Congressional Cup, we cheer for the two blue crews in the regatta

Ferrarese_Concup_1Kicking off today at 11:00 a.m. local time (8:00 p.m. in Italy) is the 50th edition of the Congressional Cup, the oldest and most prestigious match racing event, second only to the America’s Cup, in which one can participate by invitation only: this year there are as many as two Italian teams competing. Luna Rossa, with Francesco Bruni, winner of the Congressional Cup in 2010, who will be the helmsman of the crew, will meet nine crews composed of some of the top names in international match racing: Taylor Canfield the U.S. Virgin Island skipper currently number one on the international match racing ranking list, England’s Ian Williams (second), New Zealand’s Phil Robertson (fourth), Australia’s Keith Swinton (fifth) and France’s Mathieu Richard (sixth). Also competing is the team of Simone Ferrarese, winner of the last edition of the Trophy and eighth on the world ranking list.

big_LunaRossa_CongressionalCup_04THE “HOMEGROWN” SAILORS IN RACE
Team Luna Rossa will consist of: Francesco Bruni (helmsman), Adam Minoprio (tactician), Xabier Fernandez (mainsail trimmer), Simeon Tienpont (pitman), Pierluigi de Felice (trimmer), Max Sirena (bowman).
Simone Ferrarese has gathered around him a team of champions: Sandro Montefusco (mainsail trimmer) 470 Olympian in Seoul and Barcelona, Tommaso Chieffi (tactician) who boasts four America’s Cup appearances as well as an endless string of successes and rainbow titles, and Stefano Rizzi (tailer) reigning Master Moth world champion and winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup with Luna Rossa. Rounding out the team will be Dutchman Ivan Peute at the bow and Pietro Mantovani in the role of pitman.

The Congressional Cup, organized by the Long Beach Yacht Club, will be held from Wednesday, April 9 to Sunday, April 13. The races are contested on Catalina 37s, one-design monohulls that, following an initial random draw, are then rotated daily among the crews. The event format includes a double elimination round (round robin) followed by semifinals and finals.




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