LONG BEACH, CALIF. 15 MARCH 2019 — If the Congressional Cup is the gateway to the America’s Cup, the Ficker Cup is the gateway to the Congressional Cup. This Grade 2 Match Racing competition, organized annually by Long Beach Yacht Club since 1980, is both a qualifier to the prestigious Congressional Cup regatta as well as a world-class sailing event in its own right. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF. 8 FEBRUARY 2019 — Reigning Congressional Cup Champion Taylor Canfield, USA, has announced he will return to the course April 3 to 7, to defend his title in this sensational Grade One Match Race regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. France’s Maxime Mesnil, No. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF. 31 JANUARY 2019 - The Long Beach Yacht Club Congressional Cup regatta, April 3 to 7, 2019, promises rousing competition, as past champions Ian Williams, GBR, and Johnie Berntsson, SWE, return to face challenges by newcomers Will Boulden, AUS, Nicklas Dackhammar SWE, and Nick Egnot-Johnson, NZL; along with the most decorated Ficker Cup titleholder in history, Scott Dickson, USA. The Congressional Cup was founded by LBYC in 1965 and is recognized as the ‘grandfather’ of modern world-class match racing. One of the leading yacht clubs in the nation – celebrating its 90th anniversary this year – LBYC set the standard for premier-level match racing worldwide, and pioneered the concept of on-the-water umpiring. Read more..
Dean Barker and American Magic take second after fiery finals LONG BEACH, CALIF 22 APRIL 2018 - - Taylor Canfield and Team US One have won the 2018 Congressional Cup after an intense five-day battle with nine other of the world's top match racing talent; and fierce finals with Dean Barker and Team American Magic, who finished second. Sam Gilmour (AUS) defeated Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in the petit-finals, for third place in this prestigious World Sailing Grade One regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. Read more..
Ficker Finalists Berntsson and Barker Advance to Congressional Cup Semi-Finals, along with Canfield and Gilmour
Racing continues off Belmont Pier tomorrow for the Crimson Blazer LONG BEACH, CALIF 21 APRIL 2018 - - Does Ficker make you quicker? Stage One of the 54th Congressional Cup regatta wrapped up with the final two races of Round Robins, advancing Dean Barker (USA), Taylor Canfield (USA), Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and Sam Gilmour (AUS) to the semi-finals. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF 20 APRIL 2018 - - With only two flights left in the 54th Congressional Cup regatta's Round Robin series – to determine which skippers will advance to the semi-finals – the hard-hitting competition escalated. Dean Barker (USA) and American Magic remained on top, with Taylor Canfield (USA), Johnie Berntsson (SWE), Sam Gilmour (AUS) and Ian Williams (GBR) all within striking distance of qualification. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF 19 APRIL 2018 - - More round-ups than a Western movie thrilled spectators, and challenged competitors, on Day Two of the Long Beach Yacht Club Congressional Cup regatta. Dean Barker (USA) and Team American Magic continued to hold the reins at the top of the leaderboard, as racing continued into the second Round Robin. Read more..
Barker's American Magic Undefeated after Six Races LONG BEACH, CALIF 18 APRIL 2018 - -Dean Barker (USA) celebrated his 45th birthday with six straight wins on Day One of the 54th annual Congressional Cup regatta, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC). Stiff competition, and solid breeze that started at eight knots and built to an exciting 14 knots, greeted the 10 top match racing teams from around the globe who convened in Long Beach for this prestigious World Sailing Grade One regatta. Read more..
Johnie Berntsson takes second, to fill Ficker Cup roster LONG BEACH, CALIF 15 April 2018 - Dean Barker, USA, dominated the 2018 Ficker Cup, to win this Grade Two World Sailing regatta, and advance to the Congressional Cup, which runs Wednesday April 16 to 22, 2018. Also qualifying for Congressional Cup is Johnie Berntsson, SWE, who finished second in the three-day regatta, which was founded by Long Beach Yacht Club in 1980 to honor legendary yachtsman Bill Ficker. Read more..
Convincing Lead for Barker on Day Two of Long Beach Yacht Club Ficker Cup, Precursor to Congressional Cup
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. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF 13 April 2018 - Long Beach Yacht Club kicked off the 39th annual Ficker Cup regatta today, greeting the eight teams from around the world with sunny skies and rousing competition. Racing will continue tomorrow and Sunday, for the Ficker Cup trophy; and a chance to compete in the Congressional Cup next week. Read more..
The “granddaddy” of match racing, Congressional Cup, was established in 1965 and pioneered the concept of on-the-water umpiring. This year, 2018, marks 30 years of dispensing instant on-the-water justice. Read more..
54th Edition Promises Spectacle And Some Surprises Long Beach, California March 18th 2018 - - With just one month to go at Long Beach Yacht Club’s 54th Congressional Cup regatta the excitement is building! In addition to an all-star lineup for 2008 April 18-22 Congressional Cup racing - including five of the world’s top-ten ranked match racing skippers - the lead-in Ficker Cup regatta promises dazzling action with sailing legends Dean Barker and Terry Hutchinson mixing it up with match racing’s most up-and-coming international skippers. Read more..
The Ficker Cup Match Race was established by Long Beach Yacht Club to honor Bill Ficker, world class Star champion in the 50s and winner of the 1970 America’s Cup as skipper of the 12-meter class yacht Intrepid. During Intrepid’s 1970 America’s Cup campaign, the phrase “Ficker is quicker” was coined --- later changed to “Ficker was quicker” when he beat Gretel II to win the cup. Read more..
CHRIS STEELE, and 36 Below Racing, returns this year to shake things up in his fourth Congressional Cup appearance. Chris is a talented young Kiwi skipper, a product of the powerhouse Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron training program. Read more..
LONG BEACH, USA 2 April 2017 - - In a series of matches that were as mercurial as the weather, Ian Williams (GBR) and his team GAC Pindar triumphed in the 53rd Congressional Cup, beating Johnie Berntsson (SWE) in a fifth and final winner-take-all match. Not since 2012 has Ian Williams [GRB] donned the coveted Crimson Blazer, the honor bestowed to the top names in sailing since 1965. Read more..
LONG BEACH, USA 1 April 2017 - -“Choices are the hinges of destiny,” goes the famous quote by Edwin Markham, and today’s Congressional Cup racing proved that making good choices can make, or break, you. As the frontrunner after two days of Qualifying, Johnie Berntsson (SWE) elected to race eighth place Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN). Read more..
LONG BEACH, USA 31 March 2017 - - In France they call it a “Repêchage.” In America it’s known as a “do-over. Read more..
LONG BEACH, USA 30 March 2017 - - “Mr Canfield, I like your jacket!” announced reigning Match Racing World Champion Phil Robertson (NZL), at the 53rd Congressional Cup’s opening ‘Meet the Skippers’ dinner. Read more..
LONG BEACH, USA 29 March 2017 - - Brilliant sunshine greeted the all-star line-up of Congressional Cup 2017, racing along the shores of Long Beach, California. Conditions were nothing like last year’s dismal, drizzly weather. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF 29 March 2017 - - Grab your lawn chair and cooler and come on down to the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier today through Sunday April 2, for the 53rd running of the Congressional Cup regatta! Storms that dumped record rains on California damaged the pier, initially threatening to deter the hundreds of spectators who come to experience this world-class match racing extravaganza, each year. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF 26 March 2017 – Scott Dickson and David Storrs defeated young challengers Harry Price and Nevin Snow in the semi-finals of the 38th annual Ficker Cup held here today, with Dickson, representing Long Beach Yacht Club, going on to win the prestigious Ficker Cup trophy, and a spot in next week’s Congressional Cup regatta. As first runner up Storrs also advanced to Congressional Cup, which runs March 28 to April 2. Read more..
Dickson Takes The Lead In Day Two Of Ficker Cup; Advances To Semi-Finals With Storrs, Snow And Price
LONG BEACH, CALIF 25 March 2017 – Storm clouds threatened Day Two of the 38th Ficker Cup regatta today, but the only tempest on the track was Long Beach Yacht Club’s Scott Dickson and team, who stormed the scoreboard with an 11-3 record, following up yesterday’s powerful start with six wins today. The Ficker Cup is a World Match Racing Tour Grade Two event, and feeder to the prestigious Congressional Cup regatta. Read more..
LONG BEACH, CALIF 24 March 2017 – Long Beach Yacht Club kicked off the 38th annual Ficker Cup regatta with a tribute to the late Bill Ficker, bestowing the eight race teams with “Ficker is Quicker” flags, before continuing onto the race course to the type of competition that would have made Ficker proud. “I think Bill would have loved today,” said Scott Dickson, whose LBYC team was in a three-way tie for first, at the end of day of this Grade Two match race regatta. Read more..
March 18, 2017 LONG BEACH, CA - -In 10 days, world class match racing comes to Long Beach, California, with the 53rd running of the Congressional Cup regatta! This World Match Racing Tour championship event brings the top sailing talent from around the globe to the waters of Long Beach, Calif. Read more..
February 14, 2017 LONG BEACH, CA - - Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN, has been named the tenth competitor in the 2017 Congressional Cup regatta, rounding out, “A great line-up!” in the words of Chairman Joe Seibert. Read more..
January 10, 2017 LONG BEACH, CA - - The 53rd Congressional Cup regatta promises a bounty of action and excitement, with the preliminary announcement of three-quarters of the teams; including seven of the world’s top 10 match racing skippers. With such top-heavy competition, this five-day series – a Championship Event on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) – is guaranteed to be another nail-biter when it takes place in the waters of Long Beach, California, March 27 to April 2, 2017. Read more..