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Congressional Cup thriller on final day

'Congressional Cup 2012 Wilson leads across the line in deciding match'    Rich Roberts ©

Drama? Suspense? Intensity? The Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th Congressional Cup had it all on the final day when Ian Williams of Great Britain pulled off a memorable win over Gavin Brady of New Zealand in the decisive race as the sun set into a murky cloud bank Saturday.

After Williams, the defending champion, had won the first race of their championship final by 9 seconds and four-time winner Brady claimed the second by 8 seconds, the Brit's Team GAC Pindar led all the way in the third, but he had a problem: a pre-start penalty that he had to erase before the finish.

'We had to do that penalty [turn],' he said---but was he far enough in front to execute a 270-degree semi-circle without Brady taking the lead?

At the dock Williams recalled, with an ironic smile, that 'our team was discussing just this morning how we'd never seen anybody win with a penalty. The rule of thumb is when you can do it and come out still ahead. Gavin pressed really hard.'

The key moment came about halfway up the second windward leg. Williams, who led Brady by 15 seconds at the leeward mark, was crossing him on port tack when, instead of tacking to starboard, he turned down across his onrushing foe and came up still in front on starboard tack---a 270-degree turn that absolved him of his penalty.

Brady said, 'We knew it was coming. It was probably the right place to do it. We were just too far behind to do anything about it.'

Congressional Cup 2012 Williams crew hi- fives -  Rich Roberts ©  

But it wasn't over yet. The move cost Williams most of his lead, and they rounded the last mark stern to bow. But Williams didn't give another inch before crossing the finish line 9 seconds in front---his 16th win in his last 17 races, after Brady stopped his 15-match winning streak.

Earlier, in agonizingly light-wind semifinals, Williams had disposed of Taylor Canfield of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2-0, while Brady won a fiery 2-1 decision over Italy's Simone Ferrarese, who chose to carry a pre-start penalty all the way to the finish.

The difference for Brady that time was that, after they split the first two races, he never gave Ferrarese room to do a penalty turn without surrendering the lead. At the line Ferrarese drew a penalty from Brady to cancel out his penalty---but Brady crossed the line 3 seconds in front.

There was an hour's delay when the wind turned off before returning at a steady 10 knots

Brady, who sails as a hired skipper these days, said later, 'It's good to compete with the best match racers in the world … I think we competed well. I love doing the Congressional Cup. It's been the backbone of my career.'

He would like to make a career of match racing, 'but we need a sponsor,' he said.

Williams received $15,000 of the total purse of $60,000.

Asked what he would do with a second Crimson Blazer, he said, 'It's good to win two in row. To be able to do it against someone like Gavin really means something. I'm still a couple behind him.'

In the fleet race for non-sailoff qualifiers, Will Tiller of New Zealand finished far ahead but was disqualified for crossing the start line early, leaving countryman Laurie Jury to collect the $1,000 prize.

Congressional Cup teams sail Catalina 37s built by Catalina Yachts primarily for match racing, rotating boats daily. They are owned and maintained by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation. The unique volunteer force of some 300 club members and their families.

Final results

Final round-robin standings

Ian Williams, UK, and Gavin Brady, New Zealand-Annapolis, Md., 14-4 ((Williams wins tiebreaker); Simone Ferrarese, Italy, 11-7; Taylor Canfield, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10-8; Staffan Lindberg, Finland, 9-9; Eric Monnin, Switzerland, 8-10; Johnie Berntsson, Sweden, and William Tiller, New Zealand, 7-11; Dustin Durant, USA, 4-14.



Semifinals

Brady d. Ferrarese, no time; Ferrarese d. Brady, 0:03; Brady d. Ferrarese, 0:03.

Brady wins, 2-1.



Williams d. Canfield, 0:34; Williams d. Canfield, 0:58.

Williams wins, 2-0.



Finals

Williams d. Brady, 0:09; Brady d. Williams, 0:08; Williams d. Brady, 0:09.

Williams wins, 2-1.


Prize money

Williams, $15,000; Brady, $9,200; Canfield, $7,400, Ferrarese, $6,200; Lindberg, $5,500; Monnin, $4,900; Tiller, $4,300; Berntsson, $3,100; Jury, $2,500; Durant, $1,900.

Fleet race

1. Jury, $1,000; 2. Durant; 3. Lindberg; 4. Berntsson; 5. Monnin; 6. Tiller (OCS/DNF).


Sponsors

Pier: Friedman's Appliances

Race Committee boat: Gladstone 's

Official boat: Catalina Yachts

Spinnaker: Hotel Maya, Creative Productions, McKennas, Ullman Sails, Time Warner, F&M Bank, Newmeyer & Dillion, Union Bank, MCA Logistics

Club 100, Sea Fever Gear, Port of Long Beach, Montes Wine, Titan Wine and Spirits, Bellingham Marine, City National Bank, CAM Services, Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, UBS, Worldwide Education, Belmont Athletic Club and Wellness Center Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf


by Rich Roberts

  

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