A foreign sailor has never won the Congressional Cup, and Ireland's Harold Cudmore has been trying longer than any.
He's been in seven of the 22 events, but the only time he came close to winning was on St. Patrick's Day two years ago when he took champion Dave Perry all the way into the protest room after the last race, only to lose again.
But this may be the year for a foreigner to break through, and Cudmore could be the one.
"Why not?" he said Friday after sweeping his four races off Long Beach to post a 6-1 record going into the last two rounds of racing today. "It's about time."
There is a three-way tie for second at 5-2 among Dave Dellenbaugh, Perry and New Zealand's Chris Dickson, and Cudmore is scheduled to race Dellenbaugh in the final round today. Cudmore already has beaten Perry and Dickson, so he would have to lose both races today for them to have a chance to win. Cudmore races young Steve Flam (2-5) before meeting Dellenbaugh.