The 53rd Congressional Cup regatta promises a bounty of action and excitement, with the world’s top match racing skippers. This five-day series – a Championship Event on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) – is guaranteed to be another nail-biter when it takes place in the waters of Long Beach, March 27 to April 2, 2017.
Returning to defend his Congressional Cup Championship title is three-time winner Taylor Canfield, ISV (ranked no.1 by World Sailing). Leading the opposition is Phil Robertson, NZL (no. 4) – who edged out Canfield in last year’s WMRT finals to capture the 2106 World Match Racing Champion title.
The Congressional Cup is regarded the ‘granddaddy of match racing’ as Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) innovated the game of match racing in 1965. This venerable regatta is the second event in the seven-stop WMRT global series, which commences in Australia in March and concludes in China in November.
While other WMRT Championship Events are raced in M32 multihulls, the Congressional Cup is challenged in a fleet of identical 37-foot Catalina sloops designed specifically for LBYC’s match racing series; which guarantee an even platform and exciting competition.
Racing is held directly off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, where spectators can view this world class competition for free, beginning around 11 a.m. each day. For more information on Congressional Cup visit http://www.thecongressionalcup.com; go to www.wmrt.com for details on the Tour.