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Congressional Cup welcomes world's best match racers

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47th Congressional Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club preview.

Lovely morning buffet of lightning, thunder, rain and sunshine - the weather preview for the week of the most prestigious Grade One match racing event in the United States, Long Beach Yacht Club's 47th Congressional Cup.

the event starts Tuesday with the first of two round robins leading to Saturday's championship sail-offs. Racing will start daily at 11:30 a.m. or later, as conditions permit.

Francesco Bruni of Italy, ranked number eight in the world, is the defending champion, and he'll be going against three former winners---Dave Perry of the U.S. (1983, 1984), No. 36; Mathieu Richard of France (2007), number three, and Johnie Berntsson of Sweden (2009), No. 17.

Along with Ian Williams of Great Britain, number five; Evgeny Neugodnikov of Russia, number nine; Phil Robertson of New Zealand, No. 10; Staffan Lindberg of Finland, No. 19; Simone Ferrarese of Italy, No. 21, and Taylor Canfield of the U.S. Virgin Islands, No. 29, who qualified by winning last summer's Grade Two Trifecta Events series at Chicago, Detroit and Manhasset Bay, N.Y.

That's eight foreign teams and another from a U.S. territory. The current weather pattern should make them all feel at home some of the time. 'It's colder than home,' one member of Berntsson's crew noted as he bundled up for the day's practice session.

Ullman Sails is the sail sponsor. Friedman's Appliances is the pier sponsor. Time Warner Cable is the media sponsor. Hotel Maya is the official host hotel. Other sponsors are Yamaha, Farmers and Merchants Bank, City National Bank, Union Bank, Newmeyer and Dillon, Press Telegram, Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Port of Long Beach, Gladstones, MCA, Creative Productions and Catalina Yachts

Williams hasn't won the Congressional Cup but brings in a strong resume, mostly built after he shelved his law career. Second in a previous appearance, he said, 'The fact that we're here is significant. I've been trying to come back for the last five or six years. It's a great regatta, and coming in second I feel like it's unfinished business. 'It's also a great start to the year. … to get the team together, we get in a lot racing to jump-start our year.'

His tactician this week is an American, Bill Hardesty, a San Diego native who is involved with building the program at the Chicago Match Racing Center. 'We won a world championship together [in 2007] and three World [Match Racing] Tour regattas together,' Williams said. Williams and Hardesty each noted the Congressional Cup's hospitable appeal to competitors.

'This is kind of on an upper scale, with all the [club member] volunteers,' Hardesty said. Perry said, 'Instead of one person holding the door for you, there's a bunch of people holding the door.' Also, crews don't need to share boats. The sturdy Catalina 37s they race are 21 years old but there is one for everybody, plus a spare. 'That's one of the great things about the event,' Williams said. 'You get a lot of sailing.'

Meantime, the event takes note of the recent passing of Gerry Driscoll, a sailing icon from the San Diego area who won the first two Congressional Cups in 1965 and '66, forever placing his name atop the list that includes many of the world's best sailors of the last half-century. Driscoll died at his home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 87.

The racing will be off Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in east Long Beach, well inside the breakwater of the outer Long Beach Harbor. There is public parking at the base of the pier and free shuttles out to the end, where there is expert commentary, limited seating, a snack bar, restaurant and comfort stations.

Principal race officer Randy Smith, already challenged by the erratic winds for last weekend's Ficker Cup that ushered Ferrarese into this event, issued the following weather forecast for the week:

'It appears that we will have good breeze every day but not too much. There is rain in the marine forecast for four of five days, so it will likely be a wet year. But my weather models make me more optimistic. In any case, make sure you all have proper foul weather gear, boots or waterproof socks and warm clothes. I will pick up some hot chocolate and Cup O' Noodles so we will have a chance to warm up if needed.'

Smith also noted that rain would not be a problem. 'I don't care about rain,' he said. 'Wind is what counts.'

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The total purse is $40,000, with $10,000 for the winner.

Skippers and crew

Mathieu Richard
France
World rank: 3
Phillipe Bouchard-Tr.
Greg Evrard-M
Olivier Herledant-P
Philippe Mourniac-Ta.
Yannick Simon-B

Ian Williams
Great Britain
World rank: 5
Mark Callahan-Tr.
Matt Cassidy-B
Bill Hardesty-Ta.
Steve Hunt-M
Mal Parker-Tr.

Francesco Bruni
Italy
World rank: 8
Matteo Aguadro-B
Tom Burnham-Ta.
Pierluigi De Felice-Tr.
Pietro Mantovani-P
Guillermo Parada-M

Evgeny Neugodnikov
Russia
World rank: 9
Alexander Ekimov-Ta.
Egor Larionov-P
Pavel Mshenskiy-B
Anton Sergeev-M
Valera Zatsarinskiy-Tr.

Phil Robertson
New Zealand
World rank: 10
Sam Bell-P
Garth Ellingham-Ta.
Hayden Goodrick-B
James Williamson-Tr.
Andres Sariano-M

Johnie Berntsson
Sweden
World rank: 17
Oscar Angervall-Tr.
Johan Barne-Ta.
Martin Berntsson-Tr.-P
Niklas Carizon-M
Bjorn Lundgren-B

Staffan Lindberg
Finland
World rank: 19
Bjorn Andersson-Tr.
Nils Bjerkas-Ta.
Oscar Dannstrom-M
Carol-Johan Uckelstam-B
Sebastian Wedel-P

Simone Ferrarese
Italy
World rank: 21
Roberto Innamorato-P
Michelangelo Valenti-Ta.
Andrea Quartulli-B
Alessandro Saettone-Tr.
Corrado Caspeceminutolo-Tr.

Taylor Canfield
U.S. Virgin Islands
World rank: 29
Matt Clark-P
Charlie Enright-Tr.
Hamish Matthew-Tr.
Alden Reid-B
Tod Reynolds-M

Dave Perry
USA
World rank: 36
Charlie Beven-B
John Busch-M
Andrew Campbell-Ta.
Steve Flam-P
Mike Pentecost-Tr.


B-bow; M-main sail; Ta.-tactics; Tr.-trimmer; P-pit

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