The Grandfather of Modern Match Racing
The Congressional Cup is one of the main events in the match racing circuit, particularly in the United States. The 52 year old event now attracts the world’s best skippers looking to compete and claim the prestigious title in an action-packed and challenging event. The Long Beach Yacht Club founded the event in 1964 with the aim of encouraging yacht racing in the U.S. at the highest of standards. As a true test of skill, and not resources, they decided that everyone would be on a level playing field by sailing identical yachts. Today, the Congressional Cup is known as a path to the America’s Cup, and many past champions have skippered in the AC, including Dennis Conner, Ted Turner, Ed Baird, James Spithill, and Dean Barker, among others.
The Congressional Cup Goes Global
The Congressional Cup has spawned match racing worldwide, first hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club in European waters. Around the world, match race cups based on LBYC's concept took off, including in Australia, New Zealand, France, and Bermuda. Not only was the Cup a pioneering event, it was continually adding value to the match racing circuit through the introduction of new rulings. Until 1987, penalty decisions, or protests, were absorbing a large chunk of time and taking away from the excitement of the event. In an effort to spice up the event, LBYC invited the world’s best officials to the 1988 event and instant-penalty decisions were born. These are now the mainstay of match racing worldwide.
The 2016 Cup
This year’s event suffered some untypical wind, rain, and testing conditions, though that didn't seem to stop the teams in this outstanding race. Over 5 days, teams led by skippers like Dickson, Gilmour, Canfield, and Steele all produced strong showings, but it was Taylor Canfield who emerged as victor of the 2016 Congressional Cup.
8/16/2016 01:28:54 am
I love Congressional Cup match racing and I enjoy this game. Thanks for this article.
8/16/2016 05:38:28 am
This actually sounds like a LOT of fun! I've never seen one of these events, but I think I'd rather like to. Thanks for sharing.
8/16/2016 06:15:23 am
The congressional cup is a classic. I love watch it because it not only has lasted past 50 years but also some of the best skippers in the world compete in one race. It's by far the most entertaining boat competitions in the world.
8/16/2016 06:32:18 am
Very informative and such a great article on the Congressional Cup! Good luck in the future!
8/16/2016 06:33:47 am
I've been following your blog and have enjoyed your posts, particularly this article. It's always good to see a new blog entry from you.
8/16/2016 09:50:28 am
The Cup is ALWAYS exciting to watch...strategic, yet very tactical. Sort of reminds me of chess on the waters!
8/16/2016 03:27:00 pm
Wow, that sounds like an awesome time.. That is a great sport.
8/16/2016 06:12:54 pm
Congratulations to Taylor Canfield for getting that C Cup. Great dedication provides great dividends.
8/16/2016 07:54:20 pm
Never heard of this Congressional Cup racing but it sounds very interesting, and I hope you all keep doing a great job, despite the difficulties! Keep up the good work!
8/17/2016 12:24:44 pm
Great and challenging event. Good luck in the congressional event. Looks like alot of fun to watch and compete.
Shasta McAnally Martin
8/17/2016 03:42:48 pm
I've seen English versions of events like this but not a US version. This sounds like fun.
8/17/2016 07:06:47 pm
Sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to watch the competition! Thanks for sharing.
8/17/2016 07:09:14 pm
Sounds like an awesome event!! I bet it's fun to watch in person.
11/7/2016 09:30:20 am
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