at the start.

Nesbitt’s second loss of the series came in the second race, and for a second time to Durant.

The second skipper qualified for the Championships is Cameron Feves, who won a qualifier in Chicago earlier this year and is the reigning Rose Cup winner. Feves didn’t have a strong showing Saturday, but he and his crew started to get to a better feel for the complexities of the Catalina 37s by the end of racing yesterday and put up a strong fight today in an attempt to break the three-way tie for third.

The day’s first flight saw all three seasoned skippers, Nesbitt, Liz Hjorth and Durant facing off against their younger rivals and schooled them handily. With the win in that flight, Hjorth, sailing for California Yacht Club, secured third place. Momentarily.

In the second flight, Feves turned up the heat, winning the race and drawing her back into the fold.

Chris Nesbitt, SDYC, and crew place second

When LBYC’s sailing coach, Trent Turigliatto beat Colton Gerber in the last race, both young rivals had scored a win against Hjorth, which resulted in how the third-place position finishers ranked.

Colton Gerber, a 23-year old Corpus Christi, Texas resident sailing for Ann Arbor Yacht Club finished in last place but will go home with a boatload of experience. A lengthy collegiate sailing resume garnered an invitation to this event. But the Catalina 37s, the largest boat he and the crew have sailed, challenged the team.

“Boat handling deficiencies caught up to us pretty quick,” Gerber said. “Trial by fire, it’s how it works in sailing.” He felt good about the progress he and the crew made by the end of the day and looked to improve boat speed day. The trip to California was also an alumni reunion of sorts as his entire crew is fellow University of Michigan alumni, with one crewmember in his senior year.

Even Parker Mitchell, who handles the main for Nesbitt, said the boats really put boat skills to the test. “It’s hard to win races without strong boat handling skills,” he said.

This race was also the first time Feves had sailed the Catalina 37. Along with the bigger boat, he picked up a few crew members with varying degree of experience. The 18-year-old, sailing for Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, said they learned as they went; catching a couple of flags that didn’t go their way, but overall, were pleased with the progress made in just 10 races.

The USMRC Finals in San Francisco will be sailed in J/22s, boats that both Nesbitt and Feves have experience with. “We want to win that one,” Feves said.

This qualifier event was sailed in Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of identical Catalina 37 sailboats donated by Frank Butler, the president of Catalina Yachts, for use in Long Beach Yacht Club’s signature event, the Congressional Cup. They are used in many events throughout the year that test many a skipper’s sailing skills and the further development of those skills.

Although this was also Turigliatto’s debut as skipper on the Catalina 37, the young racer has frequently sailed as crew on the boats for other skippers. And as Durant’s win today affirms, experience, teamwork, and local knowledge is a recipe for success.

Racing started before noon today, on a course off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Winds of 9 – 10 knots filled in early creating elevated sailing conditions typical of late afternoons.

Content and Photos by Laurie Morrison for LBYC

2019 BEACH TO BAY EQUALS YOUTH COMPETITION AND CAMARADERIE

Long Beach, Calif., July 18, 2019 — It was family fun day at the 32nd annual Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race Thursday, July 18! The event for seven to 17-year old’s saw 122 boats race along a five-mile course that took 12 classes of dinghies, helmed by 144 young sailors, from the corner of Alamitos Beach near Island Grissom, off Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier to the finish line by the long dock of the race’s host, Long Beach Yacht Club.

Drone photos courtesy of LBYC Sailing Director Cameron MacLaren

Principal Race Officer Alexis Hall, a former coach for racers in this event, had the first class of boats underway at 10:30 a.m. following a 30-minute delay until the wind picked up. It was the largest race the 20-year-old PRO Rookie of the Year had organized. For some of the boats, it’s the only race of the year they leave the protection of Alamitos Bay and venture into the waters of the harbor.

Although last to start, the 29-boat CFJ fleet quickly weaved through the other competitors. Tate Christopher, of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and crew Stewart McCaleb, crossed the finish at about 12:30 p.m. to claim the overall winner title. The pair were just eight boat lengths ahead of LBYC’s Alex Lech with his crew; brother Nicky Lech, who were followed closely by twins Scott Pearl and Chloe Pearl of ABYC.

“It was a great day on the water,” said Race Director and event Chairman Jess Gerry. “With clearing blue skies, winds that started at 5 to 7 knots and building to 7 to 9 created simply perfect conditions for these young sailors.”

The event was very much family-friendly and spectator-friendly, with coaches and parents cheering on the youngsters from shore, the pier or in dinghies, he said. In addition to the Lech’s and the Pearls who sailed together, Christopher’s brother Gage (who placed first in the O’pen Bic fleet) and 18 other sets of siblings participated.

With the majority of racers representing local yacht and sailing clubs, the race also had a strong neighborhood, community, and social vibe.

After the race, the kids quickly put away their boats and gear and hit the poolside deck for the burger bash. It was a scene from Caddyshack by the pool, Gerry said of the fun and camaraderie shared by the competitors.

“Beach to Bay is a regatta that both the coaches and sailors look forward to all summer long,” said Hall. “There is something special about watching 120 kids race with big smiles on their face and then enjoy a fun pool party.”

The burger bash was topped only by the awards ceremony where the Jessica Uniack Perpetual Trophy was awarded to ABYC’s Cole Barth for being the winning sailor in the largest fleet – the Sabot C3s.
The event is named for Jessica Uniack, a dedicated volunteer and supporter of junior sailing who died in 1994. Her husband, Staff Commodore Bill Uniack, attended Thursday’s race. Her son Billy Uniack helped the kids launch their boats, assisted with the recording finish times and presenting trophies.

At the ceremony, LBYC’s Preston Woodward picked up yet another trophy!

Last month, Woodward and Lech crewed for Trent Turigliatto at the Junior Match Racing Invitational and placed third. Yesterday, the 14-year-old borrowed a Laser Radial from LBYC coach Sawyer Gibbs; raced it for the first time and won the class.

COMPLETE RESULTS

Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers in each fleet:

Sabot C3
1st ABYC Cole Barth
2nd Leeway Asher Douglas
3rd Leeway Jacob Balster

Lasers Full Fleet
1st Leeway Kai Jorda
2nd HHYC Ben Hagadorn
3rd SLBYC Isaac Sweeney

Laser Radial
1st LBYC Preston Woodworth
2nd ABYC Tanner Jolly
3rd SLBYC Matthew Sas

Bic
1st ABYC Gage Christopher
2nd HHYC Ryan Misterly
3rd HHYC Miles Burnett

RS Tera
1st WLYC Emily Rychlik
2nd SMWYC Miles Gordon
3rd DPYC Christopher Daher

Sabot C1
1st LBYC Hannah Crompton
2nd LBYC Madison Mansour
3rd Leeway Claire Williams

Sabot C2
1st LBYC Taylor Carty
2nd LBYC Sophia Corzine
3rd LBYC Victoria Messano

Optimist
1st ABYC Jorge Alessandro Lettera
2nd ABYC Megan Farmer
3rd ABYC Fiona Barbeito

CFJ
1st ABYC Tate Christopher Stewart McCaleb
2nd LBYC Alex Lech Nicky Lech
3rd ABYC Scott Pearl Chloe Pearl

2019 LBRW Wrap Up

‘Classic Long Beach’ conditions wrap-up three-day regatta

LONG BEACH, CA 23 June 2019 – -The 2019 edition of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week wrapped up with a bang, as winds tickled the 20s and racers were tested in the final day of the regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

More than 100 teams participated in the June 21 to 23 event, which drew sailors from the western US and neighboring nations, plus Australia and Germany.

Wind conditions steadily built over the three day regatta, as did the excitement, as racers competed in a series of seven windward/leeward or three random leg races, in both one-design and PHRF fleets.

In many cases, it was a classic scenario of ‘the rich getting richer’ as precision starts and crew work paid off.

Vesper dominated the TP52 fleet for the second year in a row, with an impressive 1-1-2-1-1-1-1 record. Skipper David Team credited his crew for the win, adding, “The Race Committee did an incredible job and the conditions in Long Beach were amazing!”

Mike Pentecost and Nice Asp grabbed the lead in the 20-boat Viper 640 fleet, and never let go, taking the win. Struntje Light controlled the lively Farr 40 fleet with a series of podium finishes; DistraXion, an XP44 racing in Random Leg B, took a bullet in each of its distance races. In PHRF B Lugano finished in first with a solid 13-point advantage over that division’s runner-up. Elyxir’s 2-1-1 record in Random Leg A won the Ely family the Kent Golison Family Trophy for the second year in a row.

In other cases, it was a three-day skirmish for position. Bruce Golison’s Midlife Crisis and Jeff Janov’s Minor Threat were neck-in-neck the entire weekend, with Golison edging out Janov in a tie-breaker in the J/70 Class, receiving the Satariano Boat of the Week honors for their efforts. In third place, and also the top Corinthian boat, was Chris Kostanecki in Jennifer.

2019 Satariano Boat of the Week and J/70 Class Winners: USA 26 Team Midlife Crisis (SDYC)
Pictured Lto R: ABYC Commodore Dave Schack, Erik Shampain, Bruce Golison, Jeff Reynolds, LBYC Commodore Camille Daniels. Not pictured: Willem Van Waay

Racing for the Schock 35 Pacific Coast Championship, Code Blue and Whiplash tussled on the course and in the protest room. In the end, one point separated the two Long Beach rivals, with Code Blue coming out on top.

Hailing from Santa Barbara Yacht Club, the crew of Argo 3 took PHRF A over Aussie Airwaves, who was consoled with the LBRW Travel Trophy for venturing the furthest distance to compete. The J/109 Raptor snared first over Off the Porch in PHRF C. Holding off challengers Shadowfax (who took second) and Dos Amigos (third), in Random Leg C was Todd Wheatley and Gator, whose first in that class also garnered him the PHRF Boat of the Week Award.

In the always thrilling battle for the Catalina 37 National Championship, LBYC’s Team DH3 recaptured the title for the fifth time in nine years, with Staff Commodore Dave Hood at the helm.

Following the first day of races (Friday) DH3 and Keith Ives’ Team D-Ives Plus were tied for first; but by Saturday afternoon DH3 had a three-point lead. So it was no surprise that in the first of today’s two races, Ives attacked. To spectators, it appeared Ives and Hood had their own private match race going on, in the middle of the 11-boat Catalina 37 fleet. But Ives’ aggression backfired. Taking Hood up, he incurred a penalty; and in the busting 18-knot breeze, his penalty turn went afoul. Ives lost his chance at the title but came back strong to win the final race of the day and secure silver. That effort also helped ABYC win the Yacht Club Challenge, along with Chris Raab in Viper 640s and Shadowfax.

“We have rivalries on many levels,” said DH3 tactician Randy Smith, of the tug-of-war with Ives’ Team. “We compete against each other in big boats, ABYC versus LBYC, in the Catalina 37s … but we’re all the best of friends and have a ton of mutual respect.”

“However, when we go out there in hand-to-hand combat, we don’t care who’s friends with who!” he added with a smile.

Smith attributed their win to “incredibly strong teamwork and effort.”

“Every position on the boat has the best person out there. The team is incredibly strong, with the utmost attention to detail.” About skipper Hood, he said, “Dave started sailing late in life, and I’ve been with him almost since the beginning. I’ve watched him grow over the last 10 years, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Rivalries and competition aside, “fun” is a key ingredient in the 40-year success of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week.

‘This event is like a family reunion in a small town,” pointed out LBYC Commodore Camille Daniels. “All your friends get together once a year to race and celebrate the Summer Solstice. Just think. We have the longest day of the year to have the best party!”

Daniels said cooperation between LBYC and ABYC is also a key part of the recipe. “We have members from each club on the committees, working together. Each of our clubs has enough resources to do a regatta maybe half the the size – but together, it’s magic. We have three professionally run race circles and have had up to 160 boats compete at Race Week. That’s a big deal!”

During LBRW, sailors from near and far contend in up to three days of racing on three different race courses: one inside the Federal breakwater and two outside. Each course is astutely managed and run by race officials from ABYC, LBYC and other area clubs, winning the organizers kudos from participants.

ABYC Commodore David Schack added, “We’ve worked together on this regatta for years, so can tap into the talents from both clubs, which helps us do a really good job at both the racing and the parties. Because you can’t have one without the other!”

“The racing is great, and we get a good cross-section of the sailing community,” Schack continued. “It’s great to mix the big boat and the one-design boat and the small boat sailors. And the terrific vibe we have at the parties when we get everybody together is so cool. It really unifies our clubs, and the Bay.”

The effort Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club put into this event is impressive, said Bruce Cooper, principal of Ullman Sails and title sponsor of LBRW. “As a local business, we appreciate the cooperation and expertise of the clubs, from the racing to the parties. It’s seamless, and a lot of fun for the sailors.”

“Long Beach always delivers,” Cooper added, “from the sailing conditions to the level of competition to the camaraderie. We are really proud to sponsor this event each year.”

“I just love this event,” added Commodore Daniels. “Whether we are working together, racing together or partying together, everybody enjoys each others’ company. We enjoy having their members at our club and on our boats, and they make us feel welcome. And in the evenings, you see your friends, buddies and mates you’ve sailed with over the years; you see their kids and the families and keep building the tradition. And I think that’s what we need: more families and more of a community feeling in sailing, to get the sport back up there, and build it up again.”

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Cover Photo Credit: Tom Walker

Racers ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week

LONG BEACH, CA 22 June 2019 – – Racers were rockin’ and rollin’ on and off the water at the 2019 Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week here today. Ullman Sails LBRW is hosted annually by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club.

Conditions on Day Two of the three-day event cranked up from a modest 11 to 13 knots at the onset, to sporty seas and breeze in the high teens by late afternoon. Buoy racers in 10 different divisions, competing on three courses, enjoyed a trio of lively races; while Random Leg racers took a scenic tour of San Pedro Bay
in distance courses ranging from 12 to 23nm. In that category, Elyxir moved to the top of the leaderboard of RL A; DistraXion posted a second bullet and firmed up their lead in RL B; while Gator snapped up first place in RL C.

Midlife Crisis and Minor Threat ended Day Two tied for first in J/70s. Amidst that competitive 18 boat fleet is Ullman Sails owner and LBRW sponsor Bruce Cooper, racing aboard USA32, in sixth place.

Ullman Sails has been hosting a nightly debrief for J/70 racers, and tonight’s talk was aptly about ‘dealing with chop’ and ‘communications onboard in heavy and noisy conditions.’

Holding a 10-point lead over rivals in the Viper 640 fleet was Nice Asp. Code Blue blew Whiplash out of first place in Schock 35s, with a 2-2-1-1-1 record. Also clocking only top-two finishes was Raptor, in PHRF C: 2-1-1-2-2. In PHRF A, Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s Argo stood in first place, with Lugano the frontrunner in PHRF B. In the Catalina 37 Nationals, a home-town rivalry shaped up, with LBYC teams DH3 moving to first place and D-Ives nipping at their heels.

Today’s conditions provided spectacular viewing for competitors, spectators, and the 70-some volunteers on the water. A panorama of colorful sails spanned the horizon atop white-capped seas, where dolphins and sea lions cavorted.

Nowhere was the excitement more evident than Bravo course, where the big boats played. Farr 40 skipper Rick Goebel, flying a Canadian flag off a hockey stick astern Insanity, said the racing was, “not for the faint of heart.” Insanity, in second place after today’s racing, is tuning up for the Farr 40 Worlds, to be held here in October, and illustrates the international pedigree of LBRW racers. While Goebel is Canadian, Farr 40 leader Struntje hails from Germany; TP52 competitors Nimbus and Patches are from Mexico. PHRF A fleet’s Kite35 is also from Canada, and Aussie Airwaves from the Land Down Under.

Sailors were rockin’ and rollin’ each night at LBRW as well. Following up Friday evening’s rousing party on the lawn at ABYC was a Mount Gay Rum party poolside at LBYC tonight. Rivalries melted as friendly competitors danced and shared racing tales and cocktails as the sun sank low.

Sailing continues Sunday June 23 for LBRW daily and overall honors, plus the Kent Golison Family Trophy, Satariano (one-design) Boat of the Week and PHRF Boat of the Week awards, the Yacht Club Challenge, Catalina 37 National and and Schock 35 Pacific Coast championship titles. Races start at 11:55am tomorrow, with a prize-giving at LBYC at 5:00pm.

For more details and complete results go to www.lbrw.org.
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Cover Photo Credit: Tom Walker

SUMMER BEGINS WITH ULLMAN SAILS LONG BEACH RACE WEEK

LONG BEACH, CA 21 June 2019 – – Right on cue on Solstice Day, the grey skies cleared, the sun came out, and the guns fired, announcing the start of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week. Summer has arrived in Southern California!

On Day One of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week, competitors were treated to delightful conditions for the first of three days of racing. Seasonal ‘June gloom’ gave way to sunny skies and southwesterly breezes of six to ten knots, with nearly 1,000 sailors competing on windward-leeward and random-leg courses on San Pedro Bay.
Hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, LBRW is a favorite tradition of sailors for 40 years, with competitors hailing from five states plus Australia, Germany, Mexico and Canada. The event will continue through Sunday June 23.

One of many trophies and titles up for grabs this weekend is the Catalina 37 National Championship. The Catalina 37s are an elite fleet: designed for the prestigious Congressional Cup regatta, this custom keelboat exists only here in Long Beach. Racers come from far and wide to charter these one-design race boats, which are owned and maintained to identical standards by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. This year’s lineup at LBRW includes teams from San Diego to Tacoma and several ports in between, plus neighboring Arizona.

The battle for last year’s National title came down to a three-way tie, as racers entered the final match of the series. That clash, between Team ABYC Juniors, LBYC’s DH3 entry, and Southwestern Yacht Club, went to ABYC. But with ABYC unable to mount a defending campaign in 2019 (ABYC skipper Kevin Brown is this year’s LBRW co-chair) the door was wide open for new challengers.

Hearing the call was first-timer Kyle Collins and his King Harbor Yacht Club crew. Collins is a 20-year-old, third generation seafarer from nearby San Pedro. A sailor for most of those two decades, he has competed in everything from dinghy racing to Transpac, and last year won the J/70 Youth Championship.

New to the Catalina 37 boat, Collins and the KHYC Youth Foundation team – a multigenerational co-ed effort – none-the-less launched off the start line and led the fleet from pole to pole in Race One. “These boats are so identical, it makes the racing really close,” noted Collins. “The racing is really tactical, so you have to be on top of it for the start and into the first shift.” They followed their win in Race One with a sixth place finish in Race Two, ending the day in third. First place went to Team D-Ives, with a 3-2 finish. After a superb recovery from an OCS in Race One, DH3 Racing rebounded to second overall, with two days of racing still ahead.

The largest fleet of the event, the Viper 640s, saw Nice Asp advance to the top of the leaderboard. Midlife Crisis edged out Minor Threat by one point in the J/70 class.

The Schock 35 Whiplash ended the day with two bullets; so did Vesper in the TP52 division. Argo and Mexican Divorce are tied for first in PHRF A, as are the Farr 40s Insanity and Blade II. Just three points separate frontrunners in PHRF B: Lugano, Rival and TBD; while Raptor holds the lead in PHRF C.

In the Random Leg Division, A Class boat Elyxir trails Deception by a small margin; DistraXion topped Random Leg B.

While Gator led the eight-boat Random Leg C fleet, Dos Amigos won points for heroic action. Skipper Bob Hubbard said he spotted a small powerboat along the race course sitting low in the water, with the two crew frantically bailing. His crew doused the spinnaker and went to the aid of the distressed boat – standing by until rescue arrived. After redress, Dos Amigos stood in second.

But much can change over the next two days, as racing continues tomorrow and Sunday, with starts at 11:55AM. Following today’s post-race festivities at ABYC, is Saturday’s Mount Gay Rum Party at LBYC with music, dancing, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and no host bar. Also at LBYC, complimentary coffee and espresso drinks are served each morning at the Buzz Bar, hosted by U.S. Sailing.

For complete results and event schedule please visit www.lbrw.org.
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Cover Photo: Tom Walker Photography

2019 LBRW UPDATE

Ullman Sails LBRW packs in three days and nights of fun for everyone

LONG BEACH, CA 12 June 2019 – – Excitement is building for this year’s Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week: the fiercest, funnest regatta on the West Coast! Hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and Long Beach Yacht Club, Ullman Sails LBRW is the favorite regatta for sailors who want to race, race, race and dance, dance, dance all weekend long!

More than 100 teams have already entered the June 21 to 23 event, which draws sailors from Arizona to Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Starting at 12:55pm Friday June 21, competitors will vie in a series of seven windward/leeward or three random leg races, in both one-design and PHRF fleets.
Racing continues Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, beginning at 11:55am.

Long Beach is known for model sailing conditions, with reliable westerly breezes filling in each afternoon. Fleets racing inside the Federal Breakwater enjoy the idyllic combination of stiff wind and flat water, while outside courses get the added challenge of a lively sea state. Already forecasts are predicting sunny skies with winds of 10 to 15 knots for the June 21 to 23 timeframe.

Sailing for championship trophies are the Schock 35 fleet and Catalina 37s. Farr 40, TP52 and J/70 classes will also be well represented, while a burgeoning Viper 640 fleet takes advantage of Ullman Sails LBRW to tune-up their skills in advance of their August World Championships.

Prizes a-plenty are the name of the game at Ullman Sails LBRW. Boat of the Day and daily awards are presented to Friday and Saturday winners in each established fleet, in addition to overall series awards.

But there’s more! For the highest placing boat sailed by at least three immediate family members, there’s the Kent Golison Family Trophy; while the Travel Trophy is given to the boat owner traveling the furthest to compete. The Satariano Boat of the Week award recognizes the one-design class winner of the tightest, most competitive division; and the PHRF Boat of the Week prize goes to the same, in their category. Plus, a battle for honors in the Yacht Club Challenge is sure to ensue: awarded to the club whose team has the lowest combined score in Catalina 37 and two other divisions. There’s even a bonus award spurring a rivalry off the course: a distinctive bottle of rum for the fleet with the most boats. As close of entries approaches – Tuesday June 18 at 6:00pm PST – the Viper 640s and J/70s remain in a tight contest for those liquid laurels.

As if that’s not enough, Ullmans Sails LBRW is also renowned for exceptional nightlife. Parties hosted Friday from 5:00 to 9:00pm at ABYC and at LBYC Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00pm include music and entertainment, food, drinks and cash bar. Sunday’s post-race festivities and prize-giving begin at LBYC at 4:00pm.

From the free gourmet coffee at the US Sailing-sponsored Buzz Bar in the mornings, to special charter deals from The Moorings, to yacht club capers in the evening, and last call on Second Street: Ullmans Sails LBRW is the favorite regatta of sailboat racers for four decades. So whether you ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ to ‘just dance, dance, dance’ – as Justin Timberlake puts it; or find the opportunity to race, race, race irresistible; or both – put some ‘sunshine in your pocket’ and enter today!

For more details go to www.lbrw.org. Close of entries is 6:00pm PST Tuesday June 18, 2019.

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David Wood Wins 2019 Junior Match Racing Invitational to Become a Repeat Champion

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 2, 2019 – David Wood, representing Balboa Yacht Club, posted another day of racing without a loss, sweeping SDYC’s Peter Joslin in the semi-finals and fellow BYC competitor Jeffrey Petersen in the finals to win the Junior Match Racing Invitational for the second year in a row.

The two-day, Grade 4 match racing event saw six teams sailing modified Solings on Alamitos Bay. Today’s matches saw the completion of the second round robin, a Semi Final, Petit Final and Final race.

Yesterday, Wood, 51st-rated match racer in the world, was the only unbeaten skipper after five races, before forfeiting the last two races to leave early. Today, the 18-year-old said there was some luck involved in the win but credits the streak to following the plan to make kills in the pre-start and start, and then concentrate on extending the boat lead.

That’s exactly what happened in the first race of the finals against Petersen, where he drew his only penalty of the series. “That was impatience on my part,” Wood said. “A couple more seconds of patience and it would have made it easier, rather than having to spin and win at the pin.”

The Corona del Mar High School student graduates in just a couple of weeks and has a busy summer of sailing before starting Rogers Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island in the fall. He’ll be competing in events in San Diego and Chicago and will battle Petersen again at The Rose Cup at the end of the month for the single entry to BYC’s Governor’s Cup. Woods crewed with Max Mayol (18) and Jake Mayol (15) yesterday and Justin Coburn replaced Jake Mayol today.

LBYC’s Trent Turigliatto and crew (foreground) watch David Wood and Jeffrey Petersen of Balboa Yacht Club sail in the finals of the Junior Match Racing Invitational, hosted by LBYC. Photos by Laurie Morrison for LBYC. 

After the skipper’s meeting, Petersen, the 72nd-ranked match racer said the day’s goal was to sail cleaner and make it to the finals. He said he has been thinking more strategically at the starts Saturday, but that resulted in penalties – getting two in one start of a race he only won because his competitor accidentally fouled another boat sailing in an earlier flight. He acknowledged making some bad decisions Saturday about which side of the course to sail – resulting in the inability to capitalize on boat speed.

But he praised his crew, Max Brennan (18) and Jacob Kowalski (18) for getting them to the podium.

Third-place finisher, LBYC’s Trent Turigliatto went into Sunday’s round robin with four wins and three losses and with the youngest crew of the event. Alex Lech (13) and Preston Woodworth (14) were at times both on jib when the winds increased.

The 18-year-old University of Miami student raced last weekend at the College National Championships in Newport Rhode Island. Turigliatto, the only other World Sailing rated match racer, at 202, was pleased with the finish and the progression of his young crew. “It’s a new team, and I get to show them the ropes; helping to get the next generation involved,” he said. He reported that the young apprentices asked a lot of questions after each race, after certain calls and maneuvers.

Although all the skippers this year were male, Principle Race Officer Alexis Hall ran the event. She’s well organized and shows extraordinary leadership skills; we are very proud of her, Commodore Camille Daniels said of Hall.

Four of the club’s five flag officers attended the awards ceremony, Daniels and Vice Commodore Charlie Legeman both served on race committee and Rear Commodore Jon Shull handed out the awards. Also in attendance was Fleet Captain Jon Turigliatto.

Woods graciously thanked the club for hosting the event and remarked at how far it has come since its early years when the races were sailing in FJs.
LBYC’s Commitment to Youth
The Junior Match Racing Invitational, first run in 2013, was the idea of former youth sailor Jack Berg, then developed with the help of his father Eric Berg and LBYC’s race director Jess Gerry.

That Daniels and Legeman both served on race committee for this event is an unmistakable nod to the club’s ongoing commitment – from the Flags down – to its investment in youth sailing.

The goal is have local sailors competing in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, said Daniels. And that goal extends beyond LBYC sailors to all Southern California juniors. Offering events like this, that introduce match racing to new racers interested in developing their skills, and exposing young sailors to the highest level of racing, while bringing the best new sailors together to compete, is a big step toward reaching that goal.

Daniels expressed much enthusiasm for the entire youth program headed by new director Cameron MacLaren. “We’ve got a great team in place and are ready for the summer with a great, enthusiastic group of kids and supportive parents,” she said.

Another investment exemplifying the club’s commitment to its young sailors and securing its ability to offer the best opportunities for years to come, is the recent acquisition of four 420’s. These world-class boats offer young sailors a more challenging dinghy – with the use of spinnakers, and hiking maneuvers – that will better prepare them for higher level regional and collegiate events.

The Solings used in this event, primarily used in the club’s popular adult learn-to-sail programs, have been modified to make them easier and safer to sail.

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Defending Champion Tops Leaderboard at the 2019 Junior Match Racing Championships Despite Forfeiting 2 Races

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 1, 2019 – David Wood, the 2018 Champion of Long Beach Yacht Club’s annual Junior Match Racing Invitational tops the leaderboard of this year’s event, despite forfeiting two matches so as not to miss Prom.

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The event is a two-day, Grade 4, six-team, match racing event sailed in modified Solings on Alamitos Bay.

Before leaving the dock, the 18-year-old Wood, representing Balboa Yacht Club, said that consistency was the goal of the day. By the time he left the course after five races, the 51st World Sailing-rated sailor was the only unbeaten skipper. His early departure left the other five competitors hopeful of gaining some ground, but only fellow BYC skipper Jeffrey Petersen came close.

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Petersen, who bested Wood in March’s Butler Cup, lost the head-to-head match in the day’s first race, giving Wood the tiebreaking edge. At the end of the day, half way through the second round-robin of the competition, Wood topped the leaderboard with five wins and two losses, followed by Petersen also at 5-2.

The LBYC teams, in a freeway-series type of matchup against the nearby BYC teams, had a day that matched the winds; shifty and inconsistent.

Although each of the skippers won at least two races, the day was an example of how important experience is. Wood has sailed 20 graded events since 2016 and Petersen 11 since mid-2017. Both of them have sailed in international events, traveling as far as Australia to race.

Most of the matches were won or lost in the five-minute pre-starts, when the sailors are jockeying for position to cross the start line first or be on a favored side of the start line, potentially making maneuvers that result in their competitors drawing a penalty.

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It’s all about good boat handling; being in the right place at the right time and being able to anticipate or control an opponent, race officials said. It’s boat handling first, then learning to thinking strategically about what you’re doing with the boat.

Principle Race Officer Alexis Hall said this event was developed specifically so that junior sailors could get a jump start into match racing. The event is considered an excellent opportunity for match racers to polish their skills leading to the Rose Cup. Less experienced match racers have an opportunity to get a better grasp of the sport, during daily debriefings with coaches and umpires. However, Saturday’s debriefing was moved to just ahead of Sunday’s skipper’s meeting to allow other participants to attend proms and juggle school activities.

Hall, a second-year Fashion Institute student has served as PRO for eight events and was just named LBYC’s Rookie PRO of the year.

Sunday’s racing will complete the second round robin matches, then the Semi Final, Petit Final and Final race.

LBYC Solings

The boats racing in today’s event, are believed to be the largest yacht-club owned fleet of Solings in the country. They were built between 1961 and 1967, bought in pairs as of 2009, later modified by and maintained by LBYC. The modifications were to simplify the boats so they could be used for learning, rather than being the Olympic sailing machines they were initially designed for. The boats are 26.75’ LOA with 6.25’ beam.

Results after Day One

Correction: William Mueller is representing ABYC

WILLIAMS CAPTURES FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL CUP WIN LBYC’S Scott Dickson takes second, over Canfield & Berntsson

LONG BEACH, CALIF. 7 APRIL 2019 — Ian Williams (GBR) and Team GAC Pindar have captured their fourth Congressional Cup win, over Scott Dickson (USA) in final races of the five day series, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, here today. Taylor Canfield (USA) defeated Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in petit finals for third place.

Williams admitted to a slow start at the Cup, which began Wednesday April 3. “We were not really on our game on Day One,” he noted of his sixth place finish. “I haven’t sailed in a monohull since this regatta last year.”

“But it’s always about just being good enough to get through. As long as you get through each round, and build momentum; that’s how match race regattas work. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

After warming up in the California sunshine, Team GAC Pindar began stealthily climbing up the leaderboard, securing a spot in the semi-finals by Day Three. “I’ve got a fantastic team, but we are new together, and hadn’t sailed as a group, so it took a few days to get the team gelling.” Their final 11-match winning streak included swiftly eliminating Canfield in the semis, and striking Dickson out in the finals.

His victory over rival Canfield was particularly sweet.“ Taylor and I have dominated the Congressional Cup since 2011; He’d won four, we’d only won three. So we wanted to catch up.”

His fourth Crimson blazer puts him in an elite league with Canfield, Rod Davis, Gavin Brady and Peter Holmberg. No-one has won more than four … yet.

Williams credited his crew, saying, “Our success has been the focus on the team, getting the guys working together; getting the most out of all the different individuals on the boat, working toward their strengths.” He added, “We have nine and one half children between us, with one on the way. It was all about ‘Dad power’ we think.”

Even as Williams was climbing up the leaderboard, so was LBYC’s own Scott Dickson, a longtime member, director and competitor.

“I’m so pleased for Scotty that he made it to the final,” said Williams. “It’s one of those situations where, if you lose, as long as you’ve given it your best shot, we’d be disappointed, but pleased for Scotty. Not as bad as perhaps some other losses might have been.”

“He’s (Dickson) such a great guy and such a great competitor. And we love the club and really feel the passion for him and his team. We saw it as a win-win, so we didn’t feel the pressure, we just wanted to go out and give it our best”

Were the cheers of Dickson’s fans daunting? “We’ve had many years of rivalry in Sweden and a lot of crowd cheering against us. We expect the locals to cheer for their hometown favorite. It’s just our job to silence the crowd.”

Only twice has a member of LBYC won the Congressional Cup: Tommy Pickard, in 1971 and in 1981, Rod Davis. Prevalently a west coast championship at the start, once the first Canadian team was invited in 1969, it broadened into a major international event. Since the late 1980s, the trophy has been etched with the names of sailors from around the globe.

Racing so well against top tier teams, Dickson said, made him feel pride for his teammates. “These are all local guys you’ll see sailing and coaching out here on Tuesday and Wednesday nights,” he stressed, “the exact same crew we had last year. I think we’ve finally matured as a team and are getting comfortable operating at this level, against a full field of world-class sailors. They sailed so well, and were very quick around the course. I’m super proud of them.”

He had remained cool headed during the series, at times comical. “We agreed I made all my mistakes in one race, so we got that out of the way!” he joked on Thursday.

Later, after the loss, he remarked, “We came out today with all guns blazing. But I might have left one in the holster, because I shot myself in the foot.” Even as he lapped the Belmont Pier at the end of today’s racing, he was beaming; finishing above some of the top ranked match race sailors in the world, like Canfield (11) Berntsson (13) , Harry Price (AUS) (3) Maxime Mesnil (FRA) (5) Dackhammer (7) and Will Boulden (AUS) (9).

This morning, after three weeks of favorable sailing conditions for LBYC’s Butler Cup, Ficker Cup and early Congressional Cup racing, it appeared someone had pulled the plug on the Long Beach wind machine. After a short postponement, the breeze filled in, and capped at 12 knots.

Finally, it was ‘hammer time.’ Nicklas Dackhammer, the last-place finisher in the Congressional Cup Round Robins, won the Fleet Race, which is held for the skippers eliminated in Stage One. He’ll go home $2,000US richer – and with a copy of Arthur Knapp Jr.’s book Sail Your Boat Right.

Berntsson had dominated Stage One racing but that rarely guarantees victory in the Congressional Cup finals. Last year, Dean Barker routed the competition in Round Robins, but fell to Canfield in the finals. In 2017 Berntsson again topped the qualifying round, but the blazer went to Williams; while in 2016, Canfield won the Cup, although it was Phil Robertson (NZL) who triumphed in Stage One.

Although 16-2 in the Round Robins, Berntsson was unable to follow through, losing to Dickson in the semis and Canfield in the petit finals.

Canfield, who is a new member of LBYC, took third, saying, “It was a hard loss for us yesterday, but we lost to a great team.”

He continued, “We’re proud to see Scotty on the podium: second and third for LBYC is an amazing result. We’re so proud to be representing this great club, and look forward to representing Long Beach Yacht Club in the America’s Cup in Auckland,” referring to the Stars & Stripes Team USA campaign.

Notable on the podium was the presence of Sally Barkow, an accomplished Olympic, grand prix and offshore sailor, and main-trimmer on Canfield’s boat. Barkow is possibly the first woman to grace the stage in the 55 year history of Congressional Cup. Barkow competed in Congressional Cup with her own team in 2016: only the fourth all-women team following JJ Fetter Isler (1993, 1996) and Betsy Alison (1999).

“This has been a great experience,” said Barkow. “It’s fun, I feel like I belong and I’m contributing to the team. It’s not so much new to me, but it shows there’s still a massive gap in this sport, when you’re talking about making it gender equal.’

“For sure I feel treated part of the team, and very respected. It’s not about if you’re male or female, it’s about if you’re good enough to do the job. That’s been very clear, with this group especially and that’s what we’re here to do.”

Commodore Camille Daniels, a longtime sailboat racer, noted “There are organizations like WIMRA (Women’s International Match Racing Association) and events helping women come up the level you have to be at to compete in this field. And fortunately, Sally is at that level. I invited her to compete in 2016.”

Daniels is the first woman commodore in the 90 history of LBYC. “I’ve been a member of LBYC since 1980, I’ve paid my dues.”

“Being commodore is a huge honor, but it’s never something I aspired to do. But as the opportunity presented itself, I realized how important it was for the other women of the club. To know they can have the same opportunity in the future. That our club is getting progressive: ‘Honoring tradition and embracing transition.’ It’s poignant to me, that as a Staff Commodore of the club I will always have a voice, representing the women of the club. That’s really huge to me.”

“This is my favorite week of the year,” Daniels added, and she’s not the only one. More than 300 volunteers turn out to run and host this first-rate sailing event.

“What an amazing job Long Beach Yacht Club does, of putting the this regatta – it’s truly unique,” said Williams, as he donned the Crimson Blazer on stage.

“First, the racing is not compromised. The Club puts such a huge effort into making sure the racing is top notch. And that’s why we love coming back. I’ve never walked away feeling done in by bad racing or bad calls. If we’ve lost we deserved to lose, if we’ve won we’ve deserved to win.”

“Second thing is, the amazingly friendly welcome that everyone gets. Everybody. Whether you crash peoples cars, whether you set fire to their houses, they still welcome you back,” he laughed, adding, “It wasn’t us, by the way, we haven’t done that! But whatever you do, they seem to welcome you back and that friendly reception is absolutely unique in all the world.”

The Congressional Cup is one of the leading match race events in the sport, bringing top talent from around the globe to compete in this exciting one-on-one competition. Established in 1965 by the Long Beach Yacht Club, it is recognized as the “grandfather” of match racing, pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring 30 years ago.

information visit www.thecongressionalcup.com.

DICKSON BUMPS BERNTSSON IN CONGRESSIONAL CUP SEMIS: WILL FACE WILLIAMS IN SUNDAY FINALS

LONG BEACH, CALIF. 6 APRIL 2019 — In a stunning shakeup, Scott Dickson (USA) defeated Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in the semi-final series of the 55th Congressional Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club and will advance to Sunday’s finals to race Ian Williams (GBR), who curbed Taylor Canfield (USA) and his hopes for a fifth Crimson Blazer.

Going into Day Four Berntsson, Williams and Canfield had already earned their spots in the semis. Each looked strong, coolly prevailing in their final matches of the Round Robins.

The fourth berth however, was up for grabs; with Nick Egnot-Johnson (NZL), Dickson and Chris Poole (USA) all within striking distance.

Poole’s dreams of competing in the Congressional Cup came true when he qualified in last week’s Ficker Cup; but came crashing to a halt on the first match of today, when dueling with Dickson, he was using the pier as a pick and smashed into the buttress.

Still, Dickson had an uphill fight ahead of him. Uneven performance had put him one point behind Egnot-Johnson going into Day Four. And despite his providential win against Poole, his final duel of the semis was winner-take-all against none-other-than Egnot-Johnson.

Mastering the start, Dickson battled his way around the course as Egnot-Johnson searched for a passing lane. It was not to be. Dickson won his way into the semis, and the crowd went wild. A long-time member and director at LBYC, he was deafeningly cheered by fans who noted it has been nearly four decades since a member of LBYC has won the Crimson Blazer.

Berntsson has controlled the ten-boat fleet since Congressional Cup racing began Wednesay April 3. Solidly winning Stage One, he had chosen to pair with fourth-place Dickson in the semis; and let Williams and Canfield scuffle.

“When we picked Scotty, we hoped he wouldn’t be at his best level, because he’s really hard to beat,” Berntsson said. He won the first match of the semis against Dickson, but faltered on the second. Emboldened by his victory, and bolstered by a crew of local sailors – including tactical whiz Steve Flam, Dickson – in finest form, out-sailed Berntsson in Races Two and Three. On the final leg, the 16 knot breeze swelled his spinnaker, emblazoned with the logo of sponsor Seven Angels Cellar. Indeed, the angels were watching over Dickson today.

“We have the same team as last year, we’re good mates and have great communication,” he said, adding, “It felt like we had a team of 1,000 people on the boat,” – noting the roaring fans on the pier. “It’s going to be a great match tomorrow, we hope to provide a great spectacle for everyone.”

Tomorrow he will square off against Williams, who has steadily climbed up the leaderboard throughout the regatta – not an unusual tactic for Williams, a three-time Congressional Cup champions (2011, 2012, 2017). Williams admitted he had been “feeling the jet lag a bit hard,” the beginning of the week. By Friday he was “feeling a bit more alive,” and it was showing. After a slow start, he’d won his last six races and was feeling confident, saying “Scotty’s the fastest one here, he has been all week. But we’ve hit our stride: there’s a battle ahead.”

While tomorrow’s races will determine who wins the Congressional Cup – there is one trophy that has already been determined.

According to LBYC Historian Jo Murray, in the inaugural year of the Congressional Cup, one of the then-seven skippers who competed was Arthur Knapp Jr. from Larchmont Yacht Club, New York. Knapp came from an extensive east coast sailing background, and served Congressional Cup as both a skipper and judge, Murray explained.

“As a joke one year he presented his work Race Your Boat Right to the last place skipper. It was a hit, and he continued to present the book, until his death in 1992.
In his honor, over the years ‘The Book’ is presented at the discretion of the chairman, to the skipper at the bottom of the leaderboard.”

However, it is considered by some to be a good luck charm, Murray pointed out. This year, Nicklas Dackhammar (SWE) joins the illustrious skippers who’ve received The Book over the years; Simone Ferrarese, Taylor Canfield and Ian Williams, all who have all gone on to win the Cup in subsequent years.

Racing for the Congressional Cup trophy will conclude tomorrow Sunday April 7 starting at 11:30AM off the Belmont Memorial Veterans Pier 11:30 to 4:00 daily.

Spectators will find parking, amenities, seating and live commentary by Tucker Thompson. Or, watch the live-streaming coverage and features, plus nightly press conferences on Facebook @CongressionalCup and the event website: www.thecongressionalcup.com

Preliminary Standings:Round Robin

The Congressional Cup is one of the leading match race events in the sport, bringing top talent from around the globe to compete in this exciting one-on-one competition. Established in 1965 by the Long Beach Yacht Club, it is recognized as the “grandfather” of match racing, pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring 30 years ago.

Racing continues through Sunday April 7 as competitors battle through a Double Round Robin series, to advance to semi-finals and finals over the weekend. Racing takes place in the Congressional Cup Stadium, a designated course off the Long Beach Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, where spectators can enjoy the action and commentary, free, from 11:30AM to 5PM daily.

Follow Congressional Cup at www.thecongressionalcup.com and on Facebook @CongressionalCup. Coverage will include skipper interviews, results and daily highlights, press conferences and special events. For broadcast schedules and more information visit www.thecongressionalcup.com.

Cover Photo Credit: Bronny Daniels/JoySailing