Press Release May 12, 2015

STAGE IS SET FOR 51ST CONGRESSIONAL CUP
TWELVE TEAMS FROM NINE NATIONS TO BATTLE FOR CRIMSON BLAZER

May 12, 2015 LONG BEACH, CA
- - The stage is set for the kick-off of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour, with the start of the 51st Congressional Cup regatta May 13, in the waters of Long Beach, Calif.

Twelve skippers from nine nations have converged on Long Beach Yacht Club, all with the same goal: to win the prestigious 51-year-old Congressional Cup, and set the pace for the season ahead.

Current ISAF Match Racing World Champion and two-time Congressional Cup winner Ian Williams, GBR (ranked no. 1) is back, eager to topple defending champion Taylor Canfield, ISV (no. 2). Returning skippers include Eric Monnin, SUI (no. 4); Joachim Aschenbrenner, DEN (no. 9); Keith Swinton, AUS (no. 10), Phil Robertson, NZL (no. 13), Przemeyslaw ‘Tara’ Tarnaki, POL (no. 26), Dustin Durant USA (no. 84) and Scott Dickson, LBYC (no. 167). Making their Congressional Cup debuts, as skippers, are Bjorn Hansen, SWE (no. 5), Chris Steele, NZ (no. 11) and Reuben Corbett, NZL (no. 12).

The teams will compete in five days of match racing, a form of yachting competition that entails a series of one-on-one races, sailed in identically equipped boats: crews even have a weight limit, to guarantee the playing field is absolutely level. And then, the action begins. The competition is close, and aggressive. Collisions are not rare, and on-the-water umpires serve up ‘instant justice’ with the wave of a flag. The Congressional Cup promises plenty of thrilling action, sure to escalate as the week wears on and nerves wear thin, in their quest for victory. The winning skipper will be awarded the coveted Crimson Blazer – an honor and tradition bestowed to the top names in sailing over the decades, including Ken Read, Gavin Brady, Dennis Conner, Ted Turner, Dean Barker, and more.

LBYC introduced the Congressional Cup in 1965 and it is recognized throughout the world for its excellence in race organization, venue and hospitality. Congressional Cup is a Grade WC event – the highest level of sailboat racing – and joins the esteemed 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour as the season-opener.

Racing will be held May 13 to 17 off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, in the dependable breezes of Long Beach’ outer harbor, beginning at approximately 11:30am daily. First-rate viewing, complimentary seating, live commentary, plus food and beverage vendors guarantee a lively outing for all.

For additional information on the LBYC Congressional Cup please go to www.thecongressionalcup.com; regarding the World Match Racing Tour please visit www.wmrt.com.
 
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

Photos available upon request. Contact: ccmedia@lbyc.org
 
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
email betsycrowfoot@gmail.com
Jo Murray
Congressional Cup Comms Co-Chair
Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 E. Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
Mobile 562-310-6829
email jo@lbycsf.org
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
email rroberts@lbyc.org