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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.”
Results Day 2
San Francisco, CA, USA – March 2, 2018
Following on the success of last summer’s Women’s Match Race Clinegatta, the sailors at the St. Francis Yacht Club have decided to do it again, this time with a 2.5-day clinic and Grade 5 Match Race Regatta for female skippers with match racing experience. This event will take place April 27 to 29 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. All-female teams are encouraged to apply, especially those aiming to compete in the US Women’s Match Racing Championship at StFYC later in the summer. However, this event is an open event and mixed gender teams are also welcome to apply for an invitation so long as the skipper and one other crew are women.
Former world champion Liz Baylis will lead the coaching team; she will be assisted by defending national champion Nicole Breault.
Tentative schedule and format:
Fri April 27 1300-1700 — boat handling practice
1800-2000 —dinner with talk Sat April 28 1000-1200 — morning drills
1200-1300 — lunch break
1300-1400 — debrief/brief
1400-1600 — afternoon scrimmaging
1700-1800 — debrief Sun April 29 full race day
Cost = $400/team
Applications opened at noon on March 1st.
For more information, please contact:
Event Chairperson, Nicole Breault: firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 671-7908
StFYC Race Director, Jennifer Lancaster: email@example.com, 415-820-3710
StFYC Race Coordinator, Graham Biehl: firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 655-7756
24 JANUARY 2018 LONG BEACH, CA – – The 54th Congressional Cup goes back to its roots this year, returning to the exciting 10-boat format favored by spectators and competitors alike!
The Congressional Cup is recognized as the ‘granddaddy’ of modern world-class match racing. Founded by Long Beach Yacht Club in 1965, it set the standard for top-level match racing worldwide, pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring, in a spectator-friendly venue.
This thrilling event returns to Long Beach April 17 to 22, 2018 with an all-star, international lineup. According to Congressional Cup Chairman Eric Dickinson, five of the world’s top 10 ranked match racing skippers will compete, including three-time Congressional Cup winner Taylor Canfield (ISV), Harry Price (AUS), Sam Gilmour (AUS) and Chris Steele (NZL). Swiss sailor Eric Monnin will also return, plus Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) and hometown favorite Scott Dickson.
Reigning Congressional Cup champion Ian Williams (GBR) will be back, to defend his 2017 title. In last year’s edition, Williams went from rags to riches: scrapping his way to victory after a shocking last-place finish in 2016.
The Congressional Cup – with teams competing in a series of one-on-one races – is famous for turning the leaderboard upside down, and the 10-boat, double round-robin format intensifies that. Double round-robins give competitors twice the chance to familiarize with the boats and conditions and sharpen their skills, making for more rousing competition, which delights racers and fans alike.
And there’s more, announced Dickinson. The LBYC 2018 Congressional Cup is raising the bar yet again, with the introduction of multiple channel worldwide live streaming coverage on the major Social Media platforms and broadcast television. Improved media coverage is expected to benefit the teams, sponsors and virtual spectators, as the eyes of the world turn to Long Beach this spring.
Racing will commence Wednesday April 18 off Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier immediately after the Ficker Cup regatta – which determines the final two contestants in Congressional Cup.
With matches held directly off the pier, spectators can enjoy live commentary and camaraderie every day from 11:30 to 5:00. Roughly three days of double round-robins will be followed by semi-finals and petit finals, culminating with the final matches Sunday April 22: where the winner of the Congressional Cup will receive the coveted Crimson Blazer.
“What The Masters Green Jacket is to pro golfing, the Crimson Blazer is to yacht racing,” explained 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.”
With the format changes, Dickinson continued, LBYC bids adieu and best of luck to the World Match Racing Tour, which was linked to the Congressional Cup for the last several years.
The Congressional Cup is hosted by LBYC, renowned for its outstanding hospitality and organization, utilizing the talents and energy of more than 300 member volunteers to host this Grade WC 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.
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BYC’s Christophe Killian (USA) and Harry Price (AUS) lead pack of international youth sailors
NEWPORT BEACH, CA Tuesday, July 18, 2017) – If anyone had been inclined to bet on the sailing in Balboa Yacht Club’s 51st Annual Governor’s Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship, their odds-makers would have made BYC’s Christophe Killian and Australian Harry Price the odds on favorites. After completing seven races in the first of two “round robin” series where each boat sails against every other boat, the odds-makers would have been right as Price and Killian share the lead with undefeated 7-0 records.
In last year’s 50th Anniversary “GovCup”, Killian and Price finished in the 3rd and 4th positions behind winner Nevin Snow and the world’s current top ranked match racer in the world, Sam Gilmour, but both Snow and Gilmour have “aged out” of the regatta which is limited to sailors under the age of 23. As a result, much was expected of the two and at least on day one, they lived up to the billing.
Close behind is George Anyon of New Zealand with a 6-1 record followed by Will Boulden from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, Western Australia at 5-2. Boulden’s comeback from a loss in his first two races was impressive. In fourth is Southern Californian Christopher Weis from Del Rey Yacht Club with a 4-3 record.
Conditions for the Governor’s Cup 22 sloops provided to the teams by BYC were excellent with the morning southerly breeze of 6-7 knots building and shifting to the southwest and increasing to 10-12 knots – very typical conditions for Newport Beach.
As has become traditional in the Governor’s Cup, there are always some surprising races and today was no exception. The youngest skipper in the event, 2017 U.S Youth Match Racing Champion David Wood, also from the host BYC, faced Killian and Price in his first two races. Despite the fact that Price, ranked #6 in the World Sailing Open (non-age limited) Match Racing Rankings, and Killian at #16 were heavily favored, Wood led each of those races as late as the last weather mark, losing both on the last leg. Price had another close race with Weis in the last race of the day, winning by about two feet at the finish.
Six of the Governor’s Cup teams will return to BYC on July 31 to start the World Sailing Youth Match Racing World Championship including Price and Anyon. They will be joined by Australia’s Clare Costanzo with an all-female team, Matt Whitfield from the United Kingdom, and two U.S. Teams led by Floridian Greiner Hobbs and Charlie Welch from Newport Beach, California. All four of those sailors are new to the Governor’s Cup and the boats, and while not in contention after 7 races, may benefit from another GovCup “tradition”. On many occasions in past Cups, skippers who only win 2 or 3 races, after learning the boats and refining their match race tactics, end up in or close to making the semi-finals. With 15 races remaining in the double round robin, anything is possible.
Fans, friends and spectators have a number of ways to follow the Governor’s Cup this year with live pre-race shows at 10:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time daily and a post-race show at 5:00 PM PDT on Wednesday and Thursday and live streaming of the semi-final and final races starting at noon PDT on Friday and Saturday. In addition, live coverage of the Friday press conference with the semi-finalists will be broadcast at 6:45 PM PDT Friday and the final press conference 90 minutes after return to the dock Saturday before the trophy presentation. All broadcasts will be available on the BYC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/balboayachtclub.
About the Governor’s Cup: Balboa Yacht Club has been hosting the Governor’s Cup since 1967 when then California Governor Ronald Reagan donated the trophy emblematic of this prestigious and longest running international youth match racing championship. Raced off Newport Beach in the Pacific Ocean July 17-22, 2017, this year’s 51st edition is sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank, and features 12 teams of the world’s top youth match racers, this year representing AUS, GBR, NZL and USA. More information:
Website: www.govcupracing.com Facebook Page: @govcupracing
Livestream coverage: @balboayachtclub (live racing coverage on Friday and Saturday beginning at 1200 PDT) Live post-race show at 1700 PDT on Facebook @govcupracing
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 14, 2017) – The thrill and excitement of match racing will be on full display this Father’s Day Weekend in the Lone Star State as the 2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup will be hosted by the Fort Worth Boat Club for three days of racing on Eagle Mountain Lake. Racing begins at this US Sailing National Championship on Friday, June 16 and concludes Sunday, June 18.
In its brief, yet impactful history on the match racing circuit this invitational event for 16 to 20 year olds has served as an outstanding training ground for young sailors who are passionate about match racing and focused on competing at the next level.
Ten teams of four, consisting of at least one female crew per boat, will be racing the J/22. Coaching and instruction will play a major role in these sailors’ experience this week in Fort Worth. Five-time U.S. Match Racing Champion, Dave Perry, will lead a North U Advanced Match Racing Clinic on Wednesday and Thursday, June 14 and 15.
“I’m really excited to work with the 40 sailors competing this week at the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship,” said Perry. “They are the best youth match racers in the country and will soon be competing at the college level and for the U.S. Match Racing Championship.”
Originally known as the Rose Cup, this event was founded by members of the Balboa Yacht Club and the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association (NBSSA), and was started as an invitational youth match race event in 2010. The mission is to promote youth match racing in the U.S. and improve the skills of racers from around the country in national and international competition. In 2015, US Sailing elevated the Rose Cup to an official US Sailing National Championship.
This regatta is the first of two US Sailing National Championships in the match racing discipline this year. Oakcliff Sailing will host the U.S. Match Racing Championship in October.