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4 February 2005, 09:54 am
Acura Sign Up As First Major Sponsor
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Congressional Cup 2005
California, USA

Long Beach Yacht Club has announced that Acura, the luxury division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has signed on as the first major sponsor of the 41st annual ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup, scheduled April 12-16.
'Acura's presenting sponsorship is a huge boost for us,' said Kate BANKS, chairperson. 'Their involvement helps us bring the Congressional Cup to the next level and will make this event more attractive to high quality competitors.'

Dick COLLIVER, Acura executive vice president, auto sales, said, 'This event is a perfect fit for us. The participants are interested in high performance, quality and luxury, which is exactly what Acura provides. We're hoping our sponsorship will make this event even stronger than it's been in the past.'

As the presenting sponsor, Acura will raise the Congressional Cup purse to $40,000, up from $25,000 last year. The purse increase is expected to attract even more world-class competitors to the event.

The Congressional Cup is the premiere sailing event in Southern California. Since it was launched in 1965 by a Deed of Gift recorded in the U.S. Congress, world-renowned sailors such as Ted TURNER, Dennis CONNER, Rod DAVIS, Peter GILMOUR, Chris DICKSON, Gavin BRADY, Peter HOLMBERG, Dean BARKER, Ken READ and Ed BAIRD have won the Crimson Blazer emblematic of victory in the prestigious event.

A high level of organization has been maintained over the years by a volunteer force of some 300 club members and their families.

Ten teams will compete in a double round-robin of match racing, followed by championship sailoffs, on a race course set adjacent to the city's Belmont Pier, where spectator viewing and commentary will be provided at no charge.

The Long Beach Yacht Club, founded in 1929, last year celebrated its 75th anniversary and has from the beginning sought to encourage future generations of sailors and power boaters. Located on a promontory of Alamitos Bay in the Long Beach Marina, it has a dynamic junior sailing program whose members compete in various youth regattas. There is also a junior swim team and an enthusiastic big game fishing program.

Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF)
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