In an interview with the VSail.info website late last year, Ferrarese said, "We pay for all the match races we do all around the world [and are] working a lot in fleet races in order to raise the necessary funding.
"This year we won the Ficker Cup ... finished fourth at the Open de España, were fourth at the Grade 1 in St. Petersburg and [then] won the Master De España."
In three of those events he outsailed Tiller, another rising star. "My team is very proud of these results, and because we are Europeans we felt it important to let you know our position," Ferrarese told VSail.info.
Another of his rivals can relate to that. Dustin Durant, 24, won last week's Ficker Cup to claim the 10th berth in the Congressional Cup. Now he steps up to a higher level, where he isn't a total stranger.
"The thing with the really good guys is they're way more predictable in their maneuvers," Durant said, "so there will probably be a lot less surprising action."
There will be two round robins, with the top four advancing into best-of-three semifinals and finals.
All racing will be in the outer harbour off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in east Long Beach. Admission is free; snacks, refreshments and comfort stations will be available. Parking in the lot at the base of the pier will be complimentary.
The event also has political support in this election year. The Long Beach City Council has proclaimed March as "Congressional Cup Month" in the city of 462,257.
Congressional Cup teams will sail the Catalina 37s with standard crews of six, including the skipper, rotating boats daily. The boats, designed and built by Catalina Yachts primarily for match racing, are owned and maintained by the Long Beach Sailing Foundation.
The Congressional Cup has maintained a high level of organization with a unique volunteer force of some 300 club members and their families. Each crew is assigned boat hostesses and a housing team to deliver the outstanding local hospitality the Congressional Cup has offered now for 48 years.