BlackMatch Racing reports from the Congressional Cup:
BlackMatch racing Lindberg in the 2009 Congressional Cup, Day 1
Hello from BlackMatch California,
Today was the opening day of the prestigious Congressional Cup Grade 1 Match Racing Event, in Long Beach California. The event is sailed in 6 man Catalina 37's, which are big powerful boats, so for our two extra crew we have enlisted the expertise of the legendary Rod Davis and local guru Steve Flam. Rod is one of sailings all time greats, he has Olympic gold and silver medals, is Emirates Team New Zealands coach and back up helmsman having helmed 3 America's Cup Campaigns and has also won the Congressional Cup on four previous occasions. Steve Flam is a local legend, he has 26 Congressional Cups under his belt and an unbelievable knowledge of the tricky conditions here in Long Beach, so with the addition of such experienced sailors to our team, we are hoping for big things at our first Congressional Cup.
We finished today with a 4-2 scorecard, gaining wins over all three of the French teams including World number 1 Sebastian Col and former Congressional Cup winner Mathieu Richard, while we also took down local hope Brian Angel. We lost out to a drilled team Origin skippered by Ben Ainslie, while our other loss came against Steffan Lindberg from Finland, when first day jitters meant mistakes crept in and ultimately cost us this race.
Our opening day was adequate however we feel we have so much to improve on and are looking forward to our 3 remaining matches of the first round robin. We face a rampant Terry Hutchinson tomorrow who is unbeaten on 6 wins, however we feel if we can make the step up from todays effort we will be able to give the past winner a run for his money.
For all media coverage, results and photos please visit www.concup.com. There is live audio available online at this address and also video highlights of the days racing which is well worth checking out as there is an awesome line up of skippers at this event.
FedEx Express and Line 7 are our two sponsors who have stuck by us throughout our campaign and we would like to yet again thank them for their support. To the RNZYS, Emirates Team New Zealand and everyone else, thank you also for your support.