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March 16, 1995 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The faintly Southern, faintly nasal voice barking orders from the helm is familiar, and if the hair beneath the cap is a little grayer, the cap itself is the clincher. The trademark engineer's cap can mean only that he is back, and if that's the case, then the woman sitting on the back of the boat behind the dark glasses under the pulled-down visor must be. . . . Is she having fun yet? "I liked the part where we came in and sat around (the Long Beach Yacht Club)," she said.
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April 8, 2003 | Rich Roberts
For six months, Jes Gram-Hansen and Jesper Radich of Denmark have been occupying the top two spots in the Swedish Match Tour rankings, but a number of America's Cup competitors will give them something to think about in the Long Beach Yacht Club's 39th Congressional Cup regatta today through Saturday. James Spithill of Australia, Gavin Brady of New Zealand, Ken Read of the U.
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March 26, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On-water umpiring, which was supposed to eliminate tedious, late-night protests from match-race sailing, instead left the 28th Congressional Cup in confusion at the end of the nine round-robin races at Long Beach Wednesday.
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April 14, 2002 | CARA MIA DiMASSA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It had turned into a beautiful day. The sun was up, seagulls were swooping overhead, and out on the water off Long Beach, 10 matching boats unfurled red, white and blue sails. Onshore, a cell phone rang. "I'm at the Long Beach Grand Prix," the man who answered it told his wife, drawing loud guffaws from the few dozen people sitting on bleachers at the edge of Long Beach's Belmont Pier. The three-day auto grand prix may be the big crowd-drawer in Long Beach this weekend.
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March 18, 1990 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the America's Cup at Fremantle in 1987, people called Chris Dickson the "U-Boat skipper," for the look in his steely blue eyes when his opponent came into his sights. Saturday the determined New Zealander locked onto Peter Isler and Robbie Haines in the best-of-three sailoffs of the 26th Congressional Cup at Long Beach and dispatched them as surely as if he had sent them to the bottom with torpedoes.
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March 18, 1989 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Rod Davis sailed his Catalina 38 into a slip at the Long Beach Yacht Club and checked his watch late Friday afternoon. "It's just coming up about noon," he said. "Supposed to be coming home from the hospital about now." Davis' thoughts were on New Zealand time. He'll remember this as the week his head and his heart were oceans apart.
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March 19, 1989 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Rod Davis was concerned before the anti-climactic windup of the 25th Congressional Cup Saturday. Davis, an American sailing for the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, had already clinched an unprecedented third championship in sailing's premier match-racing series Friday but wanted to win with a 9-0 flourish, as he had in 1981. "It'll be interesting to see how it goes with the pressure off," he said on the way out to the race course.
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March 16, 1988 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Britain's Eddie Owen, who was to sailing last year what Al Unser Sr. was to auto racing, will open defense of his Congressional Cup championship today in the 24th running of the world's premier match-racing event at Long Beach. As Unser won the 1987 Indianapolis 500 after arriving at the track without a ride. Similarly, Owen had no boat until Ireland's Harold Cudmore decided to take a hike in the Himalayas rather than defend his '86 Congressional title.
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March 16, 1989 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Some people may never understand Rod Davis, who went to Australia an American and came back a Kiwi. Dennis Conner called him "Benedict Davis" for throwing in with New Zealand's America's Cup program after the 1987 competition at Fremantle, when Davis sailed the ill-fated Eagle for the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Others wondered why he'd rather live Down Under than in the United States, but it's not very complicated.
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March 14, 1991 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris Dickson, who is defending his championship in the Congressional Cup match-racing sailing event at Long Beach, was a brash young man from New Zealand when the world first encountered him in 1986. At the America's Cup at Fremantle, Western Australia, the 25-year-old upstart was a refreshing addition to the lineup at the mass media conferences, seen on late-night television. He frequently punctured the egos of the older, more serious skippers, who privately regarded him as a smart aleck.
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March 15, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's Cup it's not. But in the competitive world of yacht racing, the venerable Congressional Cup that goes up for grabs each March in Long Beach is enough to keep generations of sailboat racers coming back year after year for the classic one-on-one match races.
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March 15, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's Cup it's not. But in the competitive world of yacht racing, the venerable Congressional Cup that goes up for grabs each March in Long Beach is enough to keep generations of sailboat racers coming back year after year for the classic one-on-one match races.
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March 16, 1995 | RICH ROBERTS
Most of the competitors in the Congressional Cup Masters regatta are older sailors with rusty skills. But Harold Cudmore, the most recent winner in 1986, still makes sailing his business and was coach and adviser to the French team that was recently eliminated from the America's Cup. After winning his first three races Wednesday, however, Cudmore forgot in which match he was sailing in the final round and was late entering the starting area.
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March 16, 1995 | RICH ROBERTS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The faintly Southern, faintly nasal voice barking orders from the helm is familiar, and if the hair beneath the cap is a little grayer, the cap itself is the clincher. The trademark engineer's cap can mean only that he is back, and if that's the case, then the woman sitting on the back of the boat behind the dark glasses under the pulled-down visor must be. . . . Is she having fun yet? "I liked the part where we came in and sat around (the Long Beach Yacht Club)," she said.
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March 26, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On-water umpiring, which was supposed to eliminate tedious, late-night protests from match-race sailing, instead left the 28th Congressional Cup in confusion at the end of the nine round-robin races at Long Beach Wednesday.
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March 14, 1991 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chris Dickson, who is defending his championship in the Congressional Cup match-racing sailing event at Long Beach, was a brash young man from New Zealand when the world first encountered him in 1986. At the America's Cup at Fremantle, Western Australia, the 25-year-old upstart was a refreshing addition to the lineup at the mass media conferences, seen on late-night television. He frequently punctured the egos of the older, more serious skippers, who privately regarded him as a smart aleck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1997 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's Cup it's not. But in the competitive world of yacht racing, the venerable Congressional Cup that goes up for grabs each March in Long Beach is enough to keep generations of sailboat racers coming back year after year for the classic one-on-one match races.
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March 17, 1988 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
On-the-water judging for sailboat racing seems a good idea, but there was one hitch in the first day of Congressional Cup competition at Long Beach Wednesday. Although it eliminated long, tedious protest hearings afterward, it also eliminated some close, competitive racing.
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March 14, 1991 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What Chris Dickson calls the "commercialization" of sailboat racing has come to the Congressional Cup, bringing problems with progress. Along with sponsorship is seeding, as in tennis, except tennis matches would have been called off in Wednesday's opening-day weather conditions featuring rain and radical wind shifts. Four of the world's top six ranked match racers are competing: Dickson, No. 1; Rod Davis, No. 2; Russell Coutts, No. 5, and Peter Isler, No. 6.
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March 18, 1990 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the America's Cup at Fremantle in 1987, people called Chris Dickson the "U-Boat skipper," for the look in his steely blue eyes when his opponent came into his sights. Saturday the determined New Zealander locked onto Peter Isler and Robbie Haines in the best-of-three sailoffs of the 26th Congressional Cup at Long Beach and dispatched them as surely as if he had sent them to the bottom with torpedoes.
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