Press Release April 1, 2016


52nd Annual Congressional Cupn hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club

APRIL 1, 2016 LONG BEACH, CALIF - - It may be April Fool’s Day around the globe, but in Long Beach, California it was serious business, as Ficker Cup Presented by Porsche sailors opened the three-day event with spirited competition.
Steve Natvig (USA) came out swinging. Hot on his game, having recently battled his way to the top in the California Dreamin’ Series, he pulled two penalties before the start of one match. “I’ve done a lot of racing for other teams recently, so this is the first time behind the wheel in a while,” he admitted.

“I’m dusting off the cobwebs.” He finished 3-4 after the first round robin.
Perennial favorite and 2009 Congressional Cup winner Johnie Berntsson (SWE) was slow to warm up, before turning the corner and winning his final four matches.

Everybody got a piece of the pie, but at the end of the day – where cool 6 to 13 knot southwesterly breezes prevailed – Evan Walker (AUS) and Scott Dickson (USA) each tallied 5-2; with Matthew Jerwood (AUS), Johnie Berntsson (SWE) and David Storrs (USA) close on their heels at 4-3.

Dickson, who has represented LBYC in more than one dozen Congressional Cups, lauded his “wonderful team,” including a last minute addition, tactician Peter ‘Pedro’ Isler; calling the two-time America’s Cup winner, “a smooth cog in a well-oiled machine.” He added, “We have a wonderful blend of international and local teams here, which makes the local teams stronger.”

A second round robin will continue Saturday April 2 and progress to semi-final and final rounds Sunday April 3. The top two finishers in Ficker Cup Presented by Porsche will advance to the prestigious Congressional Cup regatta, second stop in the esteemed World Match Racing Tour, to be held here April 6 to 10.

Racing begins at roughly noon, daily, and is held adjacent the Long Beach Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier for easy spectator access and viewing.
 1 Evan Walker AUS 187
 2 Scott Dickson USA 272
 3 Johnie Berntsson SWE 13
 4 David Storrs USA 18
 5 Matthew Jerwood AUS 6
 6 Steve Natvia USA 377
 7 Dustin Durant USA 113
 8 Peter Holz USA 40
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The Ficker Cup Presented by Porsche is a highly regarded World Sailing Grade Two and WMRT event, established by LBYC in 1980 to honor Bill Ficker, winning skipper of the 1970 America’s Cup and Star boat champion. Etched on the trophy are the names of sailing greats like John Kostecki, Scott Dickson and Sally Barkow; plus Terry Hutchinson and Simone Ferrarese – both of whom went on to win the Congressional Cup in subsequent years.

The Congressional Cup features five days of yacht racing at its finest, with the top World Sailing-ranked skippers vying for the esteemed Crimson Blazer – an honor bestowed to sailing icons like Dennis Conner, Dean Barker, Ken Read, Ted Turner, Taylor Canfield and more. Founded in 1965 and pioneering the concept of on-the-water umpiring, The Congressional Cup is regarded as the ‘granddaddy of match racing’ and is part of the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). This intense round-the-world circuit kicked off early March in Fremantle, Australia, and concludes in July in Marstrand, Sweden; where one lucky sailor will earn a sizeable purse and bragging rights – as the number one skipper at the pinnacle of the sailing game.
View Congressional Cup racing at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, located at 15 39th Place in Long Beach, CA. Parking and facilitates are available.

Follow the action online at; via Twitter @LBYCConCup;; and Instagram Long Beach Yacht Club
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Long Beach, CA 90803 USA#concup. For more information on WMRT please visit
Gold Level Sponsor
Porsche Cars North America

Spinnaker Sponsors
Farmers & Merchants Bank, Union Bank, Stella Artois Beer, Friedmans Appliance Kitchen Bath & Beds, Port of Long Beach, Newmeyer and Dillion Attorneys at Law, Team Campbell Logistics, LBYC Jr Sailing Program, Time Warner Cable, Gladstones Restaurant

General Sponsors
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Betsy Crowfoot
Congressional Cup 2016 Press Officer

Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 E. Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
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Christine Delabre
Congressional Cup Comms Co-Chair
Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 E. Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
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Rick Roberts
Waterfront Director

Long Beach Yacht Club
6201 E. Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803 USA
Office 562-598-9401
Mobile 310-367-9079