Press Release March 28, 2015

2015 Congressional Cup Club Sail-Off: Scott Dickson races his way into the 2015 Congressional Cup

March 28, 2015 (Long Beach, CA) - Scott Dickson and his Dickson Racing Team beat Dustin Durant’s Long Beach Match Racing team Saturday winning Stage Two of Long Beach Yacht Club’s Congressional Cup Club Sail-Off. Dickson and his team’s next stop will be at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 1 2015 Congressional Cup, May 13-17, now part of the World Match Racing Tour.

Today’s finals were a continuation from the Congressional Cup Club Sail-Off, Stage One on Feb. 14 where eight LBYC teams fought it out for the two top spots and a shot at competing in the Congressional Cup.

For finishing second, Durant and team received an invitation to compete in the ISAF Grade 2 Ficker Cup, May 8-10.

The teams competed on the Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s Catalina 37s on a beautiful Southern California day in the high 70s with a solid breeze of 8-11 knots.

The racing was really close and the scoring was set so that the first boat to score three points would be declared the winner. Penalties seemed to play a big factor in the day’s racing and, ultimately, in the final results.

We had four very close fought races today.” Dickson said, “and the results don’t show how close the racing actually was.

“If Dusty and his team sail that well in the Ficker Cup, they’ll have no problem qualifying [for the Congressional Cup.]

“I think the only difference today were the penalties. It was a day where patience played a big part.”

Durant agreed.

“We got into trouble with a couple of penalty calls,” Durant said. “One was a penalty turn that we did at the finish that we thought we did a good job on, but the umpires didn’t agree with us.

“My team’s teamwork was there for us. I think we had better boat handling, better teamwork and sailed the boat better.

“Scotty did a really good job and beat us. Now we’re looking forward to Ficker Cup. The team will be ready and hopefully we’ll go on to the Congressional Cup.”
February 14, 2015 Stage One Results
 1. Scott Dickson LBYC, 5 wins, 0 losses
 2. Dustin Durant LBYC, 4, 1
 3. *Dave Hood
LBYC, 2 , 3
 3. *Bill Durant
LBYC, 2 , 3
 5. *Lisa Meier LBYC, 2 , 3
 6. Wendy Corzine
LBYC, 0 , 5
* Three-way tie for 3rd place
Complete results are available at
The Congressional Cup is hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and sponsored by …

Pier Sponsor: Friedmans Appliance Kitchen Bath & Beds
Official Beer Sponsor: Stella Artois Beer
Official Wine: Sponsor: Seven Angels Cellars
Race Committee Sponsor: Gelson's Markets
Spinnaker Sponsors: Creative Productions, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Gladstones, LBYC Jr Sailing Program, Newmeyer and Dillion Law Firm, Port of Long Beach, Team Campbell Logistics, Time Warner Cable, Union Bank.
General Sponsors: Ayres Hotel, Brainware, Catalina Yachts, Citywide Escrow, Club 100, Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gaylord Sportswear, Mount Gay, Primary Color, Queen Beach Printers, Sea Bags, Ullman Sails, Wide Angle Group, World’s Finest Chocolate

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Media Contacts:
Betsy Crowfoot
Congressional Cup 2015 Press Officer
Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 E. Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
Mobile 805-729-6850
Jo Murray
Congressional Cup Comms Co-Chair
Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 E. Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
Mobile 562-310-6829
Rick Roberts
Waterfront Director
Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 E. Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
Office 562-598-9401
Mobile 310-367-9079