APRIL 2023 DATES SET FOR THE 58TH LONG BEACH YACHT CLUB CONGRESS CUP
LONG BEACH, CA (August 11, 2022) – Dates have been announced for the 58th Congress Cup Regatta and Ficker Cup Qualifiers hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club: with the Congress Cup scheduled for April 18-22 2023 preceded by the Ficker Cup from April 13 to 15, 2023.
In making the announcement, 2023 Chairman Bob Piercy said: “I am both honored and a little intimidated to preside over this esteemed world-class event. The Congress Cup is known as an elite competition and LBYC, past presidents and volunteers have raised the bar even higher. However, having served on the Executive Committee for the past four years, I am ready and eager to take on the challenge of the 58th Congress Cup Regatta!
The Congress Cup has been considered the “grandfather of match racing” since 1965. The event made LBYC an innovator in the game of match racing; pioneering water umpiring and setting a global standard that endures today.
As the paragon on the World Match Racing Tour and a championship-level stop on the World Match Racing Tour, the Congress Cup is guaranteed the hottest sailing talent and action on the waters of Long Beach every year.
The 2023 Congress Cup format will continue as a 10-team double round robin series, followed by semi-finals and small finals, with a final stage to determine the winner of the trophy and the prestigious Crimson Blazer.
In the 2022 Congress Cup, Ian Williams (GBR) leveled the score over decades-old rival Taylor Canfield (USA) when he triumphed in the final after a spirited five-day streak in windy conditions. Williams now equals Canfield with five Congress Cup titles apiece – and fans will be hoping the two return for another raucous competitive fight.
The 2023 roster will be announced later this year, with the final two entrants exiting the Ficker Cup in mid-April 2023. “Tony Mansour will do an outstanding job presiding over next year’s Ficker Cup,” Piercy noted, adding: “We will continue the process we instituted last year of combining the Congress Cup and Ficker Cup Selection Committees, to choose the best possible contenders for both events and ensure the highest standard of competition.
The Congress Cup is challenged in a fleet of identical 37-foot Catalina sloops designed specifically for the LBYC match racing series, ensuring a level platform and exciting competition. Races take place directly next to the city’s Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, where spectators can watch the thrilling games for free, beginning around 11:30 a.m. each day.
“The city of Long Beach is a waterfront playground in the heart of Southern California,” Piercy said, and has been named “America’s Water Capital.” With over seven miles of beaches, great ocean breezes and two large marinas, residents and visitors enjoy water activities such as sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, kite surfing, outrigger canoeing, paddleboarding, rowing, scuba diving, swimming, water polo, water skiing and much more.
“Due to the consistent and strong prevailing winds, Long Beach was chosen as the site for the sailing events of the 1984 Olympics and will again host the sailing events of the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028,” said continued Piercy. He expects the 2023 Congress Cup timeslot to offer those same stellar conditions. “April has always been a good month for sailing in Long Beach, with steady breezes and warm weather ahead of the busy summer regatta schedule. Our April rendezvous took a lot of time and research to establish, but we are now ready and we are already preparing for a fantastic event!”
For complete information on the 2023 Congress Cup as it unfolds, visit www.thecongressionalcup.com; and visit www.wmrt.com for more details on WMRT.
Long Beach Yacht Club, the first club in Long Beach, California, was established in 1929 and is recognized as a leading organization in the international yachting community for its commitment to excellence in yacht racing and innovation in race management. LBYC is home to many outstanding sailors and Olympic champions. In addition to hosting many local, national and international yachting events, Club member families enjoy a calendar of social, yachting and junior activities throughout the year at its beautiful clubhouse on the shore of Alamitos bay.
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