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Emil Kajar of the Royal Danish Yacht Club won the 2021 Ficker Cup this weekend, besting a field of eight major match racing skippers from the US and overseas – and took three final places in this week’s Congressional Cup.
Americans Jeffrey Peterson and David Wood took the other two places in the so-called Granddaddy of Match Racing regatta, the 56th edition of which is scheduled to officially begin on Tuesday, September 13, with the competition running from Wednesday to Sunday. long Beach.
Both the 2021 Congressional Cup and the Ficker Cup are hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club.
On Sunday, 20-year-old Kjaer of Denmark defeated round-robin leader Wood, 20, in the semi-finals to beat 19-year-old Petersen 3-1 in the final, on the final day of the Grade 2 Ficker Cup. 3-1. Peterson defeated fellow American Pearson Potts 3–0 in the semi-finals to secure his place in the Congressional Cup.
Meanwhile, Wood recovered from his loss in the semi-finals and defeated Potts 2–0 in the Petit Final – a third place match – to secure the final Congressional Cup slot.
Other Congressional Cup captains include American Taylor Canfield, four-time Congressional Cup champion; 2009 winner Jonny Berntsson from Sweden; Eric Monin from Switzerland; Maxim Mesnil from France; Chris Poole from America; and Australian Sam Gilmour, who had a podium finish at the 2018 Congressional Cup.
Both Monnin and Mesnil are in the top 10 of the World Sailing Rankings. And Poole, who is currently ranked 12th, is expected to return to the top 10 when the world rankings are updated on Wednesday, September 15, because of his victory at the 2021 Oakcliffe International in New York last month.
The Congressional Cup, which was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and then delayed from its normal April run this year, will begin on Tuesday with a reception and a practice day.
The race will start on Wednesday.
The tournament will follow a double round-robin format – each team will face every other team twice before the semi-finals and final take place over the weekend.
The best view is from Belmont Memorial Veterans Pier. The area next to the pier, 15th 39th Place, is often referred to as “sailing’s pit row seats” and will feature live commentary, bleacher seating, and golf cart shuttles to and from the pier.
The Congressional Cup will also livestream the race on its official Facebook page.
Long Beach Yacht Club’s coverage will include advanced drone video, on-the-water interviews, aerial photography and expert commentary.
“The daily racing live show is anchored by sailor Katie Pettibone and a list of VIP guest commentators,” said Geoffrey Talbot, executive producer of event coverage.
At press time, the VIP Remote Guest roster included well-known names from sailing and past Congressional Cup winners, such as Francesco Bruni, Ken Reid, Shirley Robertson, Peter Gilmour, Chris Steele, Scotty Dixon, Leonard Takahashi, Will Bowden and Nick Agnott. -Johnson.
“The VIP guest commentary list is expected to grow,” said Talbot, “as the Congressional Cup Regatta gains momentum.”
Editor’s Note: Joe Murray is a member and historian of the Long Beach Yacht Club.