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We are very proud to include the Congressional

Cup as an official stage of the World Match Racing

Tour, the Tour’s only stage on the West Coast of

the USA. The event has long been a favourite of

the world’s top skippers and teams from Olympic

and World Champions to multiple America’s Cup

sailors.

It is a testimony to the reputation of the Long

Beach Yacht Club that so many sailors return year

after year to the Congressional Cup. The hospitality

that the club members provide to the teams, as

well as the high quality of race management and

organisation is simply world class.

This year, the Congressional Cup hosts the second

stage of the World Match Racing Tour after the

season opener in Perth, Australia. As always,

Long Beach promises to deliver world-class match

racing off the end of Belmont Pier, and I urge

everyone to come to the pier, meet the teams and

enjoy all the action close up!

Our thanks to the Long Beach Yacht Club and

all the members, sponsors and volunteers for

welcoming the World Match Racing Tour again in

sunny California.

Enjoy the week and the very best of luck to all the

competitors!

ROBERT MAGNUSSON

World Match Racing Tour

M

AYOR

R

OBERT

G

ARCIA

CITY OF LONG BEACH

562.570.6801 |

mayor@longbeach.gov |

@LBMayorsOffice

333 West O

cean Blvd., Long Beach, C

alifornia 90802

Dear sailors, crew and race fans,

On behalf of the City of LongBeach,my thanks to our friends at LongBeachYacht Club

for continuing to hostthis iconic, exciting event, which has become one of the premier

sailing competitions in the world.

Long Beach is California’s 7

th

largest city and Southern California’s newest coastal

destination. With our unmatched blend of big city convenience with the friendly and

relaxed atmosphere of an ocean side community, the largest public marina in the

country, one of the world's biggest man-made harbors, and the phenomenal

Aquarium of the Pacific, it's easy to see why so many people come to Long Beach to

sail.

With international cuisine to meet everytaste, trendyshopping that includes national

brands and so many unique local favorites, and numerous arts and entertainment

options, including severaleclectic museums, the iconic Queen Mary, Shoreline Village,

Belmont Shore, Long Beach’s very own canals, The Pike at RainbowHarbor, and Pine

Avenue, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Long Beach.

We are proud and thrilled about the opportunity to host the Congressional Cup, one

of the oldest and most prestigious Match Racing Events in the world, and as always,

Long Beach looks forward to offering all Congressional Cup participants and visitors

the warmhospitality and personal attention for which our city is known.

Thank you again for visiting Long Beach, and I wish all of you good luck in the 53nd

Congressional Cup.

Go Long Beach!

Mayor Robert Garcia

City of Long Beach

On behalf of the

World Match Racing Tour

,

I am delighted to welcome all

the participants and partners to

the Congressional Cup here in

Long Beach, California.