CONGRESSIONAL CUP Long Beach Yacht Club
Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003 April 8-12, 2003
March 6, 2003 For Immediate Release
CUP SAILORS RECHARGE AT CONGRESSIONAL CUP
BEACH, Calif.---Life after the America's Cup for
a handful of the world's best sailors starts with
the 39th Congressional Cup April 8-12.
the recent cancellation of the Steinlager Line
7 Cup at Auckland New Zealand, the Congressional
Cup is the first major match-racing event on Swedish
Match Tour 2002/2003 subsequent to the America's
Cup. The Congressional Cup also is the only remaining
U.S. stop on the nine-event circuit. A skipper’s
best seven finishes count toward the overall Swedish
Match Tour 2002/2003 prize purse of US$200,000.
Congressional Cup is offering a $25,000 purse
with $6,000 to the winner.
year's field features two-time winner and 2002
runner-up Gavin Brady, who sailed with Italy's
Prada at Auckland; Ken Read of Team Dennis Conner;
Magnus Holmberg of Sweden's Victory Challenge,
Luc Pillot of France's Le Defí, Australian
James Spithill of Seattle's OneWorld and Paolo
Cian of Italy's Mascalzone Latino.
who didn't sail in the America's Cup are Denmark's
Jesper Radich and Jes Gram-Hansen, currently ranked
Nos. 2 and 3 by the International Sailing Federation;
1994 winner Chris Law of the UK and Long Beach
resident Scott Dickson, who expects to have older
brother Chris as tactician in his seventh Congressional
Cup as a skipper. Scott Dickson qualified by winning
last fall's Ficker Cup. Chris Dickson is a two-time
winner and the skipper of Oracle BMW's runner-up
in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger trials for
the America's Cup.
BMW's helmsman, Peter Holmberg, won four of the
last five Congressional Cups but chose to sit
this one out.
an intensive three-year America's Cup campaign,
it is very important to take a break from racing,"
Holmberg said. "I am heading home to the
[U.S.] Virgin Islands to see family and friends
and think about my next chapter in life."
Holmberg, no relation to Magnus, was ranked No.
1 before leaving the international tour to do
the America's Cup, which ISAF does not count in
its rankings. So while the status of the AC competitors
suffered, Poland's Karol Jablonski, Radich and
Gram-Hansen rose to the top of the list by continuing
to compete in various events.
remains No. 1 but turned down an invitation to
the Congressional Cup.
explained in an e-mail to chairman Don Warner:
"Due to the unstable political situation
in the Middle and Far East, we have to cancel
our participation in this event. Since we would
have to go by plane we are afraid of the threat
of a terrorist attack."
Congressional Cup again will be sailed on the
Catalina 37 sloops built for the event. Each boat
must have a minimum crew of six and a maximum
combined crew weight of 1,200 pounds. The format
will be a double round robin followed by best-of-three
semifinals and finals. A short windward-leeward
race course will be set near shore in the Long
Beach outer harbor.
1966 Gerry Driscoll
1967 Scott Allan
1968 Skip Allan
1969 Henry Sprague III
1970 Argyle Campbell
1971 Tom Pickard
1972 Argyle Campbell
1973 Dennis Conner
1974 Bill Ficker
1975 Dennis Conner
1976 Dick Deaver
1977 Ted Turner
1978 Dick Deaver
1979 Dennis Durgan
1980 Dennis Durgan
1981 Rod Davis
1982 Scott Perry
1983 Dave Perry
1984 Dave Perry
1985 Rod Davis
1986 Harold Cudmore
1987 Eddie Warden-Owen
1988 Peter Gilmour
1989 Rod Davis
1990 Chris Dickson
1991 Chris Dickson
1992 Terry Hutchinson
1993 Rod Davis
1994 Chris Law
1995* Harold Cudmore
1996 Gavin Brady
1997 Gavin Brady
1998 Peter Holmberg
1999 Peter Holmberg
2000 Dean Barker
2001 Peter Holmberg
2002 Peter Holmberg
event (former winners).
INFORMATION: Long Beach Yacht Club, (562) 598-9401,
Principal Race Officer
MATCH TOUR 2002/2003