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10 March 2005, 01:52 pm
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Congressional Cup 2005
Long Beach, USA

The ten skippers descending on southern California for this year's Congressional Cup represent some of the best talent match racing has to offer.
The field is split between Europe, America and Oceania with Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) seeing the return of two past champions for this, the only ISAF Grade 1 Match Racing Event in the USA this year.

New Zealander Chris DICKSON took two cups in a row back in 1990-1991. He is also a three-time World Match Racing Champion and will be competing in the 2007 America's Cup with BMW Oracle. Chris LAW is the only British representative at the event and will be hoping to repeat his 1994 victory.

Russell COUTTS, number 8 in the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings, and highly-rated Dean BARKER make it trio of Kiwis.

From the USA Chris LARSON is joined by LBYC representative, Scott DICKSON, who is sure to want to impress on his home patch.

The final four competitors are all prime picks from the top of the ISAF World Match Racing rankings. Staffan LINDBERG (FIN), ranked twelve and Lars NORDBJERG (DEN), ranked nine are joined by French duo, Philippe PRESTI and Mathieu RICHARD, ranked sixth and fourth respectively.

This year will not see the return of two times winner Gavin BRADY (NZL) because of his current America's Cup commitments. Despite his absence the 41st Congressional Cup is sure to be one of the most exciting events on this year's calendar when racing starts on 11 April.

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