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Brady Repeats, Team Cayard Third

Congressional Cup action LONG BEACH, California (March 16, 1997) — Team Cayard finally got on track and won its last four races, but it wasn't enough to overtake defending champion Gavin Brady of New Zealand. (Click on the photos to see larger images.)

Brady won his second crimson blazer by winning 16 of 18 races in the week-long competition at Long Beach Yacht Club. Dave Perry of the U.S. was second with a record of 13-5.

Cong. Cup crew Team Cayard struggled mid-week and was unable regain the ground lost to the two leaders. But the final day's racing was encouraging. We won four straight for third place against tough international competition. The final wins included victories over both Brady and Perry.

Final standings:

       
  1. Gavin Brady NZL 16-2
  2. Dave Perry USA 13-5
  3. Paul Cayard USA 11-7
  4. Rich Matzinger USA 10-8
  5. Neville Wittey AUS 9-9
  6. Peter Holmberg USVI 9-9
  7. Jeff Madrigali USA 7-11
  8. Markus Weiser GER 6-12
  9. Scott Dickson USA 6-12
  10. Dave Ullman USA 3-15

For complete results, visit the Congressional Cup website.

— John Kostecki

Kostecki is the tactician for AmericaOne.

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A1 logo Day 4:
Brady, Perry Move Out Front of the Fleet

LONG BEACH, California (March 15, 1997) — Defending champion Gavin Brady of New Zealand is well positioned to repeat as winner of the Congressional Cup, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club. He leads the fleet with 12 wins and just one loss, with three races remaining.

Dave Perry, of the U.S., is a close second, however, with 11 wins and two losses. Team Cayard moved into a three-way tie for third with Neville Wittey of Australia and Peter Holmberg of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We each have records of 7-6.

Sailing in light winds, we split Friday's races, 2-2. This included the resail of the race we won over Scott Dickson on Wednesday, but which was thrown out because of a Jury error. This time the outcome was reversed. Wins over Peter Holmberg and Dave Ullman lifted us to an overall record of 7-6.

Because of the light air, only three rounds were sailed Friday. The remaining three are scheduled for Saturday.

Current standings:

       
  1. Gavin Brady NZL 12-1
  2. Dave Perry USA 11-2
  3. Paul Cayard USA 7-6
  4. Neville Wittey AUS 7-6
  5. Peter Holmberg USVI 7-6
  6. Scott Dickson USA 6-7
  7. Rich Matzinger USA 5-8
  8. Jeff Madrigali USA 4-9
  9. Dave Ullman USA 4-9
  10. Markus Weiser GER 2-11

For complete results, visit the Congressional Cup website.

— John Kostecki

Kostecki is the tactician for AmericaOne.

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A1 logo Day 3:
Poor Day Pushes Team Cayard Back; Resail Set for Today

LONG BEACH, California (March 14, 1997) — In general, it was a poor day for us on and off the water on Thursday. On the race course, we won two races, but lost three. We also lost a protest regarding a race sailed on Wednesday, so we have to resail that race in which we beat Scott Dickson.

Our record is 5-4, and the Race Committee intends to have five races today, as well as make up the race that we need to resail.

Team Cayard went 2-3 on Thursday, losing three races in a row in the middle of the day. All the races were close, but the tricky conditions and some good sailing from our competitors forced us into a losing record for the day.

At the end of the day, we had a protest on the water against the Jury. This resulted in our having to resail one of our victories from Wednesday. The facts found were that the Race Committee did not follow the sailing intructions properly during a change of course signal at the start of the race. Therefore, we have to resail Race 3 against Scott Dickson. We will try to sail that race today. So, we have a total of nine more races to race to finish the series.

Conditions have been very light in the morning, with a slowly building seabreeze picking up to 11 and 12 knots in the afternoon.

Defending champion Gavin Brady of New Zealand is currently leading the 1997 Congessional Cup.

Current standings:

       
  1. Gavin Brady NZL 9-1
  2. Dave Perry USA 8-2
  3. Neville Wittey AUS 6-4
  4. Peter Holmberg USVI 6-4
  5. Paul Cayard USA 5-4 (one race to be resailed)
  6. Rich Matzinger USA 4-6
  7. Jeff Madrigali USA 4-6
  8. Scott Dickson USA 3-6 (one race to be resailed)
  9. Dave Ullman USA 2-8
  10. Markus Weiser GER 2-8

For complete results, visit the Congressional Cup website.

— John Kostecki

Kostecki is the tactician for AmericaOne.

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A1 logo Day 2:
Team Cayard Tops Leader Board, Protest Pending

LONG BEACH, California (March 13, 1997) — It was a long day, and Team Cayard got four races in, winning three. That put us in a three-way tie for first place with Dave Perry of the U.S. and Gavin Brady of New Zealand, all of us having records of 4-1.

However, we may have to resail one of our races, or a race may be thrown out, leaving us at 3-1. We will have a protest hearing early Thursday morning with the race jury, and a full report will follow.

Current standings (protest pending):

Paul Cayard     USA   4-1 (protest pending)
Dave Perry      USA   4-1
Gavin Brady     NZL   4-1
Peter Holmberg  USVI  3-2
Rich Matzinger  USA   3-2
Dave Ullman     USA   3-2
Scott Dickson   USA   1-4 (protest pending)
Jeff Madrigali  USA   1-4

For complete results, visit the Congressional Cup website.

— John Kostecki

Kostecki is the tactician for AmericaOne.

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A1 logo Day 1:
Team Cayard Wins First Race

LONG BEACH, California (March 12, 1997) — Team Cayard came from behind and passed Neville Witty of Australia on the first downwind leg to win its first race of the 1997 Congressional Cup on Tuesday. Only one race was sailed due to light winds.

There is a total of ten teams racing here in Long Beach, California, this week, all vying for the Congressional Cup. We are racing in a double round-robin format, sailing against every competitor twice. The team with the best record at the end of the double round robin is declared the winner, unlike traditional match-race regattas, where you have one or two rounds robin, then the top four advance to semi-finals and the top two advance to the finals.

The course this week is windward-leeward, twice around, with the finish on the final run. The races are sailed in Catalina 37s, with a crew of six.

AmericaOne skipper Paul Cayard, our helmsman, had a perfect start at the pin end of the starting line, and we went to what we thought was the favored left side of the course on the first windward leg. Neville Witty and his team started at the committee boat end and quickly took advantage of a right-hand shift on the first windward leg, advancing to a two boat-length lead at the first windward mark.

Team Cayard had a cleaner spinnaker set at the top mark to quickly close the gap up to Witty. We then managed to pass Witty by taking his wind and breaking the inside overlap at the leeward mark. We were able to protect the lead by covering Witty on the final two legs of the race for our first victory.

Our talented crew this week is as follows:

For complete results, visit the Congressional Cup website.

— John Kostecki

Kostecki is the tactician for AmericaOne.



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