sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Butler Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club
Butler Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club

'Dustin Durant (at helm) has a good shot at winning this year’s Butler Cup and is currently second in points in the 2012 California Dreamin’ Series'    Rich Roberts ©    Click Here to view large photo

The fourth annual Butler Cup, an ISAF Grade 3 match race and the third and final stop on the California Dreamin’ Series, takes place this weekend at the Long Beach Yacht Club.

The winning skipper of the series receives an invitation to compete in this year’s Ficker Cup, March 22-24, and if they win the Ficker Cup is then given an invitation to compete in the Congressional Cup, March 26-31.

Leading the series is St. Francis Yacht Club’s Nicole Breault with a 50 point lead over second place Dustin Durant of LBYC. Doing the math, Breault can win the series by placing no worse than fourth in this weekend’s event.

'We know the competition in this series has been solid,' said Breault. 'Many of our races were determined in the final boat-lengths after duking it out around the course. As a result, our strategy is to bring the best fight we can to every race this weekend, to keep it simple wherever possible by avoiding mistakes and over-thinking, and finally to thrive on the excitement of close racing.'

The first two weekends of the series took place at San Diego Yacht Club, Feb. 11-12, and St. Francis Yacht Club, March 3-4, both using J/22s… a much smaller and lighter boat than the Catalina 37s used for the Butler, Ficker and Congressional Cup.

Durant did very well in the J/22s getting a third place finish overall in both events which jumped him up to number 84 in the ISAF match racing rankings, but has considerably more experience in the Catalina 37s which are stabled at his home yacht club.

(l-r) Nicole Breault calling tactics for Bruce Stone during the 2011 Butler Cup leads the 2012 California Dreamin’ Series -  Rich Roberts ©   Click Here to view large photo

Breault on the other hand has been the tactician on the bigger boats quite a few times for Butler Cup and Ficker Cup regattas but doesn’t have much time behind the wheel.

'Right now, moving from the J/22 into the Catalina 37 is a bit intimidating for me,' said Breault. 'I have a great group of sailors on my team and I suspect we will learn quickly. As a skipper I get a lot of confidence from boat handling and speed control. Until I get a sense for what that will feel like on the larger boats, I see the transition as a major challenge.'

The balance of the eight skipper field is made up of; Nick Dugdale, St. Francis YC; David Storrs, Pequot YC; Dan Aeling, San Diego YC; Tyler Sinks, SDYC; Bill Durant, LBYC and Eric Doyle of North Sails’ Long Beach, Calif. loft.

Doyle might just be the ringer in all of this. Former Star World Champion, Louis Vuitton Cup veteran and strategist onboard BMW/Oracle’s America’s Cup challenger in 2002-03 and 2006-07 he certainly has the skills and experience in world-class regattas and knows what it takes to win.

The weather might also play a factor in this weekend’s regatta with heavy rain and wind in Saturday’s forecast, then lightening up a bit Sunday with scattered showers.

Principal Race Officer Pete Ives said, 'We’ll race in the rain but the wind might be a problem. We’ll just have to see what it’s like Saturday morning and go from there.'

With forecasted sustained winds Saturday of 15-20 knots the 'problem' is that these durable Catalina 37s (built by Frank Butler, namesake for the event) were designed for the normal Long Beach weather conditions; moderate chop and breeze of 8-15 knots. Without even reef points in the main sails it greatly limits their use in breeze approaching 20 knots.

All of this adds up to what will, no doubt, be an exciting - albeit wet - weekend of match racing.

As always, the event is held just off of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier where the public can come on down and watch the day’s racing action right from the pier. Racing is scheduled to begin each day at 11:30 a.m., weather conditions permitting.

The event is named for Frank Butler, founder of Catalina Yachts, who in 1990 designed, built and donated the 11 Catalina 37s used for all of the match races held at LBYC. These same boats are also used for fleet race events and are available for team building and individual charters through the Long Beach Sailing Foundation.


by Rich Roberts

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94945

9:26 AM Fri 16 Mar 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




























470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,


































AWT Hatteras Wave Jam action commences on day 3
Rolex Big Boat Series: Images from San Francisco - Final Day
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here
Hobie 16 Open North American Championships and Pan Am Games qualifier
ISAF Sailing World Championship - Videos from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds: Buckingham into Medal Race, 470's stay consistent
470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Defending champion on top
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow   
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT