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Long Beach Yacht Club moves prestigious Congressional Cup sailing races to fall

The Congressional Cup, the most prestigious sailing match on the West Coast, will return in 2021 from a one-year, coronavirus-induced hiatus for its 56th running — but will be pushed to September.

The Congressional Cup, hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club, will be delayed from its usual spring running to allow it to clear various public health restrictions, such as bans on gatherings, meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus, said Cup Chairman Chip Macy.

The Ficker Cup qualifier will take place Sept. 10 to Sept. 12 off the Long Beach coast, between the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier and the Port of Long Beach, the Yacht Club announced Wednesday, Jan. 13. Congressional Cup matches will run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 19.

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The races are free to spectators, with the best view from the pier, where the Yacht Club sets up a grandstand. A play-by-play announcer, also based on the pier, explains what’s going on during the races.

There will be more races the weekend after the Congressional Cup, but on land: The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, also normally a springtime event, is scheduled to take place from Sept. 24 to Sept. 26 after its own one-year hiatus.

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Source: Orange County Register

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