It is the signature event for the Long Beach Yacht Club, their spirit builder, their team identity, and it works. Without the Congressional Cup, Long Beach Yacht Club would be a first class outfit, but with no place on the international stage and, most of all, much less to define its unique “family values.” Over 50 years, through the developments and innovations of the Congressional Cup match race series, the Long Beach Yacht Club has rocked our world.
A deep bow is in order—Kimball
By Rich Roberts Posted April 13, 2014
Sunday’s weather: Wind 10k SW; high temp. 62F.
The sound was heard by the spectators all the way up on the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier and over the lower part of the race course for the 50th Congressional Cup on the Long Beach outer harbor Sunday.…
The next generation will look much like this 2013 generation challenger from New Zealand, but they’re a new breed
By Kimball Livingston Posted April 13, 2014
Gino Morrelli believes the next generation of America’s Cup catamarans will revolutionize upwind tactics. He foresees the boats foiling through tacks without slowing down, and if there is no price for tacking, that’s a new calculus, isn’t it? A new game.
Smaller, faster, safer. It’s quite a package that Morrelli is talking about, and he knows a bit. His firm of Morrelli & Melvin wrote the design rule for what we will call, for now, the AC62.…
Posted April 11, 2014
Bob Billingham had one life, but he touched so many.
The accomplishments are one thing—Olympic medalist, trimmer on the 1992 America’s Cup winner, five-times a world champion in Solings, Etchells, J/24s and Maxis, facilities manager for America’s Cup 34, commentator for the racing—but those are things that can be represented by trophies on a shelf, or medals in a case. They don’t begin to tell you how much Bob gave of his wisdom and generous heart, every step of the way. Even as each step grew harder and harder.
On the tenth of May, at the St.…
Here’s a story that began with Roy Disney’s Morning Light project and, just as he intended, didn’t end there. The word from Volvo Ocean Race PR:
April 11, 2014. Southampton, UK – Team Alvimedica launched their new Volvo Ocean 65 boat on Friday in Southampton to herald six months of crew selections and hard training before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 in October.
On the dock was Race CEO Knut Frostad who has fostered the dreams of two young Americans, Mark Towill and Charlie Enright, to launch a boat in offshore sailing’s toughest round-the-world professional event.
“This is a proud moment,” said Frostad.…
By Rich Roberts Posted April 10, 2014
The 50th Anniversary Congressional Cup is hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club
Thursday’s weather: Wind 4-9k S; foggy early, hazy; high temp. 65F
Friday’s forecast: Wind 10k SW; high temp. 65F
April 10, 2014 LONG BEACH, Calif.—Adam Minoprio has skippered in the Congressional Cup and other major match racing competitions, but has a new role in the game these days: tactician for 2010 Crimson Blazer winner Francesco Bruni, in Italy’s renewed Luna Rossa campaign for the America’s Cup, starting with Stage Two of this event.
The New Zealand native speaks little Italian, but that isn’t a problem.…
By Rich Roberts
April 9, 2014 LONG BEACH, CALIF — There were no perfect days as Stage Two of the Congressional Cup got under way Wednesday. Taylor Canfield, speaking for all said afterward, “We’re still dusting a little rust off. We haven’t sailed together with our crews in five months.”
That might partly explain why the top-ranked match racer in the world is in a three-way tie for third place with three wins in his first five matches, behind early leaders Ian Williams of the UK and Australia’s Keith Swinton, each at 4-1 following opening tests of the first round-robin.
Thirteen more flights remain on the Long Beach outer harbor over the next three days to determine the four semifinalists who will mix it up Sunday.…
Does it happen to you?
These shots were made early this week by onetime Stanford sailing coach Blake Middleton, now removed to, as Bob Dylan once described it, “the North Country, fair.”
Blake gives us the scene as, “Nine Z-420s from the University of Minnesota and area high school teams in a narrow band of open water. Say, 200 yards X 25 yards?”
And that is the report from 44° 54′ N X 093° 38′ W.
Spring is here. Posted 4/9/2014 by KL…
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has announced a prestigious new collaboration with the ‘Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’ (ASSF). The ASSF founded by the Academy’s Director, Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah to honour his life and legacy, will be opening the ‘Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre’ at the same venue where Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson competed during the Olympic Games.
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, based in Andrew’s home county of Dorset, will act as a hub for all of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s activities, helping the Foundation fulfil its charitable objectives. The RYA accredited Centre will open in May 2014 offering a range of sailing courses for young people, community organisations and adults; including programmes for schools, as well as club sailors.…
Etienne Giroire! Andy and friend Billy Rudek (the third voice you’ll hear) sat down with Etienne in his home in Ft. Lauderdale on their way to Marsh Harbor to deliver a sailboat back to Annapolis. Etienne is most know for his namesake sailing company, ATN Inc. (get it?), which produces spinnaker sleeves, trampolines for catamarans, the ‘mast climber’ harness system and other bits and bobs. But more interesting, Etienne is a sailor in the truest sense of the word. Raised in France on Eric Tabarly and Bernard Moitessier, Etienne became in his own right a single-handed hero just like those heroes he grew up with, winning his class in the famous OSTAR race and going on to sail maxi multihulls with some of the most famous sailiors in the game.…
Remember when? Team Korea (RIP) photo by Gilles Martin-Raget/America’s Cup
By Kimball Livingston Posted April 8, 2014
In the quiet before the storm—counting down to the release of a Protocol for America’s Cup 35—I note that the chatter-flurry about a nationality requirement has died away in the expectation that “something” will be done, even at the risk of consigning a raft of Kiwi pros to the unemployment line. The “we’re a highly international team” bit has not played as well as hoped, and yes, the American team was thin on yanks. In one facet of the big picture, however, a nationality requirement is kinda too bad.…