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March 13, 1989 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
The Long Beach Yacht Club's right to enter a skipper in its own Congressional Cup has never been disputed, although the tradition has sometimes meant throwing live bait into a shark tank. The locals have found themselves in a difficult position against some the world's best sailors. The LBYC entry has won only twice in 24 years when it had exceptional competitors--Tom Pickard in 1971 and Rod Davis in '81--but usually has trailed the fleet.
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March 13, 1989 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
The Long Beach Yacht Club's right to enter a skipper in its own Congressional Cup has never been disputed, although the tradition has sometimes meant throwing live bait into a shark tank. The locals have found themselves in a difficult position against some the world's best sailors. The LBYC entry has won only twice in 24 years when it had exceptional competitors--Tom Pickard in 1971 and Rod Davis in '81--but usually has trailed the fleet.
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February 19, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Roy Disney's Pyewacket had a 55-mile lead over Steve Steiner's Victoria with 301 miles to go in the 1,100-mile BMW/San Diego-to-Manzanillo sailing race.
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February 14, 1992
Fifteen ocean racing sailboats led by 11 ULDB 70s will start the ninth biennial 1,100-mile race to Manzanillo, Mexico, at noon today. Five smaller boats started Thursday and were expected to be overtaken in the latter part of the race, which in normal conditions should finish next Thursday or Friday. The race record is 5 days 23 hours 59 minutes 43 seconds set by Jake Woods' Sorcery in 1986.
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March 13, 1991 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 27th Congressional Cup starting at Long Beach today is a crossroads of sailing for 10 of the world's best skippers, eight of whom have an America's Cup connection or an Olympic aspiration. Two--three-time winner Rod Davis and France's Marc Bouet--have both. New Zealand's Chris Dickson, the defending champion, is ranked No. 1 in the world. Davis, the Coronado native who lives in New Zealand, is No. 2 and sees a chance to close in.
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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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June 9, 1990 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sailors who coped best with the wind and outwitted the race committee moved to the front of the fleets on Friday, the first day of the Long Beach Yacht Club's Ullman Sails-Washington Insurance Race Week. The first race was delayed an hour waiting for wind, which was 6-8 knots for the first races, then shifted 45 degrees eastward as it built to 12 knots after the the starts of the second races.
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March 13, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS
There will be no America's Cup racing Wednesday through March 27, but the Long Beach Yacht Club has scheduled its 28th Congressional Cup to fill the interlude. Ten skippers from six countries--several with America's Cup backgrounds--will sail Catalina 37s in a round-robin series of match races March 23-25, with a championship sail-off on March 26.
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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 17, 1989 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Most racing sailors agree that on-the-water judging is the best thing to happen to the sport since fiberglass, since it eliminates the tiresome process of protest hearings late into the night to settle petty disputes. Perhaps no competitor has a better grasp of the complex rules than Dave Perry, the 1983 and '84 winner of the Congressional Cup. He has written books on the subject.
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